The more I think about last night's game, the more frustrated I get. I had decided that I would've like to have seen a great game from Locker on the national stage but a loss wouldn't be the worst thing since it would mean a significantly higher draft pick and would put one more nail in the coffin for a coach that's never going to take this team to the next level. That didn't happen. Save for two drives (opening and the TD drive) Locker had one of his worst games ever. He looked uncomfortable, inaccurate, and routinely made poor decisions (throw the ball away please Jake). The good news is he wasn't the worst QB to be on the field...or even the second worst. My God Sanchez is terrible. How can anyone make Michael Griffin look competent?!?! And Tebow...But back to our team...
It wasn't all bad of course. Our LBs are going to be really really good especially if that fool McCarthy can stay healthy. McCourty had a great game and we've been saying that consistently all year. The pressure on Sanchez wasn't there early but then Gray decided to turn it up and Sanchez was screwed. Overall the defense had a great game even if it was against the incompetent Jets. CJ had one of his career runs, even if he went 20 for 28 yards on every other run. As someone on twitter said, he had the ultimate Chris Johnson game.
Also, in my opinion this does very little to help or hurt Munchak's case for a third year. Since we won I don't think he has to worry at least this week about his job, but the whole game wasn't exactly a coaching masterpiece. The penalties were absolutely horrific. This team just has no discipline whatsoever and that has to be attributed to the coaches. The playcalling was even worse than Palmer's (sorry Patton). The sad truth is we should have lost that game and would have if any QB not named Mark Sanchez was playing. I know a couple people here are going to be pissed to hear that but I honestly don't understand how you could see it any other way. That last punt and subsequent fumble was just comical to watch. I could not stop laughing at the incompetence I was witnessing.
Now back to the most important thing for the rest of this season, Jake Locker. I haven't given up on the guy, far from it. I love him and he would be an excellent face for the franchise. And he's shown flashes of greatness on the field. However, anyone who isn't even a little concerned about his development is delusional. We all expected growing pains but I was hoping for few more good moments than what we've got. He didn't get blindsided by an obvious blitz this time so there's that. And he had an awesome TD drive but outside of that one drive, throws were inaccurate and he refused to throw the ball away. Obviously it wasn't all his fault. The playcalling was mind-blowingly bad and our sad o-line certainly wasn't helping. The poor guy had no confidence in them and it's hard to blame him. But we can't keep making excuses for Jake Locker. The fact is he has to make more positive plays and better decisions than he did last night. Having said all that, this is his first year starting and he hasn't been Blaine Gabbert bad so without a doubt he deserves another year under center. Nobody is arguing to bench him...well nobody with at least two brain cells. But this year has been a disappointment which means next year is put up or shut up time. No more excuses.
I know a few people aren't going to be happy with the negative tone this post took but it's just my opinion. You're welcome to disagree.