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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)



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Apr. 23rd, 2013 10:09 pm (UTC)
Like Mel Kiper Jr. said - glorified expansion team. Sad but true. I wonder if they are going to pick up Barkevious Mingo up like the draft boards predict. He'd be great. And maybe that's just because I'm an LSU alum.
Apr. 23rd, 2013 10:44 pm (UTC)
The Woody Johnson CYA strategy
I started really following sports in '86, I was 10 years old and had high hopes for a Jets v. Giants Superbowl. I have maintained that dream for long time now, and with the fevered optimism of child on Christmas morning hoping to get his favorite toy this year, I will never abandon that dream. In spite of my unshakable loyalty, it always seems as if the powers that be go out of their way to consistently break my heart. I have seem so many of my favorite Jets leave in favor of higher priced band-aids in recent years that I been brought to the verge of tears. Pennington for Farve, T. Jones for L.T., Cochery for Burress, and on and on and on.

I have been finding it difficult to figure out what the Jets strategy for this off-season has been and the best I can come up with is a CYA strategy. Mr. Johnson is building a series of excuses instead of building a team. Fire Mr. Tannenbaum and blame the pitiful cap situation on him, this gives an excuse for getting rid of half the rooster. Trade Reavis because he wasn't going to be resigned anyway (not that we tried) and at least we got something rather than watching him leave as a free agent. Next year when the team suffers from poor management Mr. Johnston can fire Rex (after all isn't that why he was retained) and blame him for the teams woes.

I'm not angry, I'm just sad. And with all that being said, here is my silver lining. The draft is in a couple of days, there is potentially some good value in the mid rounds 2,3, and 4. With two firsts and a lot of holes to fill, Mr. Idzik could win me over by trading back both firsts for 2 later firsts and maybe net 2-3 more picks in the second and third. Lets get some potential in here and hope for the best. Thee only way to find a gem is to dig and keep digging. More picks equals more potential.
Apr. 24th, 2013 01:01 am (UTC)
Drinking milkshake
Heh heh, I love your little There Will be Blood reference there!
Apr. 24th, 2013 01:37 am (UTC)
Same old Jets
The Jets once again proved that they are the same old Jets. They shot themselves in the foot by the way they handled the whole matter, diminishing their bargaining power. The Bucs fleeced them. Now the Jets will draft: The next Ryan Leaf and Kyle Brady during the first round of the draft. As a longtime season ticket holder I shed a tear whenever I receive my renewal invoice.
Billy Donato
Apr. 24th, 2013 02:05 am (UTC)
well George, you took my boys sword hand last week, now your team loses theirs!
Apr. 24th, 2013 02:25 am (UTC)
George, The Jets defense only benefited slightly when Revis was on the field. Check the numbers. That defense is still a considerable force without Revis. Cromartie is an excellent corner and Rex knows defense.

From, A Steeler fan.
Apr. 24th, 2013 02:36 am (UTC)
Sanchez vs. Tebow?
What is your take on Tebow?
Watching another year of the butt-fumbling Sanchez is more cruel than Theon's future...
In Snow-esque form, as each former nfl quarterback and media "expert" stabs Tebow in the back, they say "For the NFL...."
Could they not give Tebow a chance to show his inept throwing motion?
Apr. 24th, 2013 02:46 am (UTC)
Bill Barnwell
Bill Barnwell wrote a good article about the trade on Grantland. Unique players like Revis do not come along very often. When they do play for you, you have do everything in your power to make sure they keep playing with you for as long as possible!
Akiva Cohen
Apr. 24th, 2013 03:17 am (UTC)
From a fellow Jets fan
First, one of my favorite authors is a Jets fan? Too cool!

Second - you are so very, very, very wrong about this. Let's start from the back end of this thing - the compensation. The days of Herschel Walker deals are long gone. Teams have wised up to the vast value of a well selected draft pick. A decade ago, Laveraneus Coles was signed as a restricted free agent, at the cost of a first round pick. This year, Victor Cruz - a significantly better player than Coles, who is (for reasons both on and off the field) one of my favorite Jets - couldn't get a sniff of an offer. A decade ago, Keyshawn Johnson went for two first round picks. Now, Randy Moss in his prime nets you a fourth.

My point? The bar for "good return on an established player" is much lower than it was in the 80s and 90s. There's a reason for that - the cost of the established player is higher. Herschel Walker might have earned $16,000,000 in his entire career. Revis is getting that for one season. In a salary cap league, that decreases the value of the established player relative to the draft pick.

The better comparison is the deal the Vikings got for Percy Harvin this year - and looking at ye old draft value chart, what the Jets received for Revis was essentially the Percy Harvin deal plus a mid-second rounder. In a vacuum, that's good value. Considering they were over a barrel with Revis, on the verge of losing him for nothing because they couldn't franchise him next season, it's GREAT value. As a negotiator, Idzik did a hell of a job.

Third, about that "how could they trade Revis!" Here were their choices: (1) Trade him; (2) Pay him 16M per season; (3) let him walk for nothing after this season when he voided his contract.

(3) obviously is not an option. So the question is, will you pay him 16M per year? If not, you *must* trade him. Which is what the Jets did - and it was the right move.

Don't get me wrong, Revis is a transcendent player. Loved watching his game, had my 7 year olds watching him, loved to brag about him at work on Mondays. But you can't win in the NFL with 15% of your salary cap going to a CB. It's just not a viable approach given the reality of the current NFL. That's all the more so when the cupboard is as bare as the Jets' is at the moment. They weren't going anywhere this year with Sanchez at QB, and next year will be the start of a new QB's run. So really, you're looking at 2015 for the start of a serious Super Bowl push - at which time Revis will be 30 going on 31. That's not the time to be paying a CB top dollar - let alone 48% again above the franchise tag number for CBs.

Anyway, I'm with you on how painful this season will be. Next time you're in NY, drop me a line, and we can cry into a beer about it together. But the Revis deal was the right move.

Billy Donato
Apr. 24th, 2013 03:42 am (UTC)
well George, you took my boys sword hand last week, now your team loses theirs!
Apr. 24th, 2013 04:35 am (UTC)
The Jets have been a car wreck the past two seasons. I left behind the other NJ/NY team in my youth (circa Groh) and never looked back. You'll always have the Giants.

Edited at 2013-04-24 04:36 am (UTC)
Apr. 24th, 2013 05:08 am (UTC)
Yeah, that's a bad move
I'm not a Jets fan (being from Pittsburgh I will always be a Steelers fan), but I live in New York so somehow follow them closely without really trying. The Jets must be the worst managed team in the NFL. Revis is a great player! For so many years, Pittsburgh has been weak at CB. I have often wished they had Revis. A shut down corner is a game changer. Pittsburgh was all set to draft him until the Jets traded up to the spot right in front of them and snatched him away. The Steelers instead took Lawrence Timmons...I love Timmons, but so far he hasn't made as much of an impact as Revis, so I can't honestly say I feel bad for the Jets. I just can't believe they are giving him up voluntarily! They gave Sanchez that big contract extension, but can't afford Revis??? All teams do make stupid moves on occasion, but the Jets have really perfected the art of screwing up. If you ever give up on them, I invite you to join Steeler Nation. The Steelers aren't perfect by any means, but they get it right more often than not.
David Aron
Apr. 24th, 2013 06:18 am (UTC)
you know nothing, john idzik
a very short version of your tear in your beer post :)
Apr. 24th, 2013 10:31 am (UTC)
Idzik head on a spike
I agree that you don't trade your best player!! I would have rather given up Cromartie if we needed to trade a player. However, you can never have enough quality corners in this league. Btw, your blog hit NBC sports and was on ESPN blogs too. NBC left in the "fire his ass" comment! Lol
James 'Rusty Jookz' Bruce
Apr. 24th, 2013 12:43 pm (UTC)
there are still jets fans out there?
can't believe there are still fans for this joke of a team. read the second paragraph. last time they won was superbowl 3 LOL. assuming you are all from new york, why not just watch a more respectable franchise like the giants. everyone should just stop watching the jets. maybe an empty stadium will show the owners that they can't just make stupid decisions and ruin the team every year
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