Is it me or are the New York Jets changing the face of the NFL? What I mean is take a look at the brashness that they are exhibiting as they advance through the playoffs. A coach in Rex Ryan who almost stoops to the level of his players in saying what is on his mind. Players that celebrated on the field like school kids after winning a playoff game where no one, including yours truly, didn’t think they’d win. Yet they persisted and are on their way to the unfriendly confines of Heinz Field where they will play a Steelers team they beat late in the season.
This team really talked a big game and ate it for the late season loss to the Patriots, a 45-3 debacle on Monday night football. Yet they stayed true to who they were and talked brashly about getting back into the thick of things, through late season wins over Pittsburgh. From Coach Ryan’s pregame declaration that it was personal between he and Belichick, to Antonio Cromartie’s expletive pre-game comments about Tom Brady, this team has been bellacose, verbose, inflammatory. LOL Damn have they made these playoffs fun
Then you have the Patriots. They were above the smack talk, or so we thought, then Wes Welker gets roped into making a reference regarding feet which was an obvious smack toward the much publicized fetish of Rex Ryan. He subsequently gets benched for the beginning of the game which resulted in the Patriots never getting in sync the rest of the game. To hear Deion Branch call them classless is like the pot calling the kettle black. How soon we forget!! You remember the 2006 AFC Divisional playoff when the Patriots came from behind to beat the San Diego Chargers don’t you?
The Patriots started a near fist fight on the Charger logo when the game was over doing Shawne Merrimans’ “Lights Out” dance?? How about the 2004 AFC Championship when Deion Branch, who on the decisive touchdown, ran a reverse into the endzone waving goodbye to the nearest Steeler defender. Take your medecine and be quiet….and this is before we start talking about a team that ran scores up on teams in 2007 in the most distasteful fashion.
Lost in all of this is the fact Mark Sanchez is growing up right before our very eyes. He’s beaten two straight Hall of Famers in Peyton Manning and Tom Brady yet no one has acknowledged that. The fact that the defense has throttled two offenses and befuddled those same two quarterbacks and nearly knocked Brady into next season. The Jets coverage was so great on one play ESPN showed Brady had over 8.5 seconds on one play and still couldn’t find a receiver.
That the league’s #2 defense has grown into a fire breathing monster and headed for Pittsburgh. Shonn Greene and LaDainian Tomlinson are averaging over 120 yards a game in the playoffs. Yet now the Jets don’t want to talk. This could be the worst thing they could do since the focus has been on their antics and not on their X’s and O’s. I hope they lapse into who they really are. A trip to the Super Bowl may depend on it.
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