On Sunday the New York Jets lost to the San Diego Chargers 27-17 at MetLife Stadium. The defeat was the team’s 9th of the year and solidified Rex Ryan’s first losing season as a New York Jets head coach. Usually I would break down where it all went wrong for Gang Green, but this game had a preseason feel to it with both teams out of playoff contention. Of course the Jets could not refrain from embarrassing themselves as two major stories came out of Sunday’s game.
11 sacks- On Sunday quarterback Greg McElroy made his first NFL start for the New York Jets. The young gunslinger was sacked 11 times. No, that is not a typo. McElroy was often seen running for his life while the Jets had no answers for the Chargers defensive approach and relentless pursuit. It was truly painful to watch and once again made you question the leadership on the Jets sidelines.
Tebow opts out of Wildcat- According to several published reports quarterback Tim Tebow asked to be removed from the Jets “wildcat” packages. The early speculation is that this request was Tebow’s response for being passed over for the starting quarterback job. In my eyes there are two ways to look at this story.
1) Tebow should have been deactivated- Football is a team sport and if a guy does not want to play, then he should not suit up. These guys are getting paid millions of dollars to play a game and to ask out of a formation is just unacceptable. There are times in life when you have to do things that you do not enjoy. Man up and do it for two more games Timmy.
2) The Jets are pushing Tebow out the door- It is beyond evident that the Jets/Tebow marriage is not going to end well. The Jets are doing whatever they can to disassociate themselves from Tebow, and it would not surprise me if the team intentionally leaked the story. Not exactly sure how embarrassing a player accomplishes their goal but it definitely eliminates any leverage for a trade.
Either way you look at the Tebow story it is just another example of the circus that is the New York Jets. The team made a mistake trading for Tebow, and they have mishandled the quarterback ever since. You have to wonder how the players around the league and in the locker room view Rex Ryan and the Jets organization.
At this point it is obvious that the Jets are going to cut ties with Tebow, and I think Rex Ryan should not be far behind him.