2011 New York Jets: Win It All This Year or Be NFL's Laughing Stock

Aidan MackieSenior Analyst IJune 22, 2011

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - JANUARY 08:  Head coach Rex Ryan and Mark Sanchez #6 of the New York Jets talk on the field during warm ups against the Indianapolis Colts during their 2011 AFC wild card playoff game at Lucas Oil Stadium on January 8, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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In 2009, the Jets began a new era in their franchise: the era of Mark Sanchez and Rex Ryan. With them, the team has compiled a 20-12 record and has gone to two straight AFC Championship games, only to fall short of the Super Bowl both times.

Ryan is known for his brash attitude and arrogance. In his first two years, he has said that the Jets will win the Super Bowl that year. Both times he was wrong. Many have let his remarks slide, as the Jets have attained more success under his wing then any other coach in recent years. But even as the lockout looms, Ryan has predicted that the Jets will win the Super Bowl...again.

He has essentially put pressure on his team again this year, as they are constantly under the spotlight. Gang Green is a team that everyone loves to hate. If they do not come through as Ryan has foretold, than they will face massive criticism and risk being the laughing stock of the National Football League.

With impending free agents such as Braylon Edwards, Santonio Holmes, Antonio Cromartie and Brodney Pool, the Jets are in a position to lose many of their key contributors. Their quarterback, Mark Sanchez, can struggle at times, despite star receivers and a fabulous offensive line.

Ryan has put more pressure on him than he has ever face before, as he believes Sanchez is an elite QB—something he obviously is not. Ryan seems blinded by his incredible ego. Ultimately, the Jets' success will be decided by the play of their team, not by the comments of their coach. With the season nearly upon us, only one thing is certain for Gang Green: either they win this year, or become the NFL's next laughing stock.