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Hard Knocks For The New York Jets

Submitted by on September 23, 2010 – 12:42 pm4 Comments

Apparently, the Hard Knocks reality series was the worst thing that happened to the New York Jets. Sure, the Jets were already a team NFL fans knew would be one of the top contenders for the Super Bowl. But once they landed on HBO, they became more than just a team that fantasy-football experts watched closely. The Jets became a team that America would be paying extremely close attention to.

People acted like the loss to the Baltimore Ravens was the end of the world. They weren’t just 0-1, they were all of a sudden cast off as an overhyped team. All that after one game. The scrutiny wouldn’t stop there as the little situation with a female TV Azteca journalist made waves across the country. Now the Jets weren’t just a team doomed for failure, they were ravenous creatures preying on pretty journalists. It all seemed to wash away after the Jets earned their first win against the New England Patriots in an impressive performance this past Sunday. And then WR Braylon Edwards goes and gets arrested for drunken-driving in yet another story which makes the Jets look like a band of misfits on their way to becoming like the Portland Jailblazers Trailblazers of the early 2000s. This new rep could be disastrous for the team’s reputation.

So are the Jets destined to fail in the public eye, as well as on the field? Jets coach Rex Ryan isn’t about to let it go down like that. On Wednesday he corralled his Jets players and gave them a tongue-lashing, telling them to shape out or to ship out. Ryan then spoke to reporters and ESPN explaining how humiliated he has been with his team’s antics.

“Quite honestly, I’m basically tired of dealing with these issues,” Ryan told reporters. “I’m tired of the embarrassment to our owner and this organization. Let’s just end it. Let’s just stop. However severe or minor, we don’t need to be that team.”

We’re only two weeks into a long NFL season. Do you think the Jets can get it together and be the team many expected or are they doomed to self destruct?

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