The Zionist Conspiracy
Sunday, December 26, 2010
UPDATE - DECEMBER 27: Rex Ryan now indicates that he will start Mark Sanchez against the Bills. That would be completely nuts. Not only should the Jets rest Sanchez, they should rest as many starters are possible. Their coaching staff should also prepare for the Chiefs and Colts rather than the Bills.
Today's loss was probably the Jets' worst coaching performance in the Rex Ryan era.
From the failed fake punt early in the 3rd quarter, to the dreadful defensive playcalling during the 3rd quarter, to the combination of very short kickoffs and a long kickoff to Devin Hester - all of which gave the Bears great field possession - to the punt to Hester, to the Jets' refusal to go for it on 4th down on two consecutive late 4th quarter drives, and to the continued neglecting of Shonn Greene in favor of a completely ineffective LaDainian Tomlinson - this loss is primarily the fault of the coaching staff.
To be sure, the Jets were hurt by a very porous defense which displayed no pass rush, poor tackling and lousy coverage over the middle - as well as huge drops by Dustin Keller and Brad Smith and a fumble by Santonio Holmes.
The Redskins just beat the Jaguars in overtime, resulting in a Jets wildcard berth. The Jets are locked in as the number 6 seed, making next week's game completely meaningless.
With three losses in four games, and an inability to beat good teams throughout the season, it is difficult to be optimistic about the Jets' playoff chances. In particular, a first round playoff win will result in a second round visit to New England.