The Jets began to feel that they could do no wrong. In the 2011 offseason, Rex Ryan boasted that he had his best team so far. Too bad, the Jets were in the middle of a lockout at the time. He didn’t know what his roster was going to look like, yet he made the statement. The league looked at the Jets, and laughed, folks. Then, they felt they could coach anybody. So, they bring in Plaxico Burress, coming back into the league off of his legal troubles. Yes, he had some TDs, but he couldn’t get separation if Francesa was defending him, and was not worth the trouble. He was a bad influence in the locker room, which is ultimately why the Jets didn’t bring him back.
The league notices these things.
Then this year. Whether you like Tim Tebow or not, the league was hysterical when the Jets brought him in here. Stevie Wonder knew that this move was going to be a problem. Bringing in a popular backup to “push” a mentally fragile quarterback, and then give him some money to make him feel better. Seriously? And then again, it’s the “best team he has coached”. You really can’t make this stuff up.
As the team fell apart, you know the story from here. Sources rip this one, sources rip another one….”anonymous” this, and “anonymous” that. The Jets organization leaks more than the strainer I use to make spaghetti. You don’t think the other franchises are aware of this? They sure are. And they likely joke about it in staff meetings. There are reports from around the league where executives wonder when the last time was that Woody Johnson made a good decision?
That’s the perception of our beloved New York Jets, ladies and gentlemen.
The point is this, there is no good reason for Jonathan Vilma to have said what he said. It was out of line. However, it is a small taste of how the league views the Jets. The Jets need to fix that opinion, and do it quickly.