Jets offense off to a rough start
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Things were supposed to look a lot different for the Jets’ offense.
There’s a new coordinator in Tony Sparano, a rededication to a run-first approach, and the addition of the elusive and electrifying Tim Tebow.
So far, this year’s Jets look a lot like last year’s — and that’s not a good thing. At all.
‘‘It’s the second preseason game,’’ quarterback Mark Sanchez said Sunday, trying to ease everyone’s fears. ‘‘It’s not time to hit the panic button. You have to improve and learn from this stuff. I know we can do it.’’
Through two preseason games, the Jets have failed to score a touchdown, with their 9 points coming on field goals.
‘‘I don’t think you can get frustrated,’’ Tebow said. ‘‘We haven’t even played a real game. When the regular season gets here, then that’s when it’s for real. We've got to continue to show improvement and get better every day.’’
Sanchez has been sacked five times, and Tebow was visibly upset with the offensive line Saturday night in the Jets’ 26-3 loss to the Giants after taking one of his four sacks.
‘‘I'm not sure what play exactly, but probably just frustrated,’’ he said. ‘‘We want to get on the same communication and have it run smooth, everyone being on the same page.’’
The Jets’ starters probably will play about three quarters next Sunday night against Carolina and then sit until the season opener against Buffalo Sept. 9.
Video irks Coughlin
Tom Coughlin talked about the usual pros and cons after watching the video of the Giants’ win over the Jets, and the report on injuries to running back Ahmad Bradshaw (hand) and rookie cornerback Jayron Hosley (toe) seemed OK.
What the coach had a problem with Sunday was a video of Pro Bowl defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul throwing second-year cornerback Prince Amukamara into an ice bath at training camp at the University at Albany. It was tweeted by punter Steve Weatherford Saturday and it contains some inappropriate language. The incident also could be considered hazing or even bullying.
“I'm going to look into it. I'm going to talk to the parties involved,’’ said Coughlin.
‘‘Anything that occurs within this family or within our group should not be a part of any social media aspect,’’ Coughlin added. ‘‘I'm going to address that strongly.”
Amukamara told the Star-Ledger of Newark after the game that he was confused getting thrown into the ice bath since he isn’t a rookie, but he said: ‘‘I know it’s all love. Yeah, no one ever likes it . . . but it doesn’t mess up our team morale or anything.’’
Orakpo not badly hurt
Brian Orakpo’s agent told the Washington Post the MRI taken Sunday on Orakpo’s injured left shoulder showed “nothing serious at all.” The Redskins’ Pro Bowl linebacker was hurt during Saturday night’s exhibition loss to the Bears. It’s the same shoulder that required surgery after the final game of last season . . . Chiefs safety Kendrick Lewis won’t need surgery for the right shoulder injury he sustained in Saturday night’s exhibition loss to the Rams, but coach Romeo Crennel said the two-year starter will miss ‘‘a bit of time.’’ Lewis had surgery in the offseason to repair a torn pectoral . . . Chargers wide receiver Vincent Brown will be sidelined indefinitely after suffering a broken ankle in Saturday night’s exhibition win over Dallas. Coach Norv Turner didn’t know yet if Brown will need surgery . . . Titans linebacker Gerald McRath will have season-ending surgery to repair a partially torn patella tendon in his left knee. McRath tried to play through the injury during training camp, but decided to have the surgery.
Luck is up and down
Andrew Luck shook off a pair of early interceptions to put together three second-quarter scoring drives Sunday night, giving the Colts a halftime lead before the Steelers rallied for a 26-24 exhibition victory in Pittsburgh. The top overall pick completed 16 of 25 passes for 175 yards and added a 1-yard touchdown run. Against the Steelers’ first-string defense, the Colts managed just one first down on their first three possessions, the third one ending with Luck having his interception returned 50 yards for a TD by Ike Taylor. Colts defensive end Robert Mathis left in the first quarter with a shoulder strain and did not return. Indianapolis wide receiver Austin Collie suffered a blow to the head in the first quarter while trying to haul in a pass and was removed with a possible concussion . . . Packers Pro Bowl wide receiver Greg Jennings was back on the practice field after sitting out more than two weeks following a concussion apparently sustained Aug. 3 during a scrimmage. Jennings said he will play in Thursday’s exhibition at Cincinnati. Tight end Jermichael Finley returned to practice as well after missing the two games with a quadriceps injury.