Posted by eschwartz67 on 3/23/2012 2:12:00 PM (view original):
Look, Mike. My original post was saying that Jet fans are not upset with the Tebow signing as an isolated incident. It is a case of continuing ineptitude. This next part is what I was trying to explain.....
THE JETS ARE A TERRIBLY RUN FRANCHISE. WHEN GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO DRAFT PLAYERS AT POSITIONS THAT THEY NEED, THEY CONTINUALLY BYPASS PLAYERS OF HOF CALIBER, AND DRAFT BUSTS OR IN THE CASE OF AL TOON, SERVICEABLE PLAYERS. IN ADDITION, RATHER THAN TRADE AND FILL NEEDS, THE JETS HAVE BEEN MORE CONCERNED WITH MAKING A SPLASH IN THE MEDIA.
You said that what happened wasn't the Jets passing on players that they thought were potential HOFers. Thats 100% true. However, the Jets did not even think that Marino/Rice/Smith were the best available at their position at that point in the draft, but the very next team that needed that position did think that about them. The Jets were wrong each time.
What happened was the Jets needed a WR, took Lam Jones and left Art Monk for the Redskins 11 spots later. The Jets needed a WR again because of that dismal pick, and took Al Toon leaving Jerry Rice for the Niners 7 spots later. The Jets needed a QB and took Ken O'Brien leaving Dan Marino for the Dolphins 2 picks later. The Jets needed a RB, and took Blair Thomas leaving Emmitt Smith for the Cowboys 10 picks later.
Missed the 3rd paragraph the first time through, and that's where you argument breaks down. How do you know the Cowboys didn't have Thomas rated more highly than Smith, or that the Dolphins didn't like O'Brien better than Marino, or that the 49ers wouldn't have preferred Toon to Rice given the opportunity? You don't, because those players were off the board when those teams picked.
You argument basically says this: if two teams have players A and B both ranked first and second on their draft board, and B ends up in the HOF while A busts out, the team that drafted first was inept and the team that drafted second was shrewd, when really the team that drafted second was really just pretty fortunate.