Archive for March, 2012

TebowTime with the NY Press

Monday, March 26th, 2012

Florham Park, N.J.- In a scene like none seen before it, the New York area media swarmed the Jets training facilities at 1 Jets Drive looking to devour Tim Tebow and everything that comes with him. Hours before noon the field house was occupied with hundreds of reporters, all equipped with cameras and notepads, just itching to get some quality sound bites from the man that’s half football player, half rock star. People have all sorts of questions about how he can handle NFL defenses, but there is no doubt that he can handle this relentless New York media.

The Jets had to move Tim Tebow's introduction to the NY media to the Field House to accommodate the large crowd.

For 32 minutes and change reporters came at him from every angle, trying to bait him into saying something controversial to no avail. He’s too polished of a public speaker to make that mistake. He calmly and graciously stood at the podium and fielded all sorts of questions, ranging from everything between how Sanchez and him will coexist, his familiarity¬†with the coaching staff and his outspoken faith. Over and over he gushed about how “excited to be a Jet” he is and how willing he is to do whatever he can to help this team win. (more…)

Landry Is a Safety Upgrade, But Doesn’t Fix Coverage Issues

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

While the rest of the NFL world was busy going crazy over Peyton Manning and Tim Tebow yesterday Jets fans where basking in the glory of their teams’ first big free agent signing, strong safety LaRon Landry. Landry was picked sixth overall by the Redskins in the 2007 draft and has had some injury concerns as well as issues with consistency, thus the reason the Redskins made no effort to re-sign him. Landry is an excellent fit in Rex Ryan’s defense as he is a really good in the box defender and hard hitting safety who isn’t afraid to get physical, but what the Jets really lack in the safety position is a coverage safety that can play centerfield and defend some of these new age physical freaks of tight ends that are popping up throughout the league.

According to multiple reports the Jets felt Landry was a better fit for their system than FS Reggie Nelson from the Bengals who they were also trying to sign. Better fit in the system maybe, a better fit for their current needs at safety? Nope, not buying it. (more…)

Jets Place Original Tender On Maybin; Mulligan, Cole, Westerman Now Unrestricted

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

According to Brian Costello of the NY Post the Jets have placed an original first-round tender on OLB Aaron Maybin while renouncing the rights to TE Matthew Mulligan (if you listen closely you can literally hear Jets fans cheering wildly), DB Marquice Cole and OLB Jamaal Westerman. None of these moves are particularly surprising, but these moves combined with the extensions of Sanchez and Pouha mark what will undoubtably be a busy start to free agency for Mike Tannenbaum.

The Jets picked up Maybin from the trash heap of the Bills before last season as he was considered a bust during his time in Buffalo, but playing for a new team, new coach and a new scheme helped breath life back into his career as he flashed some of that first-round talent at times last year (six sacks and four forced fumbles in 13 games last year). With last season and an entire training camp under his belt the Jets will be hoping Maybin can use that great speed of his to build upon last year’s performance and give the Jets that dynamic pass-rushing ability they so sorely need. (more…)

Jets Keep Sione Pouha With Three-Year Deal

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

In stark contrast to last year’s free agency period, this year the Jets only had one of their own players that they absolutely needed to re-sign, yesterday they did just that when they signed Sione Pouha to a three-year deal. Financial terms of the deal have yet to be released, According to Manish Mehta of the NY Daily News the deal is for $15 million over three-years with $9.5 million guaranteed, with a $3.5 million signing bonus which makes Pouha happy to be a, “Jet for life.”

“You know, first and foremost I’m ecstatic, I’m excited. This is something I’ve always wanted.” Pouha told reporters on a conference call yesterday, “I’m going to be a Jet for life. My overall reaction is that I’m so excited and pumped to continue on with the Jets, and be there and be a team player.” (more…)