The New York Jets are benefiting tremendously thanks to the eventual “no” he and his team answered to the organization during the NFL free agency period. Here are the seven blessings.
The football gods deserve praise. They deserve many thanks from a particular fanbase in Northern New Jersey.
The grizzled, intelligent, diehard gridiron gods that look down upon us from a football heaven so magnificently drenched in hall of fame talent and old-school stadium memorabilia (such as Jim Brown’s famed jockstrap and Joe Namath’s fabulous mink coat) have worked miracles for fans of the New York Jets as of late. Just when we thought the organization was heading down one troubling path, circumstance shifted the landscape.
Mike Maccagnan and the suits in that front office wanted Kirk Cousins. As the clear-cut Plan A, the Jets were ready to dish out $30 million a season to acquire a good quarterback.
Instead, Cousins chose the mainstream narrative equaling the idea that the Minnesota Vikings are the more “championship-ready” team. After all, those purple boys are coming off an NFC Championship Game appearance and seem to be a quarterback away.
But this is the NFL. Fates and seasons turn on a dime and rarely can one team be so heavily favored over another in terms of championship-readiness unless they come equipped with a Tom Brady or Aaron Rodgers—a true difference-maker at the most important position in sports and the only employes who deserve nearly 20 percent of a team’s total payroll.
But no matter, we’re suddenly off topic. Cousins is now in Minny and the Jets, thankfully, find themselves with Sam Darnold.
It’s funny. Recent word has come to support the idea that Maccagnan and his supporting cast were in love with two quarterbacks in the rookie pool over the last few seasons. It was mentioned in Tommy Breer’s magnificent piece via Sports Illustrated earlier in the week.
One was Marcus Mariota. The other was Jared Goff. In both spots, the Jets had nowhere near the ammunition or draft position to snag either. They would have had to purge the farm.
No Mariota. No Goff. No Cousins. Even no Baker Mayfield, the other quarterback who’d reportedly caught the Jets eye. All four quarterbacks were loved by the Jets. All four failed to come to fruition. Now, with Darnold in the fold, I think many are admitting a bit of glorious luck has landed at the Jets doorstep in Florham Park, New Jersey.
In any event, this one’s about Cousins and that thankful situation playing out the way it did. The Jets are currently benefiting in many ways without the veteran that many folks just couldn’t see (or didn’t want to see) while the hunt for Kirk was ongoing.
Here are the seven blessings of a New York Jets football team without Kirk Cousins: