New York Jets: Chase Needs, Not Names

The New York Jets must chase needs this off-season, not names

Can we just stop it, New York Jets?

No Randy Moss. I don’t want to hear about even a “curiosity” that is being reported already. Did we learn nothing last year about chasing names over needs? Do we forget what happened when we built our entire off-season around getting Nnamdi Asomugha because he was the biggest name on the market even though the team had no need for him? I know Mike Tannenbaum can’t forget the decline in production from his split end because Plaxico Burress was a sexier name than Braylon Edwards. Certainly Rex Ryan remembers the misguided decision to bring in the more “accomplished” Derrick Mason over invaluable glue guy Jerricho Cotchery.

Stop worrying about chasing names to grab headlines and worry chasing players who are going to improve this team in the long run.

Randy Moss is one of my favorite players of all-time. He didn’t play football last year. The year before, three different teams gave up on him. End of discussion. If you want a split end, go spend your money on Robert Meachem, Laurent Robinson or Pierre Garcon.

While we are on this topic…Jets fans, I love your optimism and I love your faith in the Jets to pull off big moves thanks to the past few years. That being said, let’s take a look at reality. Stop throwing around names like Vincent Jackson, Wes Welker, Marques Colston, coupled with the team signing Peyton Manning, Mario Williams, LaRon Landry and of course bringing back John Abraham, Jerricho Cotchery, and Braylon Edwards.

I understand the sentiment for former players and in some cases they could make sense. Edwards, for example actually makes some sense for a return and even that is a long shot. Cotchery isn’t coming back. Abraham isn’t coming back. And be relieved that I don’t think the Jets will be looking at free agents Jon McGraw or Erik Coleman to fill their safety needs.

When you look at the big names. The Jets aren’t splurging on a top line receiver. They have too many other needs this off-season and why are you dropping huge money on a receiver when you already sunk 50 million into one receiver in a run heavy offense? Peyton Manning has about a 1 percent chance of happening. Mario Williams has the best shot of coming here out of all the big names and I would say that is even very unlikely.

You want to win the AFC East? Go get pass rushing linebackers and safeties who have a chance of matching up with the Patriots tight ends. You want Sanchez to find stability in his fourth year? Get him a better offensive line and more threats in the running game.

Attack the needs, not the names.

Author: Joe Caporoso

Joe Caporoso is the Owner and EIC of Turn On The Jets. His writing has been featured in the New York Times, Huffington Post, MMQB and AdWeek. Caporoso played football his entire life, including four years at Muhlenberg as a wide receiver, where he was arguably the slowest receiver to ever start in school history. He is the VP of Social Media at Whistle Sports

  • Joseph

    Well sorry to say thia but LaRon Landry in my opinion is one of the best safeties the jets could bring in right now hes a phenomenal player and he could pick up their slack in the secondary because face it they got murdered by tight ends last year. With him back there he is someone you avoid because when he hits you he is trying to crack you in half so don’t rule out a great player in one of the teams highest needed spots be Leonard is to injury prone Poole isn’t to great and Smith though a veteran is probably one of the worst cover safeties in football.

  • Yemi

    LaRon Landry is injury-pron and over rated.. he is HORRIBLE in pass coverage. he is an “In the Box” safety.. your getting hype over his name.. Relax.

    I do disagree with the write in regards to bringing back Edwards, Abraham,and/or Cotchery..
    I said it when John left.. the Jets would be sorry.. they haven’t had a threating pass rusher since he departed. Brady was quoted as saying “Thank God he’s gone” when the Jets traded him.. If that doesn’t tell you his effectiveness than I can’t help your football knowledge. Granted he’s older so I understand not going after him. NOW Braylon on the other hand..
    During his time in NY, the Jets were 10-1 when he had 100+ receiving yards… How many 100yd games does Holmes have since Joining the team… Nuff said.

    Sanchez felt comfortable with Braylon especially with the deep pass.. I personally hoped they would resign him over Holmes..

    Truthfully if they would just give Patrick Turner a chance he may blossom.. I was glad they resigned him.. he has great potential and team him with Cumberland/Keller… they can make a name for themselves..

    I agree stop looking for big names, and group young talent.. We should have kept David Clowney. underused, and undervalued. 4.2 speed.

    People keep talking about Cruz.. how do you think he got to where he is.. “Hard work” and the coaches “giving him a chance… Wayne Chrebet and Richie Kotite..

    Just give the young guys a chance…