Author George R.R. Martin Of ‘Game Of Thrones’ Fame Calls For Idzik To Be Fired
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Are there any “Game of Thrones” fans out there?
We’re assuming that there are plenty of you.
Well George R.R. Martin, who wrote the books that the television program is based on, is a huge Jets fans. And like many Jets fans these days, he’s not too pleased with the state of his precious franchise.
The New Jersey native was not a fan of the trade that sent star cornerback Darrelle Revis to the Buccaneers for two draft picks, and he took out his frustration with the organization on this personal website on Sunday.
“It is hard to be a fan of the New York Jets,” Martin wrote. “They have hardly done anything right since Joe Willie Namath won Super Bowl III, and every time you think maybe they are finally turning the corner, they find some new way to screw things up. Today the Jets traded Darrelle Revis, the best cornerback in the NFL and far and away the best player on the team. It is never a good idea to trade the best player on your team.”
Martin wasn’t done venting — not by a long shot.
“The Jets desperately need a shut-down corner since they do not have a real pass-rush threat,” Martin continued. “And the only way they ever get any pressure on the opponent’s QB is by shutting down his receivers long enough for the rushers to get there. Revis was a huge part of the reason why Rex Ryan’s defense has been so good (ups and downs, sure, but still one of the better defenses in the league). So they get rid of him. Right. Only the Jets.”
The screenwriter also advocated that general manager John Idzik — who was hired on January 18 — be fired in light of this trade. More specifically, he wrote that owner Woody Johnson should “fire his a– now.”
Martin, who was named one of the 100 “most influential people in the world” by TIME in 2011, also went on to predict that New York will finish with the worst record in the NFL in 2013, and it will end up costing Ryan his job.
Revis signed a non-guaranteed six-year, $96 million deal with Tampa Bay after the trade was completed. The Jets landed the No. 13 pick in the upcoming draft from the Bucs and a conditional fourth-round pick in 2014.
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