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Free Agency Follies

Free agency has opened in the NFL, but someone forgot to tell my New York teams.

The Giants have resigned Aaron Ross, a cornerback they drafted a few years back, then lost in last year's free agency. Otherwise they seem to be asleep. They just lost Kenny Phillips, their starting safety. Phillips has been hurt a lot, and last year his replacement Stevie Brown outplayed him, but when he was healthy he was staunch against the run. The G-Men have also have Osi on the free agent market, though so far no one has signed him, so maybe he will be back.

The Jets... don't get me started about the Jets. So far they have lost their starting RB, their best TE, a solid part of the defensive line rotation, both starting safeties. And rumors persist that they are about to trade Darrelle Revis, their best player. The Jets finished 6-10 last year, fired their GM, and brought in a new one. They kept Rex Ryan, which I think was good... Rex has only had one bad season in his four with Gang Green, and has proved himself to be a good coach... but this new GM seems to be setting him up to fail. The Jets were 6-10 last year, but instead of improving, it appears they are aiming for the number one overall draft choice in 2014. You can't win games without players. If the Jets crash and burn next year, Rex will get the blame, but Vince Lombardi could return from the dead and he still wouldn't win a game with the roster the new management is handing Ryan.

Pfui, I say.

Oh, and the Patriots... what a vile thing is Evil Little Bill. The way he treated Wes Welker is disgraceful. Man has absolutely no loyalty to anyone. Watch and see, when Tom Brady's talents start to fade -- and they will, it happens to all of them -- Evil Little Bill will ship him out as well.

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Jason Ocampo
Mar. 15th, 2013 11:50 pm (UTC)
Idzik
Yeah, the Jets have nightmarish cap issues (Sanchez alone is tying up a ton money/cap space, which is a major reason the Jets simply can't boot him). Idzik, the new GM, came over from Seattle, where he was the cap expert. He inherited a really terrible roster and no cap space. He's getting rid of the bloated salaries, freeing up cap, and plans to rebuild the Jets via the draft. It's not going to be pretty this year, but it has to be done. (You could bring any other GM in the league and they'd pretty much have to do the same thing; the Jets are in a really bad situation thanks to prior regimes).

The good news, George, is that Idzik paid attention to how Pete Carroll rebuilt Seattle. Remember how they were a laughing stock just two years ago for being the first playoff team in history with a losing record (7-9)? Now Seattle is co-favorites with San Fran for the Super Bowl, according to the Vegas bookies.

You have to give Idzik time to remake the roster. But no one could save the Jets this year. Not with those cap issues.
grrm
Mar. 16th, 2013 01:20 am (UTC)
Re: Idzik
Idzik came into a situation with major cap issues... but I don't think the Jets had "a really terrible roster." Yes, their offense was wretched last year... but Rex's defense, even with its best player (Revis) sidelined all year, was still among the best in the league. Idzik should be building on that strength, but he's already let one D lineman and two safeties escape, and rumors persist that he is going to trade all Revis for a bag of kitty litter, a bicycle pump, and a signed copy of BROTHER POWER THE GEEK.

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