It's about time someone within the organization holds the New York Jets front office accountable.
And if it had to be a player, cornerback Darrelle Revis is the right man for the job.
According to Newsday:
In discussing the many questions surrounding the state of the Jets, Revis said Wednesday that he's not convinced the front office has done enough to help [Jets quarterback Mark] Sanchez be successful.
"You've got to do what's best for the team," the All-Pro cornerback told Newsday, "and I don't know if we've been wise in that department."
Factually speaking, he's absolutely right.
Here's a quick rundown of the Jets' notable offseason acquisitions on offense:
- Wide receiver Chaz Schilens, signed in free agency
- Quarterback Tim Tebow, acquired via trade
- Wide receiver Stephen Hill, drafted in the second round
- Running back Terrance Ganaway, drafted in the sixth round
- A tall wide receiver with potential who can't stay healthy
- A backup quarterback
- A tall wide receiver with potential who can't run the route tree
- A between-the-tackles running back to complement between-the-tackles back Shonn Greene
Are the players the Jets added upgrades over the players who left? That's up for debate and will be determined by their performance this year, but how likely is it that those upgrades are substantial enough to mark significant improvement on offense?
Early returns in the preseason indicate the Jets, if anything, have regressed offensively since last year, having failed to score a single offensive touchdown in the team's first two games.
But perhaps more important than any of the upgrades they made is the one they didn't make—actually, the one they tried to make by trading for an offensive tackle with two bad wheels.
After what was arguably the worst performance for an offensive tackle last year, the fact that right tackle Wayne Hunter is still starting is the easiest indication that the Jets simply didn't do enough to help the offense.
At times, it was Hunter's poor performance alone that derailed the Jets offense in 2011, and that has continued in the preseason with the right tackle giving up three sacks against the Giants.
And now he's being benched (more on that in a later article).
Having said all that, there's no getting around the fact that the Jets went harder after a backup quarterback than they did after a right tackle. Which, do you think, would have been a greater help to Sanchez?
Truth be told, the Jets' seeming unwillingness to help Sanchez dates back to last year, when the team's response to the departures of tackle Damien Woody and wide receivers Braylon Edwards and Jerricho Cotchery was to promote Hunter, while bringing in Plaxico Burress and Derrick Mason at wide receiver.
Mason was gone by Week 10. Burress left in free agency this year. While some of the players the Jets have added are upgrades over the ones who left, it could be argued that the Jets have done progressively less and less to help Sanchez over the four offseasons he's been with the team.
Someone needed to be brutally honest about the Jets' poor offseason moves, and who better to do that than Revis, the one constant the Jets have been able to count on for the entirety of the Ryan era?
The only problem with his comments is that while they were needed and accurate, they won't help the problem at hand. There's no cavalry to call in, the free-agent market is lacking and the chances of the Jets making significant improvements on offense before the regular season begins are slim.
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