Over at ESPN, Rich Cimini shares his views on the Jets’ approach to free agency so far, in light of the fact that cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie’s decision to sign with the Jets’ cross town rivals leaves them without a bona fide starter to pair with Dee Milliner (for the time being):
Now, suddenly, there’s a hysterical over-reaction, with some people floating the conspiracy theory that Jets general manager John Idzik is sabotaging Ryan because he never wanted to extend his contract in the first place and wants to fire him after the 2014 season. That’s ridiculous. Idzik is operating from a long-term plan, and he refuses to deviate from the script. He won’t be swayed by the fickle nature of the free-agent market and the whims of his fan base.
There’s no question there is plenty of concern and consternation among the Jets’ fanbase and Cimini does acknowledge that there will be good reason to be concerned if they can’t find a way to address the need, due to the importance of the cornerback position in head coach Rex Ryan’s defense.
Bent, TheJetsBlog.comWhile not usually the first person Jets fans would expect to be the voice of reason, Cimini does make some good points here, while still maintaining some balance. However, it’s worth noting that when Ryan was the defensive coordinator in Baltimore, the Ravens rarely, if ever, had elite or high-priced talent at the cornerback positions, so I would expect Ryan to be adaptable enough to cope without that.
The obvious counter-argument to that is that the Jets don’t have the likes of Ed Reed and Ray Lewis in their prime. However, let’s not forget that this defense does already have plenty of talent that will be expensive to keep on the roster down the road.
In addition, an article I wrote back when we were discussing how the Jets would replace the injured Darrelle Revis in 2012 is well worth revisiting. Within there are two examples of how Ryan overcame the loss of both Reed and Lewis in 2005 and a series of injuries at the cornerback position in 2007, together with some other examples of him overcoming personnel losses.
We sense your restlessness though, so there will be more of our thoughts on the signing period so far to follow…