The questionable selections of Dee Milliner and Sheldon Richardson for the Jets in the first round last night did not shock, stun, and make me ill because they were not worthy of selection. Both guys will be starters. And I guess we learned what we knew all along, come September Kyle Wilson and Kendrick Ellis WILL NO LONGER BE STARTERS.
What makes me ill is the manner in which the Jets management continues to indulge Rex Ryan's propensity for demanding defensive players like children's toys at the expense of the offense. In a draft with many good corners, there was absolutely no reason to take Milliner in the first round, particularly with guys with better probable upsides such as Jonthan Banks, Darius Slay, Sanders Commings, etc, etc, strewn throughout the draft. However helpful Richardson will be in stopping the run AND pressuring the quarterback, there are many good defensive tackles that could have been had in the draft in ensuing rounds.
Ryan immediately mortgaged the Jets future when he brought in his best buddies from the Baltimore defense and they helped him get to two AFC Title games. Now we are paying the price and now we needed to change.
Ryan is a great defensive coach and if it were up to him he would probably draft 7 corner backs every year. His creativity makes the Jets defense very good but it has come at the expense of the offense. His head is still back with the Ravens defense that beat the Giants in the Super Bowl a decade ago: he thinks a great defense can basically win by itself.
He promised to run an offense this year that "will attack" with play makers. With 6 picks left at most, and at least one OLB needed for the defense, an offensive tackle, one if not two offensive guards, two safeties, perhaps a quarterback, that doesn't leave many picks left to draft offensive play makers that can get open deep or run with the power and authority Ryan would like to see.
It is hard to see these picks as anything other as going away presents from Izad to Ryan.
The Ryan Defensive Circus did not begin with Rex. It began more than three decades ago with his father Buddy Ryan, the flamboyant, loud-mouthed coach of the Eagles and Cardinals, sacrificing the offensive to the fun and games of his defensive genius. It didn't work then and it isn't enough now.