Friday afternoon, we began our roundtable discussion about the season to date and looking ahead, with Debbie Schechter and Sydney (check it out by clicking here). Now, moving along with Part II, we continue to look back at the half season gone by, and look ahead to the remainder of the 2012 season. Let’s get the ball rolling:
The Jets currently sit at 3-5 and last place in the AFC East. If anyone we’re to tell this to a Jets fan prior to the start of the season, no fan would approve. Expectations were high going into week 1. However, with Darrelle Revis and Santonio Holmes both going down, the Jets are going to have to pull something out of a hat in order to win the AFC East. Yeah, 4 of the 5 loses are against respectable defenses (PIT,SF,HOU,MIA) but the Jets are going to have to do much more if they’re going to surpass New England in the division. The offense has been disappointing for the most part. It was somewhat expected, after the poor offensive performances during the preseason. But still, there’s no excuse. As for the special teams… well… let’s just say this could be the worst season that Mike Westhoff has coached yet. The defense has been decent, but that’s unacceptable with a defensive guru like Rex Ryan. Jets fans deserve a top 10 defense… if not top 5. I have great respect for Rex as a defensive coordinator, but he’s got to do a better job with the defense… not to mention as a head coach.
Looking forward to the second half of the season, the Jets will come off the bye with a road game in Seattle. It’s a tough place to play, but the Jets cannot afford to drop to 3-6. If that’s the case, I can see Tebow entering the picture… whether that be good or bad. The Jets actually have a favorable schedule. But in this league, no win is a “gimme”. Every win must be earned. With that being said, I see the Jets putting up a good fight in the AFC. I think they will make the playoffs as a wildcard 5th or 6th seed. I believe they’ll finish 8-8. If the Jets fail to make the playoffs, in part to a tiebreaker in the AFC, I see big changes coming. The end of the 2012 NFL season will paint the picture for the future of the New York Jets, Mike Tannenbaum, Rex Ryan, and lastly…. Mark Sanchez. Each individual controls their own destiny, in my mind. It’ll be interesting to see how it all plays out.