Archive for January, 2012

LT and Woody Johnson Join Jets Disaster Discussion

Friday, January 20th, 2012

Florham Park, N.J.- Remember when Greg McElroy’s comments about the “corruption” within the Jets locker room hijacked the attention of everyone around the sport of football? How dare he? Some people thought for some odd reason. A third-string rookie quarterback who spent the entire season on IR can’t possibly have the nerve to speak out on what he saw, can he? Oh the horror, the audacity. Amazingly enough there were actually people claiming McElroy wouldn’t be welcomed back by the team because of his harmless statements. Now after “unnamed players,” questioned Mark Sanchez’s work ethic, Woody Johnson gave his support of both Sanchez and Santonio Holmes and LaDainian Tomlinson joked that the tension between Sanchez and Holmes could be compared to the tension between rappers Tupac and Biggie during the famous, “East Coast, West Coast feud,” does anyone care or even remember just what it was McElroy said?

Tomlinson has started making the rounds of television appearances to see if that is an area he would like to go into if he does in fact decide to retire and he wasted no time dishing on his old team, just like every other player who tries to make the transition from player to media. Tomlinson talked about the rift between the quarterback and his receiver, but he also talked about the culture that GM Mike Tannenbaum and Rex Ryan have created in Florham Park and strongly implied that they brought this disaster on themselves. (more…)

The Usual Suspect: A Brian Schottenheimer Story

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

Florham Park, N.J.- “This whole thing has turned political. The mayor was here last night. The chief. This morning the governor called, okay? I’m telling you this guy is protected from up on high by the Prince of Darkness.” Sgt. Jeffrey Rabin, “Usual Suspects

Substitute Mike Tannenbaum for the mayor, Rex Ryan as the chief and Woody Johnson as the governor and most Jets fans would say this quote could be directly tied into why Brian Schottenheimer is still the offensive coordinator of the Jets. Prince of Darkness might be a tad strong, but then again we’re talking about Jets fans, so maybe not.

Fans have wanted Schottenheimer out of here for years. Their disgust with the way the Jets offense has been handled during his time here has led them to one conclusion, management is protecting a member of their beloved coaching fraternity and doesn’t want to damage his reputation. Fans and critics however would argue he does a bang up job of that all by himself. It’s clear right now that the Jets are hesitant to fire Schottenheimer, only to outsiders it’s not at all clear why. (more…)

In the Midst of the Rubble New Leaders Emerge

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

Florham Park, N.J. - Considering all the lofty expectations that were thrust upon this team from not only Rex Ryan’s bold proclamations, but also back-to-back AFC Championship appearances, this season turned out to be an unmitigated disaster. This is still a team with much more talent than most, but the depth chart was too top heavy and the areas they were lacking talent were prayed upon by opponents and exposed week after week. The offensive coordinator was the subject of early season complaints from receivers not happy with the way the offense was being run and slowly but surely the team started to break apart, but in the midst of the rubble that was the New York Jets 2011 season there is a silver lining on the horizon with new leaders emerging.

With most of the players avoiding the media gathered in the locker room yesterday and others literally running away from cameras and recorders or just flipping them the bird, there were a few players who stood tall and accepted their role in this debacle of a season and showed the others what accountability is supposed to look like. (more…)

Failed Chemistry Partly to Blame For Disappointing Season

Monday, January 2nd, 2012

Florham Park, N.J.- The prevailing theme at Jets practice facility today is that a lack of unity, accountability and chemistry is what derailed this year’s Jets team with with a bang. Whether it was the coach, the GM or the players they all said something along the lines of everyone needs to stop being a group of talented individuals and get back to being a team.

“Well first we need to get everybody on the same page, buying in (and) believing. Not questioning the decisions made, not questioning the play-calling, we need to buy in to what our coaches are coaching us and trust the people guiding us, that they’re making the right decisions and that’s the start.” Matt Slauson said, “And then we need to be able to have an offseason where we can cultivate relationships, be together, work together, lift together. All of that builds, builds the team.” (more…)