The New York Jets started the 2008-2009 year with great hopes that included going deep into the postseason. Unfortunately, those hopes did not come true because a late season collapse cost the Jets the playoffs.
In the off-season, the Jets made great moves to revive an offensive line that killed NYJ QB/RB's in the 2007-2008 campaign, and they also made some moves on D that included picking up Calvin Pace, the very talented LB. But the biggest move was obviously the trade for hall of fame QB, Brett Favre.
The Jets started off the year a little shaky with a 1-2 record, including a win vs the AFC East champ Miami Dolphins, and losses vs the New England Patriots and the AFC West champ San Diego Chargers. Favre was not looking good and it was a foreshadow for the season.
The Jets then picked up their game with wins over the NFC West champ Arizona Cardinals, and then a win over the Cincinnati Bengals. They then lost to the Oakland Raiders on a ridiculous 57 yd OT winning FG by Sebastian Janikowski, which was the first of some disappointing west losses for the Jets, making the Jets 3-3.
Then the great mid-season began, and the Jets won five in a row over the Chiefs, Bills, Rams, Patriots, and the NFL's No. 1 team, the Titans, to put the Jets at 8-3 and third in the AFC.
But whatever comes up must come down, and that was proven when the Jets then lost four of their last five. Their one win came from an awful play call from the Bills. The Jets lost to the Broncos, Seahawks, 49ers, and the AFC East Champ Dolphins, which made the Jets finish at 9-7. This was not good enough to make the playoffs.
A very disappointing year for the Jets, and it was so because of very poor coaching and a 22-22 TD/INT year by the 39 year old Favre. Eric Mangini was fired less than 24 hours after the season, opening up a coaching spot and probably more to come.
My advice for the Jets: Don't bring back Favre and get some new coaches, and maybe next year we can get a wild card spot.
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