Has Rex Ryan created a tangled web with his quarterbacks?
MARCUS HENRY Special to the AmNews | 9/21/2012, 4:53 p.m.
Whatever buzz there was surrounding the Jets' offense following their win over Buffalo in Week 1 was gone shortly after last Sunday's 27-10 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The Jets were criticized in a big way following their acquisition of Tim Tebow. It's funny how things can change practically overnight in the NFL. In fact, fans and many in the media were wondering why the Jets didn't use Tebow more on Sunday. Jets coach Rex Ryan felt his team's offense showed positive signs in the first half and opted to stay with their traditional sets in the second. The Steelers adjusted to the Jets' passing attack and smothered Mark Sanchez and company in the second half.
"I thought we were doing a great job offensively early in the game, especially the beginning of that game. Almost the entire first half, I thought we were moving the ball well," said Ryan. "We did have some wildcat plays going into that game, but as the game went on, we're down 10 points late in the game. I even thought about it, but it was more like 'Hey, we're down, let's see if we can't make some plays.'"
There are still some questions heading into the Jets' Sunday 1 p.m. matchup with the Dolphins in Miami. Will tight end Dustin Keller return? Is it time to involve Bilal Powell and Joe McKnight more in the running game? Shonn Greene is a strong runner but has a tendency to get banged up. Powell showed some moxie, running inside and outside.
When is the best time to use Tebow? Ryan took a little heat for his use of Tebow against Buffalo. In the Pittsburgh game, Tebow gained 22 yards on his first play from scrimmage under center. That was about it, as Tebow ran the offense for just a few plays. Ryan pulled Tebow mid-series with the Jets facing a 2nd-and-16. Ryan defended that decision.
"Right now we think Mark [Sanchez] gives us the best chance to be successful in that particular situation against that particular opponent," said Ryan. "Those are things that we'll always look at. I believe Tim can pass. We'll make the decision on when a guy is out there, not out there or whatever."
What a tangled web we weave.