The idea of longing for what once was is completely natural in all areas of human life, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you have it right when you romanticize about what you once had. Everyone has done it, you start think about an old girlfriend and immediately you start to remember all the fun and good things about her. You conveniently gloss over all the bad, the drama and the headaches, that caused you to break up in the first place. It’s not that you want her back, it’s that you’re not happy with where you’re at. So you start romanticizing, tricking your brain into thinking things were better than they actually were. Which is exactly what I maintain is happening with the Jets fans that are banging their drums letting the world know they want Braylon Edwards back (original analogy courtesy of @LilMissNYJet).
I understand the logic, I just think the logic is flawed. The logic of the Bring Back Braylon movement is simple, he’s a cheap option that won’t eat up much cap room, he had good chemistry with Sanchez who needs all the good chemistry he can get right now and he can stretch the field to go along with his downfield blocking skills. However there are better/healthier/more talented options available for relatively cheap, yes he and Sanchez had a solid connection, but it’s being overstated and overrated as their “success” doesn’t warrant this type of reaction. If you don’t believe me just go back (or below) and look at the numbers. Edwards was a solid receiver for the Jets, but he was hardly irreplaceable. (more…)