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Thursday, October 13, 2011
Inside the Jets' trends

By Rich Cimini

Okay, here we go, another look inside the Jets, with help from ESPN Stats and Information:


QB Mark Sanchez has targeted WR Plaxico Burress 20 times on passes of 11+ yards downfield. Unfortunately for the Jets, they're not hooking up. Sanchez has completed only eight of those attempts.

Worst Completion Percentage (passes 11+ Yards Downfield)

Freeman-Williams 23.8
Ryan-White 37.5
Sanchez-Burress 40.0
Manning-Nicks 47.6

Analysis: Maybe Burress is right. He's not producing up to expectations


In Rex Ryan's first year, the Jets were known as one of the most blitz-reliant teams in the league -- and they were hell on quarterbacks. Not anymore. Since 2009, they've fallen into the bottom half of the league in terms of pass-rushing aggressiveness.

(5+ pass rushers, percent of opponent dropbacks, 2009-2011 Seasons, NFL rank)

2011 -- 30.9 -- 17th
2010 -- 44.8 -- 3rd
2009 -- 52.4 -- 1st

Analysis: The Jets allowed 14 TDs on such rushes last season, tied for 4th most in the league, but have yet to allow one this season.


The Jets got back to Ground & Pound last week against the Patriots, their true identity. So far, their new featured back -- Shonn Greene -- isn't getting it done on inside runs.

As a team, the Jets are averaging just 2.7 yards per rush up the middle this season, but Greene has rushed the ball the majority of the time in those situations. Greene has 37 of Jets’ 57 rushes up the middle and has picked up just 6 first downs.

(Fewest Yards/Rush up the Middle - Minimum 20 Rushes, 2011 Season)

Rashard Mendenhall -- 2.1
Shonn Greene -- 2.8*
Peyton Hillis -- 2.9
Mike Tolbert -- 3.0

*Averaged 4.1 yards/rush in 2010


Sanchez is tied with Sam Bradford and Ben Roethlisberger for the most lost fumbles this season (4). All told, Sanchez has committed nine turnovers, one of the highest totals in the league.

Turnovers This Season (NFL rank)

Lost fumbles -- 4 -- T-1st
Interceptions -- 5 -- T-10th
Total giveaways -- 9 -- T-3rd

Analysis: Can't use the young-quarterback excuse anymore.