1. The schedule is difficult early, can easily create a 2-5 start and feed the sleeping mess from last season, team falls apart, doesn't fight it out at the end. The running order means something.
2. If you go by last year's team that beat no one with a winning record and was a hair over .500 against the scrubs, it adds up to 7-9 or 6-10.
I've got 'em at 5-11 because of the personnel and the timing. I don't think they've improved overall, I think they lose early, fall apart as a team, continue last season's implosion, and quit on Rex again.
The Jets can be a 12-4 team, they can be that good. They have the potential.
Locking in the Pats at 14 wins is pure comedy and homerism, especially right now, with so much up in the air with the team on offense at WR, with Welker's inevitable holdout, Mankins injury, Brady aging, BGJE's loss, and a defense that was at the bottom of the league last year.
They had a good run last year
Teams will be better prepared this year against the Patriots two TE's.
We're not forgetting. Nope. Not happening. Here is the link:
I am amazed, however, at how many Jets Insiders were fooled by Rex Ryan's rhetoric. Continue to be amazed at how many still believe in him to this day.
A blind squirrel could see that the Jets were headed for disaster. What we went through this past summer trying to preach that gospel, wow, so harsh.
I know I am preaching to the choir but I dare anybody to tell me how a top 5 or top 7 d makes the guy running the show a great hc. I am all ears. If you all don't blame Rex after this year you never will because the guy will horde d talent to save his own hide.
You get some right, you get some wrong. Such is life old friend.
I didn't forsee Sanchez ****ting the bed for a fourth season in a row. I expected him to improve, not continue to devolve and fail. I certainly didn't expect to finish 2012 with the worst QB in the entire league over the past 4 years. That is awful hard to overcome.
I also didn't expect our best player on both sides of the ball to miss the entire season. The loss of Revis and Holmes, while not as bad as playing Mark Sanchez, was still crippling.
And I'll be honest, I expected the team and O-Co that was very familiar with the Wildcat to create a situation where Tim Tebow could thrive and produce on a limited basis. Instead, Sparano and Co. failed totally and completely with Tebow, possably handing it as badly as it could have been handled.
Combine with a Defense in Flux (youth up front still learning, LB's getting old in the tooth) and you got what we saw. 6-10 and lucky to be that.
So undoubtedly, I was wrong almost accross the board pre-2012. It happens.
Given how the modern NFL works, I still think this team, under this Coach, is one QB, a few LB's and one WR from being as good and competative as anyone. /shrug