So I was listening to the Jets game on the radio Sunday on my way to Philadelphia, and as I cruised west on the Belt Parking Lot something grabbed my attention. The Jets were up 14 and moving the ball, thanks in part to pass interference flags against Laveranues Coles. I was slightly surprised to know the Jets were winning by 14 and about to do something none of the 10 teams prior to them could do-beat the unbeaten Titans.
I wasn’t all that surprised about that though, as I had watched much of the first half on TV. I was surprised when Mangini had his guys go for it on 4th down, a call that I explained to my girlfriend would either make the coach a genius or an idiot. (The Jets converted and later scored… Mangenius.)
What grabbed my attention more than anything was when the radio announcer dropped the bomb, the one with the words “super” and “bowl” in it. Yeah, that one.
There’s been a lot of talk about what the Jets are capable of, and lately it seems every week they’re proving their doubters wrong and playing better and better. Seriously, who predicted wins at New England and Tennessee? Even with a loss or two there, they wouldn’t be in godawful shape, but with two big road wins, the Jets are looking like the team to beat in the AFC.
The conversation has gone from playoff appearance, division champion, to bye in the first round. What’s more surprising about this is that I don’t think we’re getting ahead of ourselves to be throwing around such terminology.
Let’s face it, there are big expectations in New York. Newsday’s Bob Glauber had a column about the Giants and Jets meeting in Tampa this February in that big game. You know, the Super Bowl.
He figured the Giants had a big edge over Gang Green, but not so fast. Keep in mind the Browns beat Big Blue. Certainly the Jets are better than the Browns, but ok, that doesn’t mean much when going head-to-head, especially in this the National Football League. Regardless, and I’ve been saying it all along, even before Brett Favre came to town, I like the Jets’ chances.
Favre is doing what they brought him here to do, but he hardly gets all the credit. His offensive line has stepped up largely for him, but he’s not the only one affected by the blocks made by Mangold, Faneca, Woody, Moore, and Ferguson, not to mention FB Tony Richardson. Thomas Jones and Leon Washington both had big games against the Titans, and long-gone are the questions about this offense lacking an identity. For the record, I read something somewhere about it still lacking, but c’mon people. This offensive knows what it is and what it needs to do. It has its you-know-what together.
Defensively, the secondary still has some work to do, but if it can get by riding the coattails of the front seven, it will come together with such talented athletes like Darrelle Revis, Kerry Rhodes, Ty Law and Dwight Lowery. They’re far from in shambles, and with the likes of Kris Jenkins in opposing quarterbacks’ faces, trust me, don’t worry ’bout it.
But that bomb the radio announcer dropped. The one with the words “super” and “bowl” in it. Could this be? I can’t wait to find out.