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The Bad, The Ugly
The New York Jets are now 3-6 in 2012 after a 28-7 dismantling at the hands of the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday. The Jets have now lost three straight games and have as good a chance of making the playoffs as I do of scoring a date with Emma Stone.
Let's quickly recap the Jets' six losses of the 2012 season:
Week 2: Steelers 27, Jets 10: Not really a game in the fourth quarter.
Week 4: 49ers 34, Jets 0: Not really a game in the fourth quarter.
Week 5: Texans 23, Jets 16: Jets with a chance late, Mark Sanchez/dropped pass interception seals it.
Week 7: Patriots 29, Jets 26: Jets with a chance late, Mark Sanchez fumble seals it.
Week 8: Dolphins 30, Jets 9: Not really a game, ever. But Clyde Gates was showboating in the fourth quarter, in the midst of a wonderful career day. So there's that.
Week 9: Jets 0, Bye Week 0: NOT A LOSS
Week 10: Seahawks 28, Jets 7: Not really a game in the fourth quarter.
"Not really a game in the fourth quarter" roughly translates to: BLOWOUT. The NFL is a salary cap league, designed to keep the specter of "Any Given Sunday" alive and kicking. The league and the game are essentially crafted to keep teams relatively equal to one another. The Jets are becoming one member of the very small group of teams every season that aren't a part of that. When you are consistently getting blown out week-to-week, you are a bad football team.
We can go on and on all we want, breaking down who blew what tackle, who whiffed on what block, who dropped what pass, who threw what horrifying interception (hint: it was Sanchez). It doesn't really matter. The Jets are simply losing too many games in an uncompetitive fashion for anyone to think that they're actually going to do something this season other than battle for as high of a pick as possible come April's draft.
The most eyes are on Sanchez, the team's embattled quarterback. And rightfully so. He has been horrible. The fourth-year starter is wilting, week by week, under the pressure that his career crumbling before him. Sunday's performance had just about every aspect of a typical bad Sanchez game, the one that's starting to define his career; a killer interception, logic-defying ignorance for ball security, poor reads and poorer throws, and an overall lack of control over the huddle and the offense. For the better part of three-plus seasons now, the Jets' offense under Sanchez simply hasn't been good enough to win in today's NFL.
So of course, the solution is simple, right? The Jets have Tim Tebow as their backup quarterback! How perfect! Just insert the Lefty Savior and watch the wins pile up!
That's if you think Tebow is any good. Clearly the Jets' brass doesn't, or else they would have made the switch.
This might be the one thing that the Jets' coaches are getting right. As bad as Sanchez has been, the team just isn't going to be any better under Tebow. (Sadly, had the Jets not made the attention-grab to acquire Tebow, they might have a viable option with Drew Stanton, the initial backup quarterback. Again, this team is pathetic.)
The Jets are 3-9 in their last 12 games under head coach Rex Ryan. For the past year-plus, fans and media haven't waited to jump on the struggling quarterback. It's a bit of a mystery as to why the head coach has avoided that same microscopic, nitpicky criticism.
Is it because Ryan brought the team to two straight AFC Championship games in his first two seasons? So did Sanchez. Is it because Rex talks a lot and is funny? Mark Sanchez has dated Kate Upton and Eva Longoria. That's cool too, guys.
Any way you slice it, Rex Ryan has coached a pretty mediocre football team for a year and a half now. He's supposed to be a defensive whiz, yet - despite a good showing overall in Seattle - the Jets' defense has gotten worse each year under him and is now by no means one of the league's top units. He hired Tony Sparano to run the offense, a guy who has called plays once in the NFL and has never coached a top offense. General Manager Mike Tannenbaum is surely to blame for personnel decisions too, but it's hard to believe that Ryan doesn't have any input on what players earn roster spots, especially on defense.
The Jets are likely going nowhere this season, but it isn't even about this season anymore. It's about Sanchez, Ryan and company playing for their jobs. The Jets need to start competing better and on a consistent basis or else they both don't deserve to be back next season.