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The End. The Jets Tour Bus crashes in Pittsburgh…
Posted By Gabe Hidalgo On Feb 7 2011 @ 11:06 pm In New York Jets | No Comments
What can be said? Slow Starts, frantic finishes. That statement encapsulates a lot of what we saw from the Jets in 2010. They would start off slow and end in a flurry. However, in the end a 24 point deficit was too much of a cushion to give up. At the very least, the jets showed the NFL that they could back up 90% of the talk they spewed throughout the season. I know that this game’s postmortem is super late. Yes, it is. After all the hype and hoopla surrounding an unreal demolition of the Patriots at Gillette, the Jets fans were at an altitude that few of us have ever seen before. We believed that if the could beat the Patriots, they could beat anyone.
The Jets took the Steelers lightly in the first half of the game. They gave up 24 points and only were able to muster 3 points before half time. 24-3 was the score at the start of the second half. The jets rallied and scored 16 more points while holding Pittsburgh to 0 points. However, when you add up 16 and 3, you still come up short. 24-19 is the score that will be kept in the record books. No one will remember that the Jets shut out the Steelers in the second half. Everyone will remember that pathetic show of tackling in the first half, everyone will remember that strip sack of Sanchez that led to a Pittsburgh touchdown. No one will remember how well Sanchez played in the second half. Everyone will remember that we could not score a touchdown with four shots from the 2 yard line. Nobody will remember the safety that the Defense came up with to cut the deficit to 5. Everyone will remember that Roethlisberger ,made a clutch throw on 3rd and 6 to ice the game. No one will remember that Sanchez didn’t get a shot to win the game on the last drive due to 3rd and 6 completion.
The sad part is that most Jets fans will not recall what a great season the Jets had but they will focus instead on the fact that again we were teased by greatness only to be denied. Our huge issue is that we occupy a division with the Pats, Fins and Bills. These three other teams are tough as hell. The Pats and that f’ing maniac Belichick drives Jets fans crazy, the fins seem to relish in spoiling our seasons and the bills always play the jets tough. It is the Pats division until we win the division from them. Until we own the division, we will be that spunky road playoff team. Most road playoff victories in the last two years means nothing…it only means that you didn’t win the division two years in a row.
However, allow the sun to shine on your brain…the Jets gained more playoff experience, their QB gained more overall experience and the team gelled together to form a formidable team at the end of the season. The Jets have a bright future. But, lets stay in the present. The Jets team you saw on the field in Pittsburgh, will not be the same team fielded next year. There are so many holes to fill and few dollars to award to everyone. Who stays? Who goes? Well, the Jets just plunked down the Franchise tag on David Harris. They are allowing Braylon Edwards, Santonio Holmes and every other FA to test out the market when the labor dispute is resolved. Let’s just hope that the dispute does not carry on far. The NFL has a great product and I would hate to see it tarnished by pure greed. I hope to see everyone next year for more JETS football. I am currently working on a side blogging project but I plan to stay active in the PSB sports scene. So to all the Jets fans and to all the haters….see you very soon. J-E-T-S Jets Jets Jets!
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