New York Jets: Recent history following the bye week

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This was the year of our old friend, John Idzik. He was hired to take the place of Mike Tannenbaum at general manager. Rex Ryan was kept on, however, in sort of an arranged marriage. We know how that turned out but we had high hopes at the time. It was also Geno time. Geno Smith was selected in the second round and forced into the starting role after Sanchez was injured in the third game of the preseason.

The first half was 5-4, keeping the Jets in the playoff hunt. Smith had already put in a game-winning drive and had a stellar performance in prime time against the Atlanta Falcons. Coming out of the break, however, the Jets lost three in a row to quickly move themselves out of relevance. Winning their final two games was only good enough to bring the Jets back to 8-8 to end the season.

It did give everyone hope that Geno Smith would be the quarterback of the future. At the time we weren’t aware that he would be the ultimate tease at the end of seasons. But, at the time, it gave the fans something to hold onto as the offseason came up. It was another year of missing the playoffs for Rex Ryan and company. After the bye the record was 3-4.