Monday, November 19, 2012
Stock Watch: Risers and fallers
By Rich Cimini
A look back at the Jets' 27-13 win over the Rams:
Mark Sanchez. Well, well, well, look what we have here: Sanchez, the most inaccurate passer in the league, completed 75 percent of his attempts. It could've been 85 percent, if not for drops by Stephen Hill and Joe McKnight. Sanchez managed the game wonderfully, committing no turnovers (for a change) and making good run checks at the line of scrimmage. He needed it; another poor performance might have put his job in jeopardy.
Muhammad Wilkerson stripped the football from Sam Bradford on this second-quarter sack.
Muhammad Wilkerson. Big Mo changed the mo' with his second-quarter strip sack of Sam Bradford. It changed the complexion of the game, putting some life into the Jets after a lethargic start. Wilkerson, who scored on a fumble return last week, has elevated his game in recent weeks.
Chaz Schilens. We could go with Bilal Powell, who scored the first two touchdowns of his career, but Schilens gets a coveted spot on our list because of his all-around play. He caught a 25-yard touchdown pass, made two tackles on special teams and drew a holding call that nullified a 98-yard kickoff return. He did a nice sell job on the penalty, throwing his hands in the air. Hey, whatever works.
Stephen Hill. The rookie's struggles continued. He didn't catch a ball for the second straight week, dropped another pass, committed a pass-interference penalty and lost a deep ball in the lights. Hill is experiencing a severe case of growing pains.
Tim Tebow. He played in virtual anonymity. Get it? After a difficult week in which he was harshly (and unfairly) criticized by unnamed teammates in a newspaper story, Tebow deserved more than only three snaps on offense -- three ineffective plays. He completed a pass on a fake punt, but it lost a yard. Hey, look at the bright side: Tebow has completed six of seven passes, albeit for only 39 yards.
Brian Schottenheimer. We usually don't mention opponents, but we'll make an exception because he spent six seasons with the Jets. The Rams' OC had his former team reeling on the first possession, but it turned real bad real fast for Schottenheimer. A third-and-1 pass out of an empty backfield? Really?