Yes, it is a bold prediction, but with the smug Rex Ryan finally eating his words after three years, Mark Sanchez looking worse and worse by the hour, and a running game and defense looking slow and aged finer than gruyere cheese, suddenly the exciting Super Bowl prospects of the New York Jets looks like the only thing their fans can be pumped for is a top 20 draft pick. Of course, the Buffalo Bills provided a fun illusion to grip onto starting the season so hot before getting swept by the Dolphins and finishing once again in th cellar which at this point they pay rent for and have a welcome mat in front of, but still they made strides, being just a bit less terrible this season.
And even amid the horrid play of QB Ryan Fitzpatrick after locking up such an exquisite deal for himself, the Jets now look like they have the worst quarterback in the division and the highest drafted, an overrated offensive line save for terrific C Nick Mangold and a running game and defense that are slow and dwindling.
The Patriots are the Patriots, they will win, and they will win big, even though their defense is awful. The Bills have seen encouraging play from young RB C.J. Spiller and certainly need to shore up their run defense, but are a few solid interior pieces away from a decent unit, this of course a team without DT Kyle Williams to supplement the efforts of DE Marcel Dareus for much of the season.
But now the Jets have receded into the bleakness, the despair of mediocrity. There is nothing more painful than being between 7-9 to 9-7 and not making the playoffs. This ensures that they are poor enough not to reach the postseason, but not bad enough to gather in a riveting prospect. There is nothing like a great draft to give a fan base hope, and after losing to the upstart Miami Dolphins even with QB Matt Moore having his worst output of the season, the Jets and their fans have little hope for a better future.
New York has several important players that are unrestricted free agents such as S Jim Leonhard, DT Sione Pouha, K Nick Folk, RB LaDanian Tomlinson, and WR Plaxico Burress. Locking up Burress is a priority, because without two stars at wide receiver and a solid tight end in Dustin Keller, Sanchez might just be the worst quarterback in the AFC since Kyle Boller took a snap for Oakland.
Of course, this is the point of view of a malicious Dolphins fan who will likely be disappointed once again in 2012 after a nice finish to the season and a promising draft ahead, and of course, there is nothing sweeter than plunging the harpy into the hearts of Jet’s fans and eviscerating their dreams of playoff glory, but there are realistic and intelligent claims that can expect the Jets to finish at or worse than their 2011 record barring some sort of locker room miracle, front office splash, or the Bills continue to be well… the Bills.
Tagged with: C.J. Spiller, Dustin Keller, Kyle Boller, Kyle Williams, LaDanian Tomlinson, Marcel Dareus, Mark Sanchez, Matt Moore, Nick Folk, Nick Mangold, Plaxico Burress, Rex Ryan, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Sione Pouha