Jets: Time to Stop Scapegoating Brian Schottenheimer for 2011 Failures

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52-45. You know what that is? That is the Jets’ record over the six years that Brian Schottenheimer was the offensive coordinator. I didn’t hear any of these complaints from anybody in the organization during these seasons, did you?

How about 2009, the year the Jets led the league in rushing? The offense seemed pretty understandable then, didn’t it?

3, that’s the number of playoff appearances the Jets made while Schotty was the OC. As I recall, they were leading the AFC championship game in 2009 at halftime, weren’t they? For one half, Mark Sanchez and the Jets were outdueling Peyton Manning and the Colts. I guess if you ask the players, the offense got more complex since then. I guess Brian changed the playbook.

2008 was the year that the Jets offense finished in the top 10 in the league. Yes, gunslinger Brett Favre was there, but Schottenheimer was still the offensive coordinator. Was the hillbilly from Mississipppi smarter than everyone else? Did Brian have a simpler playbook then? In 2008 it might have been a bit simpler, there wasn’t as many moving parts as usual. But still, it’s not like it was a different playbook.

How about 2010, when Santonio Holmes made that TD catch in the corner in New England during the divisional playoff game? Or when Shonn Greene scored the eventual game winning TD? The offense was pretty manageable then, wasn’t it? I don’t remember anyone calling for Schotty’s head. Was the offense easier then, just one year prior?

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