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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 03:02 pm (UTC)
This is not a worst case scenario. The Jets are no more than a 7 win team with Revis next season. Losing season and then getting no compensation for him would not be ideal. Yes, I would have preferred more than a 1st and a 3rd/4th, but, the problem with getting more is that Revis wants too much. The CB free market this year was plentiful with reasonably priced talent and Revis is paid well beyond the mean salary.

Our Jets are hamstrung by the horrendous contract that Tannenbaum gave Sanchez. Izdik knows that the offense will not produce with Sanchez behind center and he knows that having Revis for one more season with no guarantees will not make the difference.

It will be a sad, sad season for us Jets fans, but, if next year's QB choices in the draft are better, I'll have hope for 2014.
Apr. 23rd, 2013 04:09 pm (UTC)
Re: Alternative?
Sanchez had a horrendous year last year, no doubt, but I think people are being too quick to write him off. He led the Jets to the AFC championship game in his first two seasons, do recall.

Last year he had NO receivers after Santonio went down, and the shadow of Tebow looming over him. Too much of a distraction.

I don't think Sanchez will ever be a Brady or a Manning, but put enough talent around him and he can be a perfectly adequate NFL qb. And teams have won the Super Bowl before with a great defense and adequate QB. See Brad Johnson and Trent Dilfer.
Apr. 23rd, 2013 05:06 pm (UTC)
Re: Alternative?
Let's not forget that the team went 8-8 when Sanchez had all of the weapons from 2010. You can't blame Sanchez's league high turnover numbers on lack of weapons. The guy makes poor decisions (why can't we transfer Chad Pennington's brain into Sanchez's body). He's a serviceable QB on a team with a dominant defense and that's why he succeeded in 2009/2010. When he was given the big money and forced to put the team on his back, he failed miserably. A franchise QB making big bucks makes his own weapons on the field. If he wants big $$$ spent on great weapons, then, by all means, let him unguarantee his contract.

I thought all of the Sanchez apologists had vanished after last year, but, apparently, some Jets fans are still living in Westeros, not reality.
Apr. 23rd, 2013 06:34 pm (UTC)
Agree fully!
Sanchez has played good enough to get us there before, he can do it again... you are a very knowledgeable Jet fan, George! Impressive!!
Gary Canapinno
Apr. 24th, 2013 01:58 am (UTC)
Re: Alternative?
Why, exactly, is Tim Tebow still on this team, and what exactly will he be expected to do for the Jets next year (assuming he isn't traded before/during the draft or released shortly thereafter)?
Apr. 24th, 2013 05:23 am (UTC)
Re: Alternative?
I have to disagree on Sanchez. He is too mentally weak to be an NFL quarterback. My impression is that he needs everything to go perfectly in order for him to perform. He can't take pressure. Sure, Tebow was a distraction, but a good QB can play through distractions and deal with competition and negative media attention. Sanchez didn't even perform that well when Santonio was healthy...and Santonio is an extremely talented receiver.
Apr. 24th, 2013 01:35 pm (UTC)
Re: Alternative?
Sanchez just needs to get out of his own head. You can see it in his facial expressions; he takes every play to heart, and if it doesn't go well, he tortures himself. There's something to be said for having your heart in the game, but if you wear your heart on your sleeve, it will work against you. If he could just "let go", play his best & say "what will be will be", I think we would see more of what he is capable of. He certainly has all the tools when he has the wherewithal to use them
Apr. 24th, 2013 07:41 pm (UTC)
Re: Alternative?
Trent dilfers and brad Johnson's Super Bowls wins were awhile ago. The jets defense and running game got the jets to the conference championship games, not Sanchez. He probably would have been cut already but the salary cap hit would be too high. If he doesn't have the mental toughness to handle tebow as a backup he shouldn't be playing in New York.


George R.R. Martin
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