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“Game of Thrones” author hates Jets’ Revis trade

George R.R. Martin wants Darrelle Revis back. (Brian Blanco / AP)

Many, many New York Jets fans hated the trade of Darrelle Revis to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. And then there’s George R.R. Martin, the “Game of Thrones” author who’s so angry he’s breathing fire*.

Getting rid of Revis is just another in a long line of mistakes by his favorite NFL team, he writes on his blog:

They have hardly done anything right since Joe Willie Namath won SuperBowl III, and every time you think maybe they are finally turning the corner, they find some new way to screw things up.

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.

*Obligatory dragons reference.

Follow @CindyBoren on Twitter and on Facebook.

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.



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Cindy Boren · April 23, 2013