Rewind to 2010, New York Jets deep playoff run to the AFC Championship Game. Mark Sanchez had his best stretch of games as a pro vs The Patriots and Steelers. Throwing for nearly 300 yards in each contest with multiple td's and big game changing plays through the air. It gave the Jets promise going into the 2011 season that Mark Sanchez was ready to take the next step as a quarterback.
Everyone knows what happened to Mark Sanchez in 2011. The team regressed and he regressed but what led to that point?
A few things, The Jets lost their leading receiver in Braylon Edwards. Arguably, Their best all around receiver in nearly a decade. Braylon Edwards was not only the teams biggest and toughest target but he was also the teams best deep threat. Couple that with the fact that he made big plays in big games. The Jets do not beat Peyton Manning and the Colts in Indy without Edwards clutch plays at the end of that game. Braylon continued to produce at a high level in the two weeks that followed.
The offseason and lockout came and the Jets decided to retain Santonio Holmes and turned their back on Braylon Edwards.
The Jets and Mark Sanchez lost their two most reliable targets in the passing game in Braylon Edwards and Jerricho Cotchery heading into the 2011 season.
They were replaced by Derrick Mason and Plaxico Burress. Two fading players with no chemistry with the offense and very little to no gas left in their tanks. Major downgrade from Edwards and Cotchery to mason and burress.
The past is dead but the mistakes of the past continue to haunt the Jets. Here the Jets were with an opportunity to bring back a key piece to their offense in Braylon Edwards who was free on the market since January. The Jets decided to ignore him and never pursued him and now he has signed with Seattle.
It made so much sense to bring back a clutch player who provided a lot to the team in games and on the practice field. Arguably, one of the Jets very best practice players they have ever had.
Here we are in the early stages of training camp in 2012 and the Jets biggest uncertainty on their roster is their targets in the passing game. Biggest issues coming out of camp is the Jets receiving core. Not just from an experience standpoint but from a physical and mental standpoint.
The head coach is complaining about the receivers physical and mental awareness in camp. Across from Santonio Holmes is a freakishly talented but extremely raw rookie receiver in Stephen Hill. An unknown commodity in second year player Jeremy Kerley and a fragile backup receiver in Chaz Schilens. The front office put together this ill conceived grouping and they expect their young quarterback to excel with this group. Here's an idea, use one of your star defensive players to play wide receiver. Pray he doesn't get hurt doing so.
The front office dropped the ball on Braylon Edwards. He should have been a Jet in 2011 but Mike Tannenbaum and company had a hard on for the Giants superbowl past with Plaxico and Braylon Edwards should have been a New York Jet in 2012. The old saying is that you reap what you sow. The truth that actions cause consequences. In this case, Inaction is causing consequences.