The Jets are going to have to go back to the drawing boards after a frustrating 17-6 lost to the Bengals. Both sides of the ball played below xpectations, and at times look confused and out of shape.
Lets start by analyzing the first-team offense. Mark Sanchez completed four out of his six throws for 49 yards, but also got sacked twice. Mark Sanchez looked pretty accurate by not overthrowing his receivers and better decisions with the football by taking the sacks instead of forcing the ball into tight spots. Shonne Greene was ineffective having five carries and only gaining 11 yards. The offensive line are at partally at fault here, but not having veteran wide reciever Santonio Holmes and second-year wide reciever Jeremy Kerley limited Sanchez to wide recievers Stephen Hill and Patrick Turner. Having inexperienced wide recievers made it easier for the Bengal defense to focus on the ground and pound that Rex Ryan promised.
The New York Jets drafted Dustin Keller in the 2008 NFL Draft and the then-newest addition to the team was promptly booed by the plethora of Jets fans in the stands while those same Jets fans revered Vernon Gholston.
Keller is not only still on the Jets roster, but is one of Mark Sanchez's favorite targets, while Gholston is on the path to early retirement.
Keller seems to be Sanchez's safety blanket and often serves as the main target on key downs. When Keller's number is called he almost never drops a pass.
His speed is above average, especially with his size (6'2, 250 pounds), he provides an easy target for Sanchez. Also, Keller's stats have considerably increased over the years.
For the 2008 and 2009 season he posted similar stats with 535 receiving yards and three touchdowns receptions, and 522 yards with two touchdowns, respectively. In the 2010 season, Keller accrued 687 receiving yards and caught five touchdown passes. Last season, he posted 815 receiving yards and five touchdown receptions
The consensus is that the two picks in the 2012 NFL Draft, Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III, are the best quarterbacks to come out of the draft since the Colts took Peyton Manning over Ryan Leaf in the '98 Draft. However, Luck has less pressure on him for a few reasons. After the Colts' 0-16 season, the Colts can only go upwards. In addition, Luck is taking over a team once controlled by the seemingly omnipotent Peyton Manning. It is like replacing Michael Jordan. Impossible. It's even more difficult when looking at the list of key players that the Colts have lost. Luck does not have a great supporting cast.
So, can there even be a worst case scenario for Luck? Other than suffering a major injury that takes him out for several games or has a like Ryan Leaf or JaMarcus Russell-like implosion Colts fans will be patient with Andrew Luck. Anything better than four wins is a plus for the Colts. But what will this translate in terms of production for Andrew Luck.
According to several sources, including the New York Daily News, the New York Jets will perform more of a 4-3 defense, especially against division rivals. Ever since Rex Ryan took over the Jets he has deployed several types of defenses (3-4, 4-3, Blitz, Cover, and others) with success. However, for the Jets to play a single defensive set is somewhat different from the standard norm for Rex Ryan.
But don't fret. Many NFL teams have adopted more a pass first, run, second stance, and the Jets are developing a younger defensive line made up of Quinton Coples and Calvin Pace as the edge rushers with Muhammad Wilkerson, Kenrick Ellis, and Mike DeVito making up the rotating trio of the inside. This change can be widely credited to Quinton Coples as the Jets drafted him with the 16th pick in hoping to fulfill the pass rush that the Jets have long looked for.