Reppin Our Team In Enemy Territory

Nick at the Super Bowl in Met Life Stadium

Nick at the Super Bowl in Met Life Stadium

This article is the reason why we started this website back in 2008. It was to connect with other Jet fans with real talk and real stories that we all have. I interact with Jet fans every day, whether online or in the office. It is easy to be a fan of the hometown team, but try doing it from a few hundred miles away. I am not calling the Jet fan in the story the biggest or the best. He is one of us!
The 2015 MLB Playoffs made for an exciting few weeks in the NY area. For the first time since 2000 the NY Mets were in the fall classic.  After that last out was recorded and the quest for a championship ended fans were counting months, weeks, days, and hours until opening night. The two teams that met in the World Series would be paired in a rematch to start the season. But Met fans would have to wait until Sunday night to get a chance to see their team take the field again. Of course ESPN would get the nationally televised game that saw the Royals raise their banner. But even before Kansas City would be able to relive their championship another game would open up the season. The St. Louis Cardinals and Pittsburgh Pirates would start up the 2016 season. Now any hardcore baseball fan would watch any game that is on after 5 months of waiting but what interested me was the fan sitting in prime seats directly behind home plate representing his favorite team. Honestly I had no idea there was a day game on, and honestly being a Yankee fan the Met opener had no interest to me. But it was while I was on Twitter that the Cards-Pirates game became an interest of me. I read numerous tweets and shout outs to the fan sitting behind home plate sporting his Jet hat. I quickly turned on the game and there he was, Nick Citrone.

Manhandled In Oakland

Geno Smith has proven he can not be a starter in the NFL

Geno Smith has proven he can not be a starter in the NFL

When a Jet game ends I am immediately looking forward to the next game.  Whether they win or lose I am this way.  I can remember the loss to the Lions in 1997; I went the entire offseason just waiting for that first pre-season game.  And after that loss in Denver to end 1998, I couldn’t wait until opening day 1999.  And it is the same week after week also.  After the loss to New England last week I could not wait until today to watch my Jets bounce back.  But it seems that the defense that gave up two 4th quarter TDs in New England decided that they were going to continue to give up big plays, TD and 3rd down conversions.  Also it seems that the cross country trip was long enough for the defense to forget how to tackle.

The Jets went into Oakland with Pryor, Powell and Mangold all inactive due to injury. The Jets opening drive in Oakland looked promising.  Fitzpatrick scrambled for 12 yards to get a first down.  But as he has done in the past he dove head first instead of sliding and injured ligaments on his left dumb. The play seemed innocent enough but that was the beginning of the end of this game.  Geno Smith who could have stepped up and made a statement to take over this starting job looked rusty physically and mentally.  He over threw, under threw, took sacks, and mismanaged the clock.  In between that he did manage to throw 2 TD passes and 1 Int. 

Still Looking Up At The Patriots

NYJGood teams are able to steal games; great teams will just go out and win them.  This past Sunday the NY Jets were playing like a good team and led for most of the game.    But the Jets are not good enough to give plays away and that is what they did.  Steve Weatherford signed on Saturday for an injured Quigley gave the Patriots a short field on two punts.  A sore Chris Ivory was not the powerhouse that he has been, but he did catch a TD. But the story of the game was the offense for both teams.  The difference between a good team and great teams is how the ball bounces.  On the first drive for the NY Jets Fitzpatrick was stripped and fumbled the ball on deep inside Jets territory.  The Patriots were able to get 3 points on the turnover.  Later on Brady was tripped and fumbled; the difference was the ball got kicked by a Patriot player right back to Brady’s hands.  Later on Brandon Marshall dropped a pass that was in his hands that was a TD, the Jets settled for 3 pts.  Patriots came back and scored a TD.  The Jets are not good enough to be giving away points.  And after a Nick Folk 55 yard FG, the Jets recovered an on-side kick.  With time winding down and Fitzpatrick spiking the ball to kill the clock the Jets were called for false start. Game over with a 10 second run off.  It was no guarantee that the Jets would score on that final play but again they gave away that chance. The Patriots 30-Jets 23 close but no cigar.

Capital Punishment As Jets Go To 4-1, Pats Up Next

Jets need to get to Brady a lot Sunday.

Jets need to get to Brady a lot Sunday.

The NY Jets came off of their bye week and continued to do what they have been doing. The defense recorded 2 more INTs giving them 8 on the year.  Revis recorded his third and Gilchrist his second of the season.  But the beginning was not looking pretty for the Jets.  The first play for offense Eric Decker was stripped after making a catch and that set up Washington’s first TD.    Chris Ivory had a 1 yard TD run after a nice catch and run by Decker. A strip of Brandon Marshall and a Fitpatrick INT led to two more FGs and the Washington lead at half time 13-10.But that was it. 

Jets Squish The Fish Get To 3-1 At Bye

nfl-international-series-london-viewsThe NY Jets completed the first quarter of the season by beating the Miami Dolphins in London.  The win raised the team’s record to 3-1. All 3 wins have been in the AFC with 1 of them in the division. The Dolphins seemed like a team just going through the motions and the Jets just outmuscled them in every aspect of the game.  Chris Ivory returned and was a beast with 166 yards rushing and 1 TD.  Eric Decker had a TD reception and Zac Stacy also had a rushing TD.   The Jets defense was strong and got to the Dolphin offense most of the game.  The defense was called on back to back pass interference calls which led to the Dolphin first TD.  A late TD got them within striking distance but the Jets defense held them.  The Dolphins had 8 plays within reach of the end zone but never made it.  The Dolphins never converted a 3rd down in the game.  Ryan Fitzpatrick was again a game manager.  He didn’t have to do too much to win this game.  But if it were another team it may have been closer.   The 27-14 win was well deserved as the Jets are now on their bye week.

Jets Go 2-0 As Colts are Unlucky

The Jets frustrated Andrew Luck and Colts Last night.

The Jets frustrated Andrew Luck and Colts Last night.

By now everyone has reported the box score and highlights of last night’s game.  I want to give my take on what took place and how I feel about this team is at 2-0.The Colts last night looked to their home opener and their home crowd to move past their loss the week earlier.  But the crowd was taken out of the game on the Colts first offensive drive when Calvin Pryor picked off Andrew Luck.  That turnover was the theme for the Colts last night, 5 turnovers (3INTS, 2 fumble recoveries).  Revis had an INT and 3 fumble recoveries, Gilchrist and Pryor both had an INT.  Andrew Luck was working with an injured WR against a strong Jet’s secondary.  And when Adam Vinatieri misses a makeable FG attempt and Frank Gore fumbles while going into an empty end zone the Colts didn’t stand a chance.

Bowles Era Takes Off With A Win

New HC Todd Bowles get W in debut

New HC Todd Bowles get W in debut

Week #1 in the NFL is wrapping up with a twin bill for Monday night.  Yesterday the Jets took the field with their 5th head coach (6th if you count B. Bellicheck) in Todd Bowles since 1996. Bowles a different personality than the last regime has had a lot on his plate since returning to the team in which he was an assistant for in 2000 for.  Sheldon Richardson was suspended for 4 games and may face another suspension due to another incident.  Oday Aboushi suspended one game.  Geno Smith had his jaw broken by a sucker punch by a back up LB.  Dee Milliner is injured again. To say the offseason and pre-season was not a continuation of what they called a circus would be an understatement.  The Jets seemed to still be getting the negative headlines.  But yesterday was opening day and that is one of the most exciting dates on the NFL calendar.  Here is my quick take on the game.

The Season Finale – Will Chaneg Be Made?

Fans looking for Rex to go.  You will miss him when he is gone.

Fans looking for Rex to go. You will miss him when he is gone.

On the day before the last game of the regular season rumors seem to be looking more like reality. Reports of GM John Idzik and HC Rex Ryan’s firing are looks to be imminent. There has also been a report that Rex has made it known he thinks he is getting fired and has begun cleaning out his office. I know that I may be in the minority when I say that firing Rex is a mistake.  The record for the past 4 seasons has not been good by any means. From 2011 through today team has been 8-8, 6-10, 8-8 and 3-12. Just by looking at those numbers some can argue Rex needs to go. But the entire picture needs to be looked at before this team hires another head coach.

Rex Ryan was hired to replace Eric Mangini. Die hard Jet fans may remember nicknaming the head coach Mangenius because he got the team into the playoffs in his first season. He would in his next two. In his third and final season Mangenius and Brett Favre had beaten the unbeaten Titans and were at 8-3 in the division. The same division that saw Tom Brady lost for the season in week #1 and Chad Pennington sent to Miami when the Jets signed Favre. The Jets finished the season at 9-7, losing the last game of the season at home to the Dolphins and Pennington who won the AFC East that day. Mangini would be fired and Rex was hired.

What Is The Plan?

Fans looking for Rex to go.  You will miss him when he is gone.

Fans looking for Rex to go. You will miss him when he is gone.

Please note that this article (with the exception of the last two paragraphs) was written on Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 4:00pm. I added the last two paragraphs this morning.

There is no reason to go back and revisit last week’s game vs Denver.  It has been the same story this entire season.  The team played close enough to stay in the game but is not able to get over the hump.  So after 6 games and only 1 win I would like to give my thoughts on the team so far this season.

This 2014 Jet team is not a team built to win now. And it saddens me as a fan.  There is no refund to the fans when a season is not successful. There are no guarantees for a winning season. So when I hear that John Idzik is sitting on $20 million in cap space for his next head coach it bothers me.  If it is Idzik’s plan to just play out this season with no intentions of spending money on weapons then why was Rex retained after last season?   Let’s be honest everyone thought that Rex was gone after last season.  It is no secret that Rex and John Idzik have different views to the way they want this team built.  It is also no secret that when a new GM is hired he will hire his own coaching staff.  Woody Johnson has always liked Rex.  From the first interview he had with him to replace Eric Mangini.  The early success of Rex’s coaching with the Jets bought him a pass in missing the playoffs in 2011 & 2012. Idzik took over as GM in 2013 and things changed around the organization.  No more brash predictions.  No more public displays of swagger from the head coach. When asked a question Rex would reply “that’s an organizational decision” or “that is a Jet’s decision”.   Then after a season where the team did not win two games in a row until the final two weeks it seemed to be the end of the Rex Ryan with the NY Jets.  But Rex’s players played for Rex and finished 8-8.  And in the end Woody Johnson announced in front of the entire locker room along with reporters in Miami that he has decided to keep Rex on as head coach.  A few days later the extension to Rex’s contract was basically another 1 year deal.  So again he entered a new season coaching for his job.  Which I think every coach does.

So now my question is.  Does John Idzik have a plan for this team?  And if so is Rex Ryan included as part of that plan?  I am going to say no. But what is John Idzik’s plan for this year.  Yes he did bring in Eric Decker and Breno Giacomini in the offseason.  But He has not added much talent to this team.  I do think it was the right time for Sanchez to leave NY.  Both he and the team needed that split.  But I do not think that Geno Smith is the answer.  He did not drop to the second round by accident.  And the notion that it did not cost much because he was a second round pick annoys me.  It did cost much – it cost us 1 ½ seasons of average to below average QB play. And I honestly think the NY market is too much for Smith.  Maybe if the team was winning it would be different but right now he seems overwhelmed on the field and in front of the cameras.   Twelve draft picks this season and the only one that is making a mark is TE Jace Amaro.  Dee Milliner the self-proclaimed best CB in the league was hurt most of training camp and pre-season. After returning two weeks ago he is now lost for the season with an Achilles injury. Muff punts, no secondary and basically no vertical threat has really hurt this team.  Combine that with some bad breaks and you get 1-5 team going into New England on a short week.

Hot & Bothered

genoAfter four games into the season the Jets are at the bottom of the AFC East with a 1-4 record.   The Jets have for the most part been in all of the games. But they have given up a large lead, have had a fumble recovery for a TD blown dead and have given up an 87 yard time consuming TD drive to kill any chance of a come back. In all the losses the Jets were always one score behind and were never able to tie the game.