I don’t even know where to begin.
The New York Jets just simply cannot get out of their own way sometimes.
The Denver Broncos did not beat the Jets Thursday night. The Jets handed the Broncos the game on a silver platter, and the Broncos were more than happy to take it.
The legend of Tim Tebow grows. For 55 minutes he set the quarterback position back about eight decades. Then in the final five minutes, he did what he does. He made plays, he found a way.
Yes, Tebow deserves credit. He is still an awful passer, but he never turns the ball over. The Broncos offense is suited for his skill set and it finally worked, for one good drive, at the best possible moment for Denver.
Is it possible that the short rest and the thin air was just too much for the Jets defense at the end of the game? Maybe. They were on the field far too long. It’s not all on them. But they’re not blameless either.
No, this Jets loss was a total team effort. The offense had plenty of opportunities to put the game away and not let Tebow and company stay close enough to make that comeback.
The defense certainly shot themselves in the foot with missed tackles and a horrible job of keeping contain on the decisive play of the game, a brutal eight-man blitz call that cost them the game.
But I also have to point fingers at Mike Westhoff and his special teams units. They’ve played uncharacteristically poor the past two games, and the Jets have always leaned on special teams to give them a boost.
For the second straight week, the Jets had a brutal turnover on special teams. Joe McKnight, who had a big game on offense, has to be better on special teams. It’s inexcusable.
Mark Sanchez will get blamed, almost singlehandedly, for this loss. That’s the nature of the NFL these days. Sanchez did not play well but he wasn’t the biggest reason they lost.
Why is it that teams like Denver can change their entire offensive philosophy on a whim to suit their quarterback’s strengths, but Brian Schottenheimer can’t?
I’ll have more thoughts on Schottenheimer soon, because that warrants its own post. Offensive line coach Bill Callahan and quarterbacks coach Matt Cavanaugh deserve blame too.
Sanchez certainly needs to play better, and the pick-six was horrendous, but he got beat up by Von Miller all day. Wayne Hunter was a damn turnstile and the Jets never made adjustments.
Every single player and coach needs to look themselves in the mirror and ask themselves, “where are we?”
5-5 record. Six games left. The Jets no longer control their own destiny. There will be hell to pay if the Jets are on the outside looking in come playoff time.
But right now, this the bed they’ve made. They are the ones who lost these games. They have repeatedly shot themselves in the foot and thrown away a ton of chances to put themselves in a good position.
Now they have to do it the hard way, just like they did the past two seasons, rallying for one of the final playoff spots and then hitting their stride in January.
But how many times can you go back to the well? At some point you can’t count on the teams ahead of you blowing a chance to eliminate you. You can’t count on a miracle every year.
The Jets have been a team of tenacity and resilience in Rex Ryan’s tenure. But this might be the tallest task yet. They’re 5-5 and have a lot of teams to catch up to now.
People need to be held accountable when things go wrong. The mistakes have to stop. The players need to play better and the coaches need to coach better.
Time is slipping away, and so is the season. They have to right the ship, before it’s too late.