Despite their struggles this season, odds makers have installed the Jets as a six point favorite this Sunday against the Chiefs. A fourth win would lump the Gang Green into a crowded pack of teams with a similar record and would likely cost them any chance at landing last season's Doak Walker Award winner. A victory over Kansas City could do more harm than good toward the team's long term future.
The Jets biggest off-season acquisition a year ago was, of course, acquiring Thomas Jones from the Bears. Jones has done a nice job, breaking the 1000-yard mark and proving to be the reliable every down back that the team hoped he could be.
However, even with Jones' success, McFadden may be the rare type of talent that the Jets cannot afford to pass on. Much like the Vikings did a year ago in selecting Adrian Peterson despite already having a 1000 yard rusher in Chester Taylor, the Jets are in desperate need of a big-time playmaker and McFadden certainly fits the bill. It is a fact that Jones is well aware of.
"I'm not that familiar with him or his running style," Jones said when asked what he thought about McFadden. "I haven't watched that much college football. I'm not sure what type of situation would come out of that if they did draft him or another running back. Whatever guy comes in who is a running back, I'm a veteran in this league, it will be my ninth year, I have a lot of knowledge that can help a young back become a better back."
Certainly the Jets have major holes to fill on both sides of the ball and an argument can be made for the selection of just about any position. This doesn't look like a particularly deep draft, but in Darren McFadden it unquestionably has a running back with the tools to make an immediate impact and perhaps give the Jets the playmaker they so desperately need.