Who said you can’t teach old dogs new tricks?
When Rex Ryan was named head coach of the New York Jets back in 2009, he immediately began the job of changing the culture of the organization. His grand innovation? Plaster the slogan “Play Like A Jet” in the locker room and all over the team’s training facilities. What does that mean exactly?
Going by recent results, it means run your big fat mouth about how great you are and then barely squeak by bad teams while getting your ass handed to you by good ones.
“Play Like A Jet” also seems to mean “Play like a Raven.” In this area, Rex has succeeded tremendously. The Jets have perfected the dirty cheap-shot filled brand of football his gang of lawless thugs over in Baltimore have raised to an art form. In fact, the Jets have done their role models one better by getting assistant coaches involved in the illegal shenanigans.
For those who have not heard, Sal Alosi, the Jets’ strength and conditioning coach, purposely tripped a Miami Dolphins gunner who was run out of bounds during a kick return. The player did a face plant although wasn’t seriously injured. Alosi was fined $25,000 and suspended without pay for the rest of the season. However, if you examine the tape or a photo of the incident, something immediately pops out.
There was a second tripper on the grass knoll!
Actually, there were five trippers. Look at those guys! I haven’t seen such perfect formation since the Spartans repelled the Persians in “300.” The poor Dolphin was caught in a well-orchestrated crossfire. Back and to the right! Back and to the right!
Am I making a mountain out of a molehill? Well, according to ESPN, this wall of bystanders was no accident. It’s actually a carefully disguised tactic used to disrupt a team’s kick coverage. Naturally, Jets officials have denied using what has been described as an “unsavory technique.”
What?!? The coach of the Jets, the former defensive coordinator for the Ravens, being involved in something unsavory? I’M SHOCKED! Never would I imagine the man who unleashed mayhem and thuggery in Baltimore would bring those same tactics to New York. SHOCKED I TELL YA!
Keyaron Fox and Arnaz Battle better keep their heads on a swivel if they run along the sideline this weekend.
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