5 Valuable Things the New York Jets Can Still Learn in Remaining Games

Aidan MackieSenior Analyst IDecember 10, 2012

5 Valuable Things the New York Jets Can Still Learn in Remaining Games

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    The New York Jets barely slipped past the lowly Jacksonville Jaguars, 17-10, to move to 6-7 and within one game of the final wild-card seed in the AFC. 

    However, the team still needs a minor miracle to make the postseason, so it's time for the front office to start figuring out long-term solutions throughout the organization. 

    While the team may not be playoff bound, there are several reasons to keep a close eye on the final three games. 

    Here are five valuable things New York can learn in its remaining games. 

Is the Jets QB of the Future on the Current Roster?

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    Mark Sanchez. Tim Tebow. Greg McElroy. 

    Are any of them the long-term answer at quarterback?

    Signs point to the answer being most likely no, but the last three games of the season will certainly clear up the situation. 

    Mark Sanchez has had a miserable season, but he is due a lot of money over the next few years. Can the Jets afford to cut ties with him?

    Tim Tebow hasn't gotten an opportunity to make an impact at all this season, but he has some serious problems throwing the football. However, he instills life into the offense and brings out the best in the players around him. Should New York give him a shot to prove himself?

    Greg McElroy, on the other hand, has shined in his brief playing time, but does he possess the arm strength and accuracy to be a franchise quarterback?

    All these questions could be answered over the next couple of weeks, as McElroy and Tebow could get a chance to make a difference if Sanchez fails to impress. 

Should the Team Re-Sign LaRon Landry?

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    LaRon Landry was a terrific pickup last offseason for the Jets, as the strong safety has performed at an elite level for the majority of the year. 

    The 28-year-old has been a playmaker in New York's secondary, recording 79 combined tackles, four forced fumbles, two interceptions and a touchdown. 

    Perhaps most importantly, the usually injury-plagued Landry is yet to miss a game this season.

    Coming off a big year, Landry is going to be a hot option when he hits the open market this offseason.

    Should New York take a risk on the LSU product and lock him up in a long-term contract, or should they let him walk?

    The way Landry performs in the last three games may give us the answer.

Does Tony Sparano Deserve Another Year as OC?

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    Jets fans may be screaming no at their compute screens to this question, but it is a well-known fact that Woody Johnson and the Jets front office doesn't like making major changes. 

    Tony Sparano will get a chance to make a case to keep his job in the team's last three games, but under him, the Jets offense has shockingly regressed, not improved.

    The offensive unit ranks 30th in yards per game, and the team is averaging a lowly 18.8 points per game.

    The running game has been a major disappointment under Sparano, and Mark Sanchez has reverted back to his mistake-prone, rookie self.

    Sparano's play-calling has also been questionable at times.

    If the offense doesn't pick up in the coming weeks, Sparano will most likely be shown the door after just one year with the team.  

Should the Team Let Shonn Greene Walk in the Offseason?

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    Shonn Greene has shown time and time again that he is simply not a starting running back at the NFL level. 

    Greene lacks the vision and explosiveness to carry an offense. He is averaging just 3.8 yards a carry this offseason, and he offers little help in the passing game. 

    Greene's ineptness has led the team to rely more on backup Bilal Powell, who is now averaging 4.0 yards per carry. 

    Greene is due to hit free agency this offseason, and his future with the team looks very much in doubt. 

    Will the team trust him to remain the starter, re-sign him and demote him to a third-down role, or simply let him walk?

    That question could be answered over the next few weeks. If Greene can produce and reach the 1,000-yard mark for the second straight season, he could easily remain a Jet. 

Should the Team Move on from Rex Ryan?

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    The Rex Ryan era in New York has been a roller-coaster ride. 

    After appearing in the AFC Championship game in his first two seasons as head coach, the team is now on the verge of missing the postseason for the second consecutive year. 

    Ryan owns a solid 34-27 record in New York, but he hasn't backed up his big talk on a consistent basis.

    At times, the bombastic head coach has looked overwhelmed in his role, and he has even brought the credibility of the franchise down during his tenure. 

    Is it time for the Jets to make a culture change and move on from Rex Ryan?

    If New York can pull off a miracle and make the postseason, then Ryan is a lock to remain the head coach, but if the team collapses, Ryan could be gone. 

    What will the Jets do in their last three games?