The New York Jets’ Super Bowl aspirations are slowly deteriorating as they dropped their second consecutive game to the struggling, Miami Dolphins on Sunday. I can understand getting you’re a** kicked on the road to the Super Bowl contending New England Patriots, but losing to an average at best, Miami Dolphins at home is dumbfounding. During their two game slip-ups, the Jets are yet to find the end zone. If you thought Chad Henne had a rough day, Mark Sanchez was somehow worse. Sanchez put football on the ground four times; losing one fumble. Not only this, Sunday marked his eighth consecutive game with an interception. The offense has been absolutely dreadful. They are struggling to run or pass. With three games left, I would be sleepless if I were a Jets fan.
“I’m very concerned,” Ryan said. “I mean, shoot, you look at our next opponent. You think this defense is good. Just wait until next week. Pittsburgh’s going to be a huge challenge clearly, and then down the road we’ve got to make sure that we find a way to get better. We have to get better.”
“We keep this up, we will miss this thing,” quarterback Sanchez said. “We can easily play our way out of it if we don’t play well.” (Referring to the playoffs)
During Sunday’s game, Coach Ryan seriously considered benching Sanchez in favor of the veteran, Mark Burnell. Sanchez threw zero interceptions in the opening five games but has thrown twelve since. He is beginning to look like the turnover-prone quarterback we were used to seeing from last season. With the next two match-ups being on the road against two divisional leaders (Pittsburgh Steelers and Chicago Bears), it isn’t going to get any easier.
It’s been a season full of distractions for the Jets.
- HBO Hardknocks.
- Darrelle Revis’s holdout.
- Ines Sainz locker room incident.
- Wide receiver, Braylon Edwards arrested for drinking and driving.
- Jenn Sterger and Brett Favre sexting.
- Strength and conditioning coach, Sal Alosi tripping a player down the sidelines during a game.
It hasn’t been an easy path for Sanchez as he continues another roller-coaster season. He has faced constant pressure off the field as he continues to be compared to the great Joe Namath. He also has to live up to the expectations of being the face of Latinos in American Football. Sanchez has felt the pressure since day one. Hell, the kid was already a celebrity before he even took a freakin’ snap.
What could be worse? Falling short of the playoffs.