I never planned on watching the Monday Night Football matchup between the New York Jets and the Tennessee Titans. The game seemed like another battle between two below-average AFC teams. I thought I would rather watch a re-run of the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. However, I began flipping channels and I found myself glued to my television set. I literally laughed out loud watching this game.
I loved watching a hilariously bad game where turnovers, incomplete passes and punting were on full display. I began to realize just how hard the New York Jets have fallen over the past two seasons.
Forget the Tim Tebow controversies. The Jets have fallen because they've lacked draft picks, made terrible investments and have had no offensive identity the last two seasons.
The Jets were a few plays away from a Super Bowl just two years ago. However, those playoff runs were simply mirages. This team under Rex Ryan has never been better than a wild card team. It simply got hot in the playoffs.
Mark Sanchez’s lack of ability to play quarterback and Rex Ryan’s lack of ability to develop young offensive talent were disguised by a fantastic running game and defense led by a lot of veteran players. Those veteran players have aged and some have even retired. Rex’s coaching staff has had no new considerable talent come through the past two seasons due to poor drafting. That has exposed a team that once hyped itself as a Super Bowl juggernaut.
The Jets currently find themselves in a messy situation regarding Mark Sanchez’s contract. It’s become abundantly clear that Mark is simply finished in New York. However, the Jets gave him a contract extension worth $8.25 million. They could be stuck paying Sanchez, which will cripple their chances of rebuilding. This has happened before with players like Santonio Holmes, so no one should be surprised.
The Jets' inability to draft star players after 2007 is due to the amount of draft picks given away for veteran players such as Santonio Holmes, Braylon Edwards, and even Tim Tebow. When the Jets do have draft picks, they waste them by drafting non-impact players like Kenrick Ellis. Good NFL teams find solid players in the later rounds. The Jets don't do that. They now look like one of the most talent-deprived rosters in the NFL and that falls strictly on the decision-making of Mike Tannenbaum and Rex Ryan.
The Jets are not the worst team in the National Football League. They are the worst organization. They lack an identity yet guarantee Super Bowls. They sign the media’s favorite player and then pretend they did not want all of the attention. Poor decision-making will not only cost the Jets this year, but for years to come. Jets fans, I actually feel sorry for you.
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