No Tebow necessary: Sanchez looks like a star

The Jets offense got a big thumbs up courtesy of Mark Sanchez.

The long-anticipated debut of the Wildcat looked more like the Mildcat.

Talked about ad nauseam since a March trade sent Tim Tebow to the Jets, the Wildcat offense was supposed to be an unpredictable new wrinkle in the Jets’ arsenal. Instead, the Wildcat was tame at best in the Jets’ 48-28 season-opening win over the Bills.

Tebow didn’t throw a single pass and had five rushes for 11 yards in running the scheme.

“I was able to go in there and do some good things. Obviously we’d like to have a big play in there,” Tebow said. “But I felt like we had some good looks and will just continue to get better at it.”

The real star of the afternoon wasn’t Tebow but starting quarterback Mark Sanchez. After a rough start to the game when he threw an interception on the opening drive, Sanchez settled down to go 19-of-27 for 266 yards and three touchdowns.

“He definitely turned it on today,” said wide receiver Jeremy Kerley, who caught Sanchez’s first touchdown pass of the day. “There’s always a big target on Mark’s back and I think he likes it. He’s a guy we trust and know what he’s capable of each week. He showed it today.”

Last week, wide receiver Santonio Holmes claimed that Sanchez was “unsettled” by the trade for Tebow, but the Jets’ starter looked anything but. In fact, he seemed to thrive in the dual-quarterback set-up.

“That’s just the tip of the iceberg. We’ve got plenty more in our grab bag that is the Wildcat,” Sanchez said. “Tim is an explosive guy.”

The situation and flow of the game may have dictated why the Jets decided to dial back on using the Wildcat as much as many had predicted.

“I felt like we did pretty good [on offense]. I felt we had efficient plays,” Tebow said. “Good communication, good out of the huddle. We were efficient for the most part.”

Follow Jets beat writer Kristian Dyer on Twitter @KristianRDyer.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Drive charged in fatal hit and run, police…

The NYPD has arrested a man they say is responsible for a fatal hit and run in Manhattan last weekend. Doohee Cho, 33, was hit…

Local

Mayor de Blasio raises minimum wage for some…

Mayor Bill de Blasio signed an executive order Tuesday morning that will raise the minimum wage for workers employed by private companies that receive more…

National

3 myths about the working poor

Linda Tirado works to debunk some common stereotypes about the working poor in her new book, "Hand to Mouth."

Money

Lawsuit funding advances: friend or foe?

Reporter was commissioned to write this in-depth article Many plaintiffs awaiting resolution of their lawsuit or legal claim often find themselves in a tricky financial…

Going Out

Which NYC restaurant lost its three-star Michelin rating?

A record 73 restaurants in New York City collected coveted Michelin stars on Tuesday as a mix of trendy spots and fine-dining stalwarts underscored the…

Entertainment

Interview: Metro chats with filmmaker Meir Kalmanson, man…

A New York filmmaker hands out smiles to its residents.

Television

TV watch list, Tuesday, Sept. 30: 'Selfie,' 'Utopia'…

'Selfie' This modern day take on the "My Fair Lady" story stars John Cho in the Henry Higgins role. Perhaps instead of "the rain in…

Music

Can't-miss weekend events continue to attract the masses

Reporter was commissioned to write this in-depth article Earlier this summer, the Firefly Music Festival drew crowds of tens of thousands of people to Dover, Delaware.…

NFL

NFL Power Rankings: Cowboys, Packers, Ravens, Chargers climb

NFL Power Rankings: Cowboys, Packers, Ravens, Chargers climb

NFL

Ryan Quigley making a big impact for Jets…

Ryan Quigley, now in his second year as the Jets punter, had an exceptional afternoon with six punts for an average of 51.7 yards per punt.

NFL

3 positives to take from Jets loss to…

The Jets suffered another loss Sunday — 24-17 to the Lions — but the reason why it hurts so much for Jets fans is that…

MLB

Joe Girardi not confident David Robertson will return…

David Robertson was as seamless as anyone could be replacing Mariano Rivera as he converted 39 saves, with a 3.08 ERA and 96 strikeouts in 64 1/3 innings.

Wellbeing

Bees' stingers hold new hope for cancer cure

A promising new lead in the search for a cancer cure has turned up in a place that most people naturally avoid. A team from…

Home

Emily Henderson on small space design

Design expert Emily Henderson shows us how to upgrade our cramped quarters.

Home

Emily Henderson's pet-friendly style tips

Design expert Emily Henderson shows us to live with pets in style.

Education

At one university, college students get to study…

We all know that college students love coffee. Widener University is taking that love to a new level with its Cultivation to Cup program. Inside…