New York City knows how to throw parties like the Times Square Ball Drop on every New Years Eve. Well there is another mess there and that is the New York Jets.
From the very start of the National Football League year it’s been one head scratching piece of news after another.
Shortly before the start of the start of the new calendar year, it was reported that the Jets would be unable to cut quarterback Mark Sanchez as his base salary of $8.25 million is fully guaranteed. That means the Jets wouldn’t save any money if they were to cut him. Actually, if the Jets were to cut him they would be on the books for $12.353 million if they designate him as a June 1st cut as half of his fully guaranteed 2014 base salary would be charged to the 2013 Salary Cap.
Sanchez became a problem for the Jets in 2012 as he was a complete disaster last year and eventually was benched in favor of Greg McElroy.
From there the Jets compounded the problem as they drafted quarterback Geno Smith in the second round of that National Football League Draft in April. This is another problem, because fans always want the new guy due to their potential to be great. The media knows this and use it as a draw in consumers.
The thing is Smith has already proved himself to be a handful.
Many NFL Draft experts thought that Smith was going to go in the first round of the Draft. That didn’t happen as the first round, which is conducted on a Thursday, came and went without Smith’s name being called. That got to Smith as after the first round was completed he told ESPN’s Suzy Kolber that he was heading home and won’t be back Friday for the second and third rounds.
Luckily for Smith, someone got to him to change his mind as that saved him from further scrutiny and negative media attention. However, that wasn’t the end of Smith saga.
Once the Draft was completed, Smith decided to part ways with his agent. His reasoning was that he thought he was going to be the first overall pick in the Draft. If that wasn’t enough to finally cap it off Smith hired rapper Jay-Z’s Roc Nation Sports to be his agents.
If you think that wasn’t enough the day before word broke out that Smith fired his agent the Jets released quarterback Tim Tebow.
That didn’t sit well with pretty much every single NFL expert. NFL teams first fill holes via Free Agency and then use the Draft to fill up the others that are remaining. So, by the time Tebow got cut rosters were pretty much.
So a guy who has all the talent in the world, who is an extremely hard worker and a really great person got a raw deal by the Jets.
Oh but wait there is more!
According to ProFootballTalk.com, on Wednesday Jets head coach Rex Ryan called out Sanchez in the media for throwing three interceptions out of 11 passes.
“This is OTAs and things, but yeah, that’s going to be the pressure that we’re putting on him,” Ryan said. “He did a lot of great things. It’s not that you try to cover up the fact you had some bad plays — no, no, no you flat tell him. We can’t have these and all that type of stuff. He knows.”
To sum up what I think of what Rex did I will quote the words of Charlie Brown, “Good grief!”
The Jets have a new offensive coordinator in Marty Mornhinweg, so that means completely new plays and terminology. So, you would think that Ryan would be easy on him until training camp.
If that wasn’t enough for you Thursday Mike Freeman of CBSSports.com got a quote from a Jets player who didn’t want to be named who stated that the team is ready to move on and about 80-90 percent of the team feels the same.
“Everyone on the team likes Mark personally but there’s a general feeling among some of the players that maybe it’s time to give someone else a chance,” the player said.
The Jets quarterback controversy has taken a toll on everyone. It has gotten so bad that Jets Superfan Fireman Ed to retire.
“The stadium has become divided because of the quarterback controversy,” he claims. “The fact that I chose to wear a Mark Sanchez jersey this year, and that fans think I am on the payroll — which is an outright lie — have made these confrontations more frequent. Whether it’s in the stands, the bathroom or the parking lot, these confrontations are happening on a consistent basis.”
With all the drama going on, I wouldn’t be surprised if there is a fan wearing a paper shopping bag at the Jets 2013 home opene4.