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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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Dyoung46Pitt
Apr. 24th, 2013 02:25 am (UTC)
Revis
George, The Jets defense only benefited slightly when Revis was on the field. Check the numbers. That defense is still a considerable force without Revis. Cromartie is an excellent corner and Rex knows defense.

From, A Steeler fan.
chadopro
Apr. 24th, 2013 02:36 am (UTC)
Sanchez vs. Tebow?
Grrm,
What is your take on Tebow?
Watching another year of the butt-fumbling Sanchez is more cruel than Theon's future...
In Snow-esque form, as each former nfl quarterback and media "expert" stabs Tebow in the back, they say "For the NFL...."
Could they not give Tebow a chance to show his inept throwing motion?
ext_1770639
Apr. 24th, 2013 02:46 am (UTC)
Bill Barnwell
Bill Barnwell wrote a good article about the trade on Grantland. Unique players like Revis do not come along very often. When they do play for you, you have do everything in your power to make sure they keep playing with you for as long as possible!
Akiva Cohen
Apr. 24th, 2013 03:17 am (UTC)
From a fellow Jets fan
First, one of my favorite authors is a Jets fan? Too cool!

Second - you are so very, very, very wrong about this. Let's start from the back end of this thing - the compensation. The days of Herschel Walker deals are long gone. Teams have wised up to the vast value of a well selected draft pick. A decade ago, Laveraneus Coles was signed as a restricted free agent, at the cost of a first round pick. This year, Victor Cruz - a significantly better player than Coles, who is (for reasons both on and off the field) one of my favorite Jets - couldn't get a sniff of an offer. A decade ago, Keyshawn Johnson went for two first round picks. Now, Randy Moss in his prime nets you a fourth.

My point? The bar for "good return on an established player" is much lower than it was in the 80s and 90s. There's a reason for that - the cost of the established player is higher. Herschel Walker might have earned $16,000,000 in his entire career. Revis is getting that for one season. In a salary cap league, that decreases the value of the established player relative to the draft pick.

The better comparison is the deal the Vikings got for Percy Harvin this year - and looking at ye old draft value chart, what the Jets received for Revis was essentially the Percy Harvin deal plus a mid-second rounder. In a vacuum, that's good value. Considering they were over a barrel with Revis, on the verge of losing him for nothing because they couldn't franchise him next season, it's GREAT value. As a negotiator, Idzik did a hell of a job.

Third, about that "how could they trade Revis!" Here were their choices: (1) Trade him; (2) Pay him 16M per season; (3) let him walk for nothing after this season when he voided his contract.

(3) obviously is not an option. So the question is, will you pay him 16M per year? If not, you *must* trade him. Which is what the Jets did - and it was the right move.

Don't get me wrong, Revis is a transcendent player. Loved watching his game, had my 7 year olds watching him, loved to brag about him at work on Mondays. But you can't win in the NFL with 15% of your salary cap going to a CB. It's just not a viable approach given the reality of the current NFL. That's all the more so when the cupboard is as bare as the Jets' is at the moment. They weren't going anywhere this year with Sanchez at QB, and next year will be the start of a new QB's run. So really, you're looking at 2015 for the start of a serious Super Bowl push - at which time Revis will be 30 going on 31. That's not the time to be paying a CB top dollar - let alone 48% again above the franchise tag number for CBs.

Anyway, I'm with you on how painful this season will be. Next time you're in NY, drop me a line, and we can cry into a beer about it together. But the Revis deal was the right move.

Akiva
Billy Donato
Apr. 24th, 2013 03:42 am (UTC)
karma
well George, you took my boys sword hand last week, now your team loses theirs!
ekajonarom
Apr. 24th, 2013 04:35 am (UTC)
The Jets have been a car wreck the past two seasons. I left behind the other NJ/NY team in my youth (circa Groh) and never looked back. You'll always have the Giants.

Edited at 2013-04-24 04:36 am (UTC)
moiaussi93
Apr. 24th, 2013 05:08 am (UTC)
Yeah, that's a bad move
I'm not a Jets fan (being from Pittsburgh I will always be a Steelers fan), but I live in New York so somehow follow them closely without really trying. The Jets must be the worst managed team in the NFL. Revis is a great player! For so many years, Pittsburgh has been weak at CB. I have often wished they had Revis. A shut down corner is a game changer. Pittsburgh was all set to draft him until the Jets traded up to the spot right in front of them and snatched him away. The Steelers instead took Lawrence Timmons...I love Timmons, but so far he hasn't made as much of an impact as Revis, so I can't honestly say I feel bad for the Jets. I just can't believe they are giving him up voluntarily! They gave Sanchez that big contract extension, but can't afford Revis??? All teams do make stupid moves on occasion, but the Jets have really perfected the art of screwing up. If you ever give up on them, I invite you to join Steeler Nation. The Steelers aren't perfect by any means, but they get it right more often than not.
David Aron
Apr. 24th, 2013 06:18 am (UTC)
you know nothing, john idzik
a very short version of your tear in your beer post :)
gfpatten
Apr. 24th, 2013 10:31 am (UTC)
Idzik head on a spike
I agree that you don't trade your best player!! I would have rather given up Cromartie if we needed to trade a player. However, you can never have enough quality corners in this league. Btw, your blog hit NBC sports and was on ESPN blogs too. NBC left in the "fire his ass" comment! Lol
James 'Rusty Jookz' Bruce
Apr. 24th, 2013 12:43 pm (UTC)
there are still jets fans out there?
can't believe there are still fans for this joke of a team. read the second paragraph. last time they won was superbowl 3 LOL. assuming you are all from new york, why not just watch a more respectable franchise like the giants. everyone should just stop watching the jets. maybe an empty stadium will show the owners that they can't just make stupid decisions and ruin the team every year
Zach Jones
Apr. 24th, 2013 02:01 pm (UTC)
Best to take the medicine now
It may be a painful year, but getting the 13th pick and a 3rd is a pretty good haul for an injured Revis when there was no intention of resigning him. As good as he is, the cap is going to be pretty flat again next year and 16 million a year for anything other than a superstar QB just doesn't seem wise. The top OT's this year got around 8 million per. Another injured pro bowl corner, Brent Grimes, got 1 year 5 million from Miami. 16 million is big % of your cap to put in one guy, even if he's one of the best. At some point you need to pay some guys who can catch the ball and new QB when the opportunity arises. That Sanchez contract is a doozy! /shakes head
guessingo
Apr. 24th, 2013 02:26 pm (UTC)
as a fellow jets fan, you are wrong
Tannenbaum destroyed the Jets salary cap. Reserving $16m/year for a cornerback is a massive chunk of cap space. I believe the entire salary cap is about $122m for 2013. That means 1 cornerback is taking up over 13% of the cap. They have 50 other guys they have to sign. This means they can't get as many other good players.

I would have preferred that the jets got another first round pick for Revis. The reason they did not is that he is coming off an ACL (which is why his contract is not guaranteed) and he wanted too much money. The market for Darell Revis was 1 team. Tampa Bay was the only team willing to trade for him. You think the Giants don't need Corners? They can't fit Revis in their salary cap structure.

The numbers just don't work out. I agree with this trade. The jets will suck this year. They know it. We know it. Rex Ryan is probably dead man walking and only has a job because Woody Johnson doesn't want to pay him his last year to not coach. I would prefer to keep Rex Ryan and I think he is a good coach, but a new GM prefers to bring in his own guy.

Pittsburgh gets rid of people all the time... and they still win.
grrm
Apr. 24th, 2013 04:59 pm (UTC)
Re: as a fellow jets fan, you are wrong
I don't think you can just talk about Revis as "a cornerback."

This is the best cornerback in the NFL. The regular rules don't apply. He completely shuts down one side of the field, and takes out the opponent's number one receiver. The value of that cannot be estimated.

I fear you may be right about Rex being a dead man walking. I just don't believe that is fair or just. If the Jets stink this year, as I fear they will, it will not be on Rex, it will on Tannenbaum and Idzik. Revis is hardly the only player Gang Green has lost this offseason.
Re: as a fellow jets fan, you are wrong - ext_1772478 - Apr. 25th, 2013 07:23 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: as a fellow jets fan, you are wrong - guessingo - Apr. 26th, 2013 03:31 pm (UTC) - Expand
woodbyrne
Apr. 24th, 2013 04:01 pm (UTC)
You will enjoy knowing that the sports broadcaster at 880 AM here in NY/NJ is a fan. He quoted your take on the trade yesterday when giving the sports updates. He also wondered if you would trade Revis for 8,000 Unsullied or a dragon? I was cracking up.
treacerbullet
Apr. 24th, 2013 04:41 pm (UTC)
Man, George. I don't know if I can remember the last time a LiveJournal post generated so much media attention. Hahaha.

Maybe you can get a side-gig commentating for ESPN?
douglascohen
Apr. 24th, 2013 04:52 pm (UTC)
George, FYI, this post made quick news on NFL Today on the NFL Network. A few of the hosts like HBO's Game of Thrones and bring it up every so often. So today there was a mention about how "the Game of Thrones author" said that Idzik should be fired for this trade. If Idzik was watching, I think you just lost a fan, lol.
grrm
Apr. 24th, 2013 04:54 pm (UTC)
sigh

I will never get used to people actually paying attention to me. Like most SF writers I have been laboring in obscurity for decades.
(no subject) - douglascohen - Apr. 24th, 2013 04:59 pm (UTC) - Expand
Mike Miller
Apr. 24th, 2013 06:25 pm (UTC)
Re:Jets
After reading your thoughts on the Jets and your feelings for your team all I can say is I feel your pain. Im a Vikings fan for some reason The Vikes want to keep Christan Ponder as a their 1st string QB. Why? He has as much talent as Dolorous Edd shoveling pig dung. While they have a outstanding RB one man does not make a team. We might as well be a retirement home for the Packers.
cres34
Apr. 24th, 2013 10:23 pm (UTC)
More "Crossover" comments/.
Your "Milkshake" comment was briefly (emphasis on briefly) mentioned on NBC Sportd Net's "The Crossover" just now. Wasn't really payin that much attention till I saw your mug on that touch-screen of theirs, and I don't remember what they had to say about it. Then again, the only reason I had it on in the first place is because I'm waiting for NHL Hockey to get started. That, and I don't like this latest Sports Talk iteration that the NBC Sports net is doing in their attempts to dethrone ESPN..
ext_1772478
Apr. 24th, 2013 10:29 pm (UTC)
Understand the dissappointment
However, Revis has been hurt and missed significant time over the past 2 years along with the hold outs. With the money the Jets are paying Sanchez to be the worst QB in the AFC East (even Fitzy was better) they couldnt give Revis anything in the realm of 16 a year, guaranteed or not. Getting those picks were the best case scenario...I mean with him I guess the Jets maybe have an outside shot at getting the last wild card spot (but that's a real stretch). And there is nothing worse in any league than being middle of the road. Especially in the NFL where there is no lottery and the worst teams get the best college players.

In today's salary cap you need to hit on your early draft picks and have a great QB...that's the formula for success. I never understand why NFL players take home town discounts with the non-guarenteed contracts, and Revis was never going to take less to stay and you get something for him now rather than a 3rd round comp in the 2015 draft. The Jets just have too many needs to commit that kind of money to 2 players and being proactive in trading Revis allowed them at least the opportunity to fill those gaps...Now, if they blow the picks thats on them, but at least they have that opportunity.
Todd Carpenter
Apr. 25th, 2013 03:44 am (UTC)
Revis Trade
George,

2 points Tannenbaum set this whole thing up when he included the no franchise tag clause in the extension he gave Revis two years ago. Once you let the franchise tag go you have to face the reality that your star player can walk the minute his contract expires.

Add to that the unwarranted extension for Sanchez and you now have a cap scenario in which you cannot afford to keep Revis. Yes you will end up with a younger corner who may or may not be as good as Revis but you will get him for less than a $1M a year for the next 4-5 years. You may also end up with a TE or Tavon Austin to help your wretched offense. (more likely you will trade out one of those early picks and get more).

Idzik is a bright and capable guy and he has taken over a mess, give him 2 seasons and I think you will have a team that can contend. (He was part of a Seattle management team that had back to back seasons of less than 4 wins, it took two years and now they are the NFL's darlings. They also did by making seemingly strange roster moves.)

Ask you self a simple question is it better to get something for Revis now or let him go in a year for nothing? There was no scenario in which Revis was a Jet at the end of next season!
ext_1772666
Apr. 25th, 2013 04:20 am (UTC)
I couldn’t agree more. Get rid of Revis, are the Jets CRAZY! Defense is what Gang Green is built on, then to go and trade off your best defensive player for scraps, senseless. They should of traded Sanchez, Ooo… I forgot, NOBODY WANTS HIM! George you hit it on the nose, they need a competent General Manager. At least one that knows he had a castle and traded it for a hut.
grasshelm
Apr. 25th, 2013 02:30 pm (UTC)
If the Jets draft Tavon Austin all can be forgiven
This kid is special George. Keep your eye out.

Come on.... you know your not getting that much work done this weekend :)
Shawn Langford
Apr. 25th, 2013 10:19 pm (UTC)
Strike your banners George! Do not sit idly by while Idzik the Mad, Lord of the Meadowlands, becomes the ruin of a once proud House.

Bend the knee and we will embrace you as a Brother!!!

Sincerely,
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Fans
prochut
Apr. 26th, 2013 12:30 am (UTC)
NFL Draft follies
And with the 9th overall pick in the NFL draft, the NY Jets select.... a wooden log shaped to look like Joe Pesci.
teamomas12
Apr. 26th, 2013 01:26 am (UTC)
J-E-T-S JETS JETS JETS!
Hey George! Thomas Pierick from Bloomington, IN here. Dee Milliner just got drafted by the Jets. How do you feel about that pick now that Revis is gone? I immediately thought of you when I saw the pick, just curious what you thought.

grrm
Apr. 26th, 2013 04:16 pm (UTC)
Re: J-E-T-S JETS JETS JETS!
I think Milliner might be pretty good, but Revis is the best in the game. Revis will be going to the Hall of Fame. Milliner should start, maybe even make a pro bowl. Also, Revis had surgery on his knee last year, but Milliner has had five surgeries in college.

Overall, we just got worse at cornerback.
w2irt
Apr. 26th, 2013 03:47 am (UTC)
Well, *that* was an interesting draft for Gang Green. I'm somehow imagining that they'll trade their remaining 8 picks for a new QB....then start Sanchez anyway. And of course the ever-classy Jets fans' reaction to the tribute to Boston. I despise Evil Little Bill with the rest of the right-thinking world, but show some class there guys. If the NY Lannisters/Yankees can do it, you can too.

As for my G-men, I'm glad they didn't go for Sideshow Te'o, despite our rather desperate need for a star MLB. I've always had a special place in my heart for Chase Blackburn, who was about to go back into teaching if the G-men didn't re-sign him before their last championship season, and who then went on to deny Gronk to seal the deal. I was so sorry to see him go and was hoping the Giants would have used their first round pick to fill that position. Also surprised they didn't select Ogeltree. Hell of a player there, too.

Still, I guess I see Jerry Reese's thinking with Pewww. Or is it P-ugh. A big slab of beef to protect Eli(te). Time for a short arm inspection there, Justin .

Edited at 2013-04-26 03:49 am (UTC)
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