There have been many calls to remove Mark Sanchez as the Jets starting quarterback over the last four years, but none of them has been as loud as the one that will erupt in the team's direction this week.
Sanchez was horrendous during Sunday's 28-7 loss to the Seahawks in Seattle and the Jets barely had an offense to use to mount any kind of serious challenge to the home team as a result. The defense was game in the first half, forcing a pair of turnovers and making Russell Wilson look like a rookie in over his head, but the offense's repeated failures eventually took their toll.
Sanchez threw a brutal pick at the goal-line in the first half, wiping out one scoring chance, and failed to move the team on offense at all in either half of the game. Sanchez hit his nadir in the fourth quarter when he simply dropped the ball in the face of a blitzing Seahawk cornerback and left it for Seattle to claim as their own.
It was a humiliating moment that didn't lead Rex Ryan to pull the plug on Sanchez during the game, but there has to come a point when it simply isn't okay for your starting quarterback to play the way Sanchez has played this season. Whatever real issues there are elsewhere in the offense, Sanchez is awful week after week and there's no longer any reason to believe there's untapped upside left in his body.
Tim Tebow saw a bit more time this week and actually ran plays other than the quarterback dive, which could suggest an even bigger role is coming when the Jets hit the field in St. Louis next week. Ryan has been defiant in the face of the obvious Sanchez shortcomings in the past, which means it may be time for someone to tell him that sticking with Sanchez will cost him his job.
Loyalty is great. Being stubborn and calling it loyalty isn't.
Teams with any designs on being successful simply can't sit back and watch performances like this without making changes. It happens far too often and it won't stop until there's some kind of accountability put in place with the Jets.
The offensive horror show made life very difficult on the defense, but they hung tough until the fourth. That's when the pounding of Marshawn Lynch and the speed of Wilson took their toll and the Seahawks put the game away with a bit of razzle dazzle that wound up with wide receiver Golden Tate throwing a touchdown to Sidney Rice for the final score.
We'll see what Ryan and company have to say in the coming days, but the reality is that the Jets are finished. You can't win with this offense unless the defense is pitching shutouts and this defense isn't going to pitch shutouts when this offense keeps putting them in dire straits.
Switching to Tebow might not lead to any more victories, but at least it is something different. More of the same can't be acceptable to anyone in the organization or they might as well not even bother showing up any longer.