As Bad as This Is, It’s Been Worse Jets Fans


Dec 19, 2012; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterbacks Tim Tebow (15) and Mark Sanchez (6), and Greg McElroy (14) work out during practice at the Jets training facility. Mandatory Credit: John Munson/THE STAR-LEDGER via USA TODAY Sports

We aren’t in great shape right now, Jets fans. This is not news. We have a defense that might get rid of all of its linebackers, an offense that can’t figure out which direction to go at times, no real idea who is going to be the QB in the future, no identity, the list keeps going. There really is no way to be too thrilled about the state of affairs in Florham Park, NJ right now. Just two years removed from back to back AFC title games, it has come to this. Where do we go from here? The future is going to be an interesting one, that’s for sure.

Jets fans are upset, and they have good reason. It doesn’t look good, no doubt. But just remember, as bad as this has been, it’s been worse gang.

2005 The Jets went out of the gate 2-5 heading into the bye week, and finished what turned into Herm Edward’s final season at 4-12. It brought on the Kellen Clemens era?, and Eric Mangini into town.

2007 Coming off Chad Pennington’s comeback player award in 2006, the Jets turned in another 4-12 campaign. Don’t forget, this year was turned in under the watchful eye of Eric Mangini, the man everyone seems to think is the greatest football mind in the universe these days. Yes, he has a good eye for talent, but he isn’t Vince Lombardi. 4-12. Rex Ryan has not turned in a year like that folks.

2003 Sandwiched in the middle of Herm Edward’s playoff success is a 6-10 season. At the very worst this is how the Jets season will end. It’s been worse.

1995-1996

I don’t really need to say more than that. Rich Kotite. A face that his mother must love, because Jets fans have quite different feelings about him. Over the highlighted 2 year span, the Jets won 4 games. THAT was as bad as it gets. The last two years, at a minimum, the Jets will have won 14 games, and it still could be 16. The difference is like night and day.

Over the last 4 seasons to date, the Jets have won 34 games. Do you know how many teams would kill to have that record? There are quite a few teams that have been far less competitive than the Jets, despite the 2011-2012 drop off.

Is it bad? Yes. But it has been far worse. We’ll be OK.

  • kdbart

    II’m old enough to remember the Jets of the 70s. A complete waste of a decade. Not one winning record . This is nothing compared to that era of dreariness and irrelevancy.

  • blaftoni

    Agreed.

    I understand the frustration of my fellow Jet fans but it’s getting a bit over the top.

    We knew there were many questions going into the season:

    We KNEW WR was a weakness even before we lost Holmes
    We KNEW there were questions about Greene as a true starter
    We KNEW that RT and possible LG were a concern
    We KNEW Sanchez was not a top-flight QB
    We KNEW, even before Keller went down, that the TE spot wasn’t deep
    We KNEW the defense (especially at linebacker) was old and slow

    8-8 was a reasonable assessment of this team’s ability at the start of the year.

    Fans calling for Rex’s head are over-reacting IMO. Constant turnover of players is a difficult enough situation to deal with. Firing the head coach is even more difficult.

    The teams which win consistently are teams that weather the storm from time to time and keep their heads, not teams that over-react. Give Rex a chance to re-tool this team before deciding that he can’t do it.