Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 10/3/12

"Gang Green" has been turning their fans red for years now. It has been said that the Jets are cursed. The
worst part is when they look like they have gotten past all of the negatives and appear to be contenders. Then something inevitably happens, and wipes it all away.

This year however, doesn't feel that bad. That is IF you prepared your mind for it. All the signs were there. A poor off season of drafting. A mind bending free agent acquisition. And a head coach thinking that not joking around would solve the problems with his team.

Now we all see that a stoic straight face doesn't help your linebackers tackle, nor does it make your receivers catch the ball. Unfortunately, it doesn't help your quarterback reach his potential either. This is why Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez, is on his way out the door . . . if he's lucky.

Rex Ryan is a very likable guy. I liked him. I didn't care about his bragging and cursing, because I know that has nothing to do with the outcome of a football game. That just gives the six-billion members of the media something to right about to justify their weekly pay checks. 

The problem with Ryan is that he is continually showing that he is a very good defensive coordinator and not a very good head coach. While i'm not sure what the exact division of power is within Jets managment, I know that a good head coach wouldn't go into a season with a quarterback he proclaims to love, and give him this to work with.

I have never believed that the acquisition of Tim Tebow was a football decision. It's mostly because Tebow is a horrible quarterback. But if you notice, it's a "football" decision that only one other team in the league looked remotely interested in making.

So either the Jets were prophetic geniuses, or they were idiots. You don't need to be Nostradamus to see where they fall on that scale at the moment. 

So assuming the season continues on its ugly path. And assuming Jets owner Woody Johnson had nothing to do with the Tebow move (which I believe he did), or any of the other terrible moves and non moves that were made, people are going to get fired at the end of this year. 


Tannenbaum needs to go if for no other reason than he constantly talks and never says a thing. He is the king
of double talk, in an NFL that glorifies "saying all the right things". In common parlance that means lying through your teeth. 

Some of the things Tannenbaum has never explained was why the Jets let go of Plaxico Burress. Sure, between the 20's he was pretty much a coat rack. But his red zone value could not be denied. Burress caught eight touchdowns fresh out of prison. He couldn't be helpful a year removed from inactivity?

He never explained why they never went after Braylon Edwards when they were in clear need of a wide out this year. Edwards and Sanchez had good chemistry. Edwards had 904 yards and seven touchdowns his last year with the Jets. Again, he could have offered no value to this putrid offense?

Tannenbaum has worn out his welcome. All talk and no action, equals no wins and no job around these parts.


Although I don't think you have to be a drill instructor to get productivity out of a football team, you can't show signs of dementia either. Ryan takes the "players coach" moniker to a whole other level. Unfortunately it's not an upper level with regard to the results. 

Ryan not only never says anything bad about his players, he never acknowledges their failures and short comings. You don't have to berate your team in public (although it would be entertaining), but what is wrong with being realistic. 

That is where Ryan starts to leave the plantation. He doesn't seem to know how bad his team is. He went on ESPN radio several times praising Wayne Hunter all the way up until they traded him for Rams bust Jason Smith. EVEN WAYNE HUNTER SAID HE PLAYED BADLY! But Rex never did.

You can't be that delusional and have full control of a professional football team. Sorry Rex, but i'm sure you'll leave with a smile on your face.


Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said he didn't believe Mark Sanchez was ready to be a starting quarterback in the NFL. There were times Pete looked dead wrong. And there were times that Pete looked absolutely right. The problem is that Sanchez never had the chance to prove or dis-prove Carroll's assertions. 

I don't think Sanchez will ever be elite. Certainly not by my old school standards of elite. Can he be a really good game manager and win with a jacked up team around him? Yes. Does he have anything close to a jacked up team around him? HELL NO!

It is no surprise that as the Jets teams have gotten worse talent-wise over the past two years, Sanchez has gotten worse over the past two years. In effect the Jets are systematically ruining whatever career Sanchez could have had in the NFL if given a fighting chance.

But when your drafted at #5 over all, and your coach is screaming to the heavens that he wants to ground and pound the football, you have to know you're in trouble.

If Sanchez was smart he would fake a back injury and ask to be traded or released after this year. Just drop to the ground screaming, in English or Spanish it doesn't matter. Actually Spanish would be better for dramatic effect.

There may be a few teams who will sympathize with his predicament and give him a chance to compete for a starting position. However, if things continue as is, he is out the door when the next coach and GM are inserted. Because all they will see is another first round bust who couldn't make it at the top. Either way, he won't be strolling down Broadway anymore.

TIM TEBOW - JETS . . . ????

I actually feel sorry for Tim Tebow. I know he would say that I shouldn't because he has a special relationship with Jesus. But he needs a special relationship with a psychotherapist if he thinks that coming to the Jets aided him in anyway in his quest to be an NFL quarterback.

Much like Sanchez, Tebow's career (at least the one he wanted) is being ruined by the Jets. Yes, the reality is that he wasn't going to be a starting QB. But at least he had some chips play with after his success in Denver. Now the stench of being on the punt cover team is what will be fresh in everyone's mind.

He says he wants to minister to people. Well here is a lesson he can put in his sermons. There is such a thing as being too nice. By taking any scrap assignment the Jets tossed to him, he has diminished his chances of even getting a tryout for a quarterback spot. 

Even his wildcat prowess has taken a hit because of all the weight the Jets made him pack on. He is now slower and less agile and can't even get away from a single tackler as the pathetic wildcat plays have exposed.

Again, like Sanchez, if Tebow were smart he would asked to be released from his contract and see if there is anyone out there willing to give him another chance. Or, just cut to the chase and build a mega church and get on with what he does best . . . being a really nice guy.

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