Point/counterPoint: The Brandon Marshall Trade
Jets Perspective: The Plan is Coming Together
New Jets General Manager Mike Maccagnan made his first blockbuster deal when he dealt for Bears WR Brandon Marshall for a 5th round pick in this year’s draft. It’s a pretty nice deal for the new GM, who gets a top of the line receiver to compliment Eric Decker and allows Jeremy Kerley to go back to his original home at slot receiver. Factoring in second year tight end Jace Amaro, the Jets could actually have an NFL offense in the upcoming season.
This move begs the question: how well will Marshall fit into the Jets’ new offense with new Offensive Coordinator Chan Gailey? That all depends on who’ll be throwing him the ball, rumored contenders include: Marcus Mariota, Brian Hoyer, Jake Locker, Geno Smith or someone else via a trade?
If I’m the Jets I stick with Geno. As with all rookie QBs, we know nothing about how good Mariota could be, Hoyer is a career backup that will add competition, but he’s not the answer to the franchise’s hopes, Locker has injury issues, and a trade just doesn’t make much sense right now with the lack of talent on the market. No reason for Gang Green to give up valuable picks for a guy like Jay Cutler, who’s making a ridiculous amount of money and is way too inconsistent (just ask Bears fans).
Moreover, some have suggested the Jets and Eagles make a deal on draft day so Chip Kelly can get his guy in Marcus Mariota, this would have to involve Nick Foles going to the Jets. Foles is not the right fit for Kelly’s offense, but put up some big numbers his first year starting, followed by a drastic drop off last year. The drop off in production is concerning, we may have just gotten fool’s gold in 2013.
For me, you have to give Geno a chance with Marshall and in Gailey’s offense; it’s a pro-style offense which Geno flourished in at West Virginia. However, he’s never had a receiver quite like Marshall who can go up and get it with the best of them. Marshall is the type of receiver the Jets have not had since Keyshawn Johnson.
Marshall’s mental health problems and off the field issues have been well documented in the past. However, when this guy is focused he’s among the most elite receivers in the game. There’s no doubt the 31-year old receiver has matured and become a smarter player, but he also knows that he’s never been in the playoffs and his window is closing.
Clearly Maccagnan and Head Coach Todd Bowles have a plan, and they’re putting into full force with this move for Marshall. With the cap room the Jets have for this upcoming free agency period, they can address many of their positional needs, leaving no reason as to why the Jets can’t play competitive football next season. It’s a great start for the Maccagnan-Bowles era, and if Marshall can keep his cool, then he, along with Decker and Smith can take the Jets to the next level including competing with New England for the AFC East crown.