Alt Rankings: Arizona Cardinals make statement
By Adam Rank
Updated: Dec. 11, 2012 at 01:06 p.m.
The Cleveland Browns, New York Jets and San Diego Chargers have a chance to reach the postseason. A realistic chance? Well, that's not the way I would put it. But as Lloyd Christmas once said, "So you're saying there's a chance."
But not really.
Now, I get how much fun it would be for the Browns to make the playoffs (and as predicted in this space, I foretold of the Browns making a run). That would be pretty cool. But the Chargers and the Jets are going about it all wrong. They should make a run the other way.
For the Chargers, a playoff appearance would only be a disaster because it would mean four more years of Norv Turner and A.J. Smith. And that's not good for anybody in San Diego. The best use of Turner's time would be as the offensive coordinator of the Baltimore Ravens. (And that really should be the top priority of the Ravens. I would try to bring him in for the playoffs if the Chargers do get eliminated and ultimately fire Turner.)
And for the Jets, it would mean one more year for Mark Sanchez. I mean, how could you dump a quarterback who has led your team to the playoffs once again? He only wins games right?
This might not be the deepest draft class, but the Jets and Chargers clearly haven't put much thought into what you're doing in the long run.
And I guess it should be pointed out, too, the Buffalo Bills and Miami Dolphins are still alive.
Undaunted, we will continue our look at those teams competing to have the No. 1 pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, no matter who the top dog is. And until we have a better name, we will continue to refer to this space as the Fans for Barkley.