Sanchez Breakdown: Toxic

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Before I get to Sanchez – which I will keep brief anyway – I’m going to abuse my power as a writer for this site to talk about the Jets as a whole.

I will never forget the text message I got from my father, a Jets fan since the Titans days and a season ticket holder since the 1970s, the day after Rex Ryan was hired as the head coach of the Jets. It read: “Rex Ryan 4 year deal: 9-7, 10-6, 8-8, 4-12, Bye bye.” I laughed. My father’s cynicism has certainly thickened with age, but deep down I thought: no one knows this team better than him.

And here we are, in year four, with the Jets stumbling towards another disaster and another rebuild. The ship is rudderless, the problems run deep, and indeed, the Jets are now 3-9 in their last 12 games with Rex Ryan at the helm. Blame Sanchez, blame Tannenbaum, blame whoever you want. The bottom line is that this is a bad football team, which routinely gets blown out in a league that is structured so that basically every game comes down to the final possession. When that’s happening, to paraphrase the great Mike Francesa: YOU STINK, and it ain’t just the quarterback.

But here’s what bothers me most about all of this: people are enjoying it, and those who love the Jets are even more guilty than those who hate them. Ever watch Jets Post Game Live? SNY is a breeding ground for the toxic atmosphere that constantly surrounds this team, as guys like Ray Lucas, Kris Jenkins and Adam Schein (a Giants fan, by the way) can’t wait to pile on after every game, win or lose. Remember, this fan base ran Chad Pennington out of town, and now they’re relishing in the impending round of public executions. The people who wore Tebow jerseys to the opening day game against Buffalo are a symbol of everything that’s wrong with this organization.  It is untenable for any type of long-term success.

Let me be clear: I’m not saying the Jets don’t deserve to be lambasted, nor that people shouldn’t lose their jobs after this season ends. I don’t expect anyone to try and be positive after another 20-plus point loss. But what this team needs is a change in culture…again. Rex Ryan seemed to bring that in 2009 and 2010, but at this point, how is this any different than the Eric Mangini or Herman Edwards eras? The only person who changed the Jets in a meaningful way was Bill Parcells, a first ballot Hall of Fame football mastermind with more clout than anyone else who has ever been associated with this cursed franchise. Anyway, let’s move on and critique the latest performance by THE SANCHISE.

Good lord. I’ve never played quarterback at a level higher than backyard signal-caller on Thanksgiving, and even I would have known to throw the damn ball out of the back of the end zone (was Stephen Hill open underneath the goalposts, by the way?) on the killer goal line interception. Was there any doubt that the game was lost after that play? If there was, Jeremy Kerley’s muffed punt sealed it anyway.

One of the great things about writing for a site like this is the connection you make with other Jets fans. I’ve really come to respect the opinion of Steve Hunter (@SportsGeek33 on Twitter, give him a follow if you haven’t already). His level-headed, fact-based commentary is a breath of fresh air in an otherwise badly polluted discourse when it comes to the Jets’ beleaguered quarterback. Steve made a comment during yesterday’s game that Sanchez’s faults are ingrained. At this point, it’s hard to disagree with this, as the sack-fumble in the fourth quarter yesterday proved. Hasn’t Sanchez been sacked enough times at this point to know not to try and throw it when he’s in the defender’s grasp? I guess not.

I have written thousands of words defending this quarterback, and now I’m spent. The statistics show regression, the eye test shows worse: a player who has no chance of succeeding in his current situation. The shame of it is that the Jets had a real chance to develop Sanchez into a good NFL quarterback after 2010. He was trending in the right direction. But the lack of support in terms of coaching and skill position players, not to mention the acquisition of Tim Tebow, combined with Sanchez’s own shortcomings have doomed this plan.

So of course, Sanchez will go somewhere like Arizona once he’s released and lead them to a division title, right? That would be SO Jets.

5 thoughts on “Sanchez Breakdown: Toxic

  1. Rob,
    Nice article. I often read this site to see how “real” fans are feeling. For the record I have great disdain for this organization. Every time they win two games in a row Jets fans start talking Super Bowl. It gets very old very quick and I am the antithesis of your father as I have hated them since the Titan days. But why are we giving Old Rexy any credit or even a free pass. It’s ok to blame Tannebaum because he is awful at evaluating talent. But to say Rex is a good coach and some even say great coach! Is the biggest insult to anyone who knows football. Classless, obnoxious, clueless and now obviously delusional (“He gives us the best chance to win”)how long can true Jets fans listen and tolerate this. Fire the bunch! Go after Gruden, Cowher or the Oregon coach, sorry can’t think of his name off hand. But they won’t and we all know why because winning isn’t everything it’s the back page that counts for this owner. This organization deserves this fate.

  2. That text from your dad is freaking me out. Maybe he could write some stuff for the ToTJ. It would be interesting to hear from someone with that much perspective on the franchise.

  3. Good write up. What makes matters worse then realizing that the Jets are a pretty bad team is that they just played the toughest game left on their schedule. Meaning they find a way to squeak out 4-5 more wins, costing themselves about 15 spots in the draft and avoiding major retooling.
    Seriously tho, with this owner, the Jets will never have a championship caliber team. As much as ppl rag on Tanny, yes he has been sitting on his hands for two seasons, but who is gonna come in and do a better job?
    Rex is not a good coach, Tony is an awful OC and Tanny obviously gave up two years ago.
    On the bright side when the Jets suck it’s easy to not watch the games and enjoy my Sunday. Way to go Woody, I’d rather play on my Xbox then watch your team.

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