I'm sick of reading all the sky is falling crap. Is it falling? Perhaps, it looks awful right now. Nobody argues that. I'm not even arguing the Jets have a good chance to make the playoffs. But rather than bitching and moaning and blaming people, can we have a constructive thread to try and figure out how the Jets can turn it around THIS season to make it at least interesting down the stretch? At 2-2, it's certainly a possibility. At 0-4, sure, make every sky is falling thread you want, but I've seen early-season games almost as bad as last week by teams that ended up making the playoffs. OFFENSE It's not going to be easy to fix what ails the offense. The good news is that the offensive line has been pretty decent this year. For the most part, Sanchez has had decent time to throw. We know when the sky is falling on Sanchez, it doesn't usually end well. But let's look at some things that should improve the offense. 1. The return of Dustin Keller - Keller is Sanchez's top option when it comes to moving the chains. Holmes is the best playmaker, and Sanchez targets him a lot, but it's been obvious they aren't on the same page football-wise. Keller isn't great, but he will definitely help this team as a weapon Sanchez can trust. Keller returning would also shift Cumberland to the #2 tight end spot, which he's more suited for. As the #2 tight end, he'll have better matchups that he can possibly exploit to get open and make plays. 2. There are other young receivers players who should improve with playing time - Hill is very young. When he gets on the field, he has shown a better ability to get open than many other weapons on the team. When he went down in each of the last 2 games, I was sadder than when Santonio got hurt because I want to see this kid develop into a very good player for us. Kerley has shown flashes of being a very nice slot receiver. He's got work to do, but he now may have to be the guy now. Maybe the extra responsibility gets him to step up. Even Schilens always showed some flashes in Oakland. He's still only 26 years old, and he's 6'4", 225 lbs. The guy barely played in training camp because of a nagging injury. I don't trust him to stay healthy, but he's not a bad player when he's healthy. 3. There are unproven running backs that could maybe surprise AKA Bilal Powell. Play this man. We know what Shonn Greene is at this point, and that's a decent back who is playing some of the worst football in his career right now. Bilal Powell isn't a great talent, but he's tough and he fights for extra yards. Grimes has never gotten a shot as a starter. He may suck, but it would have been tough for him to get a shot in Houston, maybe he can surprise with playing time if he gets it. Plus, there's McKnight, but it's hard to get optimistic about him if the Jets were willing to try him at cornerback again when our running back position is struggling the way it is. Rex has been inflexible when it comes to some players. But he's also never had a season go awry from the start. Shit is already starting to hit the fan and we're 2-2. Another bad loss or 2 and he's going to have to try some new things. Tebow As for Tebow... If the Jets are 2-4 and the offense looks THIS bad the next two weeks, then I think Tebow could maybe be a spark. He can make some plays with the ball in his hands, and having a guy like Tebow with a couple receivers who can run deep routes might not be terrible. I don't want to bench Sanchez, but if he's still below 50%, excuses or not, it's not a bad idea to try something new. Especially since the Broncos looked similarly bad before Tebow took over and he made the playoffs. DEFENSE This defense has a slow front seven. We know this. We're going to struggle against fast and quick running backs like Spiller, Hunter, Bush and McFadden. Against more workhorse type backs, I think the Jets can still be decent against the run, despite what we've seen so far. 1. Cromartie could step up and play the Revis role of 2009 (not as well, obviously). Cromartie is tall, super fast and super long. Against teams with tall, fast receivers, Cromartie has shown he can do a good job. He'll throw in some bonehead plays and games in there, but for the most part, he'll do well. And it looked like he was willing to jam receivers at the line more last game. As the Jets love to tell us, Cromartie doesn't allow receptions when he jams receivers. The biggest problem with the secondary is that there's no one to take Cromartie's role. Wilson has been disappointing. Lankster shouldn't be a nickel back. Aaron Berry is a physical nickel/dime back who can probably help right away. However, I'm reminded the Jets made an AFC Championship in 2009 with a bottom 5 QB and Shito Leppard starting in the secondary almost every game. We all yearn for the 2009 defense, but Kyle Wilson isn't really worse than Lito... 2. There are young players in the front 7 who have shown flashes Pouha doesn't look like himself. Devito isn't bad, but he's also a pure run stopper and useless vs the pass. But Mo Wilkerson has looked very good this year. He's starting to turn into a force. He's 22 years old, and he's not a great pass rusher either, but he's gotten some penetration, forcing double teams and looking good out there for the most part. Kenrick Ellis has shown some flashes. He won't add too much in terms of speed, but if Pouha isn't holding up his end of the bargain, there's a potential replacement there. Plus, I don't know why he's not playing that much, but Coples has been good when he's been out there. My guess is part of it is because Rex feels confident in the other DLs out there, so he can afford to punish/motivate Coples for not working as hard as he should in practice. The way this season is going, he's going to need to play his talent to salvage the season. Then at linebacker, Demario Davis got a little more time it looked like last week. He's going to have to play more. We need to get faster at linebacker, and he's our best option. There are some teams we can get away with it against, but for the most part, we need speed and we need it soon. Special teams Can it get much worse? Week 1 was great with the punt return, but since then, we've had a terrible roughing the punter, a blocked punt and no real returns to speak of. Can't imagine McKnight wants to go out like this. Westhoff always has good units. I would think he'd be able to pull it together to be better than this. Like I said, I don't think the Jets are making the playoffs. But until the Jets are out of it, I'm going to root hard for them. If we somehow pull an upset this week at home, things are looking a lot better. Not everyone needs to be fired yet. We're 2-2. If the Jets are as bad as some people think they are, and we're 3-9 in a couple months, then sure, let's think about it a lot more. And it's okay to be critical, but let's not say give up on the season before it's truly gone. That could come in 2-3 weeks, but it's not yet.