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Namath's numbers fall short
In 1985, Joe Namath became the first player from the franchise to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. But should he be there? Namath is one of seven modern-era quarterbacks in the Hall of Fame with more career interceptions than touchdowns. Namath threw 47 more interceptions than touchdowns, tied with Bobby Layne for the worst differential among modern-era quarterbacks enshrined in Canton. His passer rating while a Jet -- 65.8 -- is the worst in franchise history among qualifying quarterbacks, even worse than Mark Sanchez.
Not exactly elite company
A passer rating of 80 is about the league average. QB Mark Sanchez's 2012 passer rating of 66.9 comes on the heels of a 63.0 rating as a rookie in 2009, a 75.3 grade in 2010 and a 78.2 mark in 2011. According to Elias, since 1980 there have been three other QBs drafted in the top five who went on to have at least four seasons of 200-plus attempts without a passer rating of 80 or higher in any season -- Rick Mirer, Tim Couch and Joey Harrington.
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Critics stuck out in the cold
One of the questions that arose after the Jets drafted Geno Smith was about his ability to play in cold-weather games. Smith was West Virginia's primary starting quarterback for the last three years, starting five games in which the temperature at kickoff was under 40 degrees. His numbers in those games? A completion percentage of more than 70 percent, 10 touchdowns and no interceptions. The Mountaineers went 4-1 in those five games. Next question?
Knock, knock, knocking on Super Bowl's door
The Jets are the one of four teams -- along with the Patriots, Giants and Steelers -- to have played in a conference championship in each of the last four decades, doing so in 1982, 1998, 2009 and 2010. Unfortunately for Jets fans, they're one of three teams to play in multiple conference championship games since 1970 and fail to play in the Super Bowl, joining with the Jaguars and Browns.
Martin in elite company
Curtis Martin, the fourth-leading rusher in NFL history, was finally inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2012. What makes Martin's career perhaps most impressive is the high level at which he continued to play throughout three years with the Patriots and eight years with the Jets. Martin and Barry Sanders are the only players in NFL history to start their careers with 10 consecutive 1,000-yard rushing seasons. Martin led his team in rushing every season in which he played -- missing only eight games in his 11-year career.
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When sharing isn't caring
In 2013, the Eagles and Titans are the only teams that will be forced to play three consecutive games on the road -- a scheduling quirk that the NFL does its best to avoid. In 1973, Hall of Fame coach Weeb Ewbank's last with the Jets, the team opened the season with six straight road games, winning only two. The Jets were forced on the road because the Mets, with whom they shared Shea Stadium, took the Oakland A's to seven games in the World Series. On the plus side, six of the Jets' remaining eight games were at home, but that's little consolation. The Jets are the only team to play six consecutive games on the road in the Super Bowl era.
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Like father, like son
Rex Ryan has a win-loss record of 34-30 in his four seasons as the Jets' head coach. Ryan got his first coaching job in the NFL as the defensive line coach for the Arizona Cardinals in 1994 -- working for his father, Buddy Ryan. Buddy was 55-55-1 in seven seasons as a head coach for the Cardinals and Eagles. The Ryan family is one of five father/son combos to coach in the NFL, and one of two (Wade and Bum Phillips) in which each coach had a winning percentage at or above .500.
Another way Ryan isn't quite like the others
Rex Ryan is one of five coaches since 1970 to reach the conference championship game in each of his first two seasons as a head coach. Each of the other four coaches went to the Super Bowl in one of those seasons -- Don McCafferty (with the Baltimore Colts), George Seifert (with the San Francisco 49ers), Barry Switzer (with the Dallas Cowboys) and Jim Harbaugh (with the 49ers).
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No hanging Chad
The 2000 NFL Draft is often talked about in reference to Tom Brady -- who fell all the way to the sixth round, becoming the seventh quarterbacked selected that year. The first QB taken in that draft was Chad Pennington, picked 18th overall by the Jets. Pennington went 32-29 as a starter in his eight seasons with New York, starting all 16 games in a season only once (2006). While Brady has left his imprint in the NFL record book, Pennington left a mark of his own -- finishing his career with a completion percentage of 66.05 --- the best in NFL history.
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Punters are people, too
If Rich Eisen loves the Jets and also loves punters, does Eisen love Jets punters? Early in 1969, fresh off their victory in Super Bowl III, the Jets found themselves backed up on their own 1-yard line in a Week 2 matchup with the Broncos in Mile High Stadium. Rookie punter Steve O'Neal, who'd made his NFL debut the week prior, was called upon to flip field position for Gang Green. Call it thin air or call it a lucky bounce -- what it ended up being was a 98-yard punt, the longest in NFL history. Punters might be people, but O'Neal is a machine.
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