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New York Jets Fans and Media Want it Both Ways

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Sep 8, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets general manager John Idzik during warmups before a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Since Sunday’s debacle in Tennessee the second guessers have come out in full force. The same people who claim the team is going to the playoffs after a win want everyone benched or released after a loss. Then there are those who disappear while a player they don’t like is playing well only to reappear with “I told you so” after a poor performance. Two of the most popular are the Jets would be better off with Sanchez or even Simms now and they should have drafted an offensive skill position player with one of their two first round draft picks. Although everyone is entitled to their opinion I am also entitled to feel physically ill reading them.

The one that most bothers me obviously is that Mark Sanchez would have magically morphed into a quarterback did not make mind-numbing, backbreaking decisions that led to turnovers at the most inopportune times. Sanchez had 52 turnovers in the last two years combined and those were his 3rd and 4th seasons where he should be making better decisions. Mark Sanchez in this preseason had a screen pass intercepted by a defensive lineman and a costly red zone interception. He played well at other times but those mistakes just go to show that he hasn’t learned or turned over a new leaf.  When he is pressured he makes terrible decisions. Since I have heard that Sanchez could have won the New England game this year let’s remember last year’s game at New England. Once again the Jets had the Patriots in a winnable game that made it to overtime but Sanchez held onto the ball too long, tried to make a play and lost the game on a strip sack. I like Mark Sanchez but it is clearly time to move on for both parties.

Since the end of last season most Jets fans and media alike said that the team should not even bring Sanchez back. They should take the cap hit and dump him so they can start fresh. During this year’s training camp competition fans were begging the Jets to start Geno since we already knew what Sanchez was. Everyday people would write nasty things about Sanchez and justify to themselves why Smith should play and Sanchez should go away. Then Sanchez gets injured, goes away, people get what they want and now four weeks later those same people are calling for Sanchez to come save the day. You can’t have it both ways. Everyone knew what they were signing up with starting a rookie quarterback. There were going to be highs and lows and this was going to be a developmental season. A couple of wins early skewed the expectations around the team and now I see where switching to Simms or praying for Sanchez is currently en vogue. Simms has never even played against a 1st team defense and doesn’t have an NFL star.t I don’t think you can transpose what happened in the second half of meaningless preseason games to the regular season. See Clowney, David.  These people need to remember that seeing what Smith has over a whole season is what is important this year, wins and losses are gravy.

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  • Vincent Hall

    I disagree with you. I understand that not everyone likes Sanchez and not everyone likes Geno Smith but come on. Even in his rookie year Sanchez wasn’t turning the ball over 3 and 4 times a game like clockwork. You yourself said Sanchez had 52 turnovers, he also had 2 different coordinators, and 5+ different starting wide receivers to throw to. Geno Smith might reach 52 turnovers in one season. I’m not against Geno Smith, but the GM is not getting starters, he is getting back ups and sub package guys. I think where we differ is you view this as a rebuilding team, and I don’t see the Jets that way.

    • Paul Newbold

      The GM came in with a huge lack of talent on the roster and no money to spend to fix it. I think he’s done a fair job so far. With no money to work free agency, and so many needs, he was forced to gamble on a couple of guys. I think he did a good job at this year’s draft, finding starters that can have an impact into the future.

      • Craig Hoffman

        5 starters from a draft all with the potential to have a long-term impact is a draft most GMs would be very happy with. While the jury is out on any draft for 3 years I liked what Idzik did a lot but I think it will come into focus even more after the 2014 draft and how that plays out.

    • matr dontelli iii

      While it’s a team game, markie nearly single-handedly lost five of the seven games for the team in 2009, with 3, 5, 2, 4 and 3 interceptions in those games. Geno’s got a ways to go before equalling that.

    • Craig Hoffman

      Sanchez had 12 touchdowns, 20 interceptions and 10 fumbles in 2009. He threw 5 interceptions in a game against Buffalo where the Jets ran the ball for 329 yards which they lost 16-13 in overtime. He was turning the ball over behind a much better offensive line with a much better running game. I picked the Jets to finish 8-8 and think they will be better by the end of the season as an extremely young team grows up. They are not a 4-12 rebuilding team but they are rebuilding their talent base and did a decent job with no money this year.

      • Craig Hoffman

        The point being they left Sanchez in and he delivered in the ’09 playoffs. They didn’t run to put in Kellen Clemens.

  • Paul Newbold

    Another good piece Craig. I’ve been saying all along this is a rebuilding year. It seems Jets fans aren’t happy unless there is a QB controversy and the “sports writers” do there best to feed off that!! I understand it, the media makes money off the drama, and long suffering fans are inpatient and frustrated with the quality of players they are putting out there. You do have to wonder what we have in Dee Millner however, given he came in late due a contract snag, was recovering from a prior injury, and then injured the hamstring along the way. His play on the field has been nothing short of horrendous for a first rounder however, his coverage has been loose, he’s had trouble turning to find the ball, and his tackling has been questionable as well. He was a stand out in college, and I was happy when they drafted him, now I’m growing a bit concerned. I’m sitting back and enjoying watching Geno Smith develop, the hell with the wins and losses. Next season they are projected to have plenty of picks and cap room, along with that a good looking rookie class from this team with more experience. They may very well be a force next season.

    • Craig Hoffman

      Thank you Paul I appreciate the feedback. I think that they will compete in 2014 especially if they don’t replace Rex and Mornhinweg which would retard Smith’s growth and ruin a great group of young defenders molded to play in this system. I still see this year’s team around .500 by year’s end with the arrow definitely pointing up next year.