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

  • Published on May 23, 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.
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  • SB Nation
    SB Nation  2 months ago +301

    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.

    • JSpivey01
      JSpivey01 5 days ago

      The Colts collapse in the 2000's.

    • EFunkRock
      EFunkRock 13 days ago

      The Detroit Lions since William Clay Ford’s acquisition in 1962. Reason: one playoff win since his reign.

    • EFunkRock
      EFunkRock 13 days ago

      The Detroit Tigers after game six of the 2013 ALCS.

    • EFunkRock
      EFunkRock 13 days ago

      The Seattle Seahawks from Super Bowl 🏟 49 to today.

    • AARON Leonard
      AARON Leonard 17 days ago

      Miami once Marino left. They had terrible QBs until..... Still to be seen.

  • White Cismogyny
    White Cismogyny 12 hours ago

    The Jets aren't the only thing in New York that collapsed back-to-back

  • Koquetsss
    Koquetsss 23 hours ago

    Mike easily has to be my favorite SB nation host

  • Definitely not Jeffrey Epstein

    NYJ green is still my favorite color. The official name of the color is "Failure"

  • Gee Garcia
    Gee Garcia Day ago

    J(ust) E(nd) T(he) S(eason)

  • mizadi2017
    mizadi2017 2 days ago

    12:34 I'm dead 🤣🤣🤣

  • China Expat
    China Expat 4 days ago

    Butt fumble never gets old

  • L M
    L M 4 days ago

    I knew Jets made a mistake signing Rex. Ravens didn't give him the job for a reason.

  • serpico
    serpico 5 days ago

    sanchez, tebow, geno, god i forgot how terrible those qb choices were.

  • Giants News
    Giants News 5 days ago +3

    We need a video of what if the Jets picked Odell

  • Nicholas Garcia
    Nicholas Garcia 5 days ago

    Hey, I too have a passer rating of zero!

  • JSpivey01
    JSpivey01 5 days ago +1

    Do a video about the Colts in the mid 2000's

  • R Fraz
    R Fraz 6 days ago

    Wait... In order to collapse don’t you have to be good in the first place? Just checking

  • Tony Williams
    Tony Williams 7 days ago

    The collapse of the legion of boom

  • WolverineIncognito
    WolverineIncognito 7 days ago

    Sorry bud, but the LIONS are the fan base married to disappointment.

  • Justin Arledge
    Justin Arledge 7 days ago

    Do the redskins

  • Darth Pepe
    Darth Pepe 7 days ago

    The Jets made 2 AFC Championship games? I had quite forgotten

  • Bobby Smegma
    Bobby Smegma 8 days ago

    Do a video on the 49ers’ Kaepernick era

  • Travis Guyton
    Travis Guyton 9 days ago

    The Butt fumble😂

  • Ian Malcolm
    Ian Malcolm 9 days ago

    I’m a Steelers fan, but inside me, I’m a bit of a Jets fan and a fan of every team that always loses.

  • Screaro
    Screaro 9 days ago

    SB Nation be having me watching content for sports I don't even watch

  • Chris Ross
    Chris Ross 10 days ago

    When people thought Sanchez was good

  • G-man
    G-man 10 days ago

    how does the jets who lucked out into 2 afc games make this series and the niners who were the leagues best team during the harbaugh era {2 nfc championship games and a super bowl in 3 years}had an all time epic remake-meltdown in that offseason he went to michigan.You could make a hollywood movie about all the drama that happened that off season.but no lets make a 14 minute video on the fkin jets?! cmon man

  • Sam Gallo
    Sam Gallo 10 days ago

    do the 49ers

  • TheTEN24
    TheTEN24 13 days ago

    Life of a Ny fan lol

  • Scott DelleFave
    Scott DelleFave 13 days ago

    Actually you have a qb rating of 39.6 by sitting there.

  • Benjamin Terrazas
    Benjamin Terrazas 14 days ago

    It has to be one of the strangest occurrences for Geno to be so bad and still have a perfect passer rating in one of his starts.

  • Cristian Mancillas
    Cristian Mancillas 14 days ago

    I wanted this one so bad. '09-'11 Jets had so much potential.
    I used to follow Mark Sanchez and Pete Carroll in their USC days. Loved how they both got drafted the same year. Started following the Jets and Seahawks because of them. Pete Carroll had said Mark Sanchez wasn't ready to join the NFL. He was right, but the guy was pretty good

  • Chillax
    Chillax 14 days ago

    Also arguably the greatest player in their franchise history in Revis is a champion with the Patriots lol

  • Lavache Beadsman
    Lavache Beadsman 16 days ago

    lol, he's going to "deep dive" the butt fumble.

  • dbreiden83080
    dbreiden83080 16 days ago

    Rex Ryan Hack Head Coach. Mark Sanchez Hack QB..

  • Malcom Davis
    Malcom Davis 17 days ago

    damn as a Jets fan this was sad to watch. I remember all the hope and happiness. I was Soo proud especially when I saw the Empire State Building was Green and white. after years and years of hurt still a fan I stop getting my hopes up. Instead I always expect the worst.

  • Michael
    Michael 17 days ago

    To be honest, the Jets never really "crashed" because they were a house of cards from the beginning. Never should have qualified for the playoffs in 2010, especially if the Colts didn't take Peyton out of the game, beat the Chargers on 3 missed field goals, were drop-dead lucky in 5 of their 11 regular season wins, and got a huge break against the Colts in the playoffs. Yeah, they had a good defense, but they did what the Jets always do - fill in the gaps with geriatric has-beens.

  • Michael
    Michael 17 days ago

    Victor Cruz ended Rex Ryan and the Jets.

  • loves pizza
    loves pizza 18 days ago

    Brady was injured for 1 year and then he came back thats what really happened

    • Tyler Gantert
      Tyler Gantert 16 days ago

      loves pizza The Dolphins won the division in 08, but the Pats still went 11-5

  • Chris Bakas
    Chris Bakas 18 days ago

    They were a fluke and exposed by the Colts and Steelers. Sanchez was garbage from the start and hid behind the ground game and defense.

  • Robert Harvey
    Robert Harvey 20 days ago +1


  • Steve L
    Steve L 21 day ago

    It didn’t surprise me that The Jets tanked it. I knew Sanchez was a loser

  • Julius Ulit
    Julius Ulit 21 day ago

    Mark Sanchez got lucky... the end

  • Mike Mike
    Mike Mike 21 day ago +1

    I Revel in Jets fans pain hahaha

  • cobrakaiISBACK
    cobrakaiISBACK 22 days ago

    The fact rex ryan took the jets to back to back afc title games with mark sanchez makes him a hof coach end of story. Rex Ryan also correctly identified Tyrod Taylor has a far superior nfl qb to ej manuel (Tyrod was never amazing but he was not the god awful levels of suck that ej manuel was). Rex Ryan should go try and take a good paying college job. Maybe future usc trojans coach.

  • Ryan H
    Ryan H 22 days ago

    Geno smith deserved to get his jaw broke. Go watch femlo raps video about it.

  • CrushingRock
    CrushingRock 22 days ago

    This was butt wrenching

  • Jason Paul
    Jason Paul 22 days ago

    That's the way the Jet's season should end, UGLY.... XD

  • 2001 Monolithic
    2001 Monolithic 23 days ago

    I can tell your a Jets fan. Only a true fan can deliver history with this amount of humor. I could do Lions history from 1957 to 2014 almost as well. Why only to 2014? Well that is the year I finally got smart and/or drunk and burned all my lions gear on my trusty Webber grill and haven't watched a game since. True story.

  • 2001 Monolithic
    2001 Monolithic 23 days ago

    ...and it worked out! ... no it didn't. 😂😂😂 savage

  • elfofcourage
    elfofcourage 24 days ago

    Butt Fumble authored by Vince Wilfork. You don’t hit the wall, the WALL hits you. XD

  • Erwin Martinez
    Erwin Martinez 24 days ago

    Big up Rex Ryan

  • Justin Bebley
    Justin Bebley 24 days ago +1

    I'm the only jet fan that doesn't like joe Namath

  • Justin Bebley
    Justin Bebley 24 days ago +1

    Sam darnold will deliver a super Bowl for the jets

  • Peter Calderon
    Peter Calderon 25 days ago

    So does this mean you guys will do one about the Saints (lost back to back nfc championship games 🤷‍♂️)

  • Harry Gusto
    Harry Gusto 25 days ago

    How are they going to skip over the fact they trade tebow for a soda machine.😂😂😂😂

  • Dasavien Dennison
    Dasavien Dennison 25 days ago


  • bauhausera
    bauhausera 26 days ago

    the thing i love in all these vids are that the "building" part stops at around 1/4 of the vid, then the rest is the "collapse"

  • WillJM81280
    WillJM81280 26 days ago

    Ryan was the poison for the Jets. He only lasted as long as he did bc of who his daddy was.

  • TL2354
    TL2354 28 days ago

    The Jets are at the bottom of the league, how can they collapse?

  • Wilhelm Beaston
    Wilhelm Beaston 28 days ago

    Mark Sanchez just announced his retirement!

  • Joe Downs
    Joe Downs 29 days ago

    As a Bills fan... 4 stars, would watch again.

  • Tim Francoeur
    Tim Francoeur 29 days ago

    Throwback to when the all time top post on /r/NFL was "Geno Smith sucker punched in locker room, out 5-10 weeks at least"

  • Xxxx Soto
    Xxxx Soto 29 days ago +3

    I still bleed green‼I've been a Jets fan since I sat on my fathers lap watch Joe guarantee a super bowl. Them 2 teams of Rex was the most excitement I ever had as a fan. EVER

  • John Coniglio
    John Coniglio Month ago

    Jets fans screaming into the abyss. That pretty much describes us!

  • Harry Balls
    Harry Balls Month ago


  • Patrick61804
    Patrick61804 Month ago

    The jets were good?

  • lionel bedard
    lionel bedard Month ago

    oh congrats jets you beat My Patriots one time in the play offs to go to a AFC championship game :D Meanwhile.... the pats go 11-5 in 2018 and finish the season with a superbowl championship ! 13-3 against the high powered offensive Los Angeles Rams xD. but keep on enjoying that divisional play off victory jets fans and we Pats fans will Enjoy our 6th!!!! superbowl title xD

  • Iconhulk
    Iconhulk Month ago

    Sanchez a joke

  • homer1075
    homer1075 Month ago

    2019...Same old Jets.

  • AZngsta2
    AZngsta2 Month ago

    Before watching, I remember the teams Rex Ryan had for the jets before that infamous "Butt Fumble Game" the season after. I remember both of these seasons. Think about it? They beat Manning, Brady, and almost Rothlisburger. Those names are like the Mount Rushmore of QBs.

  • Jon McFadden
    Jon McFadden Month ago

    Mark Sanchez beat amazing QBs in the play offs
    Carson Palmer
    Phillip Rivers
    Peyton Manning
    Tom Brady

  • Jesse Dell Ross
    Jesse Dell Ross Month ago

    The sad fact for Jets fans: Sanchez is the 2nd best QB in franchise history.

  • Grim Tea
    Grim Tea Month ago

    Should the Broncos be a collapse episode if they have two more losing seasons?

  • Ro Vyas
    Ro Vyas Month ago

    Imagine a New York vs New York super bowl in New York

  • Lazy Revolutionary
    Lazy Revolutionary Month ago

    Manchester United post Ferguson

  • Asher: The Ironically Active Watcher

    This hurts being a WVU fan and Geno should’ve been the backup QB.

  • ZadfrackGlutz Zesozose

    The Jets problems always originate from the owners. They're content not to win and they should probably be recycled into a new franchise. The main reason the Patriots get into the playoffs with a 1st round bye is because the Jets are consistently horrible.

  • Mark Friedgen
    Mark Friedgen Month ago

    What happened to this season, it was so good