By now it is evident to all Jets fans that the best and most exciting part of our team is our D-Line threesome of Wilkerson, Harrison, and Richardson; who have been dubbed "the Sons of Anarchy". While they are the pride and joy of our team and give us something to look forward to on Sundays, there are a few looming questions that are overlooked with them that I want to bring up.
1. Why has there been so little discussion about an extension for Harrison?
-The talk of the offseason about the Sons has been dominated by talks about an extension for big Mo Wilkerson, yet it is the up and coming nose tackle Damon "Snacks" Harrison that is set to be a free agent next year. Why has there not been a priority to retain him? He may not be as elite as Wilkerson (yet) but he is clearly on the upswing and quickly becoming one of the leagues best nose tackles. The Sons are the heart and soul of the team and losing the man in the middle would be a huge blow. Kenrick Ellis is a solid player and great backup but with his injury history and lower ceiling than Harrison I would not be comfortable with Ellis replacing him. On top of all this, Harrisons price is only going to go up as he approaches free agency if he puts together another productive year.
2. Has Wilkerson reached his ceiling?
While Wilkerson's popularity continues to increase and he has become the face of the franchise, some experts would argue that he had a better season in 2012 to 2013. Have we already seen the best of Wilkerson? Will he continue to improve and be widely considered one of the best D-ends in the NFL? Or will he stay about the same and be overshadowed by rising stars such as Jadeveon Clowney and even his own teammate Sheldon Richardson? Considering all of this, how much should we be willing to give him on that looming contract extension?
3. An injury to one of our beloved sons would be devastating. However, if you had to pick one of them to go down, who would it be?
-Who could we live without? Who would be the worst to lose? Many will probably say Snacks, but remember his backup is also injury prone, and if we had to go down to our third string NT things could get ugly. I would hate to see Richardsons development be hampered by a bad injury. I know this one is a downer, but as Jets fans we must prepare for the worst.
What do you think about all of this? What are your main concerns about the Sons? Can we keep them together long term or will they just be another brief bright spot in the history of the New York Jets? Just how good can they be? Time will only answer these questions but we can debate since its the offseason, we are bored, and we f*ckin love the sons of anarchy.