Jets passed on chance to be in “Draft Day” movie

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Maybe it was just because they had their own quarterback controversy at the time, but the Jets didn’t want to be portrayed as the team passing on one with the first pick.

According to Steven Zeitchik of the Los Angeles Times, the Jets were supposed to be the team Kevin Costner’s dealing with for the first pick in the new movie “Draft Day.”

But the Jets pulled out of the filming shortly before shooting was to begin last year, leaving the Seahawks to play the role of the team with the top pick.

They were having something of a quarterback dispute, and the team said that this is just going to incite our fans a little more to criticize us, even though it’s all fictional,” director Ivan Reitman said.

Of course, in shooting the film last April, the Seahawks stood in and went from the team with the fictional first pick to the Super Bowl.

The Jets, meanwhile, had to eat an expensive mistake to cut Mark Sanchez, handing his job over to Geno Smith, perhaps buttfumbling a chance to be on the silver screen.

24 responses to “Jets passed on chance to be in “Draft Day” movie

  1. The Chiefs not being able to draft a Franchise QB, and chasing or trading for another teams QB who didn’t live up to expectations was accurately portrayed in the movie as well.

  2. It was an ok movie. Some of the dialogue lacked conviction. Like they were just spitting out facts without actually believing in their importance.

  3. What a joke of a franchise. There is a reason these guys are invited to be on every offseason show. I am glad I am a Patriots fan!!


  4. Well the Jets are an insecure team and to pass up on the publicity and the honor just goes to show you that these people aren’t being led by hungry and aggressive people that seek out grand things for the franchise. That’s too bad.

  5. Hollywood tried to get the biggest joke of a franchise had to settle for the second worst franchise in Cleveland! Kyle Brady and Jeff Lageman are disappointed!

  6. From the looks of the opening weekend box office numbers, it appears that most fans took a pass on this turd of a movie too. Can you say “RENTAL!”?

  7. Dear Screech, Jeff Lageman was a multiple bro bowl player who had a better career than half of the players drafted in the same first round
    Mel Kiper was wrong

  8. I liked Draft Day. Kevin Costner was great and it was suspenseful. You had no idea what the Browns were going to do with the #1 pick.

    I never thought I’d see the day where the Jets would pass on an opportunity to be in the limelight. I can’t even believe that they have standards.

  9. The Jets were the first choice because last year at this time most pundits, myself included believed the Jets had a strong chance at having the worst record in the NFL and getting the first pick in the NFL draft.

    As a Patriots fan, I am the first to admit that Rex did a good job at coaching that team but will probably end up getting fired at the end of this season because Idzik wants his own guy.

  10. Psst…..hey Jets organization. …yeah you….come a little closer…… IT’S A FREAKIN MOVIE! Although most fans have a tendency to not be able to seperate real life from fiction. well played I guess.

  11. True,Lageman was good but Kiper was right about something ….”The Jets don’t know what draft is all about!”

  12. mzim2756 says:
    Apr 14, 2014 10:04 AM
    Dear Screech, Jeff Lageman was a multiple bro bowl player who had a better career than half of the players drafted in the same first round
    Mel Kiper was wrong
    The next time skleetch is right about something will be the first time.

    I think the Jets were wise to turn this down. It seems like they are keeping a lower profile than they had in recent years which is good for them. But I wouldn’t be happy about it if I were the people in charge there and heard the director give that as the reason. I can’t stand when I hear things like” fans would be critical if”…or “they have to make this move to excite the fan base”. Here’s what excites fan bases: consistent winning.

  13. It wouldn’t have been the Browns either…it was supposed to be the Bills.

    But Cleveland had better tax breaks.

  14. I would’ve had the Jaguars, trading the pick. Then when they got screwed over by the Browns, a sequel could’ve been made, possibly titled, “The Wrath of Khan”.

  15. If the film were looking for a model franchise to depict true QB problems, they should have invited the Vikings to be part of the film.

    I haven’t seen the movie but they could have included the head coach driving to the airport to meet the new QB, wearing his knee pads and rolling out the red carpet followed by a boat tour around Lake Minnetonka.

    Ya, I understand that sometimes the truth can be more unbelievable than fiction but this is the Vikings we are talking about.

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