Monday, October 1, 2012
Stock Watch: Risers and fallers
By Rich Cimini
A day-after look at the Jets' third-largest shutout loss at home in team history:
1. Tim Tebow. Hey, he completed a pass and threw a couple of nice blocks as a fullback in pass protection. He certainly maximized his seven plays on offense.
2. Chaz Schilens. He was targeted three times and, miraculously, he and Mark Sanchez connected on all three for 45 yards. Schilens will be playing a lot more now that Santonio Holmes is injured.
3. Dustin Keller. You're thinking to yourself, "Wait, he didn't play in the game." Exactly. Keller sat out with a hamstring injury, managing to avoid the stench from what took place on the field.
1. The front seven. The run defense was absolutely horrific, as the Jets allowed 245 yards. This was a mix of bad tackling, poor pursuit and a lack of fire. It brings to mind a memorable quote from former Jets DE Marvin Washington, who told reporters after a long-ago defensive stinker: "Three words: Hor-ri-ble!"
2. Mark Sanchez. A 103-yard, two-turnover day for a quarterback is simply not acceptable in the NFL. He'll survive this one, but it could be Tebow Time with another bad performance.
3. The offensive line. First, a little good news: The Jets were stopped behind the line on only one of 17 running plays. Now for the bad news: The other 16 gained only one to five yards. Jets, say hello to the brick wall. They finished with only 45 rushing yards, outrushed by the 49ers' backup quarterback.