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Jets Preseason Opener: Offensive Line Needs Improvement

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In the Jets pre-season opener and 16-20 loss to the Texans, four important things took place.

  1. The absence of 2/5 of the Jets’ starting offensive linemen, Brandon Moore and Nick Mangold, impacted the Jets game tremendously.
  2. The Texans’ NEW defense under Wade Phillips was able to hold the line and put pressure on the Jets O.
  3. The Jets first string defense allowed no scoring by the Texans starting offense.
  4. Mark Sanchez’s growing passing game is sure to get underway…soon.

What do the Jets need to improve in order to live up to Rex’s expectations?

Rex Ryan has made it quite clear that he has confidence in his 2011-12 team and is sure they will win the Super Bowl. Everyone knows the infamous quote: “I believe this is the year that we’re going to win the Super Bowl. And the fact is I thought we’d win it the first two years, I guarantee we’ll win it this year.”

In order for this to come true, it’s no surprise that the Jets offensive line needs improvement. In Monday’s pre-season opener, the offensive line allowed four first half sacks for the Texans, two against Mark Sanchez. The Jets gave up a total of 7 sacks by the end of the game. Brandon Moore and Nick Mangold were unable to play in the Jets opener due to recent injuries. Of course this played a huge role in the unsuccessful o-line. Mangold’s backup, Rob Turner, broke his leg early in the first half contributing to the thinning of the o-line.

Bottom line

A strong offensive line is important to the mentality of the quarterback. There has been recent talk that Rex Ryan and offensive captain Mark Sanchez have a plan to improve the passing game. Before they can do that, Sanchez insists on making sure his offensive line is doing what their supposed to in order for him to do what he’s supposed to. If Sanchez doesn’t feel comfortable with his offensive line, this will obviously result in hesitation, sacks and incompletions from the quarterback.

Aside from the Offensive line, Sanchez was on point with short passes. He completed 6 of 7 passes for a total of 43 passing yards. Sanchez saved the down field passes for when Moore and Mangold return to take some pressure off.

On another note

This season Shonne Greene will replace LaDainian Tomlinson as #1 running back for the Jets. Greene had 32 rushing yards Monday night. The offensive line is quicker on running plays than passing plays which is why the Jets averaged 148.4 rushing yards per game last season, putting them fourth in NFL.

Extra point

The Jets need to not only continue developing Mark Sanchez’s Passing game but they also need to step up on the offensive line in the passing game. With Santonio Holmes and Plaxico Burress, the Jets can do big things on the passing end.

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