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Patriots vs. Jets: Handing out Blame for Jets' Devastating Loss

ST. LOUIS, MO - NOVEMBER 18: New York Jets Head Coach Rex Ryan calls plays from the sidelines during the game against the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome on November 18, 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by David Welker/Getty Images)
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Shawn BrubakerContributor IINovember 23, 2012

As if the New York Jets' season couldn't sink any lower, the Jets proceeded to defy all expectations, losing by 30 points to the arch-rival New England Patriots at home.

Every player that took the field for the Jets tonight can lay claim to some of the blame, but these guys deserve the most.

 

Shonn Greene

Shonn Greene could have had such a huge day. Instead, he started a series of events that even Jets haters would never have believed.

Greene's fumble on an otherwise promising drive led to a Patriots touchdown on the very next play. Then, another Jets' fumble was returned for a touchdown. Then, on the very next play, another Jets' fumble was returned for a touchdown.

In just a little over a minute, the Jets coughed up three fumbles and gave up three touchdowns. It all started with Greene's momentum-killing fumble. That was the point that this game slipped away, just as the ball slipped away from Greene.

 

Bart Scott

The Jets defense was not good today, no doubt about it, but no player deserves more blame for that performance than Bart Scott.

Scott's blown coverage resulted in an 83-yard touchdown for Shane Vereen that blew the game wide open. 

That one play exemplifies the kind of performance that Scott put forward tonight, as he struggled to do much of anything. He managed just three tackles as Stephen Ridley ran over the Jets' front seven all night.

For failing to be an impact player and blowing a coverage on perhaps the biggest play of the game, Scott deserves to be the scapegoat for the Jets defense.

 

Mark Sanchez

For once, Sanchez doesn't deserve the blame for his passing performance, which was a pretty solid 301-yard effort on 36 attempts.

That having been said, Sanchez displays no leadership and is too careless with the ball.

Let's start with the obvious: two turnovers against the Patriots will doom your team. Yet Sanchez did indeed commit two turnovers, a fumble that was returned for a touchdown and an interception. Interceptions happen, but fumbles are preventable with greater discipline. Sanchez needs to improve at holding on to the football.

Worse was his lack of leadership in this game. What has Sanchez done to elevate his teammates' performance? Seemingly nothing, as the Jets played listlessly and without discipline all night long.

The one argument that Tim Tebow fans will always win is the argument on leadership. Sanchez has done nothing to silence those critics, and tonight's performance just added fuel to the fire.

 

Rex Ryan

Rex Ryan should be fired. Immediately.

When a team is hosting its arch-rival on national television, that team had better be prepared. The Jets were not. 

Instead, they played completely without discipline. When a team fumbles five times, losing four of them, that comes down to coaching.

There is little more that can be said. When a team plays as passionless and stupid as the Jets did tonight, their coach is the problem. Ryan deserves the blame for tonight's embarrassing loss.

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