The media attention is way out of proportion
Remember the old days, when nobody except local beat writers wrote anything about the Jets? It was remarkable when they got any kind of mention in national media.
I think the ball got rolling with Favre's arrival in 2008. Suddenly, national writers were covering the Jets, and controversy was the main interest, something Favre was good at generating.
Then, with Rex Ryan's arrival, the Jets remained squarely in the natonal radar as Ryan's bombastic style kept the headlines rolling. Sanchez as the next NY QB savior, Cromartie's 67 out-of-wedlock kids, the HBO special, the Revis holdout, foot-gate, Bart Scott-isms, etc. It wasn't too bad when the Jets were winning. They got quite a bit of love from the national writers when the antics were backed up by good play on the field.
When they stumbled in 2011, it predictably became fashionable to kick them. In 2012, with the addition of Tebow, kicking the Jets became a pasttime. It didn't help that Ryan and company kept providing headline fodder with stupid quotes and antics.
Now, here we are in 2013, and everything the Jets do is microscopically examined for potential entertainment value.
Forget about the fact that they got great value in a potential franchise QB well into the 2nd round. That's not a story. What is a story is that the QB's character may have some wrinkles; with the amount of ink thrown at this, you'd think he went with the first pick in the draft. Every bad draft grade they get focuses on Geno Smith. Do they notice that the Jets got perhaps the draft's best corner and one of the best D-lineman available?
Then there are the post-Tebow-release articles, where the writers make it sound like the Jets hit Tebow over the head with a rubber hose, threw him in the trunk, and drove him around for a season until he finally managed to free himself from capture so he can pursue the amazing things that were delayed by his being taken hostage by the Jets. Yet nobody in the NFL seems to want him.
I've never seen a group of sportswriters more interested in dumping on a team than what I see with the Jets. Did the Jets earn some of it? Sure. But its out of proportion.
How I long for the good old days, when nobody said or wrote anything about the Jets.
Only one thing fixes this: Winning. The dumpers will reverse course and get on the Jets bandwagon again when the Jets kick some ass on the field.