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Oh, My Poor Jets

Life is hard when you're a Jets fan.

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...

Michael Vick?

Really?  REALLY?

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:




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Mar. 23rd, 2014 02:19 pm (UTC)
When we first read the news, Mr. X turned to me and said "Somebody needs to get the sharp objects away from George." Michael Vick?! What in the actual fuck?!
Mar. 23rd, 2014 05:19 pm (UTC)
re: Wait for the B free agents
There is one more phase, when the club have to make cuts in pre-season, (when players get cut for money reasons rather than performance). Then a smart GM can plug some holes.
Anthony DeMarco
Mar. 23rd, 2014 09:10 pm (UTC)
Hide your pet, Vick's a Jet
It was bad enough having him an hour down the Turnpike in Philly, now I have to share the same state with him?? Ugh..

The good news is Geno was beyond solid the last 6 games last year. Give him a chance. I feel like Decker is a bit underrated. People view him as a possession WR but he actually has the speed to burn most corners with impressive deep ball skills. As the Jets #1 of course his stats will go down as he will play Revis Twice, Brent Grimes on Miami twice, and the Bills have a decent secondary as well. I buy into his talent for sure though. They still need another WR and a TE though. Maybe this is the year the Jets don't use their pick on the D-Line like they always do? Rex has had enough support from this front office, time to invest in the offense.
Jeffrey Haynie
Mar. 23rd, 2014 09:48 pm (UTC)
George - At least you're not here in Texas in Dallas Cowboy fan purgatory....

P.S. - Becky says Hi!

Edited at 2014-03-23 09:50 pm (UTC)
Mar. 24th, 2014 12:56 am (UTC)
There is one simple reason why the Jets got rid of Sanchez: "Butt-Fumble"
Matt Barrett
Mar. 24th, 2014 02:00 am (UTC)
The defense and running game were mainly responsible for getting the Jets to back-to-back AFC title games. During that time, they hurt themselves by signing over the hill players like Tomlinson. Revis demands a new contract every year, he won't be in New England long, especially if they don't win the Super Bowl.

No, Vick isn't the answer. He was never a good passer and couldn't stay healthy, even in his prime.
Mar. 24th, 2014 02:41 am (UTC)
I know of a certain retired quarterback who currently looks like Santa Claus that the Jets may be able to have (again).
Christian Newman
Mar. 24th, 2014 04:46 am (UTC)
Decker will suprise you!
I'm a Bronco fan and I've been watching Decker since he got drafted. Decker WILL surprise you. He was an average receiver in 2011 yes... when Tebow was throwing to him. And remember, he would have been a 1st rounder if not for a foot injury in college. Then throw in the stigma that white receivers get about "being technicians" and not height-weight-speed guys. Decker has more "height-weight-speed" than 80% of receivers in the league, to go along with great route running and ball skills. He's also a sneaky good punt returner.
Mar. 28th, 2014 09:45 pm (UTC)
Re: Decker will suprise you!
He had the good fortune to be on the field with the Thomases. As the premier receiver on the Jets he will be average at best. They should have saved the money. There are enough quality WRs in the draft.
Mar. 24th, 2014 05:04 am (UTC)
I don't know. I'm an Eagles can, so I've paid very close attention to Vick these past number of years. Ever since he joined the Eagles he kept saying all the right things, but I kept waiting for the shoe to drop and watch him dig himself into a deeper hole. But he never did. I hated what he did, but I also know people can change. Maybe I'm naive, but I do believe that Vick was humbled and has learned from his past. The players in the locker room all looked up to him. He handled his benching this year with class. And remember, he was actually playing pretty well when he got hurt and lost his job to Foles. So don't be quick to write him off as a football player, Jets fans. As a human, well, it's your right to not forgive him for what he did. But I've seen no evidence in the last six years or so that would lead me to believe he hasn't changed. Well, if nothing else, he is interesting. That worked out with Tebow too, so...
Michael Gabriele
Mar. 24th, 2014 12:41 pm (UTC)
Michael Vick
My Dad used worked at a mall in Atlanta, and back in the day the Falcons had a promotional signing. Most of the players were content sitting in a folding chair. Michael Vick had the mall staff set up a La-z Boy just so he could sit comfortably.
Nathan Wood
Mar. 24th, 2014 02:09 pm (UTC)
Personally, I don't get the Vick hate. His actions were horrible, but he went to prison for them. He served his time, he's made public statements repudiating his actions, and he's spent his time and money supporting animal rights causes.

If we can imagine putting ourselves in other cultures with different value systems for human life, is it really that hard to conceptualize that maybe Vick was raised in a way that placed no meaning on the suffering of animals?

Whether we believe his new attitude is genuine or not, little could be worse than denying the very idea of redemption for anyone, no matter the crime. If we tell people they can never be better than their past, they have no reason to try.

All that said, football-wise Vick is certainly past his prime. Geno may not have the potential they wish, but Vick is very unlikely to lead them to the playoffs. So it seems hard to justify spending money on a player who doesn't seem to offer much more potential than the one you've already got.
Mar. 24th, 2014 03:33 pm (UTC)
I heard the New York teams were intentionally making the teams worse so that you spend Sundays writing instead of watching football. :p
James Manly
Mar. 24th, 2014 04:31 pm (UTC)
I do feel your pain but it happens inversely as i am a diehard Pats fan and the Jets continue to bring me joy! It leads me to thinking, could you single handedly be responsible for the Jets fall from grace? Since HBO started with GOT and millions more felt the heartbreak of losing their favorite characters perhaps that energy has somehow funneled through them to you and since nobody could ever wish you any ill will :) it had to go somewhere - why not the Jets!

FWIW - having been a big fan for many many years now you've conditioned me to embrace that special kind of heartbreak that can only come form thousands of pages of emotional investment - especially the end of ADWD but i'm holding out on that one :)

Go Pats!
Jess Dyba
Mar. 24th, 2014 05:08 pm (UTC)
Never too late
Never too late to become a Cowboys fan...(I bet you hate the Cowboys, don't you...)
Mar. 24th, 2014 08:14 pm (UTC)
I cheered when I read the Revis news, and then immediately said to my wife "Oooh, George is going to be PISSED." Sorry man, but I'm psyched.

That said, I really sorry the Jets picked up Vick. Just.. no. That man needs to go away forever. :(
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