This is not an "Everybody chill" post. Even though its only week 5 after last night I would hope the Jets were are the farthest thing from chill, as most of the fans rightfully should be. However its also not a "The sky is falling piece." Despite some of the wildly irrational statements last night from myself and many others during last nights game, at this point the season is far from over. While being a Jets fan for many is an epic roller coaster ride that brings with it a swing of emotions last night should not serve as the point where the ride fell of the rails, its just too early. That being said the Jets must acknowledge the general ineptitude of the offense, and find a way to fix it, or it could get way worse before it gets better.
In looking at the offense specifically last night was possibly the worst an NFL offense could possibly play. Every single member of the offense, except for Joe McKnight, should be embarrassed beyond belief. Every member of this offense deserves blame, but, contrary to what I said last night in the heat of battle, you cannot pin this one on Mark Sanchez. Considering how bad the offensive line was, it’s a minor miracle he didn’t get killed. The Ravens blitzed with abandon, Sanchez had no time to throw, and no one to throw to thanks to great Ravens coverage and the general awfulness of the Jets receivers. The 73 yard pick 6 was brutal, but again Sanchez was getting killed, and the Jets had to try to resort to dink and dink passes, since they couldn’t run the ball. Sanchez had one of the worst statistical games ever, but he was being hounded the whole game, and its impossible to throw under those circumstances. To hear people say that the Jets should enter the Andrew Luck sweepstakes more then just an overreaction to a horrible loss, its stupidity.
Exempting Sanchez from the firestorm of panic brewing over Florham Park right now, the panic is justified thanks to the continuous ineptitude of the Jets offensive line and running game. The Jets said they were getting away from the ground and pound, and honestly after three weeks, I am questioning whether it is the right move. The ground and pound was a winning formula, and even though I came to Sanchez’s defense for last night, he hasn’t shown me nearly enough to give him the keys to the Jets offense. The continuous bad decisions and general mediocrity has hurt the Jets, but by giving the keys to Sanchez instead of the running game the Jets have lost their identity. While Rex has always played so-called tough, smash mouth football, the Jets offense has been playing about as smash mouth as a ballet class. With this offensive line I suppose Schottenheimer doesn’t feel confident in the lines ability to physically dominate opponents, something the Jets have done a ton the last two years. However like it or not, that is what this Jets team does best, and with Sanchez unable to be successful with the change, the Jets must establish continuity in the running game at all costs. This is obviously hard giving the current state of the Jets offensive line, but it is what has to happen if the Jets are going to have a successful season.
The Jets chances of a successful season seem bleak right now, and if your looking to lay blame, as many are eager to do right now, you have to go straight to the top of the organization. The disaster last night was orchestrated by Mike Tannenbaum, who chose to get rid any semblance of depth on the lines, get rid of Braylon, and leave the Jets very thin at basically every position. I wrote before the season started how the Jets were worse on offense, and the same, if not worse on defense. After one quarter of the season that is true. The foundation for the Jets offense has always been the offensive line. The Jets never made upgrading this a priority, and now we are seeing the results ineffective drafting and injuries can have on the Jets. Without a foundation you can’t build a house, and this year the Jets never had a strong foundation. Furthermore under Rex regular season wise, it seems like the Jets save their worst for when they least can afford it, and this team was not prepared for the Ravens last night. Rex always talks about being physical but this team has not been, offensively, but also at times defensively. They lack ingenuity in the offensive play calling. Schottenheimer never makes adjustments, and the Jets continuously struggle to handle pressure or adapt to anything the defense gives them. Tannenbaum, Rex, and Schottenheimer caused this to happen, and now they have to fix it.
Despite all that it is still early. A win next week and a Bills loss and they're in first place. All it takes is one game to turn the tide. If the Jets can get it fixed then they'll be fine. The season is 25% over. While it may put the season at a crossroads for next week there is still time. Panickers, myself included, don't flip out too much, no one knows anything about how this year is going to turn out from a week 4 matchup, its far from over, the Jets have time to respond and they can do it against a pretty weak defense next week in New England.