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Comprised of all-new, exclusive interviews with Jets players, head coaches, and those closest to the organization, Sack Exchange is not only an eye-opening account of the Jets from this time, but also of the National Football League as a whole.
The New York Sack Exchange was the nickname given to the New York Jets defensive line of the early 1980s, consisting of Mark Gastineau, Joe Klecko, Marty Lyons, and Abdul Salaam.
Examined are such topics as the beginning of the Jets-Dolphons rivalry, the controversial firing of head coach Walt Michaels and hiring of Joe Walton, the team’s relationships behind the scenes, the emergence of Joe Klecko, the rise and fall of Mark Gastineau, steroid use among the Jets and in the NFL, the legendary Shea Stadium as well as never-before-heard stories and insight into the legacy of Joe Namath.
For the first half of the 1980s, the New York Jets were one of the National Football League's more frustrating franchises, complete with a dynamic defensive line christened the "New York Sack Exchange" and several explosive offensive weapons. But a series of puzzling personnel moves notably the 1983 firing of beloved head coach Walt Michaels and a propensity to collapse in big games kept those teams from reaching the Super Bowl. Reconstructing that franchise's era via interviews with coaches, players, and employees, Prato's effort lacks tension. Prato, a music journalist (The Eric Carr Story) and childhood admirer of these Jets teams, devotes separate chapters to developments that might have been incorporated into the narrative (e.g., team chemistry; playing at Shea Stadium, the Jets' home field until the mid '80s). In chronicling the team's not-quite-good-enough years, chapters read like yearbook profiles as Prato covers seasons of new players and occasionally uneventful travails. Jets fans, however, will surely find something to hold onto. Photos.