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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:




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)
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...)
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.
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.
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.. :)
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Mar. 23rd, 2014 01:17 pm (UTC)
It could be worse, you could be a Redskins fan.
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)
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.
Mar. 23rd, 2014 02:19 pm (UTC)
When we first read the news, Mr. X turned to me and said "Somebody needs to get the sharp objects away from George." Michael Vick?! What in the actual fuck?!
Mar. 23rd, 2014 05:19 pm (UTC)
re: Wait for the B free agents
There is one more phase, when the club have to make cuts in pre-season, (when players get cut for money reasons rather than performance). Then a smart GM can plug some holes.
Anthony DeMarco
Mar. 23rd, 2014 09:10 pm (UTC)
Hide your pet, Vick's a Jet
It was bad enough having him an hour down the Turnpike in Philly, now I have to share the same state with him?? Ugh..

The good news is Geno was beyond solid the last 6 games last year. Give him a chance. I feel like Decker is a bit underrated. People view him as a possession WR but he actually has the speed to burn most corners with impressive deep ball skills. As the Jets #1 of course his stats will go down as he will play Revis Twice, Brent Grimes on Miami twice, and the Bills have a decent secondary as well. I buy into his talent for sure though. They still need another WR and a TE though. Maybe this is the year the Jets don't use their pick on the D-Line like they always do? Rex has had enough support from this front office, time to invest in the offense.
Jeffrey Haynie
Mar. 23rd, 2014 09:48 pm (UTC)
George - At least you're not here in Texas in Dallas Cowboy fan purgatory....

P.S. - Becky says Hi!

Edited at 2014-03-23 09:50 pm (UTC)
Mar. 24th, 2014 12:56 am (UTC)
There is one simple reason why the Jets got rid of Sanchez: "Butt-Fumble"
Matt Barrett
Mar. 24th, 2014 02:00 am (UTC)
The defense and running game were mainly responsible for getting the Jets to back-to-back AFC title games. During that time, they hurt themselves by signing over the hill players like Tomlinson. Revis demands a new contract every year, he won't be in New England long, especially if they don't win the Super Bowl.

No, Vick isn't the answer. He was never a good passer and couldn't stay healthy, even in his prime.
Mar. 24th, 2014 02:41 am (UTC)
I know of a certain retired quarterback who currently looks like Santa Claus that the Jets may be able to have (again).
Christian Newman
Mar. 24th, 2014 04:46 am (UTC)
Decker will suprise you!
I'm a Bronco fan and I've been watching Decker since he got drafted. Decker WILL surprise you. He was an average receiver in 2011 yes... when Tebow was throwing to him. And remember, he would have been a 1st rounder if not for a foot injury in college. Then throw in the stigma that white receivers get about "being technicians" and not height-weight-speed guys. Decker has more "height-weight-speed" than 80% of receivers in the league, to go along with great route running and ball skills. He's also a sneaky good punt returner.
Mar. 28th, 2014 09:45 pm (UTC)
Re: Decker will suprise you!
He had the good fortune to be on the field with the Thomases. As the premier receiver on the Jets he will be average at best. They should have saved the money. There are enough quality WRs in the draft.
Mar. 24th, 2014 05:04 am (UTC)
I don't know. I'm an Eagles can, so I've paid very close attention to Vick these past number of years. Ever since he joined the Eagles he kept saying all the right things, but I kept waiting for the shoe to drop and watch him dig himself into a deeper hole. But he never did. I hated what he did, but I also know people can change. Maybe I'm naive, but I do believe that Vick was humbled and has learned from his past. The players in the locker room all looked up to him. He handled his benching this year with class. And remember, he was actually playing pretty well when he got hurt and lost his job to Foles. So don't be quick to write him off as a football player, Jets fans. As a human, well, it's your right to not forgive him for what he did. But I've seen no evidence in the last six years or so that would lead me to believe he hasn't changed. Well, if nothing else, he is interesting. That worked out with Tebow too, so...
Michael Gabriele
Mar. 24th, 2014 12:41 pm (UTC)
Michael Vick
My Dad used worked at a mall in Atlanta, and back in the day the Falcons had a promotional signing. Most of the players were content sitting in a folding chair. Michael Vick had the mall staff set up a La-z Boy just so he could sit comfortably.
Nathan Wood
Mar. 24th, 2014 02:09 pm (UTC)
Personally, I don't get the Vick hate. His actions were horrible, but he went to prison for them. He served his time, he's made public statements repudiating his actions, and he's spent his time and money supporting animal rights causes.

If we can imagine putting ourselves in other cultures with different value systems for human life, is it really that hard to conceptualize that maybe Vick was raised in a way that placed no meaning on the suffering of animals?

Whether we believe his new attitude is genuine or not, little could be worse than denying the very idea of redemption for anyone, no matter the crime. If we tell people they can never be better than their past, they have no reason to try.

All that said, football-wise Vick is certainly past his prime. Geno may not have the potential they wish, but Vick is very unlikely to lead them to the playoffs. So it seems hard to justify spending money on a player who doesn't seem to offer much more potential than the one you've already got.
Mar. 24th, 2014 03:33 pm (UTC)
I heard the New York teams were intentionally making the teams worse so that you spend Sundays writing instead of watching football. :p
James Manly
Mar. 24th, 2014 04:31 pm (UTC)
I do feel your pain but it happens inversely as i am a diehard Pats fan and the Jets continue to bring me joy! It leads me to thinking, could you single handedly be responsible for the Jets fall from grace? Since HBO started with GOT and millions more felt the heartbreak of losing their favorite characters perhaps that energy has somehow funneled through them to you and since nobody could ever wish you any ill will :) it had to go somewhere - why not the Jets!

FWIW - having been a big fan for many many years now you've conditioned me to embrace that special kind of heartbreak that can only come form thousands of pages of emotional investment - especially the end of ADWD but i'm holding out on that one :)

Go Pats!
Jess Dyba
Mar. 24th, 2014 05:08 pm (UTC)
Never too late
Never too late to become a Cowboys fan...(I bet you hate the Cowboys, don't you...)
Mar. 24th, 2014 08:14 pm (UTC)
I cheered when I read the Revis news, and then immediately said to my wife "Oooh, George is going to be PISSED." Sorry man, but I'm psyched.

That said, I really sorry the Jets picked up Vick. Just.. no. That man needs to go away forever. :(
Mike Rubin
Mar. 24th, 2014 08:39 pm (UTC)
You think you have it rough
Try being a Bills fan.
Mar. 25th, 2014 01:24 pm (UTC)
Re: You think you have it rough
I know, ironically the only New York team that actually plays in New York. I grew up a Bills fan.Sat through 4 straight losing Superbowls. Moved to Florida and gave up football for 7 years.
Mar. 24th, 2014 10:10 pm (UTC)
We Seattle fans would love to have you, George!
Michael Burke
Mar. 24th, 2014 11:36 pm (UTC)
On the positive side...
On the positive side, the Jets get 4 compensatory picks. That's the most awarded this year, tied with the Ravens who also got 4.
John W
Mar. 25th, 2014 12:06 am (UTC)
Michael Vick is not a bad backup
I think Michael Vick can be a good mentor to Geno Smith. Both quarterbacks really like to scramble and Vick, the all time leading rusher for QBs, can teach Geno how to stop fumbling, among other things.

I like to think of this relationship as similar to that of Jon Connington and Young Griff. Just like with the Connington/Young Griff storyline, there's a chance that Geno Smith becomes the savior of the Jets. There's also the chance that Smith ends up being a false prophet/bust, leading to everyone on the Jets getting fired.
Mar. 25th, 2014 12:53 am (UTC)
Nooooooooo not Vick and his ego. He won't last four games. Glad I'm not a Jets fan. Maybe Dr Tachyon could Lazer his ball sac or The Great and Powerful Turtle could sit on him. Well I won't be watching this NFL season on Sky but at least I have Wild Cards to look forward to. Thank you again Superb and Sublime Ser.
Mar. 25th, 2014 02:06 pm (UTC)
I don't think you're giving Geno enough credit - he showed some flashes of brilliance, and certainly improved over the last few games. I think a lot of folks are going to be pleasantly surprised by him this year.
Mar. 25th, 2014 10:02 pm (UTC)
Like you, I root for both teams but I am, always have been, and always will be, more of a Giants fan than Jets. So it is a lot easier to take the horrendous Jets moves when I have a lot more to look forward to with Eazy-E's crew.
Erik Vesper
Mar. 26th, 2014 03:53 am (UTC)
First of all, welcome. Secondly, it's about time you made like Torrhen Stark. Eli=Aegon.
Mar. 27th, 2014 02:04 pm (UTC)
Jets & Grrm fan
As a Jets and a Grrm fan I'm doubly blessed, however I think a few assumptions you made might be a little off base.

- Revis had NO interest in coming to NY. He wants to play for a winner and let's face it, while I love the Jets he basically guarantees himself a shot in the playoffs by going to the Patsy's.

- Sanchez was a big hit against the cap and won't even be able to suit up to compete during camp. They can't take up a whole roster spot on someone who can't even play. He still has to recover from his surgery to repair his torn labrum which is going to take him til mid season most likely.

-Vick paid for his crimes and hasn't had a hint of anything bad since rejoining the league. Reuniting him with his former coordinator will only help him transition to the position. I expect him to win the starting job and then get hurt during the season which will pave the way for Geno to (hopefully) lead the team into the playoffs.
Mar. 27th, 2014 05:18 pm (UTC)
Don't worry,Vick will be out with injuries before you know it.I've been keeping an eye on him since the dogfighting thing and notice he definitely gets crunched more than any other QB.
The issue with the dogfighting that was never addressed is his close tie to criminals and illegal betting ?How can he be trusted to play 100% honestly?
I feel for you man.
Mar. 27th, 2014 06:13 pm (UTC)
Could be worse.
You could be a Vikings fan.
Sam Ted
Mar. 28th, 2014 12:12 am (UTC)
You call youself a fan? You're not much of a Jets fan if one poor offseason makes you jump ship so easily. Disappointing, really.

Also, from reading this post, its pretty obvious you're not the type of person to give people, even former criminals (aka Vick), a second chance. Just my 2 cents. Go JETS!
Mar. 29th, 2014 01:13 am (UTC)
Hey, Vick's got his uses... like keeping Nick Foles' Gatoraid cup full and bench warm.
Michael LiBassi
Mar. 30th, 2014 04:58 pm (UTC)
Go Blue
You could do far worse than follow the Giants. It's a storied franchise with great history and legend.

I propose that the Red Wedding might have been easier to conceive and produce than to suffer through another Jets Season?

Edited at 2014-03-30 05:00 pm (UTC)
Greg Torres
Mar. 30th, 2014 06:55 pm (UTC)
I've loved the Jets all of my life, and the Vick signing is just awful. And I don't mean from a football perspective. I don't care how much he says he's changed. There is no way you go from being a dog killer to a good person just like that. So what do I do now? Root for the Giants? UGH!
David Crastnopol
Apr. 3rd, 2014 01:29 am (UTC)
Jet fandom
George I love your books but bad things continuously happen and you kill off all your best characters. In fact, reading Game Of Thrones is a lot like rooting for the Jets! I still intend to read the next installment when it comes out, I won't give up no matter how depressing the story gets, so don't give up on the JETS!


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