And finally, yours truly:
By far, the biggest positive of the first half of the Jets season has been the emergence of Jeremy Kerley. He showed flashes as a rookie, but didn’t seem much more than a good 3rd receiver. This year, following the injury to Santonio Holmes, Jeremy has stepped up his game, and become a go-to threat. He is on pace to record just under 1,000 yards receiving, and a more than viable option on both the inside and the outside. Mark Sanchez is really pulling the talent out of Jeremy Kerley, and it is an exciting relationship to watch develop. The problem with the first half of the season for the Jets has been one word: inconsistency. They have not been able to put a consistent stretch of football together, in any of the three phases of the game. The offense has had its highs, such as the Buffalo game and the Colts game. They have also had their deep lows as well, such as the 49ers game and the second Dolphins game. They have looked like world-beaters, and they have looked like Pee-wee leaguers. Same thing for the defense, and the special teams. Mike Tannenbaum has been no help to this offense, arming Mark Sanchez with weapons behind Santonio Holmes and Dustin Keller that wouldn’t make a lot of practice squads. That’s for a different discussion however. The fact is the team has been mired in inconsistency.
Looking ahead to the second half, the Jets have a favorable schedule. However, the Jets, with a 3-5 record, have little to no margin for error. They will have to go no less than 6-2 in the final 8 games to have any shot at the playoffs. 8-8 will not cut it. The Jets must go 9-7 at worst, in order to have a shot at the Wild Card. Can they do it? Sure, but it is going to take a lot of work. Mark Sanchez has to be the good Mark Sanchez for the rest of the season. The lapses in decision making have to stop. Tim Tebow is not the answer for this team to make a run, the answer is for Mark Sanchez to play up to his capabilities. They must win the battles upfront week to week as well, and be able to run the football. Even the good Mark Sanchez cannot win the game with his arm, he needs a good running game. On defense, they have to stop the run the way a Rex Ryan defense should. They have to set the edges, stay true to their assignments, and hold teams down the way they have in the past.
Consistency will give the Jets a chance to make the playoff and salvage the 2012 season. Continued lack of passion and consistency will give the Jets the opportunity to have 2012 fall apart, worse than 2011 ever did.