Your tabloids have two slightly different takes on the Jets’ dispiriting 10-7 loss to the Falcons yesterday.
The Post sub-head paraphrases Rex Ryan’s declaration that the team is “obviously” out of the playoffs: “Blizzard of blunders ices Jets’ playoff hopes,” it reads. But the Daily News isn’t giving up on this team, which has provided such a daily grist of good material. Their sub-head reminds you: “It ain’t over, but Rex says it is after Jets’ horrific loss to Falcons.”
Rich Cimini does the math and finds that the Jets’ still aren’t technically eliminated, despite being 7-7 and losing the tie-breaker to most of the teams they might still tie. “The fat lady wasn’t singing, but the portly coach was,” he writes.
There’s some confusion about who exactly is to blame for a 3-point loss in which your quarterback throws three picks, your special teams botches three field goals (in three different ways), and your defense doesn’t execute the correct zone coverage on 4th and 6, giving up a game-tying touchdown. Each of those angles gets a little ink, but, predictably, your columnists pounce on Mark Sanchez.
“Color the kid too green,” writes Steve Serby—who does double-duty this morning with columns on the Jets and Giants. Serby does what Serby will do, and gives the kid yet another nickname: “Can’tchez.” But Gary Myers is even harder on him; he doesn’t buy Sanchez’s mea culpa about the last pick, when he said he should have remembered it was four-down territory and not forced it.