Since the Jets last left us with an abysmal showing against the Fish, Hurricane Sandy ripped through the region. By the time of Sunday’s kickoff we may even have a new Commander in Chief. So much can change in a few week’s time. In the NFL, fourteen days is an eternity. Given the opportunity to reflect during the bye week, here is where we stand on the state of the Jets.
Sandy Was A Tale Of Two Cities
So much for living breathing and eating football. How about just living, eating and breathing?
It goes without saying that being downtown near evacuation zone A during the storm was rough. No power, no heat, and dwindling supplies being sold by depleted stores was the scene right afterwards. We heard the Con Ed explosion. It happened just blocks away. Midway through the post Sandy fallout, my girlfriend and I were fortunate enough to have a place to stay up near Central Park West. What a different world.
Life was business as usual uptown. There were streets lit up unlike below 40th st and the new neighborhood “NoPo,” meaning no power. People going to and from work. Supermarkets were stocked. A stark difference from the images we began to see of places downtown and ravaged areas like New Dorp, on televised news reports.
Being across the street from Central Park, we watched the NYC Marathon drama unfold firsthand. Generators and media tents set up for Sunday, then packed up after Mayor Bloomberg called the race odd on Friday.
The experience of seeing both NYC worlds was an unforgettable one. After so much time focusing on the Jets and their forgettable first half, the perspective on the things in life that really count, was sorely needed. We wish all the storm ravaged regions and families a speedy recovery. Our thoughts are with you and more donations from our end will be on the way in the coming weeks.
The QB Nonsense
Chalk our hardened view this week of the Jets QB drama up to last week’s historic disruption caused by Sandy, but enough is enough. The Jets have to use Tim Tebow and quit being afraid of his upside.
If the effects of Tebow engineering a TD drive rattle Sanchez’s confidence, too bad. The Jets have to score now, win now, and find leadership now. If #6 can’t step up out of the role of some three point shooting role player, let someone else try. We need a general running this operation. It’s no longer about who makes what throws more consistently. It’s about a QB commanding respect and getting others to follow. We have had it.
The young Seahawks are fast, strong, energetic, and hell to deal with at home. If the Jets plan to bring their sorry attitude from the Miami drubbing out West with them, we have a suggestion before they do.
Stay at home and save yourself a second straight embarrassment.
After Sundays results, only the Colts and Steelers are at a wildcard leading 5-3. The Dolphins, who the Jets still could end up winning a divisional tie breaker against, are 4-4. The Chargers, who will face the Jets in December, are also 4-4. Being a paltry 3-5 (along with Buffalo, Oakland and Cincinnati) never looked so good.
The Jets have the opportunity to put the first eight games behind them and somehow STILL reach their goals.
The question is, what have the coaches learned about their current personnel in the past eight days and what do they plan on doing about it? We will soon find out. No excuses allowed.
After all, alot of people locally right now have it alot worse and are standing tall despite the extreme conditions. The undermanned Jets would be wise to seek a little professional inspiration from them.