Verdict still out on Jets 2009 Draft trade
In the 2009 NFL Draft, the New York Jets had the 17th pick,the Tampa Bay Buccaneers had the 19th pick, and the Cleveland Browns had the 5th overall pick. Rex Ryan was getting his first stint as a Head Coach. He needed a player to compliment what he knew would be a great defense. He knows how to coach defense but, there was a wonder as to what would happen with the offense. In South Florida, Raheem Morris was the new head coach for the Tampa Bay Bucs. They both make choices that would decide both their fates. They both pick QB’s and both become the face but not for the reasons they thought.
The Detroit Lions select first, Matthew Stafford, QB, Georgia. Huge arm. Typical “Franchise” style quarterback.
St. Louis Rams select Jason Smith. Fail!
Kansas City Chiefs select Tyson Jackson. Too high for no impact.
Seattle Seahawks select Aaron Curry. Fail!
Then the trade that shaped the next couple of years for the New York Jets. They trade the 17th and 52nd pick along with Kenyon Coleman, Brett Ratliff, and Abram Elam. New Browns coach and former Jets coach Eric Mangini lost his job for his inability to develop Vernon Gholston. The Jets select USC quarterback Mark Sanchez. Offensive Coordinator Brian Schottenheimer has his first task in helping the rookie learn that playbook. He is best remembered for his butt fumble incident.
The 17th pick comes up and the Browns again trade their selection to Tampa Bay who than select Josh Freeman. Three seasons later, Raheem Morris is replaced by the current coach Greg Schiano. He’s best remembered for his drug test story.
Josh Freeman is released and Mark Sanchez is on IR with his fate with the team probably done both replaced by rookies, Mike Glennon and Geno Smith, respectively. There stats in the four seasons aren’t amazing and outside of the two AFC Championships that felt like long ago they both have little to show except in their bank accounts. Stafford is flourishing in Detroit but, he has Megatron. The question is why did they fail? Was it the offensive lines? The defensive minded head coaches? The offensive playmakers? The answer could be all and could be none. They just never got it. They lacked what seemed as the motivation. Sanchez was just never accurate with his highest completion percentage being 56.7. Freeman regressed from a 62.8 to 54,8 completion percentage. I still believe these two have good football in them but need to find a good system and not look for a place to start.