Back Off Mark Sanchez and Rex Ryan
I have heard a lot of very strange things this year regarding the Jets, but today took the biscuit: people questioning Mark Sanchez and hypothesising that we would be just as good with Clemens and questioning whether Rex is the right guy to lead this team, a massive eight games into their tenures.
First, let's get the record out of the way, this year we are a .500 team. If we finish 8-8 this year, in my opinion that will be a success. The 3-0 start was a mirage, an illusion that Copperfield would be proud of. We have lost some bad games, but it happens, any team on any given Sunday can beat any other team.
Rex Ryan has made some mistakes, you won't find a Jets fan that argues with that; however, he is our fourth head coach since 2000, what we need now is a little stability.
It's his first year, he is a rookie just like Sanchez is, he can be stubborn, brash, arrogant and childish. He is learning on the job, there are going to be times where he doesn't call a time out when he should, doesn't say the right things. Other teams are not going to like him and that's just fine.
However, after eight games, are people already going to question his ability? If there is a problem with the fan base, it's that we are too quick to judge. Just like you can't judge a QB on eight games, you can't judge a head coach on that same sample.
People are quick to use the phrase "same old Jets," but maybe the new phrase should be "same old Jets fans." Ready to push the red button at the first sign of panic.
Ryan has come in and turned our defence into one of the better units in the league and the offence is a work in progress.
I can't actually believe that some are criticizing Sanchez; sure he had chances to put us on top, but he threw for two TDs and rushed for another, and has had six decent games out of eight. What do people expect?
He has similar numbers at this point in his career as some of the best QBs in today's game, including Peyton Manning. He is learning, and he can't control certain aspects of the game.
I heard a Jets fan say he has only led us to a 4-4 record. Well I'm sorry to say this, but if you think that is bad, then you are crazy. Not many rookie QBs can lead their team to a 4-4 record in their first season in the system.
Last time I checked, he wasn't on the field on either of those kick/punt returns taken for a TD, and he wasn't the one to fumble the football. The Buffalo loss and the New Orleans one can be attributed to poor play by Sanchez, but not the losses to the Dolphins.
It sure feels like the bandwagon has lost a few members, and for a lot of us, that's just fine. However, if you are going to take some parting shots before abandoning ship, then at least make them logical. Criticizing and placing the blame at the feet of a rookie head coach and a rookie QB while we are 4-4 is not logical.
There are eight games to be played, that's a lot of football. This bye week has come at exactly the right time. Jets players need to take a look in the mirror and come back fighting, and I think they will.
So for all the fair weather fans, it was nice to have you on-board for the start of the season, but you won't be missed. Personally speaking, the faith is still there in the team as a whole, and it has not faltered in regards to Sanchez or Rex.
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