Monday, November 23, 2009

Mark Sanchez Throws Jets' Season Away

I should have known it before Mark Sanchez and the NY Jets' loss to the New England Patriots in Foxboro on Sunday; I just didn't want to admit it yet. But it's pretty much official now at 4-6 the New York Jets are out of the NFL Playoff hunt. I should have known it after last weeks loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars. The New England Patriots are not the same team the Jets faced in the second game of the season when Tom Brady was still working off the rust and Wes Welker was not back yet. And the New York Jets are not the team we once thought they were at 3-0 or even 3-3. They clearly played over their heads at the beginning of the season, particularly Mark Sanchez who has looked every bit like the Rookie he is the last two months.

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Rex Ryan talked a good game. It was fun while it lasted (three weeks). It was really fun beating the Patriots in week two. I guess that was like Jets fans' Super Bowl for 2009. There's always next year. Bill Belichick's New England Patriots are the class of the AFC East and the Miami Dolphins are still in the Wildcard hunt. Rex Ryan says that Mark Sanchez is the Jets Quarterback of the present and the future, so for now we'll just have to sit back and watch him throw interceptions and fumble the ball and hopefully learn from his mistakes.

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Rex Ryan's defense has also been a disappointment this year. Expected to be a strong point of this years Jets team, the defense continues to fail. This past Sunday they couldn't figure out what to do about Wes Welker in the slot, giving up 15 receptions for 192 yards to him. Rex Ryan is gonna have to figure out a way to get his defense to play more inspired football in the future, or else he won't have much of a future in New York. The Jets just need to go back to the drawing board and put the pieces together. The rest of this 2009 season will just be to develop Sanchez and the Defense and evaluate the depth on the whole team. Hopefully the NY Jets can save some face the remainder of the season and learn as much as they can and go in to next season with some more talent from the draft and free agent market and put a winning program together in the near future. If not we'll be looking at another change in coaching and philosophy in 2011. Right now it seems like the rest of the season it will be the (excuse the cliche') Same Old Jets again. Oh well. I guess I can route for that other team in New York for now.

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