Marcus Mariota miss still hangs over Jets a year later This is an exceedingly relevant question, Actually. This weekend the Titans will lug their 3 9 record to North Jersey but they will be led by Marcus Mariota, Their rookie quarterback, Coming off a dynamic game in which he threw for 268 yards and three touchdowns and also ran for an 87 yard TD. The Jets have been steadfast all year that they keep their concentration locked on the subject at hand, That even the fact they presently sit on the right side of the playoff brackets won’t hinder that focus. So that means no scoreboard gazing Sunday, While the Jets try to take care of their business against their guests from Nashville. No peeking at the Steelers Bengals game, Or the Chiefs Chargers game, Or the Bills Eagles game, All of which will be taking place simultaneously. No effort wasted wondering if the Pats can do the Jets a solid for a change by taking out their frustrations on the Texans at night. “Take care of what we have to do, Antonio Cromartie said, “And not worry about anything else, “Stay the course, Bowles said. Fifty weeks ago, The Jets or, At the least, Their fans were doing some scoreboard watching of a different kind, And it was a study in futility. While waiting on the Jets Titans 4 o’clock game in Tennessee a forgettable collision of 2 11 teams, So if you’ve forgotten, You’re forgiven the early games turned into a disastrous parlay: Tampa, Oakland, Jacksonville and Washington all lost. Ah, yes. You remember what life was like around the Jets just 50 weeks ago, right? Looking for help from the out of town scoreboard, Only in that case you were hoping rival teams would embrace the league’s any given Sunday mantra, Rather than stubbing their toes. Such is life at 2 11, With a couple of quarterbacks the certain prizes for the biggest losers. They gave it the old college try to secure the hot college quarterback: The Titans tried the old multiple lateral trick on the game’s final play, And it came as close to working as it ever does in the NFL, But Dawan Landry tackled Delanie Walker 9 yards short of crafting Music City Miracle II. The Jets’ dream of drafting a franchise quarterback died that day. “Tough, Was Rex Ryan’s defiant and predictable response. Ryan also said he might feel differently if, say, Peyton Manning were available in the coming draft. “But I don’t think Peyton Manning is out there, He said. Mariota and Jameis Winston whom Tampa Bay took No. 1 in the draft may spend their careers trying to make Ryan eat those words, Or they might simply justify them, But for now both have shown enough to make it clear the Buccaneers and Titans are significantly better today than they were a year ago. Yet it’s hard to argue the Jets aren’t, also, Even if Ryan Fitzpatrick is their quarterback now, Even if he hardly qualifies as a QB for the future (And likely wouldn’t be one of the present, Either, If not for IK Enemkpali’s fist). The Bucs and Titans, After all, Are still future stocks, And in the NFL so much can happen between promise and payoff that it’s a wonder it ever happens at all. The Jets? Maybe living and dying for a wild card berth is thankless labor, And isn’t the best blueprint to end a Super Bowl drought in an AFC top heavy with three legit powers in Cincinnati, Denver and Foxborough. But it sure beats the alternative. If nothing else, The scoreboard watching is a little less soul sucking, And a lot less confusing.

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