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The New York Jets Offense, Work in Progress or Train Wreck: A Fan's View

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Preseason game two is over and the New York Jets are 0-2. Adding insult to injury is the fact the team has yet to score a touchdown. I know it is preseason and teams are working out the kinks, but it appears that the Jets are seriously hurting when it comes to the offense.

The Quarterbacks

To date we have seen Mark Sanchez, Tim Tebow and Greg McElroy on the field. Sanchez and Tebow have equal amounts of playing time and Greg McElroy only played in the fourth quarter of the first game.

Mark Sanchez is deadly accurate this preseason. He has completed 13 out of 18 attempts, with 1 interception and 5 sacks--giving him a 72 percent completion rating. The sacks are not his fault. If the offensive line cannot stop the defense from getting to Sanchez, he will not survive this season. Sanchez has played a total of four quarters this preseason.

Tim Tebow has very different stats for the same amount of time on the field. Nine completions out of 22 attempts gives him a completion percentage of 41 percent. Add an interception and four sacks to the picture and you have a clear understanding of why Mark Sanchez has the starting position.

Greg McElroy threw a total of six passes in the first preseason game. He completed four. That is not enough field time to get a good idea of what he can do.

The Receivers

Santonio Holmes, Jeremy Kerley, and Chaz Schilens are all out with injuries. Holmes was practicing on August 20 in a non-contact jersey but he is out for the preseason. So is Schilens. Rex Ryan hopes that Jeremy Kerley will be ready for preseason game three, but it is not guaranteed. This is one of the big issues with Gang Green, the season has not started and the wideouts are plagued with injuries.


Words fail me to describe the abysmal performance of T.J. Connely and Josh Brown. Every punter shanks one occasionally--Connely had two in a row. First one was a whopping 19 yards followed by a 23 yarder. It was sad. If he keeps this up it will be time to get a replacement.

Josh Brown almost missed a field goal that should have been an easy kick at 30 yards. He bounced it off of the uprights and it took a lucky turn to score. I don't foresee Brown displacing Nick Folk anytime soon.

Time is running out for Gang Green. They need to get their offense together quickly. Hopefully we will see a better performance for game three--maybe the Jets can put a touchdown on the scoreboard.

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Lynda Altman grew up just outside of New York City. She has been a Jets fan all of her life and hopes they have a winning season in 2012. You can contact her @LdyJetsFan on Twitter.

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