Tebow Time came and went as Mark Sanchez and the new look Jets Offense played their first Pre-Season game against the Bengals. The Jets finally made a move and moved on from Offensive Coordinator Brian Shottenheimer and brought in former Dolphins Head Coach Tony Sporano. Head Coach Rex Ryan and General Manager Mike Tannenbaum brought in Sporano to be the mirror image of Rex Ryans Defense on the Offensive side of the ball. Sporano and Rex share the same philosaphy of running the football, limiting turnovers, and playing great Defense. Tonight was the first look of the new Offensive System and the new players that were brought onto the team.
Neither Mark Sanchez or Tim Tebow looked impressive while leading the Offense and most of that was from poor protection from the Offensive Line. All the Offensive players are learning a brand new system, so some growing pains were to be expected. Mark Sanchez did appear to be decisive and released the ball very quickly. Tebow looked more like a Quarterback than He did during His time with the Broncos. He showed strong legs scrambling for some yards and the Jets will see plenty of that when Tebow steps on the field to run the Wild-Cat. The Offense was without #1 WR Santonio Holmes and starting Right-Tackle Wayne Hunter due to injury, so this hampered the Offense. Look for the Jets to add more plays and chemistry as the Pre-Season goes on.
As far as the new Free Agents that Tannenbaum brought in, Safeties LaRon Landry and Yeremiah Bell didn't see much time as the #1's on Defense only played for the 1st Quarter. The important news is that Landry looked quick and healthy. If He can stay healthy for the entire Season the Jets will bost one of the top Secondaries in the League. DE Jay Richardson #92 looked pretty good. He is a 5th year player previously with the Oakland Raiders and Seattle Seahawks. He is just another body on a very deep Defensive Lineman Roster.
During the 2012 Draft when the Jets were up with the 16th selection chants of Melvin Ingram could be heard filling the Radio City Music Hall. It was a shock to many (incuding myself) when DE Quinton Coples was announced as their pick when many felt Ingram was tailor made for the Jets Defense. During last nights Pre-Season game between the Sand Diego Chargers, who picked Ingram with their first pick of the Draft and the Green Bay Packers, Ingram looked pretty impressive. Ingrams play was so impressive that tweets of "Jets fans must be cringing right now" were sent out from NFL Analysts everywhere. Coples was viewed by some as Vernon Gholston 2.0. Many are aware that Gholston was a pick by then Head Coach Eric Mangini, but Tannenbaum still has final say and signed off on the pick. This year Ryan hand picked Coples for his Defense, Tannenbaum signed off on it and in tonights Pre-Season game Coples didn't dissappoint. The announcers constantly called his name as He was a part of most of the Defensive plays for the 1st 3 Quarters with a few tackles for loss and even a Sack/Forced Fumble. It is still a long Season, but as good as Ingram was for the Chargers Round 1 of the Ingram vs Coples battle goes to Coples by a land slide. Rex and Tannenbaum got it right.
Other Rookies were a little more quiet. 2nd Round Pick WR Stephen Hill had a dropped ball when He was wide open for a First Down pass from QB Tim Tebow. He did have a few snatches on balls that were a bit high. Hill is known as a very raw prospect coming out of the Georgia Tech Option Offense. His speed and height will only be an asset and He did have some moves out there.
The other late round picks were still feeling their way around, but it is early on in their careers. 7th Round Pick WR Jordan White looked lost on Special Teams with a muffed Kick Off Return, but Un-Drafted Rookie WR Royce Pollard looked good in a catch and his Punt Return. Mike Tannenbaum is known more for as a numbers guy, but this is the GM that Drafted T D'Brickashaw Ferguson, C Nick Mangold, CB Derrelle Revis, ILB David Harris, QB Mark Sanchez, RB Shonn Greene and oh yeah DE Quinton Coples. He still has the issue of taking care of Derrelle Revis' contract, but since he has been the GM for the Jets, Mike Tannenbaum has made more smart moves than Vernon Gholstons. Jets fans are in good hands with Tanny and Rex leading the way.
What do you think is Tannenbaums best move since he took over in the 2006 Season? Was it a Draft Pick, Free Agent signing, Coach Hire or Contract Extension. Share your thoughts in the Comments section.