It's officially time to close the book on the 2012 New York Jets, who will go down as one of the most disappointing teams in the NFL this season. Just three weeks ago Gang Green was in hot pursuit of a postseason berth, but an embarrassing loss in Week 15 to the Tennessee Titans dashed New York's playoff hopes.
With Sunday's loss in Buffalo, the Jets dropped their final three games of the regular season and missed the playoffs for the second consecutive season. Wholesale changes are expected in the weeks to follow as owner Woody Johnson has expressed his displeasure with the Jets performance this year.
Quarterback Mark Sanchez committed two more turnovers on Sunday, tossing an interception which was returned for a touchdown and coughing up a fumble in the pocket. For the first time all season, the Jets' secondary allowed a 100 yard receiver with Buffalo's Stevie Johnson racking up 111 yards on the afternoon.
Sanchez completed less than 50 percent of his pass attempts for the eighth time this season, capping a miserable campaign with yet another lackluster outing in the final week.
Bills' running back C.J. Spiller, who amassed 169 yards and a rushing touchdown in his team's first meeting with the Jets, had 131 all-purpose yards including a 66 yard catch and run for a touchdown in the second quarter to put Buffalo ahead to stay.
With Sanchez under center, the Jets were unable to produce a touchdown scoring drive, epitomizing the team's offensive futility all season long. General manager Mike Tannenbaum, head coach Rex Ryan, offensive coordinator Tony Sparano, quarterbacks Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow amongst others have received no assurances that they will be back next season in the Big Apple.
As Gang Green enters a critical offseason period and a possible crossroads for the franchise, the front office is preparing for salary cap hell. While NFL pundits are speculating that things could get worse before they get better for the Green and White, many important personnel decisions lie ahead.
On the eve of a new year, the Jets are hoping to find their identity, rebuild their organization and resurrect their once viable Super Bowl dreams.