Sunday, September 9, 2012
Three up, three down
By Rich Cimini
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Examining some positives and negatives from the Jets' 48-28 win over the Bills:
Mark Sanchez: After a summer of proclaiming himself the leader of the offense, Sanchez went out and proved it, which is always better than talking it. Except for an early hiccup, he didn't look rattled at all by Tebow-mania. Take that, Santonio.
Austin Howard: The offense started out by sliding protection to Howard, giving him help against DE Mario Williams. Soon, the Jets realized he didn't need the extra help. Howard, a former practice-squad player, stoned one of the best linemen in the league. Break out a cigar, Mike Tannenbaum.
Stephen Hill: If the rookie receiver plays this way every week, the Jets will be in business. Overcoming a shaky preseason, Hill had his way against the Bills' suspect corners. Have another cigar, Mike.
The Wildcat: After so much build-up, it was going to be hard to live up to expectations. And it fell way short. In eight plays with Tim Tebow at quarterback, the offense produced 22 yards. Tebow gained only 11 yards on five rushes. The only thing the Bills did well was stop the 'Cat.
Tackling: The Jets missed a bunch, especially when C.J. Spiller had the rock. He split LB Bart Scott and S LaRon Landry deep in the secondary on his 56-yard TD run.
Bart Scott: He blew off reporters in the locker room because he was upset with the circus comparison, which stemmed from one newspaper cartoon. Really, Bart?