I've been pretty busy these past two weeks, too busy to pay much attention to football. But now I'm home and catching up, and wishing I hadn't.
It is a good thing we still have Doc Brown's time machine around here somewhere. I need to go back in time and prevent the Jets from... well, from doing pretty much everything they have done of late.
Letting Antonio Cromartie leave was a mistake. Not going after Darrelle Revis when Tampa Bay cut him loose was a worse mistake. Letting him get picked up by Evil Little Bill and the Patriots was the worst mistake of all.
Instead the Jets signed Eric Decker from the Broncos. Well, okay. Not a bad move. They desperately needed wide receivers. Geno Smith was pretty bad last year, but he wasn't helped by having no one to throw to. So now we add Decker. Who was a good, solid receiver for Denver, but nothing special... until Peyton Manning came to town. Then his stats went through the roof. Unfortunately for Gang Green, he does not get the bring Peyton with him to New York, which means that he is going to go back to being a good, solid receiver again this year, but nothing special. And maybe a notch below that, since he will have Geno throwing to him. Oh, and then there are those two games against New England. Expect Evil Little Bill to assign Revis to cover Decker. Odds are good that in those two games, Revis will catch more of Geno's balls than Decker does.
Decker improves the offense a bit, yes. But the defense, which was responsible for most of the Gang Green's Ws last year, has gotten a lot worse. No Cromartie, no Revis... no shutdown corners. It will not be pretty.
That was bad enough. But then...
I expected them to cut Mark Sanchez. Hell, everybody expected that. I still think it's a mistake. Sanchez took the Jets to two straight AFC championship games, and he would have won the starting QB job last year if he hadn't gotten hurt in preseason. If he's healed, and they gave him a chance this season, I expect he might have won the job back this year, in an even competition. I have seen nothing from Geno Smith to make me think he's better than Sanchez. Maybe that's why he got cut: it would have been pretty embarassing for the Jets front office if Mark outperformed Geno in preseason.
But no, he's gone. And to replace him, we've brought in...
I have been rooting for the Jets since they were the Titans, but I don't know that I can bring myself to root for Michael Vick. Football wise, he's old, he's battered, he's gun-shy... a "mentor for Geno," I hear, but really? Thing is, though, it is impossible to consider Vick purely from a football standpoint.
All in all, considering what the Jets have done this pre-season, I have only two words: