Shoddy quarterback play. An inability to establish or stop the run. Killer special teams gaffes. Turnovers in the red zone.
Add it all up and you have a functionally poor football team. The Jets (3-6) now need a remarkable turnaround to avoid missing the postseason for the second consecutive year.
As always, the focus is on Mark Sanchez, who was dreadful again. On his 26th birthday, the fourth-year quarterback completed just nine of 22 passes for 124 yards. It's the fourth time in nine games Sanchez has thrown for less than 140 yards. He added two ugly turnovers for good measure.
"I believe we can win with Mark. And I believe we can win with (Tim) Tebow, but I'm not going to let you or anybody else convince me out of it, OK?" Ryan said, his tone sharpening. "Because this is how I feel. He gives us the best opportunity to win games, and that's the only reason I make any move."
"Just a bad decision. Just trying to play out too long and got greedy," Sanchez said.
Sanchez isn't the only problem on this team, but he is a problem. Rex Ryan is too smart not to see that, which really tells you all you need to know about his belief in Tim Tebow.