The New York Jets were officially eliminated from postseason contention after their 14-10 loss to the Tennessee Titans last Monday night in Nashville. I find this funny because the Jets offense is only offensive. Outside of the Cardinals or the Jaguars, the Jets are the worst offense in the NFL. Before the season started, their starting cornerback, Dominic Rodgers-Cromartie, said that he was the second best wide-receiver on the team. The only reason we don’t know that for sure is because the QB situation is a joke.
The real problem, in my eyes, for the Jets this season was they did not have a “real” quarterback capable of getting the ball to any of their receivers. All you heard about before the season started was Mark Sanchez was going to led the Jets to the “promised land”. Sounded great, and why not, they went to consecutive AFC Championship games. Problem is Sanchez has only digressed since then. Over that span he has turned the ball over 50+ times in only 30 games. It is so bad in NY that head coach Rex Ryan is going to start 3rd string QB Greg McElroy for presumably the final two games of the season, over both Sanchez and Tim Tebow.
The question now for New York now is, “Where do we go from here”. Luckily, there is only one answer. The good news is they will have a high enough draft pick to get a quarterback next April. The bad news is they will have to keep Sanchez. Why, you ask? Economics. Mark Sanchez will cost the Jets $8.9 million against the salary cap if he traded. The cap hit is far worse at $17.1 million if they just release him. So the bottom line is “Sanchize” is not going anywhere because no one in their right mind will want to trade for him and the Jets can’t afford to release him.
Well, What about Tim Tebow. This was the QB they traded a 4th & 6th round pick to Denver for (Jets received Tebow and a 7th rd pick in return). Denver was more than willing to get rid of him after they signed future Hall of Famer Peyton Manning to be their signal caller. Believe it or not, Tebow actually started 2 games this year. Impressive since he threw only 8 passes all year! Now there are reports that he will request to be released at the end of this season. No problem, he is not a QB, and the Jaguars are more than willing to have him. It must be a ploy to get people in the seats. He is from Jacksonville and is a legend at Florida where he won a Heisman Trophy and 2 National Championships.
Bottom line: This 1-2 QB punch is quite possibly the worst tandem in NFL history. Certainly the worst I have seen in my 30 years of watching.