Archive for January, 2009
Sports Illustrated has released their first mock draft of the season, and they’ve got the Jets selected Vontae Davis in the 1st round. Davis, a cornerback from Illinois, will probably be the first big move in Rex Ryan’s new “defense first” game plan. Although he will eventually be part of the Jets featured pass defense, don’t expect him to play every down during his first season, as his game isn’t quite up to NFL level yet. I guess this video would underscore that point:
The Jets will likely announce today that they have offered their open head coaching position to Ravens defensive coordinator Rex Ryan, and that Ryan will accept the position. The Jets have already told the other candidates for the position they have decided to go with Ryan, whose Ravens were defeated last night at the hands of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
A friend asked me an interesting question this morning. If Brett Favre retires, will the Jets items bearing his name from this season become collectible. For the answer to this, we’ll have to look to the past. There are actually very few examples to choose from that fit the criteria I’m looking for. Joe Montana finished off his career with the Chiefs, but he was there for more than a season, so that doesn’t really count. Michael Jordan also spent more than a season with the Wizards, so we can’t count him. O.J. Simpson finished off his career with a couple seasons in San Francisco, but we can’t count him because of that whole stabbing thing (that, and I heard he doesn’t take too kindly to people who collect his things). I guess we’ll have to look farther back, to the time of Ruth. Babe Ruth played for the Boston Braves and the Brooklyn Dodgers towards the end of his career. Items from those years are very collectible, despite the fact that they might not be as old as his Yankees or Red Sox stuff, although the Red Sox collectibles are even more collectible due to the circumstances of his leaving, the beginning of the curse, and perhaps the greatest story in baseball history.
Only time will tell how collectors feel about Brett Favre’s Jets collectibles. One thing that is important is to make sure the item can be correctly dated to this year, so there is no question that it was produced during the year when Favre was actually on the team.
Somehow it’s still possible that Brett Favre could be the Jets QB in 2009. I’m not sure how this could happen, considering the way Favre choked down the stretch and is clearly showing his age. I think it would be a huge step backward for the Jets to hang on to such an old quarterback who is probably no better than the average up-and-comer who the Jets could at least hope to mold into a franchise QB.