I have my favorite little niche of Tweeters on any given Sunday (sometimes Mondays, including this week), that I follow for football. It’s not dissimilar to whom I follow for Mets or even Rangers news, although the frequency of tweets usually increases closer to game time, then of course that Monday Morning Quarterbacking issue we have on Twitter too.
One person I follow is a die-hard Jets fan (who was also featured in Amanda Rykoff‘s EspnW piece on female fans) who calls herself “SportsYenta.” Her tweets are often hilarious, cutting (she was even in Mass last week for the game against New England, and I believe in Baltimore a week before that!), and she often ends her thoughts with a succinct and elegant in its brevity point to bring it all home.
(PS Follow her, because she’s really funny during games and cool as hell)
That’s essentially how I feel with this surplus of Jets news coming out, about how the team is basically falling apart at the seams due to one thing or another. Just, OY. Well, maybe things aren’t that bad, but if the local media had its way, that’s what you would believe, that this team is essentially going to become the next Boston Red Sox, without the chicken n’ beer. OY.
Two weeks ago, we heard about how Offensive Coordinator Brian Schottenheimer caused a rift, specifically how there was a wide receiver mutiny regarding his play calling, which Rex Ryan promptly shut down those reports prior to last week’s game against New England. Yet you have to wonder how much truth there was to that rumor, as one of the WRs mentioned prominently in Scotty-gate, Derrick Mason, was traded to the Houston Texans. You can point to his lack of production, as the article states, or that he was a critic of Schotty. He was benched in Sunday’s game, according to Ryan so they could get a better look at Jeremy Kerley, which would make sense if Ryan knew there was a trade down the pike. Either way, he was the odd man out of the three prominently featured in the criticism, with Santonio Holmes and Plaxico Burress.
Ryan spent a lot of time downplaying the story, yet this time there were no unnamed sources in the locker room, as Holmes is now attributing his quotes, ripping the offensive line. Then Brandon Moore came out and said that there are just some things that should stay in the locker room.
It’s not like Holmes hasn’t been immune to critics himself; after all, Jets legend Broadway Joe Namath joined in on the fun by criticizing Holmes for complaining to the media after the Baltimore game. Nice little story from a guy one of my friends found lying in a gutter, hungover, before a game in the 1970s…but I digress.
I think this drama is just going to get worse before Monday night’s game against the Miami Dolphins. And with good reason. The Jets are on a three game losing streak, but the Dolphins have it much worse…they haven’t even won a friggin game this season. Both teams will be on edge, or as Ryan calls it, like “Caged animals.”
The Jets certainly have a lot more to lose than the Dolphins this week. After all, they have higher expectations than the Dolphins, and if the Dolphins lose another game, well, they have just lost ANOTHER game. No big deal, since they haven’t won one yet. Imagine going back to Miami, with a feather in their cap, beating the Jets?
But then the double-edged sword is that if the Jets lose to a defeated team, then all the whispers will turn into loud screams about who needs to go and what needs to be done…till the next week of course.
My feeling is that no one on the Jets right now is immune to criticism but you know what will stop it? WINNING. A good old-fashioned beat down that will make the Jets 3-3 and everyone will once again be talking about how wonderful and great they are.
Till then…we’ll be listening to the drama machine. Like the sands of time, so go the Jets of our Lives.