December 23, 2012
Just in case you thought I just went and hid in a box for the last few days, I’m here to say I’m well aware of what’s been going on in the sports world. I’m very happy to know the dysfunctional and disgusting season of the New York Jets will end without seeing them in the playoffs. I actually figured there wasn’t too much for me to say since everyone in the sports media was talking about how terrible the Jets are. The only person I do feel bad for is quarterback Tim Tebow, because I feel like he was mislead by the coaches and management. As for the rest of the team, it’s goodbye and it’s not a moment too soon. Everything that’s going on with this team doesn’t come as a surprise to me because I saw this train wreck coming a long time ago. You still had a cancerous locker room environment along with a quarterback(who isn’t even the starter anymore)in Mark Sanchez who has turned the ball over 50 times since the start of last season. Most of all, you had a head coach in Rex Ryan who has no control of that cancerous locker room and appears to be a shell of the man who coached the Jets to two straight AFC Championship Game appearances in his first two seasons in that position. The only thing that’s surprising is how much media attention this team gets on a weekly basis. I never understood how a team that is below average is even worthy of that type of attention. I understand the Jets play in the nation’s #1 media market, but that shouldn’t be an excuse to cover a team whose on-the-field product is so poor. The question now is what to do with this team in the off-season. There are a lot of questions that need to be answered, and I think I have some answers. First, Tebow needs to go to a place where he knows he will be utilized. All you kept hearing about was this great plan the Jets had for Tebow, when it turned out they had no plan at all. Sanchez might have played his final game as a Jet, and for him, it’s probably the best thing. I know he’s been a turnover machine, but it would help if there were some weapons around him. Speaking of the lack of weapons, that’s a direct reflection on coaching and management, and there should be some changes coming on that front as well. Ryan may be in danger of losing his job, and so is offensive coordinator Tony Sparano. The general manager, Mike Tannenbaum, might be on the way out the door as well(all of these men would be gone if I was the owner of the team). In other words, it’s probably time to clean house in New York. The Jets weren’t built the right way in the first place, and we’re all seeing the end result. You have to get players with the sole purpose of winning football games, not to try and win the tabloid war. It’s clear the Jets were all about the tabloid war in New York, and now those same tabloids are talking about how sorry they are. I personally think it well deserved, but I also feel like it’s time to stop talking about this team after today. The papers and news outlets should be dedicated to the teams that still have the chance to make the playoffs and ultimately, make a run at the Super Bowl, not on teams that don’t have a shot. The Jets are a mess, and we all know that. Until the mess is cleaned up, it will continue to be disappointing for Jets fans.
By Charles Taylor