Filthy showing so far
Like a Band-Aid, right?
My face is twitching as I pen (key?) this. I'm officially part of the problem.
You feel regret, remorse and disappointment in shameful moments like this. When you fight against something for so long, copping to the evil force stands as a painful mental flagellation.
Sadly, I'm now inflicted with the nationwide media plague known as Tebowmania.
But it's (sadistically) justified. The New York Jets need to do something. Tim Tebow is that something.
Since his 266-yard, three-touchdown surprise in Week 1 versus a highly susceptible Buffalo Bills defense, Mark Sanchez holds a 43.6 completion percentage (44-for-101) with two touchdowns and three picks. His 306-yard Week 3 affair took place on 45 attempts. Volume too frequently masks mediocrity.
The backfield has regressed by more than a few steps, likely, at least in part, because of the transition from their previous zone-blocking focus to Tony Sparano's gap emphasis. Shonn Greene has proven he needs help from his offensive line, system and game plan to succeed. He doesn't find or hit holes with authority and needs a heavy workload to produce even slightly useful fantasy statistics.
Bilal Powell is a bit shiftier but hasn't had a real chance to meaningfully attempt to alter this offensive culture.
Oh, and this defense can't stop the run, either.
Even worse, the Jets lost their closest thing to a No. 1 receiving target with Santonio Holmes' season-ending foot surgery. Rookie wideout Stephen Hill (hamstring) is also dinged and reeks of "inconsistent downfield threat." Jeremy Kerley has shown flashes as a midrange target and has somewhat of a connection with Sanchez, but he's not a dynamic playmaker. Dustin Keller (hamstring) has been MIA. Jeff Cumberland? A nice depth piece but not a season-saver.
Owner Woody Johnson is reportedly starting the cattle calls for the southpaw to take the every-down snaps. Overreaction? Maybe, especially given their investment in Sanchez, which in part must've been a monetary apology for the front office's dalliance with Peyton Manning.
In Sanchez's defense, he works best off the play-action pass, and his ground support hardly gives defenses a reason to flood to what would look like a running play. But the fact he relies on that as his primary means of moving the ball downfield shows how much he lacks in general skills.
Outside of QB2's special teams work, Rex Ryan and the rest of the staff values Tebow's intangibles.
(I'm really sorry.)
But are we already forgetting the change-up a Tebow-led O threw at the NFL least year? When the Denver Broncos altered their offense midstream last year to suit Tebow's strengths, they created momentum, even if it was quite ghastly most games. At least it gave them a singular offensive identity that, when at its peak of stability, makes Tebow a winner.
(Seriously, I apologize.)
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About Tim Heaney
Tim's work has been featured by USA Today/Sports Weekly, among numerous outlets, and recognized as a finalist in the Fantasy Sports Writers Association awards. The Boston University alum competes in Tout Wars and LABR and has won several industry leagues in both baseball and football.
During baseball and football season, hear him every Wednesday on 1570 AM WNST in Baltimore. On Thursdays, he visits 106.1 FM WMTI in New Orleans and Sirius XM Fantasy Sports Radio, where he often crashes other shows, as well.
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