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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