Are the Jets playing with fire?

Ross Tucker from Sports Illustrated thinks that the Jets are playing with fire by screwing around with their #1 ranked run game this off-season..

The running back decisions take the cake. The Jets jettisoned Thomas Jones after a career year in which he gained over 1,400 yards and scored 14 TDs. They replaced him with former superstar LaDainian Tomlinson, who brings name brand recognition but little else, as his average yards per carry slipped from 4.7 in 2007 to 3.8 in 2008 to 3.3 in 2009. Anyone else seeing a trend there? Yet the Jets got rid of Jones and are essentially paying L.T. the same amount they would have had to pay Jones. Hmmmm.
They also traded Leon Washington, the unquestioned star of the 2008 season who suffered a broken leg early in 2009, for pretty much nothing. The Jets may not have thought Washington would return to form and certainly didn't seem interested in giving him a contract extension, but betting on USC running back Joe McKnight to fill that role is a gamble. McKnight never lived up to his hype coming out of high school and is considered a very poor man's Reggie Bush.
But the Jets should be still be fine because they bring back the best line in football, a group with 34 consecutive starts together, right? Wrong. They recently released Alan Faneca, even though they have to pay him $5.25 million this year guaranteed. Does that make sense? They'd rather pay him $5.25 million to not play than $7.5 million to actually suit up for all 16-plus games?

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While we always have to stay optimistic that the Front Office knows what it's doing, you have to wonder during this offseason. There have been a few moves that were questionable in my point of view.With the number 1 run offense last year, and the sole offensive reason we made it to the AFC Championship, I'm a little apprehensive in the back of my mind after all the moves this season. Here are a few reasons why:

  •  Releasing Thomas Jones for LT is a move that will sell jerseys and probably put a few asses in the seats, but I don't know if it's going to win football games. Thomas Jones was much more productive then LT and was a proven locker room leader. Does LT still have any left in the tank? I guess we will have to wait and see this season.
  • I'm unsure of Joe McKnight filling Leon's role. I loved Leon, he was one of my favorite Jets players. I can understand why the Jets let him go though, his leg snapped in half and there is no guarantee he will ever be the same player, especially when he is playing with a metal fucking rod in his leg. McKnight didn't live up to his expectations in college, so what makes me think he is going anywhere in the NFL.
  • Getting rid of Faneca was downright dumb. The offensive lineman loved him, Mangold, Woody and D-Brick were all upset that the Jets let him go. And who's going to fill his spot, Vlad Ducasse? Matt Slauson?


While there is reason for concern, the Jets will be fine. Sanchez will mature in the offense, Shonn Greene will develop into a stud, and the defense will continue to shut team's down. All we need is a mediocre offense with our defensive strength and were golden.

  -The Jersey Jets Fan



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