The preseason is usually the perfect time for an NFL team to become overconfident. It’s a time of year when players can make ridiculous guarantees, and most of us don’t hold their feet to the flames because we know it’s all just bullshit posturing.
Sometimes a player will, say, take out an entire ad in the newspaper promising Super Bowl glory, or declare his team to be a dynasty. Those players usually deserve our scorn, but for the most part, we just listen to the delusion, nod our heads, and smile. Let them have their dreams, since the grim reality of regular-season football is just around the corner.
In a world of blind optimism, it’s not often that a player admits in the preseason that maybe his team didn’t surround their quarterback with enough talent to be successful.
New York Jets cornerback Derrelle Revis isn’t blind.
Yesterday, Revis was asked if the Jets’ front office has acquired the right pieces to help Mark Sanchez break through to become a top ten quarterback. In a refreshing display of honesty, he admitted that he wasn’t too sure.
“You’ve got to do what’s best for the team, and I don’t know if we’ve been wise in that department.”
Unfortunately for Jets fans, Revis’ assessment is pretty bang-on. The team’s veteran receiving corps is being held together using band-aids and Elmer’s glue, and their roster could double for an IR list. Let’s take a look, shall we..
- Santonio Holmes, injured rib and back.
- Jeremy Kerley, slight hamstring tear.
- Chaz Schilens, high ankle sprain.
Those of you hoping that the hate on Sanchez has gone so far that he could in fact be undervalued in fantasy drafts at this point should immediately pump the breaks.
ESPN has Sanchez as the 29th ranked fantasy quarterback, and Yahoo has him at 28th, and I’d say that those are pretty accurate rankings. He may even tumble a few spots based on having to chuck the pigskin to either the walking wounded, or a series of unproven youngsters.
He also loses some value when you consider that if he struggles, Sanchez could be replaced by Tim Tebow. As we all know, Tebow doesn’t have to worry about having talented receivers because he can’t throw the ball anyway. At the very least Tebow will make appearances when the wildcat is rolled out, which also limits Sanchez’s already minimal value.
So basically, the Jets’ offense is just a series of giant question marks. This should scare you away from taking a flier on Sanchez, because even Revis isn’t sure how well their new offense will mesh.
“I don’t really know how this is going to pan out. I just hope that they do what they need to do on offense. And not to divide this — I’m supporting those guys. I think the only thing you can do is be supportive. Right now it’s still preseason.”
Some might find Revis’ lack of faith to be disturbing, I find it refreshing (I also like that it makes my job as a fantasy owner somewhat easier).