Don't get your hopes up, Ne York Jets Nation. Your team has won two games on gifts. Last week against the Patriots they were the beneficiaries of enforcement of an odd referee penalty call against the Pats. A defensive lineman pushed the other in the back in attempt to block a field goal, and this is a penalty.
The infraction has never been called in the history of the National Football League. In the game the Jets got a second life and kicked a shorter field goal to win the game. It makes you wonder if the game was fixed so the Jets would win.
The Jets got even luckier in a win against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Late in the game a Buc defender mindlessly hit a Jet player when out of bounds. The stupid mistake gave the Jets a first down and propelled them to victory.
In both cases, it wasn't so much what the Jets did positively as numbskull mistakes by the other teams. So instead of their record of four wins and three losses, they could easily be two and five and all of New York would be calling for coach Rex Ryan to be fired. Luck plays a part in NFL
outcomes, and mistakes are integral to the game. To their credit, the Jets didn't make the mistakes.
But these are the Jets. They haven't won a Super Bowl in 46 years but who's counting? Nor have they been to one since then. They have been hapless and hopeless for most of those years watching their cross-town New York Giants snag football glory repeatedly.
Recall the pre-season prognosticators who rates the Jets as the 32nd best team in the league; in other words, the worst. Asked about this at a press conference, coach Rex Ryan called the rating "comical." Rambunctuous Rex took the media's bait once again, couldn't resist the chance to talk trash. On his deathbed, Rex will be saying stuff like: "No way I'm going to die. I don't see it. I think the Jets are going to the Super Bowl and we will get a ring before the current president of the United States leaves office. I don't care. That's how I feel. I'm going to say what I want to say."
My favorite part of living in the New York area is not being a Jets or Giants fan and watching the fans get way ahead of themselves when one of their teams wins a game or two. They start assuming their squad's will make the playoffs. I get the sense they start calling Stub Hub asking for prices of playoff tickets. This happens so fast that it's, well, comical. That's how I feel. I'm going to say what I'm going to say.
I am convinced the current record of the Jets is a fluke. No team in the NFL has been luckier. No matter what Rex says at news conferences, I am skeptical that he has the wherewithal to lead this team to the playoffs this season. I wouldn't be surprised if the Jets finish below.500. I have nothing against the Jets and actually find them endearing, more entertaining and likable than the New York Giants. But if you listen to Rex talk and really concentrate on who this man is, you have to ask yourself how he convinced an NFL owner to hire him as his head coach.
He talks a big game but I don't think he has a big game. Somehow he will find a way to botch this season either by something he says or does or doesn't do. When he gets a win, he starts thinking he's a great coach and walking around like he belongs among the NFL's elite coaches. Soon thereafter something falls apart and it's usually his fault.
I have nothing against Rex per se. I just don't think he's nearly as smart or effective a coach as he thinks he is. Prepare for the season's demise, Jets Nation. Sorry to say it but, like Rex, I just had to.