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    This Fox Sports writer should be fired

    He has one or two decent points, the rest is a hateful attack on the Jets. Give me a break! http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/N...to-fail-080812

    Jets become NFL's laughingstock

    Brawl breaks out during New York Jets practice

    UPDATED AUG 9, 2012 10:50 AM ET

    Itís Aug. 9, a day before the teamís first preseason game, and Iím declaring the 2012 Jets season dead . . . today.

    Itís over, or as we say in New York, ďkaput.Ē

    Capish?

    The chant, ďJ-E-T-S, Jets, Jets, Jets?Ē Just replace that with ďO-V-E-R, Over, Over, Over.Ē

    Iím not being overly dramatic; Iím being realistic. Thereís absolutely no way this team can possibly be a Super Bowl contending squad this year. All 32 teams are undefeated right now and each are still mathematically alive. Well, put away your calculators, Jets fans. Gang Green doesnít have a chance.

    This isnít me putting a leathery Skip Bayless mask on and this isnít some way to make headlines ó this is me watching a ticking time bomb explode three months before even the biggest pessimists thought it would. The seasonís done. DOA. Iím not sure just how much worse it will get, but if Iím a Jets fan, Iím already looking toward next yearís Draft and free-agent class.

    After a 20-minute brawl temporarily suspended valuable practice time on Monday, the Jets responded with an encore performance Tuesday ó another brouhaha, which led to head coach Rex Ryan halting practice and having his team run ďgassers.Ē In his four years as head coach of the Jets, Ryan had never once had his team run disciplinary wind sprints. This was a first and it wasnít some old-school sign of authority; it was an act of desperation. Only adding to the comedy (or tragedy) of the situation was the fact that Tim Tebow ó the teamís backup quarterback, punt return blocker, and media magnet ó finished most of the sprints in first place. The media ran with that storyline, too. Naturally.

    In the heart of baseball and election season, the Jets were on both the front and back pages of the New York Daily News on Tuesday and the back page on Wednesday, with the appropriate headline of: ďRocky 2.Ē And they havenít played a preseason game yet.

    The Tebow stuff has been a media circus, but that was almost expected. What wasnít expected was the rest of it: the constant fighting, the downright awful play from the receivers, the lack of an even serviceable right tackle, the Antonio Cromartie/Chaz Schilens exchange, the ESPN ďSportsCenterĒ set being transplanted from Bristol to Cortland. The sick part is ó I strongly believe that Jets owner Woody Johnson wants it this way. Itís his dream come true. All anybody is doing is talking about the Jets. Playoffs be damned, if the chaos and attention leads to more jerseys sold at Modellís, more season tickets purchased online ó things are OK. Things are trending upward. Though Iím sure Johnson would love to someday hoist the Lombardi Trophy ó something the crosstown teamís ownership group has done twice in the past five years ó Iím also sure he enjoys waking up each morning and seeing the Jets on those front and back newspaper covers. Hell, he might enjoy the latter more than the thought of the former.

    Johnson made me laugh out loud on Tuesday, when he said, he was ďsurprisedĒ by the amount of attention the Jets are getting this offseason. Johnson is also surprised, apparently, when the sun comes up in the morning and when the sky is the color blue.

    Gassers? Really? An NFL team, with 30-year-old men on it, is running wind sprints?

    My biggest issue with the 2012 New York Jets isnít even the extracurricular madness and the three-ring circus that goes into a single training camp practice. Itís the teamís offensive philosophy.

    Itís archaic. Itís stale. Itís wrong.

    The Jets are building their offensive approach around what Ryan has described as a ďGround and PoundĒ strategy. Their plan is to control the line of scrimmage and win football games by owning the time of possession and limiting turnovers. Run first, set up the pass.

    Itís an approach that worked for the 2000 Baltimore Ravens and the 1990 New York Giants. Unfortunately, the league and the game have changed dramatically since then. Unless New York plans on hopping into a time machine and playing with leather helmets, theyíre going to have a hard time winning games with an offensive attack thatís from a bygone era.

    The gameís a passing league, now, and itís worrisome that the Jets donít seem to realize this. Take a look at last yearís most successful teams. The Patriots, Packers, Giants, Saints, Steelers, Texans and Lions all were among the top passing teams in the NFL. The Baltimore Ravens, ranked 19th in passing yards a season ago, happened to feature the leagueís third-ranked defense. The San Francisco 49ers, the lone playoff team that relied significantly more on the run than the pass last season, signed two premier free agents (Randy Moss, Mario Manningham) and used a first-round pick (A.J. Jenkins) to bolster their wide receiver depth this offseason.

    The Jetsí passing attack, meanwhile, has gone backwards. Of the 14 wide receivers currently in Jets camp, nine have never recorded an NFL reception. Stephen Hill, a 2012 second-round selection out of Georgia Tech, had just 49 catches playing three seasons in a triple option offense. Jeremy Kerley, the second-year veteran who was expected to make a leap in 2012, has been a great disappointment in camp. Chaz Schilens? Dexter Jackson? Royce Howard? Wes Kemp?

    Wes Kemp?!

    How are the Jets going to be competitive in any sort of offensive shootout without NFL receivers this season? Time of possession battle or not, Santonio Holmes and Dustin Keller canít catch 200 balls apiece.

    And any comparison to the 2011 49ers is extremely flawed. The Niners boasted the top rush defense in the entire league a year ago, giving up less than 20 yards on the ground per game than the second-best rushing defense team in the league, the Baltimore Ravens. The Jetsí run defense isnít in that conversation. Itís not even close.


    Looking at New York's roster, the team didn't improve at one single position this offseason. And that includes the backup quarterback spot.

    Theyíll get a lot of press and weíll certainly tune in to watch them, but they wonít be very good at anything.

    In that regard, theyíre kind of like the Kardashians.

    Of course, Jets management might view that comparison as the ultimate compliment.

    R.I.P., 2012 Jets. You never had a chance.

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    probably has not been to camp just basing off other dumb journalists

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    The author is an idiot. He's going to compare the Jets and Niners rushing defense, and ignore the fact that teams rushed against the Jets almost 100 times more than they did against the Niners. Why? Because our pass defense was that much better. Total hatchet job.

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    I love how these people say it's impossible for the Jets to win with a "run to set up the pass" philosophy when they rang off 24 wins and 2 AFCCG appearances in 2 years doing that exact thing. Not to mention the fact that if it wasn't for Kyle Williams muffing 2 punts and Lee Evans/Billy Cundiff's complete chokejobs those two defensive oriented teams would have been battling for the Super Bowl last year.

    And just out of curiosity, who's the author of this article? I refuse to click on the link to give him the web hits he obviously so desperately desires.

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    It's a mean spirited piece that forgoes any attempt at a fair and balanced article.

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    Sounds like it was written by SARS, or any number of SOJFs we have here.

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    so sad what happened to journalism. used to be reliable, fact-checking writers (there still are) who cared more about delivering interesting opinions without having to loudmouth their way into getting reader comments at the bottom of his story.


    here's the thing with all the media Jet bashers: they know the Jets are in the biggest market and have one of the bigger fan bases in the league. we are an easy target. pick on the Jets and watch the fans comments on your post roll in. "look at all the hits my story got, mr. editor!"

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    I like the jets run defense, but they are not as good as the Niners, No way.

    The guy took a negative slant and painted everything in the worse light, but what he wrote is not far from the truth.

    1. Rex is Pissed
    2. Sanchez as of now does not have a professional WR corp.
    3. Woody "signed" Tebow for publicity. And since he owned the team was always looking to make a splash.
    4. The ground and pound was last used successfully before the change in the rules to favor the passing game.

    I can't see how any jet fan can argue against those points. But

    A. I take exception to point #4 in that if only one team runs something a lot different The first time around teams will have difficulties with it, whether the scheme is old or new.
    B- item one is overstated as only Holmes and Cro refuse to get behind Rex, the rest of the team is not causing issues.

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    This is just a writer trying to cash in on the Circus that has become the NYJ.

    While it has become a circus it doesn't mean they mean they be good. They have been a circus for three years yet they have won.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BamaJets View Post
    so sad what happened to journalism. used to be reliable, fact-checking writers (there still are) who cared more about delivering interesting opinions without having to loudmouth their way into getting reader comments at the bottom of his story.


    here's the thing with all the media Jet bashers: they know the Jets are in the biggest market and have one of the bigger fan bases in the league. we are an easy target. pick on the Jets and watch the fans comments on your post roll in. "look at all the hits my story got, mr. editor!"
    Why did the jets, who went to Cortland to build unity and such, then invite the ESPN circus to camp. I think Rex and Tanny told Woody no hard knocks, but woody wanted the publicity and compromised and got the circus instead. Woody thinks any publicity is good. Does any one believe him when he said that he did not think Tebow was going to cause a stir? He is keeping the giants off the pages and he is happy.

    you invite the media animals into your house then complain when they crap on the carpet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shevys View Post
    The author is an idiot.
    Yep, fire all the media that would dare to say something negative about the Jets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by patman View Post
    I like the jets run defense, but they are not as good as the Niners, No way.

    The guy took a negative slant and painted everything in the worse light, but what he wrote is not far from the truth.

    1. Rex is Pissed
    2. Sanchez as of now does not have a professional WR corp.
    3. Woody "signed" Tebow for publicity. And since he owned the team was always looking to make a splash.
    4. The ground and pound was last used successfully before the change in the rules to favor the passing game.

    I can't see how any jet fan can argue against those points. But
    1. So what if Rex is pissed ? That's actually a good thing in my book as that was one of his problems in the past, he was to nonchalant about things. They talk about how this is the first time in his 4 years that he's made the team run gassers. Thing is, there were probably times in the past when he SHOULD have made them, but didn't.


    2. Won't argue this one, other than to say that I do have some faith in some of the young guys. I think Hill's speed alone will help and I think Jordan White is going to surprise people.

    3. Woody/Rex signed Tebow because he adds a lot to the team. Don't want to turn this into a Tebow thread, so I'll leave it at that.

    4. As jvill 51 pointed out, the Ravens and the 49'ers have the same basic philosophy and were within 1 mistake each of playing for the Lombardi. Best as I can recall, the Saints, the best passing offense in the NFL, were sitting at home and watching.

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    I love articles like this when posted about teams I cheer for. Bring them on the more the better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by patman View Post
    Why did the jets, who went to Cortland to build unity and such, then invite the ESPN circus to camp. I think Rex and Tanny told Woody no hard knocks, but woody wanted the publicity and compromised and got the circus instead. Woody thinks any publicity is good. Does any one believe him when he said that he did not think Tebow was going to cause a stir? He is keeping the giants off the pages and he is happy.

    you invite the media animals into your house then complain when they crap on the carpet.
    If I remember correctly, it was the other way around and ESPN asked the Jets if they could come. Rex said that the practices in question were open to the public, so ESPN could be there if they wanted to, or something to that effect.

    Hard Knocks was completely different as the cameras and crew had much more access and they were in the meeting rooms, offices, and everywhere else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by patman View Post
    Why did the jets, who went to Cortland to build unity and such, then invite the ESPN circus to camp. I think Rex and Tanny told Woody no hard knocks, but woody wanted the publicity and compromised and got the circus instead. Woody thinks any publicity is good. Does any one believe him when he said that he did not think Tebow was going to cause a stir? He is keeping the giants off the pages and he is happy.

    you invite the media animals into your house then complain when they crap on the carpet.
    First of all, Woody said he was surprised it was that much coverage.

    As a journalist, you are supposed to know what is newsworthy, know your audience. They covered Tebow -- the backup QB as declared by every member of the Jets since the beginning -- from Day 1 of the trade all through summer. Then they show up in masses for training camp forcing us Tebow news by the hour as if any of the fans wanted to hear it. Did you want to hear it? I didn't. And 99% of Jets fans didn't want to hear it either. Again, know your audience, know what's newsworthy. People don't want to hear about the backup QB 24/7. The media thought we did. We didn't. And this lack of news judgement a major flaw in journalism today.

    I worked in the sports media for a decade and took pride in what I wrote and what I put in the paper for the readers. I know we are now in an age of instant news and everyone and anyone can report it, but really, most of the time it's you only see what the media wants you to see. So if they only report the TMZ-type stuff about the Jets, well, that's what most of the people are going to believe. Most random NFL fans don't know David Harris is a quiet leader and one of the top ILBs in the league, but they all know the Jets are a "circus" because one guy mopes or they get into a training camp scuffle.

    And don't even get me started on this whole keeping the Giants off the back page thing. Those newspapers who consistently put the Jets on the back cover with oh-so clever headlines about the team's "dysfunction" lost their integrity as serious news outlets a long time ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PatsFanTX View Post
    Yep, fire all the media that would dare to say something negative about the Jets.
    You can take your stupid smiley face emoticon and stick it, pal. The article is a hack job and not well researched. If it was fair I'd be ok with it. Declaring any team dead (or this team in particular since I am in fact a fan) before the season starts makes him an idiot in my opinion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gangrene View Post
    It's a mean spirited piece that forgoes any attempt at a fair and balanced article.
    This.

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    If we have a top-3 defense, which is realistic, we'll be in the playoffs. Doesn't matter what else happens.

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    Sensational hyperbole designed to create web hits. That's all. Now it was a 20 minute brawl?!

    "20 players, 20 minutes...whatever"...[SEND]

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    A truly SARRY piece of hack "journalism"



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