Let the suffering begin.
As a Jets fan, I have suffered through a lot of tough times: the Mangenious era, the ill-fated “get your hopes up and then see them abhorrently crushed” year of Brett Favre, and, of course, these last two years of the Sanchize. The thing is, while the Jets have had their highs and their many more lows, I always had something to look forward to in the fall if the Jets weren’t playoff material – Yankees playoff baseball. Even in 2008 when they didn’t make the playoffs for the first time in over a decade, the Yankees fought until the last weekend to send off the old Yankee Stadium with one more playoff run. But with the Bronx Bombers playing most of the season without a full deck, their chances of catching that second Wild Card spot are slim to none at this point. So with the Knicks and Rangers at least a couple of months away, my attention will squarely on the New York Jets.
If the Jets preseason is any indication of what their regular season is going to be like, I’m more scared then I was last year. Last preseason saw the Jets scored their first offensive touchdown in the absolutely meaningless 4th preseason game by third stringers. Of course, the Jets were amongst the worst offensive teams last season. This year, with only a week and a half to go til Week 1, they still don’t have a named first string QB. After Geno Smith played like a typical inexperienced rookie last week, it seemed pretty much set that, much to the chagrin of Jet fans, Mark Sanchez was going to be the starting quarterback for at the least the beginning of the season. But, alas, Rex Ryan pulls off one of the most naïve and stupid decisions in recent football memory. He puts Sanchez in the game in the 4th quarters with backup offensive linemen, gets hit hard, and consequently hurts his throwing shoulder.
New general manager John Idzik was brought in to rid of the circus that is the New York Jets Football organization. But he has let the ringmaster Rex Ryan run loose, and the animals have been let out from their cages. This is gonna be one long, depressing season.
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