“I hope when he plays, there are those comparisons, and I understand where people are coming from,” Rex Ryan said. “But Darrelle was a special player. Dee Milliner is never going to be Darrelle Revis. He’s going to be Dee Milliner.”
Darrelle Revis is long gone. So is Tim Tebow. And so are several other players from last year’s dismal Jets team. It’s time to start fresh at Camp Cortland.
Gone is the man considered by many to be one of the best players in team history, and perhaps the best cornerback in the NFL. But, Rex Ryan believes Antonio Cromartie can handle the load of being the main guy.
Will the Jets consider a quarterback such as West Virginia’s Geno Smith or Syracuse’s Ryan Nassib so high in the first round? Or with an eye on the future, might they consider Mike Glennon or Florida State’s EJ Manuel in the second round?
It seems the Jets have some help en route at the cornerback position. But it’ll come with some baggage.
I wrote during the week that I was afraid that the San Francisco 49ers would make the Jets look like a high school team. I was right, though I had the wrong root cause.
Cromartie has already claimed his position as the Jets’ so-called second-best wide receiver. Turns out he also thinks he’s the No. 2 cornerback in the NFL.
If they can’t pull things together, the Jets will find themselves on “Eliminated From The Playoffs Island” a lot sooner than they thought.
“I mean, I was drafted as a running back,” the former Southern California star said. “The way I took it was I wasn’t good enough to play running back. I don’t know if that’s the case or not, but that’s the way I’m looking at it right now.”
Only a fool would eulogize the Jets — a first-place team after three games — in Week 4. Yet it won’t be the first time I’ve acted the fool. The Jets’ season is over. Done. Dead. Muerto.
The Jets are converting special teamer Joe McKnight to cornerback.
Kyle Wilson, the spotlight is yours.
Jets fans feared the worst on Sunday after watching Darrelle Revis go down on the field, clutching his left knee and writhing in pain. All hope was dashed Monday afternoon.
Before the Jets started playing football for real this year, Rex Ryan proclaimed his defense a sure-fire, top-five group. Amazing how one injury can turn an otherwise impressive unit into a bunch of also-rans.
It would be easy for the Jets and their fans to get way ahead of themselves right now. Who can really blame them? They just spat in the eye of the intelligentsia. But they need to chill for the black and gold await — and they’re annoyed.