New York Jets: Where Is The Homefield Advantage?

Through the first two years under Rex Ryan, the New York Jets have been frustratingly inconsistent at home. In 2009, playing in the old Giants Stadium, they only managed a 4-4 record. Things were supposed to change this past year as they moved into a new building, which could actually feel a little bit like their own.

Unfortunately for season ticket holders and the rest of the fans who shelled out money to come watch the team in person, the Jets went without a touchdown in three of their home games in 2010, all three of which were losses.

It is hard to pinpoint why the team has performed better on the road in both seasons under Ryan. This past season, the Jets offense and Mark Sanchez were substantially more consistent away from their own building. It doesn’t seem to make sense for a young quarterback to play better on the road but that has been the case for Sanchez, especially in the playoffs, where he has thrived away from the New Meadowlands.

I wouldn’t put it on the weather, considering he has played well late in the season in places like Cincinnati, Chicago, Pittsburgh, and New England. Perhaps Sanchez presses too hard to impress his home fan base, which has led to a degree of inconsistency and occasional poor decision making.

After some problems in 2009, the Jets defense was excellent in their own building last year, allowing an average of about 13 points a game. The offense, led by Sanchez, needs to pick it up this season to give the Jets the homefield advantage all great teams in the NFL have.

Rex Ryan continually talks about improving enough so the Jets can play a home playoff game, yet as it stands the past two years they are better off on the road in January.

Author: Joe Caporoso

Joe Caporoso is the Owner and EIC of Turn On The Jets. His writing has been featured in the New York Times, Huffington Post, MMQB and AdWeek. Caporoso played football his entire life, including four years at Muhlenberg as a wide receiver, where he was arguably the slowest receiver to ever start in school history. He is the EVP of Content at Whistle Sports