There is very little good to say about the Jets' 49-19 blowout loss to the Patriots on Thanksgiving night. They were absolutely pitiful, including yielding three touchdowns to the Patriots in just 52 seconds, giving up 35 unanswered points in the second quarter and committing five turnovers! It was so bad that Fireman Ed left the stadium at halftime and deactivated his Twitter account in disgust.
With the score 0-0 and the Jets driving deep into Pats territory,
Offense: Lack Of Ball Protection
Sanchez's interception from the Patriots 23 was bad, especially given that he'd already made four red zone picks this season. The "Keystone Cops" broken handoff play that ended with Mark running into
Shonn Greene (14 carries, 71 yards) averaged 5.1 per carry but was stopped on two fourth-and-1 situations. The role of
Defense: Can't Stop The Run
It was weird seeing the Patriots run the ball so often and so effectively. Most fans are used to seeing Brady and Bill Belichick run a pass-happy offense. This Patriots team is different. Unfortunately, the Jets didn't have much success stopping the run. RBs Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen both averaged over 4.0 yards per carry and rushed for 139 yards combined.
Special Teams: Achilles Heel
Another weird thing. Despite success in the pass, the Jets' special teams unit is officially bad. They make way too many mistakes. The
A Ray Of Hope (Kind Of)
Despite Gang Green's woes, the Jets did one encouraging thing. For the first time this year,
But after the game it came out that Tebow has two fractured ribs and had difficulty breathing. Ryan said, "I was only going to play Tim if we really needed him."
Regardless of the reason, I'm a strong proponent that your starting quarterback should not be intermittently relieved. I thus view Tebow's non-participation as a positive and hope it continues. Curiously,
With Tebow injured, Sanchez's starting job remains quizzically intact. In fact, Ryan said, "Mark will be the starting quarterback this week and then we'll go from there." The "then we'll go from there" language left the door open for a change. It was the first time I've heard Ryan even suggest a change is in the offing. We'll have to see but, it's been clear for a few weeks already that a quarterback change has to be made.
Albert Einstein defined insanity as "doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." How many of the same results (losses) do Jets fans need to endure before a change at the helm is made? Isn't it time for Tebow (when healthy) or Greg McElroy to be given a chance?