The Islanders are where they are right now for one simple reason — and it has little to do with injuries. As far as success this season was concerned, the front office mismanaged this thing from the start.
Unless something changes in a hurry, the Jets’ game on Sunday in Baltimore has disaster written all over it. We’ve seen it too many times in the past to be naive.
Ed Reed may not be the player he once was, but he’s certainly still enough of a player to help the young Jets become men. And he’s here now for one reason and one reason only. Rex Ryan.
Geno Smith is not a game manager, and the Jets have to fight every impulse they might have to make him one. They’re simply not good enough to rely on the run and defense alone.
Since the start of the 2010-11 season, the Islanders are an amazingly bad 7-18-5 in November.
Rex Ryan has never sold out. He is who he is and that allure is the main reason why his players always play hard for him. But he has faced one massive obstacle, and, contrary to popular belief, it hasn’t been his mouth.
Islanders fans may struggle for a while accepting the fact that one of the most popular players in franchise history is gone, but the truth is Thomas Vanek is a world-class player. Matt Moulson is not.
The Jets and their fans waited almost three months to see if Chris Ivory was worth the investment. If he keeps this up he will prove to be the ultimate steal.
A week after shocking the football world, the Jets are back to being a team in need of an identity in the face of rebuilding. That’s how quickly these things happen.
He’s only been here for five games, but new offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg is already proving to be nothing like his predecessors. He’s creative. He’s aggressive. He loves to throw the ball. He believes in balance.
As we begin a season that will feature the Islanders for once as a team to reckon with, they have troubling questions at the one position that they really need to have most if not all of the answers.
Some Jets fans don’t just want to replace Geno Smith after a bad game in the fourth week of his rookie season, they want to replace him with a guy with even less experience. That’s just amazing logic.
The Jets are by no means a great football team. But they have all the makings of being one some day because they are physical and impose their will in the places that matter most: the trenches.
Remember Santonio Holmes? The Buffalo Bills won’t forget him any time soon. And if the Jets are lucky, neither will Geno Smith.
There really needs to be no more talk of anyone other than Geno Smith being the starting quarterback of the Jets. You’d be amazed just how detached from reality some people are.