The New York Jets Face the Music in 2013
The online sportsbook experts believe that the New York Jets really tried to avoid another circus-like atmosphere leading into the 2013 season. The team got rid of general manager Mike Tannenbaum, who took the fall for the circus that was the New York Jets. But by the time free agency and the draft was over, it was pretty obvious that the head ringmaster of this circus sits in the owner’s office. It is Woody Johnson who keeps Jets’ fans frustrated and he has done it again for the 2013 season.
The betting sites know that the New York Jets are saddled with the ridiculous contract that former general manager Mike Tannenbaum gave to quarterback Mark Sanchez, but New York is really not being realistic with its fate. Mark Sanchez has shown repeatedly that he is not capable of being a starting quarterback in the NFL, yet the Jets refuse to bite the bullet, release Sanchez and start over again. Instead, the Jets insist that Sanchez will be given the chance to compete for the starting quarterback job that is apparently his to begin with. Sanchez will be competing with overhyped rookie Geno Smith, which means nothing but bad things for Jets’ fans in 2013.
The entire sports betting world understands why the New York Jets parted ways with cornerback Darrelle Revis. Every time a new cornerback contract was signed somewhere in the league, Revis would hold out until his contract was worth more. In the last two seasons, Revis has sustained two fairly critical leg injuries that will insure that he is never going to be the player he once was. The Jets are hoping that they can do some addition by subtraction by allowing Revis to leave and bringing in rookie Dee Milliner to pick up the slack.
The real hope is that cornerback Antonio Cromartie takes over as the leader on the defense and puts more of a team feeling into a unit that has been dominated by “Revis Island” for years. The Jets still have the makings of a talented defense, but it will take time to see how the pieces fall into place.
The Bottom Line
The New York Jets can move the offensive pieces around as much as they want, the fact is that this team has no quarterback. There are reasons why most experts are shocked that the Jets took Geno Smith in the second round instead of waiting to grab him in later rounds, where he certainly would have still been available. The Jets have not shown that they understand the futility of the Mark Sanchez situation, which means that New York fans can expect another season of missed passes, interceptions and “butt fumbles” from their less than competent starting quarterback. It will be another long season in the Big Apple for a team that seems to thrive on the wrong kinds of headlines.
Prediction: Third in the AFC East and out of the playoffs