Stick fork in Rex's Jets, because they are officially done
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The NFL season is long and winding, filled with peaks and valleys, twists and turns. A basic rule of thumb is to exercise extreme caution before eliminating teams from the playoff chase in October.The imminent exception, however, pertains to the Jets. Feel free to count out the Jets. They are cooked, filleted, fried, fini.
They face an eight-game schedule to nowhere.
Under normal circumstances, with normal teams, dismissing a 3-5 team would be borderline slanderous. Too much can happen across the final eight games. Opponents can fall flat with injuries or their own slumps. A close win here and a close win there and suddenly confidence collides with momentum to produce an unlikely postseason run.
Not the Jets.
Not these Jets.
They are finished for the same reason they were tabbed by many preseason prognosticators as a six-win team. The Jets have a vast talent vacuum. Their quarterback isn't good enough. Their offensive line isn't good enough. Their defense isn't good enough. And their special teams apparently aren't good enough.Their best chance was to execute a couple unexpected wins in the first half. Maybe knock off one or two of the bigs — Pittsburgh or San Francisco or Houston or New England — and sweep the 50-50 games (read: Miami). But the Jets didn't just lose to Miami on Sunday. They were humiliated by Miami.And now they have an eight-game limp to another offseason laden with questions.
The talk, of course, is to replace Mark Sanchez with Tim Tebow at quarterback.
Sanchez hasn't done enough to keep the talk to a murmur. He has made too many crushing mistakes splashed around moments of solid play.But Sanchez is only one piece of the ill-fitted puzzle. Receivers regularly drop passes or run inexact routes. The offensive line often forces Sanchez to release the ball early or take a sack. Rex Ryan's ground-and-pound philosophy requires a consistent rushing game and dominant defense. He has neither.Tebow is, of course, the popular choice. He continually pulled rabbits out of his hat in leading Denver to the playoffs last season. He ascended from one of the most popular players in sports to full savior status. But it's worth noting that Denver finished 31st in passing and first in rushing.Tebow formed a niche by helping Denver hang around before making a big play or three in the final minutes.How Tebow could turn these Jets into a playoff contender is beyond me. The Jets are 16th in rushing average, 26th in passing and 29th in total defense. They do nothing particularly well.
That's why the Jets are cooked.
Neither Sanchez nor Tebow is capable of leading the Jets to a 6-2 record for the likely playoff-required nine wins. Five of those games are on the road, and yet the Jets' schedule, by technical standards, is relatively easy. But their opponents are NFL teams and that's good enough on most days against the Jets.They can go ahead and hand Tebow the ball now. But even the great Tebow can't work miracles unless they hand him a top-notch offensive line and play-making receivers and a defense that makes big stops down the stretch.
The Jets had a chance to make things interesting this season. But they needed a better start.
Instead, the Jets have proven what most folks suspected from the start. They are lacking in talent.
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