The Jets opened up with a dud on their Monday night game with the Baltimore Ravens. Kris Jenkins goes out with a season ending injury early. Jenkins is now pondering retirement. While most thought this would be a crushing blow to the defense, the defense stood tall.
The offense, however, was less than thrilling on the opening night. Sanchez would only pass with check down situations, he only took one or two shots downfield. He connected with Dustin Keller on one of those attempts but, it was negated by penalty.
All week long, Jets fans and critics preached gloom and doom for the rest of the season. Some fans even cried for Sanchez to be benched and Schottenheimer fired. I agree with the Schottenheimer part but, that is for another article.
Then came Sunday afternoon, September 19, 2010. Most Jets fans were already predicting an 0-2 start for the Jets. The Patriots marched down the field and missed a field goal attempt. Then Sanchez and company hit the field and put up a quick three and out. The stands booed the offense heavily as they left the field. Then Brady and company put up a touchdown. Jets fans feared the worse.
However, Sanchez and company returned to the field. The handcuffs were taken off Sanchez, the ball moved down the field…Sanchez connected with Braylon Edwards…TOUCHDOWN!! The home crowd then came alive for the Jets.
The Patriots did put up another touchdown in the first half with Randy Moss burning Darrelle Revis. Revis then left the game and didn’t return. The Jets put up a field goal before the half ended.
Second half, the Jets put up another field goal making the game 14-13. They stopped the Patriots! Sanchez put up another touchdown, this time connecting with Jericho Cotchery! Then connecting with Braylon Edwards to put up a 2 point conversion! Then he threw a third touchdown connecting with Dustin Keller!
Good things happened when they allowed Sanchez to play. Sanchez was allowed to take chances! The defense, even without Revis, played very well forcing three Tom Brady turnovers. Antonio Cromartie picked off a pass, Brodney Pool picked off a pass. Jason Taylor forced the game sealing fumble that Bryan Thomas recovered.
On this day, the Jets looked like the team that the media and the fans had been raving about the entire off season. The team that Rex Ryan had been boasting about on the Hard Knocks series. Once again, Jets fans were excited!
But, come Tuesday fans are once again in an uproar. Braylon Edwards has been arrested for a driving while intoxicated charge. D’Brickashaw Ferguson and Vernon Gholston were passengers in the car. What I’m finding odd about this situation is the reaction of some Jets fans.
It seems there is an outcry from Jets fans wanting to see Edwards benched. Yet, no punishment for Ferguson or Gholston. Even with their being a history of players found in violation of the substance abuse policy not being suspended by the league until the opening games of the following season, it seems some Jets fans want to see an example made out of Edwards.
What I don’t understand about this sentiment is when Shawn Ellis was arrested in 2008 and didn’t have to serve his league mandated suspension until the opening four games of the 2009 season seems to be something they are OK with, why the sentiment towards Edwards?
Edwards has been terrific in his play as a Jet, at least in my opinion, since he came over from Cleveland last year. So, I really don’t understand the sentiment. Are Ferguson and Gholston above the law in their outcry? Granted, they weren’t arrested but, one would think if they were any less intoxicated that one of them could have been driving.
The Jets, as a team, cannot suspend Edwards as has come out with the rules from the NFLPA, the league ahs to do that. And even the league won’t consider a suspension until the case is totally settled in court. So, why should the Jets fans want such an immediate and swift punishment from the team?
Right now, Edwards is important to the team. I have even heard some fans say they would be willing to take a loss to Miami, a divisional opponent, than to see Edwards play this Sunday. That is ludicrous. Edwards is the best receiver on the field for the Jets right now, not meant as a slight to Jericho Cotchery but, Edwards seems to get most of the passes, followed by tight end Dustin Keller. Personally, I’d like to see Cotchery and even David Clowney get more passed thrown their way but, it is what is. As a Jets fan, I say we need Edwards.
Pro athletes are not role models and most do not want to be role models. Unfortunately, in the real world, they are role models. Young children look up and idolize athletes, actors, politicians, pretty much anyone in the public eye. People need to realize just because someone is successful doesn’t make them a good person. Not saying Edwards isn’t a good person, just that he is human like everyone else and can make bad decisions. So, my stance on this is, LET THE MAN PLAY.
I question the whole arrest just based off the news report. Edwards was initially pulled for his windows being overly tinted. Yet, he was pulled over for this at 5:15am!!! Just saying, something doesn’t smell right there! And that’s just my opinion…I will close with..GO JETS!!!!