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Oh, My Poor Jets

Life is hard when you're a Jets fan.

I've been pretty busy these past two weeks, too busy to pay much attention to football.  But now I'm home and catching up, and wishing I hadn't.

It is a good thing we still have Doc Brown's time machine around here somewhere.  I need to go back in time and prevent the Jets from... well, from doing pretty much everything they have done of late.

Letting Antonio Cromartie leave was a mistake.  Not going after Darrelle Revis when Tampa Bay cut him loose was a worse mistake.  Letting him get picked up by Evil Little Bill and the Patriots was the worst mistake of all.

Instead the Jets signed Eric Decker from the Broncos.  Well, okay.  Not a bad move.  They desperately needed wide receivers.  Geno Smith was pretty bad last year, but he wasn't helped by having no one to throw to.  So now we add Decker.  Who was a good, solid receiver for Denver, but nothing special... until Peyton Manning came to town.  Then his stats went through the roof.  Unfortunately for Gang Green, he does not get the bring Peyton with him to New York, which means that he is going to go back to being a good, solid receiver again this year, but nothing special.  And maybe a notch below that, since he will have Geno throwing to him.  Oh, and then there are those two games against New England.  Expect Evil Little Bill to assign Revis to cover Decker.  Odds are good that in those two games, Revis will catch more of Geno's balls than Decker does.

Decker improves the offense a bit, yes.  But the defense, which was responsible for most of the Gang Green's Ws last year, has gotten a lot worse.  No Cromartie, no Revis... no shutdown corners.  It will not be pretty.

That was bad enough.  But then...

I expected them to cut Mark Sanchez.  Hell, everybody expected that.  I still think it's a mistake.  Sanchez took the Jets to two straight AFC championship games, and he would have won the starting QB job last year if he hadn't gotten hurt in preseason.  If he's healed, and they gave him a chance this season, I expect he might have won the job back this year, in an even competition.  I have seen nothing from Geno Smith to make me think he's better than Sanchez.  Maybe that's why he got cut: it would have been pretty embarassing for the Jets front office if Mark outperformed Geno in preseason.

But no, he's gone.  And to replace him, we've brought in...

Michael Vick?

Really?  REALLY?

I have been rooting for the Jets since they were the Titans, but I don't know that I can bring myself to root for Michael Vick.  Football wise, he's old, he's battered, he's gun-shy... a "mentor for Geno," I hear, but really?   Thing is, though, it is impossible to consider Vick purely from a football standpoint.

All in all, considering what the Jets have done this pre-season, I have only two words:

GO GIANTS!

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ravenclaw_eric
Mar. 23rd, 2014 02:09 am (UTC)
Maybe it's time to switch to the Sharks.
Jimmy Potter
Mar. 23rd, 2014 02:32 am (UTC)
schadenfreude
I have not been 100% pleased with what the Patriots have done this offseason, but I have to say that the pain inflicted on Jets fans was a beautiful thing. For the first time I will be able to enjoy Revis's interceptions and cover skills. You may be my favorite Jets fan George, but youare still a Jets fan!
Steven Sidore
Mar. 24th, 2014 03:50 pm (UTC)
Re: schadenfreude
I came here to write the same sentiment, and you expressed it so eloquently for the Pats community at large... Revis may only be a hired gun, but I'll gladly savor every delicious interception that Smith/Vick can gangrene up.

There's a surprisingly large Patriots community here in Berlin that gets together to watch games. We should see if there's a Jets community to join us on those special occasions. You, of all people, George know the delicious taste of fans having their spirit crushed.

(Then again, I sometimes wonder if every time the Pats score a touchdown, a Stark dies...)
nutmeg3
Mar. 23rd, 2014 02:47 am (UTC)
I literally felt sick to my stomach when I read the Vick news this morning. The Jets are dead to me now. I can't even think of a good football-related reason to hire him, because he's not going to get it done. But when I think about who he is and what he's done - and what I have no doubt he'd cheerfully do again if he thought he could get away with it, all his pretty words of contrition aside - I feel disgusted that my former team has sunk so low.
Kelly Cupstid
Mar. 23rd, 2014 02:58 am (UTC)
Being a Texans fan is awfully rough these days as well. Fortunately, after last season, we can only go up.

Although, I'm not entirely confident we won't botch the first pick. There are signs all around Houston that say "keep johnny football in Texas" that make me cringe every time.
sourbillytipton
Mar. 23rd, 2014 03:09 am (UTC)
Agree on everything except Sanchez
It was the Jets defense that led the team to 2 Conference Championship games.

The Jets bus driver is more responsible for taking them there than Sanchez was.
13masquerade
Mar. 23rd, 2014 03:10 am (UTC)
I'm only here..
..to keep you company and listen. or perhaps offer you a drink of coca-cola since I don't root for your team.. :)
memyselfandrye
Mar. 23rd, 2014 03:48 am (UTC)
At least...
At least you are not a Toronto Maple Leafs fan. you have agony for 16 games a season, we have it for 82. It is so brutal watching them slip from 3rd to out of the playoffs. Their chance to get back in is diminishing rapidly.
w2irt
Mar. 23rd, 2014 03:48 am (UTC)
Hide your pets; Vick's with the Jets (which is the sequel to the headline that appeared after he signed in Philly: "Hide your beagles, Vick's with the Eagles.")

While I'm not necessarily a Jets fan, I somewhat grudgingly root for them since they also play 20 minutes away from me down Rt. 3. But not any more. Not until that thug is gone. I enjoy football, but I love animals and....nope. Sorry. Anybody who'd willfully harm an animal has no place on a squad I'd cheer for under any circumstances.

I commiserate with the rest of the offseason moves too. Especially Revis. But my user icon speaks for my true gridiron love. And for all the boneheaded mistakes by the Jets, I'm mostly onboard with big blue's signings, especially DRC and Schwartz. Go Blue!
Keith Donnelly
Mar. 23rd, 2014 04:02 am (UTC)
I wholeheartedly agree with nearly every sentiment however if signing vick leads to picking up desean Jackson and while he's on my team I'll root for him if we put him under center. Meanwhile the Giants signed one of the people involved in the whole Jonathan martin bullying business and you don't hear a peep about it. And as a jet fan I can never support the Giants actively I don't wish them ill
sinnamongirl
Mar. 23rd, 2014 04:04 am (UTC)
You have my whole-hearted sympathy. I'm a Broncos fan and I'm sort of sad to see Decker go, but I'm more sad to see him play with Vick.
java_fiend
Mar. 23rd, 2014 04:06 am (UTC)
The Jets are a circus, for sure. And you're right that it's almost impossible to consider Vick from only a football standpoint. I'm sort of surprised-- and yet not surprised-- that the Jets brought him in. Then again, they are the team that took in Tebow. lol...

Hey, there's always room on the Raiders bandwagon. You're more than welcome in the Raider Nation.
tsgeisel
Mar. 23rd, 2014 05:26 am (UTC)
(Feel free to borrow the icon for future posts.)

I was wondering when this post was coming, and I am not surprised by it. I don't think Vick is a good choice (for anyone, really) either, but especially not the Jets. On the brighter side, you probably won't have to look at him for more than half the season.

As for Sanchez, I think he's comparable to Alex Smith; the big difference being that Smith was, mostly, playing on better teams. If he signs somewhere with a halfway decent offense that doesn't need a fancy QB, he could be a big surprise for next year.

Good luck to your Jets - they'll need it.
GypsyDRB
Mar. 23rd, 2014 01:17 pm (UTC)
It could be worse, you could be a Redskins fan.
bookish_adw
Mar. 23rd, 2014 01:26 pm (UTC)
There is no guarentee that my GIANTS will be good this season. They broke my heart into a million pieces last season. I am hoping for the best. Let's go BIG BLUE!

Edited at 2014-03-23 01:27 pm (UTC)
slthlvschnk
Mar. 23rd, 2014 01:56 pm (UTC)
Good move.
Michael Vick is about five years past his physical prime, but if Geno Smith goes down for a few games, he'll ride in like a knight in shining armor and deliver. So long as Vick's not asked to play more than a few games this is a smart move.
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