10 years ago Drew Bledsoe was trying to scramble for a first down and decided to lower his shoulder to get the first down instead of sliding or running out of bounds. Unfortunately for him, Jets linebacker Mo Lewis had him lined up for a hit and absolutely destroyed him. The hit sheared a vein in his chest, causing his lung to fill with blood and then collapse. Little known backup Tom Brady entered the game and had no effect on the game, going 5 for 10 with 46 yards. When news got out that Franchise QB Bledsoe was probably done for the year, and looking at Brady’s poor play, Jets fans celebrated.
Unfortunately hindsight is 20/20, Brady ended up being the perfect QB for what Belichick was trying to do. Instead of having to corral a gunslinger QB like Bledsoe, Belichick instead was able to mold Brady into a possession QB who wouldn’t cost them the game. The Defense and the running game would win games, with Brady doing the minimal amount of damage to the team to allow them to win.
There are those that claim that Brady was the QB of the future or that Belichick would have replaced Bledsoe, but I don’t see either happening. Bledsoe had just signed a record setting 10 year 103 million dollar contract. Even after Brady won the Super Bowl there was still a debate in Foxboro over who to trade, Brady or Bledsoe. I also don’t see the Krafts giving Belichick power to dump Bledsoe. Up to that point in his head coaching career Belichick was anything but a genius, in 6 seasons for the Browns and Pats he only had 1 winning season.
Was Belichick going to be successful with Bledsoe at QB? Most likely not. He had already lead the team with Bledsoe at QB to a 5-11 season, and was off to a 0-2 start. Mo Lewis knocking out Bledsoe was the greatest gift he was ever handed. Otherwise he was going to have to find a way to win with Bledsoe at QB, and over 18 games he really hadn’t figured out how to.
New England should hang Mo Lewis’ Jersey somewhere, or retire his number. Without his absolute crushing hit on Bledsoe, the Pats probably struggle through the last decade. They probably don’t get anywhere near the Super Bowl while Tom Brady disappears into the UFL, XFL or AFL and Belichick goes crawling back to Parcells again in Dallas or Miami. Charlie Weis and Romeo Crennel continue to be non-entities in the football world (much like they are today) instead of destroying Notre Dame and Cleveland. Randy Moss gets traded to the Packers and Favre wins his last Super Bowl with Moss on the Pack and retires on the first try. The Red Sox never win the World Series, well because if I’m coming up with an alternate history the Sox never win the series. Let’s not forget that Mangin and McDaniels never get a chance to setup their pretend Belichick regimes in NYC and Denver.
It’s a wonderful world to wake up in, and it all would probably be true if not for Mo Lewis destroying Bledsoe with what should be one of the most infamous hits in Jets/Pats history. So if your a fan of the Patriots you should thank a Jets fan this week. Without the Jets you probably are fighting the Bills for the AFC basement this last decade.
So the Jets are just about done. Unless they somehow beat the Dolphins and the Patriots lose the Jets are out of the playoffs. Not only that, but more then likely the QB that they kicked to the curb like trash is the one that will put the final nail in the coffin. That experiment in Green Bay? Well Rodgers has a much higher QB rating then Farve and a hell of a lot less Interceptions. If anything their Defense has been horrible, which has been bringing the Pack down. So very soon we get another great Offseason of Is he coming back or not. I was sick and tired two years ago about Farve staying or going. There is one way to save the Jets now, as Clemens is not the answer. The answer is going to be coming out of jail soon. Thats right, Ron Mexico, AKA Micheal Vick.
I think it is the biggest joke in NFL history that Micheal Vick is behind bars. Lets remember people, there have been NFL players involved in Murder who haven’t spent a day in jail. Also, they claimed that Micheal Vick would be the coverboy for Dog Fighting rings. Yet there isn’t any other stories coming out about major busts in dogfighting. Micheal Vick was nothing more then a poster boy for PETA so they could raise a bunch of new funds. For Micheal Vick to still be in jail is a joke. For him to ever be in jail is a joke. Its horrible that some people care more about animals then they do about human beings.
So hopefully Farve retires and the Jets can go with the Ultimate Wildcat formation. In the shotgun you have Clemens on one side, Vick on the other. So first off you don’t know if you can flat out QB Spy with one of your linebackers. Then if you check off you can always pitch it to Vick and he can flat out run with it or give it a hurl. Hopefully just the motion of the pitch causes some of the DBs to back off or come in. Plus you can snap it to eithger QB and still have a multitude of options. Plus its the best way to slowly get Vick back into the game without him just being a backup and holding a clipboard.
Also, I wanted to say the biggest joke I’ve heard about Vick is that he’s not going to be in shape for the season. Has anyone ever seen a person come out of jail WORSE then when he entered it? Vick is going to be a beast when he gets out of jail. Its not like he’s sitting around and eating doughnuts. He’s more then likely pumping steel and eating almost nothing. Or even worse, those sandwhiches with questionable lunch loaf on them. He is in prison in the south.
The rumors of Cassel to the Jets are some of the worst I’ve ever heard. The Patroits and a lot of other teams have learned about allowing a QB to go to another team in the same divison (cough Pennington cough) and having it bite you in the ass. Secondly lets be serious, Cassel is in a system that would allow Browning Nagle to look like a great QB. Theres got to be a reason he was a backup at USC. You don’t let someone who could be better then Palmer or Lineart play while the superstar is on the bench. Once out of the Patroits system Cassel will come back to earth. Much like AJ Feely, Rob Johnson, or any other number of QBs who were impressive for good teams and then bombed for bad teams. Lets remember Scott Mitchell looked impressive while backing up Dan Marino.
In the end the Jets will keep Mangini around for one more year. They’ll convince Farve to come back for one more year. Then Farve will ruin his legacy with a horrible season, Mangini will be fired, and the Jets will never be willing to take a chance with a Micheal Vick. Which is too bad. Its why the Jets haven’t been to the Super Bowl in forever. They will never take a chance on a guy with an Attitude. Theres a reason Keyshawn Johnson has a Super Bowl Ring and Wayne Chrebet doesn’t. For all the heart, and all the good you can say about Chrebet, it takes a certain level of talent and even being obnoxious to be a super bowl winner. Thats the best that can be said about Nammath, and yet 30 or more years later the Jets refuse to get a player with some swagger, with some attitude and with enough talent to get them far enough. Theres a reason Vinny Testervarde doesn’t have a super bowl ring. Cause he’s no God Dam Nammath!