Chargers vs. Jets: Sweeping Changes Must Come in New York After Putrid Effort

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistDecember 23, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 23: Mark Sanchez #6, Greg McElroy #14 and Tim Tebow #15 of the New York Jets, surround Tony Sparano, offensive coordinator during their game against the San Diego Chargers at MetLife Stadium on December 23, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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I'm done with you, Rex Ryan. I'm done with you, Tony Sparano. Sorry Mike Tannenbaum, but you've got to go. Mark Sanchez, Tim Tebow and Greg McElroy, well, none of you are going to cut it, so I'm cutting you loose too.

After the New York Jets lost to the equally dismal San Diego Chargers, 27-17, I've given up on the team altogether. Sweeping changes need to come in New York, and no one should be safe in the entire organization save for Woody Johnson, unless he decides to sell the team.

I've been a Ryan supporter until now—the man has no quarterback and a roster devoid of talent, so I gave him credit for leading this team to six wins this year—but after this week, I think I've changed my tune.

The following from Rich Cimini of ESPN didn't help Ryan's cause in my eyes:

After weeks of dropping hints about activating all three quarterbacks, Ryan did just that. It was a first for the Jets this season. League wide, it happened only eight times in the first 15 weeks, according to ESPN Stats & Information. Of course, the Jets managed to turn it into a joke, as neither Sanchez nor Tim Tebow played. What was the purpose of dressing Tebow if they weren't going to use him in the Wildcat or on the punt team? Ryan continues to make a mockery of his quarterback situation. 

As if being a healthy bystander weren't bad enough, Tebow had to watch as Kerley played in the Wildcat, took a direct snap and threw a 42-yard completion to Clyde Gates to set up the Jets' first touchdown. 

Why bother to activate him and then not even use him in the Wildcat, Rex? Were you trying to make a point to the front office? Were you trying to give the fans a glimmer of hope that you might actually give Tebow a shot? Was there a single iota of method to this madness?

Whatever the case may be, Ryan didn't handle his quarterbacks well. Tebow wasn't given enough of a chance, Sanchez was given too long a leash and McElroy was basically thrown to the dogs once the season was over, being sacked 11 times.

Give Tebow a shot next week, Rex. McElroy isn't a starting quarterback, and everyone knows it. He's a tough, competitive kid, but he's not starter material.

Of course, who on the Jets is? Sure, there have been some injuries, but the roster that Tannenbaum and the front office constructed heading into this season was a joke.

The skill positions on this team are completely devoid of talent. Santonio Holmes is a solid wide receiver, sure, but he's a head case.

After that, who on the Jets can make a play? 

There need to be organizational changes from top to bottom in New York. I'm not one to call for heads, and if anyone survives it should be Ryan, but major changes are needed in New York. It's not working, whatever the Jets are trying to do.

A bad loss to the Chargers proved that point. That the Jets managed to win six games this year is a minor miracle. If the general manager, head coach and starting quarterback all return next season, it will be another one.


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