How's that for a summary of the New York Jets' first half of the 2012-2013 NFL season?
Where does one begin to analyze this mess? Many Jet fans predicted just this kind of first half after the draft and free agent signing period ended. There was the schedule, which was difficult and close to brutal, and the status of the roster, which was questionable - and that's extending a kind gesture toward the organization's hierarchy. The best opportunity at an esteem generating first half was a sweep of the Dolphins. Everyone knew they would fall to the San Francisco 49ers, Houston Texans, Pittsburgh Steelers, and New England Patriots. So, realistically, they are only one game worse than the best case scenario. That's the good news. The bad news is the perception that those four games were automatic losses. At this point last year, none of those games would have been considered unwinnable.
Using the timeworn cliché about a fish stinking from the head down, or something like that, the onus for this catastrophe of a team has to start with Mike Tannenbaum, a general manager who consistently delivers subpar draft picks, and acquisitions of dubious impact. Handing a terrible quarterback that offense, with a line virtually unchanged from last year's disaster, a running back in Shonn Greene nobody considers dynamic, and wide receivers not among the top 50 in the league beyond Santonio Holmes, now a memory, is a transgression worthy of dismissal.
Just below the head of the fish is Rex Ryan, who seems constantly shocked at the ineptitude of his team. Obviously, a coach so thoroughly out of touch with his personnel is a huge problem. What, exactly, is shocking? Ryan might've been the only human being to evaluate this team entering the season as his best one on the job. And he's the coach. This brings a new definition to clueless.
Finally, of course, is the quarterback dilemma. Ryan loses even more credibility by continuing to allow the worst signal caller in the league ruin any chance the team might have to overcome the suspect roster. There's not much behind Mark Sanchez, another black mark on Tannenbaum, but at this point, a trained seal might be less embarrassing behind center.
It's a mess that might have been smartly hidden behind Darrelle Revis and Holmes. Now it's exposed - as is everyone with a stake in this sorry 3-5 team.
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 43 years, after all.
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