Will the Jets Soap Opera Ever End?

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Dec. 2, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan smiles before the game against the Arizona Cardinals at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

2011 arrives, and the drama starts again. The owners lock out the players, but Rex Ryan talks about how it’s again, a team that is going to win the Super Bowl. That’s an interesting comment to make when you don’t know what your roster looks like yet, since the CBA hasn’t been signed. Drama. Talk about the team, make it public, but don’t concentrate on winning. “As the Jets Turn”. Guarantees that the team cannot make good on. Why? Because not enough concentration is put ON THE FOOTBALL FIELD. They are concentrating on drama. Making headlines, and showing the inner workings of the team. Talking about winning rather than winning.

The team starts off badly, and they start fighting within themselves. How do we know? The team talked about it publicly. See? Drama. If the team concentrated on winning, they wouldn’t have opened their mouths to talk about their problems. But the culture of a soap opera lends people to say these things. Why not? They are important to upper management, why shouldn’t they be important to us? So we hear about the locker room problems. What does coach Ryan do? Talk about how he knows it’s going to be OK, when what he should have been doing is actually FIXING the problems. So, it builds and builds, until it explodes into week 17 in Miami. Fighting amongst themselves on the field. More drama. Less winning, more drama.

2012, and we all know the problems that the Jets have. The roster needed serious upgrading heading into this season, and what happens? Tim Tebow is acquired. Whether you are a fan of his or not, the fact of the matter is, he comes with distractions. Has another backup quarterback had a major press conference to announce their signing? A private plane to bring him to town? Of course not. Distraction. The Jets didn’t make the playoffs in 2011, but instead of really making moves to bring the roster back up to par, they bring this guy in. Headlines, not winning. “As the Jets Turn”. Rex doesn’t guarantee a Super Bowl, but says it might be the best roster he has had. Why? Why not just get them to perform that way, instead of talking about it? Forget about making statements, make statements ON THE FOOTBALL FIELD.

“As the Jets Turn”. Will it ever stop?

We move through 2012, and the offense struggles, culminating in the benching last week of Mark Sanchez. Most teams, it’s not a headline when someone is replaced, but not the Jets. We see the emotional discussion in the locker room. The questions, the wondering. Who will be the QB? Instead of just making an announcement, we drag it out. He doesn’t know yet, I’ll tell you on Wednesday. We are making headlines, not concentrating on winning football games. We are the champions of the newspaper, but we want to be champions of FOOTBALL. Too much drama, not enough football.

Will it ever end? No matter what happens during the rest of 2012, the off-season, and the draft, this is the biggest question that needs to be answered. Whatever the Jets do to this roster now, and going forward, it won’t mean anything. If the drama continues, it won’t mean a thing. Until the Jets stop winning the headlines battle, and concentrating on winning the battles between the white lines, we might as well get used to what we are seeing.

It will never change.

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