By Peter Schwartz
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I don’t normally take my writing into the gutter, but Mark Sanchez sucked Monday night.
Over and over again, I have stuck up for this guy — and all I got in return was a slap in the face. So after a five-turnover performance that included four interceptions in the Jets’ 14-10 loss to the Titans, I’ve come to a hard realization.
It doesn’t matter that he has around $8 million due next year. Sanchez can no longer be the QB of the NYJ.
Sanchez has regressed and has shown no signs of being a leader, coming up small in his postgame press conference. He needs to grow a pair and stand up for himself. His act of “woe is me” has grown old!
But while Sanchez has been a turnover machine, the biggest culprit on Monday night was head coach Rex Ryan. For the second straight week, he decided to list Greg McElroy as inactive. All McElroy did was spark the team two weeks ago in a win over the Cardinals.
How in the world do you make him inactive? With Sanchez struggling, there was no viable option to give the team a boost. It’s clearly not going to come from Tim Tebow, yet Ryan admitted after the game that it was scripted before the game to give Tebow the entire third series of the game.
Sanchez actually did a nice job on the first two drives. Why would you just take him out of the game? Clearly Sanchez had a brutal night. But at the same time, there was no reason to take him out of the game. For some reason Ryan decided to dress six wide receivers. That decision kept McElroy holding the clipboard on the sideline.
I like Rex. Up until Monday night, I thought he should retain his job. But he really sounded like a buffoon in his postgame press conference. It almost seems like he made decisions with the intent on getting fired.
Well, now he should be let go.
I think owner Woody Johnson needs to take a line out of the great motion picture “Network.”
He needs to scream, “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore!”
General manager Mike Tannenbaum needs to go.
Ryan should be fired.
Sanchez should be relegated to backup duty — or be a released as a salary cap casualty.
Offensive coordinator Tony Sparano turned out to be a joke. He needs to be let go.
Basically, it’s time to start over again. This team was an embarrassment this year and it’s time for massive changes. The problem is that Johnson is infatuated with Tannenbaum and Ryan. They both have two years left under contract and it might be hard for Johnson to pull the plug and shell out the money.
If you think there were plenty of empty seats this year, just wait and see what MetLife Stadium looks like in 2013 if the Jets don’t make any big-time changes.
As Kermit the Frog once said, “It’s not easy being green.”
That’s all for now.
The Jets get back to work on Wednesday to begin preparations for their home finale Sunday against the Chargers. I’m guessing that a franchise no-show record could be possible.
Who should be the first one let go? Make your case in the comments…