Well if the Jets collapse wasn’t enough to make Jets fans sick to their stomachs, this weekend’s championship game match-ups are surely enough to induce nausea, as it appears we are on a collision course for another lose-lose, virtually un-watchable, Giants vs Patriots Super Bowl.
I refrained from posting much since the Miami debacle because it has taken me a while to come to terms with the fact that I would not be able to watch playoff football that is meaningful to me. However, this all changed over Divisional weekend as now I, and most of my fellow Jets fans have a serious rooting interest in each of this weekend’s games as I can be quite certain that no one wants a repeat of 2007. Having to watch another Giants vs Patriots would be like having to decide between getting kicked in the nuts or punched in the face, pain regardless of the outcome. In fact, the only thing I was rooting (as sick as it may sound) was a terrorist attack or an act of God in order to prevent the game from actually being played.
It appears as though it is a virtual certainty that the Patriots will represent the AFC in Super Bowl 46, making them perhaps one of the worst teams to make it to a Super Bowl. The other side of the equation is a bit more murky because it is almost a toss-up as to who will win the NFC Championship between the Giants and the 49ers. The ideal outcome would be a Harbaugh Bowl but I think most would agree that’s rather unlikely. If it comes down to it (which I believe it will), I will probably find myself hoping that the Patriots win, yes it might sound sacreligious but being from Northern New Jersey and living in the City I don’t have to deal with very many Pats fans as opposed to an army of Big Blue morons. I might even consider leaving the country because the thought of another Giants victory parade taking place mere blocks away from my home is too much to bear.
Taking off my fan hat for a moment, I thought I would address some of the Jets newsworthy events that I’ve neglected over the last month:
Schotty Out Sparano In:
Nobody truly believed that embattled offensive coordinator, Brian Schottenheimer could have possibly returned after the mess that was the 2011 season, regardless of the fact that both Rex and Tannenbaum stood behind him in their season-ending press conference. It was simply posturing and not wanting to sabotage any potential opportunity that Schotty had at a head coaching job, which would have gotten the Jets off the hook for the last two years if his contract. As for the hiring of Sparano, when Pro Football Talk floated the rumor that Sparano and Haley wanted to team up and join the Jets, I would have said sign me up. Having said that,
I think the Jets did it backwards, Haley should have been named the offensive coordinator considering he actually has experience at that position and they should have named Sparano the offensive line coach/assistant head coach/running game coordinator. But now Sparano is the offensive coordinator (for better or worse, probably better) and Haley looks like he will opt to rejoin the Cardinals coaching staff. Rex wants to re-commit to the run and that was reflected in the Sparano hiring and will probably also be reflected in their off-season personnel move.
Sanchez Controversy/Peyton Manning Rumors:
Last week Manish Mehta of the Daily News cited unnamed players who questioned Mark Sanchez’s ability as the Jets number one signal caller, his work ethic, and his status as the team’s franchise quarterback . One player even said that the organization should jump at the opportunity to acquire Peyton Manning if available. I think the Manning to the Jets rumors are far-fetched, unsubstantiated, and just another excuse for Gary Myers to continue writing.
If Mike Tannenbaum learned anything from the Favre Fiasco is that making short-sighted moves do not translate into wins or championships. The Jets have too many holes right now and are the least equipped they have been since 2008 to “win-now.” With that said, you know that Tannenbaum will at the very least inquire and it will be a situation to watch going forward but I would still say its highly unlikely that they abandon ship on Sanchez after year three.