Larry David told the Jets to draft Lamar Jackson

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George Constanza got hired by the Yankees by going against his every instinct, and doing the opposite.

If the Jets had done the same — or just listened to Larry David — they might have been in the playoffs.

During an appearance on The Michael Kay Show, the Seinfeld creator and Curb Your Enthusiasm star said he told then-Jets General Manager Mike Maccagnan he should have drafted Lamar Jackson in 2018.

“I did call Mike Maccagnan before the 2018 draft and I recommended that he draft Lamar Jackson. I have a witness. I have a witness,” David said. “He kind of gave me the most condescending, . . . I told him that. He kind of laughed at me.

“But who can blame him? No one thought Jackson was going to be anything.”

The Jets, of course, took Sam Darnold instead, but they weren’t the only ones skeptical of the Ravens quarterback and likely MVP.

David pointed out what has become clear about many quarterbacks, that the people paid to know them best often seem to be the most confused.

“No they don’t,” David said. “They really don’t — when you think about the fact that [former NFL executive] Bill Polian wanted to make Lamar Jackson a wide receiver, what does anyone know? They don’t know anything.”

The Jets may not be ready to make David a G.M. yet, but if they have an opening for assistant to the traveling secretary, it’s worth a call.

23 responses to “Larry David told the Jets to draft Lamar Jackson

  1. All college QB evaluationss are predictions and best guesses in reality. Even the ravens passed on Jackson once, if they knew he’d become this he’d have gone far earlier

  2. Well, now we know that Larry is smarter than Polian and Clay Travis.

    Of course, Larry is smarter than most people, and almost everyone is smarter than Polian and Travis.

  3. While Jackson has done some amazing things I find it hard to believe he’d have done what he did behind the worst offensive line in the history of the NFL

  4. I loved and applauded the Ravens drafting Lamar Jackson, as I saw a lot of Deshaun Watson in him. I could also see the acceptance of the dual threat QB across the league. But to level that LJ has taken this, even I, a staunch Raven’s fan, did not see this coming.

  5. Of course a GM, the scouting department, and thousands of hours of scouting comes down to their guy…Fans could do better just from the eye test….

  6. He’s right. It makes you wonder why GMs are paid so much. Bill Polian is a good example: wasn’t he up for enshrinement in Canton? And he obviously whiffs.

    In general the draft is a crap shoot: it’s amazing how much stock fans put into the process and outcome.

    “Trust the process” they say.

    Why? When has it ever yielded consistent results, except for Ozzie Newsome and Bill Belichick?

  7. Why? When has it ever yielded consistent results, except for Ozzie Newsome and Bill Belichick?
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    I would give Belichick a mediocre draft grade. Great strategy, but he drafts so many late rounders, of course you are bound to hit on some winners like Edelman and Brady. But the true measure in judging scouting talent is hitting on the first and second rounders because that’s where you spend the real money and that can make or break a franchise for years to come. Ozzie wrote the book on first round winners. The Ravens first SB was literally built on one draft.
    I wouldn’t give BB a whole bunch of credit even with the Brady pick. As one NE official put it, if we really thought Tom Brady was going to be this good, we certainly wouldn’t have waited until the 6th round to get him.

  8. Larry being a Jets fan does explain a lot of his self loathing. The Jets treat their fans like Susie Green treats Larry.

  9. snmcintosh36 says:
    January 9, 2020 at 8:24 am

    While Jackson has done some amazing things I find it hard to believe he’d have done what he did behind the worst offensive line in the history of the NFL
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    I can’t necessarily argue with that. And that was the problem I had with calling Manning and Brady so great, they always the best blocking. You would constantly see other QBs running for their life because of poor blocking and we say they suck. Brady and Manning always had the cleanest pockets, but the games where teams actually put a hat on them, they kinda looked like average QBs.

  10. Since they didn’t listen, he should have called them and said, sign Gase. This way they may not have.

  11. The problem is, everyone else would’ve been the same: same ownership, same coaching, same teammates, same dysfunction.

    This is what I’ve argued for years about the Alex Smith-Aaron Rodgers draft by the 49ers. Does it seem like to every single person on earth that they drafted the wrong player? YES. But all situations are different. If Rodgers had been in SF, with that turmoil, lack of quality ownership and constant coaching change, without the benefit of sitting behind Brett Favre for a couple of years and getting to throw to Donald Driver, who’s to say Rodgers wouldn’t have had a career similar to what Smith has had?

    Or what if you’d married the girl you dated in your senior year at high school? Everybody can play would-a, could-a, should-a all day long.

  12. The Ravens had the second-best OL in the NFL this year. The Jets OL was ranked 28th, and the Jets offered weaker weapons for their QB too. NEWS FLASH: HAD JACKSON AND DARNOLD BEEN IN SWAPPED PLACES, JACKSON’S PRODUCTION ALMOST CERTAINLY WOULD HAVE BEEN SIGNIFICANTLY WORSE, and Darnold would have had things much better. I know this is just shocking to hear, but this is a TEAM sport.

    Personally, you let me pick one to start a franchise with for the next 10+ years, and I would take Darnold quickly (not that Jackson would be a bad option). Luckily for Jackson, he was drafted by a well-run franchise that also made Joe Flacco look better than he individually really was.

  13. Let’s see if Jackson can throw accurately against playoff defenses before we make him out to be the next Peyton Manning. RGIII was supposed to be the 2nd coming but that didn’t happen.

  14. Considering how “correct” he always is, until that “genius” Pats fan tells us that Jackson is overrated, then I’ll give Lamar his proper due.

  15. If the Jets had done the same — or just listened to Larry David — they might have been in the playoffs.
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    Even Lamar JAckson needs an O-Line in front of him.

    Larry David would do better sticking to George Constanza.

  16. remember when the jets fired gm mike maccagnan & everyone acted like the jets just fired ozzie newsome?

  17. Going against his instinct and doing the opposite.

    So, going with his instinct? I don’t think that’s how it worked.

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