Formation Flying 01/18/2010Posted by sportretort in NFL, Sports, Uncategorized.
Tags: brett favre, mark sanchez, minnesota vikings, new york jets, NFL, playoffs, san diego chargers, shonn greene
There is a surprise entrant into this years NFL final four. Indy, Minnesota and New Orleans, no surprise. But the New York Jets? Who saw that one coming?
In winning at Cincinnati and then at San Diego, the Jets got some help. Shane Graham of the Bengals and Nate Kaeding of the Chargers were a combined 0-5 in field goal
attempts. These two kickers were among the most accurate during the regular season converting a combined 87% of their attempts all year. Heck, even drawing the Chargers at all was a stroke of luck. San Diego flamed out once again. I am frankly tired of hearing about how great the talent is on this team. Their coach is a joke and this team of entitled prima donnas again shot themselves in the collective foot with inopportune penalties at the worst times. Despite having great talent, San Diego has never sniffed the Super Bowl with Norv Turner calling the shots, and they never will. They fade away when the pressure is on. There is no discipline on the team. Kicking a challenge flag and getting your team a 15 yard unsportsmanlike penalty when you are in the red zone and trying to make a comeback? Are you kidding me? Grow up, Chargers. They are, again, the ‘best team not to make the Super Bowl’ this season, coming into the playoffs on an 11 game winning streak and finishing one and done in the post season. Good riddance.
What a breath of fresh air Jets QB Mark Sanchez is. When asked after the game about the win, Sanchez went on and on about the
offensive line, and the game plan, and the head coach, and the offensive coordinator, and the defense, and the running backs, and the receivers, you get the point. He even actually said that it was not about him. This is a rookie? It was great to see someone subjugate his ego to that of the team. In contrast, 19 year veteran (and Minnesota QB) Brett Favre was asked about the Vikings win and he came back with how great it was to be in the conference finals, but that of course it was more important to him and “it means more to me (Favre) than to anyone else in this locker room.” Yeah, because lets not forget that it is all about Brett, all the time.
Speaking of rookies, how about the running of Shonn Greene. The first year back out of Iowa broke off a 53 yard TD dash with just over 7 minutes left to give the Jets a 17-7 lead and provide the cushion for the 17-14 victory. Greene finished with 125 yards rushing for the game, following up his 135 yard, 1 TD effort against the Bengals in round 1 of the playoffs. The Jet defense shut down the Charger offense, and held running back LaDanien Tomlinson to 24 total yards on 12 carries. The Jets face the AFC top seed Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Championship game next week and will have an uphill climb. But it was great to watch a TEAM of players who believe in each other, believe in the game plan, believe in preparation and give credit team mates and coaches. The Jets made us remember that football is a team game, despite what Favre may think.