They have the most talked about quarterback duo in the National Football League. Their training camp was a virtual media circus, due mostly to Tebowmania. We saw everything from stealth wildcat practices to pictures of Tim Tebow running shirtless in the rain. Sports media and ESPN in particular has been widely criticized for the amount time they have devoted to the Jets and the quarterback contest between Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow. A tandem which has so far produced 0 touchdowns this preseason. That’s zero. Zilch. Nada.
That ought to quiet the Jets talk. Ha!
We know, we know…you can’t jump to conclusions in the preseason. You can’t take everything (or anything) too seriously. Preseason is about experimenting, trying different players in different positions, and setting the roster. But certainly, one of the most important decisions Head Coach Rex Ryan and his staff will be asked to make is…who to start at quarterback. And the fact that neither Sanchez nor Tebow can seem to find the end zone, is going to make that decision all the more difficult.
A third of the way into the second quarter of Saturday night’s preseason game against the New York Giants, Giants Wide Receiver Victor Cruz had more yards than the Jets offense. For a while, it seemed like the Jets were getting more offense out of their defense. At one point, I wondered what would happen if they left them on the field and subbed a quarterback in. The Jets are the only NFL team in the preseason without a touchdown. The St. Louis Rams…touchdown, the Jacksonville Jaguars…touchdown, the Indianapolis Colts…many touchdowns. Quarterback Drew Stanton, who the Jets traded to Indianapolis (as a backup to Andrew Luck), had a touchdown in the Colts Sunday night game against the Steelers. Wonder how the Jets are feeling about that now?
How serious should we take all of this? Well, to be fair, with the holes they have in their offensive line (especially at right tackle), it’s almost unfair to judge any Jets quarterback right now. Sanchez was sacked three times against the Giants (four really, but one was nullified by a penalty). Even Tebow looked a little (dare we say)…frustrated. He was sacked repeatedly himself and under constant pressure when he wasn’t running (for his life).
Coach Rex Ryan says he is bothered, but not concerned.
“We don’t need to be at our best right now. We need to be at our best opening day. I’m confident that when we get going (in the regular season). We will be. I’ve seen some encouraging signs. We’re heading in the right direction.”
Hopefully, the right direction eventually leads them to the end zone. So to answer the question, “Should we be concerned that the Jets haven’t scored one touchdown this preseason?” My answer is simple…
“Only if you’re a Jets fan.”