I think it’s absolutely great that someone with so much media clout — even when none of it is built through analyzing sports — weighs in on his favorite team. While I typically find reading these types of articles to be a vapid experience when they have no bearing whatsoever on what will happen in the sport itself, I am interested when it can produce a headline that makes me burst out laughing: “Game of Thrones author: Jets G.M. should get the axe” being the title of Pro Football Talk managing editor Michael David Smith’s Tuesday post.
George R.R. Martin‘s post in his a blog “Not A Blog” posits that the underwhelming haul of draft picks this weekend is grounds for just-hired New York Jets general manager John Idzik‘s dismissal, and that they should “fire his ass now. Bring back Mike Tannenbaum. Bring back the guy before Mike Tannenbaum. Hell, bring back Harry Wismer.”
Arguably the most popular novelist in the social media realm right now — with “Game of Thrones” Season 3 already hitting full swing on HBO — this is worthy of traction due to the comical comparison of a recent episode in which soldiers are traded for a dragon, and of course the new subject of Martin’s ire, the measly Tampa Bay Buccaneers‘ 2013 NFL Draft first rounder and 2014 conditional third/fourth obtained in the Darrelle Revis trade.
“Just stick to writing about dragons, buddy” just seems like way too curt of a response, so I delved into the merits of his article, starting with “let’s give away our best player for a bag of old jockstraps.” I agree that only snagging the No. 13 overall pick for this draft in particular is a bit overwhelming considering Alex Smith managed to pull a second, but I believe the Jets would’ve looked desperate and without leverage whether or not Idzik took the reins, which can be blamed primarily on Rex Ryan and Tannenbaum for putting them in this position.
Also, the Jets can turn their pass rush from poor to positively terrifying with an excellent top of the edge rusher class that now suits New York at picks No. 9 and No. 13 overall.