Darrelle Revis spoke with reporters on Monday and while he felt bad for Mike Tannenbaum and the situation he was in, he also told reporters the same thing he did last summer about this offense … that it needed more talent.
Above all else, the cornerback said, the Jets need an infusion of talent.
“You just need to evaluate [the team] this offseason and try to get some playmakers in here,” he said. “I think you need playmakers to win games. That’s just straight football talk.”
Revis had criticized the organization in August when he told Newsday he wasn’t sure if the front office had done enough to surround quarterback Mark Sanchez with weapons. Fast-forward, and the Jets’ 30th-ranked offense managed only 17.6 points per game, and even more question marks orbit the quarterback position.
Did this team have enough playmakers to be successful?
“I can’t answer that,” Revis said Monday. “No comment.”
Brian Bassett, theJetsBlog.comIn similar situations, Revis has never backed down on speaking his mind before. When Eric Mangini was fired, Revis was categorically blunt about his problems with Mangini as a coach. I’m not that surprised to see him do it again. Also, their history over their contract stuff wasn’t that great.
I appreciate Revis for being honest enough to say what he felt was wrong with the team and how the team can move forward. Of course for the Jets, the problem with fulfilling the particular issue Revis identifies will be hard to address this offseason.
The Jets offense isn’t brimming with playmakers. It’s brimming with ham and eggers. There’s nothing wrong with that, but it’s not enough to bolster a bad quarterback like Sanchez. Look back at the last ten years of drafting by this team and you can see how bad they are at drafting offensive players. And maybe that’s because they’ve never had an offensive minded coach that whole time.
The Jets are going to have to spend wisely in free agency, so playmakers might not be realistic on the menu. As far as the draft, it’s quite hard to know exactly how effective a “playmaker” the Jets could pick up … especially outside the first round or two.
A quick and very subjective look led me to think that the best offensive “playmaker” that the Jets have drafted during that time is … Jerricho Cotchery. I love Cotch, but that’s pretty pathetic. Meanwhile, teams like the Packers have Greg Jennings, Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb all playing within the same unit. The Jets would give a limb for just one of those guys. The Jets have to get better at identifying and drafting offensive talent. It’s as simple as that.