The New York Jets suffered much more than just a loss in Week 3 to the Kansas City Chiefs. It’s betrayal to a loyal fan base that has been patiently waiting for much more than hopes and dreams.
If you are a New York Jets fan going on four decades now, there is nothing that you haven’t seen. Heartbreak, joy, shame, and elation. Going across the spectrum, even frustration, anger, hate, venom, vengeance, and of course, bitterness.
However, even for a life-long repeat offender like myself, Sunday was perhaps a new low. For years I have warned against the “optimistic Jets fan” who forgoes that Sunday afternoon out for this. You know, instead of going out with his family on a gorgeous September, they prefer to sit at home and watch their beloved Jets.
Why I warn against such decisions is because this franchise always tends to make you hate yourself for choosing them. You root and watch games instead of relaxing and enjoy one of the last warm days of Summer. Instead, you wind up throwing the remote control numerous times across the room in anger and disbelief. All because your quarterback tied a team record with six interceptions. If that doesn’t teach you a lesson to never choose this pathetic franchise over enjoying a day with your family, then you might suffer through a few divorces.
While you sit and stare at the television you are wondering how on earth Ryan Fitzpatrick had the gall to sit out this offseason. He expected the Jets to pay him $16-18 million dollars a season when he hasn’t taken a single team to the playoffs in his 12-year career. At least the Jets are only on the hook for $12 million this year and general manager Mike Maccagnan had the foresight to not totally give in to him. You know, a quarterback that looked like a reincarnation of Richard Todd with his #14 giving the football back to the opponent six times.
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Such losses when expectations were so high after a huge win over the hated Ryan brothers and Buffalo in Week 2 are more than disappointing.
They are more than confusing, especially after Fitzpatrick and the offense played so well last week.
It simply leaves you feeling betrayed. Leaves you feeling humiliated like you were sold a lemon of a car for a Cadillac as you’re driving it home for the first time.
Just like the frustrating way they lost in Week 1 against the Cincinnati Bengals. The Jets dominated at times but couldn’t make the final defensive stop to put the game away. Then watching Fitzpatrick throw an interception when they had a chance to answer, this loss brings back many painful memories of failed seasons of the past.
Head coach Todd Bowles and Maccagnan have now watched this team that they built to win now, implode in typical Jets fashion in two of the first three games of the season.
Looking at the schedule it’s only Week 4, but already the Jets season is close to over.
Their slim chance to win the AFC East is long gone. We are once again blatantly reminded of how far behind the New England Patriots this pathetic franchise is.
Okay, let’s stop right there. Let’s analyze that word. Is “pathetic” too strong a word? Is that too harsh? Do they deserve better? Let’s analyze that for a second. How else do you describe a franchise that has won the fewest division titles of any team that was around at the AFL-NFL merger (2).
I think that qualifies as “pathetic”. What about that the characters change, the coaches change, the general managers change, but the results, inexplicably are the same. I could go back 12 years and describe a 27-7 loss at Kansas City that came in Week 1 of another season that expectations were high. And yet again, aended up crashing down with a 2-10 start and 4-12 finish in Herman Edwards final season.
Jan 21, 2015; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets new general manager Mike Maccagnan (left), owner Woody Johnson (center), and new head coach Todd Bowles (right) pose for a photo during a press conference at Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. Mandatory Credit: William Perlman/NJ Advance Media for NJ.com via USA TODAY Sports
Despite all these references, all Jets fans want to know is “What happens next?” Sadly, the answer is not one that most Jets fans want to hear. With games against the Seahawks at home and road games at Pittsburgh and Arizona, the season might already be over. By that point, the Jets could be 1-5 and probably five games behind the Patriots for first in the AFC East.
Along with at least three games behind the nearest Wild Card opponent with already three losses against AFC opponents that they will need to jump over to earn one of the final wild card spots.
What remains is what are Jets fans left to hope for with this regime and front office?
Can Maccagnan and Bowles survive the 4-12, 5-11, 6-10 or heaven forbid, 3-13, 2-14 season that almost certainly lies ahead? How can they answer for bringing in the players that so far have contributed to massive blunders that can’t be looked at as anything other than bad personal moves (Darrelle Revis, Fitzpatrick)?
For those who think I might be overreacting, you will learn soon enough. I heard the same thing after Week 1. After redeeming themselves in Week 2, the “Same Old Jets” returned in Week 3. This is what this franchise does. Just when you start to expect something other than what they have historically given you, they remind you why they are “the SAME OLD JETS”.
So once again, until this regime can deal with the past and understand why these losses keep occurring, history will repeat itself. The coaches, players and ownership each share in that responsibility. If Brandon Marshall really wants to be a winner, if Eric Decker wants to accomplish more than just being a pretty face, they need to step up.
If Fitzpatrick actually cares about the fact that young Jets fans are being laughed at and mocked endlessly by Patriots fans once again, then he needs to step up. The Jets actively must do something to change the pathetic past this franchise has.
However, as long as we see the boring, lifeless, all too happy to get humiliated and love taking it, this franchise will always be a total laughing stock.
So far all the hopes and promises of the offseason from players and coaches have once again blown up in the faces of fans.
Those fans who came to opening day on September 11 against the Bengals and were screaming their heads off. Hoping and praying that the defense could produce a final stop, but they couldn’t do it. Those fans who despite a no-show from this entire roster in Week 3 will still come out in Week 4. They’ll show up because they were promised a better future from this regime and players.
However, this regime and the roster that they have built their hopes on still does not get it. They don’t get the years of humiliation that fans have felt. They don’t get the number of fans that have been laughed at and picked on by other fans. You know, fans that have seen their team reach the Super Bowl in the last 47 seasons.
They just don’t get the little boy who had his Jets hat taken and was stomped on. Thrown and rubbed in the dirt and then forced back into his head. All just because he believed and didn’t realize that wearing it automatically means that you must be a “loser”. This is all harsh, but honestly, enough is enough. This regime and players just don’t seem to get that the fans of this franchise deserve better.