One would think that after getting pasted 28-7 by the Seattle Seahawks in a game where the team's only touchdown was scored by the defense that the New York Jets would be focused on preparing for the St. Louis Rams and righting a ship that has seen the team fall to 3-6.
However, unfortunately for fans of the team, that doesn't appear to be how the Jets do business any longer, as despite head coach Rex Ryan's preseason proclamation that things would be different this year, the Jets have once again descended into bickering and finger-pointing.
This time the team has turned on new arrival Tim Tebow. With fans and the media clamoring for Tebow to start at quarterback for the floundering Jets, the claws have come out, with Manish Mehta of The New York Daily News reporting that one Jets player called Tebow "terrible" while another said "nobody" on the Jets wants him to start, another saying "we can't win running that Wildcat ****" and left guard Matt Slauson dismissing Tebow as a quarterback altogether.
“It’s not even close,” Slauson said. “All the other quarterbacks know it. I have all the confidence in Mark. We don’t really have a choice. We have Mark, Greg . . . and we have an athlete,” Slauson said.
No offense to the Jets' players, but they're not winning with the **** they're running now, or with a starting quarterback who has completed a league-low 52 percent of his passes and seems to regress more and more by the week.
However, it's not who should start at quarterback that's the big issue here. The big issue is that once again the New York Jets face adversity, and for the second straight season, rather than use that adversity as some sort of rallying cry, the team is turning on itself.
It's not even as if the team is rallying around their embattled starter at quarterback. Nowhere in Mehta's piece does a Jets player besides Slauson really come to Mark Sanchez's defense. It's not that they think that Sanchez is any good. They just want to make sure that Tebow goes under the bus, getting both sets of wheels in the process.
And so, rather than the focus in New York being about winning football games, the Jets have once again descended into a sideshow and backbiting and sniping, tightening their hold on their claim to the title of the NFL's most dysfunctional team while demonstrating for the umpteenth time why the whole mess needs to be blown up after the season.