By John Touhey
The Jets’ first primetime game of the year was not as bad as everyone thought it was going to be. Sure Mark Sanchez was frequently booed and Tim Tebow cheered, but that was expected.
What wasn’t expected was the fact that at halftime the Jets were only down by 10 and even had a chance to win the game late in the 4th quarter. The elephant in the room is the pathetic excuse of a running game.
Shonn Greene, the back that everyone in the Jets organization thought was good enough to carry the load, was held to a miniscule 26 yards. What’s baffling is Bilal Powell has the best average and has not been getting more carries. As a result of a lack of offense the defense is once again on the field for more than half the game.
Despite an interception by Antonio Cromartie the defense will become less and less efficient if they continue to be run into the ground. Sacks are necessary if the Jets want to get out of this slump. Without a decent pass rush quarterbacks all around the league will rip the secondary apart. In addition, the play of Sanchez has been putrid.
Rex Ryan said he played better than his stats showed. Well last time I checked numbers never lie, and neither does the game film. Sure interceptions are going to happen that’s the nature of the game. But Sanchez cannot be throwing picks in the red zone when his team is in dire need of touchdown, which inevitably led to a Texans field goal.
I’m sick of his body language too, always looking like a child who just got spanked. Sanchez may say all the right things after the game, but actions speak louder than words. It is time to make a change. If Rex wants to run the football there is one guy on the team who can drastically improve the running game.
I’m not even going to mention his name because the decision should be making itself. Sanchez needs the perfect team around him to succeed and this Jets squad does not even come close. The time has come to look at other options and I see one in number 15.