McDonald: The Same ol’ Jets

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Sometime, during the football season, the same tune get said about the boys in green.

Same ol’ Jets.

And this season, it happened even before the first exhibition game.

When backup linebacker IK Enemkpali slugged Geno Smith over a matter of $600, it already tanked the Jets season, even with the good will of new general manager Mike Maccagnan and head coach Todd Bowles wiping away the John Idzik era (or error, depending on how you look at it).

If you were a betting man, looking at this list of top sites for US gamblers, you would have surely not have guessed this would have happened.

But it did and you have to now wonder why this just keeps happening to the Jets. If you don’t believe in curses, then why does seismic events occur at Florham Park?

There probably isn’t an answer for this. In fact, stupidity is happening all over the NFL. From Deflategate to Jason Pierre-Paul blowing his hand off, the league has a stupid factor going on that doesn’t seem to be changing anytime soon.

But back to the Jets. Even with Smith, it was very hard for them to be looked at as a playoff team. Unless he grew up tremendously in the off-season, the second round pick in 2013 just looks like a career backup or at best a starting quarterback on a losing team.

And now the Jets turn to Ryan Fitzpatrick. A smart man (he went to Harvard), who has proven in the past that he’s not ready for prime time. Sure, he can run an offense ok, but nothing spectacular goes on when he is behind the center.

He is mediocre and vanilla, which is maybe what the Jets want here.

The team will go out and sign another play caller, since they aren’t going to trust rookie Bryce Petty anytime soon, but the pickings are kind of slim. There’s talk about Rex Grossman, who hasn’t played in a regular season game since 2011. They can sign Michael Vick, but that looks like a step back and a white flag if they do.

So now, it’s Fitzpatrick or bust.

And that’s until the next Jet disaster occurs and don’t think for one minute that it won’t happen.

These are the Same ol’ Jets.

About the Author

Joe McDonald

Joe McDonald is the founder and former publisher of NY Sports Day. After selling to i15Media in 2020, he serves as the Editor-in-Chief and responsible for the editorial side of the publication. In the past, Joe was the managing editor of NY Sportscene magazine and assistant editor of Mets Inside Pitch. He has covered the Mets since 2004.

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