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The Jets: The New Bad Boys of the NFL?

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The recent weeks have been flooded with rumors that the New York Jets, historically one of the NFL’s most conservative franchises, have been doing their “due diligence” with regards to Plaxico Burress and more recently, Adam “Pacman” Jones.

Let me begin by voicing my personal distaste particularly for “Pacman” as a human being. His behavior in multiple occasions has cost others far more than its cost him (most notably Tommy Urbanksi, the nightclub bouncer who will spend the rest of his life in a wheelchair after an altercation with Pacman’s crew).

This is a player who was involved with the police 12 times – 6 of
those which resulted in his arrest – since Tennessee drafted him in
2005. What kind of moron do you have to be to be RE-instated by the
National Football League, an absolute privilege given your history
with the law, and then come to blows with (of all people) the
bodyguard the NFL hired to make sure you stay out of trouble?

A selfish player that cost himself a 6-game paycheck, and cost the team that took another chance on him a starting cornerback. Would you want someone like this affiliated with your franchise?

Now onto Plaxico. The player responsible for the catch heard round the world – the player that caught the ball that dethroned the New England Patriots in perhaps the greatest upset in the history of the Super Bowl and the NFL. As Jets fans, we all should be grateful to him for hitting Beli-cheat where it hurts.

Watching Bill run off the field as a loser, both embarrassed and emotionally crushed might have been the greatest thrill of the entire 2008 season for me. As a reward, Plaxico was treated as royalty for the whole offseason, and given a $35 million dollar contract extension hours before the first game of 2009.

Somehow, he still managed to blow it. So much talent, but once again,
a player that feels the laws of society do not pertain to him. I wonder if the moment that he dropped that handgun down his loose weatpants he felt that had dropped his career in much of the same
fashion.

So why the Jets’ interest in these degenerate criminals? Why now, when we have traded up to draft a quarterback of the future that hopefully will lead them to the Promised Land? Why gamble with team chemistry when they have done so much recently to improve it?

Because as much as Sanchez seems like a true winner and complete leader, he needs all the help he can get. The Jets (who will face the 7th toughest schedule this season) haven’t had a true #1 receiver since Keyshawn Johnson – all you Coles fans out there were kidding yourselves. Jerricho isn’t a true #1, and while Brad Smith, David Clowney and Chansi Stuckey have all shown promise, by no means are they the answer.

We NEED play-makers. Sign Leon long-term, offer Plaxico a minimum deal if/when he’s allowed back, and sign “Pacman”. When Pacman plays and his head is in it, there are few players in the NFL that can affect the game like he can. If there’s one position that we need depth at, it’s cornerback (Andre Johnson in week 1, then the perennial headaches of Moss, T.O., Welker and not to mention the barrage of Wildcat formations to keep track of with the Dolphins).

And if there’s one coach that can smack some sense into “Pacman’s” thick head, you have to think its gotta be Rex. Besides, as much as I hate Pacman, you have to admit that he is pretty “swaggerlicious”.


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