Monday, January 25, 2010

Rex Ryan's NY Jets Fall To Superior Colts

I could say that I'm happy that Rex Ryan's New York Jets even made it to the NFL Post Season let alone a berth in the AFC Championship Game against the mighty Indianapolis Colts. I could say I'm satisfied because Rookie Mark Sanchez and the NY Jets started out with three wins to start the season, then went to 4-6 the next seven games and were pretty much written off by everyone (including themselves) with two games left to the regular season at 7-7 and dependent on lots of factors and little hope. I could say I'm pleased to know that the NY Jets look good going in to the off season knowing they've secured that franchise quarterback in Mark Sanchez, a feature Back in Shonn Greene, a Defense with lots of talent and promise, and a team which has bought in to Rex Ryan's system and love to play for their new Head Coach. This team should be sitting pretty next season once all-purpose RB Leon Washington and colossal Nose Tackle Kris Jenkins return from injuries, shouldn't that bring a smile to my face? No! This AFC Championship loss by the New York Jets hurts just as much as the others from the past.

The fact of the matter is that any loss in a game like that has to be considered a huge failure! Ask Rex Ryan and he'll tell you that the ultimate goal for the Jets was to go to and win Super Bowl XLIV. Which they failed to do, however entertaining it was to watch along the way. The New York Jets failed to be the better team on the field, a task they accomplished the previous four games. This time around both teams played as hard as they could and Peyton Manning and the Indy Colts proved they clearly are the superior AFC team, leaving the Jets at home to watch Super Bowl XLIV on TV once again. I know, I shouldn't say "same old Jets", what with the new culture Rex Ryan has brought to New (Jersey) York. But I will say "same old result". No AFC Championship for the Jets this time around, and no chance to play for the big ring and Vince Lombardi Trophy.

Ah the same old result; "there's always next year"! There does seem to be allot of promise for the near future for this NY Jets team. But you never know. It's not every year that you get a chance to play in an NFL Championship Game and you better take advantage of it when you do get the chance. Like the Colts did. Two things kind of puzzle me about the Jets in this game though; One - after giving up a TD to the Colts late in the first half, and with it the momentum in the game, why didn't they try to put more points on the board with 1:13 left in the half and one timeout and the passing game in top form? At least try to get three more points! It's the Championship Game for God sakes! Two - After Shonn Greene went down early in the 2nd Half and Thomas Jones essentially ineffective, why didn't Schottenheimer go to the Brad Smith Wildcat offense for a spark? Or insert Smith as a straight Running Back? Which he can do! Oh well, it's easy for me to second guess. I've had 41 years of practice!

So, it's been an interesting season for New York Jets Fans. They DID advance further than expected and show tons of potential for years to come with Rex Ryan and Mark Sanchez at the helm. So for now it's back to the same old story; "look out for the New York Jets next year". Hey Jets - Atlantic City is just up the road. Why not take a ride and try your luck? Or maybe a few of you will head to Miami for the Pro Bowl. Enjoy the Super Bowl with your families. Hope to see some more magic next year. For now I'm left with that same old feeling of lost dreams and misery all Jets fans share in this heart breaking fraternity of ours. Let's Go Saints!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Underdog Jets Continue Unlikely Run

Okay, I admit it, I've been down on the NY Jets the whole season. Well actually it's been longer than this season. Well I guess it's been for a few decades. It's a defense mechanism of mine. If I expect them to blow it and lose then when they win I'll be happy and when they lose I can say "see I told you so". But now I'm happy they proved me wrong once again by defeating Philip Rivers and the San Diego Chargers yesterday in San Diego. The ball has just seemed to roll Rex Ryan and the New York Jet's way the last couple of games, and they've reveled in the underdog roll. Now they go to Indianapolis next week for the AFC Championship Game as underdog again with all the pressure on Peyton Manning and the Colts. I'm sure all the experts will be jumping on the Colts' bandwagon this week, predicting a Colts-Saints Superbowl. But Rex's Jets are gonna be loose and the Indianapolis Colts can't be too happy about the prospect of playing a confident NY Jets team that just seems to have the luck of the draw these days. One more magical game and the Jets will finally return to the NFL's big stage after a 40 year drought. Wow! Who whoulda thunk?

Rex Ryan just has these guys believing. And you know what happens when guys believe? They start to prove their beliefs. And that's precisely what Mark Sanchez and these New York Jets are doing. They've bought in to Ryan's scheme and they're following his NFL Playoff schedule, which ended with a NYC Tickertape parade, as well as his prophecy at his first news conference as Head Coach of the NY Jets when he proclaimed that his new team would be making a trip to the White House in the near future. Now he's brought them to within two wins of that very goal in his rookie season with a rookie QB in Sanchez, and all Jets fans can do is keep their fingers crossed and try not to think of the last two AFC Championship Games the NY Jets were in. Those memories are all too painful to me and all long time Jets fans; the Mud Bowl in Miami in 1983 which Richard Todd threw away to A.J. Duhe and the more recent 1998 loss to the Denver Broncos with Vinny Testeverde at the helm. Hopefully the Cinderella Jets continue with their unlikely underdog run and once again prove all the critics wrong. Once again they play a formidable foe in the Indy Colts. And once again they just have to execute their game plan of pressure defense, great rushing offense, and a mostly mistake free passing game.

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The Jets should be motivated by all the talk following their game 15 win over Indianapolis as being a present from Head Coach Jim Caldwell who pulled Manning and a number of other starters and seemed to basically concede the game to the Jets, who were later accused of backing in to the Playoffs after beating an uninspired Cincinnati Bengals the following week to "back in". The rematch with the Colts should be interesting to watch at the very least. The New York Jets have a huge task at hand if they plan on beating the Colts in Indianapolis for the right to play in Miami in the Super Bowl. I bet you Rex Ryan will have his guys all fired up and ready to compete at a high level come Sunday afternoon. One more game and you're in Jets. A few weeks ago we were saying that in reference to the Playoffs, now we're saying it in reference to the Super Bowl. Let's get rid of that Joe Namath curse once and for all. The one in which he traded the Jets soul to the devil for that one win after his cocky guarantee he would win Super Bowl III. I think this 2009 Jets team wants to do it to prove Rex Ryan's press conference prediction correct. So far Ryan seems to know what he's talking about. Next Sunday we'll see if the Jets can do it again.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

NY Jets Advance Beyond Expectations

Rex Ryan's New York Jets have done the impossible by beating the Cincinnati Bengals two weeks in a row, at home and away in the Wildcard Playoff Game, to advance to the Divisional round against the San Diego Chargers. I have to admit they proved me wrong last week and beat the Bengals convincingly by playing their new brand of Jets Football; Pressure Defense, Strong Rushing Offense, and a mistake free, high percentage Passing game by quarterback Mark Sanchez. They were able to accomplish this as a result of the guys in the trenches; the Offensive and Defensive Lines as well as the whole Defense providing constant pressure on Carson Palmer and shutting down Cincinnati's Receivers. Darrelle Reevis continued his incredible run against Chad Ochocinco by nearly shutting him out completely, making Laverenues Coles the Receiver to go to for Palmer. Coles had a good day, but took a real beating by the Jets Defense as well.

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The Bengals just really did not play well. Palmer was off target and constantly under pressure. They really did not even look like a playoff team the last two weeks against the NY Jets. Don't expect Philip Rivers and the San Diego Chargers to do the same for the Jets. The Jets seem to have lots of confidence and momentum, good qualities for an NFL Playoff team, but the Chargers are a red hot team. If the Jets stick to their Rex Ryan game plan and excecute like they have the last three or four weeks they'll have a chance. But it's not gonna be easy. It's gonna be a fight on both sides of the ball. Hopefully they don't go in too cocky. It's hard to not be cocky with a coach like Rex. But I like that he's confident and expects his team to win and go all the way. Every team should believe they're gonna go all the way. If not then why would they be playing anyway? Let's do it Jets!