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We Should All Know The Drill By Now
We can all clearly see what John Idzik thinks about free agency at this point, right? To him, filling gaps with cost effective vets moves is the only way to handle things. Especially when you have twelve picks in May and want to build a foundation with fresh young talent void of attitude issues.
From a need standpoint, the Jets obtaining DeSean Jackson would have made a lot more sense than acquiring Chris Johnson. It will infuriate me to overpay now to grab CJ but I don’t expect the Jets to do so. Some other team will spend too much for him anyway. Despite the fact that the RB market has been nonexistent with the new “dime a dozen” way of thinking about the position this offseason.
I’ll take Johnson on the cheap. Why not? Depth is a major component to winning and his style would be a nice fit for Marty Mornhinweg and to the backfield already in place. There will be no “bidding war” for him on Lord Idzik’s part though. You can guarantee that.
Well, almost guarantee that. These are the Jets mind you. Just when you think you have this labyrinth figured out. Let’s just say the odds are that CJ comes to the Jets for a fair price or he lands elsewhere. It’s the new Florham Park way.
Now Is Not The Time To Judge. Yet.
Speaking of Idzik, as frustrating as it has been for many green blooded diehards this buying season, now is not the time to judge the Jets GM. Yet. I know. You don’t have to tell me. What about cornerback? What about not even trying to grab an All-Pro receiver who suddenly popped up on the market?
Let this be a friendly reminder from a guy who loves DeSean Jackson as a player, and daydreamed about the Jets reuniting with Darrelle Revis. This club is about to vastly change. The amount of leverage of flexibility that Gang Green will have in this NFL draft should bring the Jets a large amount of what they covet position wise. Don’t storm the castle yet folks.
There may be a time for putting the current stand still March and April months on trial, but now is not that time. It’s too early. Reserve judgement. Let’s see what this roster looks like a little over a month from now. Forget free agency. It’s not happening there. Idzik and his scouting department are locked and loaded and ready to build long term. They have the ammunition for May. Now let’s just hope they know what to aim for.
It All Comes Down To The Quarterback
The more I watch UConn waltz through the NCAA men’s basketball tournament the more apparent it is. No matter what sport, every winning team needs the floor general. The leader. The guy who can make a play when it’s needed. The guy who can change tempo, control tempo, and reel the club in when the plane starts flying off course.
The Huskies star point guard Shabazz Napier is always under control. Always ready to deliver a big assist, a difficult shot, or a ball fake to move some half court trap out of place before swinging a pass that breaks a trap in half. It’s as if he already knows what the opponent is up to and has a plan for how to derail them. Every time. He is the calm demeanor of the entire team on the floor. Their lack of panic starts with him. The Jets need Geno Smith to be that guy.
I like Mike Vick. I like the fact that if Rex Ryan has to make a call to the bullpen, it can be for a guy who even if he is a bit mistake prone nowadays, is dynamic enough to at least be a threat in the short term. Geno however, has to become the point guard. The team’s leader.
It can’t be Mo Wilkerson. Or Sheldon Richardson. It can’t be Demario Davis. Or Nick Mangold. Or anyone the Jets draft in May. It has to be Smith. Otherwise this long term foundation will take a lot longer to cement.
- Jacoby Ford is now a Jet. I’m all for upgrading special teams and the back end of the receiving corps but was sorry to see Josh Cribbs get hurt last year. He made some nice plays in his limited time here and has always been a player whom I enjoy watching. Cribbs plays with passion and thinks touchdown on every play. My kind of guy.
- Call it the Six Degrees of Richard Todd. The Daniel Murphy “paternal leave” drama in the papers last week had to of course involve the Jets. This time the link being former QB turned WFAN radio host Boomer Esiason. I have no view on the Murphy stuff but have to admit that every time I see Boomer’s name in the Post or the News, I still see Bruce Smith punishing the guy into submission. God, Boomer used to get beat up in Orchard Park. Ouch.
- So the cops and firemen went old time hockey and had a bench clearing brawl in a charity hockey game at the Garden I see. Old time hockey. Like a scene out of Paul Newman’s “Slapshot.” How refreshing.
I own a bunch of old school NFL broadcasts on DVD. I have one of the Steelers Raiders 1976 AFC Championship game if you want to talk about old time football. Ken Stabler getting hit out of of bounds after the whistle. George Atkinson and Jack Tatum headhunting Lynn Swan. Bradshaw constantly knocked down way after the release. Goodness gracious was it tough and mean on the gridiron back then.
Beyond the violence though, was the intensity and care that the teams played with. The will to win. That’s what the NFL has to fight to protect when guys like Mark Cuban bring up the idea of over saturation.