When I was a kid, I wanted to be Richard Todd. The quarterback for the Jets who wore No. 14 and had receivers like Johnny "Lam" Jones and Mickey Shuler to choose from was supposed to be the ssecond coming of Joe Namath and lead the J-E-T-S -JETS, JETS, JETS to the promised land.
Todd became a name associated with losing and a bad time in Jets history.
Then there was Ken O'Brien. All he is ever associated with is the idea that he was chosen before Dan Marino in the 1983 NFL Draft.
Now there is Geno Smith, and the team looks like it moving forward - Finally. Even with Chad Pennington, Vinny Testaverde and Mark Sanchez, there was never a real feeling this team was for real. Now, there might be.
If Santa did not bring the Jets everything they wanted - which includes the idea that Rex Ryan will be returning next season, maybe a few New Year's Resolutions will help this team get to where they want to be.
Here are a few of those wishes.
This team will be much better if it had another weapon on the outside. While the running game appears to be moving forward, speed on the outside, including a tight end, is a much needed commodity - either in the Draft or in free agency. Lee is fluid and can move down the field with the best of them. Whether he is a deep threat or a target over the middle, Lee can move the chains.
Bring back Mark Gastineau
Or someone like him. The Jets defense is pretty darn good, but I long for the days of the New York Sack Exchange. The job Rex Ryan does with his defense is one of the best in the NFL. But this is New York, and while the Giants are the team that acts like a bunch of guys "doing their job" the Jets should be a team with a cast of characters. Bring back the sack dance, please.
Continue the course
The best thing about Rex Ryan is what you see is exactly what you get. Ryan does not sugar coat anything. There is a sense of beliveability with him. I personally find it refreshing. The Jets made great leaps in 2013 and finished 8-8. Another year under his belt, and Geno Smith could be really special. This could be the sleeper team of the AFC in 2014.