All it takes is one “Monday Night Football” victory over the Miami Dolphins and suddenly things are Kumbayah City again for the New York Jets.
“Team Turmoil,” 3-3 after three straight losses in a season that their coach predicted would end with a Super Bowl victory, crushed the winless Dolphins 24-6 with a stellar performance from Darrelle Revis and a just-good-enough one from Mark Sanchez.
The win was soothing ointment after a week in which wide receiver Santonio Holmes had ripped the offensive line and guard Brandon Moore had ripped right back. (That happened a week after Holmes and fellow wide receivers Derrick Mason and Plaxico Burress reportedly had gone to Coach Rex Ryan with their criticism of offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer. And they say soap operas are dying.) Ryan’s solution was to name both Holmes and Moore game captains.
“We’re moving on,” Holmes said (via the New York Daily News). “That was last week.”
Maybe, but the two did not appear to speak to one another as they walked to midfield.
“It's water under the bridge,” Moore said. “I was excited and happy to be part of being a captain.”
Ryan’s take? “In every locker room things like this happen,” Ryan said. “Trust me, we're moving past that and we're chasing a much bigger thing.”
The game was also notable for Darrelle Revis’ takedown of Brandon Marshall, who’d promised to unleash “The Monster” on “MNF.” Marshall caught six passes for 109 yards, but dropped a TD pass. And Revis came up with two interceptions of Matt Moore, returning one 100 yards for a touchdown.
“We owe it to the city of Miami, we owe it to ownership to play better,” Marshall said. “And this is embarrassing and we have way too many players in our locker room to be sitting at 0-5.”
Maybe next year, one of those players in the locker room will be Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck. At this point, the Dolphins are very much alive (along with winless Indianapolis and St. Louis, which already has Sam Bradford) in the “[Stink]* for Luck” sweepstakes.
*The Washington Post does not use that other word. We encourage Luck to change his last name to Link.