Same old Jets? Not with Rex Ryan running the show

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1. Foaming at the mouth

I never want to hear anyone say “same old

Jets” again.

Just say, “same old Rex.” Remember that first Rex Ryan

presser when he said he wanted the No. 1 running attack, best

defense in the NFL, and if you take a swipe at one of ours we will

take a swipe at two of yours? Well, it all happened in his rookie


With one gigantic roundhouse Sunday night, Rex Ryan’s Jets

punched history, the Bengals, and their ticket to the postseason in

one major swoop. That’s pretty amazing when you stop and think

about it.

I know the Jets have given their amazing, die-hard,

passionate fans nothing but heartache since Joe Namath’s Super Bowl

guarantee. But the culture has officially changed under Rex.

“Same old Jets” is a loser’s lament. Think about all the

“same old Jets” moments this season.

The Miami road debacle. The Miami home disaster. The final

drive choke at home against Jacksonville. The eerily similar choke

job at home to the Falcons. The quarterback and special teams

blunders against Buffalo. The rookie quarterback throwing eight

more picks than touchdowns. That same quarterback having the

arrogance to think he could flip the script at a postgame news

conference, coming with notes and telling the media they shouldn’t

have questions. The rookie coach scolding the rookie quarterback

for not listening to Yankees manager Joe Girardi and sliding. The

rookie coach giving Mark Sanchez a color-coded chart on how

aggressive to be in certain situations.

The Jets lost Kris Jenkins and Leon Washington, arguably

their two most important players, to season-ending injuries in the

middle of the season. And two weeks ago, Rex Ryan looked into the

camera and said the Jets were finished and wouldn’t make the


In the past, one of these situations would have been

insurmountable. Go back over that list again.

As tackle Damien Woody told us on Monday: “We said, ‘Enough

already.’ We just got tired of hearing, ‘same old Jets’ and wanted

to do something about it.”

Plus, the Jets got a little luck along the way, with Indy

pulling its starters in Week 16. Now, the Jets aren’t apologizing

for it. Think about it. When was the last time you actually said

the Jets were


And what happened on Sunday night, with the Jets blasting the

Bengals, was incredible. The Jets own the best running attack in

the NFL. Center Nick Mangold and the offensive line are the best

front five in the league. Thomas Jones is a star, a tough-minded

back, who somehow is underrated in New York. With the offensive

line, Jones, Shonn Greene and Brad Smith darting down the field

after taking snaps at quarterback, the Jets manhandled Cincy and

broke the Bengals’ will.

And the defense was just as tough, holding Carson Palmer to

one completed pass before he got pulled.

And please, spare me the “Bengals didn’t play guys” and

“Cincy had nothing to play for” act. The Jets flattened the


It was such a beatdown, seemingly even more lopsided than the

37-0 score, I am predicting Cincy won’t get up. I know the rematch

is scheduled for Saturday afternoon in Ohio and the Bengals will

have their crowd behind them. Cincinnati lost its way and mojo a

long time ago. It barely resembles the physical, confident squad

that swept through the AFC North. I don’t know how the Bengals

match the intensity of the Jets’ power running attack or the

domination of Darrelle Revis, David Harris and the Jets defense.

The Bengals offensive line can’t stand back up. The Jets are in the

Bengals’ heads.

And the Jets hear the critics and the naysayers, crying they

don’t deserve to be tournament-bound.

Woody said: “I am a believer that defense wins championships.

I know it’s now a quarterback-driven league, but big-time players

on defense and on the offensive line play big-time football.”

Now, I’d slow down on the Jets being a force in the playoffs.

Sure, the top-ranked running attack and elite defense are a recipe

for success. But you still have a young quarterback on the road in

the playoffs. And the Jets cannot fall behind.

But you know this team is going to compete. And fight. And

punch history and the opposition.

That’s “same old Rex.”

2. Rise and Schein

I’m one of 50 voters for the Associated Press awards and for

the first-team

All-Pro. It’s a responsibility I take very

seriously. Here are the players I voted for All-Pro

QB: Peyton Manning

RB: Chris Johnson, Maurice Jones-Drew

FB: Leonard Weaver

WR: Wes Welker, Andre Johnson

TE: Dallas Clark

OT: Ryan Clady, Jake Long

OG: Steve Hutchinson, Jahri Evans

C: Nick Mangold

DE: Jared Allen, Dwight Freeney

DT: Darnell Dockett, Haloti Ngata

OLB: Elvis Dumervil, DeMarcus Ware

ILB: Patrick Willis, David Harris

CB: Charles Woodson, Darrelle Revis

S: Darren Sharper, Antoine Bethea

K: Nate Kaeding

P: Shane Lechler

KR: Joshua Cribbs

The toughest guys to leave off the first team were Brian

Cushing, Kevin Williams, Reggie Wayne, Michael Roos and London


My choices for MVP, Defensive Player of the Year, Offensive

Player of the Year and the rookies of the year are below, under “My


As I wrote last Thursday, Jim Caldwell got my vote for Coach

of the Year.

3. Hide the women, children and Matt Millen


Giants totally embarrassed themselves over the

last two weeks, getting humiliated against Carolina and Minnesota.

Owner John Mara called it unacceptable. Center Shaun O’Hara said

the Giants should be ashamed. And the changes already started with

overmatched defensive coordinator Bill Sheridan rightly getting

axed (The Giants should name Dick Jauron as his replacement).

But this is beyond Sheridan. The Giants quit against Carolina

in the final game at Giants Stadium, and the effort against

Minnesota was pathetic. The Giants need some tougher-minded

players, who, unlike Michael Boley, appreciate what it means to

wear the Giants uniform.

4. Backseat coaching

Instead of looking at coaching Xs and Os as per usual, let’s

take a ride on the coaching carousel.

As I wrote in August here on,

Mike Shanahan will be the next coach of the

Washington Redskins. Shanahan is one of the best coaches in pro

football and that Shanahan and Bruce Allen management team will be

an elite combination.

Buffalo should give Bill Cowher a blank check.

He’d be a huge hit with the working-class fan base. But assuming

Cowher realizes Buffalo isn’t his dream job, don’t be surprised

when new general manager Buddy Nix turns to either Ron Rivera or

Brian Schottenheimer. Seriously.

I don’t think

Eric Mangini is totally out of the woods yet.

I’m a bit surprised it looks like Tampa is keeping

Raheem Morris. It just sets up a potential

coaching change in 2011.

5. Schein’s Anatomy

Wes Welker tore his ACL and MCL in the Pats’ loss

to the Texans. Julian Edelman is a solid replacement, but he’s not

Welker, who led the NFL in catches. I don’t want to hear that

Welker shouldn’t have been playing. This is how Bill Belichick does

it. This is how you should do it. It’s a huge blow. It’s awful.

Welker is a fantastic player. My heart goes out to him and the


6. Weekly hot seat

I am fascinated to see what

Andy Reid can come up with after the stunning

no-show for his previously red-hot Eagles in Dallas.

7. My guys

Peyton Manning: My vote for MVP was clinched weeks

ago with all of the comebacks and the 14-0 start. Drew Brees, Phil

Rivers, Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers are 2 through 5, but really

nobody was close to Manning with all the comeback wins. And

consider all of the injuries the Colts had to deal with.

Chris Johnson: There were some good candidates for

Offensive Player of the Year, but Johnson had a truly special

season running the ball for the Titans, going over 2,000 yards.

Charles Woodson: Defensive Player of the Year was

really tough with the sheer brilliance of Darrelle Revis. But

Woodson had a dominant season, blanketing receivers and making a

ton of plays, forcing nine picks, returning three for touchdowns,

causing four fumbles, while confusing teams when the cornerback

played safety or blitzed.

Michael Oher: I hope my fellow voters agree with

me and this amazing Horatio Alger story comes to its fitting

conclusion. Michael Oher has been the most consistent and dominant

rookie in the class. It’s called Offensive Rookie of the Year, so I

am not factoring in Percy Harvin’s brilliance on special teams.

Brian Cushing: I’m going with Cushing over my guy

Brian Orakpo for Defensive Rookie of the Year. Cushing was a

difference maker, a true clutch tackler and a leader as a rookie.

8. My goats

Josh McDaniels: He becomes only the third coach

not to make the playoffs after starting 6-0. But I was willing to

give him the benefit of the doubt for that, since I thought 6-0 was

major overachievement. But then he lost to Oakland. And then he

decided to pick a fight with Brandon Marshall and Tony Scheffler,

bench both key players for Week 17, and it was your offseason mess

all over again. Marshall played hurt all of last year. I wouldn’t

question his toughness. Way to go, Josh. You did it your way and

you lost the team and lost to Kansas City in Week 17.

Jack Del Rio: The Jags choked down the stretch of

the season. Losing in Cleveland to Eric Mangini’s Browns was the

final insult.

Jim Schwartz: He really escaped major criticism

because he took over an 0-16 team. But Schwartz’s Lions were

non-competitive, and they should’ve won more than two games.

Steve Spagnuolo: I thought the Rams would be bad.

I didn’t think they would win just one game. St. Louis got blown

out of the building way too often.

JaMarcus Russel

l: Did you see his decision-making down the

stretch against Baltimore? Hey, Al Davis, do the right thing and

cut this slacker.

9. Three and out

  • Seattle is in full-fledged rebuilding mode. The

    Seahawks need a new general manager. It’s a great job with great

    facilities and resources. The Seahawks should hire either

    Arizona’s Steve Keim or Baltimore’s Eric DeCosta. Either one

    would do a great job.

  • Cadillac Williams endured multiple surgeries

    that could’ve ended his career, and he bounced back. His work

    ethic is second to none, and I gave Williams my vote for Comeback

    Player of the Year.

  • Aaron Rodgers won’t win league MVP this season

    as I predicted. But if I were doing a ranking, he’d be in my top

    five. Chalk up a second straight 4,000-yard passing season for

    Rodgers. And the Packers, my preseason pick to reach the Super

    Bowl, will be a tough out in the playoffs.

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