Dec 2, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets tight end Dustin Keller (81) runs with the ball while being chased by Arizona Cardinals inside linebacker Daryl Washington (58) during the first half at Metlife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

Dustin Keller’s Comments Bring Interesting Perspective Regarding the New York Jets


Sometimes it takes a recent player scorned to give the best take on what is going on. This may be what is going on here.

We know the recent past, and specifically, the comments made by players recently through the Jets’ organization. Whether it’s Kris Jenkins, or more recently LaDainian Tomlinson, all they seem to do is attack their former team. It’s an ironic move, especially by Jenkins. Why? Because his comments were made while working for the team! SNY is the Jets station. So, the Jets give a retired player a job, and all he does is bash them. Interesting.

It’s a similar situation for Tomlinson, although he never worked for the team. What were the Jets guilty of, in Tomlinson’s case? Giving him a second chance to resurrect his career, and make a run at a title while doing it. Wow, the Jets were real SOB’s to Tomlinson, weren’t they?

So what does LDT do? He finds a microphone, and uses every chance he could get to knock down his old team. Seems like a responsible idea. Maybe that is why most Jets fans are sick and tired of listening to him speak. And by the way, he is not LT. I am a Jets fan, but there is still only one LT in New York, and there always will be. His name is Lawrence Taylor. I just needed to throw that out there.

Now in walks Dustin Keller. Now, mind you, Keller is still in the league, with the rival Dolphins. When asked about his time with the Jets, Dustin offered this regarding the media:

“There’s always some type of nonsense going on. When you’re in the New York media, you don’t say that you’re used to all of that; there’s always going to be distractions,” he said. “But this is really more so than anywhere else. You’re really talking about a team — we didn’t even go to the playoffs the year before — and it seemed like we’re in the media more than anyone else, and for the wrong reasons. You never want that.

The fact that Keller is still in the league is an important point not to overlook. We saw last year that Dustin wanted to be here. All through the preseason, Keller wanted to open negotiations, pretty badly as it seemed. It’s understandable, all Dustin Keller knew as a professional football player was the New York Jets, and he wanted to keep it that way.

But the Jets weren’t interested. Instead, they stalled, stalled, and stalled, and eventually Keller walked. My point? Keller had every reason, at least in his own head, to bash his former team. Look at the circumstantial evidence, it would seem almost understandable that he would be annoyed.

But instead, Keller talked about what the rest of us fans see, the real reason for the circus. The media. Keller brought that out. Why? Are the other guys blind? Are they dumb? Nope. The priorities are different. Guys like Tomlinson care about their wallets. Guys like Keller understand honest evaluation, and what REALLY goes on behind closed doors.

Maybe Keller could work in our front office. He seems to have the same tolerance for “nonsense” as John Idzik.

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  • Paul Newbold

    It is the Jet “Organization” itself to blame. In recent yrs they have been a PR failure themselves! Just my opinion, but when they finally rid themselves of Rex Ryan and his public rants, and favorites in the locker room the better! Woody and Rex’s need for publicity and headlines has finally worn off on their players! Jenkins, LT, Keller all class acts by all reports! I wonder where they learned to get all that publicity and attention???

    • TheJetPress

      Interesting take, I see your point.

    • matr dontelli iii

      i have my doubts about jenkins being a class act. i have no doubts, however, about the classlessness of tomlinson. despite his abilities and all he did in san diego they were glad to see him go. and he’s obviously persona non grata amongst his former jet teammates. it says something about the person when the people you leave behind are glad you leave. keller may or may not be a class act but i don’t think he articulated his thoughts that well.

      • Paul Newbold

        If we’re going to take offense to ex players taking “shots” at the Jets over the years, maybe we should start the list with MR JET himself! LOL

        • matr dontelli iii

          i just thought jenkins comments were more rhetorical than based in truth or fact. very espn-ish. i believe you’re a new commenter here – i don’t say that negatively, it’s nice to get more dialogue between readers. i say the ‘newbie’ thing because i don’t know if you saw the columns and comments about namath over the last month or so but quite a few people, including alan, have had almost as much to say about joe as joe has had to say about the jets. i’m of the belief that we’re on the right track and my point regarding namath and his criticisms is that he is alienating himself from the team and when we reach the superbowl he may find himself watching from the espn booth instead of woodhead johnson’s box. and that would be a shame.

          • Paul Newbold

            Yes, I am new to this page. For many years I commented in the New York papers, but recently tired of some of the nonsense. I’m an old man who actually started as a New York Titan fan ( I date Myself). I’m a die hard Jet fan, but I call them as I see them. Namath, God Bless Him, I’m afraid age is setting in and is effecting his better judgement. I’ll always be a Joe Namath fan though! :)

          • matr dontelli iii

            i’ve reached the point where i am very selective with what i’ll read. the daily news has reached unfathomable lows. their website is atrocious. their app is worse. their writing has reached supermarket tabloid levels. somehow, when, i don’t know, but the post has become the more respectable paper!?! i can’t believe i just typed that. i think my tablet is gonna explode! i’ll read jet articles in the post as long as they don’t have serby’s byline. i love mushnick and i think joel sherman has excellent baseball insight and opinions. i have no use for davidoff. vaccaro is kinda flaky. the rest are pretty vanilla. i enjoy the more prolific jet blogs like this one, turn on the jets and sny’s jets blog. anything else is just an occasional glance. i avoid espn like the plague. the worst thing to happen to sports in the history of sports.

    • matr dontelli iii

      i think rex is a great coach but in some ways needs to be reined in, which is where idzik comes in. kinda like the adult in the room. the best thing i can say for woodhead johnson is the he’s not james dolan or the wilpons (or leon hess for that matter). the team’s been in better shape since he bought it but that’s not saying much. while we haven’t gotten where we wanna go, we’re better than a lot of other franchises in the nfl. i think we’re on the right track but we’ve gotta find someone who can get open and catch the ball. i can’t believe what i’m reading so far about drops and the trainer’s room. sheesh.

    • TheJetPress

      cannot disagree that they were in part, a product of the front office.

  • TheJetPress

    Keep the debating going everyone. I love to read it