I know that tinley24 just wrote a piece on the possibility of the Jets adding Nnamdi Asomugha to the puzzle but I had already planned on writing this piece, so whatever. I'll put a slightly different spin on the whole situation.
Much talk has been made the entire offseason regarding the Jets CB situation. Not only is Antonio Cromartie a free agent but so is the superb Nnamdi Asomugha from Oakland as well as numerous other free agents (Champ Bailey, Richard Marshall, Johnathan Joseph, Carlos Rogers, Ike Taylor etc.). The other possibility is that we bring back none of these guys and let Kyle Wilson be the starter next season. Here goes.
Nnamdi Asomugha: Getting Asomugha would be a tremendous boon to this defense. He is probably the best corner in the league whose name doesnt rhyme with Sharelle Crevis. Not only that but he is coming over from a system in Oakland that played man coverage pretty exclusively which is what the Jets love to play. Much like Revis, Asomugha plays his man w/o any other help from safetys and cornerbacks. The advantage of this is that the Jets will than be able to leave the oppositions top 2 receivers on RevisAso Island. The Jets would than have at least 1 extra defensive back available to help out in other areas of the field. Think back to this postseason. In the Indy gm, the play that nearly beat us was a deep bomb to Pierre Garcon where Brodney Pool was supposed to help but couldnt quite make it over in time. This would probably not happen anymore. Nnamdi would be taking Garcon solo and Pool would be helping out on another receiver somewhere else on the field. Garcon would also probably not be able to get open on Nnamdi. Touchdwn saved. Move farther along to the Pats gm. The reason that the Jets were so effective is that they dropped extra guys into coverage to take away the threat of the Pats TE's. While this was partly due to the fact that the Jets werent blitzing at all, it was also due to the fact that b/c the Pats didnt have a deep threat, Cro was able to take his man straight up w/o any help. This allowed extra defenders to clog the field rather than help Cro out. Cro usually needed the help though. The extra defenders would be utilized in helping cover opposing TE's and backup WR's.
Getting Nnamdi would also help the pass rush out. By taking an extra guy out of coverage we can utilize that player to be an extra blitzer. Additionally, w/ Nnamdi and Revis blanketing the top 2 receivers on the other team, the QB will often not have anywhere to throw the ball. As evidenced by the Pats game, when a QB has nowhere to throw the ball it often leads to sacks. Was the Jets pass rush better in that gm than it was the rest of the season. Not really. But coverage sacks are cool too. Now, many ppl (including yours truly) were quite unhappy about the ferocity of our pass rush and feel that it needs to improve. The problem is that there arent really any elite pass rushers available (any who were available got the franchise tag) and the draft is a crapshoot at best. If we get Nnamdi though, the pass rush doesnt neccessarily have to be incredible b/c there will no receivers open and our pass rushers will have extra time to get to the QB. Obviously, I'm not advocating not improving the pass rush. I'm merely saying that if we get Nnamdi, we dont have to fix it nearly as much as we would if we went w/ any of the other options.
Another pt opponents of bringing in Nnamdi is the "dont put too many eggs in one basket" argument. I really dont understand this at all. Everybody knows that the most important position in Rex Ryan's defense is cornerback. If you dont believe this than clearly you havent realized that he likes CB's even more than he likes his wife's feet or pretzle M&M's. Seriously. Now, if that is the most important part of the defense doesnt it make sense to make that area as good as possible???? Imagine youre the GM of the Bears. The most important part of your defense is your defensive ends. If Dwight Freeney became available in free agency, would you sit on your laurels b/c you already have Julius Peppers. Well, you shouldnt. B/c if you had Freeney and Peppers you would be UNBLOCKABLE. Could you imagine if the Steelers had both James Harrison and Demarcus Ware on the same team???? If Larry Fitzgrald decided to join Andre Johnson on the Texans???? Thats what we're looking at here folks. THE BEST FREAKIN CB TANDEM IN THE HISTORY OF ORGANIZED PRO FOOTBALL. And it would be on the most important part of our defense. Somewhere, Tom Brady is wetting his Uggs at the thought.
The other issue, and really the biggest one, is the money issue. We barely have enough money for our own free agents so how are we gonna be able to afford Nnamdi. Here's the deal. I say to start off that we keep Braylon and Santonio. However, after that many ppl are expendable. If we cut Jenkins (maybe resign him at veterans minimum) Woody (Hunter or DuCasse to replace him) Hartsock (he sucks) Brunell (let him be QB coach for Sanchez) Taylor (or let him sign a 1 day contract w/ the Dolphins. Wouldnt that be sweet. Awwwwww) Bryan Thomas (pleeeeaaaaasssseeeeeee cut him. the man is a human football wasteland) and LT (he was bad starting from the Denver gm. Shonn Greene should be the starter) we would save $19.19 million dollars. You read that correctly. We could also save money by not resigning players like Brad Smith (an easily replaceable player who will make too much money) Shaun Ellis (I'd love to have him back but he might want way more $ than he deserves) and restructuring Bart Scotts contact (or cutting him, which I dont think will happen but Crackback thinks will happen) than we end up saving a whole lotta dough for the cause. Nnamdi I think will prob go for somewhere in the $12-14 million range while Cro will prob command at leat $9 million. I think w/ these savings we would definitely be able to afford the $3-5 million difference.
Frankly, none of the other options ar all that appealing. I saw Cro get burned way too many times this yr. While he had his moments, he also really sucked at times and is a walking penalty. If he had 1 interception for every kid, woman or state that he had kid in that would be one thing. He only had 3 though. And dont bring up the fact that Revis and Namdi each had none, that was b/c they were never thrown at. The season before when Revis was thrown at most in the league he had 6 ints. The same would happen if we got Nnmadi. The only reason Revis wasnt thrown at is that QB's were able to avoid him b/c other receivers were open. However, if the 2nd receiver isnt open they will be forced to throw at Revis far more often.
Anyone who wants any of the other CB's, be it through free agency, draft or Kyle Wilson has some serious 'splainin to do. Why would you want that over this? Unless, of course you're a closet PhinFan