1. Jets head coach Rex Ryan finally decided to do what most fans were calling for LAST season in benching RT Wayne Hunter. Hunter is coming off a horrible pre-season performance against the Giants in which he was completely EMBARRASSED by Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul. Wayne’s benching was LONG overdue and it seems kind of like Rex neglected to bench Wayne throughout this entire process purely just to prove to everyone that he wouldn’t be influenced or moved by the fans and the media. Out is Hunter and in comes Austin Howard a 2nd year player from Northern Iowa. As bad as Hunter has played for the Jets, he didn’t really get much competition from Howard or this move would’ve been made a lot sooner. To say Jets fans are “ecstatic” that Howard is now the starting right tackle is probably overstating it a bit, as Howard didn’t WIN the starting right tackle job as much as Hunter utterly LOST it.
2. Jets All-Galaxy CB Darrelle Revis is already on record stating that he believes Mark Sanchez can become a top QB this season. Of course we all know Revis is just being a supportive teammate as the likely-hood of Sanchez becoming a TOP QB is slim to none BUT that doesn’t mean Revis doesn’t think Sanchez CANT be better than last season, which actually has a better chance of happening. So it should come as no surprise that Revis questioned whether the Jets have actually done enough to help Sanchez this season. Simply stated, there’s no way any rational thinking person can actually look at the moves made and NOT made this off-season and say that the Jets have done enough to help Sanchez. Here are at LEAST three moves the Jets could’ve done to help Mark Sanchez this season;
- Release Wayne Hunter and pocket the $2.5 cap hit.
- NOT trade for Tim Tebow and use the 4th round pick on Ole Miss OT Bobby Massie.
- Re-sign Braylon Edwards. Obviously Edwards is healthy and Jets have brought former players back before ie Laverneaus Coles.
Those three moves are BARE MINIMUM moves the Jets could’ve made to better help Sanchez and this offense. So Revis does have a fair point when he says “I don’t know” when asked if he thought management had done enough to help Sanchez this season, obviously that’s Revis’s in-direct way of saying “No they haven’t.” Sanchez has the odds stacked against him this season and everyone is betting against him but if Sanchez emerges out of this victorious, then he’s truly earned the respect that young QBs yearn for.