Found January 01, 2012 on The Jersey Jets Fan:

Rex Ryan and the Jets: Miss playoffs

It’s official, the Jets have missed the playoffs in 2012 after an up and down season. The Jets needed to win today against Miami and hope for a Titans loss, a Bengals loss and either a Raiders or Broncos loss. Well, the KEY to the entire playoff scenario was getting the job done in Miami, which the Jets did not do, thanks much in part to Mark Sanchez’s 3 ugly interceptions. Regardless of the outcome of the Dolphins game, the Jets could not have made the playoffs as the Titans beat the Texans by 1 point, however a win in Miami would have made things a bit less painful. As we enter the Jets enter what looks to be a long off-season many changes must be made to the current squad. Here is a list of key issues facing the Jets and topics from today’s game.

  1. In my opinion, firing offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer should be the Jets first order of business. Schottenheimer cost the Jets multiple games this year thanks to his awful play calling and he is a large part of why the Jets are sitting at home in January. I don’t think I can bare another season of a Brian Schottenheimer led offense, it’s about the most un-exciting thing in football.
  2. Mark Sanchez and the future: Sanchez had an AWFUL game against the Dolphins and made terrible decision after terrible decision. With Sanchez due about $8.5 million next season, does the Jets organization still believe that he is the answer at quarterback? There are some big names in the QB free agency market and a few solid QB’s coming out of the draft, but will the Jets stick with Sanchez? It’s a huge question that we’ll obviously find out in the coming months.
  3. Santonio Holmes is a captain: Santonio Holmes took himself out of the game out on the final drive with the season on the line. Not only that, but when he took himself out of the game, he sat on the bench by himself and didn’t even watch the offense. How is that the behavior of a captain? It’s absolutely disgusting that someone who just signed a $50 million contract this off-season and was made a captain would behave like that! Rex better rip the “C” off Santonio’s chest ASAP. There was talk about the Jets lacking leadership this year after losing Damien Woody and Kris Jenkins, and with Holmes as a captain, it’s easy to see that now.

I’ll be writing a blog post within the coming days about Jets players that need to stay and who needs to go. Like I said, getting rid of Brian Schottenheimer is the first order of business, but there are more to follow. Matt Mulligan should be cut immediately, Santonio Holmes needs to be given a dose of maturity and the Jets need to find a replacement for Eric Smith.


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