Jonathan Vilma's Statement a Microcosm of the Perception of the Jets

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December 16, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints outside linebacker Jonathan Vilma (51) against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first half of a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Saints defeated the Buccaneers 41-0. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

The Jets were again in the news, this time by no fault of their own. In New Orleans, an article came out where several “anonymous” sources came out against Saints defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, ripping him and calling for his firing. They spoke to things such as Steve having “no personality”, and things of that nature. Well, Jonathan Vilma was asked about the article, and he took great offense. But, he added to it the following comment, “We’re not the Jets.”

Was it necessary? Of course not. Out of line? Absolutely. I mean, it seems like a bad idea to throw the team that drafted you under the bus. The subject of the article had nothing to do with the Jets, why bring them up? No reason to do that. He could have addressed his problem with the article, dealt with it, and moved on. He didn’t have to bring up the Jets, and rightfully so, he received a great deal of grief from Jets fans. They went after him on Twitter, and some even had the distinction of being blocked by Vilma.

Well, as unnecessary as it was, it also tells us something. The fact that Vilma felt the need to say that, gives us a disturbing look into how the Jets are perceived. It’s a perception that needs to be fixed, and quickly. That perception?

THE JETS ARE A LAUGHINGSTOCK TO THE ENTIRE NFL

The Jets are not highly regarded around the sport, and this is just a microcosm of that position. Oh, it didn’t start yesterday, it has been this way for a while. Since all of the boasting began about how great the team is, from the head coach right on down, the Jets have been looked upon poorly. But, the first two years of the Rex Ryan era, the Jets backed up their boasting with wins. 2 AFC title appearances can take away from the fact that you don’t run your organization very well. People tend to ignore an “animal house”, when the result on the field is good. So the Jets moved along into 2011.

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