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The Realists’ Corner

Welcome, fellow realists.  Week 12 of the NFL season is in the books, and once again our boys in green deliver us a frustrating, dispiriting win.  Now, I love this team as much as anyone, but if I have to sit through another week of prognosticators telling me that “Mark Sanchez has finally turned the corner” and “this team is back in the playoff hunt”, I’m going to be sick.  What team have they been watching?  This team is absolutely terrible from top to bottom.  Even the beloved Revis Christ is a complete waste of money.  Get back to me when he scores a touchdown this season.  That means another touchdown.  The first one doesn’t count.  At the epicenter of this quake of fail, however, is Mark Sanchez.  A team is only as good as its quarterback, and that’s a devastating statement for a team like these New York Jets.

All anyone can talk about is Sanchez’s 4 TD performance and the fact that he made plays when it counted to win the game.  Guess what, people?  You turn those four touchdowns into interceptions and here’s Sanchez’s stat line: 13/35, 129 yds, 0 TDs, 5 INTs.  That’s right, zero touchdowns and 5 interceptions.  I don’t think people appreciate how close we were to that scenario becoming a reality on Sunday.  With Sanchez’s proclivity for the pick-six, we could have been looking at a 52 – 0 drubbing.  I can’t help but wonder what the analysts would be saying if that had happened.  Well, it almost did.  Sanchez made terrible decisions all game.  It’s not a stretch to think that he could have made four more and doomed this team.  His potential for 5 INT shutouts is a clear sign that number six will go down as an even bigger bust than Vernon Gholston.

Some fans will tell you that he’s already thrown for more touchdowns in 2011 than he did in either of his first two seasons.  They’ll say that he has made modest improvements in his completion percentage, although he’s got a long way to go in that regard.  They’ll point out his protection issues.  His limited starting experience prior to coming to the Jets.  They’ll try to put him a bit lower on the learning curve than a 4 year college starter.  I say phooey to all of that hooey.  I don’t want to see gradual improvement out of Sanchez.  A franchise quarterback in the NFL demands perfection right out of the gate.  In year 3, it’s already too late for Sanchez.  We were promised numbers: 83% completion rate, 14,000 yards passing, and 212 TDs en route to a Super Bowl.  He hasn’t delivered on those expectations, and his time in green should be over.  Any real franchise would cut him now and let Mark Brunell step in against Washington.  Of course, as we all know, the Jets have never been a real franchise. And so, we’ll continue to suffer, but we’ll suffer together.  If there’s one thing this team does well, it’s giving us realists something to complain about.  Win, lose, or tie, the realist, evolved fans of the New York Jets will always lead the league in bitching and moaning, and that’s a stat you can count on.

Art Flato has been a season ticket holder for 37 years and on anti-depressants for 36.  We assure you most wholeheartedly, his views do not represent those of the site as a whole.

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