But for a defensive score on a fumble, the Jets were held scoreless Sunday by the Seattle Seahawks. It was an ugly loss. The one silver lining is that it is now crystal clear what needs to be done to improve our offense.
A little background first. I've been one of those fans that have urged patience with
On April 25, 2013, the Jets MUST get a new quarterback in the first round of the NFL draft.
Offense: Worst Performance of the Year
You would think that coming off the bye, the Jets would be healthy, prepared and ready to go. Instead, Jets fans got to watch a flat and ineffective offensive unit for most of the game. While the Seahawks have a solid defense, Gang Green had only two plays greater than 10 yards and could muster only 185 yards of total offense. Pathetic!
The best play of the day was a 43-yard catch and run by
This wasn’t Sanchise’s only costly mistake. In the second half, he clearly saw a blitzing Sherman and attempted to throw the ball while wrapped up. His decision led to a fumble and a Seattle recovery. Sanchez’s postgame mea culpas don’t do it for me. I’m tired of hearing lines like “I've got to play better” and “I’ve got to take care of the ball better.” Talk is cheap. He’s shown poor judgment in way too many games over the last three seasons, and this season he’s playing the worst football of his NFL career.
On the ground,
Defense: A Tale Of Two Halves
The Jets defense was solid early. Gang Green relentlessly pressured Hawks QB Russell Wilson, sacking him three times in the first half and four in all. One sack by
The second half, however, was a different story. The Jets missed tackles and couldn’t stop Lynch (27 carries, 124 yards, 1 TD). At times, they didn’t look like that wanted any part of the big back.
While Russell Wilson completed only 12 passes, most of them were for big gains. The lowlight was when
Special Teams: No Help
Other than solid punting by
Head coach Rex Ryan has already professed his continued loyalty to Sanchez, stating his mantra for the season: “He puts us in the best position to win.” However, how can this be true when Sanchez can’t move the ball, avoid turnovers and, most important, score points? This season is pretty much done for us so why not let Tebow get a shot? Otherwise, Jets fans have no good reason to watch next week’s game against the much-improved Rams.