Fans Need a Bye Too

Stats do not always accurately represent a team's level of play. The Tennessee Titans were just thoroughly dominated in the box score by the Pittsburgh Steelers and won the game 30-13. The Jets are not the Tennessee Titans. In a season that was destined for 5 or 6 wins when starting quarterback Chad Pennington was severely injured, the latest box score summarizes the team's ongoing struggles. <BR><BR>

The New York Jets playing in a game they desperately needed at home against a Dallas Cowboys team with lesser talent, had more combined penalties and punts (8) than points scored (6).

Last season the Jets were outplayed by a lesser Cleveland Browns team in a game seen to many as a "must win game" at home. The team went on to finish 9-7 and win the AFC East Division Championship. Although eerily reminiscent of the 2002-2003 season, the Jets do not have Pennington's exuberance to energize and execute the offense until week 10...which will be too late.

Coach Herman Edwards has been under fire reportedly from owner Woody Johnson and consistently from the New York media. Everything is clearly starting to take its toll on the team. Previously when times were dark they were able to rally around each other and come back strong. As cool, calm, and resilient as the team has been under Edwards, they are the opposite the season. The latest example being Pro Bowl defensive end John Abraham crashing his Hummer vehicle and being charged with DWI. (It should be noted at this time Abraham has submitted a "not guilty" plea and was released from custody.)

Many journalists will have you believe that Edwards has lost the team and the Terry Bradway/Herman Edwards regime should take more accountability for the team's 0-4 start. The facts remain the same, Bradway and Edwards cannot satisfy the media no matter what comments they make. The fans do not care what the media is trying to push as long as the team stops losing. Unfortunately for Jets fans this season in the improved AFC East, having Pennington, Josh Evans, and Donnie Abraham unable to play and the loss of Laveranues Coles, Chad Morton and Randy Thomas, this is a lost season.

Should Jets fans find themselves wondering if the team will finish near or below the winless Bears, Chargers, or Jaguars and perhaps draft Texas WR Roy Williams... Think back to 1994 when Pete Carroll finished 6-10 and everyone prayed for a change. Think back to 1995 and 1996 when Rick Kotite brought that change and it ended up being 3-13 in 1995 and 1-15 in 1996. The Jets are the 7th-best selling team in merchandising sales in the NFL. More than restored respectability, the team is once again at a level where missing the playoffs is considered failing to meet expectations. With a talented young core in: Pennington, LaMont Jordan, Santana Moss, John Abraham, Shaun Ellis, Dewayne Robertson, and Jon McGraw, the team is in good hands.

This season may be a blessing in disguise. It is very rare that a division winning team reaching the 2nd round of the playoffs has a chance at back-to-back top 10 draft picks. To write off this season and look towards next season is a fan's prerogative. If this season is an utter disappointment now, keep in mind a bizarre offseason and injuries beset the Jets. It would be nearly impossible for any team to recover from these circumstances. It is important to realize: this is not the status quo for a Jets season anymore...Jets fans can finally say this is an aberration.

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