Tom Coughlin wouldn’t go light on this Jets team, he’d let them have it.
The feel around this game should be like 2006, when the Scarlet Knights upset the Cardinals, then the No. 3 team in the nation. Now, on Thursday night, Rutgers needs that same special moment created by the best atmosphere in program history.
The most famous fan in New York — and perhaps in the NFL — is calling it quits, and while fans wrestle with the merits of “Fireman Ed,” it is clear that no one is the winner in this situation.
The former New York City firefighter, who left the Jets’ 49-19 loss to New England at halftime Thursday night, says that MetLife Stadium has become divided.
A move to the Big Ten?! Canonize Tim Pernetti right now. He is in every way, every bit the patron saint that Rutgers has needed.
Chalk another one up for Rex Ryan, who in confusion found profit.
Given the events of this past week, where an unnamed Jets player called Tim Tebow “terrible” in a tabloid report, there is no good way for the situation to play out under center in this Sunday’s game in St. Louis.
“We’re not buying all this spin that is coming out right now,” the player said. “And we’re not necessarily buying that the quote came out recently or even from this locker room.”
The Jets knew what they were getting themselves into, and now they have no one to blame but themselves for a season splintering apart. They should have known better.
Perhaps if all the players — anonymous or otherwise — worked as hard as Tebow, then the Jets wouldn’t be 3-6. To bash him for doing his job is beyond comprehension. And that is the great tragedy of this story.
In New York, just making the playoffs isn’t good enough but Backe did far more good for the club. He deserved one more year.
It’s time for Rex Ryan to embrace his only chance at saving the season: a Tim Tebow miracle.
Rutgers must take make the most of the bye last week and this week’s practices to regroup and refocus and make that last game a flash in the pan.
The Jets must play nearly flawlessly to make the playoffs, but they should also play flawlessly for a coach who has never stopped believing in them.
But only Ryan can bring that change, only Ryan can be that fresh air to cleanse the Jets from the storms of this season.