By Jordan Aaron
Do you remember beating the Bills 48-28 in week 1, thinking that this might be a good season? Then, we started losing. A lot. Now the season is guaranteed to be a losing season. This is more than a postgame; this is an obituary for the 2012 New York Jets.
Greg McElroy got his first start. I was so excited walking into MetLife stadium. I went into halftime ecstatic, thinking, “Wow, McElroy could start next year.” I still think he can, but I will get to that later.
McElroy had accuracy – for the most part – besides the interception. He was 14-24, which is good for a 58% completion percentage. His QBR was around 69; 2 points better that Mark Sanchez’s season of 67. My problem is that he got sacked 11 times. That can’t happen – ever.
The offensive line almost made me vomit. I sat there watching as McElroy kept getting bombarded my pass rushers. I watched pitches go for no yardage because the blocks weren’t there. It was nothing less than disgraceful. It was like watching bulldozers crash through a wall, bringing McElroy down every time.
The defense started out fantastic. They stopped Philip Rivers time and time again. But straight out of half time, it turned abysmal, as Rivers scored a touchdown, and then one more. But the Jets had time. The two touchdowns could have come easily in one quarter.
The coaching wasn’t all there either. I saw a few opportunities for the Jets to go on 4th and short where they chose to punt. I think that if they went, it could have shifted momentum and they could have come back. Nothing was too terrible, though. I liked the decision to but Jeremy Kerly into the wildcat position. He is a good mobile guy.
I think he is right for the job, and it was a good time to see how he performed in the position, as Tebow won’t be there next year to play wildcat QB.
Now, this is what I have to say to Mike Tannembaum and Woody Johnson going into the office season:
1) Do not sign Michael Vick. Michael Vick wants to start. But he hasn’t finished a season as a starter since 2006 with Falcons, before he went to jail. If you want to blow money at something that stupid, then I am going to become a Texans fan. Sign some linemen and maybe a receiver. Use your money well. Be frugal. Maybe, just maybe, something good can come out of this off-season. There are plenty of free agents this offseason that look real good. Maybe I will make a wish list a little later in the spirit of the holidays.
2) Draft. Draft. Draft. Don’t waste a good draft. An early draft pick is the only perk that comes with a losing record. This years draft class bares some talented men. Not to mention, the Jets could also get an early draft pick out of the Jaguars if they trade Tim Tebow instead of release. Coples wasn’t a bad first rounder, but you should also go for some linemen.
3) Part ways with what needs to be done away with. It is rebuilding time. There are older players on the team that aren’t playing like superstars anymore (Bart Scott). There are also players who demand more money and keep getting injured (Santonio Holmes, Darrelle Revis). I never liked Santonio Holmes. And for Revis – yes he is a great CB, maybe the best in the league, but nobody wants a guy who holds out every year. It has a horrible influence on the team.
Now, I know that there is still one game left and it is too soon to start planning the offseason, but this is a big one. There is a lot to be done. And by the way, maybe get a mascot. Without Fireman Ed, the games are boring. They played a sound byte of the J-E-T-S chant on the speakers today, and I almost cried at how pathetic it was.
Before I end this rant, I feel compelled to put part of the blame on the 12th man. You didn’t even show up! The stadium was so empty, that their disguised multicolored seats that are meant to make an empty stadium look full still looked empty.
And when your possible future quarterback is on the field, in need of support, do NOT ask for the player who won’t be here next Monday to come in. Even if they win, it isn’t progress, because the only person it helps won’t be there next year.