Originally Posted by jetster
Nice thesis, & it is true that the Jets have played the toughest schedule in the NFL up till now, no doubt.
But, lets not exonerate Sanchez & the coaching here in games vs "Above average" teams.
Jets had many chances vs Texans but Sanchez doesn't make ANY PLAYS that matter anymore!
Jets vs Pats- I live in New England & the most annoying thing about that loss was to a man, every Pats fan I know that I ran into that week was like, "we should have lost that game". Again, bad coaching! 3rd & 1 in the 4th quarter & you have Tebow sitting on his azz on the bench? Ridiculous.
Vs Seahawks...Again Sanchez chits the bed in scoring position by throwing another BACK BREAKING pick! It's not like these games weren't WINNABLE.
With sound coaching & AVERAGE QB play, the Jets should be 5-4 right now. Sure, they are mediocre but this staff...Rex, Sparano & Westy all share in this debocle which frankly shocks me, I expected a helluva lot more from these seasoned coaches.
I personally would not exonerate anyone associated with the Jets; a few players are playing at or above their norms, but no one is really impressive (Cromartie, maybe?). A good coaching staff can lead a poor or mediocre team to overachieve through discipline, scheming (matchups) and a bit of inspiration. The Jets haven’t managed that. A good QB can lift the offense and maybe rally a whole team; the Jets haven’t managed that. At the same point they haven’t really underachieved that much either. Last year they had inconsistent QB play, little running game, no pass rush buoyed by decent DB play. Pretty much what we have this year, against a much tougher lot of defenses over the first 9 games. They are where they should be at this point based upon the coaching, player composition and schedule.
At the end of the year, after the schedule evens out a bit, we’ll see where the Jets truly are, but my guess is still mediocrity. And after two years of mediocrity (which followed two years where they arguably did overachieve) the declining trend should spark change; whether it will occur is anyone’s guess.
If it did, I’d hope Tannenbaum would be “promoted” out of the GM job (kept in the business end); a GM known for talent evaluation brought in to make all other decisions. This could very well include a new HC (I tend to think we’ve seen Rex’s ceiling as an HC; if he grows as an HC it is likely in his next stint elsewhere) and staff; together the GM and new coaches can evaluate, with no personal loyalties, what is worth keeping, what can be fixed and what to dump (Cap influenced as always…).
But a stronger finish by the Jets, which is possible, would blunt the move for a major change in all likelihood. So the trend may continue.