Jets fans, we only have four weeks of misery left … for this year, at least.
The Jets lost to the Miami Dolphins 16-13 on Monday Night Football in typical Jets’ fashion. Going into the fourth quarter, the Jets were winning 13-6, and in the fourth quarter they let the Dolphins score 10 unanswered points on their way to the win.
Quarterback Geno Smith returned as the team’s starter. It was reported by The New York Daily News that it was the Jets’ management’s decision and not the coaching staff’s. Since it was not Head Coach Rex Ryan and Offensive Coordinator Marty Mornhinweg’s decision to start Smith, they gave team management a big “f*** you” by only allowing Smith to throw 13 times as opposed to running the ball 49 times.
Smith and quarterback Michael Vick are clearly incapable of being productive starting NFL quarterbacks, so I think it’s time to play third-string quarterback Matt Simms. The team is 2-10 and has nothing to lose at this point in the season, so let Simms play and see if he has any potential as a long-term answer going forward.
The best play of the game was when wide receiver Greg Salas ran for a 20-yard touchdown on a reverse play. Of course, he managed to injure his hamstring on the play and was unable to play for the rest of the game. This was the first time I think I’ve seen the Jets execute a trick play since Brad Smith played for the team.
In his postgame press conference, Rex Ryan sounded like a defeated man who knows his time left with this organization is running out.
“Man, damn, I can’t believe we’re 2-10. What a joke,” Ryan said.
Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch reported earlier this week that television networks are preparing to offer Ryan between $3 to $5 million a year as an NFL analyst. So either if he’s coaching another team next season or working on television, Ryan will be making a nice living once his time with the Jets is finished.
If it were any other team, Ryan would probably be fired, but the Jets don’t have any capable assistants who could even be considered a good choice to be the interim head coach. Plus, Owner Woody Johnson loves Ryan, so he won’t let him get fired until the last minute.
This Sunday, the Jets will play the Minnesota Vikings in Minnesota, which should be the lowest rated game of the weekend. The Vikings are currently 5-7 and have been playing better since quarterback Teddy Bridgewater returned from his ankle injury.
This is a game the Jets definitely have a chance of winning, but as usual, they will find a way to mess it up and they will lose. The Vikings will win 31-14.
Smith will start again and continue to lose confidence as a player, which will ruin his future development as a player in the NFL. He will throw three interceptions before Ryan benches him for Michael Vick again to further embarrass the organization.
Bridgewater will throw four touchdowns and have his best day yet as a professional quarterback as he tears apart the Jets’ lackluster secondary.
So start drinking now, Jets fans. It’s going to be another long Sunday afternoon.