Who knows jokes better than comedians? Maybe that’s why it’s no surprise that Larry David is a Jets fan.
But this isn’t a laughing matter: The storied jokeman of “Seinfeld” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm” fame says he urged the Jets to draft 2019 NFL MVP candidate Lamar Jackson before the 2018 NFL Draft.
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Speaking on “The Michael Kay Show” on Tuesday, David said he called then-Jets GM Mike Maccagnan and urged him to pick the current Ravens QB with the No. 3 overall pick.
“I did call Mike Maccagnan before the 2018 draft, and I recommended that he draft Lamar Jackson — I have a witness,” David said. “I have a witness.” (Perhaps it was the late-great Bob Einstein?)
Maccagnan’s response to the recommendation was “condescending,” David said.
“He kind of laughed at me, but who can blame him?” David continued. “Nobody thought Jackson was gonna be this — except for the Ravens.”
The Ravens traded back into the first round, selecting Jackson with the No. 32 pick. Maccagnan was fired after the 2019 NFL Draft.
You can listen to the full segment here, with the Jackson-Maccagnan-David recommendation starting at the 3:25 mark.
David also suggested to then-Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum that he draft USC running back Reggie Bush in the 2006 draft, when the Jets picked fourth overall. Bush went No. 2 overall to the Saints, while the Jets took future Pro-Bowler and offensive line stalwart D’Brickashaw Ferguson with the No. 4 pick.
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It’s no matter for the Jets or their fans, though: While Sam Darnold — the quarterback the Jets did draft in 2018 — hasn’t played to MVP-caliber levels yet, he is pretty, pretty, pretty good.
Darnold set career highs in yards, touchdowns, completion rate, yards per game and passer rating in his sophomore season, while lowering his interception total. Darnold also infamously dealt with a bout of mono in 2019, which sidelined him for a month early in the year. Darnold helped lead the Jets to a 6-2 record over the team’s last eight games, during which he threw 13 touchdowns to four interceptions with two rushing touchdowns, as well.
If NFL general manager isn’t in David’s future, he’s got a pretty good shot as Frank Costanza’s lawyer.