The title provides contrast with Rex Ryan's comment after yesterday's game that "he never saw this coming". A comment, that, I find quite strange considering that the Jets' flaws are well documented long before the disaster against the Phins kicked off.
The week before, as the Jets lost a nail-biter in New England which they should've won (after having been practically gifted the win in the closing regulation minutes) I'd written a fanpost emphasizing that no, Mark Sanchez's performance was not "encouraging" or even "great" as some had said (the same mantra we'd heard after the Indy game where Sanchez had, what, 90 yrds in the air?). In fact, even in NE Sanchez's performance in the 1st half was horrible, it could've easily cost 3 INTs and only didn't out of sheer luck. It also contributed to the big hole the Jets were in where the same Sanchez helped come out of in the 2nd half. I'd said that Mark Sanchez is a wildly erratic QB and that sadly this doesn't look like it will ever change. What took place against Miami was a catastrophe waiting to happen and certainly not a "...I never saw this coming" surprise.
I doubt there's too many Sanchez apologists left, not after yesterday, and it's quite obvious that the only pertinent question remaining is: what now? When it comes to the QB position, without question the most important in the team and in any team sport for that matter, the issue is what alternatives we have. Sure, there's the obvious case to be made for T. Tebow or even McElroy. These are the QBs that are supposedly better than Sanchez, the ones we can actually place hope on? Sorry, but we are being delusional if we indeed think that. Mark Sanchez deserves to be benched, he's at his 4th year and his game is arguably as bad as it was in his rookie year. Hell, Miami's back-up QB easily outdid Sanchez yesterday. Still, or worryingly, Sanchez is the "best" we got at this given point.
Tebow is a RB who masquerades as a QB. He was shipped out of Denver even though he supposedly "engineered" miracle victories and won a game for Denver in the playoffs. You'd think that someone who understands the position as good as few like Elway would've kept Tebow if he considered him a competent NFL QB. But even with Mr. Erratic himself at starting QB, Tebow isn't better, nor is he the answer. Should he be given the starting role it will only provide some short-lived enthusiasm for parts of the Jets fanbase who are as frustrated as the entire Jets fanbase is with Sanchez. And that's about it. I for one, do not look forward to Tebow starting and I also do not look forward to Sanchez starting. Then, there's McElroy. Ok. What's the sample we have on this kid? A few snaps here and there all in pre-season? I'm so frustrated with the nightmare we are seeing at the QB position that I wouldn't be against seeing McElroy starting against Seattle. But having said that, I don't expect much in that case either.
The biggest problem in all this is the mind-boggling contract-extension that Sanchez was given prior to the season. Followed by the even more puzzling decision to get Tebow. These 2 decisions might cost someone his job and rightfully so. It means that the Jets are stuck with Mr. Erratic for next year as well, unless they want to gobble up a huge amount of contract money. Which I guess they wont. But, the point has been reached, we need to look for a new starting QB as well as a real back-up QB. Speaking of needs we also need to drop the crap about the "round & pound" because we are neither running nor pounding. If the Jets insist on this philosophy (assuming that Rex keeps his job after this season, which has started looking dodgy as hell) then we better find some legitimate solutions at RB. Meaning, we need RBs that have explosiveness and breaking-tackle ability and not a RB that needs holes the size of double-decker buses to go through. And as mentioned a billion times already, that new RB or RBs would need to be combined with a QB that can throw to people in stride, that has pocket awareness, that doesn't stubbornly throw into triple coverages, and one that detects open receivers. Oh, and throw in there taking sacks when needed instead of trying to make acrobatic passes that have about 0.243% chance of success. These are things that when avoided, they do not guarantee that someone is a great QB but that he is at the very minimum solid. Decent. Trust-worthy.
In the meantime, surreal things can happen. This is still a quite weak AFC. This is still a conference where even an 8-8 this year might get a team in the playoffs. And I want the Jets in the playoffs badly. If that happens though my suspicion is that the season will be deemed...succesful. That no drastic correction measures will be taken. And that in turn might be just the worst thing to happen going into next year.