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The New York Jets (7-8) finish their season with one more divisional showdown. The Jets, 24-13 winners last week against the Cleveland Browns, will look to avenge their Week 13 loss against the Miami Dolphins. The Dolphins flat out dominated the Jets, beating them 23-3 and vaulting themselves back into the playoff picture. With a home win on Sunday, the Dolphins will capture the sixth and final AFC playoff spot.

The New York Jets played with a lot of heart and emotion last week as they won their final home against the Cleveland Browns. There have been rumblings about Rex Ryan’s job status. Fox NFL Insider Jay Glazer believes that Ryan will be fired after the season and communicated this decision to his team on Saturday night. Ryan’s defense delivered a huge effort and rookie quarterback Geno Smith delivered a huge effort by accounting for three total touchdowns. Smith delivered two touchdown passes to unheralded wide receiver, David Nelson and added one on the ground with a 17-yard scamper late in the fourth quarter. Smith’s touchdown fired Rex Ryan up more than usual. Ryan was fist pumping and jumping up and down on the sideline. Let’s see if Ryan and Smith can build on this performance and carry this momentum to Miami.

The Jets were great at home, posting a 6-2 record, but struggling mightily on the road, losing six of seven contests. The Jets will attempt to play spoiler for the Dolphins, but the linemakers peg the Dolphins as a solid home favorite. NFL Odds are in Miami’s favor as they opened as a solid seven-point home favorite against their AFC East foes. Rex Ryan’s team has not won two games in a row this season and given his impending dismissal, I have a hard time thinking the Jets will win this game. Ryan Tannehill had a big game against the Jets in Week 13 and I expect another one with a lot on the line.

Prediction: Dolphins 24 Jets 10

It’s been a tumultous season for Rex Ryan’s Jets. After flirting with Peyton Manning, the Jets signed Mark Sanchez to a three-year, $40.5 million contract extension. Sanchez had two years remaining of his rookie contract, so the move was surprising. However, the Jets made the most puzzling move in franchise history a few months later. The Jets sent a fourth round pick to Denver for Tim Tebow. The looming presence of Tebowmania was evident as Sanchez’s clearly looked uncomfortable in the pocket. The offense’s production went from ‘bad’ to ‘worse’ as Wildcat guru, Tony Sparano was signed as offensive coordinator. Ryan was hellbent on getting back to a ‘Ground & Pound’ offense that he overlooked the offense’s biggest problem–Sanchez’s inconsistencies as a passer. Sparano’s offense is predicated by a hard-nosed ground game and accurate throws down field–two facets the Jets simply don’t have. Sanchez was booed to the bench and Tim Tebow Greg McElroy took over. McElroy isn’t the long-term answer, but the thought of McElroy starting seems like blasphemy.

While the offense’s on-field play was a downright disgrace, injuries clearly affected production. Santonio Holmes suffered a season ending foot injury and Stephen Hill and Dustin Keller couldn’t seem to stay healthy. Practice squad fodder (e.g. Chaz Schillens, Mardy Gilyard) became Sanchez’s go-to receivers. One could argue that Sanchez played so poorly that it didn’t matter who was on the field. Still, every team must overcome injuries and the Jets didn’t do it.

The defense has always been the Jets’ strength, so this year’s statistics were downright pitiful. The Jets have the NFL’s sixth worst run defense, yielding 135.3 yards per game. Of note, the 49ers gashed the Jets for over 250 yards, which Ryan coined as his worst performance ever. Bart Scott looked old and simply couldn’t defend tight ends. The Jets lost Darrelle Revis early in the season, but the pass defense did not miss a beat. Newcomers, Yeremiah Bell and LaRon Landry secured the safety positions and Antonio Cromartie played at a Pro Bowl level. The Jets were the NFL’s second best pass defense, yielding just 187 yards per game. Kyle Wilson started in place of Revis and was always picked on by opposing quarterbacks.

Special team’s coordinator, Mike Westhoff, will retire at season’s end. Known as the ‘Creator of Special Teams’, Westhoff experienced many highs (and lows). The Jets scored (and gave up) two special teams touchdowns, but suffered numerous gaffes. Tebow was placed on the punt team and made his share of mistakes.

Overall, it was a terrible season for the Jets. Ryan’s pre-season assertions about his team’s talent level were downright comical. Still, Cromartie made the Pro Bowl and Muhammad Wilkerson is beginning to play like an All-Pro. If Revis fully recovers from his ACL injury and Bell and Landry re-sign, the Jets will have the league’s best secondary. The Jets are encouraged by the play of Wilkerson and Quinton Coples, so the defense can return to its dominant ways if adds a few pieces.

On offense, the Jets need a new offensive coordinator. The Jets are stuck with Mark Sanchez, so they need a coordinator that can help develop him as a passer. Norv Turner and Charlie Weis have track records of fixing quarterbacks, so they may be options. Ryan does not know anything about offense, so he needs a strong coordinator that can fully take over. Dustin Keller will be a free agent, so the Jets need to make a decision. Still, the Jets will hope the injury gods shine more favorably upon them next season.

The Jets should give Rex Ryan one more season. The Jets will likely have a Top 12 draft pick and the return of some key pieces will help. In addition, the Jets will play a 3rd-or-4th place schedule next season, which should pad their win total. Ryan’s defense can regain its dominance, but the offense desperately needs a strong coordinator. Tebow, Sparano, and Mike Tannenbaum should not be brought back, but Ryan should be given one more chance.

Through two preseason games, the New York Jets have failed to score an offensive touchdown. While most will argue that the preseason is meaningless, the Jets’ futile offensive showing is troublesome. During last night’s 26-3 loss to the Giants, the Jets gave up seven total sacks and looked like the league’s worst offense. The Jets’ first team offense went 0-for-6 on third downs, allowed three sacks, and were stymied twice on third-and-one and fourth-and-one. While Mark Sanchez completed 9-of-11 pass attempts, one of his errant passes was intercepted by Giants’ rookie, Jayron Hosley and returned for a touchdown.

After Sanchez’s lackluster performance, some Jet fans began to clamor for Tim Tebow. However, Tebow wasn’t much better, completing just 5-of-14 pass attempts and short hopping a wide open Stephen Hill in the end zone. 

After the first team offense was taken out, Shonn Greene was visually upset on the sidelines. Greene stated that he was ‘very concerned’ that the offense hasn’t scored yet. While Rex and Sanchez claim they ‘aren’t too worried yet’, the Carolina Panthers are coming to town next weekend. The third pre-season game is the ‘dress rehearsal’ game where the starters see extended action. While the Panthers present some challenges on both sides of the ball, New York’s Week 1 match-up against the Bills is only three weeks away. The Jets better find their way into the end zone or it’ll be an extremely long, frustrating season. 

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…

Soon after the Jets were officially eliminated from the playoffs, the finger pointing began. And no one seemed to receive as much blame as third-year quarterback, Mark Sanchez. In his final three games of the season, Sanchez threw seven interceptions to only five touchdowns.  Sanchez only completed two(!!) passes of 30 or more yards during that stretch. Sanchez looked a little hesitant and even a little ‘skiddish’ (thanks Boomer) during his final game against Miami. However, I’m going to give Sanchez a pass for his poor play down the stretch. Instead, the blame will fully taken by two of my favorite people…

Could It Be Mr. T? Rex? Both?

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For the third straight season, Rex Ryan failed to deliver on his Super Bowl promise. Ryan’s bumbling Jet team lost its third straight game (sixth on the road) to a resurgent Dolphin team, 19-17. Mark Sanchez threw three more interceptions and has clearly regressed. Offensive ‘captain’ Santonio Holmes was benched in the fourth quarter after having an argument with Sanchez in the huddle. When asked if Holmes wanted to return to the Jets next season, he refused to answer the question. Some ‘Captain’.

No Answers For Mark

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Shut up, Rex.

And enough with the B.S.

The New York Football Giants had all the cards stacked against them against impetuous coach Rex Ryan and his New York Jets. It was unclear how this Giants team would respond at a point of return, with their playoff lives in their hands, just a short week after laying a dud against the lowly Washington Redskins. Add in a full week of trash talking to an already hate-filled rivalry, which left myself wondering whether the Giants had fallen for the trap and played right into the over-exuberant hand of Ryan and the Jets.

The Giants responded, though, by playing up when the time called for it – playing a solid-if-unspectacular game – all the while putting the Jets’ season in jeopardy by defeating them ‘on the road’ 29-14.

With the win, the Giants improve to 8-7 heading into next week’s battle with Dallas.

Credit: Yahoo! News

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Talk about lucky. Sometimes, you need a little luck in the NFL and the Jets had that luck on Sunday afternoon. The Jets are lucky that Stevie ‘Stylez’ Johnson is a buffoon. The Jets are lucky that Dave Rayner can’t execute on-side kicks. The Jets are lucky Stylez missed not one, but two game winning TD catches in the fourth quarter. The 6-5 Jets are lucky and didn’t deserve to win this game.

I don’t care that Mark Sanchez threw four touchdown passes. I don’t care that Stevie ‘Stylez’ Johnson did the Plaxico Burress dance after his TD. I don’t even care that the Jets won the game. They were supposed to win this game and were supposed to win this one pretty handily. But they didn’t. In typical Jets fashion, the Jet defense (including Revis) was bewilderingly bad against a Bill team that mentally checked out three weeks ago. In particular, I can’t get over Stylez ‘styling’ Revis on his touchdown catch. I thought Revis looked kinda uninterested, but that’s the head coach’s fault if his players aren’t ready to go.

Would You Expect Anything Else?--Getty Images

Sanchez was ‘big’ late in the game, but the fans (including yours truly) was calling for his head in the first half. Sanchez completed only two passes and was routinely short-hopping his receivers. I was ready to see what 41-year-old Mark Brunell could do, but Sanchez saved himself in the third quarter. 

A fun stat: The Bills rushed four or fewer rushers on 79 percent of their plays. The Denver Broncos did it only 45 percent of the time last week. See the difference?

The Jets are still ninth place in the AFC and will now travel to Washington to take on the Skins. Winning in Washington is always tough, so we’ll see if Ryan can rally his team.

It’s no secret that Mark Sanchez hasn’t played well this season. During his last two games, Sanchez has thrown three interceptions to only one touchdown, completed only 55 percent of his passes, and taken eight sacks. It’s easy to blame the offensive line, the receivers, the offensive coordinator, but the onus falls on the quarterback’s shoulders and Mark needs to rally his team. Maybe his boisterous head coach started that process this week at practice..

Brunell Being Brunell--AP Photo

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No one AND I MEAN NO ONE circles the wagons like the Buffalo Bills.

The 4-3 Buffalo Bills have been one of the AFC’s biggest surprises this season. Led by perennial MVP candidate Fred Jackson, the Bills offense has been extremely impressive, putting up 380 total yards per game (10th best). The 4-3 New York Jets, led by perennial coach of the year candidate, Rex Ryan, have watched their defense improve week after week. The Jets are yielding 196.7 total yards per game through the air (7th best) and are coming off a huge home win against the San Diego Chargers. With the Patriots losing last weekend, these two teams are only a game out of first place. Which team will inch closer to playoffs after Sunday’s game?

Shonn Running Like Its 2009--AP Photo

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