Let the questions begin.
The Jets 2011 season ended on Sunday in as ugly as fashion as it possibly could have, losing to the South Beach Fish 19-17 to end the year 8-8 and out of the postseason.
It’s the first time the team by Rex Ryan has missed the playoffs. This after a season that many felt it was “Super Bowl or Bust” for the boys in green.
Mark Sanchez threw three interceptions, the last coming with the Jets threatening to take a late lead. They gave up six third-down conversions during the Dolphins’ 21-play, 94-yard drive for their only touchdown.
While it was still going to be tough for the Jets to make the playoffs, they made sure of it Sunday they would take care of not getting there themselves.
They came into the game needing a win along with losses by three other teams to reach the playoffs. Instead they finished the season with three consecutive defeats, a big step backward for a team that reached the AFC championship game each of the past two years.
The Jets again were victims of their own mistakes, with each interception leading to a field goal. They’ve given up 126 points off turnovers this year, the most in the NFL.
The Jets then scored with 1:15 to go on Sanchez’s 10-yard pass to Patrick Turner, but Miami’s Brandon Marshall recovered the ensuing onside kick to seal the win. Taylor played tailback in the Dolphins’ victory formation as quarterback Matt Moore twice took a knee to run out the clock.
The Dolphins took the lead for good in the fourth quarter with a drive that took 12 minutes and 29 seconds. Moore threw completions to convert all six third downs during the sequence, including on the final play when he hit Charles Clay with a 1-yard touchdown pass.
Now it will be up to those upstairs to decide what is going to happen next. One would think they would look hard the QB spot this offseason, and possible the OC spot as well.
No matter what, changes are coming for the Jets after this .500 season.