With the arrival of offensive coordinator Tony Sparano, and backup quarterback Tim Tebow, a lot has been made of the New York Jets offense returning to its "Ground and Pound" roots in 2012. While that will likely be the case, the team's wide receivers are learning that the new offense can be fun for them, too, Jenny Vrentas of The Star-Ledger reported Sunday.
The fun comes from Mark Sanchez and the receivers having the freedom to adjust their routes based on what coverage they see from the defense.
"It allows us to have a little bit more fun," Santonio Holmes said. "And to know when you mess up, it's on us or the quarterback, because of a certain sight or certain be-where-you-are-supposed-to-be-at type deal."
With an offseason shortened by the new collective bargaining agreement, Jets quarterbacks and receivers have had a limited amount of time to learn Sparano's system and get on the same page. That could help explain the low completion percentages during the OTAs and minicamp. Jets receivers and quarterbacks will get a little more work in before training camp when Sanchez brings them together for another "Jets West" passing camp in Southern California.
"There is a lot of responsibility, but with all that responsibility comes a lot of potential," Sanchez said of the new offense. "When it works, everybody feels good and it looks good. It looks fluid, it looks effortless, it just looks easy, and we have the ability to do that."