Foolish premise by noted columnist Dan Leberfeld

East Rutherford – I can’t remember the last time Mike Lupica was at Jets camp, or at a game. It might have been when Joe Klecko was playing.

He’s almost never around the team.

He wrote a column with a bizarre premise, at least to me.

Headline – “NY Jets better off losing in order to get high pick in 2015 NFL Draft.”

He went on to write a column supporting this headline.

“The Jets say they’re better than their record,” Lupica wrote in today’s Daily News. “Right. So do the Raiders. But if the Jets lose to the Bills on Sunday and go to 1-7, the reality of their situation becomes this: It would be better for them to finish 3-13 and move way up into the draft, instead of kidding themselves and their fans with the kind of finish a year ago that saved Rex Ryan’s job.”

Better off losing games?

Tell that to Mo Wilkerson and Sheldon Richardson who are playing their tails off.

Tell that to Chris Ivory who is running over defenders like a Brahma bull.

Tell that to Rex Ryan who is trying to save his job.

The idea of tanking games to get a better draft pick is a concept foreign to anybody who is a competitor, whether it’s players, coaches or fans.

It’s also a concept devoid of integrity.

As a former Jets coach once said, “You play to win the game.”

I could not agree with him more.

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