Of all the problems that have plagued the Jets in the last year, from being kept out of the playoffs by scorned ex-coach Rex Ryan, to the quarterback quagmire that almost was, there’s still one that sticks out like a sore thumb on the franchise’s timeline. Or maybe a sore jaw.
Geno Smith getting sucker-punched by former teammate Ik Enemkpali, then seeing his role as the team’s potential franchise QB get usurped by Ryan Fitzpatrick, has to be the worst Jets quarterback moment since Mark Sanchez‘s butt fumble. Though Fitzpatrick ultimately led the team to 10 victories and a near-playoff berth, Smith’s derailing is just another tragedy at the position for the once storied franchise.
So, it’s easy to see why a headline involving the team’s two best players–and future Hall of Famers–Brandon Marshall and Darrelle Revis, and the term “threw a punch,” might be enough to alarm even the casual football fan. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what happened at a recent Jets practice. According to ESPN’s Rich Cimini, Marshall and Revis were getting gritty and competitive–as two players of their caliber often do–and Marshall took a swing at Revis out of frustration. Luckily, neither player was hurt, and outside of Marshall being “lifted” off the field by fellow wide receiver Quincy Enunwa, the incident was very short-lived.
So short-lived in fact, that after practice, Marshall had nothing but praise for his teammate.
Marshall says Revis is back… He’s seeing everything amazingly, breaking up a lot of balls… This is the most competitive we’ve been.
— Eric Allen (@eallenjets) August 5, 2016
We’ll be the judge of that Brandon. We’re just a month away from football after all.