Neither Tim Tebow nor Mark Sanchez played in the Jets' final preseason game last night. The Jets finally scored their first touchdown of the preseason. These facts aren't necessarily related, though you wouldn't be blamed for thinking they are.
The Jets lost to the Eagles 28-10 last night to end the exhibition season at 0-4, but who cares about that: The Jets reached the end zone. As everyone knew would happen, 'twas Greg McElroy who brought them to the promised land, hitting rookie Terrance Ganaway in the second quarter to end the drought. The drought then continued after that.
As usual for the last exhibition game, no major starters played, and the Jets didn't suffer any serious injuries, so all systems go. Or all systems idle, or whatever it is the Jets have been doing for the last month.
Rex Ryan, as usual, isn't worried. That guy isn't much of a fretter.
"I think this team is a lot better than others," Ryan said. "We get to prove it on the field. I know where my bet will be. I believe in this team, and I believe in this coaching staff."
The Jets have had more off-season discussion — sorry, "discussion" — than any team we can remember. This was, of course, all by design. But in nine days, they will have to play an actual football game. It's starting to look like it might be a little gruesome. Though we have faith! (In Greg McElroy.)