This week, I sat down to discuss the week six match-up between the New York Jets and the Indianapolis Colts, with Alan Schechter, editor of the Jets website, www.thejetpress.com Listed below is the remainder of that discussion, over what to expect from the game, and what to expect from the Jets.
Naptown’s Finest – What is the word on the street and in the local media concerning the Jets soap opera?
The Jet Press – It is all centered around Tim Tebow/Mark Sanchez right now. How long will Mark remain the starter? Is it going to be “Tebow Time”? That’s the focus right now. Until Mark plays like a top flight quarterback, that is all it will be about. Rex has continued to be strong in the idea that Mark is his QB, but if he continues to struggle, we just don’t know.
The only other part that has come up with a soap opera is Terrell Owens. For your readers that may not have heard, Terrell Owens tweeted out his willingness to be a Jet, during the Monday night game against the Texans. When asked about Terrell, Rex Ryan said “Never say never”. I am sure the media here in NY is praying on a nightly basis that the Jets bring TO in here. Sources say they won’t, we can only hope, because that will make the soap opera take a tragic turn.
NF – Is Rex Ryan wearing out his welcome as a head coach?
TJP – Just like I did last week with the Toro Times, I will go on record with you saying Rex Ryan will survive this season. He is getting the most he can out of the players that he has. The guy that is in the cross-hairs is believed to be GM Mike Tannenbaum. He has shown a clear lack of the ability, and seemingly the interest, in adding pieces to this offense, and now they are suffering. Many believe he will at the very least be demoted, if not fired.
NF – How is Mark Sanchez’ New York State of mind right now, and how long is his leash?
TJP – That is the million dollar question, how long is Mark’s leash? He remains confident in himself, but a lot of the answers about him are misleading. Rex says that Mark is the starter, but won’t verbally commit long term. Same thing with Woody Johnson in interviews. The resounding feeling here in NY is that the move for Tebow was for publicity, and what better way can Woody generate said publicity other than getting his guy, Tebow, in the game. We just have no idea when.
I’d like to thank Alan Schechter for his time and his input. Check out the first part our our discussion here: