Rex wants Jets to break third-down hex
Jets coach Rex Ryan isn't quite as anti-offense as his famous father Buddy was (As far as we know, he has never taken a swing at an offensive coordinator), but he is concerned about the way his offense has played in the preseason thus far.
The Jets' third-down conversion rate is an “Achilles heel,” Ryan told the New York Daily News, and it is something he wants fixed by the start of the regular season.
The Jets were only 1 of 8 in the preseason game Monday night against the Giants on third down.
"Right out of the gate, we have to be ready to go," Ryan told the Daily News.
Of course, any offensive struggles fall directly at the feet of QB Mark Sanchez, who in his third year at the helm, needs to take a giant step forward if the Jets are going to become a legitimate Super Bowl contender.
Honestly, Sanchez, as a young quarterback has ridden the coattails of the defense to two AFC title game appearances, and the truth of the matter is that if Jets are going to take the next step, then Sanchez and the offense will have to take that step forward.
Sanchez attributed some of the Jets' offensive woes to preseason vanilla play-calling and the lack of game planning that takes place in preseason. Granted, but in two seasons, Sanchez has only completed 54.4 percent of his passes, and that number has to climb signifcantly in year No. 3. If it does, Rex probably won't have to worry about third-down woes very much in the regular season.
Terry McCormick covers the Titans for TitanInsider.com