Same old Jets? Not really
Posted by keithosaunders on January 26, 2011
It was a disappointing championship Sunday for this ex-New Yorker and I can’t say that I’m looking forward to this years Superbowl between the Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers need another Superbowl ring like the Bay Area needs more fog. I’ll be rooting for Green Bay but I’m mostly just hoping for a compelling game.
In Pittsburgh the Jets, after being all but left for dead in the first half, managed to put up a good fight, damn near pulling off what would have been the greatest AFC championship comeback ever. They fell short due in no small part to Steelers coach Mike Tomlin’s terrific game plan. He saw what the Jets secondary did to Tom Brady and he decided to go a different direction. That direction consisted of running Rashard Mendenhall down the Jets throat. Mendenhall single-handedly won the game for the Steelers in the first half rushing for 95 yards. Every time he touched the ball it seemed as if he gained at least 8 yards. The opening drive alone ate up over nine minutes. Ben Roethlisberger, or as someone on my Twitter feed referred to him as, Rapey, did not have a great game statistically but he made the clutch plays down the stretch. None was more devisatating than the 3rd down 14 yard completion to Heath Miller with less than two minutes in the game. Roethlisberger was flushed out of the pocket and it looked for an instant that he would be sacked but he managed to get the pass off while being chased to the sideline. You just can’t tackle him!
Jets coach Rex Ryan has taken a lot of heat for his post game comments in which he said that the Jets will be back in the championship game and that he expects to win a Superbowl. Media and fans alike seem to want Ryan to keep a lower profile. I heard his post game interview and I found nothing offensive about his comments. What do people want him to say — that the Jets had their chance and will be lucky to return?!
I became a big Ryan fan after the foot fetish story broke. The way I see anyone freaky enough to post foot videos of him and his wife on youtube is OK in my book! As far as I’m concerned he’s got carte blanche to talk as much trash as he sees fit.
The truth is that the Jets are not as good as the Steelers. Their defense is top of the line but too often their offense has been inconsistent. Does anybody really believe that Mark Sanchez, at this point in his career, is a Superbowl quarterback? What the Jets really need going forward is a home playoff game.
So are these the same old Jets? I don’t think so. After several years of mediocrity the Jets are relevant again. They have been to the championship game in consecutive years and they are a relatively young team. They didn’t choke against the Steelers; in fact they were a few plays from pulling off the upset of the century. Pass me the koolaid!