How the Jets crashed and burned after back-to-back AFC Championship appearances

  • Published: 23 May 2019
  • It may feel like an alternate universe but there was a time when Rex Ryan, Mark Sanchez and the New York Jets were setting the NFL on fire, in a good way. They reached back-to-back AFC Championship games in their first two seasons together and the future finally looked bright for a franchise built on failure. But just like seeing a waterfall in the desert, it was all a mirage. The Jets crashed and burned while the football world watched, not in amazement, but surprise it hadn’t happened sooner.

    Video by: Mike Imhoff, Ryan Simmons, Phill Pasternak


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Comments • 1 177

  • SB Nation
    SB Nation   1 months back

    I'd like to wish everyone a happy Collapse day. Comment below with what episodes you want to see next and why. The more masochistic the better.

    • Norris Robinson
      Norris Robinson  19 hours back

      Do the 2009/2010 Texas Rangers please

    • Jose Acevedo
      Jose Acevedo  6 days back

      Do one for the Knicks after their 90s heyday gave way to new, incompetent ownership and management.

    • Ryan Flores
      Ryan Flores  7 days back

      SB Nation Do the Mavericks pls.

    • Kevin Brennan
      Kevin Brennan  7 days back

      As much as it pains me, you all should do a collapse on the 2000s Tigers team and their ALMOST series wins and horrifying collapse to become what is now the worst team in the MLB....again.

    • Kayleigh Lehrman
      Kayleigh Lehrman  2 weeks back

      Tiger Woods' fall from grace would be fun to see. Even though he's made quite the comeback, when he fell he fell **hard**

  • DoesNotExist305
    DoesNotExist305  8 hours back

    Can I request one? How about the collapse of Nottingham Forest and Aston Villa from winning the European Cup to playing in the second tier of English football? (Though, happily, Villa have since been promoted back to the top flight)

    • Ryan Morrison
      Ryan Morrison  10 hours back

      If I may make a suggestion for a future episode of “Collapse.” I think the 2007 New York Mets blowing a 7 game lead in the NL East in September is worthy of a closer look.

      • Dumisa Tony Johnson
        Dumisa Tony Johnson  15 hours back

        1994 New York Rangers?!

        1973 New York Knickerbockers?!

        • K Rodriguez
          K Rodriguez  1 days back

          definitely a NE fan narrating this.

          • Lui Cabral
            Lui Cabral  1 days back

            What Collapse...they didn't win a damn thing. Only the JETS :)

            • CJ Bourne
              CJ Bourne  1 days back

              The 2011 NFL Lockout really had an adverse effect on the Jets, as they just never gelled. Santonio Holmes was also a locker room cancer, which is why Pittsburgh let him go (despite a SB MVP)

              • Holmes 206
                Holmes 206  1 days back

                So when we getting the Dallas Cowboys?

                • Harry Balls
                  Harry Balls  2 days back

                  The Jets...Lolz

                  • Cody Hess
                    Cody Hess  2 days back

                    Because Mark Sanchez always sucked

                    • Crossdaboss02
                      Crossdaboss02  2 days back

                      Fireman Ed didn’t retire the night of the buttfumble... he just left that game early.

                      • TheGr8stManEvr
                        TheGr8stManEvr  3 days back

                        Just End The Suffering

                        • Ethan M
                          Ethan M  3 days back

                          Is it too soon for a collapse episode on the SF Giants?

                          • Dan Crews
                            Dan Crews  4 days back

                            They screwed Tebow over, they don't deserve any better

                            • K O R i G A N
                              K O R i G A N  5 days back

                              I can't believe 2011 was 8 year's ago

                              • Zdiddy7
                                Zdiddy7  5 days back

                                Oh who cares, the Jets are a loser organization that has a loser fan base who hasnt tasted winning since the Brady Bunch was on TV. The Steelers fan base, who are used to winning (except when it comes to the Pats) are stuck with Mike Tomlin, who might be the worst coach since Ritchie Kotite. Every season takes the team another year away from Bill Cowher and the players who were drafted by and played under him, which means the holes in Tomlins Steelers get more and more obvious as he slowly bleeds the franchise dry.... Tomlin will NEVER be fired because it might reflect poorly on The goddamn Rooney Rule!! So, the Steelers are forever stuck with old man Rooney's big affirmative action hire.....

                                • Jose Acevedo
                                  Jose Acevedo  6 days back

                                  YOU BLEW IT! YOU HAD IT ALL AND YOU BLEW IT!

                                  • NotJJ
                                    NotJJ  7 days back

                                    Can't wait until the Patriots get one of these

                                    • Kevin Brennan
                                      Kevin Brennan  7 days back

                                      As much as it pains me, you all should do a collapse on the 2000s Tigers team and their ALMOST series wins and horrifying collapse to become what is now the worst team in the MLB....again.

                                      • MacDaddy635
                                        MacDaddy635  1 weeks back

                                        OKC’s collapse after the 2012 Finals

                                        • Tone Of Tones
                                          Tone Of Tones  1 weeks back

                                          Can you guys do a video on the Orioles success run from 2012-2017 and how they fell back to irrelevancy

                                          • barneyy ruizzy
                                            barneyy ruizzy  1 weeks back

                                            Do the Oklahoma city thunder after the 2012 nba finals

                                            • Culbjay
                                              Culbjay  1 weeks back

                                              The next one should be about the San Antonio Spurs

                                              • Juan Roca
                                                Juan Roca  1 weeks back

                                                All Rex had to do Vs Pitt was run the Football ..

                                                • Juan Roca
                                                  Juan Roca  1 weeks back

                                                  It's crashed because, Jets didn't keep Farve and Jones RB, and Edwards WR.. even though adding LT.. also ops I forgot they didn't keep FanecaOL.. silly GM moves ...

                                                  • hayden guenther
                                                    hayden guenther  1 weeks back

                                                    Y’all should do the collapse of the San Diego Chargers after 1994 Super Bowl appearance to drafting the biggest bust of all time in 1998

                                                    • Andrew
                                                      Andrew  1 weeks back

                                                      Rex Ryan was also a key interview in Jim Rome's Rex streak of Feb/Mar 2009.

                                                      • SQUAD 50
                                                        SQUAD 50  2 weeks back

                                                        The title is a 9/11 joke if u read out loud

                                                        • Christopher
                                                          Christopher  2 weeks back

                                                          Is it too early to ask for a Collapse video on the Golden State Warriors. You'll have to wait for the team to fall apart during free agency for most of the footage. But y'all might as well start writing the episode right now.

                                                          • Tristian Mason
                                                            Tristian Mason  2 weeks back

                                                            Do a collapse on the Sacramento Kings

                                                            • Thequickzcoper Baller
                                                              Thequickzcoper Baller  2 weeks back

                                                              This video hurt me

                                                              • AlexTheBoss
                                                                AlexTheBoss  2 weeks back

                                                                Do the San Francisco Giants next

                                                                • Michael Valdez
                                                                  Michael Valdez  2 weeks back

                                                                  I have a feeling this guy is a jets fan lol

                                                                  • The Big Fudge
                                                                    The Big Fudge  2 weeks back

                                                                    A fun callopse to do would be the Ravens after their Superbowl

                                                                    • Raymond Chu
                                                                      Raymond Chu  2 weeks back

                                                                      13:05 Why I am not surprised??!?!!!??!!!? Of course the Steelers would lose to the Jets. Comparable to Geno Smith’s consistency (i.e., losing six straight games), the Steelers have consistently played down to their opponent’s level. #ChangMyMind #OMG #UrinatingTree #**** You Spanos

                                                                      • Aidan Horgan
                                                                        Aidan Horgan  2 weeks back

                                                                        The sf giants

                                                                        • P Pumpkin
                                                                          P Pumpkin  2 weeks back


                                                                          • Leocap619
                                                                            Leocap619  2 weeks back

                                                                            I’m proud to know I was at the game where geno took over

                                                                            • Jv Villarreal
                                                                              Jv Villarreal  2 weeks back


                                                                              • TJ Brown
                                                                                TJ Brown  2 weeks back

                                                                                I'd suggest doing the collapse of either:
                                                                                A) The Lakers post-Kobe's back-to-back 2009-10 titles
                                                                                B) The Suns Post-Steve Nash/Stoudamire/D'Antoni era of the mid 2000s
                                                                                Or C) The post-Elway era Denver Broncos

                                                                                • Matthew Newtown
                                                                                  Matthew Newtown  2 weeks back

                                                                                  As a jets fan i could not watch this whole video.. too sad

                                                                                  • D Z
                                                                                    D Z  2 weeks back

                                                                                    Sanchez is the only QB to beat Brady , manning and rivers

                                                                                    • rob mush
                                                                                      rob mush  2 weeks back

                                                                                      To a video on the collapse of NASCAR.

                                                                                      • VolcanicAsh
                                                                                        VolcanicAsh  2 weeks back

                                                                                        Do the royals after 2015

                                                                                        • Boss Killa
                                                                                          Boss Killa  2 weeks back

                                                                                          Very poor choice of words

                                                                                          • thecommish1976
                                                                                            thecommish1976  2 weeks back

                                                                                            The Jets ruined Sanchez. He could play, he did some stupid plays, but they did not help him at all with additional talent in the skill positions. They threw him under the bus and the buttfumble became too much for him to overcome. Watch the AFC Championship Game against Pittsburgh again. The reason the Steelers passed on third down to seal the game was because they did not want Sanchez to get the ball back as he was heating up. Rex backed up his talk those first two seasons, but kept believing his boasts long after the team was nowhere near a playoff contender. I am not sure if we will ever see a quarterback win his first four road playoff games in his first two seasons again.

                                                                                            • McMacMilk
                                                                                              McMacMilk  2 weeks back

                                                                                              “A corner touchdown throw to Santionio Holmes” where have i heard that before?

                                                                                              • Chris Smith
                                                                                                Chris Smith  2 weeks back

                                                                                                SUCK SUCK SUCK