Same old Jets? Not with Rex Ryan running the show

We hand out our weekly Scheiners, SCHEIN 9 style …

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
season.

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
playoffs.

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
lucky?

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
Bengals.

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
Fletcher.

My choices for MVP, Defensive Player of the Year, Offensive
Player of the Year and the rookies of the year are below, under “My
guys.”

As I wrote last Thursday, Jim Caldwell got my vote for Coach
of the Year.

3. Hide the women, children and Matt Millen

The
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 FOXSports.com,
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
Patriots.

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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