Bye Bye Revis
Darrelle Revis is now a cream popsicle in Tampa Bay. This is real now, not speculation, and its all starting to sink in. The emotions for diehard Jet fans will be wide ranged over this for days, weeks and many months to come. Even years.
There is the anger at Mike Tannenbaum for creating the contract in 2010 that helped lead to this. Anger at the Jets for collapsing to the point of being better off without their best player.
There is also upset among many who find Revis at fault for the hold outs that may have led to bad blood between Woody Johnson and the star corner’s legal team.
Feelings aside, where does this REALLY leave the Jets? Emotionally, it leaves them in need of a big lift soon. A player, a coach. Somebody. Something. The draft? Yes, let us pray that the new beginning starts there.
This offseason has been in many ways demoralizing for the fan base even though the loss of players like Revis, Dustin Keller and LaRon Landry were not completely unexpected. Mark Sanchez is still here and my goodnesss, so is Tim Tebow. Both the symbol of dysfunctional management left over as a daily reminder for all to see, from the prior GM. One for the hefty contract, the other for becoming a Jet in the first place.
Statistically however, if you go strictly based on the 2012 scoreboard, the loss of Revis can be overcome with the help of others who don’t play cornerback. Yes, there is a path forward.
The pathetic 2012 Jets offense, or team overall, depending on how you look at it, scored 17.6 points per game, while giving up 23.4. Most of that coming without Revis who was injured in Miami practically before the leaves turned colors.
The Jets need to score four more points and give up three less to be at a 21-20 ratio. THAT can be done. Even though the club currently sits in rebuilding disarray midway through April. How? Not by the “process”‘as Tanny used to say, but “the formula.”
Score four more points
1 – Better QB play from David Garrard, Sanchez, or a player drafted on Thursday night.
2 – Big chunk gains on the ground and in the screen game from speedy Mike Goodson, Bilal Powell and perhaps even Chris Ivory or the forgotten man Joe McKnight.
3 – Santonio Holmes healthy.
4 – Stephen Hill returns with hands
5 – Jeremy Kerley benefits from WR1 and WR2 underneath in the slot.
6 – The WR corps of 2012 is teamed up with first round names like Patterson or Austin who pleasantly surprise.
7 – Solid blue collar blocking up front
8 – Special teams play that aids field position, unlike last season.
Give Up Three Points Less
Achieve this primarily with a serious pass rush. What if, Mo Wilkerson and Quinton Coples break out together this year? Cornerbacks will have less pressure to cover for as long. They can play the ball more too.
Add Kenrick Ellis to the duo and what you’ll have should the trio emerge, are sacks, strips, three and outs, and picks going the other way with Antonio Cromartie and Kyle Wilson. Think NY Giants of a few years back. The Jets need the defense to now be defined up front. Not in the back.
Wilkerson came onto the scene last year while Coples showed positive rookie signs. Watch how “great” the Jets secondary will look if the guys rushing the passer as a group, cause havoc every Sunday.
Five Compensatory Picks?
The Jets are said to be expecting five compensatory picks in 2014 for free agents lost this offseason. If that is true, there is a lot of potential for a reasonably quick turnaround as long as John Idzik acquires the right pieces that fit the right systems: A defense that will value pressuring QB’s over smothering receivers, and an offense that will look to attack with big play speed over ground and pound power.
Look on the bright side folks. At least Idzik won’t be using these picks over the next two drafts to acquire players for Tony Sparano. A guy who is probably still turning some snapshot photo of an opposing defense up, down and sideways, on a sideline bench somewhere.
Rex In The Drivers Seat?
We all know that Rex Ryan is being set up to take the fall for a roster that went from Revis Island to Gilligan’s Island. With only five “castaways,” stranded from Rex’s initial 2009 season.
That said, how many NFL coaches are heading into 2013 with the ability to look like a genius should his team go 7-9 or 8-8 at best? Even if Ryan gets canned by Christmas, he can nonetheless showcase his HC skills (that some still question beyond the bluster and defensive prowess) by elevating what will be an entirely new team. One that should have their names on both the fronts AND backs of the jersey this year.
Boy does the Revis deal make Thursday night key for the Jets and their loyalists. Many of us who bleed green and white need some good news. Some hope. Fast. Mr Idzik, find us one or two players who will make plays NOW. In 2013.
We are calling for a WR with one of the two first round picks and could see the club going from QB (an impact rookie QB? A nice daydream on a Monday) OLB to even CB should Dee Milliner be available with the other.
When the entire draft is said and done, let us at least now own a playmaking WR who can help in September, another RB (even if that means a trade for Ivory) and a tight end who can stretch the field in between the hashes without disappearing for games on end. Cough cough.