If a team ever needed a win to start getting back on track – it’s the New York Jets.
Last week the season of disaster for the Jets continued, as they lost to the Seahawks, and seemed by the fourth quarter to be on the verge of giving up for the entire season.
The Jets are on the verge of losing four consecutive games for the first time since dropping six straight in 2007, and much of the blame has fallen on the right arm of the struggling QB – Mark Sanchez.
He finished 9 of 22 for 124 yards and an interception while losing a fumble for the third straight week in last 28-7 loss. Sanchez, who has completed an NFL-worst 52.0 percent of his passes, isn’t making excuses for his spotty play.
“I have got to make better decisions,” said Sanchez, whose 70.9 passer rating ranks 30th. “Careless mistakes. Totally on me.”
Maybe it’s time to see what Tim Tebow can do? Most of New York agrees – so what is coach Rex Ryan waiting for?
The Jets are 3-6, and one more loss and they probably can officially kiss their playoff hopes so long. A win with Tebow leading the way can put a boost of confidence in them – so why not see that the former Broncos QB can do?
But no – Ryan has decided to stick with him as the starter despite calls for Tebow to take over and questions of Ryan’s own job security.
“With me, I will never waver,” Ryan said. “I am not going to make a decision to save my job. I am in it to win games. I’m not sitting back concentrating on how do I save my job. I am concentrating on how do we win.”
Tebow, in his typical fashion, brushed off the alleged comments and pledged to do whatever is necessary to help the team.
“I always find the good and the positive in every situation,” Tebow said. “The positive of this is to go and work a little harder and build better relationships with your teammates.”
Sanchez had similar thoughts.
“I’ve been in those shoes,” Sanchez said. “I feel for Tim. You wake up the next day and you keep playing.”
Combined with the internal issues, New York must now contend with a Rams team that played NFC West-leading San Francisco to a 24-all tie last Sunday on the road.
The Jets have go to stop the Rams and get a lead in this game, something that has been a major problem throughout this losing streak. They fall behind, and then BAM – game over.
Sam Bradford played pretty well last week in the tie, and the Rams run game shows fight every time they carry the ball, which spells trouble for the Jets run D.
Time to see Tebow – and not just for one play. It won’t happen, and the Jets will be 3-7 when it’s over. Such a shame.
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