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Jets Crash Again

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.


Excuse me, while I go weep into my beer.

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



Apr. 23rd, 2013 07:54 pm (UTC)
Time Ran Out on Jets
With Tampa Bay offering $16 million per year and the draft just a few days away, I'm not sure what the Jets could have done (other than keep him). Seems they had no real interest in retaining Revis, and the only thing another team could really offer them was draft picks. The teams that usually make these kinds of deals have been in cap hell. A 1st (13th overall) and a 3rd (most likely middle to late 3rd now that they should be able to cover the pass) was probably as good as you could expect this late.

At Tampa Bay, Revis will make $1.5 million per year just for working out. That's pretty sick when you think about it.

Now there are no guarantees on the deal, so Revis is taking most of the risks. If he doesn't respond to his ACL injury, the Bucs could just cut him. But let's face it, a lot of guys in the league are running around, very well mind you, with restructured ACLs. However, will Revis be as dominant? That is the question. I happen to think that even if Revis was 100% healthy, the Jets would have still traded him. It was all about the money.

The draft is a crap shoot. Five 1st round draft picks, especially with the Jets front office, could end up being junk. I think their best bet is to take the $16 million per year they didn't spend on Revis and lock down whatever talent that's worth a damn or go after some in free agency (although that well seems dry at the moment). But realistically they've taken their best chess piece off the table, and seem to be playing checkers at the moment. Pretty hard to sell that strategy as "winning" to their fans.

The core of the Jets has been in decline the past few years. I think it started on the o-line. They used to have a pretty dominant running game, and that helped their defense, which in turn helped their QB. Now it looks like they're going to put everything on Sanchez and hope Rex Ryan has some magic to cobble together a defense. So yeah, 2-14 and cleaning house in 2014 doesn't seem all that improbable, although I think they should be able to do a little better with the right moves and coaching (enough to save the GM I guess).


George R.R. Martin
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