New York Jets fans were not sure which Jets would be on the field against the Miami Dolphins on the first day of 2012 received a response to which we have seen time and time again..
The New York Jet faithful deserve to see a return on their investment. With high prices come high demand to deliver. An AFC title game appearance last year and taking control out of their own hands this year has not been looked favorably looked upon by season investors. Rex Ryan had everyone believe they were Super Bowl bound in the preseason. If Rex was investing in futures and offered advice, everyone would have lost this season.
There will be plenty of time in the weeks to come for the blame game to start as to the downfalls during the Jets season. But in Game 17, the thorns were Santonio Holmes and, once again, Mark Sanchez. its beyond reproach to call out Brian Schottenheimer for Sanchez, who has not proven his high NFL Draft status since he first started as a professional.. The team has been corralling Sanchez long enough he can not fight out of situations he is unprepared for, it has finally crippled the team.
Younger fans and season ticket holders are not used to seeing their team implode like this. They are used to seeing a team go to the playoffs, players step up to make last minute clutch plays for wins, and a coach who likes to show his bark is worse than his bite. But these are the real Jets, the ones your father told you about. They team they spend their hard earned money to see to be disappointed at the end of the season as well.
Holmes’ actions during the Dolphin game should not be overlooked, especially since he was designated as a Captain. But, frankly, his frustration is understandable. Remember, Holmes resume involves experience with a clutch, Super Bowl quarterback in Ben Roethlisberger…and he caused trouble there anyway. Here, he must be stunned to play on a team that was supposedly poised for a Super Bowl run under the field leadership of a completely clueless, inconsistent, less than professional standard QB in Sanchez. He’s right. In a game this important, how does he go completely ignored by the hack under center?
This team is unfortunately descending in the wrong direction once again. There should be a litany of changes this off-season, but nothing will effectively reverse another brewing Jet catastrophe. The Jet fans have seen this and are accustomed to it. The Jet investors do not want to hear promises from its board that can not be backed up. If the Jets fans were true investors, imagine the leadership changes they would be able to vote on.
Every public company makes a push by the end of the year or their fiscal year. The Jets did not do that this year. They made no push to guarantee their stockholders a return going into the playoffs. With no dividend paid this year, analysts might conclude there will be a repeat performance next year. That is, unless management makes the right decisions and boosts the moral of their stockholders. Only way to find out is to see who show up for kick off in 2012.