11/21/2012 07:46 PM
Jets watered down Sanchez's game plan a week ago---will they do it again this week?
The call was emblematic of a shift in the play calling last week. The game plan was straight out of 2009, Mark Sanchez's rookie season: quick throws, conservative plays in the red zone and rollout passes to accentuate his ability to throw on the run.
Obviously, the strategy worked. It served as a road map for Sanchez, who needed to find a safe, comfortable place after three straight games in which he threw a killer interception in scoring territory.
They need more than a game manager to beat the Patriots; they need a game changer. The Jets can't play scared, as they did in the final two minutes of regulation in the first meeting. They have to play the way they did in the first 58 minutes, trusting Sanchez enough to let him attack the Patriots' porous secondary.
At 4-6, the Jets need Sanchez to save the season.
"I think they'll make a conscious effort to protect the quarterback and try to get after the back four," said an opposing personnel executive, who has scouted the Jets and Patriots. "I thought they kind of did that last time."