So, anything happen in Jetsville this week? I mean, can it get any more ridiculous. Let’s quickly review what’s happened:
- As predicted, Jets Offensive Coordinator Brian “Schotty” Schottenheimer “resigned” from his post as Jets OC. Offensive line coach Bill Callahan also bolted for Dallas
- The Jets quickly hired Tony Sparano (not to be confused with Tony Soprano) to be their new OC
- A number of unnamed Jets ripped Mark Sanchez in the media, and openly lobbied for Peyton Manning
- Numerous Jets, including Nick Mangold and owner Woody Johnson, refuted that article and defended Sanchez’s work ethic, committment and talent
Did I miss anything?
Clearly Schotty had to go, although I don’t believe for a second that he resigned. I’m sure he made out just fine financially, and he already has interviews lined up. I like the Sparano hiring. For starters – as the former Dolphins Head Coach, he knows the division. He’ll know how to attack the Pats, Bills and Dolphins, and he’ll know how opposing defenses attack the Jets. He’s a no-nonsense, back-to-basics coach who will focus on the run and protecting Sanchez. He won’t take any BS, and will easily put people like Holmes back in their place. And he wears sunglasses, day or night. Sick.
The article trashing Sanchez was sad for so many reasons. For starters, it was not only embarrassing that players would trash their teammate like that, but even worse, they weren’t man enough to share their names – pathetic. Second, the comments were just plain wrong. Numerous Jets and even the owner have come to Sanchez’ defense, citing his incredibly strong work ethic and dedication. He’s a first in, last out kind of guy. He’s clearly less than perfect, but the things mentioned in that article were just plain wrong. And as far as Peyton Manning goes…that’s just a dream, folks. Why would he come here? What’s to gain? Sorry, I don’t buy it. And finally – the New York press should be called out for another example of irresponsible reporting. Only in New York is it acceptable to publish an article filled with half-truths and anonymous quotes. That article is just another example of why so many players don’t want to play in New York.
It’s amazing to me that in the run-up to the divisional week of the playoffs, the Jets are somehow front-page news, and even the lead story on SportsCenter yesterday. It shows how polarizing Rex Ryan and Mark Sanchez are, and just how much New York teams are always under the spotlight. The Giants are not even getting as much press!
Many questions still remain, with the Sanchise’s future as the biggest. Rich Cimini, my favorite Jets beat writer, posted a well thought out and balanced analysis of what it will take to salvage his future. A must-read.
Just another boring week in Jetsville…