At 4-6, the Jets are not on the path to the playoffs. At this point, their season is all about making themselves feel better for next year and after that. That's why the debate over a starting quarterback is misplaced. Why sit Mark Sanchez now? Rex Ryan may talk a lot, but he's not silly enough to bench the man the team drafted to be a franchise quarterback.

Today, the Jets play the Carolina Panthers at 1 p.m. The Panthers finished 12-4 last season, but they won't be repeating that. Jake Delhomme, like Sanchez, makes mistakes in bunches. Tailback DeAngelo Williams is always dangerous, though Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis should have little trouble shutting down talented wideout Steve Smith.

If Sanchez can limit his mistakes, the Jets will have a shot. The Jets have a1-6 mark after a 3-0 start. In those seven games, Sanchez has six touchdowns at 11 interceptions. Without a cutback in the boneheaded plays, the Jets have no shot.