This offseason has been longer than normal for Jets fans. It started out extremely promising, with GM Mike Tannenbaum making all of the right moves. Acquiring Santonio Holmes, LaDainian Tomlinson and Antonio Cromartie for little to nothing, which certainly on paper looked to be 'steals.' However, LG Alan Faneca and K Jay Feely were released to make room for OLB Jason Taylor. Still, the season was looking to be a very promising one.
And then CB Darrelle Revis began holding out.
As we saw in last night's game, CB Antonio Cromartie and rookie CB Kyle Wilson are excellent cover corners. They have great awareness, and they love to play physical in press coverage. However, it is clear the Jets lack depth in their secondary without Revis out there, as Dwight Lowery is an extreme liability at nickel back, and CB Drew Coleman has always been trash (every year it's a wonder that he's still here).
HOWEVER, there have been a lot of bright spots at training camp as well: FB John Conner, DE Mike Devito, WR Santonio Holmes, RB LaDainian Tomlinson, CB Antonio Cromartie, and CB Kyle Wilson all have looked great in Cortland, and QB Mark Sanchez appears to be recovered from his knee surgery.
The guys over at Covers.Com obviously don't agree with me, as they placed the Jets in their "Top 5 Most Tragic Training Camps" list. Let's look at their
sound awful reasoning, which embodied nothing but the holdout of CB Darrelle Revis:
It’s been a tough go for the Jets. Cornerback Darelle Revis, perhaps their best player, is entrenched in a holdout. Receiver Santonio Holmes missed the first three days of camp with a personal issue, and when the regular season begins, he will be suspended for four games.
And coach Rex Ryan was even knocked down to size (is that even possible?) by his mother for using profanity during Hard Knocks.
Forever in the shadows of the Giants, Yankees and Mets, the Jets are learning how tough life can be in the New York, as well as the national, spotlight.
Weak argument if you ask me. How do you feel, GGN?