The tweet heard round the world is out. We as Jets fans, and as a Jets community are hurting right now. There are 50 posts on this site alone about the disappointing season, about how bad Sanchez is, about Shottenheimer's inept playcalling. Even Rex Ryan is down on himself, saying the Jets are obviously not the best, and he deserves the ridcule and criticism.
We're already thinking about next year, and how to fix it, when in the past we should be be talking about how to beat the upcoming oponent and make a run in the playoffs. Well, you might not all agree with me, but the football gods are smiling on you all right now. They are giving Mike Tannenbaum another chance, after two bad WR decisions. They are giving Shottenheimer another chance, after getting the opportunity to get Big Play Bray back, and another chance at a long threat. Most of all they are giving all of us the chance to see the light at the end of the tunnel.Braylon Edwards represents all that is good and bad with the Jets. During his time here he was good, he was talented. He made some mistakes, he was brash on the field, he backed it up. He was tough, he blocked well, and you could see in his face he didn't care who was making plays as long as they were being made. He never complained about Holmes being the #1 wide receiver. He might have had his off the field troubles, but no one is perfect. They guy also had a heart of gold, and consistently did things for the community and inner city kids for as long as he's been a Jet, and even with the Cleveland Browns.
Imagine lining up Edwards, and Burress at flanker and split end, and having Holmes in the slot. That is Jets football. Imagine Sanchez having 2 large wide outs to throw jump balls to. Imagine Holmes not being double teamed and being able to run open in space. Braylon should have never been let go. I've said before that Edwards was the better of the 2 receivers, but he was viewed as more of a headache. Now we all have another chance to get a fresh start.
Probably, by the time I finish blogging this there will be an ESPN report that Edwards has been signed off waivers by the Giants, Raiders, or some other team, but I'm hoping, just hoping there is a slim chance he comes home to us Jets. This is where he belongs. He made the Jets passing game when he came here. He made the big plays.
Now let's get to today. Its December, and the Jets are fighting for their playoff lives. We might make it in, and we might not. I don't know, but I'm not going to worry about it. I'm going to think about the here and now, and the opportunity that presents itself.
The job of a general manager is to do what is necessary to make the team better. Can anyone honestly say that the receiving corps on this Jets team does not need Braylon Edwards? Edwards had 50+ catches last year, but still had 900 yards receiving. Several Jets have 50 catches this year, but the leading receiver is Dustin Keller with 600 yards. That represents a 300 yard decline in the top receiver on the same amount of catches. That right there tells you, that Braylon, not Holmes is the deep threat. The big play guy.
I know he's not 100%, he might not even be 50%. But he is hands down a better wide receiver than Eron Riley who is quietly sitting on the active roster. RIley can be a practice squad player, but this roster spot he is holding hostage needs to go to the last great WR the Jets had, and thats Braylon Edwards. This move is threefold as it brings back our playmaker, Sanchez's security blanket, and gives us the inside edge of resigning him next season.