Posted on: December 29, 2008 12:35 pm

Now that Mangini is gone, who's next??

I must first say that I am as happy as anyone that Eric Mangini was fired as the coach of the New York Jets. I believe that he lost this team a while ago and he has to shoulder a lot of the blame for the 1-4 finish to the season after an 8-3 start. The playcalling was bad on both sides of the ball and the team failed to make adjustments when teams started to figure out what they were doing. There was no pass rush on defense and our biggest offensive threat, Leon Washington, was getting only 4-5 touches per game. Mangini made some terrible coaching decisions and failed to inspire the team. He lacked the emotion to motivate the team and it appeared that the team stopped playing hard for him down the stretch.

That being said, I believe the Jets need a proven veteran coach to succeed Mangini- someone with a proven track record as a head coach in this league. I think Bill Cowher or Marty Schottenheimer might be good fits. Both have had a lot of success. I especially like Cowher because he can provide a lot more fire and emotion which would be a big change from the lifeless Mangini. It will remain to be seen whether or not Cowher wants to return to coaching at all or if he would want to coach the Jets. There are other options available as well, such as the Giants D-coordinator Steve Spagnolo and the Patriots O-coordinator Josh McDaniels. As good as the successful assistant coachs might be though, there is no guarantee that they will turn out to be a good head coach. Mangini was once a highly sought after assistant as well and he didn't turn out to be a great coach as we all know. I hope the Jets make a big splash and bring in an accomplished head coach. We need some more hope after this season's dismal collapse.

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Posted on: December 22, 2008 11:14 am

Here we go again...

I am convinced that there are few other teams as adept at the art of choking as the New York Jets are. After adding losing another chapter to their long disappointing history by losing 13-3 to the Seattle Seahawks yesterday, I figured that I would put my pains into writing.

This particular act of the Jets history was especially painful due to all the false hopes that the team gave us. Starting with the big offseason acquisitions, to acquiring Favre, and of course winning 5 straight games to get to 8-3. There was talk of an all NY Super Bowl and all kinds of hype about the Jets being the best team in the AFC. Then, the Jets once again showed their true colors and reminded us what a fraud of an organization they have been since they won the Super Bowl in 1969. Favre began to show his age, the defense regressed terribly, and the coaching staff, led by Eric "Man-GENIUS", was outcoached week after week. Now, they are on the verge of missing the playoffs and losing the division to either the hated Patriots or the Chad Pennington-led Dolphins. If the Dolphins were to win the division, it would be the ultimate slap in the face to the organization since we dumped him for Favre before the season and he has clearly outplayed Favre thusfar this season. That would make this one of the worst seasons for me as a Jets fan. I think I'd rather watch the Kotite Jets go 1-15 than watch Pennington take the division over us after such a painful collapse.

However, since I am in the mood to point out the Jets' failures, here are some of the other notable Jets'  collapses or chokejobs:

1. 1986 Season- This one occurred the year after I was born, but I still have heard plenty about it. The Jets started 10-1 and looked to be a Super Bowl contender but then proceeded to lose 5 straight games. They won one playoff game, but lost in the 2nd round of the playoffs.

2. 1993 Season- I remember this one very well. The Boomer Esiason led Jets started the season 8-5 and controlled their own playoff destiny. They proceeded to lose 3 straight games to close the season including a 24-0 loss in the last game of the season. All they needed was one win in their last 3 games to make the playoffs but they lost all 3 and missed the playoffs.

3. 1997 Season- This was the first Parcells season. The Jets were coming off the notorious 1-15 season the year before, the Jets were    7-4 and they were looking like a playoff team. Then, they lost 3 of their last 4 to close out the season, including a 13-10 loss to the Lions in the last week of the season to miss the playoffs. A win against the Lions would have given them a wild card spot, but instead the Lions went to the playoffs.

4. 2000 Season- The Al Groh Collapse. The Jets were 9-4 and in total control of their playoff destiny. They needed one win to make the playoffs. They proceded to lose to the Raiders, Lions, and Ravens to miss the playoffs. Also of note, they jumped out to a 14-0 lead on the Raiders, but Vinny Testaverde's color-blindedness cost the Jets. He threw a pick-6 in the red zone (100 yard INT return for TD for the Ravens) right before halftime which turned the entire game around. The Jets were also 6-1 that season after the Monday Night Miracle game, but went 3-6 the rest of the way.

5. 2004 Season- The Jets started 5-0 and they were 9-3 with 4 weeks to go. They lost 3 of their last 4 but lucked out and still made the playoffs at 10-6. They won their first playoff game against the Chargers and went to Pittsburgh for the divisional round. The outplayed the Steelers for much of the game and were leading going into the 4th quarter thanks to a 86- yard INT return for a TD by Reggie Tongue. In a 17-17 game in the 4th quarter, Doug Brien missed a 47 yard field goal with 2 minutes left in regulation. Then, the Jets picked off Roethlisberger and set up another potential game winning try. Brien missed ANOTHER field goal attempt (a 43 yard attempt) as time expired in regulation. The Steelers won in OT even though the Jets won the coin toss.

6. 1998 Season- The most promising of all Jets seasons of recent memory. They Jets went 12-4, earned a 1st round bye, and won their first playoff game. They went to Denver for the AFC Championship game and played a solid 1st half and led 3-0. They scored a TD early in the 2nd half to take a 10-0 lead. The Broncos then went on to score 23 unanswered points to win the game 23-10 and they went on to win the Super Bowl.

7. 1999 Season- After losing in the AFC Championship game the year before, the Jets were considered as one of the Super Bowl favorites the following season. That all went down the drain after Vinny Testaverde ruptured his Achilles tendon in the 1st half of the first game of the season. The Jets went on to finish 8-8 that season and Parcells resigned as the head coach at the end of the season.

There are a few of the most painful moments and memories the Jets have left us. Feel free to comment or add any other disappointments that this 'wonderful' Jets team has left us....

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