Jets to lose sense of entitlement

Jets to lose sense of entitlement

By Tom E. Curran

Since Rex Ryan blew into town, the New York Jets haven't won a division title, a conference title nor - it goes without saying, but we'll say it anyway - a Super Bowl title.

That hasn't dissuaded Gang Green from an outsized sense of entitlement.

Despite a roster and coaching staff remarkably lean in Super Bowl experience (since 2009, Damien Woody, Alan Faneca, Trevor Pryce, Calvin Pace, Plaxico Burress, Santonio Holmes and Kris Jenkins are the only men with Super Bowl experience to play for the Jets; Ryan was a defensive line coach on the 2000 Ravens), the Jets acted as if they had it all figured out.

But the unseemly end to the 2011 season has helped the Jets find religion. Or at least self-awareness.

Bart Scott, one of the leading bullhorn operators the past three years, sounds like he's dialing it back some.

Asked by Jenny Vrentas of the Newark Star Ledger what will be different this year, Scott said New York will lose it's "sense of entitlement."

Scott added the team now appreciates "how hard it is in this game, and how blessed we were to be where we were (to reach the AFC Championship game in 2009 and 2010). And how hungry we are to get back there, and be able to prove the doubters wrong. They have an opinion of us, and sometimes perception is reality. But it doesnt make the perception the truth."

We could throw darts at the last two sentences - let's see perception is reality but it doesn't make perception the truth? So truth is not reality, Bart? But you are what you are and possession is four-fifths of the law, tie goes to the runner? - but why should we besmirch his introspection.

Julien sidesteps job security question with "shock journalism" comment

Julien sidesteps job security question with "shock journalism" comment

BOSTON -- With three crushing losses in a row at a time when results are really all that matters, the Boston Bruins are reeling at the wrong time during the regular season. The B’s tried their best to win a game 0-0 with strong defense against a sleepy Chicago Blackhawks bunch on Friday night, but ultimately coughed up a Marian Hossa goal in the final minutes for a 1-0 regulation loss at TD Garden.

The defeat continued a swirl downward for the Black and Gold over the last week, and was a second straight shutout loss on home ice for the first time in almost 15 years. The losing stretch has also kicked up the chatter that Claude Julien is in trouble as head coach of the Bruins, and the hockey club’s underperformance up and down the lineup is ultimately going to cost the NHL’s longest tenured bench boss his job.

The Ottawa Senators have passed the Bruins in the Atlantic Division, and it’s only a matter of time before the Toronto Maple Leafs move by them as well with both Toronto and Ottawa holding six games in hand on Boston. Combine all of this with the B’s having missed the playoffs in each of the previous two seasons leading into this one, and it shouldn’t be at all surprising that Julien is squarely on the coaching hot seat.

The B’s bench boss was asked about his job security after the Chicago loss, and clearly didn’t appreciate the tough, but appropriate question.

“Well, I’m not into shock-journalism,” said Julien in a prideful tone. “So I’ll stay away from that question if you don’t mind.”

The Bruins posted their Saturday schedule shortly after Julien and the B’s players had addressed the media following the loss, and sure enough the embattled coach is scheduled to address the media post-practice as part of the regular practice day routine. So it doesn’t seem that a move with Julien is imminent this weekend despite another loss, but both the coach and the players know something is going to happen to shake things up with this team if they continue to struggle.

“Right now it’s a results based situation, so if you’re going to keep losing games then probably something’s going to happen,” said Torey Krug. “But right now we’re just pretty down emotionally after this game, so I don’t want to look at the big picture. I just [want to] focus on what’s going on in this room, and hopefully we can come back with a good effort the next game.”

A good effort might help Julien’s standing with the Bruins in the short term, but it’s impossible to imagine the B’s bench boss making it through the rest of the Bruins regular season given all of things working against him right now.