Not only did the team collapse on the field, but in the weeks after the season ended, stories came out that painted the Jets as a splintered franchise in utter disarray.
It seemed like the only way for the Jets to fix the situation was to blow it up and start over.
However, funny things started happening as the offseason wore on.
Sanchez and Holmes started hanging out together, Ryan disappeared out of the public eye and new assistant coach Tony Sparano became the loudest voice in camp.
Things have changed around the Jets, and they have changed for the better.
Gone is the boasting about how good their defense is, gone are the Super Bowl predictions and gone is the strife that tore apart the locker room in 2011.
There's a lot to look forward to in 2012 for the Jets and here are the most encouraging signs that the team is back on the right track.