Life Without Revis: One of the overriding themes for the Jets this summer has been whether the league's leading defense can repeat the feat without Darrelle Revis. If Friday night's 16-11 loss to the potent-as-a-feather-pillow Redskins was any indication, the Jets will be just fine, thank you. The defense caused Rex Grossman to kick the ball out of the back of the end zone for a safety in the second quarter, forced three fumbles, sacked Washington quarterbacks twice and had an Antonio Cromartie interception overruled by a baffling pass interference call.
The Power Game: Mixed Martial Arts aficionado Rex Ryan reads from the book of ground-and-pound offensive football. The Jets head coach had to be pleased by his team's display of power football against the Redskins. Running backs LaDainian Tomlinson, Shonn Greene and Tony Richardson, along with quarterback Mark Sanchez combined for 150 yards on 25 carries. "I (liked) the way (we moved) the ball, especially on the ground," Ryan said at halftime.
No Passing Grades: The bad news was the passing game. Mark Sanchez was 18-for-27 with 131 yards passing, was sacked twice, one touchdown pass (to Dustin Keller) and one interception. Sanchez has completed 31-of-48 passes this preseason for 270 yards, two touchdowns, two interceptions and has been sacked five times. The second-year QB still holds onto the ball too long and locks in on receivers against mostly vanilla pre-season defenses. What will happen when Sanchez faces exotic schemes during the regular year? The horror.
No Punch: The even worse news was the turnovers and the inability to finish drives off with scores. The Jets committed four turnovers (three fumbles and Sanchez's aforementioned interception) and had three first-half drives stall. Two turnovers—Sanchez's pick and a Santonio Holmes fumble—occurred when the Jets had the ball in Washington territory in the first half. Like every coach at any level of football, Ryan was bothered by the giveaways: "I'm concerned with turning the ball over," the coach said at halftime. "We need to start punching it into the end zone."
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