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 Sanchez Days in New York are Over

Monday night in Tennessee was the last straw for Mark Sanchez. Don’t expect the fourth-year quarterback to ever see a snap in a Jets uniform again. The Jets announced today that they will be looking to trade him this offseason. The Sanchez era is New York is finished.

It has just been a nightmare season for Sanchez. Monday night was the icing on the cake. Sanchez cost the Jets not only the game, but a chance at the playoffs. Rex Ryan gave him all the opportunities in the world week after week and he continued to let down his coach, his team, and the fans. Monday night’s loss all falls on the shoulders of Sanchez. It was a performance worse than any of his prior disasters. Sanchez threw for an embarrassing four interceptions and if that wasn’t enough, he couldn’t handle a snap in the final minute costing the Jets the game. Five turnovers, all on pitiful decisions made by a quarterback who has lost all confidence that he once had.

The quarterback who led the Jets to two straight AFC Championship games is long gone. His performance last season was bad. This season, it has been disgraceful. While he has had nowhere near the talent on offense that he did the past three seasons, his play has been brutal. He has made throwing decisions that you would see from a rookie, not a guy who has been in the league for four seasons. His 17 interceptions and seven fumbles lost this season say it all. 24 turnovers from your quarterback won’t get you to .500, let alone a spot in the playoffs. Sanchez has led the NFL in turnovers the last two seasons with an astounding 50.

Rex Ryan has finally made the decision to go with Greg McElroy at starting quarterback Sunday when the Jets return home to play the Chargers. The Jets will see what McElroy has and determine if he could be the answer at quarterback for the future. Clearly, the Jets aren’t very fond of Tim Tebow taking over as the starter as he still has not been given the chance. Tebow is now requesting to be released or traded as he deserves a shot somewhere else. This team brought in Tebow and didn’t use him. A guy who helped lead the Broncos to the playoffs last season deserves a shot to play and for some reason, the Jets felt Sanchez deserved it more.

Sanchez is due to make just over $8 million next season. The Jets will be looking to trade him this offseason. The question remains who will take over. Reports have said that the Jets are interested in Michael Vick and Vick would be willing to play for Gang Green if Sanchez is gone. There’s a very good chance that Vick will be the New York Jets starting quarterback next season.

So where will Sanchez go? Where will Tebow go? Will Vick be the Jets starter in 2013? Get ready for another dramatic Jets offseason folks.

 09/23/2012 – SPORTSTALK1240

Hosted by Kevin Cunningham, Justin Zucker and Joe Balarezo. Topics on the show included the NHL lockout, the Jets overtime victory in Miami, and other NFL action. In the secord half of the program, the guys talked some MLB baseball including the Mets disappointing season and the Yankees drive for the playoffs.

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 Jets on the Mark in Rout of Bills

Sunday at the Meadowlands was proof that the preseason just does not matter.

The Jets’ offense exploded for four touchdowns in the season opener this afternoon against the Bills. Gang Green crushed Buffalo, 48-28 in a wild game at MetLife Stadium. Mark Sanchez had a sparkling debut throwing for 266 yards and 3 touchdowns. Rookie Stephen Hill caught 5 passes for 89 yards to go with 2 touchdowns. Jeremy Kerley had a breakout performance with a 12 yard touchdown catch and a 68 yard punt return for a touchdown. Tim Tebow came in for the wildcat and carried the ball 5 times for 11 yards.

The Jets’ offense was in cruise control and their defense was absolutely dominant for the first 40 minutes of the game. After Sanchez made a poor throw that was intercepted on the Jets’ opening drive, it seemed like the “Te-Bow” chants were on the way. That would be the only mistake Sanchez would make all day. Darrelle Revis would intercept Ryan Fitzpatrick and it was all Jets from there.

Sanchez was spot-on with his passes all afternoon. It was something that Jets fans can definitely get used to. Hill, Kerley, and Santonio Holmes were his main targets on the day catching a combined 13 passes for 202 yards.

The ground and pound was successful as Shonn Greene carried the ball 27 times for 94 yards and a touchdown. Tebow came in as a tight end on the first offensive play of the game. He carried the ball for 11 yards. The run game complemented the pass game very well Sunday afternoon.  Expect to see Tebow get more wildcat carries and different packages as the season goes on.

Most importantly, the Jets’ secondary was very impressive for the most part. They were falling apart in the fourth quarter, but for the most part they held Fitzpatrick in check. They forced him into three interceptions with one of them being a pick six. Revis left the game with an injury, but is expected to be ready for next week.

It was an electric atmosphere at the Meadowlands Sunday. The crowd was ready for some football. The beginning of the season always brings new hope. Not one person out of the 79,088 people expected a 48-point performance from the Jets, which happens to be the most in franchise history in the season opener.

It was definitely a good performance by the offense, defense, and special teams, but there are definitely a lot of things the Jets need to work on. Their defense had trouble stopping C.J. Spiller and the running game allowing him to run for 169 yards and a touchdown. Also, the pass rush was awful for Gang Green. Fitzpatrick had all day to throw allowing him to get some of those late touchdowns. Pass rushing was the Jets’ weakness last season and could be this year. Look for Rex Ryan’s team to put some more pressure on the quarterback, especially next Sunday.

The Jets head to Pittsburgh to face the Steelers Sunday. Ben Roethlisberger should play, unless the birth of his child ends up happening Sunday. While the Jets still have a lot to work on, Sunday was a good sign and a good start. The offense can put up points and move the ball. The defense can stop the pass. Let’s see if Sanchez can go on the road to Pittsburgh and have a repeat performance of his brilliance in the 2012 season opener.

 Tebow Stealing the Show at Jets Camp
Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow seem to be the only topic of conversation when it comes to the New York Jets right now.

The two guys taking the snaps under center have become the center of attention on a daily basis thus far in training camp.  The New York media has fallen in love with Broadway Tebow and the so-called “controversy” at quarterback for the Jets.  Everyday, there seems to be a segment on SportsCenter updating The problem is that Gang Green’s issue does not come at that position.  The real concern right now should be who these two quarterbacks will be throwing to this season.

After Santonio Holmes, the Jets depth chart is fairly depleted in terms of proven, experienced wide receivers.  Antonio Cromartie’s controversial statement claiming himself to be the second best wide receiver on the team may actually be 100% correct.  The receivers behind Holmes consist of Jeremy Kerley, Chaz Schilens, Patrick Turner, and rookie Stephen Hill.  Kerley is entering just his second season where he caught just 29 passes for 314 yards last season.  Schilens had 23 receptions for 272 yards with the Raiders last season.  Turner also did not do much in limited playing time last year catching 8 passes for 96 yards.  Hill, a rookie out of Georgia Tech, has a lot of upside and could play a major role in the Jets offense, but is still unproven.  Cromartie is definitely going to see some playing time on offense.  Having the stamina to play cornerback and come back out and play receiver is not easy though.  Gang Green also has Dustin Keller at tight end who will have a chance to have his best year becoming a huge part of the offense now.

There is not much to write home for Sanchez and Tebow there.  Everyone seems to be worried about who the quarterback will for this team and whether Tebow will take Sanchez’s job.  The Jets starting quarterback is Mark Sanchez.  That is not changing barring an awful start to the season.  Tebow will come in for the wildcat and certain package plays as well as help out on special teams.  This is Sanchez’s job to lose after signing an extension this offseason that brought his contract to a hefty 5 years and $58.25 million.

The Jets need to go out and get a wide receiver before they open the season September 9th at home against the Bills.  Chad Johnson is completely out of the question.  This team has enough distractions already with local and national media in Cortland every day.  A guy they could use is someone like Percy Harvin.  The Jets have been rumored to be interested in acquiring Harvin, but nothing appears imminent as of now.  The Vikings star wide out had an impressive year last season in Minnesota catching 87 passes for 976 yards to go with six touchdowns.  Harvin would completely change the Jets offense giving them a second deep threat to keep the defense from double covering Santonio Holmes.

This team needs another veteran wide out to complement Holmes and teach the younger receivers.  With an improved defense, but a suspect pass rush, the Jets are going to need some help from an offense that was not very explosive last year finishing 25th in the NFL in total yards a game.  The ground and pound will be in full effect this season, but Shonn Greene, Joe McKnight, and Tim Tebow cannot carry an offense themselves.  Sanchez needs guys he can trust to get the ball to if he wants to improve on his 2011 season where he missed the playoffs for the first time in his three years in the NFL.

Rex Ryan’s team has a great defense, but not one that can win games by themselves.  On offense, losing Jeff Otah came as a blow to the offensive line after failing his physical and being sent back to the Panthers.  There are some question marks on the line that struggled last season.  The Jets will need good blockers if their ground and pound offense will be successful this season.  Jets management needs to bring in one more receiver if they want to get a slimmed down Rex Ryan a chance to coach his crew to make a playoff run.

 Jets Dig Up Old Creature, T-Rex

Tim Tebow; Photo by Jeffrey Beall

The Tyrannosaurus Rex is virtually the biggest and most feared dinosaur of all time.  Contrary to popular belief, studies show that the T-Rex is more of a scavenger than a predator, and it is taking MetLife Stadium by storm.

Who is T-Rex?

The trade for QB Tim Tebow to the Jets has formed one of the most feared player/coach tandems ever. The addition of the scavenging Tebow and loudmouth Rex Ryan form an unstoppable beast called, T-Rex!

The late game heroics from the former Denver Broncos QB were based on survival tactics. Tebow orchestrated a 95-yard game winning drive versus the Jets in week 11. When everyone thinks there is no hope … Tebow finds a way to get it done. The competitive spirit of the QB catches defenses off guard, motionless, not playing a full 60 minutes. He simply takes what is given to him, much like a scavenger does.

Ryan can arguably be deemed to have the most intimidating defense in the league. In the last three years Gang Green has ranked in the top five in total defensive yards per game (285), anchored by a man holding villains in cuffs on Revis Island. The loud mouth of Ryan is equal the roar of a T-Rex.

The dysfunctional locker room of the Jets will now be mellowed out with the spirit of Tebow. Thou, the controversy of the QB situation will heat-up, Tebow will bring camaraderie to the locker room that CB Darrelle Revis said is in “disarray.”

Why Tebow?

2011 Season Sanchez Tebow
Comp-Att 11-43 14-54
Yds/Att 7.6 8.8
TD-Int 3-6 3-1

Quarterback Mark Sanchez averaged 6.5 yards per pass attempt when throwing to WRs, last in league. The Jets averaged a measly 105.8 rushing yards per game last year, which raises concerns for an organization that likes to pound the football. Tebow spearheaded the leagues best rushing attack last year, averaging 5.4 yards per carry. Indefinitely, the rushing attack will improve. At the very least, Tebow-mania will be implemented on short yardage situations or as the wildcat centerpiece, which has been absent since Brad Smith departed to the Buffalo Bills.

“Tim is going to be a major contributor to our football team,” Ryan said in the interview. “With the Wildcat specifically, the great thing is you don’t know if we’re going to run it one snap a game or 20 snaps a game — you have no idea. Every week it could be different. That’s some of the preparation problems he gives you.

Also, Tebow is slightly better that Sanchez throwing over 20 yards.

Ryan’s defensive mentality took a bold move with the addition of Tebow. Ryan trusts his defense to win games, not Mark Sanchez. With Tebow now in the mix, the offense slows down and the defense has a better shot of being disruptive on drives, due to being fresh. Ryan will use Tebow to calm the game, and unleash his defense.

During the 2011 season, Tebow led the Denver Broncos to a Time of Possession of 31:14 compared to Sanchez’s 30:49. The difference of 25 seconds means the world to Ryan and his defense.

Will the confidence of Sanchez sputter during Tebow-mania? When will Tebow become first on the depth chart? These are questions that will be answered during the 2012 season, for now enjoy New York’s newest star.

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Some stats are provided by NFL.com and ESPN Stats and Info.

 Jets Give Sanchez Contract Extension

There will only be one Manning playing at MetLife Stadium under center next season.  Friday, the Jets extended Mark Sanchez’s contract bowing them out of the Peyton Manning sweepstakes.  The Jets added three years to the two years that were remaining on his contract.  The entire contract comes out to be 5 years, $58.25 million.  The deal includes $20.5 million in guarantees for 2012 and 2013.  The deal includes $40.5 million in “new” money and Sanchez can make another $10 million is escalators.  Sanchez will be making roughly two million dollars more than Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers next season.  The contract ensures that Sanchez will be the Jets quarterback for at least a couple more seasons.

After two years where Sanchez took the Jets to consecutive AFC Championships, the former USC quarterback seemed to regress from his prior two years as the Jets missed the playoffs.  Sanchez lead the Jets to an 8-8 record and a collapse down the stretch where Gang Green lost their final three games to miss the playoffs.  Sanchez struggled mightily as the season winded down throwing seven interceptions in the final three games costing the Jets a playoff birth.  He threw for 26 touchdowns and 18 interceptions on the season.

Many Jets fans are banging their heads against a nearby wall right now, but its time that fans take a deep breath and give Sanchez a chance.  The guy did help lead the team to two consecutive AFC Championship games.  The deal also frees a little over six million dollars in cap room for the 2012 season.  The Jets can now make a move to get some help on the defensive line that saw nearly no pressure put on the quarterback last season.  Also, Sanchez will have a brand new playbook and a fresh start with a new offensive coordinator with Brian Schottenheimer no longer under the helm. Schottenheimer had times where he was very conservative making very questionable play cals.  He also called for Sanchez to throw 64 times against the Giants on Christmas Eve.

The deal might be more than what Sanchez deserves, but the Jets organization has all the confidence in Sanchez.  It is time that everyone stops pointing the finger at Sanchez for all the Jets mistakes.  The Jets were a dysfunctional team down the stretch last season that ended in a complete breakdown.  Sanchez is going to work to get better and get the Jets back to the playoffs once again.  Sanchez will be under center for at least a couple of more seasons and Jets fans need to understand that and accept that and show some confidence in a guy that nearly took his team to the Super Bowl.

 The Book of Eli- The Ultimate Road Warrior
  Rematch isn't the word, Eli awaits his Legacy

Eli Manning in Shotgun Formation; Photo by Rajiv Patel

Finally we have a Manning playing in Lucas Oil Stadium.  Strangely, this Manning wears #10, not #18. Eli Manning has earned the right to play in Super Bowl XLIV, almost killing the discussion that he is the second Manning on the depth chart.

The late Giant run has been inspiring and exciting. Coach Tom Coughlin officially removed the Bunsen burner from his chair, and used it to illuminate his path to Canton, Ohio.

Victor Cruz has been nothing short from amazing. Simple as that! Undrafted, pulled up from the practice squad, only to allow the salsa dancing wide out to finish both third in receiving yards (1,536) and yards per reception this season (18.7).

Manning has showed that he no longer casts in the shadows of his older brother. Heck, he has done things nobody has, let alone is brother, since 1966. Manning has three straight games with 275 pass yards and multiple touchdowns in a single postseason.

This past Sunday, Manning set a record for road playoff wins by a quarterback. Manning stands at five, while bunkmate Mark Sanchez has four … who would have thought that huh?

“I knew there was a shot. We have talent on this team; we have guys who are committed to being good. It’s just a matter of, ‘Can we put it all together? Can we play our best football at the right time? And that’s just what’s happened,” Manning said Monday in an interview on ESPN New York 1050’s “The Michael Kay Show.”

The Giants are loaded with talent. They have three quality defensive ends, usually only two on the field at a time, but Justin Tuck has earned sacks as a defensive tackle. Wide out Hakeem Nicks has the hand size of Andre The Giant, which means he could catch a football with WD40 on his hands.

The Giants will win on February 5th. In the back of the mind of Manning holds the whispers from the epic 07 season. Critics uttered that it was luck for the Giants to stand with the Lombardi trophy. The respect was not given and I’m sure Manning remembers that. Pretty soon he will have defeated arguably the two best quarterbacks of the last decade, brother Peyton Manning and opponent Tom Brady on the same day on the road. What will people say then? He is the Ultimate Road Warrior?

 01/01/2012 – The Starting NYNE

Hosted by Paul Revelant, who kicked off the program discussing the disappointing Jets season. Then Paul and his co-hosts John Revelant and Vinny Chiarucci spokeabout the Giants late season surge and the rest of the NFL.

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 Jets Playoff Hopes Take Shot
  Do They Deserve to Make Playoffs?

The Jets suffered their most pivotal loss of the season on Saturday against the Giants.  The Jets hopes for a playoff appearance took a huge hit as the Jets played a horrific game against a Giants team who needed a win to stay alive to make the playoffs.  The Jets face a situation that they did not want to be in.  They need a win and a lot of help to try and get in as the six seed in the AFC playoffs.

They will need to beat the Dolphins on the road and also need a loss by the Bengals, Titans, and either the Raiders or Broncos.  The Bengals face the Ravens at home.  The Ravens are playing to win their division as well as for the two seed and a bye in the first round of the playoffs.  The Bengals win and they are in.  The Titans will play on the road against the Texans.  The Texans have already clinched the three seed so they are virtually playing for nothing as they cannot move up or down from the three seed.  That may be where the Jets will have trouble.  The Titans are playing to get in the playoffs while the Texans will be resting their starters for the playoffs.  The Raiders will play the Chargers on the road.  The Chargers are eliminated from the playoffs and will be trying to play spoiler against the Raiders who need a win to have a chance to get in.  Struggling Tim Tebow and the Broncos will play the Chiefs at home.  Kyle Orton will get a chance to send home the quarterback that took his place in Denver.  The Chiefs are also eliminated and will try to play spoiler against a Broncos team who needs a win to clinch the AFC West and the four seed in the AFC playoffs.  Essentially, the Jets are going to need a lot of help to get in the playoffs this year.

Do the Jets really deserve to make it? Mark Sanchez has regressed as a quarterback this year and does not look to be the answer for the Jets.  Sanchez threw for just 258 yards on 59 attempts Saturday with two interceptions.  The Jets have been a team that relies on their running game and when Sanchez throws the ball that much, it is trouble for Gang Green. Offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer has taken tough scrutiny from fans and media as he should.  Schottenheimer has been very poor with his playcalling this season.  Any time a quarterback like Mark Sanchez is throwing 59 times, you got to scratch your head and think what was he thinking? This team has three solid running backs in Shonn Greene, future hall of famer LaDainian Tomlinson, and up and coming running back and kick returner Joe McKnight.  Someone needs to tell Schottenheimer to run the ball a lot more than the Jets are doing.  It is inexcusable that the Jets threw nearly 60 times on Saturday.  The Jets answer might be to hire a new offensive coordinator and head in a different direction at quarterback.

The Jets have only beat one team over .500 this season which was back in week one when they beat the Cowboys coming from behind late to win.  All their other wins have come against teams under .500 and out of playoff contention.  Whenever the Jets have faced a tough test this season, they have come up short every time.  Coach Rex Ryan guaranteed again this year that this Jets team would be a Super Bowl team and now they face elimination this weekend.  Fans are starting to grow sick of what they are seeing.  A team with boat loads of talent has underachieved this entire season and their playoff hopes are hanging on a thread.  The Jets are going to need quite the miracle this weekend if they hope to play January football for the third straight season.  Jets fans will be Ravens, Texans, Chiefs, and Chargers fans as well this weekend.

 Are Jets Fans Losing Faith in Sanchez?

Photo by cool13902008

For another season, the playoff spot is slipping away from the New York Jets. Talking the talk, but not walking the walk again – Mr. Rex Ryan. But no one seems to be putting the blame on the big guy; alll fingers are pointed towards Mark Sanchez. Sanchez has made shocking decisions, has bad time management and thrown some ill-timed interceptions in the past weeks. His work ethic always seems consistent, but it is not enough.

Shall it be football malpractice? On November 13th Sanchez killed a timeout with only 1:24 remaining against the New England Patriots. Then the Jets seemed strong against last week’s Denver Broncos, but ended up getting Tebow’d in the end. In the past three games Sanchez has only had two touchdowns and four interceptions. His completion rate is only 56.7 percent.

New York fans are tough. They are right by their team’s side when they are winning, but when they are losing they cut them no slack. Does anyone really know why the Jets are not performing at the level they should? Throwing Sanchez off the team bus at this point should not be a question. Just look at Eli Manning’s stats his first three years in the league; they are comparable to Sanchez’s record. Not to mention, Sanchez never got the chance to sit behind a senior QB, as Aaron Rogers did behind Brett Favre. He’s been fighting on the field from the beginning.

Rex Ryan during a press conference two weeks ago went on an air-muffling rant on all his injured players.

This week’s key injury is LaDainian Tomlinson. During the same game, LT had a late knee injury. It is looking like he will be on the injury list instead on the field against the Buffalo Bills.

In their first meeting with the Bills the Jets had a well-balanced attack on offense. Even though Sanchez overall completion rate has been low often, he connected for 71 percent of his passes against Buffalo. The Jets might just get lucky since the much-anticipated Bills have fallen off their winning wagon. The Jets can not afford another division loss. Already being 5-5, they need a 6-0 record to make the playoffs. If not they will be watching the playoffs far from the sidelines.

This weeks side note to the controversial Jets: Rex Ryan’s smack talk won’t likely be directed at the fans. We all heard you when you said you could afford the $75,000, but beware pedicures are expensive.

 Rex Ryan and the Jets Turbulent Flight

Photo by cool13902008

Coming off two straight AFC title game appearances the New York Jets were poised to take flight this season, but the fuel in their engine is running out for a flight to the playoffs. With Rex Ryan as the pilot, the Jets have gone through a turbulent flight thus far.

At 5-5 New York has been a streaky team. After a two-game winning streak to start the year the Jets were flying high, but then an unexpected loss to the Raiders, a blowout in Baltimore, and a loss to their archrival Patriots started the turbulence. With the Jets experiencing major turbulence Ryan took the Jets out of cruise control with three straight wins over the winless Dolphins (at the time), road weary Chargers, and slumping Bills. Feeling confident, Ryan put the Jets back in cruise control as New York was embarrassed at home by the Patriots, and left “Tebowing” to Tim Tebow after he rallied the Broncos by himself to a fourth quarter rally.

It’s time for co-pilots Mark Sanchez and Santonio Holmes to help Rex Ryan minimize the turbulence and land safely at the NFL playoff airport. In his third year as a quarterback pilot Sanchez hasn’t earned a shiny flight pin from Ryan. His completion percentage remains under 60% while committing costly turnovers that have killed long drives. Holmes, the $50 million man, hasn’t earned his paycheck this season. He’s on pace for career lows in yards and yards per catch after being paid to stretch the defense vertically.

The Jets head into Week 11 with an easy game on paper. The Bills put star running back Fred Jackson on injured reserve, quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick has struggled mightily since signing a contract extension, and the team is coming off three straight losses. This game is a cloud the Jets must pass through to get to clear blue skies and the NFL playoffs airport. It’s time for Ryan, Sanchez, and Holmes to take the Jets out of cruise control once again and pilot a direct flight to the playoffs without any more turbulence.

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 Tebow’s Magic Hands Jets Pivotal Loss

Photo by Jeffrey Beall

Tim Tebow might not have the greatest arm.  He may not be the most accurate passer. He might not be the most fundamental quarterback.  With that being said, Tebow does do one thing very well.  That is winning football games.

Trailing 13-10, the former star at the University of Florida led a magical drive down the field late in the fourth quarter to win the game, 17-13, and hand the Jets their second straight demoralizing loss.  Starting at their own five yard line with 5:54 remaining on the clock, Tebow led his best drive of his short NFL career to win the game for the Broncos.  Tebow, who has predominately ran himself or handed the ball off in the games he has started, was forced to throw more than usual on the drive and was extremely successful.  The drive would end with “Tebow magic.”  On a third down and four at the Jets 20 yard line, Tebow would have a miraculous run to the left side running 20 yards into the end zone with just 58 seconds left on the clock.  The defense came blitzing and Tebow read it perfectly scrambling to the left finding a hole and finding the end zone.  It was one of the best and most clutch plays seen all season.  The play put Denver on top, got them to 5-5 on the season, and gave them their third straight victory putting them right in the thick of the playoff race in the AFC West.  Since taking over for Kyle Orton as quarterback, Tebow is 4-1 in just his second NFL season.

The Jets really hurt themselves in this game.  There is a lot of fingers that could be pointed in this one, but it was a team effort and a very sloppy performance by the Jets in a game they should have won.  The Jets came out playing very poorly on offense in the first half.  It has been the same story all season for the Jets.  They come out of the tunnel and never have a great first half.  They have to play from behind put themselves in a position they should not have to be in.  There is not one specific finger to point for this.  The coaches have to do more to prepare the team early to come out of the gate firing.  In the Jets last four games they have three total points in the first quarter.  They cannot expect to be a playoff team if they cannot play four good quarters of football a game.  Mark Sanchez needs to come out making smarter throws as well.  Sanchez made a throw that should not have been made in the third quarter that was intercepted and returned for a touchdown.  Also, last night special teams play was very poor.  T.J. Conley punted a ball for a measly 13 yards.  It would lead to a field goal by the Broncos. Kicker Nick Folk missed two field goals as well.  That is a nine point swing that completely could have changed the outcome of this game.  All these mistakes costed the Jets an important football game not only for the standings, but for the Jets morale as well.

The Jets really needed to win this game and they came out with one of their worst performances we have seen this season.  In order to win, this team has got to play mistake free.  It starts with the coaches.  Rex Ryan has to prepare his team better than he did as well as all the other coaches.  Offensive coordinator, Brian Schottenheimer has been questioned all year for his questionable play calling.  The Jets have been very conservative and predictable offensively this season.  A lot is going to need to change if the Jets want to get one of the two wild card spots in the AFC this year.  They are currently 5-5 with six games remaining.  They will return home next Sunday to face the Bills.  The Jets are in dire need of a victory as their playoff hopes start to slip away with each loss.




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