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Jets, Teetering On Edge Of Self-Destruction, Need To Forget About Trading Darrelle Revis And Pay Him

Antonio Cromartie and Darrelle Revis. (AP photo)
  By Brad Carroll  
It's been a common belief throughout the football world, from the media to both the hardcore and casual fan. The problem with the New York Jets starts with the coach and ends with the talent-void of a roster put on the field. Rex Ryan, who will be heading into his fifth season as head coach of the Jets next year, and the circus that comes with him, will never bring a Super Bowl to the team, they say, because he's too much of a clown. The players on the roster, they say, just aren't very good either, and can't simply win.

If that's truly the case, and I would say at least the latter is, then Jets fans shouldn't worry too much. I don't believe any team in the NFL has gotten through their history without having to blow everything up, from the front office to the coach to the roster. A new coach could be hired next season if Ryan doesn't make the playoffs. New players could be signed and drafted to improve positions across the roster and depth chart, something new general manager John Idzik should be working on as you read this.

Patriots Fall To 5-5 Since Spygate, Were 12-2 Before; And, Oh Yeah, Mark Sanchez Has More Playoff Wins Than Tom Brady Last Four Years

Tom Brady was a loser in the postseason once again. (AP photo)
  By Brad Carroll  
While New York Jets fans everywhere celebrate the Baltimore Ravens victory over the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship, here's even more ammunition in this never-ending rivalry.

Before Spygate, where the Patriots were caught cheating by having cameras spying on opponents, New England was 12-2 in the postseason and won three Super Bowl championships. After Spygate, the Patriots are just 5-5 with zero Super Bowl titles.

And, for those who are terrified about having Mark Sanchez as the Jets starting quarterback next season, remember this one fact. Sanchez has four playoff victories in his four years in the league. Over that time, the so-called greatest quarterback of all time, Tom Brady, has just three playoff victories.

The Jets might not be going to the Super Bowl this season, but this AFC Championship loss by the Patriots was a small victory in and of itself.

Hiring Of Marty Mornhinweg As Offensive Coordinator Shows Jets Are Finally Moving In Right Direction

Marty Mornhinweg with Michael Vick. (AP photo)
  By Brad Carroll  
New York Jets coach Rex Ryan wasn't kidding when he said his so-called "ground and pound" offensive philosophy was dead in his much-delayed end-of-season press conference. The Jets not only ended their search for a new offensive coordinator Friday, with the hiring of Marty Mornhinweg but their three yards and a cloud of dust offense is history as well.

The dinosaur-aged game plan the Jets ran on offense the past four years is finally dead, and all Jets fans can rejoice.

The hiring of Mornhinweg, an aggressive play-caller that has no problem leaning on the quarterback to run the offense, doesn't mean the Jets will automatically become one of the most explosive offenses in the game. But it's a start. A small, but needed, step toward joining the rest of the NFL in realizing an offense must go through the quarterback position. And, of yeah, it's OK to throw the ball downfield.

College GameDay Rewind: Evil And Kool Aid Have To Split GameDay Picks Championship This Season

Alabama won the national championship ... again. (AP photo)
  By Brad Carroll  
The Alabama-Notre Dame BCS National Championship game was the perfect example of how not to pick games against the spread, or even straight-up for that matter. The Crimson Tide were far and away better than the Fighting Irish. It wasn't even close. But Notre Dame was pinned with the "team of destiny" label. If anyone could beat Alabama, it would be the Fighting Irish.

The only problem with that was Notre Dame was simply a very good football team, not a great one, and had no business playing for a national championship based on talent alone. The Irish were overhyped by a fawning media and fan base that begged for the resurgence of program that had been dormant for so long. In reality, Notre Dame had no chance to win last Monday night.

But we all wanted to believe.

GameDay Battle For College Football Supremacy Comes Down To Evil Vs Kool Aid In BCS National Title Game

  By Brad Carroll  
For the first time in four years, our GameDay Battle for College Football Supremacy will come down to the final game of the season - the BCS National Championship  Glenn Carroll, who earned the nickname Kool Aid this season, has already clinched at least a share of our challenge title. He leads Evil Craig Carroll by one game. Craig can't win the title outright, but can grab a share of it.

College Football Bowl Picks 2013:
BCS National Championship,
No. 1 Notre Dame Vs No. 2 Alabama

  By Brad Carroll  
Make no mistake about it, the Southeastern Conference has owned college football the past six seasons. The SEC has won the last six national championship games and even had two of its teams play each other last year for the title. Alabama alone has won two of the last three BCS crowns and will go for another Monday night in the 2013 version of the game. For the SEC and its fans, it's been college football nirvana.

For everyone else, however, it's been nothing short of hell, with last year's LSU-Alabama BCS matchup the ultimate indignity, which only increased the media's infatuation with the conference.

College Football Bowl Picks 2013: Compass Bowl, Pittsburgh Vs Ole Miss

  By Brad Carroll  
Before we finally reach the main event, the BCS national title game Monday, we get one more Saturday game to feast on this season. It might not get the juices flowing, but hey, we'll take all the college football we can get as the season comes to a close. We'll ignore the fact the Compass Bowl features Pittsburgh and Ole Miss, a pair of 6-6 teams, and look at the bright side - it's football.

As always, we preview and pick the winner both straight up and against the spread below. And make sure to check back for our breakdown of the BCS national championship coming soon.

College Football Bowl Picks 2013: Cotton Bowl, Texas A&M V Oklahoma

  By Brad Carroll  
Believe it or not, Oregon's offensive showcase against Kansas State in its Fiesta Bowl victory was nothing compared to what should happen Friday night in the Cotton Bowl. If you love high-scoring offenses, the matchup between Texas A&M and Oklahoma should be a can't-miss game. The Aggies are led by Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel, while the Sooners have quarterback Landry Jones leading the way.

As always, our GameDay college football experts not only preview the game below, but pick the final score both straight-up and against the spread.

College Football Bowl Picks 2013: Fiesta Bowl, Oregon Vs Kansas State

  By Brad Carroll  
The college football season was thrown into a state of chaos November 17. On that night, No. 1 Kansas State and No. 2 Oregon were supposed to continue their ascent to the BCS national championship game. Kansas State was playing unranked Baylor, while Oregon was home to No. 13 Stanford. With Alabama losing the week before to Texas A&M, it should have been the week for Kansas State and Oregon to cement its position as the two best teams in the nation.

But it didn't happen. In a turn of events that stunned the college football world, both Kansas State and Oregon were handed defeats within minutes of each other. It opened the door for undefeated Notre Dame to move to No. 1 and a one-loss Alabama team to claim the No. 2 slot. Kansas State and Oregon went from the two best teams in the nation to afterthoughts, just like that.

College Football Bowl Picks 2013: Sugar Bowl, Louisville Vs Florida

Charlie Strong and Will Muschamp ready for Sugar. (AP photo)
  By Brad Carroll  
With the New Year's Day games in the books, the college football world turns its attention toward the final four major bowl games of the season, ultimately ending with a champion being crowned. The Sugar Bowl is first, with our GameDay college football experts picking the winner both straight up and against the spread below, and will be followed by the Fiesta Bowl, Cotton Bowl and the BCS National Championship game Monday between No. 1 Notre Dame and No. 2 Alabama.

Before we get to that mega title matchup, it's No. 21 Louisville and No. 3 Florida in the Sugar Bowl. Here's our game preview and picks against the spread.

Jets Pay Him Or Slay Him On Offense: We Decide Who Stays And Who Goes, Including Mark Sanchez, Tim Tebow, Shonn Greene, Dustin Keller, More

The Jets should say goodbye to Shonn Greene. (AP photo)
  By Brad Carroll  
With a disappointing, and downright embarrassing, 6-10 season in the books for the New York Jets, it's time to take a close look at the roster and determine who should stay and who needs to go. Or, better yet, who the Jets should pay and who they should slay. We start with the key players on a pitiful offense.

SLAY MARK SANCHEZ: Wanting Sanchez gone and actually getting rid of him are two different things, that's why this "slay" comes with an asterisks. Sanchez isn't likely to go anywhere this offseason. His huge contract, over $8 million for next year, makes him virtually unmovable (think Alex Rodriguez). Sure, the Jets would love to trade him, but who would take on that salary for a backup? So, while Sanchez shouldn't be back next year, he almost assuredly will. In fact, it wouldn't surprise in the least if he was named the starting quarterback once again. Without the contract, however, Sanchez would be a goner.

Jets Pay Him Or Slay Him Defense: We Decide Who Stays And Who Goes, Including Darrelle Revis, Bart Scott, Kyle Wilson, Calvin Pace, More

The Jets should let linebacker Bart Scott go. (AP photo)
  By Brad Carroll  
With a disappointing, and downright embarrassing, 6-10 season in the books for the New York Jets, it's time to take a close look at the roster and determine who should stay and who needs to go. Or, better yet, who the Jets should pay and who they should slay. We start with the key players on a defense that played well at times, but inconsistent overall.

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PAY DARRELLE REVIS: The dumbest thing I've heard in a long time recently was some actually believe the Jets should trade Revis for a couple of draft picks. Are you kidding? There is no way the Jets should get rid of Revis, one of the best players in the NFL, period. Revis' value to the team goes way beyond his amazing cover skills, as he allows the defense to do just about anything they want, including getting pressure on the quarterback, which is key to a Rex Ryan defense. Those wanting to get rid of Revis just don't get it.

College Football Bowl Picks 2013: Orange Bowl, Northern Illinois Vs Florida State; Rose Bowl, Outback Bowl, Capital One Bowl, Gator Bowl, Heart of Dallas Bowl

Northern Illinois takes on Florida State in Orange Bowl. (AP photo)
  By Brad Carroll  
New Year's Day represents a lot of things, but none are bigger than making resolutions and watching huge college football bowl games. For us here at GameDay, we're combining the two. Our resolution for 2013 is simple - to correctly pick the rest of the biggest bowl games of the new year both straight up and against the spread. And when a champion is finally crowned between Notre Dame and Alabama, our own battle for college football supremacy will be decided as well. The true bowl games begin on New Year's Day, and we have you covered with all of our picks below.