Keidel: No Cryin’ Over Ryan

By Jason Keidel
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Same old Jets?

Depends on your definition.

If you mean the Jets aren’t in the Super Bowl, you’re correct in the most literal sense. If you mean the Jets are still losers, you’re rather wrong. The Steelers’ first half was slightly more important than the Jets’ second half, and this win was much more important than the Jets’ win in Week 15. Combine the two games and the two teams are tied.

The Steelers won by a whisker because Ben Roethlisberger has been there and Mark Sanchez hasn’t, because Mike Tomlin has been there and Rex Ryan hasn’t. Ben was bad for about 59 minutes. But when it had to be done, he did it. Big games are won more by nuance than dominance. It’s about converting a third-down more than a theatrical, 80-yard overtime dash.

The Jets and their fans owe no apology. Ryan has taken the Jets from moribund to mighty in two years by dint of his will and his willingness to take the flak for his boys. Beneath the rotund frame is a fine football brain. Rex knows what he’s doing. When you consider that the Jets made the AFC title game a once-in-a-decade affair, the corporate climate is decidedly – and perhaps permanently – better.


Rashard Mendenhall had a big day. The Steelers met the maxim of running well and stopping the run well. The Jets appeared sleepily out of the tunnel to start the game and made their charge too late.

But this isn’t about chalkboards and telestrators as much as one team has the innate confidence and composure of success and one team hasn’t. Last year was a fluke; this year the Jets arrived as bona fide contenders. And it was almost enough. Almost.

The Jets are going through an agonizing initiation phase. Jordan’s Bulls went through it and Peyton’s Colts went through it. It’s a sporting – if not life – mandate. There is copious precedent and, while we all wish our teams conquered their respective sports instantly and always, it doesn’t work that way.

Many of you who aren’t ready to accept that your season is over, who will say you lost more than the Steelers won, you don’t understand the game and the game of life well enough. Yesterday had to happen. And perhaps you can sit back and consider your team just three years ago, before Ryan stomped in and stamped the team and the town with his confident coda – that the Jets kneel at no altar other than the Lombardi Trophy. Such an approach was laughable in 2007. It is reality in 2011. You’re good, very good, and you’re about to become great.

There are a number of free agents who may come off the books and the team bus next season. The Jets have some tough choices to make, toeing the salary cap while keeping the team intact. But the essential duo for football success is in place for a long time. One wears a headset and the other has a green dot glued to the back of his green helmet.

There’s no reason, with a pup for a coach and QB, to think the Jets won’t be here again, and be here often. Even if it doesn’t feel that way now.

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Are Rex’s Jets on the cusp of something great? Sound off in the comments below…

pixy Keidel: No Cryin’ Over Ryan
  • KS

    wow big blue! does the fact that the JETS lost the championship game actually make you feel better about the fact that your team didn’t even make it that far!
    not only is that sad its not very sportmanlike!

  • dwight farmer

    rex ryan is the best coach have to talk smack pittsburgh steelers are hotdogs rothesbigler should go troypalamineau his hair is not welcomedin the nfl so should the jets shuould of played the classy chicago bears

  • Michael Cammarota

    Put aside all the rhetoric. Damn, I feel awful. I was so thinking this was finally it.

    But we have to face that we played horribly in the 1st half, and you cannot play that bad and tackle that poorly and expect to win. My hats off to the Jets though. It was a great season, with some unbelievable wins and great individual efforts.

    And as for Rex, I would play for him or work for him anytime.

  • PatsFan

    The foot fetish fat ass blew it again. Whats the matter Rex, can’t win a big game. Sure seems like it. What no talk this week. Cat got your tongue. Belichick will kick the Jets ass next year. To all Jets fans, 1968 is a long time ago. You will never make the Superbowl again. Rex Ryan should step down now, before it really gets bad. Just End The Season. J E T Jets Jets Jets suck suck suck. Go Pats.


      Big talk from a fan whose team was a huge bust in the playoffs. BIG TALK FROM A FAN WHOSE TEAM COULDNT SEAL THE DEAL IN 2007 after going into the superbowl with a perfect record. shut up your word means absolutely nothing

  • istak

    ….we have a qb, we have a coach, maybe next year…..

  • cfinch

    I will except your take as is with one proviso, we get better next year. To me what constitutes better is to not just get to the AFC Championship game again but rather get there with home field advantage. We need to become great at home while not losing our road swagger. Even wihtout trash talk, play that game at home and even a flat team ramps up quicker in my view.

  • Freeman

    to Big Blue up above: the fact that you felt the need to post that comment shows you are a complete loser

    • ttc

      I agree, and I’m a Giants fan.

  • G-GIRL

    Well said!

  • Big Blue

    Hey Jet fans , now you can put those towels u were waving around at GIANTS stadium to good use …WIPE YOUR TEARS AWAY !!!!! LOL ..3 rings GIANTS….1.ring JETS

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