Originally written on All Sports Everything  |  Last updated 11/3/14


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Santionio Holmes’ facial expression says it all.

As a Jets fan, I’ve witnessed some brutal games, but Sunday’s 0-34 loss to the San Francisco 49ers was historic and epic and pathetic.

I don’t know what can be said about Sunday’s game that I didn’t say last week.  However, I’ll give it a shot and hopefully won’t sound like a broken record in the process.


Moving on…


The issues with the Jets begin with management and trickle down to the player level. The coaches are hugely responsible for the lack of execution on game-day, but I’m specifically talking Mike Tannenbaum since he’s responsible for personnel decisions.  That is the source of the unraveling thread.  As such, I wholeheartedly believe he deserves the majority of the blame.  During the offseason and then the preseason, I grew impatient by the moves or rather, lack there of.  Tannenbaum’s big free agent get was Tim freaking Tebow.  And he wasn’t even signed for the purpose of being a legitimate backup QB, but instead to scare Mark Sanchez straight and lead the wildcat.  Both which have yet to manifest itself.  Meanwhile, the persistent problems the team experienced last season have germinated:  inability to stop the running game, an ineffective offensive line, a weak receiving corp, and even worse rushing game, have all become liabilities to the team because Tannenbaum refused to resolve these issues.  He did, however, sign Laron Landry, one of the only positives this season, so I’ll give him that, but nothing more. In fact, I’m also going to bring up old **** and blame him for signing Kyle Wilson, the 2010 first round draft pick who has become a colossal disappointment.  But more on him later.

When you eliminate Darrelle Revis from the equation, the team lacks depth and dependable players at virtually every position.  Across the board, we’re thin.  When everyone with a shred of football knowledge dooms your season because a defensive player is shut down for the remainder of the season, that says it all.  A serious championship contending team should be able to survive that sort of deathblow because it’s stacked with weapons.  This certainly does not apply to the Jets.  Our defense was our best offense because the offense is incapable of even sniffing the endzone.  But without Revis, it’s a free for all on both ends of the field.  And now that a sometimey Santonio Holmes also may be finished, the Jets are being eulogized for the second consecutive week.  You must look in the direction of Tannenbaum.  If Revis and Holmes remained healthy, the Jets may have been barely decent enough to let Tannenbaum weasel himself out of the line of fire.  But no matter how you cut it, all roads lead directly back to him.

Again, as I said last week, I’m not making excuses for Mark Sanchez.  It’s a hard known fact that he doesn’t have what it takes to lead the Jets, and I’d venture to say he’s the worst quarterback in the league right now, especially when you compare a QB in his fourth year to that of sophomore Cam Newton, and rookies, RGIII and Andrew Luck.  After blowing our minds in the first game, Sanchez put up a QB Rating under 50% for three weeks in a row: 46.4%, 34.3%, and 2.8%.

Once again, Sanchez had an ill-timed turnover in the redzone. Last week, he threw an INT in the endzone and this week he fumbled when we were in field goal range near the end of the first half. He overthrew passes and under threw passes. He took sacks when he should’ve thrown it away. You know…the usual.  Pathetic, but at the same time, his offensive line has let him down, and he has no one to catch the damn ball. *Paging Keyshawn Johnson (but not really)*

Before this week, the receiving corp was paper thin, and now with Holmes hurt and Keller still nursing a hamstring injury, it’s thin as air. “Rookie sensation” Stephen Hill has been an absolute bust. The first week he looked like a future star, since…he’s either been a non-factor or hurt, so like I said, a bust. And the running game isn’t any better.  In fact, it’s worse!  Shonn Greene is absolute trash and although Bilal Powell has been slightly more productive in that role, combined they ran for a useless 45 yards.  Just pitiful.

And let me tell you this, Tim Tebow is not the answer, savior, or solution to the problem.  If anything, he has a whole layer unto himself on this horrible smelling onion.  Tebow can’t throw worth a damn. And his ability to throw defenses off and effectively run the wildcat seems like too much to ask. It took the 49ers to show the home team what the wildcat can do for you when properly executed.  The 9ers beat the Jets at their own game.  The irony, lol.

The coaching staff has no clue how to use Tebow.  I would suggest using Tebow as a receiver since we have no one else to throw to, but when they’ve tried that Tebow showed he can’t run routes and the ball dinged him in the helmet.  During yesterday’s post-game press conference, Rex was pressed about whether it’s time to make a QB change, and he essentially said he doesn’t believe Tebow has what it takes.  Remember, he’s comparing Tebow’s ability to Sanchez’s inability so that must tell you everything you need to know about how much faith the coaches have in Tebow.  But then again, they maintain that Sanchez is the right man for the job, so who knows.  So far, neither quarterback has one upped the other.

Which brings me to Tony Sporano.  Since he’s arrived, the offense is more dazed and confused than they were under, wait for it…Brian Schottenheimer.  No one was happier than me to see Schotty depart New York, but now I can’t help but wonder if he was actually a better offensive coordinator.  Soparano, the wildcat guru and king of the rushing game has been terrible so far.  The team’s one rushing touchdown and five passing touchdowns, three of which came in Week 1, are proof positive of that.  Yesterday, the Jets were 2/13 on third-down plays.  They only had nine first downs compared to San Fran’s 26…smh.  It would be nice if Sporano finally executed a game plan that didn’t make people shamefully miss the Brian Schottenheimer era.

And finally, on to defense.  The memo is out, run the ball against the Jets and you’ll have your way.  For the most part, the Jets defense contained the 9ers offense in the first half, but eventually things got of hand in the second half.  In all, the 49ers had 245 rushing yards.  Eight different people ran the rock, and we let them.  The game really blew up in our faces in the fourth quarter, when the defense was probably gassed from playing  36:56 compared to the offense’s 23:04.  There were no redeeming qualities about yesterday’s defensive performance, but I can tell you the weakest link.  Kyle Wilson.  He is a joke.  I’m not even criticizing him for not being a suitable replacement for Revis, because no one is capable of filling Revis’ shoes.  However, what annoyed me most about Wilson’s game was how he repeatedly got beat, only to be rescued by Alex Smith’s poor throws, and then react by trash talking and taunting receivers as if he was responsible for the incomplete pass. How delusional can one player be about his talent level?  Since he was signed in 2010, Rex hailed Wilson as the next big thing.  Two years later and we’re still waiting.

Before the season began, we all knew Weeks 4 and Week 5 were going to be a big test for the Jets.  And that was before we knew Mark Sanchez was going to regress like he has, or we’d be without Revis and Holmes, and possibly Keller too.  The only thing that makes facing the Texans more daunting than it already seemed is doing it on Monday Night Football, for the whole nation to see.  Awesome.

In other news, the New York Yankees clinched a playoff spot, yesterday.  That helped numb my pain a little.  If you’re a Mets-Jets fan, find comfort in knowing you have my condolences.


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