With the Jets offense sputtering like a biplane running on glue fumes, the Jets defense won’t be paying attention to the things that are happening (or, as the case may be, not happening) on that side of the ball.
As Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News explains it, there will be no finger pointing from the defense in 2012. Supposedly.
(Now there’s a glowing endorsement.)
The man in charge of the defense agrees. “You get to the point where you’re a little bit helpless,” defensive coordinator Mike Pettine said regarding past struggles on offense. “But at the same time, until we play a perfect game [on defense], we have no room [to criticize]. Sure, we get frustrated by it, but we have to bat 1.000. . . . There were times when the offense went 3-and-out and our guys were like, ‘You know what? More TV time for us.’”
That message has been accepted, for now, by other members of the defense, including linebacker Calvin Pace and even cornerback Darrelle Revis, who previously spoke openly about the team’s failure to put enough weapons around quarterback Mark Sanchez. “The only thing you can do is support,” Revis now says. “I feel confident in everybody in here. This is the team we got. This is the team that they made for us this year. So we have to do with what we got and work with it.”
The message apparently comes from the top of the team. Says coach Rex Ryan: “There’s nothing good that comes out of that. The opponent is in a different color.”
But isn’t it human nature to get frustrated when others aren’t doing their job? “I’m not a human,” Scott said. “I’m an athlete.”
It sounds good, but it’s not realistic. Like chanting “serenity now!” whenever stress arises, the anger will get bottled up until it eventually explodes.
And when it happens, they’ll definitely get more TV time.