Those unpredictable New York Jets. They sure work in mysterious ways don’t they? Gang Green picked yesterday in sunny Miami to put it all togethe. Adding a flare for the dramatic regarding their famous coach when none was even called for. How is it that we were all kept on the edge of our seats for weeks as Rex Ryan, who told us he was a dead man walking fourteen days ago, lived to see another day? Informed of the news in private by Woody Johnson before his team went out and did to the hated Dolphins what has been done to the Jets enough times for a diehard to rejoice yesterday in returning of the favor.
“Frankly, we owed them one” Ryan said after the game. Echoing the feelings of a fan base he has always been able to connect with. A trait that is one of his most endearing qualities. Ryan will keep his job for a team that shows it plays hard for him. By opting to retain Ryan, the Jets have surprise surprise, chosen the path of a true attempt at long term stability. Finally.
Welcome Back Rex , Now Stay Out Of The Way Let The Offense Grow
Now he’s no Bill Walsh when it comes to offense, that’s for damn sure. He’s also put many eggs in the baskets of young inexperienced quarterbacks over five years. Let’s not forget who envisioned Shonn Greene as a bell cow back last year or loved the Stephen Hill draft pick in 2012 too…while Alshon Jeffrey still sat on the board. This is all why Sexy Rexy has to, and will allow GM John Idzik and OC Marty Mornhinweg the freedom to build that side of the ball up this offseason. Keeping his own personnel views of the O to a minimum. It’s the only way that this arrangement will work beyond 2014.
Draft a top flight wide receiver and a tight end who can stretch the field, some offensive linemen and a project RB with athletic upside. Sign a veteran WR and backup QB when the FA period begins. Add something like that to what is there now, with a more mature Geno Smith calling signals and knowing when to use his legs, and production on the scoreboard will most certainly rise. No stay out of the way this time Rex. Let it happen.
God it was great watching the Dolphins suffocate like dying fish squirming on a boat deck in the ocean, wasn’t it? If you were around for the 1982 Mud Bowl AFC title game loss it was probably extra special but hey this was also payback for the 2008 week 17 disaster. One where Chad Pennington painfully came back to end the Brett Favre error. Oh, and the 2011 finale that included the Santonio Meltdown. Reggie Bush called the Jets out last year too, and weeks back the blowout loss at home to Miami was part of the swoon that ruined any playoff hopes. The Jets played with pride and passion Sunday. 8-8 is a fine achievement for a team that was laughed at prior to week one.
Shoutouts Go To…
– Quinton Coples, who came out of the gates playing at mach speed. Imagine that type of motor for four quarters a game next year.
– David Nelson who has sewn up the WR4 role behind Jeremy Kerley and what ought to be a top flight WR1 and solid WR2 (Santonio Holmes at a reduced rate? Don’t count on it).
– Geno Smith, who showed poise and an inner clock.
– Dee Milliner who in the last two games kept Josh Gordon and Mike Wallace in check. He did so by trusting himself, playing the ball more aggressively, and showing a little attitude. A little swagger. Rex called it. He said the kid has talent. Thankfully we all finally saw some before the lockers got cleared out this week.
– Kellen Winslow, who played hard in the win and with a chip on his shoulder all year.
– Billal Powell, who is as trustworthy of a player as the Jets have. Powell maximizes yardage and always knows the situation. He’s heady and he’s steady. A great reliable source as part of any backfield combo for the Jets going forward. Powell moved chains on key drives yesterday and has done so during many of the wins this season.
Are You Guys Crazy? Stop Using Sheldon Like The Fridge!
I’ve said this before weeks back and will again. Using future perennial All-Pro Sheldon Richardson as a goal line ball carrier is moronic. I don’t care about being unpredictable or that Sheldon is such a good all around football player that any carry from the one will result in a TD. Yesterday Sheldon went into the end zone again during the Jets 20-7 win but the risk reward still doesn’t add up. Especially for a 7-8 team. Playoff game? Maybe, and I do mean maybe.
Rex, I get it. You probably loved seeing the Fridge plunge in for daddy’s Bears teams back in the 80’s, but remember: it’s all fun and games until someone breaks their forearm for no reason on the wrong unit. Or wait, was that Rob Gronkowski. You see the point, I hope.
– Out of curiosity, why did Woody wait to tell us that Rex would return, if he had made his mind up weeks ago as he claimed? Too help boost SNY post game coverage ratings?
– Soon the questions will begin about the future of notable vets Mark Sanchez and Santonio Holmes. Even Antonio Cromartie perhaps. Let’s assume that Sanchez and Holmes are gone for various reasons. Will Cro’ be a surprise release due to his hefty contract or can a restructure be part of the equation?
– A trick play actually worked. Bilal Powell to Jeff Cumberland. I couldn’t believe it. Someone at NFL films please set that moment to music in slo mo when the Jets highlight film is created. I want to buy the DVD and get emotional again.
– Cromartie looked healthy Sunday. Looked like himself. I’m hoping that injuries are a plausible excuse for him because I like Cro. In fact I like all Jets who care and want to be Jets, like him.
– Geno Smith has to feel good about the way the season ended. The Jets got the first two game win streak and much of it was due to the fact that the QB played well in both. Maybe the game has now slowed down for Smith. If so, what a great starting point the Browns win was last week for year two.