First of all let me just state that I apologize for the Shotty bashing. We fans tend to have a herd mentality and when we raise our ire at a particular coach we tend to lose all reasonableness. Willie Randolph was the last example of this behavior by NY fans, including me.### Patterns ### Every attempt at solving a problem begins with a diagnosis. We have seen the symptoms. It happened last year. We know that gnawing feeling in the stomach. It's like waking up in the morning, realizing the Jets could be out of the playoffs, and having the same feeling as if I had wrecked my car the night before prior to going into the tank. Sucks. ### Back to the lecture at hand. Patterns are the first area to consider when solving any problem in any field. Pattern establish factual boundaries for the process of problem solving. ### In broad terms, the pattern I see on this team is a hot streak followed by a collapse of the offense for a series of games highlighted by mindbendingly awful performances by the QB. ### If the pattern holds, the team will regroup, will beat Pitt in Pitt. And will mount a serious run. ### The thing that I note about this is while the QB has been the same, many different key players have come and gone. Most everyone agrees the team is upgraded from 09. So why does the same pattern emerge? ### That is what leads me to think that the pattern is rooted in the coaching staff and the dynamics between each other - a subject I know nothing about. ### So I don't "blame" anyone. I'm saying that what I saw last year was Shotty being benched after those awful games, and Rex saying he would take more of a role in the offense. And guess what happened? ### I don't think Rex Ryan is neither willing or able to coach an offensive unit. Ideally, he should be a defensive specialist. But I have no problem with him as the chief. But I think the problem lies in how Rex and Shotty relate to each other and how Sanchez is affected by this dynamic. I say this because Mark's best drives are when he is in control. ### They have to change this dynamic. Either fire Shotty, or give Mark more ability to call plays because Rex ain't goin anywhere.