New York Jets Not Quite Dead in NFL Playoff Race

By Nick Mamary
Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

I know everything looks bad right now for the New York Jets. After all, they have scored a grand total of six points in their last two games. Gang Green now has lost three in a row and four out five after going down to their AFC East rival Miami Dolphins on Sunday. Of course quarterback Geno Smith was benched in favor of Matt Simms who struggle as well. Standing at 5-7 while playing so bad offensively it may seem that the Jets are finished with any Playoff hopes. Honestly this is not completely true.

Despite a leaky secondary, defensive line play remains solid. If you can pressure quarterbacks, turnovers will come. Chris Ivory brings a solid running back, and Bilal Powell offers a solid tandem. Smith failed to progress and continues making the same mistakes. The question is whether or not he can be their quarterback of the future. Head coach Rex Ryan does not have time to find out. A 5-4 start put New York in Post Season contention while changing expectations. Collapsing completely now would be cause for change in leadership. If only there was a veteran signal caller to provide stability.

Wait, there is David Garrard. He has history of winning and efficiency. 89 touchdowns and 54 interceptions speak to solid play. Even though he hasn’t played in almost three years, you don’t forget how to play. If the knee injury that forced Garrard into retirement was still an issue, he would not have made the team. The other clubs in front do not have an easy road. I can find two losses for Miami in the New England Patriots and a Week 17 battle against the Jets, Defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens still face the New England Patriots and the Cincinnati BengalsChris Johnson’s Tennessee Titans are not a major threat. If Gang Green can win out, or even go 3-1 there is a shot. This seems impossible but three games against the Cleveland BrownsOakland Raiders and rematch against Miami provide three winnable games. 8-8 or even stealing a game against the Carolina Panthers would be 9-7. It’s unlikely, I know. But I would argue that this defense was tired because of lack of support. A steady veteran could really help. Start Garrard against Oakland and go from there. I’m not saying some miracle will happen but the other teams are not exactly running away.

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