First a few updates:
1. There isn’t much to update, so check out the facebook page to see other recent Jets links you should be reading/viewing. Also, don’t forget about the other sections we have across the top of the page, including the new 2010 Draft Section.2. Non-Jets Thoughts – Good new show on HBO, “How to Make it in America”…I am fired up about seeing “Shutter Island” this week, you can’t go wrong with Scorsese and Leo…Tough start for Antawan Jamison with the Cavs last night, I think he went 0/12 from the field, I like Jamison but I need to root for the Cavs to struggle so LeBron is more inclined to come to the Knicks…Could Tiger Woods have been more robotic during that press conference the other day?
Big Expectations Usually Equal Bad News For Jets
The Jets rightly will have alot of positive buzz around their team heading into the 2010-2011 season. They are coming off a surprising run to the AFC Championship Game, have a young up and coming offense led by Mark Sanchez, Nick Mangold, and Shonn Greene, arguably the league’s best defense, and a coach the team believes in. I wouldn’t be surprised if most people picked them to win the AFC East and some people pick them as legit Super Bowl contenders this summer. Unfortunately, when this has happened in recent history, things haven’t turned out according to plan.
1999 – Most people assumed the Jets would take the next step after losing to Denver in the AFC Championship Game in 1998 and become the team to beat in the AFC after John Elway’s retirement. All of the pieces seemed to be in place, but in week one Vinny Testaverde took one step to try and recover a fumble, and tore his ACL. The Jets season went down in flames with Rick Mirer behind center, until Ray Lucas stepped and led them to a respectable 8-8 record. Regardless, the season was a major disappointment and the final year for Bill Parcells.2002 – The Jets were coming of a 10-6 season and a wild-card loss. If I recall correctly, many people thought the Jets would improve and challenge for a division title and after a 2-5 start, they actually turned out to be right as Chad Pennington took over mid-season for Testaverde and led the Jets to an improbable 9-7 AFC East crown. Despite finishing a game worse in the regular season, the Jets won the division and won a wild-card game, before eventually seeing their season end at the hands of the Oakland Raiders 30-10.
2003 – Everybody was fired up to see Pennington lead the Jets for an entire season and thought the Jets could overcome the loss of Laveranues Coles, Chad Morton, Randy Thomas, and John Hall to the Redskins. Unfortunately, Pennington was hurt in the pre-season, and the Jets stumbled to a 0-4 start. They improved after Chad’s return in week 8 but still finished a disappointing 6-10.
2005 – After being robbed of a Divisional Round win against the Steelers by kicker Doug Brien, the Jets and many people around the NFL figured they would be Super Bowl contenders simply by replacing Brien with 2nd round (yes, 2nd round) draft pick Mike Nugent. The Jets also foolishly traded their first round pick for tight end Doug Jolley. Shockingly enough, Pennington suffered another injury, this time in week 3. The Jets floundered to a 4-12 record, with Brooks Bollinger playing quarterback for the bulk of the season.
2007 – Eric Mangini and the Jets shocked everyone in 2006 by going 10-6 and grabbing a wild-card spot. Most people figured they would be ready to challenge the Patriots for the division title in 2007, especially with the addition of Thomas Jones at running back. Guess what happened? Pennington was hurt in week one, and then after returning in week 3 struggled before being benched for Kellen Clemens. The Jets went 4-12.2008 – I think most people thought the Jets should be a playoff team with the additions of Alan Faneca, Calvin Pace, Damien Woody, Kris Jenkins, Tony Richardson, and of course Brett Favre. It looked like they were right when the Jets were 8-3, but we all know how the rest of the season turned out.
What can I say about 2010? Stay healthy, Mark Sanchez. As for the rest of the team, don’t read your press clippings.
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