No Huddle – New York Jets Stereotypes

TJ Rosenthal goes into the No Huddle to break down stereotypes surrounding the New York Jets

Welcome back to TOJ’s weekly No Huddle piece written by TJ Rosenthal, owner of the The Jet Report, today TJ focuses on a handful of stereotypes surrounding the team –

1. The Jets are undisciplined under Rex Ryan.

In 2012 we have many types of managerial styles. That old army style of negative reinforcement doesn’t work as much nowadays in our coddled new culture.

Ask Tom Coughlin about that. He  was almost canned by Giants brass before toning the harsh edges of his personality down prior to the 2008 season.

Rex Ryan is a player’s coach who along with GM Mike Tannenbaum, don’t seem to hold a player’s past issues against them. Plaxico Burress, Braylon Edwards, Antonio Cromartie. Every Jet gets a clean slate. We commend that. The Jets also have an open door media policy, which has helped bring the team closer to it’s fan base while at times allows for emotional outbursts that most NFL fans arent accustomed to seeing.

Perhaps things have gone a bit too far. The Jets ARE looking to reel it in a little now.

Let’s see how the players play for Rex THIS year. If you want to say the jury is still out on the discipline front we ask you to at least give Rex that courtesy while he and the Jets attempt to tone down the chatter.

2. The Addition Of Tim Tebow will cause distractions.

Not if Gang Green gets out in front of this potential storm. If the Jets can put him in a role that fans can begin to expect and define, then the talk will change from “QB controversy” to “Tebow The Weapon.”

Now if the lines are NOT clearly drawn by the coaches regarding how Tebow is to contribute, then when Mark Sanchez first struggles, all bets are off.

3. These Jets Will Do Anything For Attention.

Yes and No.

They grabbed Tim Tebow knowing that in addition to his leadership and late game skills, the merch sales will fly off the handle as a result. Another “Hard Knocks ” appearance was turned down though, right?  If they were truly reality show level attention getters, the Jets would’ve jumped at the chance for round two.

The big wigs in Florham Park know they have a rock star buzz in place no matter what time of year it is now. The cameras will be there regardless. Woody Johnson has shrewdly built the brand up enough that he DOESN’T need to take on all proposals sent his way.

The crosstown Giants are defending World Champs but the Jets (not the Giants) OTA’s had as much press coverage as the baseball teams did last week, and both are in pennant races.

Attention is not equal to a Super Bowl ring. We get it. So do the Jets, who recognize how recognized they have become a national story under Ryan but must prioritize their play on the field first and foremost.

4. The Jets will never win with Mark Sanchez.

Well, let’s not expect 6 to put the team on his back and throw for 350 yards each week. If the defense however, returns to form, and the rushing attack takes control of the tempo while Sanchez matures just enough to put mistakes behind him on the fly, then of course the Jets can go all the way with Sanchez.

They almost have twice.

Are we all really so sure that the development for a 25 year old QB with 6 road playoff games after just one year at USC, is maxed out? Really?

There are two Mark Sanchez’s.

The Jets will never win with the first one. The guy who gets down on himself then reads things slower out there. The Jets can win with the confident Sanchez. The QB who has sparked many late game comebacks and key postseason drives. Especially, if he is leading a team that is locked and loaded all around him. Sanchez can be an effective cog in the machine. Just don’t ask him to be the entire machine.

5. The Ground and Pound Is Dated:

You know, of all the banner headline stereotypes that could be written about the Jets right now, this one has us the most curious. We understand that the need for an identity on offense was essential after the undefined Schotty era. However,is a featured ground attack in 2012 the right direction when considering how pass happy the NFL has become?

It’s a fair question.

We also wonder whether the current backfield is ready for this type of commitment. Shonn Greene has no experienced power backup behind him. Joe McKnight is untested as far as extended work goes. Not to mention, the blocking up front has alot of work to do in order to avoid a repeat of last year’s struggles.

In truth for this to work, it’s the Jets D, not the Jets offense, that has to smother teams. Otherwise the ground and pound will have trouble even being in the position to slow down aerial attacks through ball control and time of possession.

We aren’t siding with those who say “no way” to the ground and pound 2.0 We just want some proof that the Jets as a team, are set up to truly roll downhill with the lead and the ball.

Especially when the less extreme measure of a balanced attack remains a viable option.