New York Jets' Media Circus Continues with Latest Public Embarrassment
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I'll be honest, I'm a New York Jets fan.
It wasn't so much of a choice as it was a birthright: My entire family supports Gang Green and has for as long as I can remember.
But the glory days of Vinny Testaverde and Bill Parcells have long since passed. In their place is an absolute farce of an NFL franchise, which was once again publicly exposed in their belated season-ending press conference yesterday.
Where to start?
Head Coach Rex Ryan did a tremendous job of talking in circles yesterday, whether it be in regards to now ex-defensive coordinator Mike Pettine (who has since taken a job in Buffalo, a divisional opponent) or how feared his team would be in 2013.
We could of course visit Ryan essentially calling for a "do-over" on the last four years of his coaching career. Wouldn't it be great to deliver sub-par performances at work and then be able to call a mulligan on it? WFAN's Mike Francesa put it best yesterday when he said he had "never, in over twenty years, seen a head coach ask for a do-over."
We could then visit the provision that owner Woody Johnson has put in place for the eventual general manager of this team, that being that Ryan will remain the head coach and have final say on all personnel decisions.
As is evidenced from the past few years, Rex doesn't exactly have a penchant for choosing superstars. He enjoyed success earlier in his coaching career from players who were in place before he got there. He then systematically got rid of said players, and replaced them with hand-picked favorites.
Johnson's favoritism towards Ryan shone through like never before yesterday, as he pledged his undying loyalty to a man who has reduced his franchise to nothing more than a joke. And lest we forget, Ryan was the one that wanted—and got—Mark Sanchez.
That leads us to the quarterback position, arguably the most glaring problem amongst many for this Jets team heading into next season.
Mark Sanchez is owed $8.25 million next year, completely guaranteed, and is unlikely to be heading anywhere. And while Rex and Woody proclaimed yesterday that the position would be an open competition, Sanchez has yet to have a competent backup in his four years as a Jets starter.
And with limited cap room heading into the new year, you can forget about the Jets landing any sort of top-tier free agent to aid them.
There's one thing I believe to be true: So long as Rex Ryan has the final say on personnel decisions, the New York Jets will be confined to the same mundane mediocrity they have "enjoyed" over the course of the past two seasons.
Unfortunately, Rex won't be able to talk his way out of that.
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