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Posted Friday, January 14, 2011 10:23 AM

Taylor clear: Time for Sanchez to man up

So they asked Jason Taylor what the Jets need to do to beat the Patriots on Sunday in Foxboro.

Pressure Tom Brady? Nope

Run the ball and keep New England's powerful offense off the field? Nope.

Spread the field and get the ball to New York's playmaking receivers? Nope again.

Taylor didn't exactly throw his own QB under the bus, but it's clear that he thinks that Mark Sanchez is the key to any chance the 8.5-point-dog Jets have of winning Sunday and playing any games beyond this weekend. Taylor said that not turning over the ball was the key, because NE has been feasting on turnovers (while not turning over the ball over themselves) for the second half of the season. And no, Taylor wasn't talking about fumbles.

For all the talk about the Jets playing the Pats even (2-2) over the past two regular seasons, fact is that NY has been outscored 79-17 by the Pats in the two Foxboro games, and Sanchez has thrown a total of 7 interceptions (4 last season, and 3 this year) in New England.

Taylor makes a good point. Without ball security the Jets are toast. But maybe the message should have come from someone besides Taylor, who has just three tackles in his last two games in Foxboro, and only one in the 45-3 beatdown last month.

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