The New York Jets’ Thanksgiving embarrassment was just one of the examples portrayed by the team that show how bad they are.
Mark Sanchez fumbled when he crashed into a lineman, and the ball was picked up and taken into the end zone. A
special teams fumble went right to Julian Edelman, and he went right to the end zone. Tom Brady threw three touchdowns. Stevan Ridley and Brady ran for one. Mark Sanchez threw an interception in medium field goal range.
Oh, and the Jets lost 49-19 to their rival on national TV. Yes, it’s time for a change.
Yeah, it’s hard to beat the Patriots. But the Cardinals, Seahawks and Ravens have done it this year, and the Bills, Broncos and even the Jets came close. There’s never any excuse for losing by 30 at home and playing sloppy football for 60 minutes.
Now, New York is 4-7 and needing an absolute miracle to make the playoffs.
They aren’t going to get a miracle. Not even Tim Tebow can provide one. So, it’s time to see what the Jets have for 2013, take a new path and blow up the front office.
Woody Johnson didn’t sign up for a 3-6 season (as the owner said two weeks ago), so if he wanted better, he should have ditched Rex Ryan. The Jets don’t look well-coached on the field, and they play sloppy. Remember Sanchez crashing into a lineman for a touchdown? Well, that was one of many busted plays.
There are plenty of coaches out there for the Jets, and there are plenty of options. They could look at Greg McElroy, who helped Alabama win the BCS Championship and could even be starter material. Or, they could use Tebow, trying to see what he can do after limited playing time in 2012.
But, no matter what happens, it has to involve Sanchez being benched. He is too inconsistent and will never get the Jets to a Super Bowl unless he has a Pro Bowl team around him, and with Shonn Greene and Santonio Holmes leading the offense, you can see that that isn’t happening.
So, it’s time to go a different direction. And that may involve picking up another quarterback in the draft.
The pickings for play-callers will be thin in 2013, as Geno Smith, Matt Barkley and Logan Thomas headline the quarterback class of 2013. However, the Jets can’t really go wrong, because things aren’t going well right now (to say the least).
New York will probably be one of the first 15, if not 10, teams to draft, so they could get a decent quarterback. Smith is unlikely, as a team like Jacksonville or Kansas City, both 1-9, will try to nab him (because both are even more needy of a quarterback).
However, Barkley of USC is possible. He is accurate and can be a good quarterback, and Manuel, Landry Jones and Tyler Wilson all could land in the media circus that is New York. However, to get a high draft pick, the Jets won’t be able to win many games. While I’m not saying they should try to lose, I think they should give the reins to Tebow or McElroy for the last five games to test their backups and see if they need to head a different direction.
Because right now, the direction they are headed is south. And that’s not okay for the Jets.