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Jets Crash Again

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It is hard to be a fan of the New York Jets.

They have hardly done anything right since Joe Willie Namath won SuperBowl III, and every time you think maybe they are finally turning the corner, they find some new way to screw things up.

Today the Jets traded Darrelle Revis, the best cornerback in the NFL and far and away the best player on the team. It is never a good idea to trade the best player on your team. The Jets desperately need a shut-down corner, since they do not have a real pass-rush threat, and the only way they ever get any pressure on the opponent's QB is by shutting down his receivers long enough for the rushers to get there. Revis was a huge part of the reason why Rex Ryan's defense has been so good (ups and downs, sure, but still one of the better defenses in the league). So they get rid of him Right.

Only the Jets. They have a pretty good defense and a godawful offense, so what's their big offseason move? "Hey, let's get rid of our best player, bring the D down to the same level as the O."

Now, maybe, MAYBE, you can make a case for trading Revis if you get a "Herschel Walker" deal. That is, a deal as rich as the one where the Dallas Cowboys traded RB Herschel Walker to the Vikings, and got so many players and draft choices that it won them three SuperBowls. And it is worth noting that Herschel Walker, while a damn good player, was neither the best player on the Cowboys nor the best running back in the NFL at that time.

But the Jets did not get a Herschel Walker deal. Revis is going to Tampa Bay. In return, the Jets get Tampa's first round draft choice this year (#13 overall, not even a top ten pick) and a conditional fourth round pick next year. Yeah, NEXT YEAR. Yeah, I said FOURTH round. Maybe it becomes a third. Whoop-de-doo.

The Jets, in short, got rooked. Congrats, Tampa Bay GM, you drank our milkshake.

And what about the new Jets GM? Fire his ass now. Bring back Mike Tannenbaum. Bring back the guy before Mike Tannenbaum. Hell, bring back Harry Wismer.

The best theory about this trade is that the Jets want the #1 pick overall in the 2014 draft. Cause this next season is going to be bloody painful. After which our new whizz-bang "let's give away our best player for a bag of old jockstraps" GM is going to fire Rex Ryan because, after all, that 2 - 14 record is clearly Rex's fault.

The year after that is likely to be even worse, even with that swell fourth-round-maybe-it-becomes-a-third we'll be getting from Tampa Bay. That is, assuming Kal-El Son of Jor-El isn't coming out in next year's draft. And even if he was, the Jets wouldn't take him. All that green would remind him too much of kryptonite.

Sigh.

Excuse me, while I go weep into my beer.

(It is not all bad. I will always have Paris. And Parris. And the Giants)

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ext_1767577
Apr. 22nd, 2013 04:42 am (UTC)
Well at least the Giants re-signed Victor Cruz...
... oh wait. Never mind.
sithkittie
Apr. 24th, 2013 12:41 pm (UTC)
Oooooo as
CrisJuarez2
Apr. 22nd, 2013 05:11 am (UTC)
An optimist might say that Revis was going to cost the Jets a lot of money next year if they wanted to keep him, plus coming back from a torn ACL maybe they didn't want to risk him losing trade value if he isn't the same player from before the injury. Time will tell but it is possible that a first rounder that will be under control salary-wise will work better moving forward.
nycfalcon
Apr. 22nd, 2013 01:15 pm (UTC)
Thinking about it some more I can agree with what you are saying. However, in the NFL you can get a team into contention within 2 seasons. Through a skillful draft and free agency market. In the 4 years between the Giants' last two Superbowls the team changed drastically.

This is a passing league and will remain that way because it's rules are changing to protect the athlete from themselves and debilitating brain injuries. While it's possible to get a defensive player of Revis's caliber (13th pick?) you'd still have to pay him. I don't understand the moves. Why keep Rex? None of this makes any sense to me, but then neither do the owner's personal and business ideologies.
fuseprime
Apr. 22nd, 2013 05:20 am (UTC)
As a long time Gang Green fan, I couldn't agree more with what you're saying Mr. Martin. But, let's face it. The Jets were not going anywhere this year anyway. That ship sailed three years ago. I HOPE (not expect) that their draft picks work out for them. I wish Mr. Revis nothing but the best of luck with Tampa Bay. I'm just disappointed that he couldn't be a Jet for life.
dibbels81
Apr. 22nd, 2013 05:32 am (UTC)
I love football, but the business side of the NFL is nauseating. The only people truly getting the shaft are the fans. If only Revis had better looking feet...
nycfalcon
Apr. 22nd, 2013 05:39 am (UTC)
I find it difficult to imagine Woody Johnson changing. Therefore, the Jets will remain a bottom tier team for a long while yet.
hiddenglitter
Apr. 22nd, 2013 05:45 am (UTC)
As a Raiders fan, I am feeling angry and down as well... I mean, we all know Jamarcus Russell was one of the NFL's BIGGEST flops (and waste of money). And who do we take on after that failure??? HIS BACK UP FROM WHEN HE WAS AT LSU, Flynn! I really hope he is better than Russell... otherwise I'll cry harder the whole season. :(

Edited at 2013-04-22 05:46 am (UTC)
fltylilmudblood
Apr. 22nd, 2013 03:44 pm (UTC)
Matt Flynn won a National Championship with LSU and played damn well in the games he started in the NFL. He was not just a backup at LSU.

Edited at 2013-04-22 03:46 pm (UTC)
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grasshelm
Apr. 22nd, 2013 06:10 am (UTC)
Can't overpay olds corners
George-

I wouldn't be thrilled with signing a older corner coming off an ACL to a big money contract. You can't blame John Idzik for the mess that Tannenbalm created. The Jets need as many good young players as they can get.
grrm
Apr. 22nd, 2013 06:30 am (UTC)
Re: Can't overpay olds corners
Revis is hardly "older." He is in his prime. Still had a year left on his rookie contract, or rather the renegotiated version of same.
Re: Can't overpay olds corners - sourbillytipton - Apr. 22nd, 2013 06:43 am (UTC) - Expand
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Re: Can't overpay olds corners - Roger Christie - Apr. 24th, 2013 05:33 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: Can't overpay olds corners - David Fruchter - Apr. 22nd, 2013 12:19 pm (UTC) - Expand
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podo15
Apr. 22nd, 2013 06:28 am (UTC)
As a dolphin fan i am glad to see Revis go, however the jets made the right move in the long run. They aren't going anywhere with an aging defense and Sanchez at QB. They peaked with the back to back conference championship games. They need to rebuild by getting younger, cheaper, and the better draft position when they lose more helps. There isn't much enjoyment between maybe 7-9 with him or 4-12 without him.
Robert Dargenzio
Apr. 22nd, 2013 07:08 am (UTC)
If only...
The jets Definately took a couple steps back, revis was/is a beast. Rex almost had me fooled thinking he was a solid coach but between him and that fool of a gm they took a few steps back....but regardless mark Sanchez (or garrard or tebow) isn't the guy to take the jets to the promise land....if they play it right maybe they can trade down and get Robert woods and Matt Barkley. Then they could run that west coast offense that they both thrived in & hopefully give them an opportunity to actually put up some points. They could still get Barkevious mingo to help that pass rush too.

I know thats a fantasy, with their track record they'll prolly bust an Al Davis from a few years back and take a Jamarcus russel or a Hayward-bey. & even if they did that they'd prolly be giving up the 9th pick for a later first round And early second round pick which they could of done without losing revis, and it's doubtful that any defensive player they pick will impact that team as much as revis has the past couple years on jets.

It's been a rough year for jets fans.....but look on the bright side, for atleast a 3 more days we can speculate that maybe, just maybe they can redeem themselves in the draft.

puppetmaker40
Apr. 22nd, 2013 12:13 pm (UTC)
You should here the pundits on the New York sports stations on this subject.

There seems to be a universal let's write this season off and get rid of Rex and Sachez and start all over and maybe in 5 years we might be looking at a playoff game.

Now if Revis' knee doesn't even last training camp, then they are going to look like geniuses and even harder to get rid of.

ext_1667258
Apr. 22nd, 2013 12:26 pm (UTC)
I feel your pain... not as an NFL/Jets fan, but as a lifelong fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Now, *that* is pain, George. Brutal, taxing, agonising PAIN.
dmedicus
Apr. 22nd, 2013 12:43 pm (UTC)
You still got TEBOW!

Edited at 2013-04-22 12:48 pm (UTC)
andrewh1990
Apr. 22nd, 2013 12:47 pm (UTC)
Bucs got Screwed!
Im from tampa bay myself and a huge bucs fan and I am not at all happy with the deal. Our 13th first round pick is better than the jets could've possibly hoped for. The fact that the fourth round could be a third next year is just icing on the cake. Did you see the price we got him for george! Ninty six million over six years. 96! Let's say you did keep revis for the next year, then what? You can't trade him anymore and your not going to resign him because Woody has made it damn clear he would never pay that much for a non qb. Bucs just ended up paying a fortune for a player who MAY or may not be past his prime. only time will tell. either way george it was not that bad for the jets trust me
hominysnark
Apr. 22nd, 2013 01:12 pm (UTC)
I, for one, welcome our new cornerback overlord. :D
Cristian Luis Barreto
Apr. 23rd, 2013 04:39 pm (UTC)
And we are two... welcome to Tampa, DR24!
ext_1768252
Apr. 22nd, 2013 01:20 pm (UTC)
the Mets got rid of RA Dickey after he won the Cy Young. and his ERA is close to double digits this year. The Yanks best names are on on the DL and they are in second place.

billy beane made a science out of trading guys with good numbers for new blood
David Fanska
Apr. 22nd, 2013 02:07 pm (UTC)
Faith...
George,

Have some faith in Idzik. He was instrumental in cheaply building one of the best rosters in football in Seattle, so far under the cap that they could go on a spending spree this offseason. The 2012 Jets roster was so far over the cap and untalented that the actual talent on the team needed to be moved to rebuild.

Sure, your 2013 season is down the tubes, but the Jets weren't going to be competitive even with Revis on the roster this season. By making this move, he's prepping the franchise for the future. Two picks in the first round will help tremendously - but building something great takes time. Great teams take two or three drafts to build.

Expect a great 2015 season.
grrm
Apr. 22nd, 2013 05:00 pm (UTC)
Re: Faith...
The Jets have a long history of blowing their first round draft picks. Two picks in the first round mean nothing.
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montydelrogue
Apr. 22nd, 2013 02:39 pm (UTC)
Cheer up, George! You still have Timmy Tebow. I think the whole Jets team will be Tebowing all season long praying to God for the season to end.

The Jets aren't the only team this off season hosing themselves, though. Look at Baltimore. A slightly above average quarterback fleeced the team for a record contract making more money than most of the top 5 quarterbacks in the league. I watched the SuperBowl game and Joe Flacco shouldn't have even gotten SuperBowl MVP let alone that kind of money. Everybody knows that Ray Lewis and the defense made the whole team for the Ravens. Now all their money is going to an OK quarterback while they lose 6 or 7 starters because they can't afford their contracts.

My Motor City Kitties aren't doing too bad, yet. Looks like they somewhat bolstered their crappy secondary and got rid of most of their mediocre offensive line. And they picked up Reggie Bush, which is an upgrade for Detroit. He doesn't put up monster numbers, but his style of play suits the Leo's to a T. I think the groundwork is in place for the Lions to be strong competitors. They just need to be more disciplined and not do anything stupid (on or off field).
r3g0rzz
Apr. 22nd, 2013 02:45 pm (UTC)
My first reaction when I heard about this trade: "Uh-oh, GRRM is going to be PISSED" I knew that when I checked here George already would have blogged about it.

The Jets should have at least got Tampa Bay's 3rd round pick this year to go with it. Injury or no, Revis is a great player.
torome86
Apr. 22nd, 2013 03:26 pm (UTC)
I think the Jets made the right choice... granted, I am a Patriots fan, so I may be a bit biased!
ext_1768472
Apr. 22nd, 2013 03:36 pm (UTC)
Why?
They might be thinking that since this year's crop of QBs is not that great,that the best one will still be around by the time their pick comes up.The problem with that is you are replacing your terrible to mediocre QB with a kid who they are most likely going to throw into the fire right away.Sanchez is awful, but no one is going to convince me that O was that good to begin with.The mainstay of the jets recent good seasons was 4 yards and a cloud of dust while your D holds the fort. Cromartie kept the D together as well as he could,but now that Revis is gone and more importantly, Revis' knowledge of the game is gone....I think the jets are in for another long season.I hope they go back to their old ways because I enjoyed their old school mentality.......you know, before they let sanchez throw the ball more than twenty times a game.
fltylilmudblood
Apr. 22nd, 2013 03:40 pm (UTC)
But you're most likely getting Chris Ivory for a steal, which may offer a little consolation. He will be sorely missed in New Orleans. I'm definitely a fan.
chezsci
Apr. 22nd, 2013 03:53 pm (UTC)
The Lions have been having one of their more sane off-seasons in recent memory. Sad to see Hanson go, but the new kicking prospect looks awesome. It sucks to be a Jets fan, but you have my sympathy
. I'd be pissed if I were you, too - the blame game handwriting's on the wall for Ryan which is a dirty rotten shame.
gracht
Apr. 22nd, 2013 04:18 pm (UTC)
And Arya. And Tyrion.
And a cinema. [Singing]:'Sat-ur-day night at the movies! Who cares what picture you see! When you're huggin' with cho bay-a-bee, last row in the ba-al-cone-ee!(Altogether now]!
mightyfinn
Apr. 22nd, 2013 06:11 pm (UTC)
While I am a fan of the Evil Cowboys I think the Jets got a decent deal here. Two first rounders this year, and a third next year. Revis is incredibly talented, but Tampa is paying him like a franchise Quarterback, which he is not. Shutdown corners while a premium are not worth 16 million a year.

Also Revis has a history of signing deals then holding out and holding his team hostage. Sometimes if your best player is Roose Bolton a trade is better than letting him betray you again.....

At least you have the Giants.

Edited at 2013-04-22 06:16 pm (UTC)
grrm
Apr. 22nd, 2013 10:15 pm (UTC)
Jets got one first rounder in the draft, not two. The other first round was their own.

They will probably blow both picks anyway.
tristanberry
Apr. 22nd, 2013 07:35 pm (UTC)
Also a Tampa Bay resident and fan, I'm really unhappy with this trade. Revis may be the best corner in the NFL right now, but do you know what the Bucs need more than the best corner in the league? Two or three good ones, that's what. If we already had those two good corners, this MIGHT be a good deal for the Bucs, but we don't. If all we have is Revis at corner, all opposing QBs have to do is throw the other direction and exploit our 'bad' corner.

Clearly, this wasn't a great deal for the Jets or the Bucs because the Jets defense is now decimated and the Bucs STILL have a huge need at corner and on the defensive line. And linebacker. And safety. And tight end. And depth everywhere. So, tell me again how we're supposed to meet all of those position needs with fewer draft picks? *sigh*
grrm
Apr. 22nd, 2013 10:16 pm (UTC)
Most commentators think this is great deal for the Bucs. I agree.

And don't you still have Ronde Barber? Or did he finally retire? He was a damn good DB.
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