Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE
Jets fans gave offensive coordinator Tony Sparano a lot of credit for sticking with the run game in their Week 14 win over the Jaguars.
The New York Jets got a much-needed victory in Week 14, beating the Jacksonville Jaguars 17-10 to keep their playoff hopes alive. The Jets started slow offensively and fell behind 3-0 at halftime, but 17 unanswered points in the second half proved too much for the Jaguars to overcome.
Part of the reason New York came alive in the second half was a shift in game plan, as the Jets focused on the running game because quarterback Mark Sanchez was struggling. SB Nation Jets blog Gang Green Nation gave offensive coordinator Tony Sparano credit for making the adjustment:
Sparano takes a lot of heat in this space, and rightly so. His job performance this year has been quite poor. So he deserves credit for what he did today. I really liked his approach. He gave Mark Sanchez as many easy completions and simple reads early in the contest as he could in order to try and get his quarterback going. When that didn't work, he took the ball out of Sanchez's hands and let his offensive line beat up and wear down an inferior opponent. The Jets had greater than a 3-1 run to pass ratio in the second half. It worked, and he stuck with it.
The Jets now sit at 6-7 on the season and will likely need wins in their last three games to make the playoffs. New York travels to Tennessee to take on the Titans in Week 15.