Weighing in on the two issues of yesterday before yesterday becomes two days agoÖ
It was a busy morning....
~ ~ Ė Ah, Wayne Hunter. Poor guy. Of course, he doesnít get a ton of sympathy because heís been so bad and has been humiliated for it, but he does get some. The Jets traded him to the Rams for Jason Smith, a swap of unwanted, underachieving, high-priced tackles who arenít good enough to start. Props to both teams for shedding a guy who couldnít help them, even if they acquired a guy who helps them nearly as little. This is a case where new scenery is the desired outcome. In Hunter, the Jets have a swing tackle who makes $2 million less than Smith, and a fairly good guy. He escapes the NY spotlight and can resume his career in anonymity. What I canít understand, though, is how the Jets could have come out any worse in the public eye.
They pleaded with the public to accept that Hunter wonít be traded. They supported him. They praised him. They made him sound like the second coming of Orlando Pace. Then they traded him. How can we believe anything they say? Ever? The Jets have good access, and people in their organization talk. But if they are saying untruths, whatís the point? Just an incredibly poorly handled mess. Now, the fact that they ended up with a serviceable player is a positive that, in the end, probably out-weighs any PR stupidity. But itís just ridiculous. Hyperbole isnít always the answer.As for Smith, I saw him twice in person and he was bad. Really bad. Just not a good player as a left tackle, a bust as a No. 2 pick. And an expensive one. Maybe the Jets can unlock some hidden potential, but figure they got a swing tackle, too. Both teams lose a player they needed to lose and gain the same guy with a fresh start. Thatís called an even trade.
Actually, nicely done by both teams. But one canít escape the fact that both have problems at tackle that run deeper than Hunter or Smith. The reality is, this trade doesnít solve that.