Gauging Job Security for Mark Sanchez & Shonn Greene After Loss vs Texans

Gary DavenportNFL AnalystOctober 9, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 08:  Mark Sanchez #6 of the New York Jets walks off of the field dejected after they lost 23-17 against the Houston Texans at MetLife Stadium on October 8, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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The New York Jets at least made a game of it, but in the end the outcome of their Monday night contest was what just about everyone expected it to be, with Gang Green falling to the Houston Texans 23-17.

Granted, the team played much better than in last week's blowout loss to the San Francisco 49ers, but after a night where the offense was once again sporadic at best (scoring only one touchdown), the leash is no doubt getting tighter for two of the supposed keys to New York's offense.

The first of those will likely be hearing the brunt of the fury from the always lovable New York media, that being quarterback Mark Sanchez.

The fourth-year pro was shaky once again under center for the Jets, completing only 14 of 31 passes and throwing two killer interceptions, one that resulted in a potential 10-point swing just before halftime and another that all but killed the Jets' chances of winning the game.

I'm not going to sit here and say that Tim Tebow would have done much better against the Texans' defense, but the fact of the matter is that Sanchez's confidence appears shot right now, and the constant media yapping about the quarterback situation in New York isn't going to help that.

Make the switch. Start Tim Tebow Sunday at home against the Colts. If it works, great. If it doesn't, at least folks will shut up about it for a bit, which might give Sanchez a chance to right his rapidly sinking ship.

The outlook isn't much better for starting running back Shonn Greene.

Greene did manage 45 total yards on nine touches against the Texans, but outside of one second-half drive where the fourth-year pro actually seemed to run with bad intentions, it was more of the same plodding Shonn Greene that goes down at the first whiff of contact.

Why the team hasn't given Bilal Powell more work is apparently above my pay grade, but Powell deserves a shot after outplaying Greene for much of the last month.

The New York Jets are at a crossroads right now, and Sunday's matchup with the Colts is very important, as another loss would drop an already reeling team to 2-4, a deficit this Jets club seems ill-equipped to overcome.

So pull out all the stops, throw caution to the wind, and make some changes.

At this point what do you have to lose?