This is really starting to get old. Another week, another loss, and more controversy. The game on Sunday was a joke. And nothing epitomized the Jets season like the 3 play sequence in the 2nd quarter where the Jets drove to the red zone and brought in Tebow on 3rd and goal to hopefully take it in for the TD. By now, you know what ensued – Keller was called for a terrible false start penalty which led to Sanchez coming in to replace Tebow, who then threw one of the worst INTs of his career – and that’s saying a lot. Everyone knows you can’t pump fake when you are that close to the end zone – there are too many defenders in a tight area; it negates the impact – but Sanchez pump faked twice, never taking his eyes off of his intended receiver. It was a rookie mistake made by a 4th year QB. Sadly, that pass did not rank as Sanchez’ worst of the year – this one did. How is this guy still our starter?
The week that followed was typical Jets. Rex continued to stand by his “franchise” QB even though the rest of the sports world is calling for a change. An unnamed source inside the Jets locker room called Tebow “terrible,” which led to Ryan calling that player a coward. A former Jet, Rob Turner (a back-up offensive lineman), who now plays for the Rams, called the Jets the “Chicago Cubs of football.” And through it all, many players remain confident that the Jets, at 3-6, can still make the playoffs. Right. (that said, in 2009, the Jets were 4-6 and then went on to the AFC championship game).
A loss this week against the Rams would be the final dagger for any fan or player who still has hope for this season. Even with an “easy” schedule ahead, at 3-7, the Jets would have to run the table to even have a chance at the playoffs. And with New England coming to town on Thanksgiving night, that ain’t happening.
In the next few months, A lot will be written about what has to change with the Jets. I’ve been saying for some time that it starts with Tannenbaum. After a great start to his career as GM, it’s been all downhill. His strategy of trading away draft picks to move up in the draft has not paid off, and if you like at the Jets’ recent drafts, you would be hard pressed to find a ton of impact players (Wilkerson and Kerley are the exceptions with Coples, Hill and Davis showing promise). This review of his performance in another Jets blog is pretty sobering: http://tinyurl.com/akj8q8z.
I’ll still be watching on Sunday, but it’s hard to get excited about this team when you have no faith in the leadership. To hear Rex and Tannenbaum stand by Sanchez and the rest of the team week after week is getting old. There is no accountability and no real commitment to winning. Thankfully, for the first time, Woody Johnson expressed some anger about the 3-6 record. We can only hope that if the losing continues, he will force the needed changes.
On a lighter note:
- Grantland last week ran one of the funniest stories about Tebow that I’ve ever read – it is a must read.
- Huge congrats to R.A. Dickey on his Cy Young. There hasn’t been much for us Mets/Jets fans to be happy about in 2012, but Dickey was one of them. You would be hard pressed to find a more thoughtful and sincere player in sports in right now. If the Mets don’t sign him to an extension, there should be a mutiny.
- The Knicks are off to one of their best starts in franchise history. Even with the loss to Memphis last night, you have to be excited about what’s happening at the Garden. I grew up watching Knicks teams that were known for their intimidating defense – Oakley, Mason, Starks, Ewing, etc. – and it’s nice to see a return to that form. Woodson deserves some kind of medal for even getting Carmelo to play defense. If this team stays healthy (a BIG if), they will be a force to be reckoned with deep into the playoffs.
On a more personal note, it was a week of both loss and life in my family. My paternal grandmother of 88 years left us last week. Nearly 45 years ago, she and my grandfather decided to purchase season tickets for this “new football team” and a family of Jets fans were born. She spent many a cold day in Shea Stadium with my grandfather and father, watching Joe Namath, Don Maynard, Richard Todd, Ken O’Brien, etc.. And while she undoubtedly saw more losses than wins, she always remained a loyal fan. I’m sure she’ll be watching on Sunday from wherever she is.
Just a few days after her passing, the newest Jet fan in the family was born, as my sister gave birth to Luke Charles. The circle of life and Jets fandom continues…