There is an expression “a win is a win” that is often used in the National Football League. That is the only phrase that can be used following the New York Jets ugly 23-20 overtime win over the Miami Dolphins.
Sanchez struggles- For the second week in a row quarterback Mark Sanchez struggled completing 21 of 45 passes for 306 yards with 1 touchdown and 2 interceptions. Sanchez missed several open receivers and at times looked flustered in the pocket. To say his performance was disappointing is an understatement and he must improve in order for the Jets to have any type of success over the next several weeks.
Holmes breaks out- Santonio Holmes exploded on Sunday as he caught 9 passes for 147 yards. Holmes made several big plays including a key 38-yard grab in overtime that set up the Jets winning field goal.
Lack of playmakers- With Dustin Keller out due to injury the Jets are in desperate need of playmakers to support wide receivers Santonio Holmes and Jeremy Kerley. Rookie Stephen Hill is very inconsistent and tight end Jeff Cumberland is serviceable at best. This could be a continuing theme for the remainder of the season.
Run defense poor- One of the biggest keys for the Jets defense was to stop running back Reggie Bush. Well the defense failed to do that as Bush was running all over them before leaving the game with an injury. For a unit that is supposed to be one of the best in the NFL the Jets defense has been awful in terms of tackling and stopping the ground game.
Lack of a pass rush- The Jets defense continues to struggle getting to the quarterback as they did not sack Ryan Tannehill on Sunday. Some of this could be due to scheme but at this point you would expect Aaron Maybin, Muhammad Wilkerson and company to start beating up the quarterbacks.
Revis injured- As if the Jets performance was not bad enough All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis left the game with a non-contact injury to his left knee. Revis is scheduled for an MRI on Monday.
The Jets stole a win here as Miami blew several opportunities to win the game including missing a field goal in overtime. Mark Sanchez continues to struggle and the defense is not even remotely playing like an elite unit. Add in the upcoming difficult schedule and things do not look good for the Jets right now. I am not sure if there is a quick fix for the team but it would definitely start with the better tackling and establishing some type of running game.