Sunday, August 4, 2013
Scrimmage recap: The good, the bad
By Rich Cimini
CORTLAND, N.Y. -- A look back at the Green & White scrimmage:
1. The full Marty: New OC Marty Mornhinweg gave us a glimpse of what his offense will look like -- screen passes, rollouts, more vertical throws than your typical West Coast offense, a heavy dose of shotgun, no-huddle with Mark Sanchez at quarterback, Wildcat plays near the goal line and, yes, a pistol formation with Geno Smith at QB.
2. Strong kicking game: Bill Cundiff, signed recently to challenge incumbent Nick Folk, delivered in a big way. He was 5-for-5 on field goals, including 51 and 48 yards. Folk was 2-for-3, including a miss from 48 yards. The punters, with the wind at their backs, were outstanding. Incumbent Robert Malone averaged 53.2 yards (gross) on five punts, Ryan Quigley averaged 54.0 on four. Said Rex Ryan: "I had them punt with the wind, but Ray Guy would've been in trouble against those two."
3. Darrelle, who?: Antonio Cromartie doesn't get enough credit for the cerebral aspect to his game. Describing his interception of Sanchez, who tried to hit Vidal Hazelton on a deep route, Cromartie said he was in press coverage but anticipated a vertical route. "It's just something that you have to expect coming from a West Coast offense," he said. "When I was playing against a West Coast offense, once they get close to the 50-yard line, it's 'take-a-shot time' no matter what down it is."
1. Red-zone woes: This was an issue last season. Offensively, everything was an issue last season. The red-zone problem carried over into the scrimmage. It showed up on the opening drive, with Smith at quarterback. There were two penalties (holding an illegal formation), two incompletions (including a poorly executed shovel pass) and a 1-yard gain by Bilal Powell out of the Wildcat.
2. Tight-end depth: Kellen Winslow, he of the creaky knee, is on a "pitch" count. Okay, we get it, but it seemed odd that he didn't even dress for the scrimmage. His absence highlighted the depth issues at tight end. With Winslow, it's a keep-your-fingers-crossed situation. Beyond Jeff Cumberland, there are question marks.
3. Missed chances: The Jets aren't good enough to squander prime scoring opportunities, but they blew two when Sanchez failed to connect with open receivers, Jeremy Kerley (he turned late for the pass) and Clyde Gates (an overthrow). Those are the kind of plays that haunt teams that aren't prolific on offense.