It is always interesting to be a Jets fan, is it not? No matter how a Jets season unfolds, it always seems to unfold with a story line, and no season is a better example than the current one. Have you ever seen a fan base seem more defeated over a 2-3 football team, that is one game behind in their division? I know that I haven’t.
Everyone has the right to be concerned, don’t get me wrong. The offense, although a little bit better last week, has been putrid. The offense cannot get out of its own way. No matter how much weight you put on Mark Sanchez, the poor play of the offensive line, the wide receivers inability to get open, or the ransid running attack, the fact is that the offense has been awful. The defense was improved at times last week, but still has been terrible against the run. They can’t get to the quarterback, and have a group of linebackers that might lose a race to ALF.
And there is the issue of the quarterback. Even the biggest of Mark Sanchez’s fans, myself included, cannot deny that as times, Mark’s play has regressed. We talked about it this week, for every great throw he makes, he seems to make one that scratches the heads of an entire fanbase. There is a growing group amongst us that is ready for Mark Sanchez to put his first round draft choice rear end on the bench permanently, and open the door for Tim Tebow to take over. There are rumors that owner Woody Johnson will push for Tebow to start. I have opinions about that, but that is for another day. Nobody, at least publically, seems to be ready to commit to Mark Sanchez beyond this week, which is a significant difference than previous times, where Mark has been addressed as just the starter.
One thing is certain regarding Sunday, it is a cross roads for the Rex Ryan era.
It is certainly a major spot in the 2012 season, as much as a week 6 game can be. 2-3 is a record that can send a season rocketing in one direction or the other. 3-3 can get the momentum for a season going in the right direction. They will be right in the thick of the division race, and feeling good going forward into a softer section of their schedule. Mark Sanchez can silence a lot of doubters with a win, and the return of Stephen Hill and Dustin Keller.
2-4 is a mark that is typically tough to get back from. If the Jets leave a homestand 0-3, heading off on the road could be none too kind to a struggling offensive football team, and the season could head straight for the bowl.