Wednesday, January 1, 2014
Green Day: Our look back at 2013
By Rich Cimini
Happy New Year.
Before we start reporting on 2014, let's take a look back at the 10 most significant moments for the New York Jets in 2013:
January 18 -- John Idzik, son of a former Jets assistant coach, is named general manager, replacing Mike Tannenbaum.
April 21 -- After months of speculation, the Jets trade star cornerback Darrelle Revis to the Tampa Buccaneers for two draft picks, including the 13th selection in 2013.
April 25 -- The Jets open the three-day draft by selecting cornerback Dee Milliner (ninth overall) and defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson (13th), followed by quarterback Geno Smith on Day 2 in the second round.
April 29 -- After one disastrous and controversial season, the Jets release quarterback Tim Tebow.
Aug. 24 -- Quarterback Mark Sanchez is inserted into the fourth quarter of a preseason game and suffers a season-ending shoulder injury, prompting a bizarre postgame news conference in which Rex Ryan cradles the Snoopy MetLife trophy and turns sideways during a heated exchange with a reporter.
Sept. 8 -- Tampa Buccaneers linebacker Lavonte David hands the Jets a gift win, shoving Smith out of bounds to draw a penalty and setting up an improbable field goal by Nick Folk.
Oct. 7 -- The Jets stun the Atlanta Falcons on "Monday Night Football," as Smith rallies the team in the final two minutes to set up another game winner by Folk.
Oct. 20 -- PushGate. Helped by an unprecedented call, a penalty on the New England Patriots for pushing while trying to block a field goal, the Jets pull a huge upset at home.
Dec. 1 -- The season hits rock bottom, as the Jets fall to the Miami Dolphins, 23-3, for their third straight defeat. The slumping Smith is benched at halftime.
Dec. 29 -- Delivering payback, the Jets eliminate the Dolphins, 20-7, in the final game, but the big news comes afterward. Owner Woody Johnson announces that Ryan will return for a sixth season, prompting a massive celebration in the locker room.
ICYMI: In a season-ending news conference, Smith received pats on the back from his bosses, but not a commitment. ... Ryan and Idzik refused to discuss the coach's contract situation, but Ryan said he'd be "comfortable" as a lame duck. ... It's learned that guard Willie Colon, a free agent-to-be, tore a biceps in the finale and will have surgery.