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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)



Patrick Wagner
Apr. 23rd, 2013 12:31 am (UTC)
Is Revis more important that a good QB?
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.
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.
Patrick Wagner
Apr. 23rd, 2013 05:53 pm (UTC)
Re: Defense
You are right, a great defense can lead a team to a Superbowl, but TB had Gruden who knew the Raiders like the back of his hand. However, I would say that Revis wasn't exactly helping the Jets have a great defense (he is statistically the best CB though), and neither is Rex for that matter, and he is suppossed to be a defensive minded coach. I know this isn't the best metric, but using yards allowed per game, the Jets have been one of the worst teams in the league since Rex took over. Revis was asking for QB type money coming off a major injury, I don't blame the new GM for balking (smart move on TB's part to make the new contract have no guaranteed money). There are a lot of problems with the Jets at the moment on both sides of the ball, I'm interested to see what they can do in the draft even though it is looking like a weaker draft. I mean, at least they got something in return instead of just letting him go into free agency.
Apr. 23rd, 2013 09:01 pm (UTC)
Re: Is Revis more important that a good QB?
I wouldn't say Brad Johnson was an ordinary qb. He was above avg. most of his career, and a pro bowler twice. He was the only decent qb the Skins had from 2000 until rg3 was drafted.

As to Revis, I agree. It's a shame the Jets pulled another buttfumble, and traded him to the Bucs. But at least they got something for him, as it was basically now or never considering Woody would never pay a CB 16 Million in any season....
Apr. 24th, 2013 10:47 pm (UTC)
Re: Is Revis more important that a good QB?
This is such a fallacious & tired argument, it really needs to be put to pasture. Just because two mediocre QBs have won the SB in the last 20 years does not make it a probable outcome.

Here's your last 20 SB-winning QBs:

Super Bowl XXVIII - Troy Aikman
Super Bowl XXIX - Steve Young
Super Bowl XXX - Troy Aikman
Super Bowl XXXI - Brett Favre
Super Bowl XXXII - John Elway
Super Bowl XXXIII - John Elway
Super Bowl XXXIV - Kurt Warner
Super Bowl XXXV - Trent Dilfer
Super Bowl XXXVI - Tom Brady
Super Bowl XXXVII - Brad Johnson
Super Bowl XXXVIII - Tom Brady
Super Bowl XXXIX - Tom Brady
Super Bowl XL - Ben Roethlisberger
Super Bowl XLI - Peyton Manning
Super Bowl XLII - Eli Manning
Super Bowl XLIII - Ben Roethlisberger
Super Bowl XLIV - Drew Brees
Super Bowl XLV - Aaron Rodgers
Super Bowl XLVI - Eli Manning
Super Bowl XLVII - Joe Flacco

And btw Brad Johnson made the Pro Bowl in 2002 and lead the league with a 1.3% INT ratio. So really only one average QB has won the SB in the last 20 years, giving you a 5% chance of winning the SB when you walk into the season with a Dilfer.

The results are even more QB-friendly when you look at the last 10 years when the NFL shifted rules to make the league more pass- (i.e. TV-) happy.


George R.R. Martin
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