10 Crazy Things Jets Should do to Save Their Season
The New York Jets are 2-2 and tied for the lead in the AFC East, yet somehow panic is setting in. I know it seems crazy, but with three straight horrible performances, this team feels like an 0-4 team right about now, and really should probably be 1-3.
At the very least, their week one drubbing of the Bills is looking like a crazy fluke, and with an impending loss to the Texans in week five all but certain, this team is headed for a 2-3 record and a spiral trip out of control.
With all the craziness, perhaps the Jets should push the envelope and add just a little more crazy to the chaos to try to get back on track. Short of Mark Sanchez tearing up the Texans and getting to 3-2 (which would be really crazy), the Jets may want to consider some of these ideas:
1. Give Tim Tebow the Brady Quinn treatment and completely pass him over by going directly to third stringer Greg McElroy. A case can be made that McElroy is smarter and more accurate than both Sanchez and Tebow, and he’s a respected figure. He was one of the most vocal players against the Jets’ locker room issues last year, so perhaps he could do some good.
2. Trade for Braylon Edwards. Santonio Holmes is hurt, Stephen Hill is a raw rookie and no one else in New York really deserves to have their name mentioned. Edwards isn’t really being used in Seattle and could be had for little via a trade. Maybe he wouldn’t solve all their problems, but at least Sanchez would have a familiar target and a hopefully legit down-field threat.
3. Sign Terrell Owens, Chad Johnson, Joey Galloway and anyone else who is a veteran wide receiver looking for work. Toss in Javon Walker while you’re at it. Heck, maybe Marvin Harrison or Torry Holt wouldn’t mind giving it a go. New York is banged up and sapped of talent in their passing game. All of their quarterbacks leave a ton to be desired, but maybe if they had experienced, reliable options they’d look a little better. Oh, the above options aren’t reliable?
4. Bring Curtis Martin or Thomas Jones back. At least these guys had talent, even when they were old and their knees were turning to mush. Shonn Greene has no talent and Bilal Powell and Joe McKnight are barely NFL running backs. In fact, McKnight got switched to corner.
5. Sign Ty Law. Doesn’t he seem to pop up in someone’s secondary every year, anyway? He’s probably 40 by now, but he can still lock down the opponent’s top option, right? Right?
6. Let Eric Crouch run the Wildcat and switch Tebow to tight end. It just makes sense, really. Crouch has been dreaming of a true shot to player quarterback in the NFL for years, while Tebow has the size, build and athleticism to be a pretty beastly tight end if he puts his mind to it. Jets tight ends keep getting hurt, so maybe he’d be an upgrade. Crouch wouldn’t, but he sure would be fun to watch.
7. Trade Tim Tebow for Brad Smith. Not sure the Bills would totally go for it, but in a weird way I think they’d win the trade. Maybe it’s because I feel they’d actually know how to get something good out of Tebow on the field. On the flip-side, the Jets know and love Smith, and he’d spark their just about dead wildcat package, as well as their return game.
8. Keep Tebow and play him as a true running back. This isn’t even that crazy. I know Tebow runs in the 4.7′s on a 40 time, but so does Shonn Greene. At least it certainly seems that way. Tebow would be the true definition of “ground and pound”. He’d probably only average about 3.5-4 yards per carry as a true RB, but he’d punish opponents and he’d be effective when it counted (short-yardage and goal-line situations). Best of all, him playing strictly running back would allow Sanchez to breathe easy and hopefully play better ball.
9. Fire Rex Ryan and promote Tony Sparano. The wildcat doesn’t work in spurts, but the regular offense doesn’t work at all. Pull the old switcharoo and let Sparano run his offense all day. It’s fairly arguable that Ryan has lost his locker room at this point, anyways, so what have the Jets to lose but a string of games?
10. Give Brett Favre a call…or text. And just when you thought you were done with him. Favre would return for his second deployment in New York at the ripe age of 43. Call me crazy, but I still think he’d have something left. Not much, but something.
Like I said, this team is still 2-2 and nowhere near panic mode. But they didn’t just lose to the 49ers in week four. They got demolished in every way possible. If that happens again in week five versus the Texans, Ryan and co. may have to think outside the box (see above) to try to keep this team from completely falling apart.