FLORHAM PARK, NJ – It’s that time of year, folks. Yes, it’s almost the start the new year. But with the new year comes the NFL Playoffs. In a regular season where the Jets started out with astronomically high hopes, it has been filled with soaring highs and gut-wrenching lows.
As we saw last year, the Jets were able to shrug off a mediocre regular season, winning their last two games to sneak into the playoffs and make some noise. They cast aside any negative labels and set forth to the second season with a new set of goals.
The 2010 regular season had aspirations of the Jets crowning season. They were going to run through the league on their way to a top seed and the inside track to Dallas. After all, Rex Ryan had put that big X on their backs as soon as he predicted a Super Bowl for him and his team in the off-season.
Whether they have lived up to expectations is no longer a question one should ask. They have made playoffs. They’re in. Breathe.
We can forget the guarantees. Joe Namath isn’t walking through that door. We can forget all the macho man bravado, it’s here to stay — like it or not. We can forget all this season’s second-guessing. They got where they wanted to be. Was it pretty to watch unfold? Probably not.
With the new year comes change (We must credit Barack Obama every time the word changed is used). With change (BO) comes resolve. The Jets must resolve any issues with the regular season before the start of the new year.
- Mark Sanchez will resolve his identity-crisis issues and settle in the role as a game-managing QB who can make a big play or two. He does need to be spoon fed with 44 attempts for the Jets to win the game.
- The Jets will continue to be loud, brash and conceited. This time just off the field.
- LaDanian Tomlinson will resolve to never run between the tackles. Ever. Get him out in the flats or across the middle of the field where there is space to make people miss. He may have proven some skeptics right with his play as of late, but his lateral speed and acceleration is still there.
- The Jets will not incorporate a soccer “wall” on their sideline while the opposing team is punting the ball.
- The entire defense will resolve their self-image issues. This cocky bunch came into the season as the backbone of the team, with “Revis Island” and their streak of consecutive games without allowing a 100-yard rusher. Well, they have allowed two 100-yard rushers in back-to-back weeks and Revis Island must be showing the after effects of a hurricane. It’s January. Time to tighten up those screws on defense and get back to being Gang Green of last year.
- Vernon Gholston records a sack before his tenure with the Jets ends.
- Every wide receiver will sleep with a ball in their hands every night for the remainder of the season. I can’t even begin to recount all the dropped passes, significant ones, by the Jets receiving corps.
- The coaches will no longer be able to draw up plays for players to run by attractive news reporters. They will instead be on a silent count.
- The Jets secondary will put aside their communications errors and fill in the apparently large hole left by Jim Leonhard.
- The Jets will never trot Nick Folk out for anything longer than a 48-yard field goal…with the wind at his back.
- Win the Super Bowl.
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