Well it's been three days since the Jets season abruptly came to an end and I'm finally coming around to talking about it. I gotta say I'm proud as hell of the Jets this season. They fell a game short once again of their ultimate goal, but they are finally cementing themselves as a team to be reckon with in the NFL now.
The Jets have seemingly always been a team that would give you a taste of winning but would never give you the whole bottle. They never had that mojo about them that made you think "this could be the year". Rex Ryan gives Jets fans confidence that he'll do whatever it takes to win and Mike Tannenbaum and Woody Johnson are willing to do whatever it takes to put the talent on the field so they can compete at the highest level.
As far as who will carry them to the promise land on the field, Mark Sanchez is a guy I have complete confidence in after seeing the way he has performed in big games his first two seasons in the NFL. Many people are quick to criticize him but fail to realize this kid is 24 years old and has already been to two AFC Championship games, knocking on the door to the Super Bowl both times and performed well in both games. Mark Sanchez is a winner and a leader, people can point to stats as much as they want but the end result is what I am looking at. The fact is that Sanchez shines brightest when his back is against the wall and he doesn't think about what he has to do and just does it. I won't get into stats because they will come as he grows into a more complete NFL QB, but he has what it takes to be great and he will work until he is great. Jets fans should not be criticizing him, we should be thankful that it seems we have finally found a franchise QB, yea Testerverde and Pennington won some games and made it to the playoffs, but Sanchez has the chance to be the Jets QB for a long time and finally give us some stability and hope for the future.
As far as the off-season goes, the Jets certainly have some big decisions to make, however, I have all the faith in the world in Tannenbaum and Johnson to field a team as talented or more talented than the team we had this past season. They will make the correct re-signings and fill the spots that are vacated. This is the most excited I've been as a Jets fan as far as hope since I can remember, while it would have been nice to be watching them play in Dallas on February 6, I guarantee this is not the end, only the beginning to what will be a long Jets run of winning, the pieces are in place and the foundation is strong.