Empower Douglas to ‘Raven-ize' Jets
NY Jets Confidential|November 2020
After the Jets released Le’Veon Bell, Oct. 13, an ESPN reporter pondered a couple of questions.

“Both sides got what they wanted, but the bigger question is: Why does this keep happening?

“How did it get to this point, and why do the Jets have relationship problems with high-profile players.”

The answers to these questions are simple.

The Jets need to stop overpaying for free agents, who are just signing with New York for the money, and who don’t really dig being Jets.

It’s like the young model dating the old rich guy. She’s not that into him, but she’s into his money. Those relationships generally end up not working out, just like buying the love of free agents with profligate contracts.

The elite franchises generally stay away from this stuff — elite franchises like the Baltimore Ravens.

Jets GM Joe Douglas worked for the Ravens from 2000-2015 under one of the best GM’s in NFL history in Ozzie Newsome. Douglas has two Super Bowl rings from his time working under “The Wizard of Oz.”

He also worked under one of the great NFL owners, Steve Bisciotti, who has turned the Ravens into a model franchise, from A to Z.

And it’s time for the Jets to throw Douglas the car keys and let him “Raven-ize” the Jets. Tweak the corporate structure, make Douglas the football czar, and say, “Joe, turn us into Baltimore North.”

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