No butts about it, Jets are still the butt of jokes
The New York Jets are in prime position to take over the AFC East right? The New England Patriots have added alcoholics and assassins to their resume, the Buffalo Bills have added the Mr. Bill of QB’s in Kevin Kolb, and the Miami Dolphins overpaid yet again for overrated talent. Each year the Jets seem to go into the preseason with hype and a glimmer of hope. Previous years had Brett Favre, the Mark Sanchez “The Sanchize” coming off an AFC Championship loss, or Jetsus Christ in Tim Tebow. Those hopes quickly turned into circus’ being Farve’s penis pics, Sanchez regressing having people question if he should switch throwing arms or position, and Tebow being a personal punt protector. This year? There is no difference.
Sanchez struggled through yet another dismal season. Highlighted by the butt fumble during the season and a video on YouTube of him jumping up and down with his bare butt showing with two sorority girls. Hey, at least he is scoring somewhere right? Enter Geno Smith out of West Virginia. Hoping to make a bigger impact than Buck-wild did in the NY metropolitan area. He threw for over 500 yards in one game and was hyped throughout the season as the No. 1 QB entering the 2013 draft. But much like Sanchez, he faded throughout the season sans the butt controversy. However, it seems much like the Sanchize days and GQ, Geno is more focused on off field endeavors linking up with JAY Z. And with the combo Stedman Bailey and Tavon Austin looking like Cris Carter and Randy Moss at West Virginia compared to what the Jets have at the WR position, will Geno end up being another off field juggernaut but on field all for not QB for the Jets?
Time will tell on that front. The Jets weapons are as dull as the butter knife Aaron Hernandez currently uses in jail to butter his bread. Santonio Holmes is coming off a broken foot, Stephen Hill was hurt for most of his rookie year, Kellen Winslow between being a Cleveland Brown and impersonating Evel Knievel has the knees of a 90-year-old, and the running backs are an Island of Misfits. The saving grace, much like last season for the Jets, is their defense. With an influx of talent from the draft on the defensive side of the ball the Jets can at least keep the game competitive. As far as the offense goes? Beavis has a better chance of scoring.
So what in lies for the Jets in the 2013 season? Most likely a repeat of 2012. Rex Ryan is on the hot seat as is Sanchez. Its do or die for both. The division is considerably weaker in past years but the Jets remain the same old Jets of yesterday year. A big market name but a small market game. Could it be the image conscious, backpage seeking owner in Woody Johnson is tanking to make a run at Johnny Football in the 2014 draft? Perhaps? Although, between his twitter rants and odd behavior he could be swallowed up by the sharks of the NY media. But for now, unlike past years, the Jets go into the season with little expectations which might be a good thing. Nine wins could take the division if things work out right for the Jets, which would be a real kick in the butt for the franchise.
Eric Cuomo is an NFL writer for TPF and can be contacted at ECuomo@ThePenaltyFlagBlog.com