I know I am not alone in feeling the frustration regarding our lack of free agency moves. That has been covered at LENGTH all over this blog. While most of the counter arguments to the suicidal members of the fan base deal with Izzy's shrewd business tactics and future vision for this franchise (both of which are sound, and true), I think there is something else that is getting overlooked; and that is: what it means to be a Jet.
Some of you may remember our new General Manager both going on record and being reported as saying that this team (like Seattle) is focusing just as much on the personality of a player as much as the skill of the player. While this obviously refers to their assorted interviews with prospective draft prospects, why is anyone forgetting that this same strategy would apply to free agents?
What does it mean to play like a Jet? What does it mean to BE a Jet? It means that this organization cares about more than what you are capable of on the field. It means conducting yourself the way the Jets think a professional athlete in the NFL should. Carroll's approach in Seattle to pay just as much attention to a player's personality/strengths/struggles and MENTAL/EMOTIONAL health as they to do their physical training is paying off.
We don't want certain types of people in this locker room, and frankly that SHOULD matter. That isn't to say players we sign aren't going to have troubles, but it does mean that if we don't feel like help that person leave those troubles behind, we aren't going to invite him into our domain.
THIS, for example, is the main reason why I hope/think we won't bring in Vick. I know there are apologists, but aside from the fact that I don't really think he has anything to offer on the field anymore anyway being he is made of glass, I don't think he would have stopped what he was doing if he didn't get caught. I also saw the recent post about trading for DeSean Jackson. This is another prime example of the type of player we don't want here. Is everyone forgetting how good he is at arrogantly dumping the ball on his way to the end zone, only to drop it BEFORE he scores like a jackass?
It's time to start taking into account that perhaps not only are these free agents not willing to play for what Izzy wants to pay them, but that they are not the sort of people we want representing the Green and White. I, for one, couldn't be more proud at the fact that INTEGRITY is going to matter to this franchise. Hopefully from now on, being a JET means more than it ever has before.
P.S. For anyone wondering, the title of this piece is taken from a song by Jethro Tull, and it is incredibly moving.