New York Jets End Season with 19-17 Loss to Miami Dolphins: A Fan’s View

Going into the final game of the regular season, the New York Jets still had a chance at a wildcard spot. They had to beat the Miami Dolphins in order to keep their playoff hopes alive. Instead, Mark Sanchez threw three interceptions, Santonio Holmes was benched and the Jets blew a must win game.

Is it time for Sanchez to go?

Mark Sanchez is a decent quarterback. He is still young and maturing. The problems facing the New York Jets' offense go far beyond his control. Sanchez did not change the game plan from ground and pound to "Air Sanchez." That was Brian Schottenheimer's decision. New York has spent a lot of time and money grooming Mark Sanchez into an NFL quarterback. The offensive coaching staff needs to give Sanchez a game plan where he can succeed. This season, he was set up to fail. Sanchez should stay.

Schottenheimer's shoddy performance

Offensive Coordinator, Brian Schottenheimer, should be worried about his job. New York has not made any comments about changes to the coaching staff. However, Schottenheimer is directly responsible for the abysmal performance of the Jets offense this season. He started out by doing away with "ground and pound." That philosophy got the Jets into the post season the past two years. This year he changed the offense to "Air Sanchez." With new receivers and a continually changing offensive philosophy, Sanchez was having a difficult time. A return to "ground and pound" at the season's mid-point did nothing to help the Jets. The offense lacks focus and structure.

What now?

The New York Jets head home from Miami. This was the last game of the 2011 season for them. Losing to the Dolphins eliminated the Jets from any chance of a post season. As the day unwound and more games were played, it would not have mattered. The Jets needed the Tennessee Titans to lose in order to make it to the post season. Tennessee pulled out a win over the Texas Texans, thus sealing New York's fate for the 2011 season.

I expect to see changes in the coaching staff to occur soon. New York's fans are unhappy. The game plan this season failed to get the Jets to the playoffs for the first time in three years. It is time for Schottenheimer to go.

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Lynda Altman grew up just outside of New York City. She has been a Jets fan all of her life and is disappointed that New York will not be in the post season this year. You can contact her @LdyJetsFan on Twitter.

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Updated Monday, Jan 2, 2012