I used to think that the 2012 New York Jets season was a gift from the comedy gods that would never be replicated. Then last night happened.

The Jets took the field for their "dress rehearsal" third preseason game last night, taking on that other team from New York (you know, the one that actually wins things). After missing their last game with an ankle injury, rookie quarterback Geno Smith got the start. Many believed that a simple, turnover free performance would win Geno the team's starting quarterback job.

So much for that. After leading the team on an early drive that culminated with a touchdown pass to Ben Obomanu, Smith spent the rest of the game looking like a rookie who had pissed himself. Smith threw three interceptions in the first half, each one worst than the last. His receiver should've helped him more on his first pick, but the last two were the result of a major overthrow (of f*cking soldier Kellen Winslow Jr, who hilariously must have joined the Jets at some point) and a terrible read that completely missed Justin Tuck dropping into coverage.

If that wasn't enough, Geno pulled off an Orlovsky in the fourth quarter. Running from pressure, the rookie completely lost track of where he was and stepped on the backline of the end zone for a safety.

At this point, the Jets mercifully pulled Smith from the game. Despite it being the fourth quarter with second and third stringers playing on the offensive line, the Jets opted to put presumed starter Mark Sanchez in the game. Sanchez responded as only he could. After taking a long sack, Sanchez fumbled a shotgun snap that hit him right in the hands. The Giants recovered, setting up a field goal.

On Sanchez's next possession he made an impressive play, scrambling to keep the play alive before delivering a strike to Mohamed Massaquoi. However, on the play Sanchez was blasted by Giants DT Marvin Austin. The quarterback instantly grabbed his right throwing shoulder, left the game and did not return. The extent of Sanchez's injury is not yet known.

Here's a recap: after the rookie proved that he's no where near ready to be an NFL starter, the presumed veteran starter (who sucks) hurt his shoulder after getting hit by a third string defensive lineman. For highlights, check here.

To say Rex Ryan's seat was "hot" after this game would be a severe understatement. From the New York Daily News Jets beat reporter Manish Mehta:

This was before Rex even took the podium for his post-game press conference (believe it or not, the Jets actually "won" the game 24-21 in overtime). Rex's postgame...well it wasn't quite Denny Green yelling "The Bears are who we thought they were!", but it was a solid press conference meltdown. Definitely worthy of a retroactive Coors Light commercial when Rex is fired around Week 12 of this season. Take a look for yourself.

I don't know if the Jets can possibly top last year's debacle of a season, but God bless 'em, they're going to try. It certainly will be a tough act to follow.

UPDATE: The party just don't stop when it's the Jets.

Matt Leinart is somehow a less accomplished (in the pros) version of Mark Sanchez. Please, take a second and let the magnitude of that fact sink in for a moment.

Ned Brady 8/25/2013 04:18:00 PM Edit

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