Following the worst New York Jets performance in years, a 34-0 loss to San Francisco, there is little hope for the future of the season.
Star cornerback and defensive beast Darrelle Revis is done for the year, Santonio Holmes looks to be out for a significant amount of time and there are numerous problems with the offense, defense and special teams.
Today's game showed how incomplete the entire Jets roster is.
Sanchez has zero playmakers to help him out. If Holmes needs to miss a few weeks, or even months, Sanchez's No. 1 target will be Chaz Schilens, a guy who had 23 receptions in Oakland last year, and Patrick "Drops" Turner, a guy with feet for hands. Keller is hurt, Hill is hurt and now Holmes is hurt. It doesn't help that the run game is absolutely atrocious.
Shonn Greene had two good games in the playoffs during his rookie year, but has been nothing but a bust since. Sanchez can't get anything started with a miserable running game to compliment him. Tony Sparano should be embarrassed.
The summer was filled with high hopes for the wildcat and Tim Tebow. What really happened was the Jets ignored their serious needs, finding playmakers for Sanchez, and now are in a huge hole for the upcoming games against 4-0 Houston, the Colts and the Patriots.
The defense hasn't been much better.
General manager Mike Tannenbaum's recent picks have provided little to no help. Kyle Wilson clearly isn't ready to be a starter, and Coples looks more lost then bust Kenrick Ellis. The run defense is garbage. They gave up 245 rushing yards to the 49ers with a 5.6 average per rush! The Jets surrendered 26 first downs. These aren't acceptable numbers for a team that had Super Bowl hopes.
Who's fault is it for the lack of success?
Key word: Had.
Today's game showed that these Jets, the players Tannenbaum has put together for Coach Rex Ryan, don't have what it takes to win. While they are only 2-2 and still atop the AFC East, there are serious problems that need to be addressed on all sides of the ball.
What should they do?
The inevitable contract disputes between the Jets and Revis will cause a huge distraction next year and for years to come. With the ACL injury, it will be even tougher for Tannenbaum to find common ground with Revis. The move is to trade him and get the best value you can. Start from scratch and try to develop this team once again.
Greene is not the answer. Coples is not the answer. Tebow is not the answer.
Get some value out of Revis while he's sitting at home. If he's going to walk when his contract is up, isn't it worth it to get everything you can from him now?
The Jets can't put this same team back on the field next Monday against Houston, or else you can expect to see another disaster in the Meadowlands.
What can Tannenbaum do? Sign Ochocinco for Sanchez?
Yes it's still early, and yes, the Jets can come back. They did lose to one of the league's best. But what the last two games has shown is a team that can't stop the run, can't run the ball, can't throw the ball and can't get to the quarterback.
Coach Ryan has a lot of work to do.