New York Jets Continue To Struggle and Feel the Effects of a Rookie Quarterback

Luis AlvarezContributor INovember 16, 2009

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 15:  Mark Sanchez #6 of the New York Jets walks to the sidelines during the third quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars on November 15, 2009 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Jacksonville defeated the Jets 24-22.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

To say the New York Jets are a sub-par team is just not true. In talent, they have the weapons, but as a whole, they are playing like a third place team.

Dwight Lowery got beat several times in the game yesterday against the Jacksonville Jaguars, and Lito Sheppard wasn't much better.  On the other hand Jim Leonhard made some big time secondary plays, which included being able to read the pass play on the Jaguars' last drive. 

Only problem was that as he tried to get S Kerry Rhodes' attention, it was too late, and Jags quarterback David Garrard hit TE Marcedes Lewis on a 33-yard passing play, basically ending the game.

But the defense is not the biggest problem, it has to be the decision making of quarterback Mark Sanchez.  There are times when Sanchez looks like a veteran, and other times when he makes terrible calls on the field.  There were about four different occasions where the Jaguars should have picked him off but he got lucky.

He is a much better quarterback than that, and because he's a rookie he will definitely get better.

The problem is that New York often doesn't have the patience to wait for the future, even though he is our future quarterback. 

We have to remind fans to give him a break once in a while and instead of booing him, which could possibly get in his head Vince Young style, we should encourage him and let him work on being a better decision maker.

Rex Ryan, as great as it is to see him fist pumping and showing his emotions on the sidelines, has to tone down the talking off the field. 

At the beginning of the season it looked like the Jets were feeding off of his comments and banter, but lately it all sounds tired.  And after losing to the Dolphins twice, it makes his minor "feud" with Miami LB Channing Crowder look irrelevant.

Eventually New York fans will also get tired, especially if their team has a record under .500 after starting the season 3-0.

Now Sanchez has to go to Foxborough to face the Patriots, who would love nothing more than to take out their Sunday night frustrations on his Jets. 

Follow that with a trip to Indy to face the colts in week 16, and hosting the resurrected Bengals who hopefully will have clinched by then and sit most of their guys in week 17.

The Jets aren't out of it mathematically, nor realistically, but Sanchez will have the opportunity to at least end the season on a good note, even if the Jets won't play deep into the cold weather of January.