Lost in the Tebow lovefest put on by ESPN is the fact that the New York Jets enter the 2012 season as a team viewed as having a pretty decent shot at finishing the year in the bottom third of the league. So far this preseason, the Jets remain the only team that has yet to score a touchdown. The offense has looked equally anemic under the reigns of both current starter Mark Sanchez and backup Tim Tebow. The shortcomings on the offensive side of the ball were not lost on Jets All-World cornerback Darrelle Revis, who shared his concerns on his team’s current predicament.From NFL-AtL:
Darrelle Revis said last week that Mark Sanchez needs to take the “next step” and become a top-10 quarterback. But is that even possible considering the weapons around him?
“I don’t know,” Revis told Newsday while shaking his head. “I don’t know.”
“I don’t really know how this is going to pan out. I just hope that they do what they need to do on offense,” Revis said, sounding a lot like a radio talk show caller. “And not to divide this — I’m supporting those guys. I think the only thing you can do is be supportive. Right now it’s still preseason.”
The Jets used the formula of an absolutely smothering defense to go along with a clock controlling ground and pound offensive scheme on their way to consecutive appearances in the AFC Title game in 2009 and 2010. 2011 saw that approach blow up in their faces as the defense regressed and the offense imploded both on the field and in the locker room, with Jets skill players taking anonymous shots at each other through the media. With things looking bleak as preseason progresses, the Jets have their work cut out for them as they attempt to improve upon last year’s disappointing end.