It’s unfortunate how much weight is put on one throw, but the pick 6 Mark Sanchez threw was monolithic in its cost as Tim Tebow had trouble moving the ball all night (on the 10 drives before the winning drive, the Broncos gained 136 yards). The seven points allowed were what opened the door for the Broncos to get back in. Otherwise, they would’ve had to resort to throwing away the run game and converting an onside kick, two unfavorable moves for a Tim Tebow-led crew.
Rex Ryan claims Sanchez will start Ryan’s entire tenure as head coach, but Ryan also had Mark Brunell warming up in a game earlier this year. This also will be one of the most amazing quarterback draft classes ever. Brandon Weeden might be taken in the 2nd round, to at least challenge Mark Sanchez. Or, you could see McElroy given an opportunity during the next off-season.
We all know how disastrous the Eagles have been in light of their expectations. That said, this is Vick’s first season as the starter and Reid – an offensive coach – has still put up an offense good enough to get them the lead in the division. The Jets, on the other hand, are coached by a defensive coach and that defense, if we neglect the second half against the Patriots, has been great the last four weeks. The offense was expected to make a leap this season. It really doesn’t seem like Plaxico Burress is a difference-maker. As much as the defense struggled early – perhaps due to the lockout and the new rules about padded practices -, the offense has had relatively little consistency.
Whether or not the offense moved more smoothly with Braylon Edwards, Brian Schottenheimer has not maximized the talent. He, too, could be looking for work as Tom Moore has the experience to do the OC job if he wants to, and Norv Turner, Gary Kubiak and Dirk Koetter all may be available. There are always quarterback coaches and wide receivers coaches that could have the right pitch for Tannenbaum and Ryan.
Whatever the case, the fervent Jets fanbase may have some allies in the Jets front office, also sickened by the team’s PPG going from 2009′s 21.8 to 2010′s 22.9 to 2011′s 21.7. They also have 5 non-offensive TDs this season that boosts those figures.
Just getting to the playoffs tips the scales toward retaining Sanchez and Schottenheimer, but winning a playoff game – with at least 21 points scored – may be the only thing that saves both their jobs.
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