Donald Penn has been a good signing so far. Anyways all the players that they signed could all get cut after the season and still have about 60 mil in cap space next year.
They need to continue to build through the draft.
Not my point. First off the Bucs team is full of "power FA signings", so Verner is just one example of what overall is a poor team-building strategy. Verner has been fine, but he's been far from special and he hasn't made an impact on what has been a terrible pass defense overall (31st in passing yards per game, 25th in overall defensive DVOA per football outsiders).
I don't meant to call you out Champ, but you declared Goldson and Barron one of the best safety tandems in the league when the signing took place, and continue to claim they're a good duo. Now I think they're both bad, but if you think they're good and the pass defense is as awful as it is with these three players, how can you claim Verner would have fixed the Jets' problems?
Also Verner's zone style is the opposite of what Rex depended on with Revis, etc.
Let's not forget the Jets had their chance to sign Darrelle Revis this offseason. They were actually his first choice after the Bucs released him (Pats were 2nd). Rex wanted him...management said no.
Could've had dude back on a reasonable 1 year deal after trading him away the previous season for a 1st and 3rd. They drop the ball, stay $20M under the cap, and now they're in this mess.
Revis wouldn't have fixed all their issues, but he plugs up a huge hole and you keep him away from a division rival.
Rex & Geno were set up to fail.
Sure but Revis is on a big one year deal and hasn't exactly been lighting it up for the Pats. It's not like this team is about to contend—they need to be looking at long term solutions.
There are lots of criticisms to be leveled but not signing a bunch of random FAs isn't the right one. Should they have done what the Bucs did? The Raiders? How did that work out? They should have signed Byrd like New Orleans? Revis like the Pats? What have those moves done so far? They were supposed to be one of the worst teams in football last year... That roster has crazy holes that will take time to fill.
Problem is the local media HATES the Jets and the Jets fans side with the media, so they'll never have the time to build it the right way.
Darrelle's first few weeks were okay by his standards. Not bad, not great. A lot of that had to do with how Bill was using him and adjusting to the new rules (something that hasn't got much attention with a few of the league's top corners looking human). They finally turned him loose this past Sunday and he looked like old Revis. DSA already went into it so I won't go further.
I agree with your overall vision, but IMO it doesn't apply in this specific case with the Jets/Revis. They're familiar with each other and Rex plays to Revis' strengths and vice versa. I didn't have an issue with the Jets wanting to build from last year's 8-8 team with a coach on the final year of his deal. I assumed they wanted to at least make the playoffs and see what happens from there. They just went about it the wrong way. No sense of direction and leaving $20M on the table with a poor secondary and their second year QB running for his life every Sunday. A 1 year deal for Revis at $12M is very reasonable. It's not going to tie up your cap and you leave the Patriots extremely weak at an important position.
Remember, Bill went out and got Revis only after they lost Talib.
This is a team that had a bottom-5 roster last year. Now you want to fire the GM because they are bad the next year. That's why bad teams stay bad.
And I don't see Ryan succeeding as a head coach. DC yes, hell yes. But he would have to make major changes in his approach to win a Super Bowl as a head coach.
I wouldn't fire the GM. Their approach was terrible which = confusing *** offseason. It's time to map out a plan after this year.
I think Rex was left out to dry by a cheap owner and a GM that didn't hire him, but I'm with you on needing to make significant changes in his next stop.
It's crazy how Bill sometimes trusts his college coach butt buddies over people in his own front office or using the conventional approach. Did you hear on F&M how he has a history of "going rogue" in drafts? No wonder we end up with craptastic picks. This ******* guy.
To his credit, he is a master at adjusting and changing identity on a week to week basis so he usually gets it right (unlike Schiano who stubbornly refused to cater to his best chess piece).
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