New York Jets: 5 Reasons 2012 Will Be a Season to Forget
These days it isn't easy being green.
The Jets have continuously failed to live up the sky-high expectations that go along with "New York" being in front of your team name.
An 8-8 record and no postseason was not exactly the next step for a team that had lost two straight AFC Championship games. However, that's exactly what the Jets produced last season along with a lot of dysfunctional team activity.
New York did shake the world up by acquiring an expendable media superstar in Tim Tebow after he was banished from Denver. But will that be enough to turn this team back around to winning ways? Let's take a look at the top five reasons why this season may just be another forgettable one for the Jets.
5. The Patriots Are Still in the AFC East
Newsflash: The Patriots are still a very good football team.
Don't let that loss in the Super Bowl to the New York Giants fool you. The Patriots were not quite at full strength and they still almost managed to beat the red-hot Giants.
Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez have formed a deadly tight end duo and now Tom Brady will have a legitimate No. 2 wideout to throw to in Brandon Lloyd.
New England is still looking strong and the Jets have to play them twice next season. That goes without mentioning possible playoff scenarios where the Patriots would very likely take out the Jets with relative ease. With this big roadblock standing directly in the Jets' way, it's hard to see how they can hope to advance very far this upcoming season.
4. Rex Ryan Is Growing Impatient
After coming oh so close to fulfilling his promises of Super Bowl rings in the past few seasons, Rex Ryan may be getting a little frustrated with his team's regression.
Ryan is a very emotional coach and invests a lot of effort into his teams, so when he doesn't see the results he likes, it upsets him. This could be bringing him to a boiling point where he simply doesn't want to keep working with guys who aren't giving him the same effort he gives them.
If he gets frustrated enough, Ryan may try to make drastic changes throughout the season that may just harm the team more than it helps them.
3. Defense Can Only Carry the Team so Far
The old adage "defense wins championships" is heavily debated, but the Jets are beginning to prove that you will need an offense too.
There's no question that the Jets have one of the best defenses in the NFL with elite players like Darrelle Revis and Bart Scott. However, at some point in a game or a season, the offense is going to have to produce enough points to win. The Jets can keep stopping offenses, but that's worth nothing when their O is getting stuffed too.
Without making any serious upgrades to a lackluster offense, the Jets defense could be headed for another season of having to carry the team.
2. Team Unity Is Still in Question
The Jets had a lot of controversy last season regarding players not exactly seeing eye to eye.
These type of rifts are what truly tears a team apart from the inside out. Bad chemistry can lead directly to bad team play and it's all downhill from there.
If the Jets haven't fully patched things up within their own team, how can they hope to unify and beat other teams?
1. The Arrival of Tim Tebow Won't Live Up to the Hype
Tim Tebow is now a New York Jet and after leading the Broncos to an upset win over the Steelers in the playoffs last year, New York has high expectations for him.
You can expect Tebow to be an encouraging force and leader in the locker room while also providing a lot of effort to help the team in whichever way he can. However, when he's on the field, Tebow still has a lot of work to do as a quarterback and the Jets' current offerings of receivers and running backs won't be much of a crutch for him to stand on.
Other teams have already figured out the Wildcat offense after the Dolphins implemented it a few years ago, so any attempt by the Jets to use Tebow in a package like that would only be set up for failure.
Tebow is indeed a gamer, a baller and a shot caller, but he won't be winning too much with the Jets this next season.