In the 1990’s, Bill Parcells brought a type of success to the New York Jets that hadn’t been seen in the past 30 years. He transformed a team that had bene 1-15, and in two years, brought them to the brink of a Super Bowl berth. He was given the keys to run the entire operation, and in one of the most astounding turnarounds in league history, took a team from being a laughingstock into being competitive.
As good as Bill was for the team, it wasn’t all perfect. There clearly was something in the Hofstra water back then, because Bill, for all of his great picks, also fell in line with Jets history and made some bad picks. His time as the Jets leader is littered with drafted names like Rick Terry, Kevin Williams, Chuck Clements, and Jermaine Jones.
Obviously, that is not what we are counting down this week. We continue our countdown of the ten best draft picks of the 1990’s. So far we have:
And now for the number 8 selection. This selection was a mid-round pick of Parcells, in the AFC title season in 1998. He’s an offensive lineman, so his value does not show up in a boxscore. But, he stepped right in, started at left tackle in 1998 and didn’t relinquish the position until 2005. His name?
Jason was chosen in the 4th round of the 1998 draft, with the 111th pick overall.
He stepped into the lineup as a rookie, starting all sixteen games to Vinny Testaverde’s blind side in 1998. He remained the Jets starter all the way through 2005, starting every game he was active for during those seasons.
Like I said before, there aren’t a lot of stats to look at when you are talking about an offensive lineman, especially one from years ago, and our friends from Pro Football Focus were not around yet giving out their player grades. Instead, we look at where he was picked, which was in the middle rounds. Combine that with the fact that he played arguably the most important position on the offensive line, left tackle.
And, add THAT to the fact that he did it for 8 seasons in the Green and White, blocking for Curtis Martin’s 1,000 yard seasons, as well as quarterbacks, and Fabini takes an obvious spot amongst the best draft choices from the decade of the 90’s.