Five Reasons to be Excited About the 2013 New York Jets: #3

May 22, 2013; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie (31) during the New York Jets organized team activities at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

We are almost there everybody. Well actually, the rookies are there. The rookies have reported to SUNY Cortland for training camp. The veterans report in just a couple of days. Football is almost back! It’s about time, after going through a week of about 9,000 degree heat.

With that, let’s continue with our list. The list of five reasons to be excited about the 2013 New York Jets. So far we have talked about:

Marty Mornhinweg
Chris Ivory

Now, the third reason to be excited about the 2013 New York Jets:

CRO THE LEADER, CRO THE MENTOR

I am sure that I wasn’t the only one that was a little bit worried when Mr. Revis  went down for the season.  It wasn’t unfounded, our fears.  We had seen “Good Cro”, and we had seen “Bad Cro”.  Bad Cro was really bad.  Who was going to show up?

What turned out was more than we every imagined.  “Good Cro” became the star of the show, becoming the number one corner that we needed him to be.  He was the leader of the defensive backfield, finishing the season with 3 INT’s.  He also finished the year only allowing quarterbacks to throw to a 69.7 quarterback rating.

This year, Antonio Cromartie is taking it to the next level.  He brought his defensive back colleagues to California, similar to Mark Sanchez, holding a camp of his own, “Camp Cro”.  Our number one corner is teaching the guys to “Play Like a Jet”.  If a defensive backfield is going to play well, they have to be able to play well TOGETHER.  They have to understand where each of their teammates is going to be, and when, in addition to their own responsibilities.

For example, the cornerback, on a receiver going deep, has to know where he needs to be, obviously.  He also has to know if he has help deep, or if he is working on his own.  If he doesn’t understand the entire play, that is when we have breakdowns, and long TDs.

Cromartie is doing what he can to prevent this.  He is leading, he is teaching, and his ability to step it up is a reason to be very excited about the upcoming season.

 

Topics: Antonio Cromartie, New York Jets

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  • Korwil

    Cro has become a leader on d and it is much needed. Cant wait to watch him this year because we will face some tough QBs and WRs. Our secondary looks very good as long as the FS spot doesn’t become a liability.

    So far I am excited about everything you’re mentioning.

    • Paul Newbold

      Safety is a huge concern all around, though nobody seems to be talking much about it. Landry is a stop gap, and was never really a premier safety. Bush and Allen are still question marks as starters. The secondary played well without Revis last year, but they had veteran safeties on roster. Now with a new corner, and a lack of experience in the safety positions..it’ll be interesting to see what Rex does with this group.

      • TheJetPress

        No doubt Paul

    • TheJetPress

      Thanks Korwil…good to hear from you again by the way, it’s been a while.

  • Paul Newbold

    I’ll withhold comment, I think most know I put Cro in the same category as Holmes.:)

    • TheJetPress

      I hear ya

  • matr dontelli iii

    sometimes a player is reluctant to take on a leadership role over a ‘superior’ player. in the past, the injury-prone cornerback claimed to be mentoring kyle wilson. the results weren’t much different than the results from markie studying with chad last year. other than that i never saw anything resembling leadership from him. great on-field performance? yes, leadership? no. cro performed very well (but not great) last year and began talking the talk of a leader. he has taken that to the next level this off season. news also came out detailing his new financial responsibility which stated that money has been put aside to provide for each of his kids up to the age of 21 (if i read correctly) meaning he has been ‘growing up’ for quite some time now, which, of course, does not fit the agenda of the moronic media so therefore generally goes unspoken. if the leading cro is doing produces a more cohesive secondary which includes several young and new players we will be benefitting fourfold. better secondary play. better line play (richardson, from the draft pick), a third rounder next year and saving sixteen million a year. this does not even take into account the fact that cro has missed just one game since joining the team whereas that other guy’s body seems to struggle dealing with the rigors of the nfl season. i say again, good riddance. i am really happy for cro and hope he sticks around and continues to grow as a player and person. he carries himself as a player who truly appreciates being a jet.

    • TheJetPress

      All fair points as usual sir.

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