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:
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.