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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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Mike Rubin
Mar. 24th, 2014 08:39 pm (UTC)
You think you have it rough
Try being a Bills fan.
Mar. 25th, 2014 01:24 pm (UTC)
Re: You think you have it rough
I know, ironically the only New York team that actually plays in New York. I grew up a Bills fan.Sat through 4 straight losing Superbowls. Moved to Florida and gave up football for 7 years.
Mar. 24th, 2014 10:10 pm (UTC)
We Seattle fans would love to have you, George!
Michael Burke
Mar. 24th, 2014 11:36 pm (UTC)
On the positive side...
On the positive side, the Jets get 4 compensatory picks. That's the most awarded this year, tied with the Ravens who also got 4.
John W
Mar. 25th, 2014 12:06 am (UTC)
Michael Vick is not a bad backup
I think Michael Vick can be a good mentor to Geno Smith. Both quarterbacks really like to scramble and Vick, the all time leading rusher for QBs, can teach Geno how to stop fumbling, among other things.

I like to think of this relationship as similar to that of Jon Connington and Young Griff. Just like with the Connington/Young Griff storyline, there's a chance that Geno Smith becomes the savior of the Jets. There's also the chance that Smith ends up being a false prophet/bust, leading to everyone on the Jets getting fired.
Mar. 25th, 2014 12:53 am (UTC)
Nooooooooo not Vick and his ego. He won't last four games. Glad I'm not a Jets fan. Maybe Dr Tachyon could Lazer his ball sac or The Great and Powerful Turtle could sit on him. Well I won't be watching this NFL season on Sky but at least I have Wild Cards to look forward to. Thank you again Superb and Sublime Ser.
Mar. 25th, 2014 02:06 pm (UTC)
I don't think you're giving Geno enough credit - he showed some flashes of brilliance, and certainly improved over the last few games. I think a lot of folks are going to be pleasantly surprised by him this year.
Mar. 25th, 2014 10:02 pm (UTC)
Like you, I root for both teams but I am, always have been, and always will be, more of a Giants fan than Jets. So it is a lot easier to take the horrendous Jets moves when I have a lot more to look forward to with Eazy-E's crew.
Erik Vesper
Mar. 26th, 2014 03:53 am (UTC)
First of all, welcome. Secondly, it's about time you made like Torrhen Stark. Eli=Aegon.
Mar. 27th, 2014 02:04 pm (UTC)
Jets & Grrm fan
As a Jets and a Grrm fan I'm doubly blessed, however I think a few assumptions you made might be a little off base.

- Revis had NO interest in coming to NY. He wants to play for a winner and let's face it, while I love the Jets he basically guarantees himself a shot in the playoffs by going to the Patsy's.

- Sanchez was a big hit against the cap and won't even be able to suit up to compete during camp. They can't take up a whole roster spot on someone who can't even play. He still has to recover from his surgery to repair his torn labrum which is going to take him til mid season most likely.

-Vick paid for his crimes and hasn't had a hint of anything bad since rejoining the league. Reuniting him with his former coordinator will only help him transition to the position. I expect him to win the starting job and then get hurt during the season which will pave the way for Geno to (hopefully) lead the team into the playoffs.
Mar. 27th, 2014 05:18 pm (UTC)
Don't worry,Vick will be out with injuries before you know it.I've been keeping an eye on him since the dogfighting thing and notice he definitely gets crunched more than any other QB.
The issue with the dogfighting that was never addressed is his close tie to criminals and illegal betting ?How can he be trusted to play 100% honestly?
I feel for you man.
Mar. 27th, 2014 06:13 pm (UTC)
Could be worse.
You could be a Vikings fan.
Sam Ted
Mar. 28th, 2014 12:12 am (UTC)
You call youself a fan? You're not much of a Jets fan if one poor offseason makes you jump ship so easily. Disappointing, really.

Also, from reading this post, its pretty obvious you're not the type of person to give people, even former criminals (aka Vick), a second chance. Just my 2 cents. Go JETS!
Mar. 29th, 2014 01:13 am (UTC)
Hey, Vick's got his uses... like keeping Nick Foles' Gatoraid cup full and bench warm.
Michael LiBassi
Mar. 30th, 2014 04:58 pm (UTC)
Go Blue
You could do far worse than follow the Giants. It's a storied franchise with great history and legend.

I propose that the Red Wedding might have been easier to conceive and produce than to suffer through another Jets Season?

Edited at 2014-03-30 05:00 pm (UTC)
Greg Torres
Mar. 30th, 2014 06:55 pm (UTC)
I've loved the Jets all of my life, and the Vick signing is just awful. And I don't mean from a football perspective. I don't care how much he says he's changed. There is no way you go from being a dog killer to a good person just like that. So what do I do now? Root for the Giants? UGH!
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