If this is the performance that the New York Jets give when their playoffs hopes are on the line, then they’ll be on the golf course in no time.
With their 45-19 loss at the hands of the Philadelphia Eagles, the Jets proved two things today: First, they are not very good; and Second, major changes need to be made…and fast.
An offensive line that cannot protect its quarterback and a secondary that gives up a 73 yard pass to a tight end (Brent Celek), is a recipe for disaster.
For the Jets, this was a performance reminicient of when they got blown out in New England last season after losing Jim Leonhard. Surprise surprise, this was the first game after losing Leonhard this season. Weird.
Here are our quick hits:
1. Eric Smith needs to go. Every week Smith has to cover the Tight End. Every week he fails. Enough is enough.
2. Mark Sanchez, given time, is a good quarterback. Mark Sanchez, with limited time, cannot improvise.
3. The Jets offensive line needs to get better. Wayne Hunter gets beat too easily.
4. The game looked to be going fine until Santonio Holmes fumbled the ball. Letting the ball slip though his hands a few minutes later, resulting in an Eagles INT was icing on the cake.
5. No wait, Holmes’ unspotsmanlike penalty was the icing on the cake. Bonehead play by Holmes.
6. Jets couldn’t tackle anyone. From Michael Vick to LeSean McCoy, this game was a laugher.
7. With the Bengals winning, the Jets are out of the playoffs. (Not like we couldn’t see that from this performance).
8. Is it Rex Ryan? It is Brian Schottenheimer? What’s wrong with the Jets?
9. 150 yards in the air to tight end Brent Celek and 102 yards on the ground to McCoy. Rough game for the defense.
10. Lots of penalties for the Jets. Lots of turnovers for the Jets.
Was there a bright spot today? Not really, but we saw two nice plays by the Jets offense:
1. Mark Sanchez with his perfect 25 yard TD pass to Holmes.
2. Plaxico Burress for his beautiful TD catch in the fourth quarter.