If Johnny “Football” Manziel is there at 1#8 for the Jets on draft day a few months from now, should the Jets reset the foundation on offense again and grab him? ESPN NY’s Rich Cimini thinks so. The polarizing Jets beat writer wrote a piece for ESPN last week with the view that Gang Green should “recreate the postgame scene from the season finale in Miami, where the team celebrated Rex Ryan’s announced return with a spontaneous burst of loud and crazy.” This story is an easy cheap attention grabber, but will also come up often around here from now until draft day. So here’s a brief thought on the matter.
Who knows if the current Jet players would, but the diehards who attend the draft Radio City would certainly provide the “loud and crazy” if one of college football’s most popular players of all time is taken. The place would be rocking. It’s the kind of move that can undoubtedly shake the room. Hype and noise aside, the issue in the very least, cannot be about the fans. It has to be about whether the kid is the ultimate answer.
Geno Smith finished strong in 2013 but struggled often enough over the entire season to leave the door wide open to viable veteran competition. Or perhaps the possibility of the Jets being able to justify going QB in the early rounds. Sixteen games under Smith’s belt though, should only make his decision making stronger next season. Especially if enough quality offensive pieces are added around him.
I wonder if John Idzik truly believes in the upside of Smith after what he saw this past year. Because if deep down the second year GM likes Manziel better than Geno, and is given the position of grabbing and inserting Johnny Football from day one, he would have to do it while accepting that he may jeopardize an entire team’s potential for the good of one players development again. Provided that he is even allowed to. Which brings us to Woody Johnson.
In the case of Manziel we have to factor in the business end of the equation. He certainly would bring some back page excitement. The Jets just this year began to turn away from the whole spotlight grabbing approach but are not that far removed from the media swarm they had attracted for years. Does Woody miss it? Would Johnson grow an itchy trigger finger imagining those Manziel jerseys flying off the rack the way he did when the Tim Tebow signing was becoming a reality?
If Manziel is still on the board when the Jets go on the clock, please let it only be about a football decision. Johnson has to know by now that this team has no more time to waste by thinking otherwise. Doesn’t he? The key to this offseason has to be first and foremost about building an offense with real weapons surrounding any QB1.
I like Manziel. He is fun and he is a winner but the Jets need some better receivers and a more dynamic tight end otherwise it doesn’t matter who starts behind center. Can the Jets achieve both by grabbing Manziel and playmakers to help him? Probably not. Therefore I just don’t see how they could go QB early at this point. On the other hand these are the New York Jets. Where historically speaking, sound logic does not always enter into the equation.
In any case who knows at this point if the Jets even like Johnny Football or believe in Geno. It is too early to tell, no matter what anyone in Florham Park has said or is saying. Talk is cheap. The moves made from now until May 10th will tell the real tale. Assume nothing. You will be better off trust me.
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Two ex Jet head coaches will meet in the New York Super Bowl three weeks from now. Wonderful. Pete Carroll was the HC for one season back in the forgettable early 90’s and Bill Belichick was head honcho for ten seconds in 2000. Before stepping down, grabbing all the Jet assistants to go with him, and drafting Tom Brady. Happy Monday to you all too.
There is no challenge to me that Belichick can’t overcome. No situation he can’t adapt to. Lose Welker? Make Edelman and Amendola combine to replace him. Lose Aaron Hernandez? No problem and no the media won’t make training camp into a circus over it either. Lose Gronk a few times well, whatever. Get by with some rookie receivers for a while. Now LeGarrette Blount is going Corey Dillon on us all. God help us all.
The Seahawks are the fastest defense I’ve ever seen. Russell Wilson is dynamic and Beast mode is Beast mode. I have this feeling they will win a close one against San Fran next week. Now granted, it’s a bit early to delve too deeply into a Patriots Seahawks title fight, but if and when it does occur, I just don’t see Carroll outdoing Belichick in February with all the money on the line.
It’s quite premature of a nightmare yes, but why lie about it. The fear for many Jet diehards when it comes to the Pats at Met Life in February has already set in. Tom Brady celebrating with the Lombardi Trophy on the Jets home turf of all places. Sounds like a sic fi/horror movie to many Gang Green loyalists Only Peyton Manning, whose Kryptonite of course is New England, can save us all now. Gulp.
By The Way
Did you all see the Colts Trent Richardson run on Saturday night? The guy is so indecisive. He cuts and looks for space before the line of scrimmage way too often, Chris Ivory is a much better version of this type of power back with agility.
Ivory was a great pickup by Idzik and the Jets this year and if he can be healthy for an entire season, would again be a nice backfield piece to build around. With Bilal Powell being the steady and Mike Goodson or someone else being the speed option. Richardson looks like a 5-10 carry guy at best right now. What happened to him? I remember he had some good days in Cleveland in 2012.
– Wes Welker wore a special helmet in Sundays Broncos Chargers game. Sooner or later a design will be created that better insures the head safety of all the players. With the amount of money equipment companies could make, I am beyond shocked it hasn’t happened already.
– It was weird watching the Saints great TE Jimmy Graham have one of those mediocre Jets tight end games out in Seattle, where you say out loud to yourself in the third quarter “is he playing today?”
– Danny Woodhead is a damn good little football player. Talk about an undersized guy with heart who has maxed out his potential. The more I watch him the more I like him.
Don’t get angry folks. I’m not saying if the Jets kept him they would have made it to the promised land in the years he was elsewhere. I’m just complimenting a kid that we all saw grind his way into the league. Fighting for every opportunity he got. It’s just nice to see. A football life. His is one of the good stories.