The 2012 New York Jets are bad. There's no way around that fact.
Injuries have devastated this team, but they were bad before Darrelle Revis and Santonio Holmes went down with season-ending injuries. A lot of blame for why the Jets are bad falls on head coach Rex Ryan.
The Jets are not playing well on the field. Their 2-3 record can actually be conceived as flattering. Their loss to Houston on Monday night was the best they've looked since that promising Week 1 blowout against Buffalo.
Consider that their best performance in four weeks was a game in which the offense only scored 10 points and the defense gave up 169 rushing yards, and you'll know all you need to about how this season has been going.
The team's poor performance must be attributed, at least in part, to the coaching staff, headed by Ryan. Over the past few years, the team has also developed a negative reputation.
That, more than the poor play, is Rex Ryan's fault.
Rex Ryan and his faithful old linebacker Bart Scott took offense when the franchise was labeled as a circus at the beginning of the season. But all they have to do is take a step back and look at what comes out of Jets camp on a weekly basis and the performance on the field every Sunday.
This team is a circus.
And it doesn't look like it's leaving town anytime soon.