A season that seemed to start out with so much promise after an opening game home victory against the division rival Buffalo Bills certainly seemed to come to a end with a resounding thud on Thanksgiving night after the "butt fumble" versus the hated New England Patriots. In between then, the Jets lost two key players, Darrelle Revis and Santonio Holmes, to season-ending injuries that crippled their ability to truly be competitive on the field.
We all know the New York Jets season ended with a 6-10 record, the first losing record in the four year tenure of Rex Ryan as head coach. The Jets suffered key losses early to the Pittsburgh Steelersand the now NFC Champion San Francisco 49ers, but were able to beat another eventual playoff bound team in the Indianapolis Colts just after Chuck Pagano had been diagnosed with cancer. In the middle of the season, they stumbled the most in an embarrassing effort in all three phases of the game against the Miami Dolphins at MetLife Stadium. They would win ugly, 7-6, versus the Arizona Cardinals and took down the former Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer-led offense of the Rams in St. Louis as well, but the defining moment of the season was the Thanksgiving night contest at home versus the Patriots.
The Jets went into that game with a 4-6 record with hopes that a home victory against their hated rivals would begin to turn around the 2012 campaign. In yet another embarrassing effort, the Jets lost 49-19 in a game which saw Mark Sanchez on a busted play run headlong into the backside of Brandon Moore. The resulting fumble, a Sanchez trademark, has wound up being a highly replayed worst-of-the-worst on ESPN's SportsCenter for weeks since. After that game the Jets did reel off two straight wins to improve to 6-7 with an outside shot of making the playoffs if they would win their remaining three games. As we know, they would lose all three of those games and finish out of the playoffs for a second straight year.
Since the end of the 2012 season, the upheaval has already started in Florham Park, including the firings of General Manager Mike Tannenbaum and Offensive Coordinator Tony Sparano. John Idzik and Marty Mornhinweg have replaced those two men respectively, along with a half dozen other coaching changes as well. What remains to be seen is how Idzik will take charge of the Jets front office and make moves to make the team competitive again in 2013.
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