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ESPN (Stephen A. Smith)—It’s bad enough that Rex Ryan has failed on his Super Bowl predictions. It’s even worse that Mark Sanchez spent so much time last season proving how ridiculous such guarantees were in the first place. But this latest move by the New York Jets — in which they’ve basically resorted to their same old coddling tendencies, rewarding regression instead of progression — just shows this franchise to be the second-class citizen it truly is. Perhaps Gang Green will be something more tangible, significant, on another day. But on this day, let it be said that the Jets are a joke. When you take the time and effort to reward your quarterback and the leader of, arguably, the NFL’s most dysfunctional franchise with a three-year, $40.5 million extension — knowing the man still had two years remaining on his contract — clearly, you’re looking to be laughed at. Even if this was an exercise to appease Sanchez after the Jets’ supposed pursuit of Peyton Manning.

“[Sanchez] is a young player,” Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum told reporters following the team’s announcement of the extension. “And just like any young player, there’s some inconsistencies that have to get better. We’ve won a lot of football games with Mark as a starting quarterback for the New York Jets. That’s really what convinced Rex, Woody [Johnson] and me. It’s not a projection. It’s not a hope. It’s not an incremental leap of faith. It’s, ‘Here’s a three-year body of work.'”……………….. continue reading…

‘Just another team in the AFC.’

After Sunday afternoon’s shlacking to the Oakland Raiders, the Jets proved that they are just another team in the AFC. Led by Darren McFadden, the Raider ground attack chewed the Jets up for 234 yards. 234. The ‘feared’ Jets run D. 234.

Mr. McFadden had 181 of those yards, including an impressive 70-yard touchdown run. With the loss, the Jets fall to 2-1 on the season and have yet to post legit win. Maybe Rex will stop talking and start focusing on coaching his ‘great’ defense. This loss was no surprise.

Eric Smith Can't Hold Run DMC--AP Photo

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Later on tonight, the Jets will make their much anticipated 2011 home debut against the Dallas Cowboys. Make no mistake, there will be many games within the game as these two playoff caliber teams square off. Crazy Rob vs. Classless Rex. DeMarcus Ware vs. D’Brickashaw Ferugson. Dez Bryant vs. Darrelle Revis. The Jets run D vs. Felix Jones.  Expect both teams to play with a ton of emotion on such an emotional day for New York City. Kenny (wearing his Cowboys Jersey, boo Kenny) and I (wearing my NYPD shirt, yay me) will be in the building.

For me, the outcome of this game will come down to one over-looked facet: Special Teams.




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A team’s success can only be judged by the expectations of its head coach. For the last two seasons, Rex Ryan has guaranteed that the Jets would be hoisting up the Lombari Trophy in February. For two straight years, Rex’s trophy case has been empty. For two straight years, Jet fans have been left at the AFC Championship alter. For two straight years, the Jets have failed.  

Entering his third year as the pilot of the Jets, Rex must focus on winning games on a week-to-week basis instead of putting unrealistic future pressure on his team. Rex, it’s time to win it all or face the mounting scrutiny from the national media.

Fresh Ink For Rexy

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Yesterday, the New York Jets cut right tackle, Damien Woody, nose tackle Kris Jenkins, linebacker Jason Taylor, and defensive end and former #4 pick, Vernon Gholston. The Jets announced today that they will bring back LaDainian Tomlinson for the 2011 season. To me, a few of the moves were very surprising and left me wondering what the Jets were thinking..

Yes, That's A Throwback Walt 'Clyde' Frazier Jersey and A Dog Tag..

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I hate the New York Jets more than any other professional team. I hated Hard Knocks, I can’t stand Rex’s bombastic personality, and the players act like they are God’s gift to football (looking at you, Santonio). However, the New York Jets have become the ‘must-see’ team in America. People are intrigued to see what Rex will do next. People are intrigued to hear what Broadway Joe has to say about ‘Broadway’ Mark. People actually wanted to watch Hard Knocks and witness the players playing with Shakeweights and eating hamburgers during Training Camp. Whether you love them or hate them, you just can’t put the remote down when you see a Jet on TV, which leads me to my next point…

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Mark Sanchez improved to 3-1 on the ROAD in the playoffs last night. It’s extremely difficult to win road games in the NFL come playoff time (just ask Drew Brees), but Sanchez has used his defense, and great plays at all the right times throughout his three wins in the post-season. There may be a lot of things to not like about Sanchez’ quarterbacking, but don’t try and take away the fact that he’s a winner.

Jets QB Mark Sanchez proves he is a postseason winner by beating Peyton Manning's Colts.

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I Win This Time, Peyton.

Rex talked the talk and Rex backed it up. Rex Ryan won his third post-season road game in the last two years as the Jets topped the Colts, 17-16. After Adam Vinatieri nailed a 50-yard field goal to give the Colts 16-14 lead with 53 seconds to go, Antonio Cromartie ran the opening kickoff back 43 yards, putting the Jets back in business. Two key catches by Braylon Edwards, including a huge 18-yarder, put the Jets in field goal range. Nick Folk nailed a 32-yarder as time expired, giving the Jets an opportunity to take on their bitter rivals the New England Patriots next Sunday afternoon in Foxborough.

Head Scratching Moments:

00:29 4th Quarter: The Jets had the ball at the IND 32 with one timeout left and the Colts used their final timeout? I didn’t understand this at all. Essentially, the Colts gave the Jets two more plays instead of one. Following the IND timeout, a 18-yarder to Edwards gave Nick Folk a chip shot 32-yard field goal, sealing the Colts fate. If the Colts don’t take that timeout, Folk is looking at least at a 40-yard field goal.

Santonio’s Drop: On a huge 3rd and 5 with three minutes to go in the fourth quarter, Mark Sanchez threw a very catchable ball to Santonio Holmes for a first down. Holmes dropped the ball, setting up a punt. A Colt special team’s miscue gave the Jets a first down, bailing out Holmes.

Holmes is one of the more arrogant players in the league. Don’t dance, joke, and pose when you can’t catch a short five-yard out in the AFC Wild Card round.

Sanchez’s Accuracy: Sanchez made the critical throws on the Jets’ final drive (3/3 for 38 yards), but was otherwise sporadic (15/28 for 151 yards, 1 INT) before the game winning drive.

Good Moments for the Jets:

Revis Island: Is there a better defensive player in football? Revis held the Manning-Reggie Wayne combo to one yard tonight. Hard to believe the Jets played hardball with this guy during Training Camp.

Ground and Pound: The Jets basically did what I outlined earlier this week. Run the ball, keep Peyton off the field, and dominate the clock. The Jets out-rushed the Colts, 169 to 93 and won the possession battle (33:07 to 26:53). The Jets illustrated both of these facets during a nine-minute, third quarter drive, capped off by a two-yard LaDainian Tomlinson touchdown run.

With The Win….: A minor detail, but worth noting. With the win, the Jets will send a second round pick to San Diego as part of the Cromartie trade. If the Jets lost, they would only surrender a third rounder. I’m sure this is at the fore front of Rex’s mind right now.

Rex Ryan: As much as I hate the guy, I gotta give him credit. He has now won three road playoff games in three different venues over the last two seasons. He talked the talk all week. His team beat the Colts. They were the better team today. His biggest test will come next Sunday afternoon…

What’s Next?

The Jets will now have eight days to prepare for a monster showdown in Foxborough against the Patriots. The two teams split the season series, each winning on their home turf. The Patriots crushed the Jets during their Week 13 showdown, 45-3. Tom Brady threw for 326 yards and four scores in the rout. Rex took some shots at the Pats during the week, so expect the battle-tested, brash coach to light a fire under his squad this week.

Expected Line: New England by 7.5

A loss by the Jacksonville Jaguars paved the way for the New York Jets at the end of Week 16, clinching them their second consecutive playoff berth. It’s been quite the rollercoaster ride for Gang Green, starting the year strong at 9-2, but then finishing the season 2-3 in their final five games. At first it seemed they could land the top seed spot, but an embarrassing loss to New England in Week 13 completely changed the course of their season. Instead, the Jets are heading into the playoffs as the sixth seed ready to face Peyton Manning and the Colts. But how ready are they? Can Rex Ryan and the Jets live up to all the hype they’ve raised this past season?

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‘I hate the Jets’- Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots. The oft-soft spoken Brady uttered those words when the media asked if he had watched the Jets during HBO’s series, ‘Hard Knocks’. Some people blew Brady’s comments out of the water. Others thought that Brady was just speaking his mind. Me on the other hand, believed that this was a true display of hatred for the Jets. Brady has never been one to publicly display his dislike for another team. It’s obvious that Brady dislikes the Indianapolis Colts, but he and Peyton Manning seem to have the unwritten rule of quiet respect for one another. This isn’t the case with the boisterous New York Jets. The Jets defeated the Pats at the Meadowlands last year, 16-9, so are we in for a repeat performance?

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