Seems like we’ve waded through another preseason. It has been 11 days since the Niners beat Seattle. And the NFL world has gotten more in focus. The Rams and Seattle both lost yesterday, and a win today would put the Niners in the drivers seat, 2 games up on both the AZ and Seattle, for the NFC West as we hit the bye. The blogosphere has been replete with grumblings from the national guys regarding Alex Smith and his status as a starting QB for the 49ers. Those of us not buying the bullshit know it’ll take some major suckitude to force Harbaugh into a decision to put Cappy in as the starter. This is Alex’s season, live or die.
That being said, there are two guys who ARE on the short list for being replaced as QBs. Mike (I heart dogs) Vick, and Mark (I heart NY) Sanchez. Both suffered terrible losses. the Jets lost to the fairly hapless Dolphins, while the Iggles lost to the undefeated Falcons. Philly, and their new defense promptly gave up points on Atl’s first 6 possessions, and the Iggles could never mount any kind of comeback. The good news for Vick was he weathered a game with no fumbles and no picks. Progress, I suppose, but the Iggles are 3-4, and 2.5 games out of 1st. Their playoff hopes are very dim. Their prospects after Vick however are rookie Nick Foles, and Trent (remember me?) Edwards. So, they don’t look to bench Vick. What could happen is HC Andy Reid getting his walking papers. All their aquisitions in recent memory have only served to jack up unrealistic expectations as the defense flails, and the points allowed pile up. Their line is battered, yet they want to throw more and more. Reid isn’t really protecting Vick by not trying to run more, but the defense threw that out the window yesterday by letting Atl score at will. No matter what these guys do, they are destined for failure, and what likely happens is these guys play out the string, and they make wholesale changes after this season mercifully concludes for them.
The J-E-T-S on the other hand have Jesus in their back pocket. Mark Sanchez had a terrible game yesterday as he hovered around his uasual sub-.500 completion rate, missed a ton of open guys, fumbled away on a sack, as he and the Jets yapped their way into another embarrassing loss. This time to the not-so-lowly Miami Dolphins. The curious thing to all this is the undercurrent of Timmy Tebow. Their heir apparent is also the up back on punts. Ooops. he allowed a blocked punt yeterday, and they also suffered a blocked FG to boot. So, you have to wonder, as the Jets are 3-4, but only 2 back in the suddenly weak looking AFC East, whether they take a look at Tebow as their QB going forward. I’d be for this one, only because Sanchez looked flat awful yesterday, and he hasn’t done much of anything to help his offense. The team is in disarray, and Rex Ryan appears only to want to make his team quote-worthy, or in the news for any reason other than playing good football. Might as well go full-circus mode. Tebow obviously isn’t much as a special teamer, and his running plays aren’t fooling anyone. If they DON’T start him, then why did they get him in the first place?
Give Sanchez one more start. Unfortunately, that start will be in Seattle. Not a place to revive one’s QB numbers. Actually, they should just throw Tebow into the mix. The Jets aren’t going to win that one anyway, so see if the trial by fire can somehow work out for the Jets.