Annoy, Win, Repeat

It became real to me when Shonn Green pretended to use the pigskin as a pillow and figuratively put the Patriots to sleep.  Before that moment, I still believed that New England would somehow find a loophole, somehow through a monumental Jets mistake that they would come back and win.   The  word ‘unlikely’ doesn’t seem to do it justice.  New York seemed to be firing on all cylinders throughout the 28-21 win, while New England had a dazed and confused look on their face.  Mike Tyson once said that everyone has a plan coming into a fight until they get punched in the face.  I thought about that quote when Tom Brady was on the receiving end of one of five sacks Sunday.  This wasn’t one of those games where the better team ‘loses’ the game, the Jets took it.  The combination of Jets pressure on Brady and the lock down pass defense helped slow a Pats offense that were used to looking like AFC pro-bowl starters.  Not on Sunday.  And it wasn’t just the defense but also the offense (which at points this year looked like a JV team) that would step up in the white-hot spotlight.  Mark Sanchez tossed in three TD’s while equally importantly putting a fat zero in the turnover column.  With  LT and Shonn Green combining for over 100 yards on the ground, the balanced offense seemed to march over the pats.  You could see that New York clearly bothered New England.  Drops on fourth down, botched fake punts, and running the ball in the 4th quarter when trailing are all things usually left off the Patriots calling card.  They seemed rattled.  I’ve been of the belief that the Rex Ryan sideshow and all that trash talk, is the furthest thing from what actually happens on the field.  But now I can’t be so sure.  Rex Ryan has as much to do with this win as any of the Jets players.  It’s like a child who is continuously told that they’re ugly and soon believe it.  Rex pounds that swagger in their heads in the locker room.  He pounds it in the media, so when the Jets players drive in their cars or watch SportsCenter, they hear about it.  Be sure all friends and family over-talk it.  The Jets players defend it, embrace it, and believe it.  Hearing him in the press conference after the game, it was hard for me not to be a little happy for coach Ryan, a guy who I usually find annoying.  He makes it easy to see why his players would run through a wall for him.  Ryan is dynamic and not short on charisma.  He’s more than a football coach, he’s a leader of men.  Sure, these are professionals and don’t need an ounce of extra motivation to play hard, especially in the playoffs, but how else can you explain it?  Back to back years now in the AFC championship.  In both years defying what makes sense ‘on paper’.  It’s perfect though, because sports often times don’t make sense.  Add will power and momentum and anything is possible.  That combo makes Super Bowl champions like the Saints fall to teams with losing records and sends football gods like Brady and Belichick home early, scratching their heads with confusion.  You can hate their trash talk, their coach, their foot stories and the way they celebrated the win, but you have to take your hats off to the Jets.  As promised, the Fireman Ed app has been downloaded to annoy me for the next seven days, no different really from what the Jets have done to me all year.  Annoy, win, repeat.

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7 Responses to Annoy, Win, Repeat

  1. mike says:

    I think the pats could have used moss for sure. Not that he would have had a game but he would have taken revis off welker bc branch wouldn’t be there. Revis is by far the best cover db in the league and he tackles. But with moss there the middle of the field opens up bc he is such a deep threat. That opens up welker, woodhead underneath and their rookie tight ends going deep down the middle of the field. We all thought moss didn’t matter by the way they were shredding defenses without him through the regular season, but against the jets and that masterful game gameplan, moss was missed.

    • Anonymous says:

      I could not agree more that Moss would have changed that game. The Jets clogged the middle of the field with zone coverage to stop the underneath routes that the Pats always get against teams.

      My question was who was the guy in the hoodie for the Pats? It sure wasn’t the Belichick we’re all used to. An option for the fake punt, in your own territory, down by 4 with a few minutes left in the half? Are you kidding me? Then you had about 8 minutes left in the game, down by 10 and the Pats are totally lally gagging to the line of scrimmage, acting like it’s the first quarter of a 0-0 game. NO URGENCY. I don’t know what the deal was but Byesline nailed it, they looked completely dazed and confused.

  2. Nate says:

    You know what is the most annoying part about the Jets this year? They are completely unpredictable. You never know what team will show up: the team that straight up outplayed New England on Sunday, or the team that was shut out by Green Bay in week 8, blown out by NE in week 13, and MIA against Miami the next week.

    I can’t bet on them next week in Pittsburgh, but I can’t bet against them either. Who are these guys?

  3. Dennis says:

    Joke Harris your ugly….LOL

  4. James says:

    you say pro football players “don’t need an ounce of extra motivation to play hard, especially in the playoffs.” I think ‘should not’ is more accurate. They shouldn’t, but year in and year out, in every sport, we’ll see teams come out flat and disinterested, even in the biggest of games. Whether it’s nerves, anxiety, overlooking their opponents, poor preparation or for a myriad of other reasons it does happen, and it’s up to the head coach to make sure it doesnt happen. As you rightly pointed out in this post, Rex seems to have found a way to do it.

    A side note on the Pats – maybe they should have kept Randy “straight-cash-homie” Moss after all. The remaining/existing NE receivers got shut down. Like you said: the Pats forced to run the ball in the 4th cause Branch couldnt get off Revis Island? crazy. I think we all remember Randy burning Revis for a one-handed TD grab early in the season (albeit it was a banged up Darrelle).

    Finally, you almost got me to respond to your asinine comment about B jennings, JH. Almost.

    • ByesLine says:

      Crazy right? Brady had so much time and not a reciever to hit. I’m not sure if Moss would have made a difference, but I guess we’ll never know. What I do know is I can’t recall a game in recent memory that had a gameplan executed the way the Jets did Sunday.

  5. JoKe Harris says:

    Brandon Jennings is a top 10 player in the NBA!

    I wish I had the NBA League pass….

    I went to bed crying last night…

    and… wet myself

    my mom cleaned it up…

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