NEXT UP - 2017
Apr 30 2017
"With the 6th pick in the 2017 NFL draft, the New York Jets select - Jamal Adams, safety from LSU."
All right, a good start! Didn't think Jamal Adams would be there at 6. Immediate help for our secondary. Very good.
With the second pick in the 2017 NFL draft the Jets select - ANOTHER SAFETY! Marcus Maye from Florida(GoGators!) is a good player. Not quite sure why we draft a second safety in the second round. Best player available I suppose but, couldn't we have taken a cornerback second rather than 8th? It may work out as Jeremy Clark from Michigan is supposed to be a good corner with a question mark of a torn ACL. The Jets love question marks!
You have to hope the Jets have a plan for using him.
We then picked up 2 wide receivers from Bama and Cal. Don't know a lot about them but, look to be solid picks. Then we drafted Jordan Leggett from Clemson, at the forgotten position of Tight End. He is rated one of the best TE in the country and the boy is "UGE" at 6'5" 258! Well, I guess today that's not as impressive as it would be a few years back.
The Donahue LB pick is a bit of a reach. He's a good edge rusher against mediocre competition. We'll have to see if the West Georgia boy pans out.
The corners came last and do have potential. Don't you hate that word? I knew you would!
I wouldn't have minded drafting an O lineman somewhere in there. Again we will have to wait and see what MacCagnan has in store. There are still all the undrafted free agents out there. I don't know if the other O line moves this offseason are enough to make us, or any quarterback, comfortable. Drafting a QB will be the subject of next years draft!
Still, overall not a terrible draft. Experts are grading us a "B".
A good few days in April for football fans. "Hope is a good thing, Red"
Final Thoughts -
It's all about the numbers. Here's some numbers that help sum up our season:
Since 2012, the Jets lead the league with 97 interceptions.
The Jets will have their fifth offensive coordinator in seven years.
Marshall had a disappointing second season with the Jets, coming nowhere close to the production he put up in his first season in New York. He had 59 catches for 788 yards and just three touchdowns.
The Jets finished 32nd in passer rating, 32nd in interceptions, 31st in completion percentage and 31st in Total QBR.
Fitz threw a league-high six interceptions inside the 20; no other quarterback had more than three.
Bilal Powell was outstanding over the final month, bringing the team's ranking up to 12th in total rushing. Powell ran for 411 yards over the last four games, the third-best total in the league. He averaged 5.5 yards per rush. Hmmm, where was he?
The Jets led the league with 33 dropped passes, including seven by Brandon Marshall, according to ESPN Stats & Information.
Once again, the Jets' tight ends had the fewest receptions of any team -- 18. Get this: The next closest team was the Broncos, who had 53 catches.
Continuity, once the hallmark of the Jets' line, was simply a rumor. The projected starting five -- Ryan Clady, James Carpenter, Nick Mangold, Brian Winters and Breno Giacomini -- didn't play a single snap together.
The Jets finished 28th in scoring defense this season, allowing 25.6 points per game.
They finished 11th in total defense, 11th in rushing defense and 17th in passing defense.
They surrendered 13 passes of 40 yards or more, the third-most in the NFL.
The pass rush also was a problem. The Jets had 27 sacks; only three teams had fewer.
The Jets' defense was underwhelming in 2016. The unit finished 2015 ranked fifth in Football Outsiders' DVOA ratings. The Jets' final defensive DVOA rating in 2016 was 21st.
Special teams had no kickoff returns for a touchdown. And no punt returns for a touchdown. We did fumble a kickoff 4 times.
Numbers don't lie.
Nothing left to write that we don't already know at this point.
Same mistakes, week after week. Things aren't getting better either, they're getting worse.
The one unit we could normally rely on with pride was our defense. No longer.
Revis Island has been under water for so long now, it's down there with Atlantis somewhere.
Todd Bowles has no answers. I'm not sure he hasn't been replaced by a Disney animatronic, slowly moving his clipboard and shaking his head.
This offseason won't be fun with all the roster and other decisions that simply have to be made, if not by Woody, then by McCagnan.
A year ago we thought we were headed in the right direction. Well, the mythbusters showed up and exposed all the smoke and mirrors.
Now, we're back to square one. Or almost. Who will be our quarterback? Who should be the head coach? Do we have a coordinator that can develop a young raw talent like Petty?
I have no answers. I can only wish everyone a Merry Christmas and hope the New Year brings a resolution to the Jets, to not suck next year!
Happy Holidays all!
If there's anybody still out there, I hope you missed the first quarter of the Jets debacle on Monday Night in Primetime!
That's right, a national TV audience. The NFL spotlight on New York and the Meadowlands. Woody Johnson entertaining incoming VP Pence in his box. A festive atmosphere. OK, I'm stretching credibility here a bit.
The half empty stadium greeted the Colts as they began the game. The Jets forgot to show up until the quarter was about over and Indianapolis had 17 points on the board.
The Colts first 2 drives were met with zero opposition. They ran the ball twice I think but, that was quickly abandoned. Why bother trying to run through a line when the entire secondary was uncovered. The Dixie Chicks wrote a song about it called, "Wide Open Spaces".
As Andrew Luck threw to his receivers, there were no Jet defenders in the neighborhood. Or the City or the State for that matter.
Such an embarassment that even John Gruden had no words for it.
You know there's a problem when tickets are selling for 5 bucks in the beginning of December.
And as bad as the score looks already, it could have been worse, were it not for a goal line fumble into the end zone and a few drops by the Colts.
So Bryce Petty gets to start the remaining games we're told. Bowles has bigger problems than quarterback right now.
When the team quits on you like that, with the spotlight on, it doesn't reflect well on the head coach. At all!
I had believed Todd Bowles job was secure for next season, regardless of the teams record, this season. Now, I'm not so sure.
Such a humiliating performance can get an entire staff pink slips. Woody has to decide whether to leave things alone or scrap the whole mess and begin again.
And at this point, I can't say I really care.
Sometime in the future I hope to enjoy Jets football again, it just won't be this year.
Jets played decent but, as usual, found enough ways to lose.
With Fitzpatrick playing OK and, not throwing an interception, it's clear we won't see Bryce Petty, maybe at all this year.
So, who knows who will be the quarterback for the Jets next year.
Hopefully Petty will get cut so he can get a chance somewhere else.
Gonna take a lot to get excited about our team for the foreseeable future.
The Rams came into the Meadowlands and stole a game from the Jets 9-6. But as we all know, that's not hard to do.
We did get what we wanted in Bryce Petty starting an NFL game.
The results, however, were mixed. He threw some good passes and some horrible ones too. At this point, it's hard to tell if they were a result of a first time starter jitters or something more. No way for us to know at this point.
He did actually look in command of the offense. We'll have to wait and see. And wait I'm sure we will.
Mr Bowles will surely turn back to Fitzpatrick for the New England game after the bye.
Did you notice the game got bumped from Prime-time to a 4:30 start? Can't blame them for that one. I'd rather not be embarrassed on national TV either.
So what can we hope for the rest of this season?
Not much really. Let's face it. The Jets beating the Patriots right now would be a Muhammad Ali "I shook the WORLD!" moment. It ain't happening.
Actually, we should learn what kind of coach Todd Bowles really is, in these remaining games. Will the defense play better? Can he do anything in the secondary? Will the team play consistently for him and put a product on the field that we can be proud of, even if not winning?
I can't imagine what season ticket holders are thinking. I know I wouldn't be a happy camper.
All we can do is sit back and see what happens. And I hear Tony Romo may be available!
Well, the season is now truly dead. We had been clinging to hope with our modest 2 game win streak but, the season was really over at 1-5.
We got more of the same this game. Ugly, ugly football. An undisciplined team that can't seem to get out of it's own way. Mistake after mistake. Penalty after penalty, missed throw after missed throw. Opportunities uncapitalized on.
The Miami Dolphins weren't much better and gave us chances. But we are the kings of giving away games. And this one will hurt for a while for many reasons. The biggest sign of trouble is the Jets mailing in the game with just under 2 minutes to go. Yeah, they probably wouldn't have won anyway but, I want to see my team and coaches fighting till the bitter end. The stench of defeat hung around their necks like a ball and chain as the Miami running game gashed the Jet defense left and right, without seeming really interested in stopping them. And Bowles inexplicably waiting over 35 seconds before deciding to call a timeout? Woody Johnson can't be too happy after seeing the season being flushed down the toilet like that.
And all these penalties and guffaws land squarely on the head coaches shoulders.
Todd Bowles has already announced that Ryan Fitzpatrick will be the starter next week, giving them the best chance to win.
By that logic, Bryce Petty may never get the valuable time in real games he needs.
Maddening, frustrating, disgusting. More of what we've seen all season.
And to top it all off, it looks like the offsides penalty on Antonio Allen may have been wrong. Viewing the still shots, it looks like he was on sides.
It can only happen to the Jets.
In keeping with the Halloween season the Jets played their version of Jekyll and Hyde this afternoon in Cleveland.
In the first half, we looked like the winless team on the field. Once again turning a hapless team into a Juggernaut.
Josh McCown threw for 341 yards with 2 touchdowns and thankfully, two interceptions also.
Again the long ball killed us, with Revis being a big target for the Browns. And I thought Revis was coming along!
Even more concerning was the opposition running against us with success. This unprecedented 2 game win streak won't last much longer without some corrections in those 2 areas.
The second half began with our defense looking shaky once again but they held and Dr Jekyll arrived in the form of Quincy Enunwa, who scored on a nifty 24 yard pass from that Fitzgerald guy. QE has been a bright spot this year after showing promise down the stretch last season.
Our defense came alive and actually got 2 interceptions.
The running game was evident with 171 total rushing yards.
Bowles actually went for it on a fourth down!!!
Still we couldn't put the game away when we had our chance and settled for a field goal and an 11 point lead. A last minute TD by the Browns and successful 2 point conversion made it only a 3 point margin but, fortunately there were only seconds left and we recovered their onside kick attempt.
We've had so many ugly stats against us, so here's a good one for a change.
It was the first time in Jets history they won a game on the road after trailing by at least 13 points at halftime. They had been 0-71 before Sunday.
Nice to have a larger Jet fan turnout lately. Can't imagine what it would be like if we actually won from the beginning of the season.
I would dearly love a win in Miami next week to get us within whiffing scent of .500.
Going to have to leave this Jekyll and Hyde crap behind us in order for that to happen.
But we can always say, "What if".
I suspect a new installment soon! See ya.
Ahhem. Hmmm, well, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum........
The Jets Won !!!!!!
Michael Corleone: Just when I thought I was out... they pull me back in.
Just when we had bit the bullet and conceded this season they go and win a game, keeping us mathematically alive. I expect a Charlie's What If any minute now.
The running game showed up today, Forte had over 100 yards and it's amazing what a difference that makes. The defense has to split their attention between watching the QB and the runners!
Only in Jetland can things go this way.
Geno Smith comes in and starts and looks adequate in 2 quarters of play. Then he gets his knee banged up. Off the bench comes Fitz-Magic, with a fresh supply of pixie dust he found at the bottom of his locker. The offense starts clicking and the defense starts to get their swagger back as well.
Uncharacteristically, Fitzy took an unexpected shot at Woody, McCagnan and, Bowles after the game.
“The biggest thing in this game in order to last,” Ryan Fitzpatrick said after relieving an injured Geno Smith late in the first half and engineering a 24-16 victory over the depleted Ravens that keeps the Jets on life support, “is to have a belief in yourself, because when the owner stops believing in you, and the GM stops believing in you and the coaches stop believing in you, sometimes all you have is yourself."
We will see who believes next week if Geno is healthy enough to start. Don't see where the Harvard grad has any ground to stand on after stinking it up so badly in the first 6 games.
Stay tuned for next weeks drama, when we travel to winless Cleveland. We'll probably be favored which is always a bad thing for us.
The Jets organization has taken a step backwards. The team has become the leagues doormat once again.
I thought we had progressed beyond those days.
Just horrible, horrible football on both sides of the ball and the sidelines.
The disturbing trend we've all noticed of no game time adjustments. Not being able to adjust to what your opponent is doing during the game brings into question Todd Bowles abilities as a head coach.
Fitz-magic apparently used all the pixie dust last year. Well, at least it got him 12 million.
Now Woody and McCagnan have to figure out where we go from here. It's obvious the season is all but mathematically over. So what do we play for?
Well as Herm has told us, you "play to win the games". But we can't keep trotting out this same product week after week.
So do they start Geno? Again my argument against that is, we know what he can do.
I would hate to waste these 10 remaining games and not learn anything about Bryce or even Hackenburg for that matter.
All I know is, I'm finding it hard to even watch the games any more. There just isn't any enjoyment at all. I hope you can hear us Woody!
More pathetic play from the Jets. After a first half that at least left us with some hope, the Steelers, a professional Football team, attacked our defense. And attacked, and attacked.
The Jets coaching staff had no answers for any of the obvious problems. Like Ben Rothlisberger, standing in the backfield trying to decide which open receiver to throw to.
The backfield, of course was devoid of any Jet players as Big Ben finally made his throwing decision, ran to the sideline for a hot dog and made it back in time for the end zone celebration without ever being touched.
The offense was fairly offensive too. Any semblance of a sustainable drive was wiped out by a third down stumble.
2 for 11 on 3rd down conversions today. Nuff said.
While Fitzy didn't look horrible today, he didn't look good either.
Then when our defense finally did get a turnover, we moved the ball to midfield and then punted on 4th and 2 while down 2 scores with 7 minutes and change left.
Result? Pittsburgh grinds out all but a minute or so of the clock and scores yet another touchdown.
Big Ben finished with a 124.4 passer rating, the fifth quarterback in a row to average over 100 against the Jets.
There is no way to sugar coat this. The season is done. Geno isn't coming off the bench and turning into Prince Charming for us. The secondary isn't going to magically fix itself.
If we lose yet again next week, Bryce Petty should be ready to play by then and let's evaluate his skills. We already know who Geno is. I would hope to learn something productive this season that will help us in the future.
I stated last week that the only thing to be learned from last weeks horrendous performance, was how the team responded to it.
I'm not sure I like the answer.
The Steelers got embarrassed last week by Philly. How did they respond? By blowing Kansas City out of the water!
What did we do?
To quote Chris Tucker from 'The Fifth Element' - "Korben sweetheart, what was that? It was BAD! It had no fire, no energy, no nothing! Y'know I got a Show to run here, and it must pop POP POP!"
The Jets produced a dud Dud Dud!
3 more INT's but, by no means, is this all on Fitzy. There was plenty of blame, or shame, to go around.
From our vaunted defense, which allowed a hobbled Russell Wilson, playing behind a previously porous Seahawks offensive line, to stay on his spot with little pressure and to hit one big play after another -- five of his passes went for more than 20 yards -- for a total of 309 yards and three touchdowns. To a running game that lacks both explosiveness and consistency, and which provided just 58 yards on 20 runs Sunday.
Last week, Todd Bowles expressed his confidence in Ryan Fitzpatrick by noting that he could not play any worse than he did against the Chiefs, when the six-interception debacle raised alarms. He was right, but just barely.
I don't usually ascribe to a doom and gloom philosophy but, this performance hasn't given us any more encouragement than the upcoming election candidates.
With a 1-3 record and going on the road to Pittsburgh and Arizona, what are our expectations for those games? It's very possible to come away with a 1-5 record and coming home to Baltimore after that.
The promise of a top 5 defense and an improved offense with our trio (Fitz, Marshall, Decker), special teams improvement through the draft and our other off-season acquisitions seem to be a distant thought.
As Bill Parcells has said, "You are what your record says you are."
While he also said that nobody remembers midseason losses, only how a team finishes,
we can't dig ourselves any bigger of a hole and expect to come out smelling pretty.
"Help us Obi-Wan Kenobi, you're our only hope."
May the force be with us!
Not sure there's any insight to be gleaned from this epic meltdown.
The numbers speak for themselves.
R. Fitzpatrick 20/44 passing attempts 188 yards 0-TD 6-INT
KC points off of turnovers 24
The insight will be learned from how this team and this quarterback respond to such an abysmal performance.
Seattle will be in our house and if the Jets don't respond and play decent football, it could get ugly. I mean real ugly!
Could you imagine another bad game from Fitz and having to look down the bench and see Geno Smith as our only other immediate option? I have to hold the bile down now just thinking about that.
Chan Gailey needs to balance our attack a little better.
The only advice I would give to Jets players is - develop a short term memory.
The sooner we forget about this, the better.
I don't want next week rolling around and us having to sasy, "Nandesuka" again.
By the way, Nandesuka is a polite way to say "what?"
I have a feeling we won't be that polite!
The bumpy ride continues even during the game. One minute I’m elated with how efficiently we’re moving the ball into the Red zone, the next I’m ready to switch over to watch “House Hunters – Detroit”.
Another 3rd and 12 and Revis gets burned once again.
He then backed off so much I can’t believe they didn’t throw at him time and again.
Fortunately, the Jets offense was on the field for most of the game, just taking an occasional break to let Tyrod throw a 70 or 80-yard bomb for a touchdown.
Then to open the second half like that is just unforgivable.
Give up another huge play for a TD and then turn the ball over for another TD.
Bam! Lead gone. Crowd going wild. More penalties. Dropped balls.
Ughhh. What a crazy game.
At times our offense looked unstoppable.
Downfield throws being tossed out like beads at Mardi Gras.
If we could just play a complete game?!!
A few takeaways from this win.
Matt Forte is a big dude! 6’2” but looks bigger. I guess I’m just used to our smaller guys in the backfield. He racked up 100 yards.
Marcus Williams reels in pick number 2 of the season.
Quincy Enunwa is making a name for himself (92 yards) and Jalin Marshall contributed as well.
Both Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker had over 100 yards also.
Nick the Folk hero seems to be back.
Tod Bowles needs to work on his game management a little – not going for 2 points on the last touchdown had me shaking my head. Even I could do the basic math and see we needed to go for 2.
Well, a win is a win. A long week off and then on to Kansas City for a late game.
See everyone there.
I guess we shouldn't be surprised. It just happened so early we didn't have the Pepto ready to quell the acid uprising in our stomachs.
After opening with a perfect drive down the field and touchdown to Quincy Enunwa we got the ball back after Marcus Williams picked off Andy Dalton and drove down once again. Matt Forte broke a 24 yard run to get us into the Red Zone. We eventually had a 1st and goal and ended up settling for a field goal.(Oh yeah, that was blocked so we came away with No points!) Queue the antacid commercial.
The defensive front looked good with Steve McLendon showing his ability to join the Big 3 and notching 5 tackles and 2 sacks.
The secondary was another matter though. In the second quarter Revis Island was remodeled into a ClubMed for AJ Green. Against Revis, Andy Dalton was 10 for 10 when targeting Green for a perfect 158.3 passer rating.
"It probably wasn't one of my better games," Revis said after the contest.
It's this annoying trend that is continuing from last year that really gets me. Our defense stifles the opposing team on 1st and 2nd down forcing a 3rd and long. Perfect, right?
That's what the defense is supposed to do. And then we let them convert 3rd and long, taking all the wind from our sails. That has to be so deflating(Brady) for the team.
The Revis questions now linger with this performance. It's not like I'm looking to get rid of him anytime soon. He still is a HOF cornerback. But, our use of him needs to be rethought a bit. Before, it didn't matter who we played, Revis would alone take on their star receiver and effectively remove him from the game. That is no longer a reality. We should think about double teaming the star receivers and let Revis take out their number 2. I was happy to hear another pundit say exactly the same thing.
So what can we take away from week 1?
A loss, that's what!
No really, there were good signs also. Matt Forte looked great in his debut. Jalin Marshall continued to impress with his tackle breaking ability. The newcomers did well. The O-line seemed to hold up pretty well.
We certainly need to get Brandon Marshall and Decker(aka Dexter) more involved. And clean up the mistakes in the Red Zone. That's where we excelled last year and stunk in game one.
Now it's a 3 day turnaround for us to get ready for Thursday night at Rex's place.
And Mary Lou's prediction unfortunately turned out to be true as the Cardinals found a way to lose against the dastardly Pats. Oy!
"These pretzels are making me thirsty."
AND these contract negotiations with Fitzy are giving me an upset stomach!
Now with an apparent answer for 2016 (a one year, 12mil contract) the salary cap implications are making it seem that the Jets are unlikely to go that route.
There is a bogus 2nd year option being talked about ( a la Revis a few years back) with a huge payout that would never happen. But of course, this leaves the Jets in the same place next year. And if Hackenberg or Petty aren't ready, what do we do then? No Fitzy as a backup or mentor any longer. Yikes!
Gary Myers said it best -
"Fitzpatrick is not a star, but he gave the Jets a grown-up at QB after six years of the children Mark Sanchez and Smith. Not one person with a vested interest in the Jets could possibly want to see Smith be the guy in 2016."
I'm hoping we can get some kind of 2 year deal done that maybe will bump up the second year offer a bit to entice Fitzy to sign.
We've seen that McCagnan is a resourceful guy. Now we get to see if he's able to pull a rabbit out of his hat too!
No settlement in site for Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Jets.
With the draft approaching and no other teams interested in paying for the quarterbacks services, it begs the question:
Has the Harvard grad made a, not so smart, move in holding out?
It seems that may be the case heading toward the draft with no movement in negotiations.
Not sure what Fitzy is thinking at this point in time.
There are no other suitors and the Jets are apparently offering a little more than the reported 8 million.
Now it appears the Jets are looking for contingency plans with Brian Hoyer coming in for a visit today. And of course the draft is looming next Thursday.
Will the Jets try and trade Mo Wilkerson and move up in the draft for a franchise quarterback?
I don't think so. The top 2 prospects haven't been considered "Franchise Caliber" until recently with draft fever ramping up.
I would be shocked if the Jets made that kind of move.
Hoyer however, is a real possibility, given the Jets interest of last year and him being cut from Houston recently. He would be paid less money, and be anxious for the opportunity.
Of course, none of us wants that to happen. Fitzy is our quarterback. We want him to sign and return to his buddies and keep developing the chemistry that we will surely need this year.
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