Before the season started, the eagles were able to steal asomugha from us like a thief in the night. They also traded for Rodgers-Cromartie. Asomugha, Samuels and Rodgers-Cromartie on the same team? People thought that this would be the best corner tandem in the league. Why not? you've got a corner that was widely regarded as the best in the league, a ball hawk who intercepts a lot of balls, and a former starting corner in Rodgers-Cromartie. However, me like many Jets fans believed that they would have to show their dominance on the field before naming them kings. In my opinion, the Jets still tandem still hold the crown, for a couple of reasons:
Reason #1: Revis > Asomugha
The primary reason is this: This season is proof that Revis is obviously a step above every other corner in the league, including Asomugha. There should be no more discussion of a cornerback 1a and 1b, and wondering which corner fits into which spot. No, there should be no argument anymore. Simply put, there is Revis, and then there is everyone else.
Reason #2: The emergence of Kyle Wilson
We can all agree that at the end of last season, Kyle Wilson did not look very good. As a first round pick, you expect him to produce, and he failed to do that. Although it seemed like he had good coverage on plenty of plays, he had trouble getting his head around in time to find the ball, leading to him getting burned by just about everyone he got covered. Well, that's something that an offseason with Darrelle Revis can fix. Kyle Wilson took the initiative to train with Revis, and pick his brain, unlike another corner on the roster (Cromartie). This year, Kyle Wilson has been a great 3rd string corner for us. He's had an interception, he's always in good coverage, and boy, is he a great tackler. He has improved so much in his second year.
Reason #3: The stats don't lie
The Jets Passing defense has only allowed 12 passing touchdowns this year, second to only the Raven's 9. Where do the eagles stand? Well, they've let up 23 touchdowns. They have also picked off more balls (15 to 12), and have less yards allowed. In fact, the Jets passing defense beats the eagles and is near the top of the rankings in just about every category. This is not the only factor in the stats though. Of course the quality of your safeties, your pass rush etc., all play a factor. However, I think it would be safe to say that our pass defense would be number one if we had a dominant pass rusher, or a better safety.
I have believed for a while, and still believe that the Jets have the best cornerback tandem in the league.
What are your thoughts?