Sometimes as I write what must seem to many like overly critical assessments on the current Jets, I feel truly sorry for writing them, especially to the younger fans who might be reading. I can't distort what I'm seeing. In my eyes anyway, the Jets are currently a deeply flawed team and have little room to maneuver in the offseason. Even this upcoming critical game against the Seahawks, I see as a bad matchup for the Jets.
First and foremost, though, I am always a Jets fan. I go nuts rooting for them in every game, to the point where my wife leaves the house and the only person I really want to be watching with is my son. I just don't want to get distracted. One of my most important early memories of my dad was him coming home from Miami after SB III. He sat next to Earl Morrall on the plane ride home (yes, NFL players used to travel with the common folk in steerage). Some of my most favorite days now are watching the Jets with my son, and I love seeing him become such a big fan also.
I had huge hopes for Richard Todd. I cried through the Mud Bowl. I loved the 1986 team, and will never quite forgive Gastineau for that penalty. I sat through great wins in the Testaverde and Pennington era. One of my favorite teams was the 2009 team, a truly mauling crew, and I was exhilarated with those 2 playoff wins.
Of course, there have been some players I will never forget either, and sometimes these guys are unheralded, even low picks or undrafted, who have gone on to have great Jets careers. Guys like Randy Rasmussen, Joe Fields, Dan Alexander, Bruce Harper, Jerome Barkum, Greg Buttle, Ken Schroy, Mickey Shuler, Mo Lewis and of course, Chrebet. These guys weren't stars. They just played 100% every game, never complained and were Jets for life.
The Jets have great players now too, like Revis and Mangold. But I'd just like to express my appreciation to 2 players that have flown under the radar for years. Bryan Thomas was a 1st round pick in the 2002 draft and has been generally criticized by fans for not living up to expectations ever since. But its not his fault that he was over drafted and there's nothing he can do about having limited talent left at the age of 33 now. He has always been a solid contributor, he never complained, and he had important, unappreciated seasons during the 2009/2010 playoff runs. Brandon Moore went undrafted and spent time on the PS and played for the Scottish Claymores (who?) before joining the team. He's had a great career, was a huge part of the Ground and Pound Jets, and was finally awarded a Pro Bowl in 2011 (strangely, when he was already on the decline).
These 2 guys are career Jets. They played hard and never complained. Now, they both may be nearing the end. Thanks.