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Blame Goes all Around, Not Just on the QB for the Jets Wasted Season

Consistency a reliability or uniformity of successive results or events. Consistency a word the Jets should study up on.

The fans will blame Mark Sanchez, and he deserves his share after his three-interception debacle Sunday against the Miami Dolphins. Blame Mark Sanchez all you want, because so much of the season-finishing loss to the Dolphins was specifically on No. 6.

The 19-17 defeat at three-quarters-empty Sun Life Stadium seemed to be Sanchez’s year in a microcosm – tentative, with the lows far outweighing the highs. It certainly offered plenty of evidence to back up his detractors’ stance that the Jets should think about replacing their “franchise” quarterback in what surely will be a drama-filled offseason. -Bart Hubbuch, New York Post

Is Sanchez why the Jets finished the year with nearly $9 million in room under the salary cap when they had so many glaring holes to fill?

Is Sanchez why the running game ranked near the bottom of the league all season?

Is Sanchez why Brian Schottenheimer called 59 passes against the Giants in a close game against the NFL’s 22nd-ranked run defense?

Is Sanchez why Rex Ryan’s defense allowed a 21-play drive to the Dolphins today that took up an astounding 12 minutes, 29 seconds, and appears to be the longest  in NFL history?

The blame starts up front in management with general manager Mike Tannenbaum. It’s Tannenbaum’s fault because the roster still has two major problems: an inability to rush the passer and a passing game that lacks playmakers. In an era where passing is the way to win, the Jets can’t throw it well enough and they don’t knock the quarterback down enough. The offensive line was among the worst in the league. Tannenbaum allowed Wayne Hunter to be this teams starting right tackle without any capable backup on the roster. On multiple occasions this season Wayne Hunter has been the reason Mark Sanchez has been almost killed on the field.

Very few of Tannenbaum’s personnel decisions this year paid off, and several of them  particularly the signing of Derrick Mason and the decision to give Santonio Holmes big money – blew up in the Jets’ faces. Not bringing back important veteran leaders also contributed to the turbulent locker room.

It doesn’t help Sanchez that Tannenbaum made the decision to actually get older and slower at receiver this summer. They let Braylon Edwards and Jerricho Cotchery go. Derek Mason and  Plaxico Burress replaced them. That’s two players in their mid-30s, one playing after two years in prison, and neither was fast when they were in their prime.

Blame must of course be giving to the coaching staff and of course head coach of the Jets, Rex Ryan. Ryan and his bragging, look-at-me, take-no-prisoners way doesn’t bother me. No games are ever won or lost by what is said, and why wouldn’t he say he expects his team to win a Super Bowl, banging his chest in the process? The problem I see with the Jets as it relates to Ryan isn’t the hot air he blows, but it’s that his team seems to lack discipline.

 How else can you explain a team captain receiver Santonio Holmes getting into an altercation with his teammates in the huddle, then getting pulled out of the game during a key two-minute drive?

What is worse after the game neither Ryan or Holmes would assume responsibility. Not what you want from your teams captain and head coach.

“I looked out there and was wondering why he wasn’t out there myself,” Ryan said. “So I did not bench Santonio. You’ll have to ask him. I was trying to follow the play and I noticed he wasn’t in there. Somebody told me he was on the bench.”

Ryan might not change that cocky style, and said as much, but he needs to tighten the reins on his players.

Rex Ryan’s “vaunted” defense was only ranked 7th best in football this year far from in the top three like this team promised. On to many occasions they wet bet and squandered a late lead. A defense can never be called elite if they can not close a game out.

Since Mark Sanchez has been here the expectations for him have been to win the super bowl or bust. Mark Sanchez has played three seasons and in two of them he took his team to 30 minutes away from the super bowl. He has won big game after big game for this team. Over the last two seasons no quarterback in football has more come from behind 4th quarter victories than Mark Sanchez. You don’t win four road playoff games in your first two NFL seasons – against group that includes Tom Brady and Peyton Manning, it should be noted – by accident.

 A look around the NFL in the past shows that an offensive coordinator can make the difference in a quarterbacks development. The idea that you can’t win with Sanchez is a little much. He has proven he can be a big time quarterback in flashes. Eli Manning faced the same thing in his third season when the Giants finished 8-8. After Eli Manning’s offensive coordinator was fired  the Giants that next season went on to win the super bowl.

Jets fans need to watch one more year where they can see if Sanchez can succeed with  a good offensive coordinator before everyone declares him a complete bust. Just remember Drew Brees was a failure as a quarterback too until he joined up with Sean Payton. Bree’s was even benched in a game during his 3rd season in the league. I am not comparing Mark Sanchez to Brees’ but I am just trying to prove a point that a offensive coordinator  can make that big of a difference in quarterbacks development.

Like it or not Mark Sanchez will be this teams starting quarterback for at least the 2012 season. Peyton Manning will not be with Gang Green next year, despite all the rumors. The Colts say Manning isn’t on the market. And there is no reason for one AFC team to help another get to the Super Bowl.

Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin III? That’s not happening, either. The Jets aren’t close to being in position to draft either quarterback. Trading up wouldn’t make much sense with all that is invested in Mark Sanchez.

Sanchez has two years left on his five-year, $44 million rookie contract. The Jets won’t make him an expensive backup in 2012 and they can’t trade him. Instead, the Jets will do all they can to support Sanchez and make him better.

“You’ve got to ask yourself the tough questions and figure out how you can help this team,” Sanchez said. “You’ve got to ask yourself the tough questions and figure out what you did well and reinforce that, but obviously what you can clean up.”

For the Jets one thing is for certain, major changes are needed to get this team back to where Rex Ryan has publicly said he expects this team to go, Super Bowl XLVII in 2013 in New Orleans.

 


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One Response to “Blame Goes all Around, Not Just on the QB for the Jets Wasted Season”

  1. ike rauth says:

    Not sure Burress was a problem so much as hunter you have to give your QB a chance to throw, how management made us go through the season with smith and poole as our safties is another huge blunder and they better get anopther linebacker to go with david because we looked sooo slow at that spot also, you are right tannenbaum dropped the ball big time if he doesn’t bounce back HE has to go!

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