New York Jets: A History Of Failed Expectations

Unfortunately, the New York Jets have a long history of not living up to expectations

It only takes a quick peak into the New York Jets history books for some perspective on the “failure” of this 2011 season. While it is true that the Jets were built up by Rex Ryan and many others, as a Super Bowl contender and tricked into believing that Mark Sanchez was primed to take the next step, like many other Jets teams of the past, preseason hopes simply didn’t match up with the season that followed. This recent disaster is not the first time that such a tragedy has taken place for the Gotham Football Club.

Publications as early as 1966 had the Joe Namath Jets ready to take the AFL title. In Namath’s second year, “Pro Football” magazine had already pictured Weeb Ewbank’s crew gelling on both sides of the ball. Led by the bonus baby face of the league, “Broadway Joe.”

Instead, the Jets went a disappointing 6-6-2, falling three games short of the Eastern Division title. There were no wildcard berths in the American Football League so that meant that the Jets were done for the year. Namath? He threw 19 TD’s and 27 int’s that year with a lousy 49.1 completion percentage. It wasn’t until the magical season of ‘68 that he and the Jets made any postseason appearance.

Richard Todd’s Jets were just a game away in 1982, after losing the famed AFC Championship “Mud Bowl” in Miami 14-0. 1983 saw Todd on the Sports Illustrated cover to reinforce the belief by many analysts that the Jets were Super Bowl favorites.

Then they went 7-9.

Todd threw 18 TD’s that year with 26 picks, in playing his way off of magazine covers and OUT of New York. Todd ended up in New Orleans with the Saints in 1984.

Vinny Testaverde came off the bench to replace Glenn Foley in 1998, leading the Jets, like Todd, to an AFC championship. This time a heartbreaking 23-10 loss to Denver. Testaverde threw 29 TD’s and just 7 picks that year, with an impressive 61 pct completion rating and 101 QB rating. The Jets were surely set to fly in 1999.

This of course, until Testaverde went out for the season in week one, by tripping over a yard line and tearing his achilles tendon. The Jets had no proper backups in place early enough that year, to weather the storm. Season over.

Another sky high expectation crashing on the runway for the Jets.

This leads us to 2011. A year first affected by the NFL lockout and Wild West free agency period. A training camp where for the Jets, saw many new faces replaced reliable old ones on offense.

By the time the season started, the Jets who were initially set to open up the air waves, lacked cohesiveness and chemistry right from the start. The confidence of their young franchise QB soon waned, as losing streaks piled up throughout the course of the year.

The 8-8 ending of this year’s Mark Sanchez Jets has shocked many diehards, but if they consider the team’s history, it shouldn’t.

There are two lessons to be learned from all of this as well.

Namath’s career provides Jets fans with the hope that sometimes expectations arrive prematurely. Todd and Testaverde on the other hand, remind us that opportunities can’t be squandered because there are no guarantees that they will reappear again.

For Sanchez and his teammates, those are the two paths they can travel. Clearly Rex’s Jets currently reside at the fork of these roads as we head into the 2012 season, One that will start with the changes soon to take place in Florham Park.

Even if, none of these alterations, came alongside that silly good for nothing Monday Press conference that many loyalists waited an extra half hour for.

2011 is gone. An opportunity wasted in what has at times been a recurring theme for those who have bleed Green and White. Despite the latest severe disappointment, the saga that is the New York Jets will again continue on. Never dull, never boring, and rarely ending up the way it is drawn up on paper.

That’s why we love them Jets Nation. Don’t forget that.

New York Jets: The Ugliest Day After

The New York Jets bombed out on the field and off the field in the past two days

The New York Jets bombed out on the field yesterday and they followed today by bombing in a similar fashion off the field. In case you haven’t been following the news around the team —

  • Multiple teammates have referred to Santonio Holmes as a “cancer” around the locker room and stated he “acts like a 10 year old.” There was disgust in the huddle about how he was moping around the field and the general consensus is that he quit on the team the past few weeks.
  • There was a disagreement between Holmes and Mark Sanchez over the past week
  • Bart Scott didn’t talk to the media today and flipped off a photographer, amid reports that he will be cut this off-season.
  • Rex Ryan had a teary eyed address to the team this morning, pleading for better unity.
  • Brian Schottenheimer is going to interview with Jacksonville for a head coaching job. The company line is that he will be back if he doesn’t get a head coaching job. I don’t buy it. He isn’t coming back next year.

So what now? Express all of your frustration and call for everybody’s heads. This team deserves it right now. It is one thing to have a disappointing 8-8 season. It is another thing to be a fractured, immature team that completely lacks leadership and character. This team has a long way to go in many aspects, which should make for a fascinating off-season. For now they have embarrassed themselves and lost much of the goodwill they earned from back to back AFC Championship Game appearances.

In retrospect a series of events this previous off-season is what laid the foundation for such a disastrous 2011 season. The failed pursuit for Nnamdi Asomugha. The decision to name Santonio Holmes a captain. Parting ways with Damien Woody and relying on Wayne Hunter as the starting right tackle. Replacing Braylon Edwards and Jerricho Cotchery with Plaxico Burress and Derrick Mason. Not addressing the safety position. The list goes on…The pressure is on Mike Tannenbaum this year.

Offense: Both Wayne Hunter and Matthew Mulligan are gone. I think we can all agree nobody wants to ever see those two guys in a Jets jersey again. How to handle Santonio Holmes is also a major issue. I don’t think the Jets are going to move him unless they find a surprisingly good trade offer and if they do move him how do you replace him? The Jets need more speed at receiver regardless of what happens with Holmes. Plaxico Burress is probably gone and the Jets need a split end who can stretch the field, similar to what Braylon Edwards did in 2009 and 2010. LaDainian Tomlinson is gone. The Jets need more speed at running back and need to come to realization that Shonn Greene may not be a feature back.

Defense: Safety. You are in a division with Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez, it is time to get athletic safeties who aren’t completely incompetent in pass coverage. Speed at linebacker is also a major need. It sounds like Bart Scott and Bryan Thomas are gone, so they will need two new starters at linebacker.

Outside of this team needing 3-5 new starters on offense and defense. A conscious effort needs to be made to improve the locker room chemistry. An emphasis on character must be placed on new people who are brought into the building. The Holmes situation has to be resolved one way or another.

In summary, a ton of work needs to be done to this team which finished 5 games behind New England in the AFC East standings. Unfortunately, there is plenty of time to write about all of it. We will break down the Jets many issues in the coming months, along with tracking the NFL playoffs.

RIP Season: Sanchez, Holmes Awful in 19-17 Loss

The New York Jets had a fitting end to their season today

I have spent plenty of time defending Mark Sanchez this season and the previous two ones he has been the Jets quarterback. Yet, his three consecutive awful performances, culminating with one of the worst of his career today has me fully off the bandwagon. He gets next season with a new offensive coordinator and a new system but next year is a complete make or break season for him. And you honestly can’t even be sure at this point that he will get that chance. Crazier things have happened.

Brian Schottenheimer and his playcalls were particularly bad again. Yet, today the blame is on the Jets quarterback who threw three horrid interceptions thanks to his incessant obsession with throwing check down after check down. It was scared, pathetic, incompetent quarterbacking at its finest. He has brought all the off-season speculation about Peyton Manning and every other quarterback on himself.

We have a long off-season to go through what a failure this season has been on just about every level and we will get after it starting tomorrow. But for now, know that this offense needs to be completely destroyed and rebuilt from scratch. You want a good summary of how messed up this team was by the end of the year? Captain Santonio Holmes spent the last 2 minutes of the game while the Jets attempted a comeback sitting on the bench without a helmet and not watching the game, sulking.

NFL Week 17: 12 Pack Of Predictions

12 predictions for the final week of the NFL season

Our last 12 pack of the regular season…a bittersweet time to look back on a year filled disappointment and many wrong predictions about our New York Jets. Regardless, we are going at it one last time, not just on the Jets and Dolphins but on the rest of the league and the playoff picture —

1. My original pick for this game was going to be Miami over the Jets in a tight one. However, today’s announcement that Reggie Bush won’t play has swung me the other way. Bush was going to kill the Jets on the edges and as a receiver out of the backfield. Miami will be more one-dimensional and predictable on offense now, and the Jets prevail in an ugly, low scoring 16-14 game.

2. Since I have swung my pick to the Jets and reflected that the fact of the matter is that before the year I picked the Jets to make the playoffs and I don’t want to switch on it now. I will say that Baltimore will beat Cincinnati, Houston will beat Tennessee (with every report being that they will play all their starters), Oakland will beat San Diego, and it will be Kyle Orton and the Kansas City Chiefs knocking off the Jesus Quarterback himself to get the Jets in as the number six seed.

3. In the NFC, Detroit will beat Green Bay (it is now being reported that Aaron Rodgers won’t play) and Atlanta will beat Tampa Bay, meaning the Falcons will be in New Orleans in round one, where they will get smoked. Detroit will be heading to MetLife Stadium to play the Giants, who will beat the Cowboys Sunday night.

4. Pittsburgh will beat Cleveland and settle into the number five seed. New England will beat Buffalo and clinch the number one seed.

5. Your AFC wild-card match-ups will then settle as being Pittsburgh at Oakland and Jets at Houston.

6. The Indianapolis Colts will lose and clinch the top overall draft pick.

7. Back to Jets/Fins – Shonn Greene will run for 85 yards, finishing with 1084 yards on the season, a fairly disappointing number.

8. LaDainian Tomlinson will score a touchdown in what could be his final NFL game.

9. Aaron Maybin will have a sack and end the season as the team leader with 7.

10. Darrelle Revis will have an interception.

11. Jason Taylor will have two sacks of Mark Sanchez in his final NFL game. Sanchez will finish with less than 225 yards passing.

12. I will not enjoy going down in a blaze of hopeless optimism, as I will wake up hungover from New Year’s Eve with this crazy hope of the Jets still making the playoffs.

New York Jets Need To Worry About Themselves

The New York Jets need to stop worrying about the Giants, the Patriots and every other team and focus on improving themselves

If you need any window into why it meant so much for Rex Ryan to tell the world on Monday that the Jets “were better” than the Giants a week before losing to them, look no further than in his book “Play Like you Mean It.”

It was released prior to training camp this past summer. Somewhere in it he notes that it meant so much to him to have changed the culture of the Jets around during his first two years — to have people talking “Jets” in a positive light in the world of pro football.

The Ryan family wears their hearts and heads on their sleeves, but what the Jets organization must now do going forward, once this season DOES officially end, is keep the focus in Florham Park. Rex can keep his essence, but it’s time for the organization to forget about which local team has more fans.

It’s also time to stop worrying about New England, which is going to win 12 games every season anyway.

The Giants were here first, plain and simple. Born during the Prohibition era, they played the game that first ushered in pro football on television – the 1958 NFL Championship game. To many it is known as “The Greatest Game Ever Played.” The Colts won the game, but the Giants were part of sudden death overtime thriller captured the nation, and made them household names.

And it happened just as the NFL began to compete with baseball for the sports fans’ hearts and minds.

The Jets were the laughable Titans in 1960, while those Giants were among the first famous faces of the league. It took until 1969 before the Jets and the entire AFL gained any respect.

We all know that story.

Like the Giants, the Jets ushered in their own era — that of the NFL-AFL merger in 1970. Having beaten the Colts in Super Bowl III, the Jets proved that the leagues were on par with each other talent-wise. In Week 1 of that ’70 season came the initial broadcast of Monday Night Football, and you guessed it, Joe Namath’s Jets were in the game, against the Cleveland Browns. Namath gave the AFL club’s admittance into the NFL a stamp of approval. He was a huge star, especially after his Miami poolside guarantee before Super Bowl III. He became the perfect centerpiece for the new night time experiment on Mondays.

So the history is there for both teams. It’s just that the Jets have had only sporadic moments over the last 40 years, while the Giants have been by and large a model of consistency – and, at times, championship consistency.

The joke used to be that people who couldn’t get tickets to Giants games became Jets fans. Maybe part of that was true in the early ‘60s but Ryan doesn’t need to carry that all of that ‘60s era weight with him anymore. He doesn’t have to wear the pain that Jets fans held as second-class home owners in “Giants Stadium,” either.

Rex’s first association with the Jets came as a kid as his dad, Buddy, became the defensive game planner of that upset over the Colts on Weeb Ewbank’s staff.

That’s why when Rex closed out the Meadowlands in 2009 in its final game ever by beating the Bengals to clinch a playoff berth in his first season, it may have meant more to him than just the playoff entry. After all, to Ryan the Jets were family. The fans felt the same way about him.

Finally, the other team of New York via the Garden State had a head coach who wanted to be here and cared like they did about the team. Rex was one of the fans. He got it. He understood the plight. He totally got what it was like to be laughed at and mocked for years, especially by fans of the cross-town team.

Therefore, it was no surprise when he boldly got out in front of the new stadium opening by declaring that it was the Jets’ house and town this time around. He was speaking for the fans.

But though he might think he still has to, Rex really doesn’t need to stand up for the franchise anymore.

The ones who truly live and die with the team know that the Jets have been as successful at reaching the playoffs as the Giants have been since 1998, with each team getting there six times since in that span.

The Giants’ tremendous playoff run and subsequent Super Bowl win over the undefeated Patriots in 2008 skews this fact, but in the grand scheme of things has not lessened what the Jets have accomplished.

Ryan has nothing to prove anymore to Jets loyalists, and especially when it comes to comparing their team to the Giants. Big Blue has been here longer and may have more fans in pure numbers, but as long as the new Jets continue to strive for the Vince Lombardi Trophy, unlike the Leon Hess-owned Jets of the late ‘70’s through the late ‘90s seemed incapable of doing, then Jets fans should be happy.

On Saturday, the “Battle for New York” became a distraction to the very guy who raised the temperature of it. After the humbling 29-14 loss, Ryan admitted that quarterback Mark Sanchez throwing the ball 59 times was not the recipe to success.

Perhaps had Ryan been more attentive to the run-pass ratio, and not so revved up in the emotion of beating the Giants and claiming the “Big Brother” status he had boasted about for more than a year, he might have piloted the ship in the final quarter to his satisfaction.

If you can, try to forget this season, one that seems stuck in mediocrity for Gang Green. No matter what happens during what will almost surely be a wild Week 17, the Jets have no choice but to be what they are in the Tri-State Area now – a very good franchise that should remain as such for the foreseeable future. They’ve earned the right to do so with their own die-hard fans. They should respect the Giants as co-tenants of the building and leave the Jets-Giants talk alone from this point forward.

Their real nemesis will continue to be the Patriots. The Jets have to lessen the self doubt that any failure to catch them in the standings creates. Too often under Ryan, the club has measured its self worth heading into matchups with New England, only to leave with hangover losses.

Last year the affect of a defeat to Robert Kraft’s club was the Sal Alosi-fueled “Trip Gate” loss to putrid Miami, at home no less. This year after the Jets again lost to the Pats in the battle for first place back in November they got “Tebowed” days later, mostly because they were still punch drunk from falling yet again in a big game against Tom Brady. The nightmare in Denver left them at a very pedestrian 5-5 and on their way down in the AFC pecking order, ultimately into a position in the wild card pecking order.

The Jets’ need to over take the Pats in the AFC East is not worth the havoc it perennially wreaks when they fall short. In addition, the Jets should not lose sleep over any scenario that may include a three-game road run to the playoffs.

This isn’t 1980 when Jim Plunkett led the Raiders to the first Super Bowl win for a wildcard entry. It’s 2011, an era featuring touchdown dances and teams that can display flaws, yet still go deep into the playoffs.

Back in the ‘80s it wasn’t just playing the extra postseason game that made it tough on wild-card teams. It was who they had to deal with coming off of one week’s rest. From the Super Bowl’s first matchup in 1967 to 1980, teams that earned the bye week often included the “Purple People” eating Minnesota Vikings, the “No Name” Miami Dolphins, the “Steel Curtain” Pittsburgh Steelers, John Madden’s Raiders and Tom Landry’s Dallas Cowboys, a team still dubbed “America’s Team” despite more failures than successes.

Teams built for the long haul with the core of players in tact for years don’t exist anymore. Aside from the current long-time Steelers and Ravens defensive units and the Brady and Bill Belichick up in New England, dominant units on either side of the ball are few and far between. That’s why having to play an extra game against these new quickly formed clubs en route to the Super Bowl is no longer a death sentence. The extra game is sometimes an advantage for teams who get hot late in the year.

The 2010 champion Green Bay Packers were once 3-3. The Super Bowl Giants of 2007 started out 0-2. The 2005 Steelers were playoff road dogs, too. All three had to win three away from home before earning a trip to the big game. This route is without a doubt daunting, but next to an impossible task? No longer.

By lessening the obsession with becoming more popular than the Giants and altering this goal of having to overtake the dynastic Patriots during the regular season, the Jets can develop a clear and healthy outlook to go alongside a solid foundation that now includes an owner who is willing to spend money and make moves needed to win; a general manager in Mike Tannenbaum who has put together a solid core and a head coach who is loved by his team and fan base and bleeds green and white, even if it is to a fault sometimes.

This offseason, whenever it officially arrives, will be the perfect time to replace tabloid talk about the Giants and Patriots with the following: Determining where and how Sanchez fits now and in the future, improving the offensive line, figuring out a solid concept for the offense that can stay true to for an entire season and gaining a few closers on defense – primarily at safety and defensive end.

This way when Rex tells us that he will “play anyone, anywhere, on any given day” it will pack more of a viable punch.

Ten Preliminary Thoughts On Jets/Dolphins

Ten preliminary thoughts on the Jets week 17 match-up against the Miami Dolphins

Ten preliminary thoughts on the New York Jets week 17 match-up against the Miami Dolphins. Can they at least give themselves a shot to make the playoffs?

1. The sad reality of this game is that since these two teams met back in week 6, Matt Moore has been a better quarterback than Mark Sanchez, Reggie Bush has been a better running back than Shonn Greene, Brandon Marshall has been a better wide receiver than Santonio Holmes, and the Dolphins defense has been better than the Jets defense as a whole. The Jets are rightfully underdogs in this game and if they again play below their supposed talent level, they are going to get smacked around.

2. This will be Jason Taylor’s last NFL game. You want an embarrassing stat? He has 7 sacks this year in extremely limited time. There isn’t a single player on the Jets defense with more than 6 sacks.

3. Reggie Bush is exactly the type of back the Jets have struggled with all season, considering his speed and ability on the edges. He averaged 7.1 yards per carry in their previous match-up and you can bet the Dolphins will be going to him early and often.

4. Common sense would dictate that the Jets will rely heavily on their ground game after last week’s disaster. Shonn Greene is 1 yard away from a 1,000 on the season and there is no reason he shouldn’t get 20-25 carries this week. You know what would be nice? To see him break a big run and score a touchdown…something he hasn’t done since the San Diego playoff game in 2009.

5. Mark Sanchez is under the heaviest criticism of his NFL career right now, with many calling for the Jets to look in a different direction next year. Let’s see how he responds and if he can take advantage of a Miami secondary that does give up big plays.

6. I think we are going to know right out of the gate what type of game this is going to be. Are the Jets going to come out with their heads down and get rolled over by a Miami team who’d love nothing more than to end their season, or will they come out with some fight considering what a joke and disappointment they are considered at the moment?

7. This could very well be LaDainian Tomlinson’s last NFL game. He has been productive with the touches he has received all season. You almost feel like the Jets didn’t go to him enough down the stretch. Let’s hope he finishes on a high note.

8. Brian Schottenheimer deserves to be fired but one good play call he had last week was motioning Joe McKnight out of the backfield out wide, where he ran a stop and go on the linebacker who went to cover him. McKnight flew by him and was wide open for a 85 yard touchdown. Unfortunately, Mark Sanchez completely missed the throw. The Jets must continue to take their shots down the field and Sanchez must hit them when they are there.

9. Darrelle Revis is coming off a terrific game, where he completely shut down Hakeem Nicks. It will be interesting to see him battle against Brandon Marshall, as they went at it pretty good in the previous match-up this season. Matt Moore won’t shy away from attacking Revis, which will hopefully lead to a big play for the Jets.

10. End the season with some pride…playoffs or not…

Closer Look At Jets Longshot Hope For Playoffs

A closer look at the Jets week 17 pipe dream of making the playoffs

Don’t lie to yourself and say you aren’t doing the following – looking at the Jets current scenario, looking at the AFC playoff field and talking yourself into them getting in, knocking off Houston in the first round, and then repeating what they did last season to New England. Just so you know, you are a crazy person, but hey you are in the company of one on this site right now:

First off, the Jets need to beat the Dolphins, a tall task considering how well Miami has been playing and how generally awful the Jets have looked the past two weeks. They play at 1 PM.

Second, also at 1 PM Houston hosts Tennessee. The early word is that Houston will play their starters and treat this game like any other despite it being meaningless for them, which is obviously good news for the Jets. It makes sense for them to want to avoid heading into the playoffs on a 3 game losing streak and to keep a division rival out of the playoffs. Yet, considering the Texans have just lost to the Panthers and Colts, who knows if they can even beat Tennessee if they try to?

If the 1 PM games end and the Jets are still alive, you should be feeling pretty good. You have to expect Baltimore to beat Cincinnati to avoid losing out on a bye. Then they need either Oakland to lose to San Diego or Denver to lose to Kansas City. The AFC West has been a complete toss-up all season and either of those games could go either way.

Here is how I rank the likelihood of the different games breaking the Jets way on Sunday, with the 1st being the most likely —

1. Baltimore beats Cincinnati

2. San Diego beats Oakland

3. Kansas City beats Denver (Did you watch Denver lose by 26 to Buffalo last week? Yikes).

4. Jets beat Miami

5. Houston beats Tennessee

NFL Playoff Picture: Week 17

TOJ with a look at the NFL playoff picture heading into week 17

Down to the final week of the NFL season, there are only a few things left to be shuffled out before wild-card weekend, most of which is seeding. Every single team below, outside of Green Bay, is playing in a game with some kind of playoff implications this weekend –


  1. New England (12-3)
  2. Baltimore (11-4)
  3. Houston (10-5)
  4. Denver (8-7)
  5. Pittsburgh (11-4)
  6. Cincinnati (9-6)
  7. Oakland (8-7)
  8. Tennessee (8-7)
  9. Jets (8-7)

New England needs to win to wrap up the number one seed. Baltimore needs to beat Cincinnati to avoid sliding from a number two seed all the way to down to a number five seed. By all reports, Houston is going to play all out this weekend to avoid going into the playoffs on a three game losing streak and to keep divisional rival Tennessee out (good news for the Jets). Denver plays Kansas City and Oakland plays in San Diego in two games that are complete toss-ups, if both teams win or lose, Denver takes the AFC West. Pittsburgh will play hard against Cleveland, as they actually still have an outside shot at the number one seed. The Jets need to win and hope three separate teams help them.


  1. Green Bay (14-1)
  2. San Francisco (12-3)
  3. New Orleans (12-3)
  4. Giants (8-7)
  5. Detroit (10-5)
  6. Atlanta (9-6)
  7. Dallas (8-7)

Winner of Giants/Dallas takes the number four seed. If Detroit loses and Atlanta wins, they will drop to the number six seed and a likely first round beatdown at the hands of New Orleans, who can only move up to number two if San Francisco slips up this week against St. Louis.

Can Rex And The Jets Get Off The Mat?

Can Rex and the Jets get off the mat in week 17?

I don’t know if this is truly the low point in the Rex Ryan era but it certainly feels like it. We all know change is coming this off-season, in some shape or form, but that is a discussion for another day. Right now, the question is how much pride will the Jets show this Sunday against their division rival Miami Dolphins?

First off, there is still a chance, an extremely low but not as low as some people make it out to be chance that the Jets can still get into the playoffs that should be motivation enough for this team. Second, they have embarrassed themselves the past two weeks, most notably last week. Their coach, quarterback, and entire offense is currently a punchline. Third, you don’t want to end the season losing to division rival like Miami.

Miami has been a better team than the Jets since their previous meeting. Matt Moore has been better than Mark Sanchez. Reggie Bush has been better than Shonn Greene. Brandon Marshall has been better than Santonio Holmes. Miami’s defense has been better than the Jets.

Can this team regain some type of confidence and play to their ability this week? Ryan said it best yesterday, the last thing you want to do is have everything fall in place and then not take care of your own business.

If Ryan doesn’t want that to occur he will be in every offensive meeting this week, making sure his team runs the ball 30-35 times this Sunday and he will find some way to generate a pass rush and slow Reggie Bush down on the edges.

This team has been embarrassed enough this season, by Baltimore, New England twice, Philadelphia, and now the Giants…they don’t need another one under their belt.

New York Jets: Assessing The Situation After Yesterday’s Nightmare

Where do the Jets go from here?

Third and ten from the 1 yard line. The New York Jets held a 7-3 lead and had put together an encouraging performance so far. One ten yard out route, two missed tackles, a poor angle, and 99 yards later. The game was over. If you have watched the Jets this season, you knew at that moment they didn’t have the character or the team this year to overcome that type of play.

I remember from the Oakland game when they couldn’t bounce back from a muffed kick. I remember from the New England game when they were ripping down the field on the opening drive but had to settle for a short field goal, which they missed and couldn’t bounce back from it. I remember defenders purposely staying on blocks to avoid tackling Tim Tebow on Denver’s game winning drive. I remember last week when a Santonio Holmes fumble gave the Eagles a quick 7-0 lead and the Jets didn’t have an answer.

The 2011 New York Jets don’t have the fight they did last year. They don’t have that irrational confidence that made them such a dangerous team in Rex Ryan’s first two years. The problems started in the off-season, which we will look back on as one of Mike Tannenbaum’s worst and it has carried through with a disappointing defense and a perplexing awful offense led by the perpetually incompetent Brian Schottenheimer.

Yesterday was the final nail in Schottenheimer’s coffin. Rex Ryan can lavish all the false praise on him that he wants but this team can’t be managed through his rose colored glasses. Change is needed and the first move this off-season must be letting Schottenheimer go and putting a competent NFL offense together.

Mark Sanchez was bad yesterday…very bad, yet we need to see him with a new offensive coordinator in a system that plays to his strengths. The strategy to drop him back 65+ times and only throw 6 yard passes inside the hash marks doesn’t work. Get the guy a NFL quality right tackle and help at the skill positions, where the Jets are good but lack explosion. Forget about the Peyton Manning pipe dream rumors, you want to focus on a big move the Jets should make? Go get Maurice Jones-Drew or Matt Forte. I like Shonn Greene but can you think of one game changing play he has made all season?

The Jets offense doesn’t make big plays. Part of that is on Schottenheimer. Part of that is on Sanchez. Part of it is on their receivers not getting the necessary separation, breaking the necessary tackles and their running backs never ripping off big runs. Everything seems so hard for this offense. It is time to rebuild it.

The defense is solid but not spectacular and they won’t be until they improve at safety and linebacker. As you could imagine this will be a huge off-season for Mike Tannenbaum who needs to sit down and honestly assess the talent level on this roster, which is that of a borderline .500 team not that of a team who will win a division and host a playoff game.

It is easy to be down and throw around hysterics about Sanchez and Rex Ryan being on the hot seat. Even his biggest supporter can admit Rex came off like like an idiot yesterday and his words are starting to ring hollow. Ultimately, he is who he is but that kind of embarrassment is hard to shake off. Can Rex and his team rise off the mat? Only time will tell but you are kidding yourself if you think both Rex and Sanchez won’t be back next year and yes the year after.

Think about how awful you feel like the Jets are right now and then remember they are 8-7 and not 3-12. They aren’t that far away. Some years aren’t going to end in playoff berths and two upset playoff wins. This year hurts more because they were swept by New England and lost to the Giants and because just like it is more enjoyable to watch the Jets win because of Rex Ryan and his antics, it is more painful to watch them them lose because of Rex Ryan and his antics.