It’s a sad day in New York when even the Cincinnati Bengals fans are laughing at your expense. But yesterday, even supporters of the team once known as the Bungles—named for their historic ineptitude—were basking in the Jets’ unparalleled suckage.
Sunday’s embarrassment began in the third quarter, with New York leading 23-10. Gang Green managed to surrender 28 consecutive points and lost the game 38-31, not scoring again until a meaningless touchdown with no time remaining in the fourth quarter. A shanked punt, penalties, an anemic offense and missed tackles all contributed to one of the ugliest halves in NFL history. “It’s just not good enough,” head coach Eric Mangini said, his voice overflowing with disappointment and frustration. “It’s not good enough coaching on my part. It’s not good enough by the assistant coaches. It’s not good enough by the players. It’s just not good enough. And I’m tired of giving the same speech.”
The Jets actually looked great in the first half, taking a 20-10 lead into the locker room. Quarterback Chad Pennington, who went 20-for-31 for 272 yards, three touchdowns and one interception, connected with Laveranues Coles for 57-yard and 36-yard touchdown passes in the first and second quarters, but he led the offense to just 123 second-half yards, which contributed to the epic collapse. “It should hurt,” Mangini said. “It should hurt deeply. We’re going to find out about every single person in that locker room.” Who it really hurt was Jets fan. After yesterday, now I know why there are so many alcoholics in the Big Apple.