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ESPN retires Mark Sanchez butt fumble as worst play on SportsCenter

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Mark-Sanchez-butt-fumbleIt was a move that had to be made. Mark Sanchez and the New York Jets brought us one of the most hilarious plays of all time last season in a game against the New England Patriots. In what became a fitting end to an embarrassing Jets season, Sanchez ran face-first into the backside of one of his offensive lineman and fumbled the ball. New England scooped it up and ran it in for a score.

The play has been airing on ESPN for the past 40 weeks as fans continuously voted it the “Worst of the Worst” highlight — no matter how many other boneheaded plays took place around the sporting world. On Friday, ESPN announced that it is retiring the play.

“We are retiring it this week due to the start of a new NFL season, and the feeling that it was time to start fresh,” Senior Coordinating Producer Mark Summer explained. “The ‘Butt Fumble’ has won the ‘Not Top 10′ each week since last Thanksgiving, and we’re not sure anything could top it.”

In other words, Sanchez and company could very well have cemented themselves as the creators of the most embarrassing play in NFL history. On one hand, I feel ESPN should let nature take its course. There hasn’t been a single play that viewers deem more pathetic than the butt fumble. Then again, they might as well not even open the voting if the butt fumble was still there. It needed to be retired. At least we people can still do fun things with the play like turning it into a silent film.

Allow the doughnuts to tell the story about Jets and Giants fan loyalty

Rex-Ryan-JetsThe expectations surrounding the New York Giants and New York Jets are a bit different heading into the 2013 season. The Giants are not exactly a Super Bowl contender, but few people would be surprised if they snuck their way into the playoffs. The Jets? Not so much.

At this point, less than seven wins is looking like a legitimate possibility for Rex Ryan’s squad. Mark Sanchez is injured and Geno Smith threw three interceptions in his last preseason appearance. And if you need any further proof of how fans are feeling about the team heading into the new season, look no further than these football-themed pastries.

Jets fans can try to convince themselves that their doughnuts were freshly restocked before the photo was taken, but we all know that’s not the case. The reality is people are sick of circus moments like this, and they’re taking it out on the doughnuts. Either that, or Rex used to buy up all the Jets doughnuts before he lost a ton of weight.

H/T SB Nation

New York Jets give players ‘media bridge’ cards with phrase tips

Rex Ryan this team makes me drink

The New York Jets PR department is notoriously quirky when it comes to dealing with the media. If you listen to “The Jim Rome Show,” you’ll know that Romey has long mocked the team for its policy of only wanting to keep things positive. I don’t know if the people who had that policy in place are still in charge, but those running the Jets media relations are doing what they can to help their players when it comes to dealing with the media.

New York Daily News Jets beat reporter Manish Mehta tweeted a few photos of the “media bridge” cards the Jets gave their players. The cards contain phrases the PR folks advise players to use when speaking with the media:

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New York Jets print instructions for keeping ‘J-E-T-S’ chant alive

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How will the New York Jets ever survive without Fireman Ed? Last season, Fireman Ed — aka Ed Anzalone — stepped down from his position as Jets superfan because of the losing culture and drama surrounding the team and its fans. The problem (if you want to call it that) is that Fireman Ed has been leading the famous J-E-T-S chant since 1986.

As a result of Ed’s retirement, the team has to figure out a way to keep the chant alive. Fear not, Jets fans — included in your 2013 season ticket package are written instructions for how the J-E-T-S, Jets! Jets! Jets! chant is going continue. As a Jets fan named Jason P. who goes by the Twitter handle @Jayyyson pointed out on Wednesday (via the NY Daily News), the page is titled “The J-E-T-S chant is in your hands!”

“In 2013, we are launching an all-new J-E-T-S chant tradition,” a corresponding blurb reads. “As a first step, please find your section on the map for your letter on gameday. Call your Jets Relations Representative to find out more at 800-469-JETS (5387) and start practicing your loudest J-E-T-S chant!”

In other words, every section of the stadium is assigned to one of the four letters. There is nothing cornier than written instructions on how to cheer. The Dallas Cowboys tried it last year and their fans ended up booing.

The concept of Fireman Ed was kind of lame in itself, but at least the J-E-T-S chant was organic. If the fans want to keep it alive, they’re better off having someone go stand where Ed used to stand in Section 134 and take over for him. Or, just wait for Ed to make a dramatic return to his old role when he gets a craving for some more attention. What, you really think that’s not going to happen?

H/T LBS tipster David

Rex Ryan: New York Jets will run more Wildcat offense this year

Geno-Smith-JetsThe New York Jets have yet to commit to a starting quarterback for Week 1 of the 2013 season, but the general consensus is that Mark Sanchez will be given yet another opportunity. New York drafted Geno Smith in the second round for a reason, but it does not appear he has made enough strides to be tossed into an NFL starting role just yet. However, he could do more than just hold a clipboard.

Smith ran an up-tempo spread offense at West Virginia, but he was by no means a scrambling quarterback. In fact, he had only 66 rushes for 151 yards last year — good for a 2.3 yards per carry average. Then who is Rex Ryan planning to use in the Wildcat formation? On Wednesday, the Jets coach was asked if his team will run more Wildcat and read-option plays in 2013.

“I would say we probably would because you guys say we never used (the wildcat last year), so I would say yeah,” he said, via Seth Walder of the NY Daily News. “I would think that’s part of what we do.

“I think (the Wildcat is) here to stay for the simple fact that guys are getting these quarterbacks now, these mobile quarterbacks, the size, speed and all that type of stuff, so I do think it’s here to stay. It does give you the numbers back. Sometimes on defense you’re playing with plus one, it’s a great equalizer.”

[Related: Jets considering using Geno Smith as change-of-pace QB]

Smith is a big quarterback who is mobile, but he doesn’t exactly have blazing speed. He’s more effective as a passer, and I’m guessing he wants to become a pocket passer in the NFL. Ryan noted that the Jets have run the Wildcat with guys like Brad Smith in the past, but he said the formation is more effective when the threat of throwing the ball exists. Apparently it did not with Tebow.

“If you’re gonna have a quarterback that has those skills, like a (Colin) Kaepernick or somebody like that, then obviously it becomes more of a weapon, because you’re defending, you’re not just knowing that Tebow’s going in there and he’s just going to run the ball,” he said. “And that’s kind of where we were last year it seemed like.”

Unless Sanchez is going to start making plays with his legs, Rex has to be talking about Smith. When the Jets first acquired Tebow, Ryan said opposing teams had better be prepared to deal with two quarterbacks. He hasn’t exactly said that yet with Sanchez and Smith, but who else would run the Wildcat or read-option? Maybe no one? Hey, that’s what happened with Tebow.

Jets reportedly considering using Geno Smith as change-of-pace quarterback

Geno-Smith-JetsThe New York Jets do some pretty strange things. Keeping Mark Sanchez as their starting quarterback for this length of time is one of them, but the latest news out of Jets camp is even more puzzling than that.

Rich Cimini of ESPNNewYork.com reported on Monday morning that Rex Ryan and company are “toying with” the idea of using Geno Smith as a change-of-pace quarterback and having him run mainly read-option plays if he does not win the starting job. The team would build a package of plays for him in an attempt to utilize his speed while also giving the rookie experience and adding another element to the offense.

In other words, the Jets want to try to do with Smith what they intended to do with Tim Tebow last year. That plan failed miserably, so why would it work with Smith? The reason the idea is so bizarre is that Geno considers himself a pocket passer, and he wasn’t even a read-option quarterback at West Virginia. Ryan acknowledged that when discussing Smith’s role last month.

[Related: Geno Smith was a no-show at annual "Jets West" camp]

“They didn’t really run a whole lot of zone reads and different things (at West Virginia),” Rex said at the time, via Around the League. “But (Smith) has the skill set to where there’s no reason he shouldn’t be able to do that. … Running for first downs and touchdowns, I think that’s how the league is probably going to progress with these things.”

Smith rushed for 342 yards on 245 career carries in college. He’s probably better off holding a clipboard for a year than trying to contribute as a “change-of-pace” quarterback. Or, maybe he should start. Whatever the Jets decide to do, no one will be surprised if it doesn’t work — at all.

H/T Rotoworld

Mark Sanchez likely to start Week 1 for Jets?

Mark SanchezThat sound you hear is New York Jets fans collectively groaning.

According to ESPN New York’s Rich Cimini, second-round pick Geno Smith has not blown anyone away in the Jets’ team activities thus far. As a result, Cimini says it is likely that Mark Sanchez ends up starting Week 1 for the team.

Cimini does note that it is early and that things could change, but it is headed for Sanchez to start Week 1.

Sanchez has committed a league-high 52 turnovers over the past two seasons. He threw 18 interceptions and lost eight fumbles each year. The Jets went 14-17 in those games, and he played so poorly last season that Greg McElroy even replaced him.

This is bad news all around for Jets fans. Another season with Sanchez starting games means another losing season is coming. And if Smith fails to impress, that means it will be a while before the Jets’ quarterbacking problems are fixed.