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The Daily Shoutout: Schottenheimer scapegoat?

Posted on: December 26, 2011 10:17 am
Edited on: December 26, 2011 10:22 am
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OPENING HIT: This weekend Mark Sanchez threw 59 passes. He was sacked five times and you could almost see him losing confidence as the game went on against the Giants. It was understandable. This isn't what the Jets were constructed to do and Sanchez isn’t the type of quarterback who can shoulder that kind of load.

The inevitable Sanchez microscopic exam started immediately after that Giants loss. The site Profootballtalk.com reported the Jets were having doubts about Sanchez. The New York Post loosely reported that offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer might be coaching for his job this week.

The latter, I’m told by someone I trust, is more likely the truth. The Jets – for the moment -- have no intention of replacing Sanchez. It seems more likely a change at offensive coordinator would happen first. Offensive coordinators are easier to fire and replace than No. 1 draft picks.

That's been the usual pattern for struggling offenses in the NFL for decades. Sacrifice an assistant coach. If that doesn't work, change head coaches. If that doesn't work, fire the quarterback.

I think that’s where the Jets are headed. If the Jets fail to make the postseason someone has to lose their job. It’s the NFL way and it likely won’t be Sanchez.

 

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Category: NFL
Tags: Jets, NFL, Sanchez
 
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Since: Jan 5, 2007
Posted on: December 28, 2011 10:23 am
 

The Daily Shoutout: Schottenheimer scapegoat?

There are more problems with the Jets that can easily be fixed. Two players that consistently kill the momentum for the past two seasons: Nick Folk and Antonio Cromartie. Folk missed an easy (26yds) FG against New England on the opening drive and missed a game tying field goal just before halftime against the Giants. What does that do to your offense? Puts more pressure on them to score TD's. Cromartie has been done for awhile (San Diego knew it). He can't cover, can't tackle, and can't return kickoffs. He singlehandedly lost the Raider game with 4 pass interference flags and a lost a kickoff with a fumble. Against the Giants, he missed tackling Cruz and also took kickoffs 7 yards deep in the end zone and ran them out putting the offense more than 8o yards away. The third big issue was losing Turner in preseason. Wayne Hunter is a big man but he can not block. There are reasons why a big guy like that doesn't get picked up by other teams. Lastly, Kyle wilson is unpredictable. I think when he blocks a pass it's more luck instead of skill. Fix these four issues and it's a start. Although, I am not a fan of Schotty and hope the Dolphins get him.



Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: December 28, 2011 6:30 am
 

The Daily Shoutout: Schottenheimer scapegoat?

JHwaker (Can KU fans--graduates?--not spell their own team nickname?) wrote: "Because he is saddled with a Quarterback who is not/and should not be a starting Qb in the NFL, an underachieving running back, and a head coach who is in love with both of them."

While I'm in agreement with you and Mike that Mark Sanchez is not now and never will be The Man, what do you imagine should be done about it? Short of winning the Andy Luck Auction that the Rams will no doubt be conducting, the Jets aren't soon going to be pathetic enough to draft a franchise QB, nor do they come onto the market but once in a blue moon. Like two dozen or so NFL teams at any given time, the Jets (and their fans) are just going to have to deal. Now, I know that this is a concept with which people who've grown up convinced that they reside at the center of the world struggle mightily--much like the rest of us would if confronted by the reality of having to spend the rest of our lives in a typical NYC "apartment" (here imagine Kevin Nealon undertalking "broom closet".) None the less, for the sake of your collective sanity, TRY, lest your despair lead you to become Giants fans.



Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: December 28, 2011 6:12 am
 

The Daily Shoutout: Schottenheimer scapegoat?

"That's been the usual pattern for struggling offenses in the NFL for decades. Sacrifice an assistant coach. If that doesn't work, change head coaches. If that doesn't work, fire the quarterback."  --freeman

Then, all else having failed, fire the GM. Too late, if you make friends with them like William Clay Ford does. (Matt Millen, Russ Thomas.) This pattern suggests two things about those very rich men who thrust themselves into the very public life of the pro sports franchise owner. First, that they only part with their favored toys (esp. QBs who came in fancy boxes) reluctantly. Second, that they believe in the Episcopalian (and Calvinist) God, who reserves ALL the best--not only success, but also talent in all things, sagacity, good looks, and Salvation itself--to "We" Who Are Bosses and those ennobled few whom we've invited to sit at our right hands.



Since: Oct 31, 2009
Posted on: December 27, 2011 10:06 pm
 

The Daily Shoutout: Schottenheimer scapegoat?

The NFL sure is about what have you done for me lately, last year Brian Schottenheimer was one of those hot names that were sure to get a head coaching gig in the next few years, and now his job is on the line, and why?  Because he is saddled with a Quarterback who is not/and should not be a starting Qb in the NFL, an underachieving running back, and a head coach who is in love with both of them.  Get rid of Samchez as soon as possible, get a viable solution in the most important position in the game.  Then take a look at the beloved defense, they are the one's that have let the Jets down this year.  One mediocre year really should not spell diaster for Schottenheimer, but in today's NFL, nobody is ever safe.  I remember a couple years ago when the Giants won the Super Bowl, the whole season critics were screaming about TOm Coughlin had to go, and then they won the Super Bowl, and then a couple years later its back to complaining about him again.  No coach at any level in the NFL is ever safe for long.



Since: Oct 31, 2009
Posted on: December 27, 2011 10:01 pm
 

The Daily Shoutout: Schottenheimer scapegoat?

The NFL sure is about what have you done for me lately, last year Brian Schottenheimer was one of those hot names that were sure to get a head coaching gig in the next few years, and now his job is on the line, and why?  Because he is saddled with a Quarterback who is not/and should not be a starting Qb in the NFL, an underachieving running back, and a head coach who is in love with both of them.  Get rid of Samchez as soon as possible, get a viable solution in the most important position in the game.  Then take a look at the beloved defense, they are the one's that have let the Jets down this year.  One mediocre year really should not spell diaster for Schottenheimer, but in today's NFL, nobody is ever safe.  I remember a couple years ago when the Giants won the Super Bowl, the whole season critics were screaming about TOm Coughlin had to go, and then they won the Super Bowl, and then a couple years later its back to complaining about him again.  No coach at any level in the NFL is ever safe for long.



Since: Aug 19, 2011
Posted on: December 27, 2011 3:33 pm
 

The Daily Shoutout: Schottenheimer scapegoat?

How do you have 41 year old Brunnell as the backup? Can he even still play? What a stupid franchise.
Exactly. Sanchez was crowned two years ago and they've never brought in any competiton for him since and the fact is he doesn't work that hard, reminds me of Tony Romo in that they both enjoy being a celebrity QB's but don't put in enough effort in to get much better.  Romo at least has mobility though. Brinell was washed up years ago when he was in Washington. Stupid and even more so, what an arrogant franchise.



Since: Oct 13, 2006
Posted on: December 27, 2011 9:03 am
 

The Daily Shoutout: Schottenheimer scapegoat?

Ditto Wade Phillips. The Jets do need a reliable running game, OL help and some better receivers. The Qb has talent but he is always hearing footsteps and is a little rattled most of the time. Don't give up on him just yet. Cutler of the bears was the same until the bears started blocking better. Now he seems like a star. Albeit an oft injjured one.



Since: Nov 12, 2011
Posted on: December 27, 2011 12:21 am
 

The Daily Shoutout: Schottenheimer scapegoat?

Sorry to nail this one the head, but I hope you NY Jets fans understand that your problem lies in that you've drafted and built an offense for stretch capabilities, and an OC who can run a dynamic offense BUT YOUR Quarterback is not talented enough to execute that offense ! So Brian has to dumb down the book, and give Sanchez a 2 look play book, one where there's only 1 option because he cannot throw the ball on a laser 20 yards like a Matt Stafford or Drew Brees and hit his receivers in stride. That is why you as a fan are confounded. Your offense has weapons, your QB can't utilize them. If he could, the OC could open the playbook and be less predictable. I know this because we in Detroit have watched this happen year after year with sub par NFL quarterbacks running the same ol short pass predictable offenses.



Since: Dec 26, 2011
Posted on: December 26, 2011 10:39 pm
 

The Daily Shoutout: Schottenheimer scapegoat?

I'm not sure Freeman, Judge or Prisco watch the Jets games or just read clips, see highlights and watch Sportscenter but I do and while Sanchez has not played up to the level that he should be at in his third year, there is plenty of blame to go around. The offensive line play has been well below average most of the year particularily in the passing game. The receivers do not get separation which is why the ball never goes beyond 10 yards. The running game was poor in the beginning but has come on the last four to five games and yet the OC Schottenheimer dials up 60 passes in a game where we can't protect the passer and the receivers don't get seperation against one of the worst secondaries in the league. With 60 balls in the air we didn't have one play of more than 20 yards. We don't throw the ball downfield and haven't all year. Lousy play design and the receivers quit on routes, not to mention no time to throw the ball, and the diminshing lack of confidence displayed by Sanchez.

The Jets were running the ball effectively against the Giants and yet the OC decides not to run but pass. With the ball on the 50 after a Giants punt and 5:37 left in the game with the Jets down by 7 and with three time outs the OC dials up three pass plays. This has been the disconnect that has gone on all season between the OC, the personnel and the game situation. The Jets coaching has been terrible and between them the media and the fans they are killing any confidence Sanchez has. It's pretty ugly to watch but this falls on the coach, the OC and the GM. Sanchez could have had a decent year but too decision reached at the coaching and admin level have let this team and in particular Sanchez down to the point that his career could be over. To blame Sanchez when this disaster has been systemic in this organization is to not fully understand the situation. I can only imagine that much of the media makes their decisions and commentary based on something someone else has written or some radio spot. If you have watched the Jets all year and yet you still blame Sanchez for the debacle then you do on fully understand football. Terrible coaching - that is what has killed the Jets this year. The execution has not been that off a top team but the step back by Sanchez is on the coaching staff.



Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: December 26, 2011 8:31 pm
 

The Daily Shoutout: Schottenheimer scapegoat?

Watching the game Sanchez had problems making the short to intermediate pass. Thease are drive killers and no coordinator can survive with this kind of production
Agreed. Schottenheimer will probably get an HC job for getting the team to 2 AFCC games with such a loser as his QB. The guy has had to work around a huge limitation. It's very difficult to win in this league without a QB, offensive geniuses like Billick, McDaniels, Martz, Wishenhunt and Shanahan have all seen this first hand. The great BB spent 5 crappy years with the Browns and then was well on his way to getting fired with Drew Bledsoe as his QB (who is way better than Sanchez) before lucking into Tom Brady.

You can not hide your QB in this league. That is why you draft a QB, and then another one, and then another one and keep giving each of them a shot until someone actually shows they get it. And if you have 2 that look like they get it? Trade one, it's not like you'll have trouble finding a trading partner.

The Jets refuse to get a serious threat for Sanchez, they deserve what's happening to them. How do you have 41 year old Brunnell as the backup? Can he even still play? What a stupid franchise. Sanchez should have been benched after the Ravens game.


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