The Jets may have been better off against the San Francisco 49ers if head coach Rex Ryan suited up. Current starter Mark Sanchez got nothing done against the Niners, going 13-of-29 for 103 yards and one interception.
In the midst of another mediocre start, the New York Jets are chock-full of guys looking for second, even third chances.
Some may deserve it, some may not.
So, which of these three is the biggest loser? And, which is deserving of a second chance?
The case for Sanchez: If you looked at the line on Mark Sanchez this year and compared it to Tebow's 2011, it would be hard to tell them apart. Sanchez is completing less than 50 percent of his passes for just over 200 yards a game and has only one more touchdown than interception.
But actually, that's not fair to Tebow, who had a 2-to-1 touchdown to interception ratio last year and was exponentially more clutch than Sanchez has been this year.
The case for Ryan: Ryan is now in his fourth year as head coach of the Jets. He took his team to the AFC Championship in his first two seasons before taking a step back last year with an anemic offense and a weakened run defense that resulted in an 8-8 record and an early trip home.
Ryan earned two years, at least, with his two trips to the championship game. But if he tanks again this year then he could be gone. It may be too early to tell, but this year''s Jets remind me a lot of last year's Boston Red Sox. I don't know if Ryan has lost the locker room, but he's definitely struggling to connect with his players this year.
The case for Tanenbaum: Four years ago the Jets' GM was a young, up-and-coming front office talent, part of a turnaround that took a woe-begotten franchise and turned it into a contender seemingly overnight. Tanenbaum and Ryan were the talk of the town and could do no wrong for two years.
But, oh what a difference a wasted No. 1 pick, a Hollywood trade for a sideshow quarterback, a few jettisoned free agents and a do-nothing offseason can make.
So, who should survive what looks to be a lost season in the making?
Rex Ryan deserves another year, and here's why in one simple sentence:
Ryan is doing the best he could with what Tanenbaum gave him. Sanchez is doing the best he could with what God gave him.
God apparently wasn't too kind to Sanchez, but Ryan should not have to pay for the fact that Tanenbaum did not see this coming.
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