Merry Christmas Jets fans! Your team gave you the gift of inexplicably trying to throw 59 times. 59! En route to an embarrassing 29-14 loss. I am putting this loss squarely on the shoulders of the Jets offense, notably Brian Schottenheimer who called an awful game and Mark Sanchez who came up small in a big spot.
I defend Sanchez as much as anybody but he looked skittish all day and his decision making was awful. His game was summed up best by having a chance to drive 93 yards with 2 minutes to go to win the game and by taking a sack in the end-zone on the first play of that drive.
Schottenheimer thought it made sense to start every drive with a 6 yard run and then throw two incomplete passes. I am not sure if Schottenheimer and Sanchez are aware that you are allowed to throw the football outside the hashes and to your wide receivers. You don’t just have to keep throwing 6 yard hook routes to Dustin Keller or checkdowns to your running backs.
The defense had their low moments, most notably allowing a 99 yard touchdown to Victor Cruz. Yet, on the whole came with a solid effort today against a good offense.
This is not a good football team. They are going to need to take a hard look at the roster this off-season and not a look through Rex Ryan’s rose colored glasses. This is not a NFL caliber offense at the moment and until it is, the Jets will not be better than a .500 team.
If you are a hopeless optimist and think the Jets can beat a Miami team who has been much better than them the second half of the year, they would still make the playoffs if they won, Cincinnati lost, Tennessee lost, and Denver OR Oakland lost…so basically what I am saying is…Go Knicks!