Jets fans are rightly morose. Why?  There doesn't look to be a viable way to extricate Mark Sanchez or Tim Tebow from the unsolvable situation that the Jets offense faces -- especially when you consider that the team's coach has stood by his quarterback the whole way.

Even in the face of this total ignominy.

During Mark Sanchez's days at USC, each practice day was given a title.  Mondays were known as "Truth Day."

Well consider this my chance to candidly talk about what I've seen about the Jets quarterbacks on this Truth Day.

Mark Sanchez -- We've seen his body of work and it's ... lacking.  He seems wholly incapable of hitting the the bottom benchmarks for good quarterback play: 60% completions and two to one TDs to INT ratio.  As it stands, Sanchez's career completion percentage is stagnant at 55% and he's thrown only 67 TDs to 61 INTs.  Everyone remembers his dreadful TD:INT ratio in year one, but the big jump in year two have remained stable since then at a little better than 1:1.  It's proof he's not getting better.  As the talent of his teammates around him have gotten worse, it looks as if he has not advanced enough to cover the lack of talent.  Granted, Sanchez does have seizures of competence, but they are impossible to plan around.  No one seems to know when they will come, or how they go away.

Tim Tebow -- Tebow has broken ribs, an injury which has a recover time of 6-10 weeks.  The Jets have exactly six err FIVE games  left to this season - around the minimum recovery time from this injury retroactively considering when it happened and was then diagnosed.  Ryan indicated that he would play Tebow only in the most direst of situations, so it would stand to reason that he is trying not to risk long-term damage to the quarterback ... so then why activate him anyway?  For the same reason that Ryan thinks Sanchez gives them the best chance at winning, so too does Ryan think that Tebow gives them the best chance at winning between him and McElroy.  Ribs break with any undue compression of the chest cavity and it's hard to imagine that someone playing quarterback the way that Tebow does wouldn't sustain at least 3-5 chest compressions a game should he be the full time starter.  If the Jets were to move to him for more than a game, the pain he could be playing with on a weekly basis could be excruciating.  Beyond the ribs, Tebow is not, in any classical definition, a good quarterback.  People talk about his winning spirit, but let's not delude ourselves into thinking that the Broncos defense last year and his defense at Florida didn't have  a lot to do with Tebow's ability to win games.  I don't know if without Darrelle Revis, the Jets defense could replicate what those teams did - which was essentially allow Tebow's team to hang around all game until he got his butt in gear in the fourth quarter once defenses started cheating their safeties down into the box more regularly.  That said, I do think that someone like Stephen Hill would benefit greatly from a player like Tim Tebow in the lineup.  There would be a lot more broken plays which would let Hill get behind the defense and while Tebow's accuracy is abysmal, his arm is not in question.  Of course Hill has to be able to catch the ball.

Greg McElroy -- McElroy has a great pedigree and had more and better collegiate playing experience than Mark Sanchez did just by virtue of starting for two years in the SEC.  That said, McElroy also had the benefit of one of the most electric talents at the WR position in the last five years in Julio Jones during his time at Alabama and that has to be taken into consideration.  This isn't a Jay Cutler Vanderbilt situation where there was not enough talent around him, Alabama was replete with talent and McElroy was very smart and capable in his time with the Crimson Tide.  The big thing about McElroy is that he was excellent in not turning over the ball.  He might not have been a world-beater, but he did enough to not muck it up for the rest of the team ... something that seems to be impossible to say about the Jets current starter.  In many ways, McElroy has a lot of the same attributes that are commonly assigned to Sanchez.  He's a good leader, he's smart, he is accurate enough and has an average arm.  McElroy stared down Jones a lot in college and didn't throw his talent open enough like the best quarterbacks in the league can do.  But then again neither does Sanchez.  I've not seen enough of him to make definitive statements, but he seems to me like as a starting NFL quarterback he would be lower rated version of Mark Sanchez with the big upside being that he might be able to protect the football better.  Of course we'll never know that unless he sees time on the field.  On a macro level, McElroy is the latest iteration of Tannenbaum's crackpot deep draft quarterback mining.  Tannenbaum seems to relish the idea of coaching up a backup to potentially trade them later on just like the Patriots, Green Bay, Philly and Atlanta have been able to do in recent years.  In fact, Tannenbaum often parrots the aphorisms of Ron Wolf (GM of Atlanta, Green Bay) on the subject when asked why the Jets drafted a player like Kellen Clemens, Erik Ainge and now McElroy saying that good teams draft a quarterback every year.  By my logic, good teams draft good quarterbacks, not just draft quarterbacks every year.  The problem of course is that all those programs mentioned have had masterful talent evaluators with the proper coaching staff to support them when it comes to deep-drafting at the quarterback spot.  As best I can tell, the Jets do not have that same ability.  Of course of those teams' trades (ie Cassel, Flynn, Kolb, Schaub, etc.), so far only Matt Schaub has actually been able to live up to his pre-trade billing - so the long-term viability of the concept is flawed.

So what to do about it?  We know my version of the "Truth"  but what was the next step at USC?

When Mark Sanchez was a rookie with the Jets, he would talk glowingly about USC's Competition Tuesday.  Well, I think it's time that someone on the Jets instill something of the same kind.

Wikipedia defines what Competition Tuesday was under Pete Carroll.

Competition Tuesday is a term used by the University of Southern California Trojans football team in reference to all practices held on a Tuesday. On these particular practices, head coach Pete Carroll and his assistant coaches support an intense, combative yet collaborative environment where a fierce competition among teammates—fighting for a starting position, team pride between the offense and defense—are central to every drill. In the typical practice week, Competition Tuesday falls between Truth Day (Monday) and Turnover Wednesday.
(Learn more about it here, and here.)

We've heard over and over again about how great the team's practices have been in a week leading up to a total trainwreck on Sunday.  So if the practices are great and the results are not great when it matters most, why keep doing the same thing?  Everyone else knows it's time to change it up, why not the Jets?

I know, I know. This is totally unconventional.  This is completely out of touch with common practices in the NFL.  This could cause a riot among the Jets players.  I get all that.  I also get that the simple answer could be that Mike Tannenbaum has utterly failed at providing any talent in depth for this team to support it based on some onerous contracts and boiling down his draft picks into more concentrated drafts for years.

Another flaw, reps are severely limited in the NFL by CBA rules.  Even so, nothing else seems to be getting through to make the team put it together on Sunday.  So how much worse could it be for the Jets if they used some of their limited weekly practice reps to this purpose?  Other than just saying that Rex "believes" Sanchez to be the best chance for the Jets at winning, then let Sanchez prove Ryan right every week on the practice field.

To that end, let everyone else compete for their jobs too.  Rex keeps saying that it's not just about Mark Sanchez, well fine, then open up every spot on the team and let players earn their roles.  That was what training camp was supposed to be about, but standing at 4-7 there's nothing to lose.  Ryan benched Kerry Rhodes a few years ago in the middle of a potential playoff run in favor of Eric Smith - it's not like he's never crossed a star player in New York before.  He's just never done it en masse.

It's time for Rex to do it again, before he loses this team for good.

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GEICO SportsNite: Jets vs. Miami 00:01:54
With Muhammad Wilkerson likely a game-time decision to play Sunday, Jeane Coakley talks to Leonard Williams about stepping up his game.

 

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Jonas Schwartz and Willie Colon look back at a tough loss to the New England Patriots. The guys discuss the brutal mistakes by the Jets which kept the Pats in the game, and the blown call at the goal line involving Austin Seferian-Jenkins. Plus, Jets defensive tackle Steve McLendon joins the show to talk about the struggles of Muhammad Wilkerson and Leonard Williams, and his role on the team. Later, Brian Costello of the New York Post calls in to give his take on the loss to NE, and how the Jets missed out on Deshaun Watson.

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Tags: Leonard Williams, Muhammad Wilkerson, Steve McLendon
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New York Jets running back Bilal Powell (AP)
New York Jets running back Bilal Powell (AP)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - The last time the Jets had Bilal Powell in the lineup, at full strength, he ran all over the Jacksonville Jaguars. Forced into the lead back role with Matt Forte sidelined, he ran for 163 yards on 7.8 yards per carry, including a 75-yard touchdown run.

He's back this week in time for the Jets game in Miami on Sunday, and so is Forte, with both apparently as close to full strength as they're going to be. But the Jets can't revert to their old habit of splitting their backfield duties.

They need Powell to carry the load.

Tags: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Bilal Powell, Elijah McGuire, Jeremy Kerley, Matt Forte, Robby Anderson, Ralph Vacchiano
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Oct 8, 2017; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown (15) congratulates wide receiver Jermaine Kearse (10) (Scott Galvin)
Oct 8, 2017; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown (15) congratulates wide receiver Jermaine Kearse (10) (Scott Galvin)

 Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive

THE GAME

The Jets (3-3) vs. the Miami Dolphins (3-2) at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla., on Sunday, Oct. 22 at 1 p.m. ET.

THE WEATHER

It will be hot, as usual, with temperatures in the mid-to-upper 80s. It will also be windy, with sustained winds of 15-20 m.p.h. expected. And as always in Miami, there could be some late afternoon thunderstorms that potentially could impact the second half of the game.

Tags: Buster Skrine, Josh McCown, Morris Claiborne, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson (96) (Noah K. Murray)
New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson (96) (Noah K. Murray)

Jets DE Muhammad Wilkerson (shoulder/toe) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Dolphins, and will be a game-time decision, head coach Todd Bowles said on Friday.

Wilkerson played through his shoulder injury in Weeks 4 and 5, and didn't practice throughout those weeks, so this might be the same scenario.

However, Bowles added that the team has discussed the possibility of giving Wilkerson one or two weeks off.

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In the latest episode of Timeout with Taylor Rooks, former NFL running back Curtis Martin recalls some of the most dramatic moments of his life, including two near-death experiences, as well as his relationship with Bill Parcells, Bob Kraft, and the infamous trade that sent him from the Patriots to the Jets.

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Vacc's 3 Keys to a Jets win 00:01:37
SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano gives his three keys to a Jets victory over the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.

SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano gives his three keys to a Jets victory over the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.

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New York Jets tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins runs the ball against New England Patriots safety Duron Harmon during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins runs the ball against New England Patriots safety Duron Harmon during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets (3-3) take on the Dolphins (3-2) on Sunday in Miami at 1 p.m. Here's what's going on today:

Need to know

The Jets are preparing for the trip to Miami, so there will be no media access at Florham Park on Friday. The entire term, apart from Muhammad Wilkerson, practiced without limitation yesterday, so they are in good shape for the road trip.

SNY's Ralph Vacchiano will preview the game and send his three keys. Follow @RVaccianoSNY on Twitter to keep up with all the happenings.

Tags: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Bilal Powell, Miami Dolphins, Jordan Leggett, Muhammad Wilkerson
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GEICO SportsNite: Jets defense 00:01:25
Ralph Vacchiano reports in from Jets practice to address the question that is on everyone's mind; when will the Jets finally get a sack?

 

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Jenkins on overcoming addiction 00:03:29
On Jets Game Plan, tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins sits down with Jeane Coakley to share about how he overcame his battle with addiction.

 

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New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson (96) (Noah K. Murray)
New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson (96) (Noah K. Murray)

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- On the day the Jets re-signed Muhammad Wilkerson in the summer of 2016 to a blockbuster, five-year, $86 million contract, they made it clear they were banking on him and not Sheldon Richardson. Fourteen months later, Richardson was traded.

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New York Jets running back Bilal Powell (AP)
New York Jets running back Bilal Powell (AP)

RB Bilal Powell, who missed last week's game due to a calf injury, practiced on Thursday and will return when the Jets face the Dolphins on Sunday in Miami, head coach Todd Bowles said.

DE Muhammad Wilkerson (shoulder/toe) was the only Jets player who didn't practice on Thursday.

Bent, theJetsBlog.com Follow on Twitter: Powell should hopefully give a boost to the Jets' struggling running game, although I suspect the team's inability to get the running game going has more to do with how overmatched the Jets have been in the trenches...

Tags: Bilal Powell, Elijah McGuire, Matt Forte, Muhammad Wilkerson
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 (Ken Blaze)
(Ken Blaze)

He may be one of the most productive tight ends in football at the moment, but Jets TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins admits his career was taking a dive before joining the Green and White. 

Seferian-Jenkins has caught 23 passes over the last four weeks of the season. It could be more if he didn't have to serve a two-game suspension that stems from his DUI arrest last September when he was with the Buccaneers.

But ASJ doesn't mind the numbers. He is happy that he is still playing the game he loves in the first place. 

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The Jets (3-3) take on the Dolphins (3-2) on Sunday in Miami at 1 p.m. Here's what's going on today...

Need to know

The Jets practice today at Florham Park. Will Bilal Powell, Muhammad Wilkerson, or Robby Anderson return to practice after sitting out on Wednesday?

SNY's Ralph Vacchiano will be out at practice. Follow @RVaccianoSNY on Twitter to keep up with all the happenings...

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DNL: 2017 Jets season so far 00:02:58
The DNL panel discusses the Jets' season so far including if Todd Bowles deserves more credit and which player has disappointed the most.

 

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 (Dennis Schneidler)
(Dennis Schneidler)

The Jets featured many key players out during practice Wednesday including RB Bilal Powell, DE Muhammad Wilkerson, and WR Robby Anderson. 

Powell, who is nursing a calf injury, stretched with the team, but he didn't participate in anything else. He already missed last week with the same injury.

Wilkerson played through his shoulder injury in Weeks 4 and 5, He didn't practice throughout those weeks, so this might be the same scenario for No. 96...

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Daily News Live: Cool your Jets 00:03:02
The DNL panel discusses how the controversial play and loss to the Patriots could affect the Jets' mentality going into Week 7.

The DNL panel discusses how the controversial play and loss to the Patriots could affect the Jets' mentality going into Week 7.

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New York Jets safety Jamal Adams (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets safety Jamal Adams (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets (3-3) take on the Dolphins (3-2) on Sunday in Miami at 1 p.m. Here's what's going on today...

Need to know

The Jets practice today at Florham Park.

SNY's Ralph Vacchiano will be out at practice on Thursday and Friday. Follow @RVaccianoSNY on Twitter to keep up with all the latest Jets news and rumors...

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Daily News Live: Colon 00:01:10
Willie Colon's sources at the meeting between NFL owners and Roger Goodell on anthem protests say no progress was made Tuesday.

SNY's Willie Colon said sources told him that players felt "nothing was accomplished" during a meeting on Tuesday between the NFL, executives, players, and the NFL Players' Association.

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 (Robert Deutsch)
(Robert Deutsch)

After a hot start to his rookie season, Jets S Jamal Adams became the latest victim of Patriots' star TE Rob Gronkowski in the Jets' 24-17 loss on Sunday. 

Adams had troubles with Gronk from the beginning of the game. The Jets had a 14-0 lead when Patriots QB Tom Brady launched a ball toward the back of the end zone intended for Gronkowski. Adams made a play on the ball, but refs said that he made too much contact with the 6-foot-6 tight end resulting in a pass interference call.

Dion Lewis would score on the next play, and Adams was still surprised as to why the refs threw the flag. 

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Oct 15, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets defensive end Leonard Williams (Brad Penner)
Oct 15, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets defensive end Leonard Williams (Brad Penner)

Bent, theJetsBlog.com Follow on Twitter: The Jets gave a good account of themselves and, despite some glaring weaknesses, continue to prove that they're a more talented group than most people gave them credit for before the season. Let's break down the performances on the defensive side of the ball from the Jets' loss to the Patriots in Week 6:

Defensive Line

The defensive line once again didn't make any major contributions, with New England rushing for 118 yards at an average of 4.7 per carry and officially surrendering just four quarterback hits and no sacks. However, that was partly due to the Jets' gameplan. They didn't blitz much, sending just four rushers on average. And some of the bigger runs they gave up came with pass defense personnel on the field or one of Leonard Williams and Muhammad Wilkerson on the bench...

Tags: Buster Skrine, Darron Lee, Demario Davis, Jamal Adams, Jordan Jenkins, Juston Burris, Leonard Williams, Marcus Maye, Morris Claiborne, Muhammad Wilkerson, Rontez Miles, Steve McLendon
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New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles (Ben Margot/AP)
New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles (Ben Margot/AP)

The Jets (3-3) take on the Dolphins (3-2) on Sunday in Miami at 1 p.m. Here's what's going on today...

Need to know

The Jets are off today.

SNY's Ralph Vacchiano will be out at practice on Thursday and Friday. Follow @RVaccianoSNY on Twitter to keep up with all the latest Jets news and rumors...

Tags: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Buster Skrine, Jalin Marshall, Muhammad Wilkerson
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Daily News Live: Reffed Up 00:03:44
The Daily News Live panel discusses the controversial "fumble" call on Austin Seferian-Jenkins in the Jets' loss.

 

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New York Jets wide receiver Jalin Marshall (89) runs past Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Mike Thomas (13) in the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: (Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets wide receiver Jalin Marshall (89) runs past Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Mike Thomas (13) in the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: (Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets assigned wide receiver Jalin Marshall to the practice squad on Monday after they waived him on Saturday.

Marshall, who served a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy for testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs, was waived to make room for cornerback Xavier Coleman on the team's active roster for Sunday's 24-17 loss to the New England Patriots.

The 22-year-old Marshall recorded 14 catches for 162 yards and two touchdowns in 10 games last season. He also returned 18 punts for 100 yards and 13 kickoffs for 324 yards.

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: The decision to turn an Austin Seferian-Jenkins' touchdown on Sunday into a hard-to-explain fumble and touchback was a "clear and obvious" decision, according to the replay official who made the call.

Al Riveron, the NFL's senior VP of officiating, strongly defended his call in a conference call with reporters on Monday morning, one day after it impacted the Jets' 24-17 loss to the New England Patriots. He said the reversal of the touchdown after a video review was absolutely the correct decision based on the rule, and he didn't see anything controversial about it.

"No doubt about it, it was clear and obvious," Riveron said. "And we use that (standard) for every replay. Unless it's clear and obvious to us, we will not change the ruling on the field, and this definitely met that criteria."

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 (Robert Deutsch)
(Robert Deutsch)

Jets QB Josh McCown got off to a hot start on Sunday, but couldn't hold on to the lead as the Patriots earned the win on the road. 

The Jets jumped to a quick, 14-0 lead in the first half. However, the offense couldn't get anything going allowing Tom Brady to do what he does best and get the Pats the lead back. 

"Obviously we broke stride there and didn't keep pace the way we'd like," McCown told Jets.com's Eric Allen. "We have some short-yardage situations that we have to find a way to convert and be better at. We weren't converting and (we were) putting our defense right back out there. You can't give Tom (Brady) that many chances."

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Oct 15, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Jeremy Kerley (14) runs in for a touchdown against New England Patriots safety Duron Harmon (30) (Brad Penner)
Oct 15, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Jeremy Kerley (14) runs in for a touchdown against New England Patriots safety Duron Harmon (30) (Brad Penner)

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While much of the attention from the Jets' loss to the Patriots will be focused on the controversial overturned touchdown in the fourth quarter, the Jets only have themselves to blame for giving up 24 unanswered points and letting New England back into the game.

Nevertheless, they gave a good account of themselves and, despite some glaring weaknesses, continued to prove that they're a more talented group than most people gave them credit for before the season...

Tags: ArDarius Stewart, Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Bilal Powell, Brandon Shell, Brent Qvale, Brian Winters, Chad Hansen, Elijah McGuire, James Carpenter, Jordan Leggett, Josh McCown, Kelvin Beachum, Matt Forte, Robby Anderson, Wesley Johnson
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The New York Jets cornerback Buster Skrine misses the catch during the 1st half against the New England Patriots at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)
The New York Jets cornerback Buster Skrine misses the catch during the 1st half against the New England Patriots at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The Jets sometimes seem like they've cornered the market on finding interesting new ways to lose. Five years ago, it was the infamous "Butt fumble." This time, it was a fumble that maybe, probably, never was.

But the differences between those two plays are as stark as the differences between those two teams. The "Butt fumble" was an embarrassment on Thanksgiving 2012 that turned Mark Sanchez and the Jets into a national joke. The fumble by Austin Seferian-Jenkins on Sunday -- the "What fumble," as some have named it -- wasn't funny to anyone.

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Jets Post Game Overtime: 10/15 00:11:29
The Jets Post Game Overtime crew breaks down the Jets' 24-17 loss to the New England Patriots in Week 6.

 

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Jets Post Game Live: Overturned 00:02:19
The crew on Jets Post Game Live gives its thoughts on Austin Seferian-Jenkins' overturned touchdown.

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- When tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins rolled into the end zone midway through the fourth quarter and the official's arms went up, the Jets were just like everyone else in the building and watching on TV: They were sure they had just scored a touchdown.

And long after their 24-17 loss to the New England Patriots, they were still shocked, confused and absolutely livid that the touchdown was overturned.

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