Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 10/9/12
The Jets have already lost their best defensive player and their best receiving option for the season. Their starting quarterback has been unbelievably ineffective, and their backup option, while popular, might be even less effective. They surprisingly have one of the worst run defenses in the NFL, and their 2-3 record is actually better than they deserve. How much worse can things realistically get? Well, while the Jets were mired by yet another dismal offensive performance against the Texans on Monday night -- even if the final score would indicate otherwise -- Rex Ryan might have gained some understanding of just how bad it could be. So, while Ryan continues to reaffirm his belief in Mark Sanchez as his starting quarterback, the conversation now turns to how he can help his struggling signal caller. That answer might have come in a tweet during that Jets' loss on Monday night. The Jets once again showed off some persistent problems in the passing game on Monday, as Sanchez and Tim Tebow combined to complete just 14 of 32 passes. So, an out-of-work Terrell Owens decided to offer up his services to the overmatched offense, and the Jets would be wise to pursue him, an idea Ryan isn't totally averse to. Owens, who last played in the NFL in 2010, failed to catch on -- literally -- with the Seahawks during the preseason. But while his production was nowhere to be found, his physical skills seemed to be more than intact -- something the Jets don't necessarily need, but could find value in right now. Sanchez has been arguably the worst quarterback in football so far this season, completing an NFL-low 48.4 percent of his passes and six interceptions compared to just six touchdowns. Tebow Time may not have come just yet, but if Sanchez has any hopes of maintaining his starting job -- and it's a thin line he's walking -- then he better beg and plead for capable weapons in the passing game. A motley crew of Jeremy Kerley, Chad Schillens, Jeff Cumberland and Jason Hill just isn't going to work for a full season. Even the return of talented rookie Stephen Hill, who had Jets fans frothing at the mouth with five catches and a pair of touchdowns in Week 1, won't make enough of a difference to save this Jets offense. But paired with a talent like T.O., there could be hope yet. At 38 years old, Owens is not the same player who consistently hauled in 80-plus catches and double-digit touchdowns almost annually. But if he could produce at a similar pace to the 55 grabs and five touchdowns he did in Buffalo three seasons ago, and just provide a deep threat on the outside, then there would be plenty more to be reasonably desired from the Jets. The addition of Owens isn't going to suddenly turn Sanchez into Tom Brady, or even Jay Cutler for that matter, nor would the addition of old friend Plaxico Burress or two-time AFC East exile Chad Johnson. But given some semblance of a receiving corps, at least Sanchez would have a fighting chance and the Jets could accurately analyze their quarterback dilemma. Have a question for Luke Hughes? Send it to him via Twitter at @LukeFHughes or send it here.
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