New York Jets: Time to move on from Brandon Marshall and Darrelle Revis?

It’s February and now the Super Bowl has come and gone we have a long wait to the start of next season. For the New York Jets it’s time to rebuild and forget about the disappointing 5-11 season that has given them the sixth overall pick in the 2017 draft.

Yes, this season has largely been a failure for the Jets but every cloud has a silver lining. We saw the next generation of offensive players step up and make some big plays. With Eric Decker on IR for most of the year and Brandon Marshall being an empty Jersey, the likes of Quincy Enunwa and Robbie Anderson took hold of the reigns. Enunwa, who was the 209th overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft, has shown potential to be the no.1 wide receiver of the 2017 season after totalling 857 yards and 58 catches this season. In comparison, Brandon Marshall only managed 788 receiving yards and just three touchdown catches – one less than Enunwa.

Marshall has said he wants to stay in New York next season but I am of the opinion that this is purely to branch into his future career of television. There are only a handful of teams where Marshall could play and continue to make TV appearances (Jets, Bills, Giants) and the Jets are the only team unhinged enough to have him on their 2017 roster. The fact of the matter is this, Brandon Marshall is a has been, he’s never been to the playoffs and he can’t back up his loud mouth. Why you would want him on your team when there is such an abundance of talent waiting in the wings is beyond all comprehension but the inexperienced Todd Bowels has so far shown little courage to make the brave decisions until it’s too late.

At least offensively the Jets have a future already in the team which is more than what can be said for their horrible secondary. Darrelle Revis would have been more use to the Jets this year on a desert island. He would have struggled to cover a bed with a sheet going on his on-field performances. With only one interception this season against the Bills, Revis has had the worst season of his career. The Jets had to play zone coverage around Revis to give him extra help which left them wide open for quick plays down the middle of the field. This gave the Patriots an early Christmas present on 24th December when they humiliated the Jets with a 41-3 score line. The man will undoubtedly reside in the hall of fame some day after an outstanding career and doesn’t he know it!

Talking to the press Revis said: “Do the New York Jets want to treat my situation with class or no class? With me being one of the best players in the history of this franchise, do they want me to retire here or not retire here?”. The man has no shame, he’s trying to force the Jets to hand him a place on next season’s team on a shiny golden platter just because he used to be great. Revis Island has become a number one tourist resort for every wide receiver in the NFL and he is the only one who refuses to see it.

There is one issue in New York that is far bigger than the issues of Revis and Marshall, that’s the Jets quarterback problem. Fitzpatrick is out of contract; Geno Smith isn’t in Bowles future plans and Bryce Petty demonstrated he’s not the saviour so what are they going to do? The only remaining QB on the roster who I haven’t mentioned is Christian Hackenberg. An unnamed Jets coach claimed that Hackenberg “couldn’t hit the ocean.” So what does that mean for next season? Do the Jets go into competition with the Cleveland Browns for wasting first round picks on QBs or do they look at free agency? There are certainly some options with both Kirk Cousins and Colin Kaepernick available to the highest bidder. Knowing the Jets they will probably end up keeping Revis and Marshall and only being able to afford Jonny Manziel!

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