Some blurbs from around the web on the Cromartie trade:
Football Outsiders Aaron Schatz
It’s not quite like putting Nnamdi Asomugha opposite Darrelle Revis, but if Cromartie even comes close to meeting his potential, this definitely helps the Jets avoid regression to the mean (Editor: Schatz wrote previously that the Jets defense won’t be league best again) on defense. Apparently, the deal is for either a third-round pick or second-round pick depending on how well Cromartie plays this year. I’m bummed that rumored Detroit deal didn’t work out — they needed a cornerback badly.
SI Don Banks
… let’s be clear about one thing: The Cromartie who will be pulling on green and white next season is not the same Cromartie who was named first-team All-Pro in 2007, when he led the league with 10 interceptions in just his second season..
If the Jets and head coach Rex Ryan can get Cromartie’s game to rebound to previous levels, the cornerback tandem of Darrelle Revis and Cromartie will be the NFL’s finest. Bar none. But that’s a big if. Since his breakthrough season of ’07, Cromartie has been inconsistent and maddeningly unreliable. He has just five interceptions the past two years combined, and often looked like anything but a No. 1 cornerback.
Daily News Rich Cimini
This is a classic boom-or-bust trade. If they get the ’07 Cromartie, the Jets will have an awesome cornerback tandem. If they get the ’09 Cromartie, it’ll be Lito Sheppard revisited
SD Union-Tribune Kevin Acee
The irony of Cromartie’s destination is that it was a few plays against the New York Jets in the Chargers’ Jan. 17 playoff loss that summed up Cromartie’s lack of physicality and brought widespread wrath from fans.
In reality, that game – including his non-attempt to tackle Shonn Greene on a Jets touchdown – had nothing to do with Cromartie’s departure. Cromartie, 25, had essentially been on the trading block for a year. The Chargers first made it known to other teams that he was available last March, and they continued entertaining conversations through the October trading deadline.
He became available again this offseason, and the Jets covet him for his man-to-man coverage skills. In their defense, playing opposite Darrelle Revis, Cromartie could flourish. He had frequently complained about how much zone coverage the Chargers played.
NY Post Mark Cannizarro
… if Ryan and his coaching staff can get Cromartie back to his 2007 form, the Jets could have one of the best cornerback combinations in the NFL with Pro Bowler Darrelle Revis on the other side.
National Football Post Matt Bowen
Cromartie, who has been the subject of trade rumors for the last couple of weeks, will fit nicely with the Jets. Despite the knock on his lack of physical play at the point of attack in the run game, Rex Ryan gets another weapon to work with, and more importantly, another corner that can play press coverage at the line of scrimmage.
Pairing Cromartie with Darrelle Revis in New York allows this team to be even more creative on defense. We know that Ryan teaches pressure and goes into Sundays with a game plan sheet that is littered with multiple blitz packages. In 2010, expect those packages to become even more exotic and for Ryan to take even more chances.
Antonio Cromartie should flourish under Ryan’s pressure defense in New York.
Why not? He now has two man corners that can run with wideouts in this league.
This isn’t a Tampa 2 defense or a team that plays Quarters. The Jets need corners that can align at 7-yards off of a WR, walk up at the snap and run with wideouts from that press alignment.
Plus, when Revis and Cromartie play from an off-position, it gives Ryan two corners that can sit and jump routes – which produces turnovers.
It’s a perfect fit for the scheme we see on Sundays from the Jets. Cromartie has seen a dropoff in terms of INTs, going from 10 in 2007 to five total over the last two seasons, but if you are the Jets, you see that number going back up in your scheme – because he will have more opportunities under Ryan. The pressure he will get from the front when the Jets send six – and even seven – man blitzes will force the ball to come out quickly.