The Jets are one of the most media hyped teams to start the NFL season.
BetMania.com and other sportsbooks, posted odds listing the Jets as one of the top teams to win the Super bowl.
The band wagon is getting full in New York, and even I listed them as one of the six sleeper teams that can win the Super Bowl.
Then it happened. Darrelle Revis became a hold out.
One of the best players on the Jets roster, and perhaps in football, is not in training camp for the Jets.
Revis wants to be the highest paid cornerback in the league. He currently is supposed to make $1 million but is asking for $16 million. That is a big difference and in order to get paid like the best corner in football, he is agreeing to leave $20 million on the table over the next two years.
Rex Ryan is a player’s coach, so it’s no surprise that he supports his All-Pro player.“If he signs a contract one day before the first game, he’ll be in the starting lineup,” Ryan said.
There is no question that the Jets want him back in the lineup, but there is a concern that it will be tough for a deal to get done. General Manager Mike Tannenbaum told ESPNNewYork.com that they offered him a short term deal, and long term deal and both were denied.
So it looks as if both sides are at an impasse. Revis will have to bend and give up years and maybe even take less money to get this deal done. Right now that does not look likely.
The question remains, will this affect the Jets chances at a championship season? It depends on when he signs, but right now it does not look good.
In the first day of camp without him, Dwight Lowery worked with the starting unit. Antonio Cromartie joined in alongside Lowery and was moved to the left side. The result was mediocre mayhem on defense.
The defense seemed confused at times, allowing runners free in the backfield. There was a lack of communication between the secondary and the linebackers. In short, it was a disaster.
Ryan has plenty of camp left to fix these problems, but what happens when (and if) Revis comes back? There may be an adjustment when Revis does suit up, leading to a few roadblocks on the road to the Super Bowl.
Another problem is that other players like All-Pro center Nick Mangold, are in the middle of contract discussions. The irony of Ryan and Tannenbaum getting recent extensions, is not lost on the players. This can cause a distraction in camp as this team prepares for the upcoming season.
To make things more interesting the Jets are the feature of HBO’s “Hard Knocks.” The added pressure of a reality show and dealing with off field issues may have a negative impact on the field when it’s time to kickoff.
It will be fascinating to see how this all plays out, and how the Jets do in 2010.
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