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!

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