bill-swift - September 28, 2012
America loves many things. We love winners; we love making fun of the losers. We love our beer cold, steaks cooked, and baked potatoes fully loaded. However, at least where our inner voyeurs are concerned, there is nothing we love more than to watch someone fall from grace in epic fashion.
If Jets' head coach Rex Ryan doesn't pull a magic rabbit or two out of his hat, he might find the media circling his team as it gets ready to crash and burn.
The team is already sitting on a ledge. After exploding in Week One for 48 points, the offense has returned to being the sputtering machine that can't make it to the end zone to save its life.
Mark Sanchez followed a good showing against Buffalo with a pair of bad ones. Against the Steelers and Dolphins he had trouble connecting with his receivers going 10-27 in one and 21-45 in the other. He's thrown the same number of touchdowns as he has interceptions in those two as well.
To make matters worse the defense that has been helping keep the offense in the game just lost its best player for the entire season in Darrelle Revis. When you have a player like Revis that can shut down one part of the field there is no replacing him.
According to the depth chart, Kyle Wilson—a third year player out of Boise State—is Revise's backup. However, it appears that the team may not have a whole lot of faith in the ability of Wilson. Rather than see what he has the team has decided to move back-up running back JoeMcKnight to the secondary.
The move is reminiscent of one Bill Belichick pulled with the New England Patriots back in 2004. With injuries decimating the secondary the team inserted wide receiver Troy Brown. Who best to play someone in the secondary other than a person who has made his career beating those guys?
Brown did what he was asked and managed to pull down a trio of interceptions in limited duty as he helped his team make it back to the Super Bowl.
Joe McKnight is not taking the news as good as Brown did:
"I was drafted as a running back. The way I took it as I wasn't good enough to play running back…"
McKnight said that the team tried to sell him on the notion that it was due to his time as a cornerback in high school that they wanted to move him. He isn't buying it since it was so long ago.
Rex Ryan is already staring at the hot seat this season. He can deny it all he wants, but he should be worried. Yes, the two trips to the AFC Championship were nice, but they are in the past. Last season's 8-8 record and whatever happens this season will be what decides his fate.
So far it isn't looking too good for him. His offense is in trouble and his defense is as well. If something doesn't change for the better it might be Ryan that finds himself changing (jobs, that is).
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