Just How Bad Are Things Getting for the New York Jets?

Chris TrapassoAnalyst IDecember 6, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 02:  New York Jets fans react during the game against the Arizona Cardinals during their game at at MetLife Stadium on December 2, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Any worse, and the New York Jets will be doing a disservice to the term "laughingstock."

Sure, Rex Ryan's team is technically alive in the AFC wild-card race and is fresh off a 7-6 win over the Arizona Cardinals, but things have gotten exceedingly more irritating to outsiders and non-Jets fans and increasingly somber for the Gang Green faithful.

Despite being benched for Greg McElroy after completing 10 of 21 passes for 97 yards with three interceptions in Week 13, Ryan named Mark Sanchez the starting quarterback for Week 14's presumably dull battle against the Jacksonville Jaguars (h/t ESPN).

While many initially wondered why Sanchez would be reinserted to the starting lineup, the $8.25 million that the Jets already owe their 2012 starter in 2013 is likely factored in to Ryan's decision. 

The structure of Sanchez's extension, the acquisition and absolute fumbling of Tim Tebow and lack of receiving or running talent are clear reflections on general manager Mike Tannenbaum, another target of vast criticism this season.

So, how bad has it gotten for the Jets?

A report published this week by Brian Lewis of the New York Post discussed how Jaguars quarterback Chad Henne was recruited by Tony Sparano this offseason to join him in New York.

Said Henne:

Tony called me as soon as free agency opened. Obviously Mark signed his contract before that, but they still were interested and wanted to get me in on a visit. But I had two visits already lined up, here at Jacksonville and also in Seattle, so New York kinda would’ve been my third opportunity. But it just didn’t work out.


Henne seemed to like his situation in Jacksonville enough to sign with the Jaguars on what appeared to be his first free-agent visit. 

The news isn't significantly embarrassing, but it does make one wonder about how good the Jets felt about Sanchez going into the season and if Tebow truly was a secondary or tertiary backup option. 

Regardless, everyone seems to be over Sanchez as a viable quarterback. 

Take a look at this recent ESPN poll regarding Week 14's game against the Jags. 

Scary, right? 

This solemn and depressing fan video discusses the current division among Jets fans when it comes to everything from Fireman Ed's retirement to the executive decisions of owner Woody Johnson. 


Jason McIntyre of TheBigLead.com tweeted this during New York's battle with the Cardinals a week ago.

Worst Jets performances I've seen: 3-0 win over Redskins (90s), Sanchez 5-INT loss to Buffalo couple yrs ago, 34-0 loss to SF; TODAY'S CRAP

— Jason McIntyre (@TheBigLead) December 2, 2012

A shame, really. 

Traditionally, Jets fans have been one of the most passionate and engaged fanbases in the league. 

But based on misguided managerial choices, things have gone from bad to downright awful two years removed from a spot in the AFC title game.