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Winning Percentage with the New York Jets: .548
2012 Record: 6-8
The New York Jets are a complete and utter joke right now. Many of us want to blame Mark Sanchez and his horrendous quarterback play for this, but the issues are much more widespread in nature.
New York has an aging defense that struggles against the run. It lacks team continuity and chemistry on both sides of the ball. Additionally, it just doesn't seem to have the necessary components in place to be successful at the skill positions.
Equally as important, New York's coaching staff has struggled a great deal this season with play-calling. While Sanchez hasn't found a rhythm for most of the season, the game plan seems to take him out of it once he does get it going. This was evident against the Tennessee Titans last week.
A team needs to be able to call a good game on both sides of the ball. I fully understand that Rex Ryan's primary focus is on defense, but he is responsible for all aspects of the game.
How many more times can this team embarrass itself before Ryan is shown the door? How many more quarterbacks can be used as scapegoats before the Jets realize coaching could be a major issue here?
After all, New York doesn't seem to be much better off today than it was when Ryan took over for Eric Mangini following the 2008 season. Even with wins in its final two games, New York will not finish above .500 for the second consecutive season. At least Mangini won nine games in 2008.
My Bleacher Report colleague Ryan Riddle had the following to say about the Jets' current situation.
Sure, we might be tempted to point to the numerous injuries the Jets have incurred this season as reason for their significant drop-off in production. But they happen to every team on some level. The Jets did a poor job building a team with quality depth, which was the result of making terrible personnel and salary-cap decisions.
I couldn't agree more. While Ryan will get most of the blame, general manager Mike Tannenbaum should also find himself firmly entrenched on the hot seat.
Every aspect of this franchise should be in question from an organizational standpoint. Yes, that includes Ryan himself.