Well that is about as bad as it gets.
Two embarrassing losses in primetime in the span of four days. Tonight was an absolute doozy. Football is a team game and the Jets are a bad football team at the moment. They are 5-5 and headed in the wrong direction, with no clue as to who they are. I won’t pull a Rex Ryan and declare them dead from the playoffs cause they aren’t, but any realistic person would admit it doesn’t look like we will be seeing them in January this year.
Let’s not delay the inevitable…blame game time –
Mark Sanchez – He was terrible for the second straight game. The pick six was an absolute killer, especially with the type of game this was. If he doesn’t throw that, the Jets roll to a victory tonight. He must be threatening a league record for points directly handed to the other team. There was also continued struggles with game management and absolute no pressing of the football down the field. Nobody defends this guy more than me but the last two games have been major steps back in his development.
Brian Schottenheimer – Answering who the problem is Sanchez or Schottenheimer, is like the chicken or the egg question but Schottenheimer was awful tonight. Defenses sit on the Jets short passing game because they refuse to press the football down the field. I am convinced the only passing plays in their playbook are slants and bootlegs to Dustin Keller for 2 yards.
Offensive Line – Maybe the Jets can’t press the football down the field because they can’t pass protect anymore. Wayne Hunter can’t be a starting tackle in the NFL and Matthew Mulligan can’t play reps in a NFL offense.
Mike Tannenbaum – For cutting Damien Woody and not finding an adequate replacement. For cutting Ben Hartsock and not finding an adequate replacement. For tampering the chemistry of a successful team by parting ways with Jerricho Cotchery, Shaun Ellis, and yes Braylon Edwards who was the team’s only viable deep threat.
Shonn Greene – Needed him to step up with LT being out and he got hurt, showing his durability issues again.
The Entire Defense – They played great all night but choked with the game on the line. I am looking at you Eric Smith for giving up contain on that final play. Antonio Cromartie for playing soft all night. Jim Leonhard for missing a key tackle on the goal-line that started the drive. Calvin Pace for never generating a pass rush. Bart Scott for continuing to have a below average year.
Rex Ryan – We love you big guy, but you were outcoached badly last week and your team wasn’t prepared tonight. You are going to get heat for writing books and promoting movies while coaching a .500 team and you deserve it right now.