EVEN WHEN THE JETS WIN, THEY LOSE

l-r Woody Johnson, Rex Ryan, and John Idzik

(Left to right) Woody Johnson, Rex Ryan, and John Idzik

As a Jets fan since 1971, let me preface this rant by saying I wish nothing but the best for my favorite team. That was why I rooted so hard for them to lose that game against the Tennessee Titans yesterday. Despite Rex Ryan’s objections, this team winning more games this season contributes to their demise rather than their emergence. Same as last season. As it turned out, winning games in December last season inevitably produced the worst possible scenario for this organization. It gave them a false sense of confidence that they were headed down the right path, when it was nothing but an illusion. A 3-11 illusion.

Now Jets fans are left to wonder if anyone in this organization knows their ass from their elbow. Jets fans want a quarterback, plain and simple. An NFL quarterback who doesn’t try to throw into triple coverage or try to throw the ball downfield as they are being pulled down from the fierce pass rush that has just blown by this porous offensive line. And acquiring that aforementioned quarterback is normally accomplished via the draft. Sure, getting said QB is not solely contingent on getting the first pick. But the Jets’ talent evaluators have shown no ability to identify a good player, let alone a good QB, if he walked up to them and smacked them flush in the face. So accordingly, Jets fans want them to be in the most advantageous position possible in the draft. Hoping against hope they’ll get it right this time for a change. Their recent history shows this will probably result in attempting a trade or acquiring a quarterback through free agency. Did someone say RGIII?

But the question of who is going to make the decisions going forward for this franchise has come under scrutiny. Ask a Jets fan in the street and he/she will tell you that GM John Idzik is not the man for the job. There are billboards plastered all over New Jersey that will attest to that. But word has come out of Florham Park that Idzik is assisting owner Woody Johnson in the search for a new head coach. That tells me that Idzik will survive the dismantling of this front office. If not, why would he be involved in the vetting of a new head coach? And that would bring up the inevitable question of whether Mr. Johnson is in his right mind and capable of  hiring someone who can improve this franchise’s fortunes.

In the end , Oregon QB and Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota, considered the best signal caller coming out in the draft next year, is probably breathing a sigh of relief that he won’t be subjected to the drama and the dysfunction that has recently become the trademark of this Jets franchise. By winning this game against the Titans, the Jets dropped from potentially having the second selection in the draft down to sixth. Thereby eliminating any chance at Mariota, who should be selected among the top two or three picks. Crab thief Jameis Winston won’t be there either, for those who want that train wreck. 

So, as of this moment, the New York Jets give all the appearances of being as clueless as ever about the process of becoming a successful franchise in this NFL. As the saying goes: A team without a quarterback has no shot at the Lombardi Trophy. That blame falls squarely in the lap of their owner. A man who thought they would be better this season. Which shows how much he knows, in his own words. And that is precisely why they are in the position they’re in now and probably will be for the foreseeable future. Too bad we can’t fire the owner.

 

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About Luis Fernandez

I am a NYC native & have followed New York sports for the last 45 years. Attended Fordham Preparatory H.S., Manhattan College, & C.W. Post. Former co-host of "Truth Be Told" & "Real Talk Sports" podcasts. Began "The Empire State Of Sports" in 2014.
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