2010 NFL Preseason: New York Jets Defeat Philadelphia Eagles In Finale
The New York Jets closed out their 2010 preseason schedule tonight, defeating the Philadelphia Eagles 21-17 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. This victory leaves Jets' fans with one thought in mind:
Who really cares?
Rex Ryan certainly didn't, as he kept most of the Jets' projected starters out of the lineup and had only 33 team members wear pads for tonight's "dress" rehearsal.
Ryan cared so little that he even let quarterback Mark Sanchez spell offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, allowing him to call a few plays from the sideline.
So what did we learn by watching the Jets' final preseason game of 2010? .
On The Mark At QB
The good news for Jets' fans is that there will always be a QB named Mark taking snaps under center during the 2010 Jets' Super Bowl quest.
The bad news? Tonight's starter was Mark Brunell.
For the diehards out there, here's the rest of how tonight's starting lineup looked:
LT Wayne Hunter, LG Vladimir Ducasse, C Rob Turner, RG Matt Slauson, RT Dan Gay, WR Santonio Holmes, WR David Clowney, TE Matt Mulligan, RB Joe McKnight, FB John Conner.
Defensive Struggle For Fans
The only struggle this evening was for Jets' fans, who were forced to watch the second/third-string defensive units.
For those who care, here's what tonight's starting defensive lineup looked like:
DE Martin Tevaseu, NT Matt Kroll, DL Ty Steinkuhler, OLB Vernon Gholston, ILB Lance Laury, ILB Brashton Satele, OLB Jamaal Westerman, CB Marquice Cole, CB Drew Coleman, S James Ihedigbo, S Emanuel Cook.
Ricky Foley Was In The House!
Crack open the bubbly Jets' fans, OLB Ricky Foley was in uniform tonight!
Foley is a former Canadian Football League sack-master who was released by the Seattle Seahawks earlier this week.
So what's he doing here?
Foley was claimed off waivers in an effort to beef up the depleted pass rush now that Calvin Pace will be out for awhile.
Brunell Doesn't Stink
Mark Brunell was surrounded by talent tonight- second/third-string talent in the form of Joe McKnight and David Clowney.
NFL preseason-finale football at its very finest folks!
Brunell looked fairly decent tonight, completing 11 of 17 passes for 118 yards and 2 TDs.
Take a good look at wide receiver Brooks Foster during pregame warm-ups folks.
After tonight's game, you'll probably never see him in a Jets' uniform again.
It's A Bird.... It's A Plane....
OK, so it's really just an Eagle and a Jet.
Even still, is that really Jets' DE Vernon Gholston getting in on an ACTUAL TACKLE against Eagles' QB Michael Vick?
Perhaps there's a Superman symbol across this guy's chest after all.
Great performance by Santonio Holmes tonight, catching 4 passes for 97 yards and a touchdown.
Jets' fans will anxiously be awaiting his return in Week #5 of the regular season.
I'm Stretching Here Folks
Wide receiver Santonio Holmes and the second/third-string Jets weren't the only guys reaching deep within themselves tonight in hopes of proving something to Jets' fans.
As a sports writer, it's extremely challenging to entertain your readers when you yourself are bored at the sight of the game you're watching.
Nothing gets any worse than watching an NFL preseason finale, even if it includes your favorite team.
And that's no stretch.
Braylon Edwards Wondering The Same Thing We Were
When will the clock run out on this poor excuse for an NFL game?
Braylon Edwards grew tired of looking at the clock in hopes that it would somehow end the game sooner.
So Edwards did what any bored wide receiver would do- he handed the duties over to his QB, Mark Sanchez.
Sanchez appears to be in considerably more pain watching tonight's game than he was while playing last weekend against the Washington Redskins (when teammate Vlad Ducasse left him completely unprotected against the Redskins' pass rush).
For those diehards who truly care, the Jets' Time of Possession was actually quite impressive, as they held the football for 37:51.
History Repeats Itself
Tonight's game between the Jets and Eagles marked the 10th straight year in which the two teams battled it out in a preseason finale.
The Jets' continued their preseason domination of the Eagles, extending their streak against Andy Reid's squad to nine straight victories.
If only we had the commemorative ticket stub to list on EBay.