As the clock was winding down on an otherwise, unforgettable day, Mark Sanchez had the New York Jets driving late in the fourth quarter. Down by a score of 30-9 and the aisles of MetLife filling up with fans escaping for the parking lot, Sanchez needed just one score to come out saving face with Gang Green nation.
Instead, he launched a pass intended for Dustin Keller that was intercepted by Dolphin cornerback Chris Clemons. Boos reigned down from every corner of MetLife Stadium as now a mass exodus saw only Jets diehards and Dolphins faithful fill the remaining seats.
With two straight losses to division rivals and three losses in the last four games, Rex Ryan and the Jets stand at a crossroads. Following the game, Ryan firmly stated that Sanchez is "his guy" and he will continue to stick with him following the upcoming bye week. With an up and coming rookie quarterback waiting in the wings, it begs the question how much more (or less) does Sanchez need to do for Ryan and the coaching staff to see what many Jets fans have known for a while; clearly Sanchez is NOT the long term answer for the green and white.
On a lighter note, the Green and White Report takes a look at this week's Jets "greats"
RB Shonn Greene
While he failed to reach the end zone last Sunday, Greene had another great game on the ground and remained one of the Jets best weapons against a stout Miami defense. Greene rushed for 77 yards and added another 29 receiving to give him over 100 on the day. This marks three straight weeks where Greene has rushed for over 50 on the ground.
LB Calvin Pace
Pace made his mark on the game early with a sack on rookie QB Mark Tannehill. The vicious hit sent Tannehill out of the game with a quadriceps injury and gave the Dolphins an early scare on offense. Pace finished the day with just the one sack and four tackles.
QB Mark Sanchez
Sanchez had another unforgettable day with just 53 percent of his passes completed. He went 28 of 54 for 283 yards and a touchdown. However, he also turned the ball over twice, the late game interception and an earlier fumble triggered by Nolan Carroll. Sanchez was also sacked four times on the day and felt pressure from the Dolphins front seven all game long.
Head Coach Rex Ryan
With the Jets coaching job breathing on its last few gasps of air, Ryan is going to have to change something if he hopes to save his job with the team. With the fans calling for Sanchez's head, the most sensible option would be to replace the struggling quarterback with backup Tim Tebow. After taking over for the 1-4 Broncos, Tebow finished the year with a 7-3 record as a starter and won his first playoff game against Pittsburgh. Tebow is anxiously waiting his turn to start for the franchise that traded for him earlier this year, if only Ryan believed in Tebow as much as he said he did.