I, like the rest of the Jets fan base (and probably the coaches as well), am trying to figure out what Mark's problem these past three games has been. I've thrown around theories, made excuses, but none seem to stick. I was watching "Go On" (for those who don't know, it's Matthew Perry's new comedy about a sports talk show host who recently lost his wife and was required by the studio to attend group therapy) when it just clicked.
The end of "Go On" typically consists of Perry recapping the theme of the episode on his radio show through sports analogies and metaphors, this episode was all about how you can't go through things alone, and you need help from your "team" to be successful,"There's something magic about a great team. Jordan needed Pipen, never won without him. Lebron never won before Dwayne Wade. Some people have game they never knew they had before the right person came along and made them step it up and be better. Sure you can be Kobe, send away Shaq and Phil Jackson, think you can do it yourself, but don't be a hero, take the help."
I think this message fits perfectly into the situation Mark is currently in. Mark has lost faith in the rest of his team, and rightfully so, and it has become seriously detrimental to the mental aspect of his game. He no longer thinks his team can support him He knows his RB won't help, and he has just lost his best offensive playmaker for the season to a brutal injury, and his favorite target has been battling a hamstring injury all season and hasn't and hasn't been on the field for any substantial length of time; Mark is currently left with a number one receiver who has a total of three games of NFL experience under his belt. He now believes that for the team to be successful Mark needs to carry the team on his back. Sure the idea of being a "game manager" has been constantly brought up through out the season, but in order for a team to succeed with a game manager at QB you need a good defense and run game, two things this Jets team have been lacking. Mark needs to take a leap of faith, and put his trust in his teammates if he wants to be successful this season. He can't be Kobe, if Mark wants to win he needs to pick out his Pipen and put his faith in him.
The Jets' next signing shouldn't be a running back, it shouldn't be a corner back, or even a wide receiver. If the Jets want to be successful both now and in the future their next signing should be a Mental Coach.
Don't be a hero Mark, take the help.