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  • Same Old Jets…Hopefully?

    On Thursday evening, the Jets turned a 13-10 lead at Denver with less than 6 minutes to play into the latest comeback by QB Tim Tebow as the Broncos’ quarterback marched his team (almost literally) 95 yards for the game-winning touchdown. Four nights earlier, Rex Ryan’s team watched another 3-point lead, this one 9-6 in the second quarter, become a tough 37-16 loss, the second setback to New England this season and the first at home for Rex Ryan’s team in 2011. All told, New York’s record now stands at 5-5, 1 1/2 games behind Bill Belichick and company and 1/2 game behind the upstart Bills in the always-entertaining AFC East.
    Ah, the AFC East. A division owned by the Patriots for the most part for the last 10-plus years and not won by the Jets since 2002. Still, Ryan has guided his team to the playoffs in each of his 2 seasons at the helm and gone deep into the postseason, losing the 2009 and ’10 AFC Championship Games at Indianapolis and at Pittsburgh, respectively.
    Still, these Jets continue to do things the hard way and if QB Mark Sanchez and company can’t make up ground on the Patriots in the next few weeks, their path to and through the playoffs (if they indeed reach them) will be via the road once again. True, Ryan’s club has obviously had success on the road in the second season, beating the likes of the Bengals, Chargers, Colts and Patriots in their own backyards in January. And while it’s also become commonplace to win a Super Bowl via the wild card route as of late (just ask the ’05 Steelers, ’07 Giants and last year’s Packers), it’s still a daunting task.
    While the Jets’ defense has certainly not been up to snuff, it’s the offense that has recently its share of criticism, in particular QB Mark Sanchez. This season, the third-year signal-caller has been responsible for 15 of the team’s 20 turnovers in 2011, with 5 of Sanchez’s miscues returned for touchdowns, including last night’s interception return for a score. Still, you can’t argue with the success he’s had in the postseason when he seems to play so much differently. Case in point is that the Jets’ quarterback has coughed up the ball 52 times in 41 regular-season games, but has committed just 4 turnovers in 6 playoff contests.
    So despite last night’s setback, Sanchez, Ryan and the Green and White still hope to keep pace of sorts with New England and reeling Buffalo, losers of 2 in a row. In any case, at least at this stage of the season, they seem to resemble the same team that failed to capture the AFC East the last 2 years, yet managed to get within a game of the Super Bowl in each instance. The loss to Denver makes a return to the playoffs a little tougher in a crowded conference, but certainly not impossible.
    So what is the state of the J-E-T-S as we speak? Are they AFC East-title worthy, or destined to make another playoff run the hard way? Stay tuned…

    Comments 10 Comments
    1. vancemeek's Avatar
      Last night was the first Jets game I've watched this year, and I was curious to see the two QBs. Tebow was about what I expected-lots of running, and lots of inaccurate throws. He missed several open receivers and limits what Denver can do on offense. Sanchez, however, I thought would look better. He missed a lot of open throws too, and made one terrible read for a pick 6. Ryan has said that Sanchez will be the starter as long as he's there, but if he doesn't show improvement beyond what I saw last night, Sanchez might be the horse that Ryan rides right out of town.
    1. brauneyz's Avatar
      Sanchize has looked better in previous outings. He is one of those QBs that I term schizo, more so than Romo or Eli, but still quite capable of playing anywhere on the spectrum. Ya just never know what you're gonna get with him. I also think it is possible that his mediocrity tends to be overlooked by casual observers because the defense really carries that team.

      I know I'm a Putz homer and have my bias, and even though I've stated that I do like Rex and wish all young QBs playing in a wicked fishbowl to have success, this team is not the threat they think they are. Nor are they the threat they were last year. Ryan and Schottenheimer need to take a good long look at what they're doing here.
    1. Pruitt's Avatar
      Every year, there are a couple of teams that fans still believe are really good even though this is plainly not the case. These perceptions are based on past performance and hype.

      This year, the Jets and the Chargers are the two teams that are still getting a lot of support even though there is no evidence to suggest that they are better than average teams.
    1. Amy's Avatar
      I stand by what I wrote about the Jets a few weeks ago in my blog.
    1. buzmeg's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by brauneyz View Post
      Sanchize has looked better in previous outings. He is one of those QBs that I term schizo, more so than Romo or Eli, but still quite capable of playing anywhere on the spectrum. Ya just never know what you're gonna get with him. I also think it is possible that his mediocrity tends to be overlooked by casual observers because the defense really carries that team.

      I know I'm a Putz homer and have my bias, and even though I've stated that I do like Rex and wish all young QBs playing in a wicked fishbowl to have success, this team is not the threat they think they are. Nor are they the threat they were last year. Ryan and Schottenheimer need to take a good long look at what they're doing here.
      Ryan and Schottenheimer need to look in the mirror, at themselves, because what they perceive with this team ain't what it is. Ryan has talked this team into thinking it is something it is not and Schottenheimer is sub-par as a OC. In other words the J-E-T-S are not a playoff caliber team.

      All that said it was just great watching Rex eat humble pie after his team got "tebowed."
    1. msclemons's Avatar
      I have nothing useful to add other than: great article Mr. Baxter!

      *edit* oh and one other thing - let's not forget that the Bronco's defense has suddenly become respectable. We should have seen that coming with John Fox as the coach.
    1. vancemeek's Avatar
      That's what's getting lost in all the Tebow madness. He had as much to do with them winning that game as I did. The Broncos defense played brilliantly. The Jets defense however, when it counted most, made a mistake. On the 3rd and 4, game winning TD, the Jets blitzed and nobody stayed outside to contain. Once Tebow got outside the pocket, it was wide open spaces.
    1. SpartaChris's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by vancemeek View Post
      That's what's getting lost in all the Tebow madness. He had as much to do with them winning that game as I did. The Broncos defense played brilliantly. The Jets defense however, when it counted most, made a mistake. On the 3rd and 4, game winning TD, the Jets blitzed and nobody stayed outside to contain. Once Tebow got outside the pocket, it was wide open spaces.
      Yup. Without Von Miller last night, Tebow Time doesn't happen.
    1. Dave Lapham's Avatar
      John Fox is one of the best defensive coaches in the NFL. Think about how sorry the Broncos defense was last year. They couldn't stop anyone's running game. What a tremendous job Fox and his staff has done turning that side of the ball into a more than solid group. The other thing that has been a factor for Tebow is ball security. Coaches always say a punt is not a bad play. Tebow is not turning the ball over and putting his team in jeopardy. The Broncos are dictating field position in their favor as a result of taking care of the football and sound special teams play. They don't have a huge margin for error, but they believe if the game is close in the fourth quarter....it is Tebow Time. A team that grinds out games like Denver does is not always fun to watch, but hey have bought into what Fox and Tebow are selling. Other teams start to feel the pressure of Denver hanging around, and they make a mistake. In the NFL, you have to make sure you don't lose the game before you can win it.
    1. BuckeyeRidley's Avatar
      WOOO! They are gettin' it in NYJ. Losin' to the Patriots. Rex cussin in public on camera [unknowingly] and gettin' fined. Losin' to the Fightin' Tebows on another national TV game! They play BUF on SUN. The Bills are for fake this season. They are surging but just not gettin' it done despite playmakers like Fred Jackson, Stevie Johnson and we've seen C.J. Spiller sightings. I think The Jets can win that one and wind up with a decent second place in the AFC East but MAN are they not impressing people this season. The AFC East is on the up & downs but the Jets are baffling.