It doesn't take an expert to realize that things aren't cheery for the New York Jets these days. Beyond some of the hoopla involving the fanbase, there are major issues on the field and throughout the organization. This is what happens when you're losing in the NFL – things get ugly everywhere and the hierarchy of the organization is questioned. As the Jets trudge towards the end of the regular season, injuries and losses continue to pile up and make the situation worse.
Turning around a losing season is tough to do. It's tougher when two of your biggest stars are on the shelf (Darrelle Revis, Santonio Holmes). When the replacements start seeing the injuries pile up, it really gets tough to win games. That's what the New York Jets are facing at this point.
The Jets entered the season without a ton of depth. They had some big top-end talent like Darrelle Revis and Santonio Holmes, but the second-level guys that complement those players entered the season looking to bounce back from disappointing years, ended up also being injured, or are unproven players. Once thrust into a more prominent role due to injuries, those players have been exposed. The one wild card in the whole thing would have been a major step forward by Mark Sanchez covering up the lack of talent the way a premier quarterback can, but that certainly hasn't happened.
Now players like Clyde Gates and Chaz Schilens have suffered injuries, making the Jets even thinner in the talent department.
That leaves the Jets fighting the mental impact of so many losses, injuries and a lack of talent. Despite the relative softness of their remaining schedule, it's tough to envision the Jets making any kind of run to finish the season. Depending on your viewpoint, that might be better in the long term by giving the team a better draft pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.
Does Rex Ryan have anything left in his bag or tricks to get this team back on track or are Jets fans really relegated to looking forward to the draft with five games left in the season?
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