The Rex Ryan foot video release dominated buzz all week. In fact, the Rex Ryan foot video was in prime position to be a scapegoat for the Jets-Bears game. If the team came out flat and distracted, they would have blamed the clip for throwing them and their coach off their game. However, this is a Jets team that has overcome as many distractions as any this season and are in the playoffs anyway. As such, jokes meant nothing – especially since it didn’t torch the Jets defense for 38 points yesterday.
Ryan and the Jets had nothing to say about the alleged foot fetish videos starring the coach’s wife and the coach’s voice. They stayed focused on winning a big name in Chicago in hopes of clinching a playoff berth and sending a statement to the AFC.
If the Rex Ryan foot video provided any distraction, it affected the defense most of all. Despite his hurt shoulder, Mark Sanchez helped New York rack up 34 points against Chicago’s stout defense. On many days, that would be more than enough for a win, but the Bears’ often struggling offensive woke up even stronger.
The 38-34 Bears win was an unexpected shootout, and exposed even more holes in the Jets’ defense. Despite having such a fearsome reputation, they have been lit up by two Super Bowl contenders on the road this month. Because of that, they have to play the entire postseason on the road, which may not work out for them like it did last year.
All talk about the video may have ceased, at least for New York fans. Right now, they are worried that after a year of constant hype and early success, it may all end with a whimper in two weeks. With three losses in the last four games, the Jets aren’t entering the playoffs on a high note.
Unless the Steelers fall into the wild card bracket, the Jets will open the playoffs as the sixth seed. Even if they win their first playoff game, that would then send them back to New England for the second round. At that point, their 45-3 loss in Foxboro would be the big distraction of the week.
Of all the things that have happened in New York this year, the Rex Ryan foot video was always a mere drop in the bucket. It didn’t cause their defense to collapse, and didn’t make the coach call a costly fake punt. However, the doom and gloom around the Jets lately and the fear over the ominous playoff road ahead, could take a greater psychological toll.
Ryan stayed quiet on the video controversy, and hasn’t had much reason to brag in general this December. If he can’t salvage the season, then it may be a more damaging referendum on him than any fetish.
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