Anyone who has witnessed the Jets play over their first eleven games can attest to the fact that Mark Sanchez lacks a quality supporting cast and knows that Rex Ryan has tried in vain to talk up, and coach up an undermanned team. If the Jets tank at any point during the final stretch of five winnable games though, Ryan must acknowledge that part of the problem this season has been at quarterback by sitting Mark Sanchez. For an entire series. A game. a stretch of games. Otherwise the head coach will become tied to the season long failures of the signal caller, by not even admitting that the problem behind center needs fixing too.
GM Mike Tannebaum will have alot of answering to do in the weeks to come for leaving the Jets with a mediocre and unproven receiving corps aside from Santonio Holmes, and a feature back in Shonn Greene. A power plodder who lacks the attributes needed to break off big runs and accrue big time yardage on a weekly basis. Veteran back and receivers were available prior to training camp but passed over in favor of players like Stephen Hill. A rookie whose penchant for the dropsies should have surprised nobody in the Jets front office, considering that he had just career 46 catches at Georgia Tech.
Sanchez has had a hard time finding anyone to throw to since Santonio Holmes went out during the blowout loss at home to the 49ers in week 4. Hill can’t hang onto the ball, Chaz Schilens is, well, Chaz Schilens, and while Jeremy Kerley has developed some and Dustin Keller is back after a long hamstring injury, it’s been slim pickins for the fourth year QB, who has exuded the body language at times, that his subpar corps doesn’t always run the right route.
Ryan nonetheless observed what he had on the offensive side of the ball in the preseason and still noted that this team was one with “the most talent since I’ve been here.” Ryan willingly brought archaic run play coordinator Tony Sparano in to fix the ground game, and Tim Tebow in to be a fill in the cracks playmaker. Neither have panned out.
Which brings us to Sanchez. The third main character offense besides Sparano and Tebow that Ryan is tied to in this 4-7 season. One that could nosedive at the drop of a hat. If Sanchez struggles down the stretch, during any winnable game that could be saved by changing the energy at QB1, Ryan should pull the trigger. Making a call to the bullpen for Tim “The Terrible Broken Ribbed” Tebow, or even the heady but unproven Greg McElroy. Take your pick.
Win or lose, a switch during this hypothetical scenario would at least note that the head coach has duly noted the play of the starter is unacceptable, because all we have heard from Ryan this year has been that Sanchez gives the Jets “the best chance to win.” As he sidesteps the heavy questions about Sanchez’s key role during losses.
Should it go down the way it has too often in 2012 from Sanchez, with the red zone intereceptions, and sloppy pocket presence, then Rex should cover his you know what and remind both the fans and the owner, that he still sees the road clearly from his driver’s seat. Not doing so would only tie him even more to the failures that keep happening in the pocket.