Friday, January 13, 2012

The Franchise Changer - Jon Matthews

When Steve Carell left The Office, we all thought it was over. NBC made an unbelievable decision to have Will Farrell replace him for a few episodes and then had James Spader take on the full-time position. This move was franchise changing. It changed the culture of the show from a comedic standpoint, as well as retaining most of their current fan base. When things start to get stagnant, or a period of adversity is reached, a franchise changing decision is the boom or bust move that determines the success or failure in your future. In this case, it is clear that James Spader (Or Ed Helms for that matter) is not meant to sit in the office for the now very famous role of Michael Scott.

The Jets have just had the most disappointing season since Ryan’s tenure began. As usual, Rex Ryan kicked off the year with his Super Bowl aspirations. Where he went wrong was giving both Mark Sanchez and Santonio Holmes captain tags. They were the most immature players on the team, and they hurt more than helped at the leadership positon. Holmes especially is a me-first player that seems more concern with accruing stats than wins. He has already worn out his welcome in one city, and on his way to doing it in another. This was a worse decision than Universal Music Group giving William Hung (American Idol Reject) a three-album deal including “Hung for the Holidays”.

The season started off well. There was up’s and down’s, but they found ways to win. Later in the season, the team flamed out and neither of their captains were around with a match or spark. They had two three game losing streaks, and they controlled their own playoff destiny with the last three games. Win and they were in. Sanchez couldn’t get anyone the ball. When he did, the receivers were dropping them or they’re overthrown. His passing mechanics looked worse than John wall’s opening pitch at the Nat’s game.

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