Geno Smith's broken jaw is only the latest embarrassing misfortune to befall the New York Jets on or off the field. Here's a look back at some of the franchise's recent lowlights.
August 11, 2015
1 of 8Julie Jacobson/AP; AP
The Sucker-Punch — Aug. 11, 2015
Geno Smith is slated to miss 6–10 weeks with two fractures in his jaw after being sucker-punched by reserve linebacker IK Enemkpali during a locker room altercation at training camp.
2 of 8Bill Kostroun/AP
Fireman Ed Quits — Nov. 25, 2012
After leading the J-E-T-S chant since 1986, Fireman Ed quits as the franchise’s unofficial mascot, citing entanglements with fans and not a string of embarrassing Jets losses.
3 of 8Chris Szagola/CSM/Landov
Butt Fumble — Nov. 22, 2012
In the second quarter of a blowout loss to the Patriots on Thanksgiving night, quarterback Mark Sanchez collides with the backside of guard Brandon Moore on a scramble and loses the ball. Steve Gregory returns the fumble 32 yards for a touchdown as part of a 35-point second quarter for the Patriots in which the Jets lost three fumbles within 52 seconds of game time.
4 of 8David Bergman for Sports Illustrated
Tebow Time — March 12, 2012
The Jets trade for Tim Tebow, a move that led to a whirlwind of media fascination and controversy but only 141 yards of total offense for the entire season.
5 of 8David Bergman for Sports Illustrated; Jeffrey Geller/Icon Sportswire
Favre’s fall from grace —2010
Brett Favre’s 2008 season in New York leaves scandal in its wake when team employee Jenn Sterger accuses him of sending inappropriate messages and sexually explicit pictures when the two worked for the Jets. The NFL fined Favre $50,000 for failing to cooperate with its investigation as Favre played out the final games of his career with the Vikings.
6 of 8John Dunn/AP
Bye Bye Bill — Jan. 4, 2000
Bill Belichick’s tenure as Jets head coach lasts less than a day, as he resigns via handwritten note moments before his introductory press conference.
7 of 8Chuck Burton, Ruth Fremson/AP
Shovel Pass—Oct. 15, 1995
Quarterback Bubby Brister throws arguably the worst shovel pass in NFL history, which is intercepted by Panthers LB Sam Mills to cement the first victory in Carolina franchise history.
8 of 8Chuck Solomon for Sports Illustrated
Fake Spike — Nov. 27, 1994
With 25 seconds left, down 24–21 in Jets territory, Dan Marino signals that he would spike the ball but instead fakes the spike and finds Mark Ingram for the winning touchdown, leaving the Jets stunned.
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