Jets vs. Titans: New York Has to Take Risks Monday Night

Chris StephensCorrespondent IIDecember 17, 2012

The ball is in Rex Ryan's court to take some risks.
The ball is in Rex Ryan's court to take some risks.Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

The New York Jets have to take some risks on Monday Night Football against the Tennessee Titans.

If they don't, they will be out of the playoff hunt and multiple players and coaches will be on notice to look for new jobs next year.

The Jets have been laughable this year and most are surprised they're still in the playoff picture.

New York has played two complete games all year. The first was the season-opener against the Buffalo Bills, and the second was a 35-9 win over the Indianapolis Colts in Week 6.

Outside of that, you have the "hard-fought" wins over the Jacksonville Jaguars (17-10) and Arizona Cardinals (7-6).

To put it plainly, the Jets have been a joke all year and will be a joke all offseason—unless they make the playoffs.

If they beat the Titans tonight, things will look good for the Jets with San Diego and Buffalo left to play in the final two weeks.

For the Jets to beat the Titans, chances must be taken. What chances you may ask?


Play Tim Tebow at Quarterback

You can laugh all you want, but Tim Tebow has a 7-4 record as a starter, including a playoff win in Denver last year.

To put it plainly, Tebow knows how to win.

Regardless of what you think about his quarterbacking ability, Tebow can flat out will his team to a victory.

Mark Sanchez, on the other hand, hasn't shown that he can do that.

Jets head coach Rex Ryan has been stubborn this year, as he's stuck with Sanchez despite his struggles. While he may point to pulling Sanchez in favor of Greg McElroy against the Cardinals, Ryan again showed his stubbornness starting Sanchez last week.

Something has to change in New York. Sanchez has not proven he's an NFL quarterback. If Ryan wants to (at the very least) keep his job, he's going to have to make a change.

No change equals more uneasiness in New York, which will in turn force the owner's hand.


Go For It on Fourth Down

Who cares about field goals? Go for it on fourth down...within reason.

While I'm not advocating for the Jets to go for it on fourth down with 20 yards to go, I believe fourth-and-short should be considered by Ryan.

Jets fans are looking for something to spark this team. They haven't gotten it all year. Maybe a fourth-down play early in the game will get them going.

The Jets are 7-for-12 on fourth downs this year, which gives them the ninth-best percentage in the league.

Take a chance and go for it. It's not like your season is on the line.


First-Down Go Route

It's very rare to see an NFL team throw a go route on their first offensive play of the game. The Jets should do this.

They have Jeremy Kerley on the outside to pull the play off. They just can't be afraid to take that chance.

With a secondary that's allowing 250.8 passing yards per game (27th in the NFL), the Titans are the perfect team for the Jets to do this against.

And, if it works the first time, why not throw another go route on another first play of a drive?