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Burress pawn in battle for NY

Posted on: July 31, 2011 10:51 am
Edited on: July 31, 2011 5:17 pm
Nothing bothers the New York Jets as much as playing second banana in the New York metropolitan area to the Giants. OK, so maybe losing to the Patriots is in there.

But the Jets love attention, and they've been making alot of it on and off the field since Rex Ryan took over as head coach. That's why the signing of free-agent Plaxico Burress should come as no surprise. He's a big name, the Giants were interested in him and the Jets wanted to make a move at the wide-receiver position.

More important, they probably felt they had to make a splash after losing out with Nnamdi Asomugha. So they sign Burress, and say goodbye to Braylon Edwards. I don't know where he ends up, but it's safe to assume it won't be back with the Jets.

I know, Edwards must drop his price for anyone to be interested, but he's a more dangerous weapon than Burress. Burress, of course, is a sexier name, and the Jets opted for the guy who will get the attention ... and he will get it in stadium where the Giants play.

My question: Will he also get the passes? He turns 34 next month and missed the past two years of football while sitting in prison. More to the point, when you talk to personnel directors and GMs they tell you he was slipping in 2008, when we last saw him.

My guess is that he didn't wind up with the Giants because he and coach Tom Coughlin have too much history together. While each may have been willing to accomodate the other, they both know where they could end up ... because they've been there. So Burress goes to the competition, and I'm not talking about within the NFC East; I'm talking about the back pages of the Post and Daily News.

The Jets are there again, thanks to Burress, and that's how they like it. And the Giants? Frankly, I think they couldn't care less.

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Since: Feb 10, 2008
Posted on: August 1, 2011 12:47 pm

Burress pawn in battle for NY

Wait...the Giants are going to make a deep run in the playoffs this year??? Maybe they should figure out who is going to be starting on their O-Line before they make playoff plans. 

Since: Oct 11, 2007
Posted on: August 1, 2011 11:37 am

Burress pawn in battle for NY

The Jets have done pretty well since Rex came to town. They should get extra credit considering all of their personnel moves are only made to get attention or to take attention away from the Giants and/or Patriots. Never mind that they need a WR2 with some height. Never mind that they couldn't invest mega-millions and multi-years on a 2nd WR with potential suspension issues.

It is 100% true that if the Jets went out and got Haynesworth and Ochocinco, Judge and his lot would dismiss the moves as "attention seeking" rather than "genius" low-risk, high reward moves.

It is also 100% true that if the Jets signed the amount of players the Eagles have signed and called themselves a "dream team" there would be national headlines about how the Jets are an arrogant organization that does things the wrong way.

Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: August 1, 2011 8:26 am

Burress pawn in battle for NY

Judge is right for a change!

Since: Sep 2, 2010
Posted on: July 31, 2011 9:43 pm

Burress pawn in battle for NY

If anybody but one of the NY teams would of signed Plaxico this would be a laughable move.

Since: Jul 26, 2009
Posted on: July 31, 2011 8:29 pm

Burress pawn in battle for NY

Burress deserves another chance, afterall he only shot himself right?  The NFL has had and still does have it's share of criminals playing in it.  Mike Vick got a second chance, Dante Stallworth too.  It's a low risk for the Jets anyway.  At the very least he might just be a good decoy depending on how much his football skills have deteriorated.  But we will have to wait and see what happens.

Michael Irvin used to snort the 50 yard line before every game and look how long he stayed in the NFL. Albert Haynesworth tried to decapitate another player by stomping on his head when he was lying helpless on the ground.

Burress did his time, now let's see what that time did to him!

Since: Feb 9, 2011
Posted on: July 31, 2011 8:00 pm

Burress pawn in battle for NY

This is a low risk, high reward move. Plax will be as good as Edwards, for less money. Next up, on to signing Randy Moss.

Since: Nov 23, 2008
Posted on: July 31, 2011 7:49 pm

Burress pawn in battle for NY

Might be cocky frat boys with a loud mouth boor and a convicted felon

Hold on, a fan of a team that has in the past taken on Randy Moss, Corey Dillon, and now drafted a guy (Ryan Mallet) who admitted to having a drug problem is worried about convicted felons on other teams?  Crazy world we live in.

there are a lot of felons in the NFL, past present and future. Here is the 2010 all time list courtesy of Holy Taco -

Since: Oct 24, 2006
Posted on: July 31, 2011 6:35 pm

Burress pawn in battle for NY

Might be cocky frat boys with a loud mouth boor and a convicted felon - but at least their legacy isn't attached to a huge cheating scandal that all but negates it...

And by the way - footballforevah (moronic Pats fan) - convicted felons could make up an All-Pro team, from Leonard Little, Donte Stallworth, Mike Vick, and Randy Moss... but i am sure Randy hitting cops with his car means nothing when he catches 23 TDs from Tom Bundchen.

At least you do not sound bitter about watchingthe Jets whupp up on Cheatriots in last year's playoffs.

Since: Nov 23, 2008
Posted on: July 31, 2011 6:32 pm

Burress pawn in battle for NY

Yeah if they wanted to help their image they should have signed some malcontent lineman from the Redskins who stepped on a an opponents face and refused to play in the system his coach installed and failed his physicals because he took so little pride in his job and his team that he didn't bother to workout. 

Since: Feb 23, 2008
Posted on: July 31, 2011 6:32 pm

Burress pawn in battle for NY

"Judge is nothing but a hack.  Judge, Prisco, Freeman, O'Connor and Cimini just love to take shots @ the Jets. If Pittsburgh signed him they'd be throwing a parade. If the Pats did, it would be a great move. If the Eagles signed him, they'd be arranging SB tickets.

The Jets OWN New York. Did the Giants get chosen for Hard Knocks? No.  Did the Giants make the playoffs the last 2 years? No. The Jets are the BEST team in NYC. The Jets get the HIGHEST ratings in NYC. The Jets are THE team. They don't need Burress for PR. They need Burress to be their #2 receiver and a tall receiver to match the speed and lack of size of Holmes.

Burress went to the Jets because he knows the Giants aren't winning a SB. Odds are they won't even make the playoffs. The Jets have been close the last 2 years and have a coach every player wants to play for. That's too hard for Judge to grasp. Logic always is hard for him to grasp. 

The Jets signed him for one year. The reason? The Jets drafted a damn good WR in Kerley who will be their #4 this year and top special teams guy replacing Smith. If Burress does't return, he slides up with Cotchery backing him up. This was a football move. I know that's hard for Judge to understand, since his bias and ignorance blinds him. Even Stevie Wonder can see the logic here.

As for Edwards, odds are he wanted a multi-year deal and the Jets just don't want him beyond this year. They drafted Kerley and McKnight. One they see as a possible #2, the other as a possible #4. They still have Cotchery and like him as the #3. Burress makes sense in terms of what they're looking for in talent and years. Again, a logical move, that the anti-Spock can't get.

The Jets will have a better record and higher ratings than the Giants. They'll also play Grinch on Christmas Eve, when they beat the Giants and probabaly eliminate them from any post-season hopes. In a way, they're helping all Giants fans. Coughlin will get fired and Bill Cowher will be coaching them in 2012. 

As for the hack Clark Judge, he should stick to watching his loser Habs. "

LOL. The Jets are better because they got chosen for Hard Knocks? Maybe the Giants are smart enough to know that turning their training camp into a media circus would generally be a dumb idea. And the Jets have done soooo much better recently. Didn't they make the playoffs for four straight years, making an incredible run to the Super Bowl one of those years, defeating one of the greatest teams ever that was previously undefeated in dramatic fashion? Oh wait, never mind. The Jets are good at one thing, shooting their mouths off, then choking in the playoffs. And believe me, the Giants have a much bigger fan base in NYC. That's what happens when you're one of the NFL's original franchises with seven overall championships, and actually managing to win a Super Bowl or three in the last 40 years. So you keep telling yourself that the Jets will someday win a Super Bowl with your loser QB and loser coach. And you can take a past-his-prime WR that we had no interest in signing coming off of two years in prison for being a dumba$$. The Giants will get back to the playoffs and make a deep run, and Coughlin, who is a 100x better coach than the fata$$ Ryan will be around for many years to come. Meanwhile, the Jets will choke for the third straight year.

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