Mark Sanchez was completely out of sorts, misfiring to open receivers and tossing a pair of ill-advised interceptions. The Jets converted merely one of five red zone attempts as the offense stalled time and time again deep in Miami territory. As bad as Santonio Holmes was last week in Pittsburgh, he turned his fortunes around and put on a virtuoso performance to the tune of nine receptions for 147 yards, including a 38-yard catch and run to set up the game-winning field goal. Sanchez's last two outings are proof that the Jets need to turn to Tebow and the Wildcat particularly in goal line situations.
A decoy. That's all Tim Tebow appeared to be on Sunday in Miami as offensive coordinator Tony Sparano was reluctant to let his Wildcat extraordinaire run loose. Running back Shonn Greene was largely ineffective and third-down tailback Bilal Powell made a strong case for a gaining a larger share of the rushing workload. The Dolphins defensive front was every bit as good as advertised as they limited New York to just 88 rushing yards and a paltry 2.7 yards per carry. Gang Green's rushing woes beg the question, where in the world was Tebow?
Without cornerback Darrelle Revis , who suffered a knee injury in the third quarter, the Jets secondary kept Dolphins' rookie quarterback Ryan Tanenhill under wraps for most of the afternoon. Safety LaRon Landry kicked off the second half with an 18 yard interception return for a score to knot the game at 10-10. Despite leading Miami to field goal attempts in the final minutes of the final period and then again in overtime, Tannenhill finished with just a 50.2 passer rating. The Jets are now the NFL's worst third-down defense allowing over a 60 percent conversion rate.
Shonn Greene charging ahead for the extra yard
Dolphins running back amassed 61 yards on ten carries before leaving with 23 seconds remaining in the first half following a knee injury. Backup Daniel Thomas and third=stringer Lamar Miller combined to gain 109 yards on 19 carries in Bush's absence. The Dolphins tallied 185 yards on the ground with a pair of touchdowns and were the true ground-and-pound team on Sunday.
The Jets most unheralded player on Sunday was newcomer Robert Malone. New York's new punter booted four of his six kicks inside the 20-yard line and boomed a 62-yarder just for good measure. Placekicker Nick Folk made good on all three of his field goal attempts including a 33-yarder in overtime to propel New York to victory. Punt returner Jeremy Kerley totaled 45 yards on three returns to go along with his two receptions for 73 yards including a seven yard go ahead touchdown.
It was a head-scratcher from a coaching standpoint as the Jets squandered four red zone trips without utilizing their most powerful rushing weapon in Tebow. When New York traded for the former Heisman Trophy winner back in March, Sparano indicated his desire to take advantage of Tebow's rushing ability in a variety of packages and formations. Through three games, Tebow has made a minimal impact and the coaching staff has yet to take the training wheels off the Jets offense. Until Gang Green figures out how to employ their Wildcat package, expect their offensive woes to continue.