With the Jets' offense in a state of complete disarray, Wildcat quarterback Tim Tebow tried to put his finger on the root of New York's problems. While most critics pointed the finger at right tackle Wayne Hunter following Saturday night's inept offensive showing, the former Heisman trophy winner sensed that a breakdown in communication ultimately doomed Gang Green.
"Those guys are fighting hard and everyone's fighting hard, but you've just got to be on the same communication on who we're picking up and who we're throwing hot off of," reflected Tebow. "That's the thing, you have to be on the same page as an offensive line, as receivers, as a quarterback, to know your hot sides, who you're picking up, and that's something we've got to do a better job of."
New York's offensive line has made a dramatic shift from first to worst over the course of Rex Ryan's four- year head coaching tenure. A staple of their ground-and-pound, the Jets' offensive front mangled and mashed opposing defenses, propelling the team to consecutive conference title games and developing a reputation as the league's most physically imposing unit during Ryan's first two seasons at the helm. Flash forward to Saturday night and the once vaunted offensive front was under siege and over its head against the New York Giants unrelenting pass-rush.
With fans clamoring for wholesale changes to Gang Green's offensive line--in Tebow's mind--a closer attention to detail could be the difference between futility and productivity this upcoming season.
"We've just got to do the little things right to be on the same page where you'll see those touchdowns start to come and the big plays and all those things," declared Tebow.
While the Jets played without wide receivers Chaz Schilens, Jeremy Kerley and Santonio Holmes due to injuries, neither Mark Sanchez nor Tebow were afforded any airspace to work with in the pocket. With the Jets regular season home opener less than three weeks away, Tebow and company will need to improve their offensive continuity if they hope to be in playoff contention.
"Obviously, we want some better communication, just as far as our hots and sights and things like that–getting the ball out faster and not taking as many sacks," admitted Tebow. "That's just communication stuff we have to work on. But, I think we are getting better and we have to continue to slowly but surely get better every day."
Rick Laughland covers the New York Jets for Greenandwhitereport.com
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