New York Jets Fans and Media Want it Both Ways

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Dee Millner, Sheldon RichardsonAnother popular one is that the Jets should have drafted an offensive player in the 1st round with one of the first two picks. This is mainly a knock on Dee Milliner who held out, then got injured, then played terribly, then got re-injured. If you haven’t noticed this year the Jets’ secondary has been a weakness this year and Jake Locker was able to dominate by throwing to his first read which is exactly what the defense is supposed to take away. The team was forced to play more zone because the players available couldn’t play the traditional press man coverage and take away the first read thus giving the pass rush time to get home. Milliner can play this way when healthy (he only missed one game in his career at Alabama so stop feeding me the injury-prone label). How bad would the Jets cornerback depth be if they didn’t draft Milliner?

As for the offensive player instead who is this player? The Jets were all set to draft Tavon Austin, the do everything wide receiver from West Virginia at pick nine, but St Louis made a huge offer to jump the Jets to draft him at eight. He hasn’t set the world on fire yet in St. Louis so I would probably hear that the Jets should have drafted Milliner at this point if the roles were reversed. The rest of the wide receivers were low 1st round talents that would have been a huge reach that early. The other name I keep hearing is Tyler Eifert, the tight end from Notre Dame, but before the draft reports were out there that the team wasn’t high on Eifert. They preferred Ertz from Stanford who would be available in the early second round but didn’t last to pick 39 and they liked Travis Kelce but he didn’t make it to the team’s 3rd round pick. How can you ask the Jets to draft a player that they didn’t think highly of when you are only using hindsight? Over the next three years it will be proven whether the Jets were right or wrong in their round one strategy not after four weeks.

The other reason not to panic about not going with a high pick at wide receiver is next year’s draft class is full of quality wide receivers. Each draft does not occur in a vacuum. Next year’s draft class and free agent class are taken into account when decisions are made. the 2014 class includes stars like Sammy Watkins, Marques Lee and Mike Evans is deep while 2013′s class was considered weak. The 2014 NFL free agent class has Hakeem Nicks, Anquan Boldin, Andrew Hawkins & Emmanuel Sanders to name a few.

The point here is that 2013 is year one of a two-year rebuilding process. Next year the Jets will have 30-40 million in cap room and ten picks in the draft, including four in the 1st three rounds. This team isn’t complete nor could it have been. There was no way to fix every hole on the team in one offseason. I think the team can be competitive because no coach gets more out of less talent than Rex Ryan and Marty Mornhinweg is a good offensive coordinator. This year is about developing the young players on both sides of the ball and seeing if the product at the end of the season is stronger than the one we see now. This year requires patience and I’m glad that the front office has it even if most fans don’t.

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  • Vincent Hall

    I disagree with you. I understand that not everyone likes Sanchez and not everyone likes Geno Smith but come on. Even in his rookie year Sanchez wasn’t turning the ball over 3 and 4 times a game like clockwork. You yourself said Sanchez had 52 turnovers, he also had 2 different coordinators, and 5+ different starting wide receivers to throw to. Geno Smith might reach 52 turnovers in one season. I’m not against Geno Smith, but the GM is not getting starters, he is getting back ups and sub package guys. I think where we differ is you view this as a rebuilding team, and I don’t see the Jets that way.

    • Paul Newbold

      The GM came in with a huge lack of talent on the roster and no money to spend to fix it. I think he’s done a fair job so far. With no money to work free agency, and so many needs, he was forced to gamble on a couple of guys. I think he did a good job at this year’s draft, finding starters that can have an impact into the future.

      • Craig Hoffman

        5 starters from a draft all with the potential to have a long-term impact is a draft most GMs would be very happy with. While the jury is out on any draft for 3 years I liked what Idzik did a lot but I think it will come into focus even more after the 2014 draft and how that plays out.

    • matr dontelli iii

      While it’s a team game, markie nearly single-handedly lost five of the seven games for the team in 2009, with 3, 5, 2, 4 and 3 interceptions in those games. Geno’s got a ways to go before equalling that.

    • Craig Hoffman

      Sanchez had 12 touchdowns, 20 interceptions and 10 fumbles in 2009. He threw 5 interceptions in a game against Buffalo where the Jets ran the ball for 329 yards which they lost 16-13 in overtime. He was turning the ball over behind a much better offensive line with a much better running game. I picked the Jets to finish 8-8 and think they will be better by the end of the season as an extremely young team grows up. They are not a 4-12 rebuilding team but they are rebuilding their talent base and did a decent job with no money this year.

      • Craig Hoffman

        The point being they left Sanchez in and he delivered in the ’09 playoffs. They didn’t run to put in Kellen Clemens.

  • Paul Newbold

    Another good piece Craig. I’ve been saying all along this is a rebuilding year. It seems Jets fans aren’t happy unless there is a QB controversy and the “sports writers” do there best to feed off that!! I understand it, the media makes money off the drama, and long suffering fans are inpatient and frustrated with the quality of players they are putting out there. You do have to wonder what we have in Dee Millner however, given he came in late due a contract snag, was recovering from a prior injury, and then injured the hamstring along the way. His play on the field has been nothing short of horrendous for a first rounder however, his coverage has been loose, he’s had trouble turning to find the ball, and his tackling has been questionable as well. He was a stand out in college, and I was happy when they drafted him, now I’m growing a bit concerned. I’m sitting back and enjoying watching Geno Smith develop, the hell with the wins and losses. Next season they are projected to have plenty of picks and cap room, along with that a good looking rookie class from this team with more experience. They may very well be a force next season.

    • Craig Hoffman

      Thank you Paul I appreciate the feedback. I think that they will compete in 2014 especially if they don’t replace Rex and Mornhinweg which would retard Smith’s growth and ruin a great group of young defenders molded to play in this system. I still see this year’s team around .500 by year’s end with the arrow definitely pointing up next year.