Aug. 18, 2011; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez (6) throws during the first quarter against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE
After Monday's New York Jets practice, quarterbacks Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow were in full damage-control mode. Both quarterbacks were asked about the abysmal Jets' offense thus far in the preseason (9 points, the only team in the league without an offensive touchdown). Both quarterbacks tried their best to draw smiley faces on what has been a ridiculously sad situation thru two preseason games.
Sanchez said "absolutely" when asked if he believed the offense would improve.
"I’ve seen it from this group already against our defense. I’ve seen it on the practice field and now we have to translate it to a game. I think the most important point that Rex (Ryan) talked to us about today, is translating what we do in practice onto the game field," Sanchez said. "We’re called an offense. We have to be on the offensive, we have to score points. That’s the bottom line. It has to happen."
Tebow sounded like he was reading from the same "we will get better" script.
"I feel like every day we're getting better. I think today at practice we showed some good things. We did some good things out there, we hit some big plays and we have to keep getting more consistent and limit the negative plays," Tebow said. "We're going to continue to get better and thankfully these (games) don't count. So we just have to keep getting better each day and stay focused, stay together."
We see what improvements, if any, the Jets are able to make this week when they host the Carolina Panthers Sunday at 8 p.m. ET in their third preseason game.