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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)



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*
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.
Cristian Luis Barreto
Apr. 23rd, 2013 04:41 pm (UTC)
The last season, Barber played as a safety, not cornerback.

This season, he might retire (hasn't decided yet)...
Shawn Langford
Apr. 25th, 2013 10:28 pm (UTC)
As a fellow Bucs fan, I can't disagree with you more. Are you telling me that anyone we draft with the 13th pick would be better than Derrelle Revis?

Our secondary now consists of Revis (Pro Bowler), Gholdson (Pro Bowler), Barron (Future Pro Bowler), and Barber (Pro Bowler)/Wright. You're saying that is a weekness?

The DLine was tops in the league vs the run, which was a complete 180 turnaround from a couple of years ago, and we have one of the best young LB's in Lavante David.

With two Free Agent moves this offseason, we've vastly improved this team, and all it cost us was a single first round pick. I think most Bucs fans will take that.


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