As the Jets return to Pittsburgh, their fans canâ€™t forget the stinging memory of the last playoff game they played at Heinz Field -- the 2004 divisional matchup, when Doug Brien missed two game-winning field goals, delivering one of the most heartbreaking losses in Jets history.
Six years later, a lot of things have changed about the organization, but the presence of an unreliable kicker remains. Nick Folk is a â€śFolk Heroâ€ť one second, â€śFolk the Chokeâ€ť the next. He won the game in Indianapolis, but missed a 30-yarder in Foxborough. In a stadium haunted by field-goal kickers past, a quasi-reliable kicker isnâ€™t enough. When this game goes down to the wire, I want it in Mark Sanchezâ€™s hands, not at Nick Folkâ€™s feet.
Note to the Jets: Donâ€™t play for the field goal -- theyâ€™re never safe. If itâ€™s 4th and goal with seconds left in the fourth quarter and youâ€™re down by three, go for it. As Herm Edwards would say, â€śPlay to win the game.â€ť (â€śHellooo!â€ť) Donâ€™t break hearts the same old way. Donâ€™t count on Nick Folk, not with the memory of Doug Brien lingering between those uprights. Donâ€™t be the Same Old Jets.