The last 3.75 years have been interesting in Jets land, haven’t they? If it’s not one drama, it’s another. One distraction, another distraction, a fine, a fight on the field, an emotional quarterback, an over-popular quarterback,…it could be anything. The Jets have been like one of those daytime soap operas. Will it ever end, and the Jets can focus solely on winning, for once?
We got a preview of the soap opera years ago, during the “Spygate” situation, but that was more of Patriots vs Jets, than it was of our own deep soap opera. It truly started with the entry of Rex Ryan. He brought a culture of winning, but he also brought a brashness never before seen with the New York Jets. He wasn’t going to “kiss Belichick’s rings”, and the drama begins. Picking fights with the Patriots, instead of just concentrating on BEATING the Patriots. Instead, we have confrontations, public debates. It’s taken off the football field, instead of being settled on the football field. DRAMA. “We’re going to win the Super Bowl.” Drama. We aren’t actually DOING it, we are just SAYING we are going to do it. Manufactured drama. I think this happens on General Hospital.
2010, and “As the Jets Turn”, continues. “Hard Knocks”. Everyone goes with the mantra that they just wanted to show the world how great an organization the Jets are. Remember what we saw? We saw a group strutting around like the best football team ever. We see the workings of a holdout, Darrelle Revis. The Revis holdout was the perfect addition to the plot of “As the Jets Turn”. But all of it is par for the course, as the Jets have become more interested in showing their drama to the world, than winning football games. I’ll bet Giants fans are real disappointed that they haven’t been on “Hard Knocks”, they can cry on their Lombardi trophies.
But to their credit, the Jets did enjoy success during those two years, as we all know. The trouble is, they let it get to their heads. From that, we hit the next two years, where it all started to come apart.