Somewhere in New York, a mother is dropping her kids off while listening to the Eagles “In a New York Minute” on the radio. A cabbie blares Billy Joel’s “New York State of Mind,” and the local coffee house manager has The Byrds’ “Turn, Turn, Turn” gently playing in the background. They were all wearing their Jets gear yesterday, and they were all thinking the same thing.
Yesterday was a changing point for Gang Green in more ways than one. Excluding the Monday night matchup (which has yet to take place), they were the only team to post an egg on the scoreboard. Mercurial wideout Santonio Holmes suffered what’s being called a foot injury, and is scheduled to have an MRI done today. The good news is X-rays initially taken at MetLife Stadium were negative, but as anyone watching the game could tell, Holmes was in serious pain. Quarterback Mark Sanchez had his worst performance of the young season, and Tim Tebow actually attempted, then completed a pass. To put it in perspective, the Florida product’s one completed pass earned him .36 fantasy points, compared to Sanchez’ .12 total. That’s how bad things were.
If the Twitterverse was any indication, the calls for Tebow grew much stronger, and it’s no surprise given the Sanchize’s performance. Now the question becomes who is the better quarterback to lead this team given their new situation. Dustin Keller has been dealing with his own injury issues, and the possibility of Holmes missing time leaves the prospect of an effective passing game in shambles. As bad as things have been with Holmes in the lineup, there’s no reason for defenses not to pin their ears back and attack, forcing Sanchez to try and beat them through the air. Any hope to keep defenses off-balance has disappeared, unless…Tebow becomes much more involved. Even better, why not hand him the reins and move to a running attack similar to the one he ran in Denver? You have an offensive coordinator that knows how to run the Wildcat effectively, and this is is no longer your typical offense. Even Sanchez hinted as much when he speaking about the impact losing Holmes and Darrelle Revis has on the team; “we got to play with who we’ve got…none of those guys are going to get better overnight.” Sure, it was only one game, and Rex Ryan is making the right coaching decision by stating he’s “not ready to make a quarterback change.” The problem is, it might not be the winning decision.
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