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Attention New York Jets: You Want to Be Hated? Win Something

The more the New York Jets talk, the more we get the impression that they are a team whose No. 2 goal (assuming winning a championship is No. 1) is to be hated.  In fact, it has gotten to the point where I’m fairly certain they’re under the impression that they are hated much more than they actually are.  Patriots fans, along with Tom Brady, hate them, but I don’t think the rest of the NFL cares that much.  I’d even go as far as to say their desire to be despised has reached the point of desperation.  Have a look at some of the things Jets players told the NY Daily News:

Antonio Cromartie: “We’re the Miami Heat of football.”

Mark Sanchez: (Talking about conversations with G.M. Mike Tannenbaum) “He’s like, ‘We’re picking up another one.’ I was like, ‘Geez! What’s going on here? We’re building a dream team.’”

Bart Scott: “It’s much more fun to be the villain than the hero.”

I don’t know if the Jets are under the impression that they’re the New York Yankees or the New England Patriots of earlier this decade, but you can’t just trash talk your way into being despised — you have to earn it with championships.  A team with no hardware isn’t even worth hating. 

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Jets and Revis Get Deal Done, of Course

You didn’t really think the Jets would going into the season without their top defensive back did you? You didn’t really think that a team with Super Bowl aspirations would feel comfortable playing in week one without the best cornerback in the game did you? Of course not — you knew the two sides would come together — and they did late Sunday night.

The Jets and shutdown cornerback Darrelle Revis agreed on a four-year deal worth $46 million including $32 million guaranteed according to the NY Daily News. The new contract is a nice step up from what Revis was scheduled to make — $21 million over the next three years.

Although Revis is not making Nnamdi Asomugha money (three years $45 million), the newly agreed to contract is a nice compromise between what Revis wanted and what he was already scheduled to earn. Because the team already had him under contract, they weren’t under obligation to restructure his deal, but it was the right thing to do (especially if they had made him a promise).

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Jets Fan Fireman Ed Holds His Ground

We’ve already told you that we feel the Jets and Giants should have been allowed to open the regular season against one another in New Meadowlands Stadium.  While the NFL kept that from happening, they gave the two teams the chance to be the first two to play in the new stadium, albeit in a measly preseason match.

After watching the game, it’s become clear that it was more than just a meaningless preseason game.  Eli Manning’s forehead was bloodied and Jets super-fan “Fireman Ed” had to hold his ground in order to lead the “J-E-T-S Jets Jets Jets!” chant.  A Giants fan tried to get in Fireman Ed’s way, and Ed was none too pleased.  Check out the video of Jets fan “Fireman Ed” shoving a Giants fan, courtesy of You Been Blinded:

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Fireman Ed Battles Giants Fan for New Meadowlands Top Spot [You Been Blinded]
Video Credit: YouTube user mancom21

NY Post: LaDainian is LaDone

Welcome to New York, LaDainian Tomlinson.  I told you you should have waited a little longer before getting a New York Jets tattoo.  You may end up not enjoying your stay.  The New York Post is already on LT’s case, and the Jets have yet to even practice in pads.  Here’s what NY Post writer Bart Hubbuch wrote about the running back in his article, courtesy of Pro Football Talk:

Even without pads or contact, it didn’t take a grizzled NFL scout to notice in the Jets’ recent workouts that Tomlinson just doesn’t look like the same player who terrified opposing defenses with his slippery moves and sublime hands for nine seasons with the Chargers. Tomlinson appears bulkier and definitely a step (or three) slower than he did in his prime, which is to be expected from a running back who next week turns 31 — increasingly the point of no return in the NFL — with his incredible amount of mileage.

And here’s what Hubbuch claims an accomplished G.M. had to say about Tomlinson:

If you watch the films from the end of last year, the guy had nothing left,” a general manager with multiple Super Bowl rings said last week. “It’s not a knock on him personally. All those carries are going to catch up to anyone.”

The bottom line here is that if LT can’t come in and give the Jets quality touches immediately and prove he can have a significant impact on their running game, the media will eat him alive.  He’s the perfect specimen of someone the New York media would love to tear apart; a high-profile, aging superstar who has shown in the past that he’s easily rattled and has a bit of a temper.  For the Jets’ sake, I hope he doesn’t let this type of coverage phase him too soon.  If he does, their marriage will go south very quickly.

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Face facts, Jets, LaDainian is pretty much LaDone [NY Post]
New York Post welcomes LaDainian Tomlinson to town [Pro Football Talk]

LT Has a Jets Tattoo…Already

UPDATE: Here’s a picture of LT’s Jets tattoo

Mike Tannenbaum can breathe a little easier now.  I’m sure the contract status of some of his key players — such as Darrelle Revis and Nick Mangold — has the New York Jets GM feeling a bit uneasy.  Have no fear, Mike.  Your newly-acquired, aging superstar of a running back is fully committed to the team.  In fact, LaDainian Tomlinson is such a proud member of his new organization that he decided to get some new ink to prove it.  When he got to New York, LT got a New York Jets tattoo on his calf to go along with the lightning bolt he already has which represents his time spent in San Diego.

We already know athletes like to spend their down time getting new ink, as Shaq showed us when he came back from injury with the Cavs.  Like Shane Mosley’s tattoo, I guess you can at least say Shaq’s are unique.  I just don’t see why LT already did this.  Rex Ryan seems to appreciate it as evidenced by his saying, “I think that shows the type of commitment he has.”  But the reality of the matter is Tomlinson could very well be running on empty.  He certainly looked like he was last season.

If he indeed has lost the explosiveness he once had — which I strongly believe is the case — he could end up having about as much of an impact on the Jets as Santonio Holmes will during the first four games of the season.  If that ends up being the case and the Jets start losing games, we all know LT will be pouting on the sidelines and his new tattoo will be nothing more than a brand mark he shares with thousands of fat, drunken Jets fans.

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Jets leave permanent mark on Tomlinson [Pro Football Talk]

Darrelle Revis Holding Out, Mangold Could Be Next

Dare I say that the New York Jets can do no wrong in the 2010 off-season?  After reaching the AFC Championship last season out of nowhere, it can be argued that the Jets have had a stronger off-season than any other NFL team.  They have acquired a Pro Bowl caliber receiver in Santonio Holmes, a troubled corner with an incredible ceiling in Antonio Cromartie, and a pass-rusher who still has plenty left in the tank to devote to a defense that really doesn’t need much help in Jason Taylor.  The only move the Jets have made that doesn’t seem to make much sense is letting go of Thomas Jones and replacing him with a rapidly aging LaDainian Tomlinson — but remember they were able to snag USC running back Joe McKnight in the 4th round.

I think it’s about time for them to face an off-season obstacle and it looks like one is in the process of being built.  Darrelle Revis — probably the best shut-down corner in the league and a Defensive Player of the Year snub last season — is holding out from OTAs in search of a new contract.  Center Nick Mangold is reportedly considering following suit, as he has also grown frustrated with a lack of discussion about a new contract.

This was bound to happen for the Jets.  As it stands right now, they have 20 players who will be owed a contract at the end of the season.  It’s been baffling how they’ve been able to bring in superstar after superstar and work everything out financially.  A couple of major holdouts from players like Revis and Mangold could create some serious problems for the Jets’ brass.

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Super Bowl on the Verge of Getting Chilly

A new era of Super Bowl play is on the verge of being secured.  Actually, I guess you could say an old tradition is on the verge of returning to the NFL.  With each passing day, it seems more and more certain that America’s most prominent sporting event is once again headed for potentially harsh conditions.  This Tuesday at the NFL league meetings in Dallas, owners will vote “yay” or “nay” to decide whether or not New Meadowlands Stadium — the brand new, state-of-the-art home of the New York Jets and New York Giants — should host the Super Bowl in 2014.  One owner who has been particularly outspoken in favor of a New York bid in 2014 is Patriots owner Robert Kraft:

Doing it in New York is the right thing for a lot of reasons,” Kraft told the Daily News last week. “I’ve been going to Patriots games for 50 years up here. I personally believe all football should be played outdoors. Our league was founded on winter football with the Ice Bowl. Our sport is about resilience, mental toughness, adjustments. I think it will be a great experience for the fans. A memorable experience.”

Although he insists it has not affected his stance, Kraft is undoubtedly considering his own team’s interests.  If New York hosts a Super Bowl in its outdoor stadium, that would eliminate a major obstacle when it comes time for the Patriots owner to lobby for a Super Bowl to be played at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro.  If, and when, New York breaks the cold weather barrier, harsh conditions can no longer be used as an effective argument against holding the big game in a stadium with the potential for snow and freezing temperatures.

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