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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(Eric Hartline)

The Jets' new linebackers coach, Hall of Famer Kevin Greene, is looking to instill more aggression and power in his players, especially LB Lorenzo Mauldin.

The 25-year-old has shown spurts of potential in two seasons with the Jets, but his 2.5 sacks last season isn't the production they had expected. Greene intends to change that, and he told NJ.com's Darryl Slater why he uses this specific approach to his coaching. 

"Everybody at this level has skill, correct?" Greene said. "They'rea ll athletic, and agility and dexterity and all that stuff. Well, what separates people initially is their physical level of play. That's always our first step, is we have to play more physical than whoever is in front of us, because we're all athletic." 

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A pass intended for New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson is broken up by Buffalo Bills cornerbacks Corey White and Kevon Seymour during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
A pass intended for New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson is broken up by Buffalo Bills cornerbacks Corey White and Kevon Seymour during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

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Projected starters: Quincy Enunwa, Robby Anderson

Projected backups: Jalin Marshall, Charone Peake, ArDarius Stewart, Chad Hansen

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Charone Peake, Eric Decker, Jalin Marshall, Quincy Enunwa
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New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) watches from the sidelines during the fourth quarter against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) watches from the sidelines during the fourth quarter against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)

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Preseason Stats: 17-for-47, 159 yards, one touchdown, two interceptions, 1-15 rushing, one fumble

Regular Season Stats: Did Not Play

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SNY delivers part 2 of an all-access behind-the-scenes recap of New York Jets minicamp, including the sights and sounds from Florham Park.

SNY delivers an all-access behind the scenes recap of Jets minicamp, including all the sights and sounds from Florham Park.

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SNY delivers an all-access behind the scenes recap of Jets minicamp, including all the sights and sounds from Florham Park.

SNY delivers an all-access behind the scenes recap of Jets minicamp, including all the sights and sounds from Florham Park.

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New York Jets owner Woody Johnson before the preseason game at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta)
New York Jets owner Woody Johnson before the preseason game at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta)

President Donald Trump plans to nominate Jets' owner Woody Johnson as the US Ambassador to the United Kingdom, the team confirmed on Thursday.

In the case that Johnson is nominated and confirmed by the US Senate, he would hand over his duties as Chairman and CEO to his brother, Christopher Johnson, who will directly oversee the team's day-to-day operations.

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( Adam Hunger)

Jets DE Sheldon Richardson says head coach Todd Bowles has been more strict than in the past, per Darryl Slater of NJ.com. 

Bowles has been left with a young team following the Jets' roster purge that including veterans like C Nick Mangold and LB David Harris. With his job possibly in jeopardy, he has been putting emphasis on working harder.

"It's completely different from the last couple years," Richardson said at minicamp. "A lot more strict now. We weren't loose [in the past], but it's a lot more strict now. It's even more enforced than what it has been in the past."

Tags: Brandon Marshall, David Harris, Muhammad Wilkerson, Nick Mangold, Sheldon Richardson
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(Noah K. Murray)

Jets LB Lorenzo Mauldin turned himself in to authorities Wednesday morning in Manhattan for his alleged role in a nightclub attack that took place on April 2, according to TMZ Sports.

Mauldin, who is also being sued in civil court, was not arrested or charged after the incident. The Jets said earlier this month that they're aware of the lawsuit but had no further comment.

An NFL spokesman told ESPN's Rich Cimini that the league is looking into the incident. 

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(Timothy T. Ludwig)

Former Jets LB David Harris has agreed to a two-year deal with the New England Patriots worth $6.75 million, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

The Patriots offered Harris more than the Jets offered him earlier this month prior to his release, reports Mike Florio of NBC Sports.

Harris visited with the Patriots on Wednesday after speaking with head coach Bill Belichick (and coaches from five other teams) earlier this week, notes Florio.

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Los Angeles Rams former and Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker Kevin Greene attends a NFL football game at between the Miami Dolphins and the Los Angeles Rams at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. (Kirby Lee)
Los Angeles Rams former and Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker Kevin Greene attends a NFL football game at between the Miami Dolphins and the Los Angeles Rams at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. (Kirby Lee)

The Jets were one of the worst pass-rushing teams in the NFL last year, finishing the season wtih just 27 sacks, and only 5.5 of them coming from the team's outside linebackers.

Todd Bowles brought in former NFL linebacker Kevin Greene as New York's new linebackers coach, and Greene has already expressed optimism towards his young group of players.

"The sky's the limit for all my kids," Greene told Daniel Popper of the Daily News. "I'm teaching my kids technique and fundamentals not based on athletic ability and skill. It's based on physicality. It's based on drive and desire and want-to and being a student of the game. ... All my kids can really be as good they want to be."

Tags: Darron Lee, Jordan Jenkins
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(Mike Dinovo)

The Jets have signed former Bears WR Marquess Wilson, per ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Wilson only played in three games last season as he was on the IR with a broken foot. He is a big target, standing at 6-foot-4, 205 pounds, and will add some competition before training camp begins.

In four seasons with the Bears, Wilson played in 31 games, hauling in 56 receptions for 777 yards and 3 touchdowns. 

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(Dennis Schneidler)

The Jets new running backs coach, Stump Mitchell, believes RB Bilal Powell has Pro Bowl ability, according to ESPN's Rich Cimini. 

Mitchell has been impressed with Powell since joining the Jets this season, and he thinks if he didn't have to share time with another back, he has would attain Pro Bowl status. 

"Bilal is a Pro Bowl back if he was playing by himself, make no doubt about that," Mitchell said at minicamp.

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Jacksonville Jaguars running back Chris Ivory is tackled by New York Jets outside linebacker Jordan Jenkins during the first quarter of a preseason game at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
Jacksonville Jaguars running back Chris Ivory is tackled by New York Jets outside linebacker Jordan Jenkins during the first quarter of a preseason game at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

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Projected Starters: Jordan Jenkins, Lorenzo Mauldin

Projected Backups: Dylan Donahue, Josh Martin

Tags: Deion Barnes, Jordan Jenkins, Lorenzo Mauldin, Mike Catapano, Muhammad Wilkerson, Sheldon Richardson
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GEICO SportsNite: Jets minicamp 00:02:24
Quarterback Christian Hackenberg and defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson break down Jets minicamp and their expectations for the season.

Quarterback Christian Hackenberg and Defensive Lineman Sheldon Richardson break down Jets minicamp and their expectations for the season.

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Former Jets LB Larry Grantham dies at age 78: Larry Grantham, a member of the Jets' only Super Bowl team in 1969, died on Tuesday at the age of 78. Apart from being a Super Bowl Champion, Grantham has been enshrined in the Jets Ring of Honor as well. 

Elsewhere in New York sports the Mets dropped a slugfest to the Dodgers, the Yankees lose their top prospect to injury, and the NBA draft is just two days away. 

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( Adam Hunger)

The Jets' roster purge and commitment to begin rebuilding this season earned them a "C+" offseason grade, per ESPN's Rich Cimini.

As the offseason is normally used to rebuild rosters, the Jets tore theirs down thanks to move made by owner Woody Johnson. Among the roster cuts were LB David Harris and WR Eric Decker, which saved the Jets almost $14 million in payroll alone. C Nick Mangold and CB Darrelle Revis were also part of the 11 veterans the Jets go rid of this offseason. 

Cimini said the grade should be worse considering the Jets now have one of the worst rosters in the NFL, but looking at the big picture, the Jets are acknowledging their rebuild and will have $80 million to work with next offseason.

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New York Jets running back Bilal Powell leaps over Miami Dolphins safety Isa Abdul-Quddus during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets running back Bilal Powell leaps over Miami Dolphins safety Isa Abdul-Quddus during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

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Projected Starter: Matt Forte

Projected Backups: Bilal Powell, Elijah McGuire

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Michelle Yu reports on the passing of former Jets linebacker Larry Grantham, a member of the Jets Ring of Honor, who was 78 years old.

The Jets announced former LB Larry Grantham, a Ring of Honor member and Super Bowl III champion, has died at age 78.

Grantham opted to join the AFL's New York Titans despite being drafted in the NFL by the Baltimore Colts in 1960. The Titans became the Jets in 1963, and Grantham would stay with them until his retirement in 1972. 

He was the starting linebacker for the Jets' Super Bowl III championship team where he called all the plays on defense. Grantham played in 175 career games, and was a five-time AFL All-Star and a five-time all-NFL selection. 

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Jeane Coakley talks to Quincy Enunwa to discuss his expectations for himself and the young receivers for the upcoming season.

SNY's Jeane Coakley talks to Quincy Enunwa after the conclusion of Jets minicamp to discuss his expectations for the upcoming season.

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Former Jets wide receiver signed a deal with the Tennessee Titans on Sunday.  (Bill Wippert/AP)
Former Jets wide receiver signed a deal with the Tennessee Titans on Sunday. (Bill Wippert/AP)

Former Jets wide receiver Eric Decker is now a Tennessee Titan after agreeing to a deal on Sunday. 

Elsewhere, Jacob deGrom homers, the Yankees drop their sixth straight, Bradley Wright-Phillips scores twice and the Rangers, Islanders and Devils announce their protected players list ahead of the NHL Expansion Draft. 

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Eric Decker (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)
Eric Decker (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)

Former Jets wide receiver Eric Decker agreed to a contract with the Tennessee Titans, the team announced Sunday.

Decker, 30, played 33 games with the Jets over the past three seasons, totaling 163 catches, 2,183 receiving yards and 19 touchdowns.

Decker had appeared healthy entering organized team activities in May after he missed 13 games last season due to rotator cuff and hip injuries.

New York released him last Monday when they were unable to find a trading partner. The Jets will face a $1.5 million cap hit this year and next after releasing Decker.

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(Ed Mulholland)

RB Matt Forte says the Jets aren't tanking the season, despite the fact that they've cut the majority of their veteran players this offseason.

"It's a good thing we don't operate off of what the fans think and what everybody on the outside thinks," Forte said, according to The Record. "What we think as a team, that's what's going to happen. And none of us on the team think that we're going to tank. So all I have to say about that is: Bring it."

The Jets, who went 5-11 last season, have cut Brandon MarshallEric DeckerDavid HarrisDarrelle RevisNick MangoldNick Folk, and Breno Giacomini since the season ended. They also declined their option on Ryan Clady.

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - It's really quite an accomplishment for the Jets to come off a disappointing and perhaps disastrous 5-11 season and find a way to get worse. But they did it. They purged their roster of most of their veterans and replaced them with untested, unknown players. They're playing the long game, even though their short term looks rather bleak.

Who knows if they're "tanking" with their eyes on a top draft pick next season? Maybe they're just acknowledging the need to experience short-term pain for long-term gain. Whatever it is, there isn't a lot of hope for the 2017 season. Their eyes are on 2018, or perhaps beyond.

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SNY's Jeane Coakley chats with Jets rookie safety Marcus Maye about his first minicamp in the NFL.

SNY's Jeane Coakley chats with Jets rookie safety Marcus Maye about his first minicamp in the NFL.

The Jets selected Maye in the second round of Apri's NFL Draft.

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Jets quarterbacks practice during minicamp on Wednesday. (Julio Cortez/AP)
Jets quarterbacks practice during minicamp on Wednesday. (Julio Cortez/AP)

Jets coach Todd Bowles said Thursday there is no frontrunner for the srarting quarterback job. 

Elsewhere, the Yankees lose in extra innings, Juan Lagares is injurede in a Mets loss and the Giants ink their first-round pick. 

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Jeane Coakley talks to Jets coach Todd Bowles as they wrap up spring practices about the quarterback competition and the rookie safeties.

Jeane Coakley talks to Jets coach Todd Bowles as they wrap up spring practices about the quarterback competition and the rookie safeties.


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(Noah K. Murray)

Jets DE Sheldon Richardson wants to stay with the team for the rest of his caeer, but is not open to giving a hometown discount. 

The Jets, who finished 5-11 last season, are entering a rebuilding phase. But Richardson wants to be a part of it.

"A lot of guys just want to go jump on a bandwagon," Richardson told Manish Mehta of the NY Daily News earlier this week. "Older guys. Later in their career, it's easy to go jump into a good situation. It's a free market, so by all means, do your thing. But me personally, I like to make history, not be a part of it."

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( Adam Hunger)

Jets head coach Todd Bowles insinuated the team's starting QB is job still up for grabs, noting Thursday that there is currently no frontrunner.

The Jets, who are expected to turn to Josh McCown as their starter, have also been giving reps to Christian Hackenberg and Bryce Petty.

McCown, 37, signed a one-year deal worth $6 million this offseason.

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New York Jets inside linebacker Demario Davis (56) comes away with a fumble recovery during the fourth quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. (Steven Ryan)
New York Jets inside linebacker Demario Davis (56) comes away with a fumble recovery during the fourth quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. (Steven Ryan)

Jets linebacker Demario Davis took a $2.7 million pay cut in order to help facilitate the trade that brought him back to New York, according to Field Yates of ESPN.

Davis, who was set to earn $3.7 million in the final year of his contract, will now make $1 million this season. This includes a $100,000 signing bonus and a $900,000 base salary. He can also earn $1.225 million in incentives. 

Davis re-structured his contract at the time of the June 1 trade. 

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(Julio Cortez/AP)

Jets quarterbacks coach Jeremy Bates said he was impressed with Christian Hackenberg's passing in minicamp. 

Elsewhere, Yankees lose and Mets win their respective rubber games and Joe Girardi would have no problem with Aaron Judge in the Home Run Derby.

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