Rule of thumb when it comes to football talk: Don't listen to anything Stephen A. Smith has to say. Ever. Like ever ever.
Smith was on ESPN's "First Take" this Tuesday and he joined a conversation about the state of the AFC East. The discussion was centered around the New England Patriots and whether they had a shot at making the playoffs or even winning the division.
However, when asked about the NY Jets, Smith didn't mince words. He went on a bizarre, unprompted rant about how they "stink" solely because...well...they're the Jets.
That was it as far as analysis goes, save for a weird side note about smelling a "stench" when driving on the New Jersey Turnpike. Don't come to Stephen A. Smith looking for actual analysis.
"Well, we ain't going to count the Jets because they just stink. We all know. We know when we're driving up the New Jersey Turnpike and we smell that stench sifting through East Rutherford, it's from the MetLife Stadium locker room of the New York Jets. We all know this. It's a given. We understand it."- Stephen A. Smith
Pay no mind to anything Stephen A. Smith says about the NY Jets
This is far from the first time that Smith has gone off on the Jets, labeling them as a laughing stock and a team that should be automatically penciled in for last place in the AFC East.
In fact, he did so just three months ago when he laughed at the notion that the Patriots could finish last place in a division that also features the Jets.
Of course, you'll never hear Smith actually explain himself. He'll never justify his reasoning with an actual argument. But I suppose it's pretty hard to do so when you can't even name five players on the team.
Ultimately, this is just more bulletin board material for the Jets this season. The franchise isn't going to receive any respect from national media outlets until they start actually producing results on the field.
Win some games and the laughs and mockery will fade away. It's as simple as that.
Until then, however, the Jets will continue to be the punchline to whatever "joke" Stephen A. Smith attempts to make for entertainment purposes. Because let's be honest here, this isn't sports talk. This isn't analysis. It's entertainment.
That's not exactly a new revelation either, but it is reality. Until the Jets start to win some football games, their shortcomings will be the source of entertainment for millions across the country.