The Road Less Traveled ……………. The New York Jets
I’d have taken the high road had there been one to take but as of now I’m not so sure what to make of the idiocy now going on within the New York Jets organization. Here was a team along with their braggadocious and often opinionated coach Rex Ryan who felt that this was their time place and merely that the gods were ready to anoint them Kings of the NFL . Well if anything the postseason merely showed that as good as Rex Ryan presumed his team to be there were in essence rather pedantic and mundane. Granted they hoisted the New England Patriots on their own deserving petards in the divisional rounds of the playoffs with a 28-21 defeat of the Patriots at Gillette Stadium , Foxboro , Massachusetts . But in their succeeding game against the Pittsburgh Steelers they would come up short eventually losing 24-19 in the AFC championship at Heinz Field , Pittsburgh , Pennsylvania .
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The season for the Jets was filled with highs and lows much of which had more to do with the off the field activities of current and former players off the team. And when you have team owner Woody Johnson having to come out and placate his players and that of his coach in terms of their behavior then you know that all isn’t necessarily right within this organization. Mark Sanchez stature within the city of New York has never been better but you can’t help but feel that the expectations remain high as he’s expected to deliver the Holy Grail of the Jets winning the Superbowl . And the player himself at times during the season had been great but not spectacular but when needed to he was able to get the job done. An 11-5 season within the AFC East finishing second to their divisional foes the Patriots and the faithful fans in attendance at New Meadowlands Stadium , East Rutherford , New Jersey may well have felt that the Jets were ready to deliver. Certainly the players felt they were ready and the demeanor of their coach would suggest that they feared no one.
The New York Jets certainly had the offensive weaponry to put their opponents to the test and their defense while high maintenance did have their problems at times . And with character such as Antonio Cromartie , Santonio Holmes , Shaun Ellis , LaDainian Tomlinson , Jason Taylor , Dustin Keller you simply knew that this team would either sink or swim by their exploits on the field . All the bravura and sniping at opposing players can’t hide the fact that while acting belligerent the New York Jets while not wanting come off looking like thugs would as such , are perceived as being that . They and their fans will deny it but when all else fails, isn’t that what one tends to do when they’re caught either in a lie or shown to be suspect or susceptible ?
The legacy of the Jets is one as such that’s still built upon the exploits of Joe Namath and his heroics in Superbowl III (SBIII) when the Jets triumphed over the Baltimore Colts 16-7 at the Orange Bowl , Miami , Florida on January 12th 1969. That was the game that shocked the NFL world as the lightly considered Jets coached by Hall of Famer Weeb Ewbank would unexpectedly prevail over the heavily favored Colts. The opposing coach was another enshrinee in the Hall , Don Shula .
Four decades later and that’s still the biggest thing that the Jets’ fans can talk about albeit that along the way they’ve had a great deal of talent play for the organization. Now while I’ve no axe to grind against the Jets as a team or organization I do believe that the NFL fraternity needs its characters in many guises. There has to be a hero, most definitely a villain and others who’ll no doubt fall somewhere in between. The fact of the matter is that the Jets have willingly accepted the role of the villain and they no doubt intend to run with it .
Now comes the hard part for the Jets as to their immediate future if they want to be seen as perennial contenders not just within their division , the AFC as well as rest of the NFL . Rex Ryan was brought in to instill not just discipline to this team but a sense of urgency and competitiveness to their play. If nothing else they’ve had their successes and failures but given that they’ve failed to live up to the expectations of many within the tri-state area in recent years . The willingness now to be viewed not just simply as the ‘big bad boys’ of the NFL and to some as an everyman’s team gives the perception that their time is due. Nothing simply could be further from the truth , as not only are they seeking respect but what Ryan and his players seem to forget is that before you gain respect you’ve got to give respect to others where it’s due. And who at this juncture can anyone actually say that the New York Jets have actually done that ?
New York Jets’ GM Mike Tannenbaum at the owner’s pleasure , that of the coach and coaching staff will look to assemble the best roster possible in order to get this team to the next level. In 2009 they came very close getting to the AFC championship game before succumbing to the Indianapolis Colts —– 30-17 in a rather lopsided finale to their season . The result certainly didn’t dampen Rex Ryan’s ardor in proclaiming that in 2010 the Jets would be the team to beat but once again they came up short .
In the upcoming NFL Draft (2011)and I’ve doubt that the front office of the Jets will be looking to complement this roster with the talent needed to make them viable candidates for Superbowl 46 (SBXLVI) to be held at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis , India on 5th February 2012 . Somehow I think that there’ll be 29 other teams that will question the veracity of the New York Jets’ case and claim.
The NFL Draft itself is an event that’s looked forward to by an abundance of draft prognosticators and geeks who feel that they’re as knowledgeable about the process as the general managers around the league and the respective coaching staffs. Noticeably so we’ll also get the opinions of ESPN’s own analysts Todd McShay and Mel Kiper providing us us with their own expertize. But really at the end of the day their opinions simply won’t matter because it will all come down to the decisions made by the scouts , coaches and general mangers come D Day ( decision day). Last year’s draft provided us with of a view of talented crop recruits from the college system . And I’ve no doubt that there’ll be a talented group heading into this draft also .
Headlining this year’s draft of declarees are Heisman Trophy winners , Cam Newton , Mark Ingram , Andy Dalton , Nick Fairley , DaQuan Bowers , Patrick Peterson and a slew of what will be highly sought after players . And given that the Colts’ home of Lucas Oil Stadium will be where the heralded NFL Draft Combine will be held, whereby many of these players will get the chance to showcase their skills for the various coaches , general managers and NFL beat writers and analysts who will be in attendance. I don’t doubt for one minute that Tannenbaum , Ryan and the Jets’ coaching staff will be in attendance closely monitoring the players who they feel may well be able to contribute considerably to the team’s aspirations in the future.
Undoubtedly Ryan and his coaching staff will look to bolster the team on both sides of the ball . I’m not about to proffer up an opinion as to who I believe that the coach will be choosing amongst the picks to be made by the Jets but I can only surmise that the players sought will be the ones whom he and his coaches believe can best complement the team.
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The New York Jets’ 2010 season we can agree has been something of a letdown given the aspirations of Rex Ryan and the fans . Much of that I felt came down to his his ego , that of the team’s complacency in believing the print media’s and tv pundits thoughts as to their infallibility. And as we know this team was more about hype than anything tangibly displayed on the field . The future may well be bright for the team but much of that now will be dependent on the psyche of the Jets and whether or not they’re truly capable of overcoming the obstacles that’s placed in their way.
As an NFL fan what were your thoughts on Jets’ season and in particular since Rex Ryan began his tenure as the successor to Eric Mangini ? Where do you see the Jets ultimately heading as to their impending future ? Do you ultimately believe that they’re capable of winning a Superbowl ? Simply chime in with your comments on the matter and anything else you may well pertinent with regard to the NFL .
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(1) Ben Roethlisberger (7) of the Pittsburgh Steelers rushes for a first down against the New York Jets during the 2011 AFC Championship game at Heinz Field on January 23, 2011 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images …..
(2) Mark Sanchez (6) of the New York Jets calls a play against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the 2011 AFC Championship game at Heinz Field on January 23, 2011 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Steelers defeated the Jets 24 – 19 . Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images …………
(3) D’Brickashaw Ferguson (60) of the New York Jets sits dejected after they were defeated 24 to 19 by the Pittsburgh Steelers during the 2011 AFC Championship game at Heinz Field on January 23, 2011 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images ………
(4) Head coach Rex Ryan of the New York Jets walks off of the field dejected after their 24 to 19 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2011 AFC Championship game at Heinz Field on January 23, 2011 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images …….
(5) Rex Ryan addresses the media during a press conference introducing him as the new Head Coach of the New York Jets as Owner Woody Johnson (C) and General Manager Mike Tannenbaum look on at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center on January 21, 2009 in Florham Park, New Jersey. Getty Images North America / Andy Marlin ………
(6) Joe Namath (center) is seen here with Jets’ coach Weeb Ewbank , left and Namath’s , father (right) after the team’s improbable 16-7 victory over the Baltimore Colts in Superbowl 3 (SB III) at the Orange Bowl in Miami, Florida . courtesy of Getty Images …….
(7) Days after guaranteeing a Jets victory, Namath ran off the field with his finger held high, letting the world know that his team is No. 1. courtesy of Getty Images ……..
(8) Jets placekicker Jim Turner was the game’s highest scorer, connecting on three field goals (32, 30, 9) and missing two (41, 42). courtesy of Getty Images ……..
(9) Namath completed 17 of 28 passes for 206 yards. He is the only quarterback to win Super Bowl MVP without throwing at least one touchdown pass. courtesy of Sports Illustrated (SI) / Herb Scharman ……
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