This started a couple of weeks ago with Jets4Life's post which he exposed us to an article from the November issue of Men's Journal about How a Football Team Falls Apart written by a Nicholas Davvidoff about the 2011 New York Jets. The author was given total access to the Jets for a year period of time and he was allowed to chronicle and write about his observations of the behind the scenes happenings of an NFL team. Why a team would let a reporter/author this kind of access, for that long a period of time is beyond my logic but regardless Woody, Tannenbaum and Rex agreed(I would imagine) and let someone go behind Oz's Curtain. This probably explains why the Jets haven't made another appearance on HBO's Hard Knocks.
The result of this project was not just an article (which was merely an excerpt) but Davvidoff's book Collision Low Crossers a book about that 2011 New York Jets season. Besides the Men's Journal preview piece, now the New York Daily News had an article in yesterday's paper talking about a big fight between Cromartie and then DC Mike Pettine. The fight was over Pettine referring to Cromartie's play as "Good Cro", "Bad Cro". A very convenient excerpt for this week considering the Jets are playing the Bills, Cromartie's play this season and that the book is due out next week (Nov 19).
My point to all this is here comes the spotlight again peering into the Jets organization for the world to view, criticize and probably mock. If this book reveals the Jets to be more dysfunctional than a lot of people already thought, than the circus will truly be back in town. Couple this with an important start to the final half of our season and we have a distraction we really don't need. We better hope things go well (as we think they will) or we end up the laughing stocks, again.
I don't understand why this organization does this. I know we live in an age of "any publicity is good publicity" and everything should be exposed but is it fair to the current team? or the fans? I know I am curious to read more about what goes on behind the scenes but in the end, if it shows how bad things are really being run(especially with the head coach still here) you have to ask how will this multiply if things go bad?
Why try to steal the headlines? Its a PR gamble I'm not sure I would take.