The Game of Thrones author thinks the Jets screwed up by trading Darrelle Revis.
George R.R. Martin, who created the medieval world popular in the Game of Thrones book and eponymous HBO television series, took to his blog to voice displeasure with the Jets for trading the Pro Bowl cornerback.
Casting off such a dominant player was a big mistake, Martin writes on his blog:
“Today the Jets traded Darrelle Revis, the best cornerback in the NFL and far and away the best player on the team. It is never a good idea to trade the best player on your team. The Jets desperately need a shut-down corner, since they do not have a real pass-rush threat, and the only way they ever get any pressure on the opponent’s QB is by shutting down his receivers long enough for the rushers to get there. Revis was a huge part of the reason why Rex Ryan’s defense has been so good (ups and downs, sure, but still one of the better defenses in the league). So they get rid of him Right.”
“Only the Jets. They have a pretty good defense and a godawful offense, so what’s their big offseason move? ‘Hey, let’s get rid of our best player, bring the D down to the same level as the O.’
“On the bright side, maybe he’ll be watching less football this fall and writing more.”
The Jets completed the Darrelle Revis trade on Sunday, sending the cornerback to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for a first-round pick this year and a conditional fourth-round pick in 2014.
Many would agree with the Game of Thrones author on his Jets criticism. Though the Jets will now have two high draft picks to fill holes, the team’s defense is significantly weakened without “Revis Island” shutting down teams’ top wide receivers.