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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. 23rd, 2013 02:52 pm (UTC)
The Jets had no leverage in the deal. Revis had one more year on his contract. He has already held out twice since he was drafted. The Jets weren't going to pay him $16 million/season next year, but somebody else (probably still the Bucs) would have, and then the best the Jets could hope for would be a third or fourth round compensatory pick in 2015.

Here's something to consider: of the top-ten highest paid players (before Revis's contract), only three were not quarterbacks. Those three players are Calvin Johnson, Larry Fitzgerald, and Mario Williams. All three of those players are on teams that finished last in their respective divisions. If you're going to dump 10% of your salary cap space on a single player, it better be a quarterback, because that's the only position you can build around in the NFL today.

You're being too hard on Idzik. He was put into a bad situation because Tannenbaum let Revis run all over him the last time there was a holdout. He gave Revis a contract that not only ended when Revis was still young enough to command one more big-money deal from other suitors, but also allowed a clause that prevented the Jets from using the franchise tag to keep Revis.

The Jets have had an amazing off-season. Idzik is a cap-conscious front office man who was part of building something amazing in Seattle. He came in to a Jets team that was burdened with bloated contracts for aging players and cleaned house. Rebuilding can take a long time, but he's making all the right moves, even managing to re-sign players like Calvin Pace to smaller contracts after they tested free agency. And while the Jets may have a terrible history with draft picks, the Seahawks regime he's been part of over the past six years have done very well.

To put all this Jets praise into perspective, I'm a Dolphins fan. I'd much rather see the Jets dwell in mediocrity for as long as possible. While I don't expect much from the Jets next year, give it a year or two, and I think we're going to be in a very competitive division.


George R.R. Martin
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