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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.

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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David Fanska
Apr. 22nd, 2013 02:07 pm (UTC)
Faith...
George,

Have some faith in Idzik. He was instrumental in cheaply building one of the best rosters in football in Seattle, so far under the cap that they could go on a spending spree this offseason. The 2012 Jets roster was so far over the cap and untalented that the actual talent on the team needed to be moved to rebuild.

Sure, your 2013 season is down the tubes, but the Jets weren't going to be competitive even with Revis on the roster this season. By making this move, he's prepping the franchise for the future. Two picks in the first round will help tremendously - but building something great takes time. Great teams take two or three drafts to build.

Expect a great 2015 season.
grrm
Apr. 22nd, 2013 05:00 pm (UTC)
Re: Faith...
The Jets have a long history of blowing their first round draft picks. Two picks in the first round mean nothing.
Re: Faith... - dowlster - Apr. 27th, 2013 02:16 am (UTC) - Expand
montydelrogue
Apr. 22nd, 2013 02:39 pm (UTC)
Cheer up, George! You still have Timmy Tebow. I think the whole Jets team will be Tebowing all season long praying to God for the season to end.

The Jets aren't the only team this off season hosing themselves, though. Look at Baltimore. A slightly above average quarterback fleeced the team for a record contract making more money than most of the top 5 quarterbacks in the league. I watched the SuperBowl game and Joe Flacco shouldn't have even gotten SuperBowl MVP let alone that kind of money. Everybody knows that Ray Lewis and the defense made the whole team for the Ravens. Now all their money is going to an OK quarterback while they lose 6 or 7 starters because they can't afford their contracts.

My Motor City Kitties aren't doing too bad, yet. Looks like they somewhat bolstered their crappy secondary and got rid of most of their mediocre offensive line. And they picked up Reggie Bush, which is an upgrade for Detroit. He doesn't put up monster numbers, but his style of play suits the Leo's to a T. I think the groundwork is in place for the Lions to be strong competitors. They just need to be more disciplined and not do anything stupid (on or off field).
r3g0rzz
Apr. 22nd, 2013 02:45 pm (UTC)
My first reaction when I heard about this trade: "Uh-oh, GRRM is going to be PISSED" I knew that when I checked here George already would have blogged about it.

The Jets should have at least got Tampa Bay's 3rd round pick this year to go with it. Injury or no, Revis is a great player.
torome86
Apr. 22nd, 2013 03:26 pm (UTC)
I think the Jets made the right choice... granted, I am a Patriots fan, so I may be a bit biased!
ext_1768472
Apr. 22nd, 2013 03:36 pm (UTC)
Why?
They might be thinking that since this year's crop of QBs is not that great,that the best one will still be around by the time their pick comes up.The problem with that is you are replacing your terrible to mediocre QB with a kid who they are most likely going to throw into the fire right away.Sanchez is awful, but no one is going to convince me that O was that good to begin with.The mainstay of the jets recent good seasons was 4 yards and a cloud of dust while your D holds the fort. Cromartie kept the D together as well as he could,but now that Revis is gone and more importantly, Revis' knowledge of the game is gone....I think the jets are in for another long season.I hope they go back to their old ways because I enjoyed their old school mentality.......you know, before they let sanchez throw the ball more than twenty times a game.
fltylilmudblood
Apr. 22nd, 2013 03:40 pm (UTC)
But you're most likely getting Chris Ivory for a steal, which may offer a little consolation. He will be sorely missed in New Orleans. I'm definitely a fan.
chezsci
Apr. 22nd, 2013 03:53 pm (UTC)
The Lions have been having one of their more sane off-seasons in recent memory. Sad to see Hanson go, but the new kicking prospect looks awesome. It sucks to be a Jets fan, but you have my sympathy
. I'd be pissed if I were you, too - the blame game handwriting's on the wall for Ryan which is a dirty rotten shame.
gracht
Apr. 22nd, 2013 04:18 pm (UTC)
And Arya. And Tyrion.
And a cinema. [Singing]:'Sat-ur-day night at the movies! Who cares what picture you see! When you're huggin' with cho bay-a-bee, last row in the ba-al-cone-ee!(Altogether now]!
mightyfinn
Apr. 22nd, 2013 06:11 pm (UTC)
While I am a fan of the Evil Cowboys I think the Jets got a decent deal here. Two first rounders this year, and a third next year. Revis is incredibly talented, but Tampa is paying him like a franchise Quarterback, which he is not. Shutdown corners while a premium are not worth 16 million a year.

Also Revis has a history of signing deals then holding out and holding his team hostage. Sometimes if your best player is Roose Bolton a trade is better than letting him betray you again.....

At least you have the Giants.

Edited at 2013-04-22 06:16 pm (UTC)
grrm
Apr. 22nd, 2013 10:15 pm (UTC)
Jets got one first rounder in the draft, not two. The other first round was their own.

They will probably blow both picks anyway.
tristanberry
Apr. 22nd, 2013 07:35 pm (UTC)
Also a Tampa Bay resident and fan, I'm really unhappy with this trade. Revis may be the best corner in the NFL right now, but do you know what the Bucs need more than the best corner in the league? Two or three good ones, that's what. If we already had those two good corners, this MIGHT be a good deal for the Bucs, but we don't. If all we have is Revis at corner, all opposing QBs have to do is throw the other direction and exploit our 'bad' corner.

Clearly, this wasn't a great deal for the Jets or the Bucs because the Jets defense is now decimated and the Bucs STILL have a huge need at corner and on the defensive line. And linebacker. And safety. And tight end. And depth everywhere. So, tell me again how we're supposed to meet all of those position needs with fewer draft picks? *sigh*
grrm
Apr. 22nd, 2013 10:16 pm (UTC)
Most commentators think this is great deal for the Bucs. I agree.

And don't you still have Ronde Barber? Or did he finally retire? He was a damn good DB.
Ronde - Cristian Luis Barreto - Apr. 23rd, 2013 04:41 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - Shawn Langford - Apr. 25th, 2013 10:28 pm (UTC) - Expand
electriclime
Apr. 22nd, 2013 08:02 pm (UTC)
He's worth more than two draft picks, especially when they aren't even in the same year.
Sometimes I want to believe that the Jets are setting us up for something secretly spectacular, but they keep proving us wrong.
jkim1205
Apr. 22nd, 2013 08:52 pm (UTC)
Patience George!
Normally I would agree with a lot of the points you have made George, but I think its too early to be down on the trade. The best franchises in the NFL all have a system that draft/sign players to fit into. The problem the Jets have always had, they have no system, especially under Tannenbaum except to go out and get big name guys who were flawed (what most NY teams do) instead of building through the draft and then developing them (Patriots/Ravens/Packers/Giants). While the Jets draft history has proven to be awful and Rex has shown no ability to develop non-defensive players, we have to see what the new GM can do and like people said above, had to make the move before Revis left without getting anything in return.

I do understand the frustration, its going to be a long year for the Jets!
ext_1769064
Apr. 22nd, 2013 11:08 pm (UTC)
Revis Trade
Well Revis would of been a free agent next year and would of walked away anyways without the Jets getting squat, this way at least the Jets get a couple of draft picks out of it. Business move.
Patrick Wagner
Apr. 23rd, 2013 12:31 am (UTC)
Is Revis more important that a good QB?
George,
I'm not saying that what the Jets did was wrong, but 2 first round draft pics are a pretty big deal and do have a lot of value. What do you think of the possibility of the Jets trading those, either to move up or for some players? Like you have said, they haven't had the best luck in the draft, maybe they can make some splash with a trade? I mean, you guys really need a better QB, do you think that Sanchez will ever win a Superbowl... I sure don't.
grrm
Apr. 23rd, 2013 04:12 pm (UTC)
Re: Is Revis more important that a good QB?
Trent Dilfer won a SuperBowl. Brad Johnson won a SuperBowl.

An ordinary QB can win a SuperBowl if he has a great defense.
Re: Defense - Patrick Wagner - Apr. 23rd, 2013 05:53 pm (UTC) - Expand
savatage
Apr. 23rd, 2013 12:35 am (UTC)
As a Green Bay fan, we once had a similar situation with Javon Walker. He put up great numbers as a WR but became disgruntled. After Ted traded him to the Broncos he faded into obscurity. I'm not saying Revis will do the same, but sometimes it's better to get rid of the distractions rather than embrace them.
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