I never understood what that meant. Doesn’t every coach and every player plan on giving “their best shot”?
Even though most pundits predicted the 2012 Jets would be the worst team in Rex’s tenure, he wouldn’t hear any of it. The Jets went out and stole more back pages of the Post and Daily News by acquiring the biggest lightning rod in NFL history, Tim Tebow.
There were more promises about how they would use Tebow as Sanchez’s backup in case he struggled. They’d use him at tight end. They’d use him to run new offensive coordinator Tony Sparano’s vaunted “Wildcat” offense. And, last but not least, before a Patriots game Rex threatened to use him at running back.
To which Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes shot back, “Oh man, I hope they use him at running back.”
Of course, none of that happened with Tebow. He was simply a way for the Jets to get some cheap headlines.
In the end, Rex and his promises have caused the Jets a lot of anger and misery this fall. Their mascot, Fireman Ed (Anzalone), quit on the team at halftime of their game on Thanksgiving night. He simply left the MetLife Stadium and announced he was retiring because of all the negativity, some related to the fact that he chose to wear a “Sanchez” jersey this year in support of the quarterback.
Why the negativity? I have one theory: Promises Rex couldn’t keep.
The quarterback Rex helped choose, was and always will be a backup. And winning Super Bowls is lot easier for teams not in the same division as Belichick, Brady and the Patriots.
The irony is that Rex is a very good to great defensive coordinator. He was Brady’s biggest nemesis the last four years. No team confused Brady, not even the mighty Pittsburgh Steelers, more than the Jets.