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In 2011, when Nicholas Dawidoff embarked on his new book, “Collision Low Crossers,” his chronicle of a year embedded with the New York Jets, the team was coming off consecutive appearances in the AFC championship game and seemed to be at the cusp of reaching the Super Bowl.
They were a uniquely talented team with a garrulous head coach, Rex Ryan, who was suddenly a bona fide star, embraced by the football world as being the opposite of taciturn New England Patriots mastermind Bill Belichick.
Ultimately, that team would go 8-8, finish five games behind the Patriots in the AFC East, miss the playoffs, and leave Ryan in tears by year’s end, blaming himself for not seeing the tension in the locker room and had underestimating his teams selfishness.