This was not just another loss. This was a loss that will change the fate of the Jets franchise for the next few years. Mark Sanchez wasn’t just bad, he was incompetent. The preparation wasn’t just bad, it was completely missing. The execution wasn’t just bad, it was embarrassing. Everyone in the franchise had a hand in this loss, and if I’m Woody Johnson, major changes have to happen.
Where to start? The offense was putrid. Sanchez looked lost from the start and did nothing to make you believe that he can still be the franchise QB that we thought he’d become. Today marked the beginning of the end of the Sanchise era. No question. Many of the fans, including me, were clamoring for Tebow to enter the game. But I do understand why they didn’t put him in. The controversy that would create would be overwhelming, and you don’t just institute a Tebow offense in the 4th quarter. But if he (or Greg McElroy) is not the starting QB after the bye week, then something is wrong. Take the 2 weeks and make the change that has to happen. Nobody, I mean nobody can have confidence in Sanchez at this point. If I’m a Jets RB or receiver, I’m quietly hoping for this change. Tebow time in New York has arrived.
The defense was not much better. The only player that showed up was Laron Landry (he’s a guy they should definitely re-sign, although I’m not so sure he would want to be back). They were flat from the start, committed stupid penalties (welcome back, bad Cromartie) and were beaten by a backup QB and a bunch of 2nd string receivers. They have the players, but don’t have the heart, the execution or the prep. A lot of that falls on the coaches. I’ve never been a Mike Pettine fan and he may be one of the first coaches to go in the offseason (that is if Rex survives).
And Special Teams? This was supposed to be Mike Westhoff’s swan song – his yearlong victory lap. Instead it’s turning out to be a nightmare. An onside kick recovered by the Dolphins, a blocked punt for a TD, a blocked FG and poor coverage on kickoffs. What used to be a unit that the Jets could always rely on, has now become a liability.
This is officially the low point of the Rex Ryan era. It was all fun and games for the first 2 years, and a dominant running game and defense masked the many deficiencies that our supposed franchise QB had. The disappearance of that running game and defense has exposed Sanchez, and more alarmingly Rex, for the player/coach they really are. This was one of the most poorly played games of the Rex Ryan era – on all sides of the ball. The fact that it happened in a “must-win” divisional game at home is beyond comprehension.
Rex will have a lot of questions to answer this week. How could a team be outplayed this badly at home – for the second time this season? As a season ticket holder, I demand answers and changes. If you were one of the fans there today, who came out (and spent hundreds of dollars) despite the fact that Frankenstorm is looming just hours away, you should be livid. It’s one thing to lose, it’s another thing to be outclassed and flat out embarrassed. There was NOTHING positive you could take from this game. I repeat – NOTHING. The team was undisciplined, unprepared and flat. The yapping all week proved to be that – talk. This team is all talk and no action. And that falls on the coach. When they were winning, you could deal with that. Rex has lost this team and for the first time, his leadership and future as coach is in question.
And of course, Tannenbaum should get as much of the blame as anyone. The Tebow trade has been a disaster. You trade 2 draft picks for the guy and then never use him? This was the week that the Jets were going to “empty the tank” when it comes to Tebow. His stat line? 1 rush for 2 yards. ONE RUSH. That’s emptying the tank? If we had a true “backup” QB, he would have been in there by now. The offense is lacking too many playmakers and there is almost no depth on this roster. I would be shocked if he’s back as GM next year.
And so the agony that is life as a Jets fan continues. Another week, another low point. Anyone want to buy some tickets?