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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_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.

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