Who Should Be Jets' Sacrificial Lamb After Embarrassing Start to Season?

Brandon AlisogluCorrespondent IOctober 9, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 08:  Mark Sanchez #6 of the New York Jets is sacked by J.J. Watt #99 of the Houston Texans in the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium on October 8, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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New York has never been a hospitable sports town. If one of its teams is not up to snuff, then someone must be tarred and feathered in Times Square. 

So who will it be for the New York Jets

Seeing as how it's an election year, let's take a look at each candidate.


The Injury Bug

The Jets have dealt with a ridiculous number of devastating injuries this year.

Darrelle Revis is the lynchpin of the defense. His ability to make one side of the field disappear helps disguise what is otherwise a mediocre and aging unit.

Then there is the complete lack of pass-catchers that the Jets are capable of utilizing. Santonio Holmes, far and away New York's most capable playmaker, has been shelved for the season. Additionally, Dustin Keller, the Jets' most reliable threat, and rookie Stephen Hill have also found themselves missing time.

Every team deals with injuries. However, sometimes the losses are too numerous to overcome.


Mark Sanchez

Anytime a team is losing, the quarterback is going to take some heat. 

Well, the Jets are 2-3 and seemingly headed nowhere. Cue the chorus of boos for Sanchez.

The heckles aren't unwarranted either. Aside from his outstanding opener, Sanchez has yet to complete over 46.7 percent of his passes in a game since. Throw in his even touchdown-to-interception ratio and you have the makings of a scapegoat.


Tim Tebow

Just kidding.


Mike Tannenbaum

The franchise is in a tailspin that began last season. Therefore, the architect of the foundation must come under the most fire.

Not that the above two candidates aren't worth consideration, but one of them is the fault of the man in charge anyways.

New York's general manager has failed to find a pass rush in two years. Quinton Coples hasn't made much of a contribution, and all the quarterback-attacking eggs were placed squarely in his basket.

The offensive line is in just as bad shape, and Tannenbaum's insistence on relying on Shonne Green is irresponsible. Additionally, as stated above, he's the one who handed Sanchez that lucrative extension and traded for Tebow.

The Jets are a mess. Here's betting that Tannenbaum won't be the one to clean it up.