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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. 24th, 2013 04:59 pm (UTC)
Re: as a fellow jets fan, you are wrong
I don't think you can just talk about Revis as "a cornerback."

This is the best cornerback in the NFL. The regular rules don't apply. He completely shuts down one side of the field, and takes out the opponent's number one receiver. The value of that cannot be estimated.

I fear you may be right about Rex being a dead man walking. I just don't believe that is fair or just. If the Jets stink this year, as I fear they will, it will not be on Rex, it will on Tannenbaum and Idzik. Revis is hardly the only player Gang Green has lost this offseason.
Joe Pomparelli
Apr. 24th, 2013 08:59 pm (UTC)
Re: as a fellow jets fan, you are wrong
I think a lot of people forget what a great tackler Revis is. He plays the run really well. You are so right to say that he's not just a CB.
Apr. 25th, 2013 07:23 pm (UTC)
Re: as a fellow jets fan, you are wrong
Tannebaum might have been the worst GM of the past decade in any sport. Tough to quantify, but probably not far off either. Rex, I think is a pretty decent coach, at least in short term situations. His style is not one that suits long term success or stability though. People get sick of the schtick after awhile, and the message stops getting through. The roster he is working with is god awful and those back-to-back AFC championships were, in my opinion, largely his doing. I think he can have success with defensive teams for 3 year spurts, but like his dad he has to move on after that. So, letting him go at the end of next year, while not really his fault, will probably be the best thing for all parties.

Lastly, I think you will be pleasantly surprised by the job Idzik ends up doing. However, if you can't find a QB with a positive TD to INT ratio it won't matter. If everything goes right the Jets end up being the Chicago Bears of the AFC in about 3 to 4 years. And until Brady retires they have no shot to unseat the Pats in the division, so I'd pretend those Jets (and the Giants every other year) don't even exist until about 2020...
Apr. 26th, 2013 03:31 pm (UTC)
Re: as a fellow jets fan, you are wrong
Revis is a hall of fame corner,but you have a 53 man roster. Unlike quaterback you need 2 corners. A top corner goes for 9-10 million a year. Revis got 16m. A top quarterback goes for 20m/year (there is 1 starting quarterback), I don't think Brady, Rogers, Brees, or the reincarnation of Joe Montana could get 35 million which is the same premium Revis wanted.

Revis is great,but you can't get a ring with 1 guy. They would have to cut back in too many other places.

I think Tampa Bay was the only team in a position to sign Revis. Which is why the Jets only got a #1 and a condition 3/4, instead of a 1 and a 2. If Revis wanted 12m, they would have been able to get a #1 and #2 pick for him.

I think managing the salary cap so you can bring in lots of good players is critical.

Revis is going to have to take a pay cut if Tampa Bay gets better because other guys will want to get paid if they produce. Since his contract is not guaranteed, it will be interesting to see how he reacts. Even if remains the a generational corner, I don't think there is a market for him at $16m if he gets cut. It is too much for that position. The math doesn't work out.

Lawrence Taylor in his prime is the only non-quarterback I would take at $16m that I ever saw ( I am 38, so Butkus, and the Steelers of the 1970s are before my time).

Hoping for blog on the draft from you on Monday. I find the Jets first round picks bizarre. I had thought that Rex was dead man walking. ESPN was reporting that the only reason he had a job was because Woody Johnson didn't want to pay him to not coach. New GMs generally like to bring in their own guy. I actually think Rex is a great coach (but really want him to shut up). He really has not had alot of talent and given the pure lack of talent has done very well. I think the Jets are looking at 4-12 this year. Their talent (especially on offense) is pathetic.

I have my fingers crossed with the Giants first round pick. Reese has picked home runs in the first round (other than Phillips, but you can't predict injuries). If we can get Deihl out of the lineup we could end up with a repeat of the 2008 offensive line...


George R.R. Martin
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