HBO Presents ‘Hype Knocks’ (week 1 of NFL 2010)


Bravado.  A simple word that is generally healthy for most people in the working world.  It can help to prove to co-workers that you know what you are doing, you are confident, and ultimately will work your hardest to either earn a promotion or keep from being put on the chopping block.  The NFL is an entirely different entity.  Having swagger is good, having confidence is also positive, but blasting the entire league by proclaiming that you’re the favorites to win the Super Bowl, after a roller-coaster nine and seven campaign just a season ago, during training camp via a television show is the equivalent of ‘foot in mouth’ disease, and it has afflicted the Jets tremendously.  While boastfulness is good sometimes, not angering Ray Lewis is one of the smartest recent pastimes, and NFL players don’t like to break it, however head coach Rex Ryan, Lewis’ former defensive coordinator with the Baltimore Ravens, has seemed to adore the smack-talk spotlight even before the light actually shines.  His early comments seemed to spark some unsavory feelings from Lewis and his mates before the first meeting for the two teams, and the Jets offense paid the price.

It is no secret that the Jets have one of the best, if not the best, defenses in the league.  They have a scheme that is built to work perfectly with their players, especially when Darrelle Revis signed his new deal and ventured back to New York like a prodigal son who lost his way.  However the jury is still out on whether the offense and second year starter Mark Sanchez have turned the corner from simply managing the game to winning the game.  The Ravens defense is equally as good and has been for quite some time and the game was the first in a long season, but the tussle was the furthest thing from a walk in the park for the Jets measly looking offense.

The new look Jets, who’ve added a considerable amount of talent this offseason including future Hall of Famer Ladainian Tomlinson, all-pros Santonio Holmes and Antonio Cromartie, and perennial pro-bowler Jason Taylor, were on full display on Monday night ready for the public to be amazed as they run roughshod over the league.  Needless to say things didn’t go exactly as planned.  The defense stood true to last season’s number one ranking, holding the Ravens to only 10 points total.  However, angering Lewis came back to bite Ryan’s offense in the behind, as the Jets could only muster three field goals against the defense that Rex previously built and won a Super Bowl with while Sanchez looked frazzled and nervous throughout a majority of the contest.

It is too early to determine if the game can be viewed as a microcosm for the season ahead, but the signs are no longer automatically pointing towards Dallas, the host city for this year’s Super Bowl.  Whether or not the Jets are able to turn it around on the offensive side of the ball is something that the viewing public will have to wait and see, but one thing is for certain, it will unquestionably be a much quieter locker room, training facility, and media conference for the days, weeks, and months that follow.

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    • Syd DiCristino
    • October 5th, 2010

    I totally agree

    • Syd DiCristino
    • October 5th, 2010

    you are uncanny

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