Champions make the difficult decisions necessary to right a ship that has gone off course. World champions possess the humility to know when their best-laid plans have gone awry. For the New York Jets, the time has certainly come for their schematic GPS to recalculate. The chalkboard erasures that Rex Ryan and Company dare to make in the coming days may very well determine the fate of the Jets' 2011 campaign.
Finding themselves on the business end of two consecutive morale-compromising losses, Gang Green has been left scratching their collective heads while they search for an identity that was once so certain. Defiantly fundamental, the Jets have exhausted themselves on a crusade to be the last remaining disciple of a traditional formula. Their rush-centric offense and life-saving defense has deteriorated into nothing more than an aged system that a majority of schematic experts in the sport believe has become the thing of antiquity.
Undoubtedly, there are thousands if not hundreds of thousands of Monday morning armchair quarterbacks who believe they possess a higher football IQ than the Jets brain trust and believe they could easily repair what is broken at Met Life Stadium. I have a unique proposal to change the current Jets' course destined for postseason purgatory.
I am of the minority that believes that the true answer, the new course to salvation, is hidden within these six quotes made by Rex himself in his best-selling 2011 biography, Play Like You Mean It.