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Cowboys and Jets Unlikely Mirror Images: A Fan’s Perspective

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The Rex Ryan Metamorphosis from Inspired to Incompetent: A Fan’s View

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Rex Ryan and the New York Jets

The Dallas Cowboys transformed a Monday night home game opportunity into a disaster last night (October 1), losing to the Chicago Bears 34-18, and it didn't appear that close. At some point mid-game, it might have occurred to you the Cowboys of the last decade or so sure spend a lot of time emulating the New York Jets. Of note this week, both teams lost in humiliating fashion at home in front of crowds rooting boisterously for the opposition.

Before we allow this thought to fly off independently into the atmosphere, it should be clear the Cowboys have infinitely more talent in the locker room than the Jets. A very significant difference is immediately apparent. Dallas boasts a quarterback that can actually play.

On the flip side, perhaps the most significant similarity is disappointment. Both the Cowboys and the Jets are just disappointing. The root cause might be the mouths that serve as the spokespeople for their respective teams. Jerry Jones, Cowboy owner, is very public, very arrogant, and increases exponentially the spotlight on the team on which he keeps a tight-fisted grip. By virtue of that focus, augmenting the already bright light cast on America's team, and the money Jones spends to heighten the attention on the Cowboys, you want to believe they're a Super Bowl contender. They are certainly competitive enough to discuss, but never good enough to climb the ladder.

The Jets' image of the last four years has been forged by Mr. Over-Confidence, Rex Ryan, coach of the under-performing, over-inflated Gang Green. In the first two years of the Ryan era, he had a quality team, knew it, and never let anyone forget it. They haven't. Now, the talent level has diminished by leaps and bounds, and while Ryan filed away his Super Bowl predictions, he's still front and center attempting to convince the world, and perhaps himself, that the Jets are still championship material. He indicated, by the way, that Darrelle Revis might not be placed on the injured reserve list in the unlikely event he could be ready for the Super Bowl. That's all anyone needs to know.

The Cowboys and the Jets - teams desperate to be respected, teams people love to hate.

Glenn Vallach has been a football fan for most of his lifetime, but never played organized pigskin unless you consider the thousands of youth hours running slant routes on city streets. Don Maynard was his idol, an adulation he took seriously, complete with a number 13 stitched to his sweatshirt. He remains a New York Jet fan through so much disappointment and embarrassment over the years. Coach Rex Ryan has rekindled a dormant fire, but sometimes he feels as if he doesn't understand the likely end result of all his efforts. It has been 42 years, after all.


  • · Yahoo! Sports New York Jets page
  • · Yahoo! Sports Darrelle Revis page
  • · Yahoo! Sports Dallas Cowboys page
  • · Yahoo! Sports Chicago Bears page
  • · Brian McIntyre, Shutdown Corner, Yahoo! Sports, Owner Woody Johnson would chose Mitt Romney election win over winning season for the Jets

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