Midway through the preseason schedule the New York Jets have yet to score a touchdown, much to the chagrin of newly hired offensive coordinator Tony Sparano.
Behind a shaky offensive line and injury riddled receiving core, the Jets put on yet another lackluster offensive performance on Saturday night in the Metlife Bowl against the New York Giants.
In spite of Gang Green’s struggles, head coach Rex Ryan is not pressing the panic button just yet.
“No, I mean clearly we have to get more production in the regular season than we’ve gotten in these two preseason games” admitted Ryan of the Jets’ offensive woes. “But I’m 100 percent sure when we kick it off for real, we will have more production. There’s absolutely no doubt about that.”
Opposing the NFL’s premier pass rushing unit, the Jets’ offensive front failed to keep the Giants defensive line at bay with quarterbacks Tim Tebow and Mark Sanchez facing constant pressure throughout the contest.
One lineman in particular, right tackle Wayne Hunter, shouldered much of the blame for Gang Green’s poor pass protection.
“It has always been on the line," remarked Hunter on whether his starting job is in jeopardy. “ I have to perform or they will find someone else who is better. My main focus is to watch the tape and seeing if I can get better.”
While Hunter accepted responsibility for the three sacks he surrendered Saturday night, Ryan refused hold his starting right tackle to the proverbial fire.
“I don’t know exactly what the number was (sacks allowed), but he’s going against a good football player in (Jason) Pierre-Paul," commented Ryan on Hunter’s long night. “If you’re isolated one-on-one, he’s not just going to beat Wayne Hunter. He’s going to beat a bunch of tackles in this league. Clearly, we have to be mindful of that. I thought he was able to do some good things, but I want to watch the tape before I isolate one guy. I have a tough time believing it was one guy.”
Even with the Jets' offense in a state of disarray, Sanchez provided a ringing endorsement for his lineman following the lopsided loss.
“I really do have faith in those guys up front,” said Sanchez. “ I know we can play better than that. I know we can block these four-man rush looks and these are the kind of guys that will study, hold themselves accountable and play well.”
Rick Laughland covers the New York Jets for Greenandwhitereport.com
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