The 2012 New York Jets are Relevant in December: Who Would Have Thought?

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Dec 9, 2012; Jacksonville FL, USA; New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan during the first quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Phil Sears-USA TODAY Sports

It’s Thursday morning, and week 15 is just a few days away. On Monday night, the Jets take on the Titans. We know all of the problems with this team. The injuries have been a major problem. Even with the addition of Braylon Edwards, the Jets offense is not exactly chock full of weapons. The quarterback situation is anything but settled as we head towards the end of the 2012 campaign. We have spent the entire year going through “Tee-bow! Tee-bow!”, and all of the controversy and noise that comes with that. Despite all of that, the Jets could end Monday night with a share of 6th place and the final Wild Card spot in the AFC.

Who would have believed it?

This team has had losses of 34-0, 30-9, and 49-19. The 2012 New York Jets have been accused of quitting on two occasions. Talking about injuries, this team lost its best players on either side of the football. The Jets have been rolling out players on offense that you wouldn’t have heard of unless you spend your time trolling the NFL practice squads. Over 6 games this year, the Jets averaged 5.5 points per game. For a time, this defense, to quote Bart Scott, “couldn’t stop a nose bleed”, ranking at or near the bottom of the league in run defense. Despite all of that, the Jets are right in the thick of it. The Jets are relevant.

Who would have believed it?

For all of his doubter, coach Rex Ryan deserves a heck of a lot of credit here.  Is he perfect?  Of course not.  Far from it.  He has a lot to learn about working with an offense, specifically, how to coach it.  He really doesn’t have much of an idea of what goes on with that side of the football.  For everything he knows about the defensive side, he becomes pretty silent and clueless about the offense, and that needs to change.  He needs to have his hands on everything as the head coach.  We all know the issues he has had in dealing with the media as well.  If anyone every needed a speech writer, it’s Rex Ryan.

But one thing he HAS done, is he has learned from his mistakes in the past year.

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