With a hurricane creeping its way up the Atlantic coast Sunday afternoon, the New York Jets got blown away by the Miami Dolphins at MetLife Stadium, falling to 2-2 in division games, and 3-5 overall after eight weeks.
Now the question is, with the Jets’ bye week coming up in Week 9, where does Rex Ryan go from here?
Ryan reiterated his commitment to Mark Sanchez as his starting quarterback, after the 25-year-old fourth-year quarterback completed 52% of his passes and turned the ball over twice in the Jets’ Week 8 loss.
As the Jets offense struggled to move the football or score points, the home crowd began chanting for Tim Tebow, who had just one carry for two yards and also appeared to blow an assignment that led to a Dolphins touchdown.
Tebow, who is the personal punt protector on special teams, was responsible for a miscommunication on the punt team that led to a punt being blocked and returned for a Miami touchdown in the first quarter.
Needless to say, things are getting ugly fast for Rex Ryan and company, and now they’ll have a week off to reflect.
For the Jets to salvage their season, they need answers, and fast. At 3-5, they’ll probably have to win six of their last eight games to contend for a playoff spot in the AFC, and the AFC East division title may already be out of reach.
The honeymoon is over for Rex Ryan, offensive coordinator Tony Sparano and general manager Mike Tannenbaum, most of all. The Jets’ Week 8 loss was an absolute failure from the coaches to the players on down.
Something needs to be done. Changes need to be made. Sure, the Jets are undermanned and overwhelmed by injuries, but nobody’s going to feel sorry for you in this league. Everybody has injuries to overcome.
The coaches need to dig deep and find solutions, because what they’re doing now is not working, at all.
Does it mean a quarterback change? Many will be calling for it, but my gut says Rex will stick by Sanchez.
Whether or not that’s the right decision is up for debate. Could Tebow possibly do worse? With the weapons (or lack thereof) on offense, maybe the grass isn’t greener on the other side for Gang Green.
However, the Jets can’t continue to do what they’ve been doing and expect anything to change for the better. Rex Ryan better find some answers soon, or the dissenting voices will only get louder and louder.