New York Jets and the Rex Ryan Era: After the Bye 2012

By Alan Schechter

Aug 24, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez (6) goes back to pass against the New York Giants during the second half at MetLife Stadium. New York Jets defeat the New York Giants 24-21 in OT. Mandatory Credit: Jim O

With Saturday upon us, let’s conclude our look back. Over the last few days, we have been looking back at how the Jets have performed after the bye week, each season of the Rex Ryan era.

We started on Wednesday by looking back at the 2009 season.

On Thursday, we ventured back to the 2010 season.

And finally, we covered the 2011 season yesterday.

So this morning, we are going to look at the final full season of the Rex Ryan era, 2012.  We all know this one didn’t go well, with the Jets finishing the year with a 6-10 record.

Last season was one worth forgetting, from the moment of the Tim Tebow acquisition, the constant media following, and the just disastrous season that cost Mike Tannenbaum his job.

Over the first half of the season, the Jets were 3-5, with their bye week occurring in week number nine.  3-5 is not great, but with winnable games on the schedule against the Jaguars, Cardinals, and Rams, an improvement was not out of the question.

So how did it turn out?

Not so good, that’s how.  Yes, the did beat the Rams, the Jaguars and the Cardinals.  However, those were the only wins the Jets posted in the second half, mirroring their first half record of 3-5.  Final record, 6-10, and we said goodbye to Mike Tannenbaum, among others.

So, what have we learned?  The Jets have never been dominant after the bye week break.  Can they do well enough in 2013.  It won’t be long before we find out.