New York Jets' offense back to work after 'vanilla' opener

By Dennis Waszak Jr.

Associated Press

Published: Sunday, Aug. 12 2012 2:59 p.m. MDT

New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez passes against the Cincinnati Bengals during the first half of an NFL preseason football game, Friday, Aug. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati.

Al Behrman, Associated Press

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CORTLAND, N.Y. — Whether it was Mark Sanchez or Tim Tebow at quarterback, the New York Jets' offense showed it still has plenty of work to do under new coordinator Tony Sparano

The Jets had a lackluster performance in a 17-6 preseason-opening loss at Cincinnati on Friday night. Sparano says Sunday the Jets played "as vanilla as we can play," and adds the Jets need to get better at finishing blocks and in their discipline on running routes.

Sparano says Sanchez used a play-calling wristband — or a "binky," as the coordinator referred to it — against the Bengals to help expedite the calls.

While the Jets didn't use the wildcat against the Bengals, Ryan reiterated New York will employ it throughout the season because it is so difficult to defend.

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