September 15th, 2014
Florham Park, NJ- The Jets were driving down field, trailing 31-24, faced with a fourth-and-four with 5:06 left in the game when it happened.
The crowd at Lambeau Field was jumping, making all sorts of noise, the ball was snapped and Geno Smith dropped back and threw beautiful pass to Jermey Kerley in the end zone for what looked to be a game-tying touchdown, but that was only because no one could hear the whistle blow right before the snap. The referee announced the Jets had called their third and last timeout just before the snap and Rex Ryan stood there wondering out loud, ‘who the hell called timeout?’
The rules state that only the head coach can call a timeout from the sideline and Ryan did not call a timeout, but once the whistle blew it didn’t matter who actually called the timeout. Read the rest of this entry »
September 8th, 2014
Florham Park, NJ – I’m not a big fan of stats. Stats can be so misleading.
You know the phrase, ‘men lie, women lie, numbers don’t.’ Well yeah, numbers don’t lie but they also don’t always tell the full story and people love to use numbers to lie. So by extension numbers do in fact lie. But sometimes, not often, but sometimes the numbers tell the entire story and that’s exactly the case with the Jets 19-14 win over the Raiders. As long as you use enough numbers and let them balance each other out you can actually get a perfectly painted picture of how the only thing that stopped the Jets from complete and total domination was the Jets. Read the rest of this entry »
September 2nd, 2014
Florham Park, NJ – The only time you might not want to face a rookie quarterback is when the other option had a burger called the “Pick Six” named after him (“pick any six toppings for your burger”).
The Raiders have elected to start rookie Derek Carr this week against the Jets instead of the inspiration for the “Pick Six” burger, Matt Schaub. Schaub is a veteran quarterback who has been in the league for 11 years and has had some success, but after numerous injuries (the latest being his elbow) his play slipped drastically. So much so that the second-round pick out of Fresno State, and younger brother of former number overall pick/bust David Carr, beat him out for the starting job. Read the rest of this entry »
August 28th, 2014
On Monday Rex Ryan said Stephen Hill will play in the final preseason game against the Eagles on Thursday night. On Tuesday ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the Jets tried to trade Hill earlier in the offseason. Obviously the Jets didn’t find any takers in their quest to trade Hill, but what we don’t know is was there just no interest at all or no interest at whatever price the Jets were asking?
Add all that together and what it means is Hill is planted firmly on the bubble and his roster spot is very much in question.
Let’s just get this out of the way now. I spent most of the offseason emphatically telling fans that, “Hill is not getting cut.” I said this for a variety of reasons. Hill is only going into his third year (the year many receivers historically make a big jump in their career), he was a second-round draft pick coming out of the triple-option offense at Georgia Tech. In college Hill mostly blocked for the running game, when he did run a route it was almost always a straight go-route. Read the rest of this entry »
August 25th, 2014
Florham Park, NJ – After disappearing before last Friday night’s game against the Giants cornerback Dimitri Patterson has finally been located.
John Idzik confirmed with reporters that Patterson got in touch with the team, through agent Drew Rosenhaus, and meet with them at their Florham Park facilities last night. This is obviously a weird situation, but all we can infer at this moment was Idzik and coach Rex Ryan weren’t completely satisfied with Patterson’s reason for going AWOL as Idzik told a group of reporters that they have suspended Patterson indefinitely.
Since the news of his disappearence speculation has, obviously, run rampant with people creating all types of possible explanations. Most of the theories revolve around the veteran cornerback’s long injury history, was he frustrated with his current injuries? Contemplating retirement? Or did he just break under the pressure? Read the rest of this entry »
July 29th, 2014
The 2014 New York Jets are filled with interesting position battles. Whether it’s the battle for number two receiver, the number two corner, the battle for (possibly) both guard spots or the (not really a battle) battle for starting quarterback. But one positional battle no one seems to really be focusing on is at tight end.
Maybe it’s because most people assume rookie Jace Amaro will be given the job or maybe others expect Jeff Cumberland will hold down the starting job until Amaro is ready, but a new leader has emerged and honestly maybe we all should have seen this coming sooner.
Zach Sudfeld was the talk of the Patriots training camp last year as he wowed everybody in attendance, but after three games into the season, with Aaron Hernandez in prison and Rob Gronkowski hurt, the Patriots felt that they couldn’t waste a roster spot on a tight end who couldn’t contribute immediately since they needed active bodies at tight end. So, the Patriots released him and the Jets quickly pounced on him. Read the rest of this entry »
July 3rd, 2014
We’re three weeks away from the first day of training camp and during these three weeks we will look to examine the depth chart at each position (with the exception of special teams). We’ll look at who is locked into a starting spot, likely to get/keep a starting spot, who will just miss the starting lineup but become an important backup and guys who will likely be cut.
We start with the offensive line because honestly this is the unit that gives me the most concern for the Jets going into the season. Obviously the quarterback is the most important single position and it won’t matter much if the offensive line is great if the quarterback play is terrible but in order for the quarterback to play to the best of his ability the offensive line is going to need to prove it’s capable of protecting the quarterback and giving the running backs lanes to run through.
The secondary seems to be the unit most people are unsure of and understandably so, but with the raw talent, Rex Ryan’s system and getting to play behind a dominate front line I expect the secondary to have their rough patches, especially considering all the high-powered offenses they play this season, but still be more than adequate. With the offensive line there are two huge unknowns at both guard spots and I have some questions/cause for concern with the other three starting lineman as well. Read the rest of this entry »
June 20th, 2014
With so much attention on the quarterback competition, the new group of receivers and a talented but inexperienced secondary it seems like this tight end group has been getting overlooked.
Of course the rookie tight end, Jace Amaro, has received plenty of attention, even if his performance took a slight dip between OTA’s and minicamp before starting to trend upwards again, but it seems like the rest of the group has been an afterthought.
During Wednesday’s practice the tight end group as a whole looked to be the most impressive unit of the day (not the best we know that is the defensive line, but most impressive on that day).
Patriots castoff Zach Sudfeld has looked pretty good running routes and catching passes, he uses his frame really well and presents a big target for his quarterback, but what’s been most impressive about him has been his blocking. Sudfeld has greatly improved his blocking technique and it shows as he did a really impressive job of protecting the edge of the line and stuffing oncoming pass rushers. He even had to diagnose the defensive coverage and pick and choose who to block on a couple of occasions and both times he choose right. Read the rest of this entry »
June 19th, 2014
Florham Park, NJ – Hockey season has ended and the World Cup is in the middle of group stages, but ex-Jet defensive coordinator, Mike Pettine, just managed to pull off one of the most unique and oddly impressive hat tricks ever by managing to anger Rex Ryan, Bill Belichick and Nick Saban all in one interview.
Pettine was doing an interview with the MMQB.SI.com’s Greg Bedard when he began to talk about installing the defensive system in Cleveland and took the first swipe at Belichick. “I don’t put a lot of graduate-level information in it.” Pettine said, “We know in places like New England, it’s only a matter of time that they somehow mysteriously end up with our playbook.”
So, did Pettine just accuse Belichick and the Patriots of spying and/or cheating? Well yeah, pretty much. Read the rest of this entry »
June 17th, 2014
Florham Park, NJ – It was a hot and humid day as the Jets kicked off their 2014 minicamp, the players made sure they were well hydrated as they drank a bit more water than normal during warmups and it’s a good thing they did because of all the pushups they had to do.
The Jets have continued a practice they started last season, hoping to correct all the penalty issues they were having, that involves everyone doing pushups any time there’s a penalty except the person who committed the penalty. Otherwise it’s literally everybody, all the players, the coaching and public relations staff. Woody Johnson and John Idzik have joined in when in attendance and today even some fans decided to play along.
Of course Rex Ryan wasn’t pleased with all the penalties, something he expects we won’t see again tomorrow saying,”It got ugly out there. We’re really harping on defensive holding. I know the league is trying to get restive jerseys and all that kind of stuff, but guys are running out there with the jerseys that we used to play in and it’s like you make contact and you really can’t touch them anymore. But yeah, I have to fix that one. Tomorrow, I promise there won’t be half of those penalties, because I’m going to have them wave the flag instead of throw it. That was ugly.” Read the rest of this entry »