Keidel: Kiss My Asomugha

By Jason Keidel
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So let’s get this straight…

Your Jets, who made it to the AFC title game the last two years – and were leading one at halftime – are now washed-up because you didn’t sign a cornerback who played in neither game?

You’ve got a young coach and quarterback on the brink of brilliance, just re-signed your best player (Santonio Holmes), have an owner with suitcases of cash and a GM who knows how to spend it, and you’re crying over a pint at your local pub?

You’ve got two of my beloved Steelers at wideout (you’re welcome), both with chips on their bulging shoulders, and you may retain Antonio Cromarti. Yes, Cromartie comes with the baggage of a nine-child brood (with eight women in six states) and an allergy to tackling (remember his “Ole!” to Shonn Green back in San Diego?), but when motivated, he’s an All-Pro cover guy.

At least you don’t have to worry about pronouncing Nnamdi’s name, an amalgam of consonants that make the Klitschko brothers blush. I offered my condolences to my phalanx of friends, Jets fans who are most despondent over the news that Philadelphia pulled of the improbable exacta of stealing two blue-chip athletes from New York in nine months (Cliff Lee being the first). But it’s time – forgive the nauseating cliché – to turn that frown upside down. There are a ton of teams, from Detroit to Dallas, who would love to have your problems.

This is that demented detachment from reality I described in my last column. The Jets and their fans get too high and too low. There should be no suicide watches when your beloved Gang Green fails to land a long-shot player. Not to sound too Pollyannaish, but the money meant for him can now be used for two players, or more.

Yes, football, like all team sports, is fueled by celebrity, by brand-name stars who bring buns to the seats and eyes upon the screen. But it’s also about depth. What if you signed Nnamdi now and he shreds his knee next week? That’s $12 million down the drain with no cash to procure his replacement. Of course, that’s a risk you were willing to take, but you’ve already got a shutdown corner and the only time I’ve ever seen two Hall of Fame players in the same secondary were with the old Oakland raiders, led by Lester Hayes and Michael Haynes. Not even my beloved, dynastic Steelers of the 1970s had more than one Mel Blount. (Anyone remember Ron Johnson?)

Besides, in Sanchez and Santonio you’ve got a good five years of foam fingers and Super Bowl dreams. And anything from Burress is a bonus. He should not have spent 20 minutes in prison, much less 20 months. And anyone who compares Plaxico to Michael Vick should bolt to the back corner of the classroom, dunce cap strapped to your dome.

It hurts because you penned Nnamdi into the lineup before he signed. And that’s the risk you take with twisted optimism. But the Jets are still damn good and are every bit the Super Bowl contenders they were last week. All you did was lose the label of chalk, the favorite to play in Indianapolis in February. So what?

Being a Jets fan is a de facto deal with the Devil, an implicit agreement to sell your soul if your perennial losers go against their nature and win the Super Bowl. You can only replay the Namath trot out of the Orange Bowl, index finger waving toward the South Florida stars, so many times. You need a Lombardi Trophy of your own, and the paradoxical handle of “lovable losers” doesn’t float in the Hudson River.

This is your time, with or without Nnamdi Asomugha. Don’t fret the Patriots’ penchant for jamming to the oldies (Ochocinco & Haynesworth) because you mowed them on their lawn when they were at full health and double-digit favorites. No one scares you now, except yourself and your inflated, inexhaustible expectations. Relax. You got this. Take this from a Steelers fan, who knows something about winning and knows a winner when he sees one.

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Jets fans, are you satisfied with the free agency signings?


One Comment

  1. Kurt Spitzner says:


  2. brotherd says:

    Dear Jason,

    I know you miss Holmes, but wasn’t Nnamdi the man the Jets should have pursued first? Early in Sanchez’ career, shouldn’t the tools should be placed in Rex Ryan’s hands, not Sanchez.

    You say we have a five year window with Sanchez and Holmes together. But will Rex Ryan still be with us? What will he look like? How many more tatoos? How much more pressure and accolades will he have heaped on Sanchez’ slim shoulders? By then, Sanchez will have a C on his helmet and will be forced to play in a captain america cape, and the Jets will have their own 24 hour reality network.

    1. JK says:

      I can’t sneeze at a Super Bowl MVP, while Nnamdi hasn’t come close to one. But, in fairness, I admit I’m not objective.

  3. JK says:

    I’m debating so many people at once (between the dialogue here and my inbox) that I occasionally say the wrong thing to the wrong person. Sorry, gang. If I do that to you please email me and I’ll correct myself.

  4. JMS says:

    Jets have been healthy for the last 2 years and still haven’t won. Yes they are a very talented bunch but in the NFL you need talent and good fortune to go all the way. The odds of having 3 consecutive seasons w/o one of their super star/indespensible players going down for the season is not good.

  5. MckinneyKatheryn says:

    I just paid $23,98 for an iPad2-64GB and my girlfriend loves her Panasonic Lumix GF 1 Camera that we got for $37,59 there arriving tomorrow by UPS. I will never pay such expensive retail prices in stores again. Especially when I also sold a 40 inch LED TV to my boss for $677 which only cost me $72,13 to buy. Here is the website we use to get it all from,

  6. Charles F. Bolden, Jr says:

    Charles F. Bolden, Jr. is the next All Star player. These young kids should be looking up to him as a fine example.

    1. emmas says:

      The J-E-T-S already have the personnel. What they need (historically to this day) is a “killer” instinct. This instinct has been woefully lacking, especially in big games. A little less talking and a little more “throat stepping” PLEASE!
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      1. KURT SPITZNER says:

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  7. JK says:

    Robert, you clearly don’t know a thing about me, nor have you browsed my work beyond today’s column. If you had, you’d know that I’ve been a Steelers fan since 1976. But why should facts befall your rant?

    1. Robert Richardson says:

      I didn’t realize I was ranting I thought I was finding some kinda of middle ground between the hating of Edward and the lofty/heady expectations of the J-E-T-S nation. I have supported the J-E-T-S since 1970 and want nothing more than their success. That being said, after the re-tooling of the last two seasons and the accompanying “boasting, anything less than a Super Bowl victory this season is a failure in my book ….. anyways …… CAN’T WAIT !!!!!

      1. JK says:

        I was addressing the wrong person. Sorry, dude!

  8. Edward says:

    I thought the Jets won the Super Bowl the last 2 straight years; well that’s what Ryan said the Jets were going to do because they were the best team, yet it was the Saints & Packers who took the title.

    Like all Jets fans, Keidel has been drinking Ryan Kool Aid the last two straight years, going to the AFC championship is meaningless if the team does not win & get to the Super Bowl.

    Nobody remembers who finishes in 2nd in the Super Bowl & no cares who finishes 2nd in the AFC championship, it’s all about winning the Super Bowl.

    Soon the Jets will be labeled just like the Buffalo Bills, no wait, they at least got the Super Bowl & are remembered because they lost 4 straight.

    On the verge of brilliance for getting to the AFC championship & then losing, damn, that’s strong kool aid, toxic.

    1. Robert Richardson says:

      True AFC championship games aren’t Super Bowls. But I think that the change in the JETS level of play creates high expectations for JETS nation (and unfortunately a lot of hot air). I think that no Super Bowl victory this season will will relegate the J-E-T-S to the lowly Bills label; as you put it.

    2. JK says:

      And while you’re sniping from the comfort of your cubicle, perhaps you’d care to carry forward via email, disclosing your last name, rather than hide behind pseudonyms. Nah, you’re busy impressing your friends with your infinite intellect and cutting wit.

      I can’t wait to read your column on the matter. Where is it, again?

  9. JK says:

    It’s called a column, Joe, which, by its nature, is a presentation of opinions. You’re welcome to disagree with them, of course, but I’m no more or less qualified than you are to discuss the subjective. The fact that they went to the last two AFC title games indicates to me that they are on the brink of brilliance. Maybe I’m wrong. But if you don’t like me or my writing, perhaps there are other columnists on WFAN whose premises you find more palatable. Turn the page, my friend.

    1. Robert Richardson says:

      Yeah!! Turn it, don’t burn it !!!

      1. JK says:

        Exactly. Thank you, Robert.

        I provide an email address for earnest, honest debate, not to gulp gallons of Haterade at my expense. Engage me with logic, not insults. I’ve responded to every email ever sent my way, except those hopelessly plagued with profanity.

  10. Joe Bins says:

    Since when does rooting for a particular team give you a gift for spotting champions? No running game, no pass rush and no punter (signed with the NY Giants) does not equal a championship. Sanchez has been the 28th ranked passer 2 years in a row, how is that on the verge of brilliance?!

    1. Alex Jorge says:

      Dear Mr. BIns,
      I don’t understand where you get your logic from, but, lets address your comments with facts! Firstly, No Running Game??? That is a Tun Tu Run (Refer to Carlos Mencia) statement if I ever heard one. The Jets have been in the top 5 in the NFL in rushing both in the regular season and post season. Comment debunked! 2009 ranked #1 in NFL Regular season and #4 in the post season. In 2010, we were ranked #4 in the regular season and ranked #3 in the postseason. So what you base your statement on makes no sense. While you may be right that we lack in the pass rushing department, we still were ranked #8 in sacks. I will admit that has to do with a lot of the exotic packages Rex employs… has been enough to get us to the championship 2 years in row. Lastly, I worry no about punters, because we will find a competent one. It’s not a though Weatherford was an all world punter. I think we are just fine, and sounds as if you are one of those fans who is envious of our teams success. You wish you had a coach as good as ours and a GM who is a wiz with the numbers and at drafting. But, hey you can sit there during the post season coming up with comments to post here next year about how we suck or whatever! GO JETS!

  11. k-dogg says:

    Honestly I think Plax was a better steal than nnnnnaaaammmmdi….

    1. JK says:

      I hear you, dogg, but Plax would worry me because he’s old for a receiver and has been out of the game for two years. We just don’t know what he has left. Though he no longer plays for my Steelers, I still hope he flourishes, because he got hosed by Mayor Mike’s jihad on celebrities with handguns. Every lawyer worth a darn (or a dime) says that you or I would have gotten fined, fired, probation and community service.

  12. KILLTHEPATS says:


    1. KILLTHEJETS says:

      You have three criminals in Plax, Holmes & possibly the return of Cromadite, & you’re hoping for Hayesworth to ruin the Pats, your three Jets are one arrest (another DWI, wife beating. gun possession), from being behind bars again & suspended or worst, ban from the NFL.

      These guys are repeat offenders especially in the wife beating department, all three have a history of that. I give them each 3 games into the season before one is suspended.

      Now is when the Jets should be on HBO, but instead of Hard Knocks it should be called OZ, Hard Time

      1. JK says:

        So then the Jets are the first (and only) team with miscreants or, worse, criminals. Have you looked at the Bengals? Raiders? Cowboys?

      2. Robert Richardson says:

        Can’t WAIT !!!

      3. JK says:

        I can’t see the spit, Robert!

    2. JK says:

      Indeed, Ocho is a shadow of his former brilliance. That’s why the Bengals required so little in return. Chad hasn’t been dominant in four years.

      1. KILLTHEJETS says:

        We’re simply talking about the Con-Jets & Patriots not the whole league are we now. If that was the case there are many teams with cons but no team has more than the J-E-T-S Jets also known as the Sing Sing Boys.

      2. JK says:

        I can tell by your handle, KILLTHEJETS, that there’s an inherent beef that predates this debate. So I doubt I have a chance here. Who’s your team?

    3. BeardDave says:

      I just paid $22,87 for an iPad2-64GB and my girlfriend loves her Panasonic Lumix GF 1 Camera that we got for $38,76 there arriving tomorrow by UPS. I will never pay such expensive retail prices in stores again. Especially when I also sold a 40 inch LED TV to my boss for $675 which only cost me $62,81 to buy. Here is the website we use to get it all from,

  13. Kurt Spitzner says:

    I could care less they “missed” out on Nnamdi’s because they are looking damn good right now and its still not over yet,and one guy does not a TEAM make.Its time to play ball!

    1. JK says:

      Exactly, Kurt. How does missing a player they never had (and didn’t want to play for them) make them worse? It’s bizarre logic.

      1. Kurt Spitzner says:

        YES SIR!

  14. Robert R says:

    The J-E-T-S already have the personnel. What they need (historically to this day) is a “killer” instinct. This instinct has been woefully lacking, especially in big games. A little less talking and a little more “throat stepping” PLEASE!

    1. JK says:

      Agreed, Robert, and you don’t need Nnamdi to acquire that instinct. Rex provides it.

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