The sports columns are gushing and the blogs are orgasming and Jets fans are celebrating the ‘shalumping’ of the dysfunctional Arizona Cardinals yesterday, 56-35. So, what’s my beef? Glad you asked. Yeah, the Jets are now 2-2 and in the hunt. And, yeah, Brett Favre threw 6 TDs.
And, yeah, the game was a real ‘crowd-pleaser’ — but, where’s the fundamentally sound, smart, tough Jets team made up of low profile, interchangeable, Patriot-like players, the Tannenbaum/Mangini regime — ‘Tangenius’ — promise when they took over?
The team I saw, looks a hell of a lot more like some ungainly Frankenstein, composed of different body parts, roughly sewn together to form a grotesque whole. At best, they looked like an Arena League Football team, giving up almost as many points as they scored? Didn’t ‘Tangenius’ promise a smart, tough, run-oriented, ‘D’ dominated, championship team, built to last — in the tradition of Belichick’s pre-Randy Moss Patriots — via the draft and wise, low profile, free agent signings? What happened?
First, ‘Tangenius’ tried to force their 4-3 defensive personnel into a 3-4 defense, which didn’t work. So, they bought a bunch of high profile defensive free agents. Prior to which, they dumped the proven Pete Kendall because he wanted a million dollars — which resulted in the deterioration of their ‘O’ line — which resulted in them having to pay a high profile free agent, Alan Faneca, 35 million dollars instead of the one million Pete Kendall wanted. Do the math!
And, are these new high profile guys the kind of solid, interchangeable types the Patriots built their team around? Hell no! You saw what happened when Jenkins went out with a bad back against San Diego. They couldn’t stop the run. What happens if Faneca goes down? Or Favre?
‘Tangenius’ pulled a “bait and switch” strictly for promotional purposes. They “baited” us with a proven Parcells/Belichick plan for success and “switched” to a Daniel Snyder proven plan for failure by trying to buy a championship with 140 million dollars worth of high profile free agents — contrary to what they promised — as if all they had to do was add water and pop them into a microwave.
But, okay, fine; at least they seemed to be building a smash mouth team that featured hard running, short, quick passing, no penalties, no turnovers and a punishing ‘D’ — very much like the old Patriots. But, then they go out and buy Brett Favre, the exact wrong guy for that kind of system.
So, now, in the media spotlight that a Brett Favre always brings, they’ve become a ‘shoot-out’ team that doesn’t run the ball very well and can’t stop anyone. Instead of balance, they now live and die on Brett Favre’s arm … who, by the way, probably won’t even be around next season. So, how exactly is ‘Tangenius’ building a smart, tough Patriot-like team of low profile, interchangeable parts, for the future?
Yeah, they won yesterday and yeah, they’ll probably win some more games and yeah I love Brett Favre — who doesn’t? But what’s ‘Tangenius’ building for the future? What happened to the team they promised? Who the hell are these guys, anyway? I’m telling you, man; it’s A Friggin’ ‘Tangenius’ scam!