It's amazing how much a meaningless win 5 years ago may have affected this franchise
Week 17 2007, the 3-12 Jets faced the 4-11Chiefs at home. The Jets won in OT and it created a log jam at 4-12. The Jets ended up with the 6th pick, a loss that day would have given the Jets the 3rd pick and the ability to choose between Matt Ryan or Darren McFadden.
Not only did that meaningless win keep us from obtaining one of those 2 difference makers at key positions, it also put us in the position to draft Vernon Gholston, who, in hindsight, was obviously a horrible choice, but at the time, it was the only pick they could make at #6. The Jets have scrambled to recover for that pick, using 2 other first round picks on players at the same position as Gholston.
We get Matt Ryan in 2008, we obviously don't trade up in 2009 for Sanchez, and we add another weapon somewhere else.
Even if they took McFadden instead of Ryan, who is to say what this team looks like with that sort of weapon in the backfield. Maybe Sanchez's limitations aren't exposed as much, because we have a ground game to help hide them.
One meaningless win in 2007 may have cost us a SB within the past 5 years. Or the next five, because it's looking like they will have to start over again at the QB position.
That was the only venting I wanted to do today, as I had thought about that last week after it was brutally apparent how bad our running game was.