Well, it was a nice run while it lasted, but now it is no more. The Jets fell to the Titans 14-10, ending their playoff hopes and beginning the look ahead to next year. The Jets had their chances in this one, as the Titans really never put the game away, but in the end, they couldn’t get the job done. Too many miscues did the Jets in, and it did in their season too. Let’s get to it.
Four INT’s by Mark Sanchez. Again, he was forcing passes into bad places. During the game, I talked about the rhythm getting thrown off, after the one Tim Tebow drive. He did have some rhythm early, but it doesn’t matter. Tebow didn’t play significantly after the one drive, and Mark never really got his rhythm back. He made throws that were late, and he forced balls that he shouldn’t have thrown. Look at the two picks to Cumberland as an example, they were awful. One was high, so high that I don’t think Yao Ming could make the catch. The other was forced into about quadruple coverage. Last night, the guy under center just couldn’t make the right decision when it counted, and it cost the Jets an opportunity at the playoffs.
Let’s also take a look at the playcalling in this game. Tony Sparano=horrible. Brian Schottenheimer was scapegoated, Tony Sparano might have fans calling for the Schotty return. First of all, the use of Tebow made no sense. The scripted use of Tim Tebow on the third drive made absolutely no sense. Why do it just for the heck of it? Rex even said after the game that it was the plan. Why would you make a plan like that? The defense was daring Tebow to throw the football, but yet they continued with it. Tebow executed a first down run off of the right side, which looked beautiful. Instead of bringing back in Mar, they went back to the QB draws in the middle of the line. Those went nowhere, drive over.
Don’t get me wrong, the way they used Tebow did interrupt the flow and rhythm for Mark Sanchez. It wasn’t a great rhythm, but there were moments when Mark was heating up a little bit, like when he hit two completions in a row. That is the time to leave your quarterback alone and let him feel the game. Instead, he removed Mark for Tim. Tim was never able to get it going, and this offense didn’t get much going at all.