Because neither the Tennessee Titans nor Mark Sanchez’s New York Jets can be trusted to sustain a season’s worth of legitimately competitive football, ESPN had no business putting the Titans and Jets on Monday Night Football in Week 15. It’s too late in the season.
New York has been a circus for quite some time now. Nobody could have foreseen the ACL tear of the Jets’ best player, cornerback Darrelle Revis, but the most football-relevant storyline heading into Week 15 was the Jets’ mathematical inclusion in the playoff picture.
For various reasons, a lot of us not only thought that they wouldn’t get in—but didn’t want them to get in, either. One is because watching the Jets play is almost an undeserved sentence for a casual, unsuspecting football fan.
Fill in the blank: Right now, __________ is more fun than watching the #Jets play football.— Mike Greenberg (@Espngreeny) December 10, 2012
As a Jets fan, ESPN’s Mike Greenberg knows more than a thing or two about New York’s season. If he doesn’t want to watch the Jets play, there’s a problem.
Are there any #Jets fans willing to go as far as saying: I don't want to make the playoffs because it means they won't blow it up?— Mike Greenberg (@Espngreeny) December 10, 2012
Despite injuries to guys like Santonio Holmes and Revis, it’s clear that the Jets have personnel problems that transcend health issues. Chief among them is perhaps the quarterback play, where Tim Tebow has been misused all season and Sanchez has been anything but impressive.
He’s been so bad that Jets fans may be happier with at least three other teams’ backups under center for their team. Entering Monday night’s game, Sanchez’s QBR of 25.0 was 36th among qualified passers.
There are only 32 NFL teams.
This season, Sanchez is 229-of-418 passing (54.8 percent completion) for 2,678 yards, 13 touchdowns and 17 interceptions. By comparison, Washington Redskins rookie Kirk Cousins is 33-of-49 (68.8 percent) for 466 yards, four TDs and three picks.
Another NFC East backup quarterback that Jets fans may rather see is Kyle Orton of the Dallas Cowboys, who has thrown just one incompletion on 10 attempts this season. Orton is also just two seasons removed from a 20-touchdown, nine-interception campaign—a TD-to-INT ratio (2.2) that Sanchez has never enjoyed.
One of the most high-profile backup QBs—other than Tebow himself—went No. 1 overall to the San Francisco 49ers in 2005. Alex Smith has completed 70 percent of his passes for 1,731 yards, 13 touchdowns and five interceptions in nine games this season.
Jets fans would surely take that over Sanchez’s mistake-laden performances.
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