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

  • 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  Month ago +273

    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 Day ago

      Do the 2009/2010 Texas Rangers please

    • Jose Acevedo
      Jose Acevedo 6 days ago

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

    • Ryan Flores
      Ryan Flores 6 days ago

      SB Nation Do the Mavericks pls.

    • Kevin Brennan
      Kevin Brennan 7 days ago

      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 11 days ago +1

      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 14 hours ago

    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 16 hours ago

    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 20 hours ago

    1994 New York Rangers?!
    1973 New York Knickerbockers?!

  • K Rodriguez
    K Rodriguez Day ago

    definitely a NE fan narrating this.

  • Lui Cabral
    Lui Cabral Day ago

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

  • CJ Bourne
    CJ Bourne Day ago

    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 Day ago

    So when we getting the Dallas Cowboys?

  • Harry Balls
    Harry Balls Day ago

    The Jets...Lolz

  • Cody Hess
    Cody Hess Day ago

    Because Mark Sanchez always sucked

  • Crossdaboss02
    Crossdaboss02 2 days ago

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

  • TheGr8stManEvr
    TheGr8stManEvr 2 days ago

    Just End The Suffering

  • Ethan M
    Ethan M 3 days ago

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

  • Dan Crews
    Dan Crews 4 days ago

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

  • K O R i G A N
    K O R i G A N 4 days ago +1

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

  • Zdiddy7
    Zdiddy7 4 days ago

    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 ago


  • NotJJ
    NotJJ 7 days ago

    Can't wait until the Patriots get one of these

  • Kevin Brennan
    Kevin Brennan 7 days ago

    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 7 days ago

    OKC’s collapse after the 2012 Finals

  • Tone Of Tones
    Tone Of Tones 8 days ago

    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 8 days ago

    Do the Oklahoma city thunder after the 2012 nba finals

  • Culbjay
    Culbjay 9 days ago

    The next one should be about the San Antonio Spurs

  • Juan Roca
    Juan Roca 9 days ago

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

  • Juan Roca
    Juan Roca 9 days ago

    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 10 days ago

    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 10 days ago

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

  • SQUAD 50
    SQUAD 50 10 days ago

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

  • Christopher
    Christopher 11 days ago

    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 12 days ago

    Do a collapse on the Sacramento Kings

  • Thequickzcoper Baller
    Thequickzcoper Baller 12 days ago

    This video hurt me

  • AlexTheBoss
    AlexTheBoss 12 days ago

    Do the San Francisco Giants next

  • Michael Valdez
    Michael Valdez 12 days ago

    I have a feeling this guy is a jets fan lol

  • The Big Fudge
    The Big Fudge 12 days ago

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

  • Raymond Chu
    Raymond Chu 12 days ago +2

    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 12 days ago

    The sf giants

  • P Pumpkin
    P Pumpkin 13 days ago


  • Leocap619
    Leocap619 13 days ago

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

  • Jv Villarreal
    Jv Villarreal 13 days ago


  • TJ Brown
    TJ Brown 13 days ago

    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 13 days ago

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

  • D Z
    D Z 13 days ago

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

  • rob mush
    rob mush 14 days ago

    To a video on the collapse of NASCAR.

  • VolcanicAsh
    VolcanicAsh 14 days ago +1

    Do the royals after 2015

  • Boss Killa
    Boss Killa 14 days ago +2

    Very poor choice of words

  • thecommish1976
    thecommish1976 14 days ago

    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 15 days ago

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

  • Chris Smith
    Chris Smith 15 days ago


  • M&AWalker
    M&AWalker 16 days ago

    Do the collapse of the Denver Broncos

  • Reggie James
    Reggie James 16 days ago

    They shouldn't have. LOL... the speakers presentation and delivery is stellar. Keep it up.

  • Jeff Araujo
    Jeff Araujo 16 days ago

    As a pats fan I hate the Jets especially there fans and Rex I was Soo happy when they lost. J.E.T.S SUCK SUCK SUCK!!!!! LMFAO 😂 LOSERS!!!

  • Matthew Maney
    Matthew Maney 18 days ago +1

    Could you make an episode about the collapse of the Seahawk’s Legion of Boom?

  • man united fan
    man united fan 18 days ago +2

    Do Manchester United's collapse.

  • Clutch28
    Clutch28 19 days ago

    Jets failures always make me smile.

  • Rodney Knight
    Rodney Knight 19 days ago

    @SB Nation you should do a collapse episode on the Cowboys after winning Super Bowl 30. We totally fell off after that win and I would like to hear you guys talk about it

  • Pa Slot Player
    Pa Slot Player 19 days ago

    I spend millions on a QB. No way he's going out there behind the scrub O Line. They were benching Starters in pre season. Leave it to "We All Know Who" to go their own way. How did that work out again?

  • Brock Mak
    Brock Mak 19 days ago +2

    #NextEpisode: How the Seahawks collapsed after being one play away from winning back-to-back Super Bowls.

  • Hanzo Zer0
    Hanzo Zer0 19 days ago

    Can you do Kansas City Royals?

  • Kenshi BigGay
    Kenshi BigGay 20 days ago

    Islanders during the 80s

  • Georgie Is MGTOW
    Georgie Is MGTOW 20 days ago

    The jets are cursed by Broadway Joe. When he dies they’ll become consistently competitive again and win a super bowl or two.

    BIG DOG SURF VLOG 20 days ago

    The Jets. Lol

  • Phinal Flash #FireCleteBlakeman

    I don't think I've ever heard so much swearing from this channel before lol.

  • PatsFan89
    PatsFan89 20 days ago

    It’s always nice to go through Jets misery ! Go Pats!

  • Michael Hemmerle
    Michael Hemmerle 20 days ago +2

    Talk about the collapse of the Orlando Magic after they went to the finals in the 90s

  • Jack Brittle
    Jack Brittle 20 days ago

    Do the Leafs after their last Stanley Cup in 1967. You could probably do an hour long episode on the whole Harold Ballard era lol

  • 可iiGold
    可iiGold 21 day ago

    What if the Jets made it to the playoffs in 2015? :o

  • Maik
    Maik 21 day ago

    Please don’t ever use this music again

  • Thomas Covey
    Thomas Covey 21 day ago

    KC royals after 2015 or the gaints after 2014

  • Jordan Sharif
    Jordan Sharif 21 day ago

    can the next one be on the post Peyton Manning Broncos

  • FSE
    FSE 22 days ago +2

    How the Patriots accidentally started a dynasty through their collapse

  • Hanzo Zer0
    Hanzo Zer0 22 days ago

    As a Jets fan, it hurt to sit through this. Also as a Jets fan, I will cheer for them, until my casket dips.

  • James Buccola
    James Buccola 22 days ago

    Should've done anything possible to keep Favre and Thomas Jones. Ryan rode Mangini's team until he dismantled them and fell apart.

  • GangstaFish
    GangstaFish 22 days ago

    Didn't fumble against the Titans that was just a shitty snap I can't blame Sanchez for that

  • Colly Urdan
    Colly Urdan 22 days ago

    Next you should do the collapse of raptors talking smack after game 2 of the finals

  • Aaron Redman
    Aaron Redman 22 days ago

    Read what McElroy said about his Jets teammates during his time there. It ain't pretty:

  • vetoland92
    vetoland92 22 days ago

    7:53 Tirico savage af for this 😂😂😂

  • james fevelo
    james fevelo 23 days ago

    Do a series called rise (teams that were bad that became good)

  • Michael Daly
    Michael Daly 24 days ago +1

    You make it sound like drafting Odell Beckham Jr. would have helped the Jets. He hasn't helped ANYONE.

  • Michael Daly
    Michael Daly 24 days ago +1

    The key was Mark Sanchez was never as good as he fooled people into thinking he was, Rex Ryan is an undisciplined coach who enables freelancing and sloppiness, and the Jets have never figured out any answers.

    • Michael Stevens
      Michael Stevens 23 days ago +1

      ...maybe that is why the Jets will NEVER win another SB. Blame Joe Namath, I guess?

  • Dix Winger
    Dix Winger 24 days ago +1

    J e t s jets jets jets
    S u c k suck suck suck

  • Kyle R
    Kyle R 24 days ago

    San Francisco 49ers and how they completely disintegrated in pretty much one year

  • pedro gates
    pedro gates 24 days ago +3

    Instead of getting another weapon for Sanchez to throw the ball to we traded for Tim Tebow 🤦🏾‍♂️

    • John Rotuno
      John Rotuno 22 days ago

      That was mystifying. WHO gives up draft picks for Tim Tebow!?!

  • Sean Williams
    Sean Williams 24 days ago

    JETS are a piece of trash

  • Sean Williams
    Sean Williams 24 days ago +4

    course, Revis won a Ring with the Patriots. GO Patriots

  • Taylor Gibson
    Taylor Gibson 24 days ago

    As an Ottawa Senators fan, it would hurt a Collapse video on the 2017 Ottawa Senators

  • AshGreninja1819
    AshGreninja1819 24 days ago

    The jets pulled those 2 seasons out of their ass tbh

  • Incog Negro
    Incog Negro 24 days ago

    As a jets fan, this hurts to watch smfh

  • Monity
    Monity 25 days ago

    this may be stupid, but at 4:23, can you hold somebody down like that?

  • Andrew Miller
    Andrew Miller 25 days ago

    The 2012 OKC Thunder, or the Tigers team that sported 5 Cy Young Award Pitchers

  • Jedel
    Jedel 25 days ago +2

    " fireman ed retired In the middle of the game " 😂😂😂

  • WillJM81280
    WillJM81280 25 days ago

    Rex was always all bark and no bite. No one thought he’d win it all. He should have eaten a few less sandwiches and stopped yapping about things he couldn’t make happen.

  • eddodde
    eddodde 25 days ago

    Do one on the 49ers how they went to a SUPERBOWL then it all fell apart

  • Nehemiah Sanders
    Nehemiah Sanders 25 days ago

    Wait I thought the patriots went to the super bowl in 2011

    • Nehemiah Sanders
      Nehemiah Sanders 25 days ago

      Marcus Reed ohhh ok thanks for telling me I was so confused 🤷‍♂️

    • Marcus Reed
      Marcus Reed 25 days ago

      2011-12 season....they lost to the jets in the 2010-11 season

  • bigbabyzubas
    bigbabyzubas 25 days ago

    I had high hopes for Rex Ryan.

  • Uncle Rico
    Uncle Rico 25 days ago

    Darnold Save Us!!!

  • Maxwell Hulett
    Maxwell Hulett 26 days ago

    1999-2003 New York Mets

  • Soham Sorathia
    Soham Sorathia 26 days ago

    Broncos collapse after 2015?

  • tom d
    tom d 26 days ago

    Is there anything better than laughing at the jets? Amiright

  • tom d
    tom d 26 days ago

    Plaxico = Chedda Bob

  • Tejas Shah
    Tejas Shah 26 days ago

    Them losing to my Chargers was the most WTF moment ever. I have mad respect for Rex honestly. For him to beat us with Mark Sanchez should say something about him as a coach. Funny when the Chargers played the Jets again, he causally said he would win 2 rings with us at a minimum if he got the job and not Norv. I agree 100%. Unfortantley, Sanchez wasn't as great as thought and the Jets made a lot of mistakes in draft, overpaying players, etc. But man, there could have been something.