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    Misconception About the Jets- Intentional or Not?

    Jets 17 Bills 13

    Buffalo Bills (1-1) at New York Jets (1-1)
    Barring a tie, one of these rookie quarterbacks is going to get his career off to a 2-1 start, and inspire a little early-season excitement in an NFL locale that hasn't seen much success of late. Geno Smith needs to get the turnover issue fixed -- his careless play wrecked New York's chances in the fourth quarter at New England in Week 2. But the Bills' EJ Manuel has tried his coach's patience at times, too, and will be playing in his first ever NFL road environment at MetLife Stadium. In the battle of New York -- upstate versus the metro area -- I like the Men of Green just a tad better.

    Read More: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/nfl...#ixzz2fMg9gFYu
    I generally dont buy into the "media is out for the Jets" conspiracy but after seeing this (and the recent ESPN story that the Jets are the worst NFL Franchise) I am a bit mad.

    Seriously, we havent seen much success of late? Maybe not the last two seasons and maybe not historically, but look at the franchise since Parcells took over in 1997.

    Weve been 141-129 (.522), appeared in 3 AFC Championship Games , 2 Division Championships, 7 Playoff Appearances, 5 seasons with 10 wins or more, and only 4 losing seasons out of 16 seasons since Parcells.
    Granted this isnt great. We havent won the Super Bowl. But to think of this franchise as "havent seen much success of late" in the same category as Buffalo is simply ridiculous.. Almost as ridiculous as saying the Jets are the worst franchise in football. The numbers dont lie. Im sure teams like Buffalo, Jacksonville, Cleveland, Detroit, would love to have our level of Lack of recent Success". This is either poor journalism or simply put "Jet Hating".

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    Quote Originally Posted by kennyo7 View Post
    I generally dont buy into the "media is out for the Jets" conspiracy but after seeing this (and the recent ESPN story that the Jets are the worst NFL Franchise) I am a bit mad.

    Seriously, we havent seen much success of late? Maybe not the last two seasons and maybe not historically, but look at the franchise since Parcells took over in 1997.

    Weve been 141-129 (.522), appeared in 3 AFC Championship Games , 2 Division Championships, 7 Playoff Appearances, 5 seasons with 10 wins or more, and only 4 losing seasons out of 16 seasons since Parcells.
    Granted this isnt great. We havent won the Super Bowl. But to think of this franchise as "havent seen much success of late" in the same category as Buffalo is simply ridiculous.. Almost as ridiculous as saying the Jets are the worst franchise in football. The numbers dont lie. Im sure teams like Buffalo, Jacksonville, Cleveland, Detroit, would love to have our level of Lack of recent Success". This is either poor journalism or simply put "Jet Hating".
    All true..... However, I don't care anymore. I simply worry about the JETS, winning will cure the rest.

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    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/aristo...b_3944418.html


    Make no mistake about it. The NY Jets are routinely derided, despised and yes, hated, by a big part of the media and many NFL fans. Examples are too numerous for comfort: Just before the beginning of the season, experts decided that the Jets deserved the last spot in their power rankings (we'll see about that); on the Sunday of Week 1 another panel of experts on one of the proliferating morning football shows unanimously pronounced the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to be sure winners (they lost). Or think about Tim Tebow. Moral opprobrium was heaped upon the Jets in prodigious quantities for letting down and derailing the career of the finest America has to offer. There was simply no end in negative stories about this episode; and then Tebow signs with the New England Patriots and is cut after failing to make the 53 man roster. And what happens? Nothing! The Patriots get a pass, turns out Tebow simply cannot throw. If there is one example of media bias against the Jets, this is it. But the question remains, why do they hate the Jets so much? Here are the three major reasons.

    1) The Jets Face the NY Media Market.
    New York is the largest media market in the country and every single media outlet that counts at the very least has an office here. Operating essentially on a 24/7 news cycle, it is simply more convenient and easier to cover the Jets; and keep in mind that very many people sincerely care about the Jets, a team with probably a few million of supporters (the official New York Jets page on Facebook had at last count 1,505,866 likes). Now this could have been a symbiotic relationship creating a virtuous circle of good reporting. It hasn't. The complication is that most in the media have figured out that starting a controversy about the Jets is far likelier to produce attention and bring traffic to their work.

    Manish Mehta, the Daily News beat writer for the Jets provides a case in point. Now I am not saying that he is not competent or conscientious or scrupulous (though Roger Angell he ain't). The point is that when he called for Rex Ryan's firing it was no less than Chris Christie, the Governor of New Jersey who responded (or took the bait) calling him among other things "a dope." So here it is how it works: you attack the NY Jets and possibly the next leader of the free world deals with you. Certainly not a pleasant experience but the moral of the story is that Jets baiting guarantees extensive, wide controversy and publicity even (or especially) for beat writers; and when it comes to journalism that is a net plus.

    2) The Jets Are Iconoclastic.
    It possibly goes back to Broadway Joe and the mythology that put this team on the map. But the Jets have never been boring, have even flirted with the counter-culture and have been willing to break or bend some rules. In many ways, Rex Ryan embodies this tradition. No ordinary NFL coach he: think of HBO's Hard Knocks, his tattoo, running the bulls etc -- well the list is long. But many want the NFL to be a conservative continuity without anyone rocking the boat. Many do not appreciate the fun ethos of the Jets; and many downright despise such attitude. Hatred ensues.

    3) Envy.
    The Jets have not won a Super Bowl since 1969, why should fans be jealous of them? Well, that is precisely the point. Perennial underdogs, with no celebratory confetti in decades, the Jets dominate attention, command headlines and quite often cause a national discussion. Supporters of teams whom they consider more worthy become green with envy. If only their teams were as interesting; if only more people cared about them. But they don't. It is the Jets that get the attention, it is the Jets that have the multitudes of passionate followers. Their response is predictable, if unfortunate: they end up hating them Jets.

    Hatred and bias against the Jets will not go away anytime soon. The best way to deal with them is for the Jets to finally win another Super Bowl, thus allowing feelings of envy to have a firm basis in reality.

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    I find there are various types of media in general.

    The local guys, they can be overly positive and make excuses for a team at every turn or overly negative and seize on every little issue (like the Jets have.) I live in a city in Canada where it is the 1st type which is just as bad, the home teams suck donkey balls, there are all sorts of bad problems and the local media fellates the teams to no end.

    The national media (as in national people covering the NFL) really have no clue about teams and don't do the research they should and simply get fed info and run with it. (As in the Jets are a circus for the last few years no matter what happens.) It's rare to find a national media person have an informed view of any team unless he lives in that city. I'd say a good majority of national media are freaking clueless and know less about the whole league than us schmuck fans.

    Very rarely you get a local guy that is balanced or a national guy that knows what is happening at the team level.

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    Quote Originally Posted by drsamuel84 View Post
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/aristo...b_3944418.html


    Make no mistake about it. The NY Jets are routinely derided, despised and yes, hated, by a big part of the media and many NFL fans. Examples are too numerous for comfort: Just before the beginning of the season, experts decided that the Jets deserved the last spot in their power rankings (we'll see about that); on the Sunday of Week 1 another panel of experts on one of the proliferating morning football shows unanimously pronounced the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to be sure winners (they lost). Or think about Tim Tebow. Moral opprobrium was heaped upon the Jets in prodigious quantities for letting down and derailing the career of the finest America has to offer. There was simply no end in negative stories about this episode; and then Tebow signs with the New England Patriots and is cut after failing to make the 53 man roster. And what happens? Nothing! The Patriots get a pass, turns out Tebow simply cannot throw. If there is one example of media bias against the Jets, this is it. But the question remains, why do they hate the Jets so much? Here are the three major reasons.

    1) The Jets Face the NY Media Market.
    New York is the largest media market in the country and every single media outlet that counts at the very least has an office here. Operating essentially on a 24/7 news cycle, it is simply more convenient and easier to cover the Jets; and keep in mind that very many people sincerely care about the Jets, a team with probably a few million of supporters (the official New York Jets page on Facebook had at last count 1,505,866 likes). Now this could have been a symbiotic relationship creating a virtuous circle of good reporting. It hasn't. The complication is that most in the media have figured out that starting a controversy about the Jets is far likelier to produce attention and bring traffic to their work.

    Manish Mehta, the Daily News beat writer for the Jets provides a case in point. Now I am not saying that he is not competent or conscientious or scrupulous (though Roger Angell he ain't). The point is that when he called for Rex Ryan's firing it was no less than Chris Christie, the Governor of New Jersey who responded (or took the bait) calling him among other things "a dope." So here it is how it works: you attack the NY Jets and possibly the next leader of the free world deals with you. Certainly not a pleasant experience but the moral of the story is that Jets baiting guarantees extensive, wide controversy and publicity even (or especially) for beat writers; and when it comes to journalism that is a net plus.

    2) The Jets Are Iconoclastic.
    It possibly goes back to Broadway Joe and the mythology that put this team on the map. But the Jets have never been boring, have even flirted with the counter-culture and have been willing to break or bend some rules. In many ways, Rex Ryan embodies this tradition. No ordinary NFL coach he: think of HBO's Hard Knocks, his tattoo, running the bulls etc -- well the list is long. But many want the NFL to be a conservative continuity without anyone rocking the boat. Many do not appreciate the fun ethos of the Jets; and many downright despise such attitude. Hatred ensues.

    3) Envy.
    The Jets have not won a Super Bowl since 1969, why should fans be jealous of them? Well, that is precisely the point. Perennial underdogs, with no celebratory confetti in decades, the Jets dominate attention, command headlines and quite often cause a national discussion. Supporters of teams whom they consider more worthy become green with envy. If only their teams were as interesting; if only more people cared about them. But they don't. It is the Jets that get the attention, it is the Jets that have the multitudes of passionate followers. Their response is predictable, if unfortunate: they end up hating them Jets.

    Hatred and bias against the Jets will not go away anytime soon. The best way to deal with them is for the Jets to finally win another Super Bowl, thus allowing feelings of envy to have a firm basis in reality.
    Drsamuel84, what you have just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this thread is now dumber for having read it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

    Just kidding...this was pretty good. I agree with most of it.

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    The Jets Are Iconoclastic.
    It possibly goes back to Broadway Joe and the mythology that put this team on the map. But the Jets have never been boring, have even flirted with the counter-culture and have been willing to break or bend some rules. In many ways, Rex Ryan embodies this tradition. No ordinary NFL coach he: think of HBO's Hard Knocks, his tattoo, running the bulls etc -- well the list is long. But many want the NFL to be a conservative continuity without anyone rocking the boat. Many do not appreciate the fun ethos of the Jets; and many downright despise such attitude. Hatred ensues.


    Namath embodied the wild 60's Sex,Drugs and Rock and Roll against the norm that was Johnny Unitas.. After the Bowl win the Hatred really started..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Beerfish View Post
    I live in a city in Canada where it is the 1st type which is just as bad, the home teams suck donkey balls, there are all sorts of bad problems and the local media fellates the teams to no end.
    Beerfish you live in T. ???

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    Quote Originally Posted by drsamuel84 View Post
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/aristo...b_3944418.html


    Make no mistake about it. The NY Jets are routinely derided, despised and yes, hated, by a big part of the media and many NFL fans. Examples are too numerous for comfort: Just before the beginning of the season, experts decided that the Jets deserved the last spot in their power rankings (we'll see about that); on the Sunday of Week 1 another panel of experts on one of the proliferating morning football shows unanimously pronounced the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to be sure winners (they lost). Or think about Tim Tebow. Moral opprobrium was heaped upon the Jets in prodigious quantities for letting down and derailing the career of the finest America has to offer. There was simply no end in negative stories about this episode; and then Tebow signs with the New England Patriots and is cut after failing to make the 53 man roster. And what happens? Nothing! The Patriots get a pass, turns out Tebow simply cannot throw. If there is one example of media bias against the Jets, this is it. But the question remains, why do they hate the Jets so much? Here are the three major reasons.

    1) The Jets Face the NY Media Market.
    New York is the largest media market in the country and every single media outlet that counts at the very least has an office here. Operating essentially on a 24/7 news cycle, it is simply more convenient and easier to cover the Jets; and keep in mind that very many people sincerely care about the Jets, a team with probably a few million of supporters (the official New York Jets page on Facebook had at last count 1,505,866 likes). Now this could have been a symbiotic relationship creating a virtuous circle of good reporting. It hasn't. The complication is that most in the media have figured out that starting a controversy about the Jets is far likelier to produce attention and bring traffic to their work.

    Manish Mehta, the Daily News beat writer for the Jets provides a case in point. Now I am not saying that he is not competent or conscientious or scrupulous (though Roger Angell he ain't). The point is that when he called for Rex Ryan's firing it was no less than Chris Christie, the Governor of New Jersey who responded (or took the bait) calling him among other things "a dope." So here it is how it works: you attack the NY Jets and possibly the next leader of the free world deals with you. Certainly not a pleasant experience but the moral of the story is that Jets baiting guarantees extensive, wide controversy and publicity even (or especially) for beat writers; and when it comes to journalism that is a net plus.

    2) The Jets Are Iconoclastic.
    It possibly goes back to Broadway Joe and the mythology that put this team on the map. But the Jets have never been boring, have even flirted with the counter-culture and have been willing to break or bend some rules. In many ways, Rex Ryan embodies this tradition. No ordinary NFL coach he: think of HBO's Hard Knocks, his tattoo, running the bulls etc -- well the list is long. But many want the NFL to be a conservative continuity without anyone rocking the boat. Many do not appreciate the fun ethos of the Jets; and many downright despise such attitude. Hatred ensues.

    3) Envy.
    The Jets have not won a Super Bowl since 1969, why should fans be jealous of them? Well, that is precisely the point. Perennial underdogs, with no celebratory confetti in decades, the Jets dominate attention, command headlines and quite often cause a national discussion. Supporters of teams whom they consider more worthy become green with envy. If only their teams were as interesting; if only more people cared about them. But they don't. It is the Jets that get the attention, it is the Jets that have the multitudes of passionate followers. Their response is predictable, if unfortunate: they end up hating them Jets.

    Hatred and bias against the Jets will not go away anytime soon. The best way to deal with them is for the Jets to finally win another Super Bowl, thus allowing feelings of envy to have a firm basis in reality.
    Pretty spot on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jetsfan_toronto_canada View Post
    Beerfish you live in T. ???
    Edmonton. It has to be worse here than in Toronto. It's pathetic (the media here that is....well and the teams)

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    2) The Jets Are Iconoclastic.
    It possibly goes back to Broadway Joe and the mythology that put this team on the map. But the Jets have never been boring, have even flirted with the counter-culture and have been willing to break or bend some rules. In many ways, Rex Ryan embodies this tradition. No ordinary NFL coach he: think of HBO's Hard Knocks, his tattoo, running the bulls etc -- well the list is long. But many want the NFL to be a conservative continuity without anyone rocking the boat. Many do not appreciate the fun ethos of the Jets; and many downright despise such attitude. Hatred ensues.
    .................................................. .................................................. .................................................. .................................................. ...............................
    The mere fact that this coach acts and talks like a douchebag is not about fun, not about being conservative, it is about a being professional football coach. Rex has nothing to do with tradition. He is another big mouthed, brash member of the Ryan family. Unfortunately, we really don't have a hell of a lot of tradition. He does not add anything in this regard.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PocketJet View Post
    2) The Jets Are Iconoclastic.
    It possibly goes back to Broadway Joe and the mythology that put this team on the map. But the Jets have never been boring, have even flirted with the counter-culture and have been willing to break or bend some rules. In many ways, Rex Ryan embodies this tradition. No ordinary NFL coach he: think of HBO's Hard Knocks, his tattoo, running the bulls etc -- well the list is long. But many want the NFL to be a conservative continuity without anyone rocking the boat. Many do not appreciate the fun ethos of the Jets; and many downright despise such attitude. Hatred ensues.
    .................................................. .................................................. .................................................. .................................................. ...............................
    The mere fact that this coach acts and talks like a douchebag is not about fun, not about being conservative, it is about a being professional football coach. Rex has nothing to do with tradition. He is another big mouthed, brash member of the Ryan family. Unfortunately, we really don't have a hell of a lot of tradition. He does not add anything in this regard.
    Your hatred is showing.

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    The amazing Francesa just went on about how the Jets are being spoken about in a positive light "because they won a game that they should have lost since they only had :20 seconds left in the game before Tampon Bay gave the game away. He said, one win makes a huge difference..had the Jets lost that game, we would all be talking about how horrible Geno is, blah, blah, blah."

    See here is where i find COMEDY in his phony self.

    If you are going to make a statement that the Jets should be 0-2 instead of 1-1....then doesnt that apply to his beloved PATS? We had THREE DRIVES with a minimum of 9 points left on the field against the Pats two of those field goals would have won us the game. What his phony a$$ should have said was, the Jets should have lost to Tampa but should have realistically won against the Pats.

    But no, he has to keep fueling the NEGATIVE perception, just like he has done since Rex took over. I dont listen to this scumbag just like i avoid Faux News Channel but i was stuck listening to it just a few minutes ago at the autozone garage. I looked at a complete stranger and asked "you listening to this? " The guy smiled. I said, "that is what is wrong. I can agree that we should have lost to the Bucs in week 1 but on that same breath we should have beat the Pats. Thats why no one should listen to that fake fuk."
    The guy said, " im a Giants fan but i never thought of it like that."
    I said, of course not. Why would you---the negative Jets garbage is marketed to you!!

    He said, good luck this season man. I said, as long as i don't have to listen to that turd on the radio.

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    It is not hatred. That is a strong word. I don't think I hate anyone unless perhaps they hurt or did something to my family. I feel he is overrated, not very intelligent (except for defense) and a big mouth. I am far from being a minority on this perception. He very much has become the "mocking" face of the franchise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by drsamuel84 View Post
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/aristo...b_3944418.html


    Make no mistake about it. The NY Jets are routinely derided, despised and yes, hated, by a big part of the media and many NFL fans. Examples are too numerous for comfort: Just before the beginning of the season, experts decided that the Jets deserved the last spot in their power rankings (we'll see about that); on the Sunday of Week 1 another panel of experts on one of the proliferating morning football shows unanimously pronounced the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to be sure winners (they lost). Or think about Tim Tebow. Moral opprobrium was heaped upon the Jets in prodigious quantities for letting down and derailing the career of the finest America has to offer. There was simply no end in negative stories about this episode; and then Tebow signs with the New England Patriots and is cut after failing to make the 53 man roster. And what happens? Nothing! The Patriots get a pass, turns out Tebow simply cannot throw. If there is one example of media bias against the Jets, this is it. But the question remains, why do they hate the Jets so much? Here are the three major reasons.

    1) The Jets Face the NY Media Market.
    New York is the largest media market in the country and every single media outlet that counts at the very least has an office here. Operating essentially on a 24/7 news cycle, it is simply more convenient and easier to cover the Jets; and keep in mind that very many people sincerely care about the Jets, a team with probably a few million of supporters (the official New York Jets page on Facebook had at last count 1,505,866 likes). Now this could have been a symbiotic relationship creating a virtuous circle of good reporting. It hasn't. The complication is that most in the media have figured out that starting a controversy about the Jets is far likelier to produce attention and bring traffic to their work.

    Manish Mehta, the Daily News beat writer for the Jets provides a case in point. Now I am not saying that he is not competent or conscientious or scrupulous (though Roger Angell he ain't). The point is that when he called for Rex Ryan's firing it was no less than Chris Christie, the Governor of New Jersey who responded (or took the bait) calling him among other things "a dope." So here it is how it works: you attack the NY Jets and possibly the next leader of the free world deals with you. Certainly not a pleasant experience but the moral of the story is that Jets baiting guarantees extensive, wide controversy and publicity even (or especially) for beat writers; and when it comes to journalism that is a net plus.

    2) The Jets Are Iconoclastic.
    It possibly goes back to Broadway Joe and the mythology that put this team on the map. But the Jets have never been boring, have even flirted with the counter-culture and have been willing to break or bend some rules. In many ways, Rex Ryan embodies this tradition. No ordinary NFL coach he: think of HBO's Hard Knocks, his tattoo, running the bulls etc -- well the list is long. But many want the NFL to be a conservative continuity without anyone rocking the boat. Many do not appreciate the fun ethos of the Jets; and many downright despise such attitude. Hatred ensues.

    3) Envy.
    The Jets have not won a Super Bowl since 1969, why should fans be jealous of them? Well, that is precisely the point. Perennial underdogs, with no celebratory confetti in decades, the Jets dominate attention, command headlines and quite often cause a national discussion. Supporters of teams whom they consider more worthy become green with envy. If only their teams were as interesting; if only more people cared about them. But they don't. It is the Jets that get the attention, it is the Jets that have the multitudes of passionate followers. Their response is predictable, if unfortunate: they end up hating them Jets.

    Hatred and bias against the Jets will not go away anytime soon. The best way to deal with them is for the Jets to finally win another Super Bowl, thus allowing feelings of envy to have a firm basis in reality.
    Thanks for posting this article! One of the many reason I read the Huff Post.

    I think this was spot on. NY Media, Rex as a polarizing figure(he rubs boring, politically correct, conservative America the wrong way) and the envy from smaller cites because of the Jets coverage w/o winning Jack**** all play a part into the media illusion that the Jets are a joke.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PocketJet View Post
    2) The Jets Are Iconoclastic.
    It possibly goes back to Broadway Joe and the mythology that put this team on the map. But the Jets have never been boring, have even flirted with the counter-culture and have been willing to break or bend some rules. In many ways, Rex Ryan embodies this tradition. No ordinary NFL coach he: think of HBO's Hard Knocks, his tattoo, running the bulls etc -- well the list is long. But many want the NFL to be a conservative continuity without anyone rocking the boat. Many do not appreciate the fun ethos of the Jets; and many downright despise such attitude. Hatred ensues.
    .................................................. .................................................. .................................................. .................................................. ...............................
    The mere fact that this coach acts and talks like a douchebag is not about fun, not about being conservative, it is about a being professional football coach. Rex has nothing to do with tradition. He is another big mouthed, brash member of the Ryan family. Unfortunately, we really don't have a hell of a lot of tradition. He does not add anything in this regard.
    Blah blah blah, Rex is politically incorrect Wahhh wahhh wahhhhhhh

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    Quote Originally Posted by PocketJet View Post
    2) The Jets Are Iconoclastic.
    It possibly goes back to Broadway Joe and the mythology that put this team on the map. But the Jets have never been boring, have even flirted with the counter-culture and have been willing to break or bend some rules. In many ways, Rex Ryan embodies this tradition. No ordinary NFL coach he: think of HBO's Hard Knocks, his tattoo, running the bulls etc -- well the list is long. But many want the NFL to be a conservative continuity without anyone rocking the boat. Many do not appreciate the fun ethos of the Jets; and many downright despise such attitude. Hatred ensues.
    .................................................. .................................................. .................................................. .................................................. ...............................
    The mere fact that this coach acts and talks like a douchebag is not about fun, not about being conservative, it is about a being professional football coach. Rex has nothing to do with tradition. He is another big mouthed, brash member of the Ryan family. Unfortunately, we really don't have a hell of a lot of tradition. He does not add anything in this regard.
    I don't totally get the Rex Ryan hate... Other than being brash, the guy seems like a really cool person, he obviously cares about his family, and the players who play for him seem to really like and respect him. Furthermore, he's obviously a good defensive coach.

    I can see that people feel that he isn't a good enough coach (though, I disagree - he's not a coach/gm guy for sure). But I am genuinely surprised the amount of fans around the league who outright don't like him, which colors their view of him.

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    OK, I agree hatred is too strong a word. Let's call it "viewpoint". And it is a view held by some. Not too many as we see from the threads that show a great deal of support for Rex. He is far from perfect but till someone can come up with the name of someone who is a viable replacement (is. someone who would be available, who would want to come here and who would be an upgrade) I for one very much want him to stay.

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    The idea that the Jets are perenially one of the worst teams in the league is probably the most widespread misperception in sports. Even Jets fans start to believe it after a while, putting them in the unenviable position of having had more recent success than 75% of the league, but none of the good memories.

    The only thing I can really attribute it to is an evolutionary shortcut in the human mindset that will always view a struggle for dominance as having one winner and one loser. It's too complex to think about the Giants and the Jets as both having varying levels of success the last 12 years (they have both made the playoffs the same number of times, 6), so the mind takes a shortcut: one team is dominant, the other team must be a submissive loser.

    This familiar schema is more than enough for 99% of NFL fans and writers to conserve some precious brainpower and move on with the simple judgment "The Jets are bad every year." I understand mouth breathing fans across the country falling into this trap, but the fact that so many national writers do speaks very poorly to their profession.

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    On ESPN radio, they were saying take the Jets. Geno Smith is playing at home in a friendly environment while EJ isn't. The Bills allow more running yards than we do also. That is it.

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