It's time for today's edition of: "Dustin Keller: Stay or Go?". You would have to live under a rock to be a regular on this site and not notice the very heated debates regarding whether or not Dustin Keller's future should involve him in a Green and White uniform. I feel like I've been saying the same things over and over again in various comments throughout various posts, responding to the same arguments over and over again. So this is my ultimatum to get my thoughts across for every one of you to see. In the words of the late, great Heath Ledger, "And here...we...go."
First things first, I like Keller and I want him back in a Jets uniform this year, next year, and a couple more years after that. Best case scenario, I'd want him a Jet for the entire good part of his career. He was the only consistent weapon last year in an offense that by the end of the season was nothing short of a complete mess that couldn't move the ball. When things around a certain player don't work, that player generally gets dragged down a bit too, and yet he STILL had over 800 receiving yards. Yeah, there are all those questions about whether or not he fits into the new offense (I don't feel like I need to explain why), but we
might be are getting ahead of ourselves a touch here, since we don't know what exactly the new offense is going to look like, aside from a prevalent running game and some vertical shots. But you know what? Good coaches find a way to work with the talent that they have. One of the first things Sparano said in his conference call was that it's important that your offense fits the players that you have. So why take away your most consistent offensive weapon just because you're a little afraid that it Might not fit? Can't we at least wait a little bit to see what the offense looks like?
Now, some of you are also saying that Jeff Cumberland can do the Job just as well. Jeff Cumberland has had ONE meaningful catch in his entire NFL career. I know he's very athletic for his size, but banking on potential is a great way to end up with a real issue on a team. Wayne Hunter looked fine in a few starts last season. Look what happened to him as a full-time player. The coaches were banking on Jamaal Westerman's potential to improve our pass rush, and that didn't work out either. Heck, if it wasn't for Maybin, David Harris would've been the Player with the fewest sacks to lead a team with 5 (I think). Mark Sanchez also just won't trust any old tight end like he does Dustin Keller. It's like how Tony Romo trusts Jason Witten, and how Philip Rivers trusts Antonio Gates. Not to mention Cumberland also becomes a free agent next year, just like Keller. Granted Cumberland is an RFA so we can tender him, but that's still a similar cap hit to what Keller would be if we kept him.
I think most of you get my point by now, so i'll leave it at that. Disagree and hate all you want, but this is my stance. It will not change. Here's to Keller being a Jet for the foreseeable future.