Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Blunders in the AFC East

In a interview with former NFL player Deion Sanders, N.Y. Jets Cornerback Darrelle Revis called New England Patriots Wide Receiver Randy Moss a "Slouch." Clearly Revis felt compelled to vocalize his opinion since the Jets rewarded him with a four-year $46 million deal.

Moss on the other hand let his play do the talking. Midway through the second quarter, the 33-year-old wide out burned Revis with arguably the greatest catch of his career, snagging the ball with one hand in the back of the en-zone. This catch has special meaning because Revis is widely regarded as one of the best corners in the league. Although New England lost the game, they’re the winner in the grand scheme of things. Revis left the game just before halftime because of an aggravated hamstring. He is expected to miss 2-4 weeks. Next week they face division rival Miami and speedy wide out Brandon Marshall. Perhaps the $46 million investment is starting to look overpriced.

Furthermore, Jets wide out Braylon Edwards was just arrested Tuesday night for driving under the influence. Edwards not only has to face legal ramifications but NFL and team punishment. Alcohol falls under the substance abuse policy and as far as we know Edwards is a first time offender, which means NFL punishment will relatively light, but he has already been ruled ineligible for next weeks game by the Jets. The Jets organization has little tolerance for incidents like this because they have taken steps to prohibit such actions, including designing a shuttle system that picks up any player or players that are unfit to drive or in distres. The shuttles are free and drivers are licensed police officers. All Edwards had to do was make a phone call. In neglecting to do so, he has put an unwanted distraction on his team. How the Jets respond to this incident will have a substantial impact on the future of Edwards career. Edwards is in the final year of his current contract and seeking a larger one at the end of the season.

Not having Edwards on the field puts extra pressure on second-year quarterback Mark Sanchez and newly acquired wide out Santonio Holmes. Sanchez had a strong game vs New England but threw over 20 interceptions last season. Edwards joins a lengthy list of professional athletes that have faced legal problems. If he doesn't get back on the field and produce, drunk driving will be his legacy.

While all the attention in the AFC East is on the Jets, the Patriots will fly under the radar poised, calm and motivated from their first loss of the season. Brady, Moss and Belicheck are too experienced not to exploit the Jets misfortune. Look for the Pats at the end of the season atop of the AFC east.

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