Jets vs. Seahawks: What Does Future Hold for Key Figures in New York Offense?

Erik FrenzSenior Writer INovember 11, 2012

Crushed.Kevin Casey/Getty Images

The New York Jets offense is a joke, and their 28-7 loss to the Seahawks proved it.

They failed to score an offensive touchdown for the third time this season. They weren't successful running the ball or throwing it. Their offensive line couldn't pick up blitzes, the wide receivers couldn't get off jams and the quarterbacks couldn't gain substantial yards on any of their passes.

In fact, the only thing they successfully did on Sunday was live up to the "clown car" stigma attached to them this offseason.

Usually, in situations as egregious as the Jets' 25th-ranked scoring offense, someone ends up paying the price with their job.

At least one person, we know, will remain in their spot for the remainder of the season. That is Mark Sanchez.

Rex sticks with his old line: "if it was on one guy it would be easy to fix." #jets will stick with Sanchez. #nyj

— Conor Orr (@ConorTOrr) November 12, 2012

It's on more than one guy, for sure, but the quarterback is not free of blame. 

Sanchez went 9-of-22 passing for 124 yards and an interception. It was his fourth red-zone interception of the season, and Sanchez's fifth game this season below 50 percent completions and a 67 passer rating.

If Rex isn't going to bench Sanchez now, he's never going to.

Regardless, there's still no proof that making the change would fix anything. No amount of swing passes from Tim Tebow to Jeremy Kerley can change that, even if he went 100-of-100.

The coaching staff must also shoulder some responsibility for the downfall of the offense. The Jets offense has had problems with substitutions and communication all year long.

Former Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, who was scapegoated for many of the Jets problems on offense last year, is faring well with the St. Louis Rams, while the offense continues to struggle under new coordinator Tony Sparano. 

The play-calling could certainly be better. The Jets' big bye week revelation was the aforementioned screen passes from Tebow to Kerley. 

Whether it's been Schottenheimer or Sparano, over the past two years they haven't had a great deal to work with because the Jets haven't focused on adding talented offensive skill position players. That ignorance has manifested itself on the field.

General Manager Mike Tannenbaum has been considered off-limits in the eyes of owner Woody Johnson, in that he will likely remain safe regardless of the final outcome of the season. However, a look over the recent history of his offseason moves reveals that the Jets have regressed dramatically in terms of their offensive talent. 

The Jets hadn't hit the jackpot when they had Braylon Edwards, Jerricho Cotchery, Thomas Jones and Leon Washington at the skill positions, but compared to Chaz Schilens, Stephen Hill, Shonn Green and Bilal Powell, they were an embarrassment of riches. 

Schilens and Hill were both held without a reception, marking the third time this season that each receiver had individually failed to catch a pass. Greene was held under four yards per carry for the seventh time this season.

Do the Jets have enough talent at any position on offense?

The case could be made for a lot of changes in New York, but now, at 3-6, there aren't any this team can make that will improve its chances at sniffing the playoffs in 2012.


Erik Frenz is the AFC East lead blogger for Bleacher Report. Be sure to follow Erik on Twitter and "like" the AFC East blog on Facebook to keep up with all the updates. Unless specified otherwise, all quotes are obtained firsthand.