Where do I even begin? Before Thursday’s game, I predicted that the game would either be very close, or a blowout. What I didn’t predict was a performance so embarrassing, that the Jets are now the butt (pun intended) of jokes everywhere. This was a loss that brought Jets fans back to the days of Rich Kotite (1-15 record) and Joe Walton – the “same old Jets” days. All of the success and credibility that Rex Ryan and co. earned in the first 2 years was basically wiped out in a span of 52 seconds. It was that bad. My only saving grace was that I didn’t have to watch this lame excuse for an NFL team on Thanksgiving evening. And to think that Woody Johnson REQUESTED that the Jets play on national tv on Thanksgiving night. Well, Woody, you got your wish. I hope you enjoyed watching your $750MM purchase get humiliated in front of 40 million viewers.
Things actually started out well, ironically enough. On the first play of the game, Mo Wilkerson sacked Brady for a loss and the Pats went thee and out. But very quickly, Mark Sanchez proved once again that he is not the franchise QB this team so desperately needs. On the Jets 2nd drive of the game, he once again single-handedly sabotaged any chance they had winning, by throwing his latest red zone INT. And this one was bad, folks. He was baited into a throw into double coverage by the CB – it was a mistake that only rookies make. And with that throw went any momentum and hope that the Jets had early on in the game.
But of course, he won’t be remembered for that play in the game. Oh, no. He will be remembered for what the announcers described as a play right out of “football follies.” (does anyone else remember when they used to show football & baseball bloopers on tv – whatever happened to those?). A play that many are calling the “most embarrassing in NFL history.” If you haven’t seen it by now, here it is. It’s hilarious and sad and embarrassing and painful all at the same time. It was so bad, that it even made headlines in the UK Papers! And it really sums thing up. A QB and a franchise that has no clue where it’s going…
I’m running out of superlatives to describe these losses and this team. How many ways can you say awful/depressing/terrible/pathetic/embarrassing, etc? I’m open to suggestions. Adding further salt to the wound, Rex responded with his latest litany of clueless comments: “I’m just as shocked as you are.” “We are going to fix this.” “Yes, Mark is still our QB.” “Yes, I do think I will be the coach next year and years to come.” (in his defense, what else is he going to say to that question?)
And now it’s come out that Tim Tebow was active as the only back-up QB, despite 2 fractured ribs – which apparently took over a week to diagnose! So if Sanchez did get hurt (and he almost did), they would have to either play an injured Tim Tebow, or go with one of their RB or WRs at QB as their 3rd string QB, Greg McElroy, wasn’t even active. That’s just reckless and clueless coaching.
What I’m most amazed about however is how unprepared and undisciplined they were. If I hear Rex say once more that they “had a great week of practice,” I’m going to personally get on a plane to New Jersey so I can laugh in his face. And while it’s nice to know that the Jets will win the practice Super Bowl this year, it would be nice to see some of that phenomenal practicing paying off on the field. The whole team, with the exception of Landry, Kerley, and Wilkerson, looked as if they would rather be at home with their families, eating Turkey. And frankly, who could blame them? Would you want to suit up and play for this sorry franchise right now?
We season ticket holders pay way too much money to accept this kind of play, especially when our owner forces us to give up part of our Thanksgiving to come watch this team live. Thank you, Mr. Johnson. It’s clear that so far, you care more about ratings and your bottom line (not to mention Mitt Romney), than winning. Please step up and demand some accountability. Make the changes that need to be made, starting with Tannenbaum, and yes, Rex. Thursday’s game changed my opinion on him. It’s clear that he has lost this team and has no clue on how to change things. The housecleaning should start the minute after the final game comes to an end. And if it weren’t for the terrible contract that you gave to Sanchez last year, he should be going as well.
These last 5 games are going to be painful. If I were in charge, I’d give the ball to Greg McElroy. See what you have in this guy. Throw Stephen Hill the ball 15 times a game. Make Bilal Powell or Joe McKnight your starting RB. On defense, bench Bart Scott, Bryan Thomas and anyone else over the age of 30. The rest of the season is all about finding out what little you have to build on for 2013. Start talking to the long list of proven NFL coaches who are currently out of work – Cowher, Gruden, Dungy, Payton, etc. Give them the biggest contract for a coach in NFL history and get them to right the ship. Allow them to help pick the GM as well. Give your fans a reason to be hopeful for 2013. If not, Woody will have a mutiny on his hands. After spending upwards of $25,000 per PSL, the days of accepting mediocrity are over.
You’re officially on the clock, Mr. Johnson.