Time to Get Back to Reality with the New York Jets

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Sep 25, 2011; Oakland, CA, USA; New York Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum during the game against the Oakland Raiders at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

There has been a lot of rage in Jets fans since the debacle concluded on Sunday afternoon. Don’t get me wrong, the anger is very well deserved, as our team appeared to not show up to the game on Sunday. The game was about as rough of a loss in recent memory, and that includes the 45-3 game from 2010.

The debate has begun. Is it time to bench Mark Sanchez? Is Tebow Time upon us? Is the defense too old and slow? Do the Jets show too much loyalty to aging veterans? These, and many other questions have been coming across the enraged lips and tweets of Jets fans the last couple of days.

Most of the rage has been directed at the man to the right, Mike Tannenbaum. “He hasn’t done enough to help Mark Sanchez and this offense”, has been the common theme. And this is definitely true, Mark Sanchez is not a guy that is going to get it done with any old weapons around him, he needs help. Help, is exactly what Mike Tannenbaum has not given this offense over the last few years. They have tried to build the defense, while not paying any attention to the offense now. Jets fans are mad, and want wholesale changes, now.

Well, we are a bit over 36 hours since the final gun of Sunday’s game, and it’s time to think. It’s time for reality to set in fans. Despite all of the rage, my own included, here are some realities that we are just stuck with for 2012:

THIS IS OUR RUNNING GAME

Like it or not, here we are. Jonathan Grimes may help, don’t get me wrong. But let’s look at one reason that the running game isn’t getting any better, the offensive line. Here are your offensive line starters from 2011: D’Brickashaw Ferguson, Matt Slauson, Nick Mangold, Brandon Moore, Wayne Hunter.

The Jets were ranked 22nd in the league in rushing offense in 2010, and that was WITH the veteran running back that we all know helps Shonn Greene be effective. 22nd. After finishing 22nd, the Jets felt that Brian Schottenheimer was the reason that the offense failed, so they brought in Tony Sparano to re-commit to the running game. But what did they do with the personnel? NOTHING! The only change on the offensive line was adding an inexperienced right tackle, and they didn’t add to the running game. Changing the coaching doesn’t change the players on the field by magic.

Look around the available players now. Is there somebody that the Jets can bring in, during the season, to make a significant change? Trades are rare during the season, acquiring Braylon Edwards was an exception to the rule. So, who are we going to sign to make a difference? I don’t see anyone. Teams are built in the offseason, not midseason. This offensive line, and running attack is what we are going forward with folks.

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