'Twas a famous victory to quote poet Robert Southey (what can I do, defeating Brady and the hooded one brings out the poet in me). The New York Jets finally prevailed over divisional arch-rivals New England Patriots in a 26-20 OT thriller.
Geno Smith was not the sole or even the primary cause for the Jets' loss to the Raiders. But he is also not a franchise QB and certainly not the future for the Jets. There is now serious cause for concern about how the rest of the season will play out.
Geno Smith is not a leader. Period. It would have been simply inconceivable for a Peyton Manning or a Joe Namath or [enter here the name of any great QB] to be shown such disrespect and punched for an off the field reason by a teammate.
While the gridiron may allegedly flow with milk and honey, the supply of Jets fans who thought Geno Smith was capable of leading them to glory were few and far between, even before a teammate felt the need to ruin his grill piece.
This was a Rich Kotite type of a season, punctuated by mistakes, turnovers, missed opportunities and, above all, losses. Will the Jets fly again? There is some reason for hope, but a lot of patience will be required first.
Sanchez, who had 17 multi-interception games in four years as the Jets starter, was not exactly known for hanging onto the ball, but was much better at controlling the game and giving the defense something to worry about... at least more than Smith.
The Rex Ryan era ended this Sunday after the miserable 43-23 loss to the Buffalo Bills at Met Life Stadium. Whether the once brash, Super-Bowl pledging, "ain't here to kiss Bill Belichick's rings" coach is put out of his misery now or at season's end ultimately make little difference.
The Jets are a corrective to the spoiled brat, indulgent, I want it all now, mentality that is way too prevalent in our age. The Jets teach patience, perseverance and how to grapple with disappointment.