Offseason Gameplan

March 5th, 2014

It’s officially the worst time of the year. Not only are we without any football, but we are just days away from the beginning of free agency which means all we have to digest is a bunch of unsubstantiated wild speculation about possible free agency acquisitions and potential draft picks. It’s the time of year where any story or possible connection can be discussed ad-nausiam only be disappear into the ether once free agency/draft begins.

The good news is it’s almost over. Starting on March 8th teams can start negotiating with all free agents, though players can’t officially sign with new teams until March 11th, and while there will certainly be some speculation and a few twists and turns regarding certain players we will immediately start getting a sense of the free agency landscape once player’s start making their visits and signing new contracts.

The better news for you Jet fans is the Jets have a boatload of money to burn in free agency this year.

Any day (or minute) now you can expect to hear about the Jets releasing Santonio Holmes, Antonio Cromartie and Mark Sanchez. Holmes is done here, there’s virtually no chance he returns even if it were at an incredibly discounted rate, but as it stands the Jets will save $8.25 million against the cap when they release Holmes. Read the rest of this entry »

Jets Place Franchise Tag on Nick Folk

March 1st, 2014

The Jets have placed the franchise tag on Nick Folk, insuring that he'll be their kicker for another season and Folk will make $3.556 million this season. ( Photo).

Nick Folk was hoping to get a long-term deal done this offseason, with a significant raise, after playing through four one-season deals. The Jets decided to compromise by placing the franchise tag on the kicker dubbed, “Folk Hero.”

Folk won’t get the long-term security he was hoping for, unless the two sides can agree on a contract before July 15, but he certainly got himself a pay raise. After making $780,000 last season Folk will now earn $3.556 million this oncoming season thanks to the designation of the franchise tag. Read the rest of this entry »

The Arrow Pointing Up

December 30th, 2013

Florham Park, N.J. – For the third straight year the Jets finished the season without qualifying for the playoffs, but this felt different. The past two years the feeling of despair cloaked the air in the locker room, this year the energy purging through the locker room was of hope and jubilation.

Hope and jubilation are not words you typically associate with an 8-8 season, but when put into context they fit perfectly with the mindset of the Jets players as they head into the offseason. Don’t get confused with the jubilant part, none of the players or coaches are celebrating being 8-8, being .500 isn’t satisfying to them, but there is clearly a feeling of great happiness and triumph for the players as they closed out the season with two wins and secured their beloved coach at least one more year leading his players.

Woody Johnson said they made the decision to retain Rex Ryan awhile ago, who really knows when the decision was made (all we know is Ryan was informed right before kickoff in Miami), but heard from numerous players last week that they thought, key word being thought, Ryan was going to get fired and they clearly didn’t want to see that happen. Read the rest of this entry »

Easy Pickings Against Jets Soft Secondary

December 2nd, 2013

East Rutherford, NJ- The Jets dropped their third straight game and the obvious storyline revolves around Geno Smith getting benched at halftime, but equally alarming is the way opposing offenses have figured out how to swiftly attack the Jets and slowly pick them off with simple unders, outs and hitches allowing them to move the ball downfield with great ease.

As dominating as the Jets front four can be at times teams have figured out they can negate the pass rush by using a ton of short, quick routes and it continues to work because Rex Ryan has had his corners giving opposing receivers extremely soft cushions.

As we’ve had to watch this unfold, really since the Steelers game, it’s hard to not scream and shout wondering why they continue to play off coverage so much, after all Rex Ryan is still the coach and he isn’t one to use a lot of soft coverages, but there’s a very obvious reason for why we are seeing so much of this. Ryan clearly doesn’t trust his corners to hold up in tight man coverage and after watching the secondary through 12 games it’s easy to understand why.

Ryan is so worried about his corners getting beat deep that he’s basically conceding the short yardage passes just hoping the defense will do that whole bend but don’t break thing. Clearly it’s not working as teams continue to identify the soft coverages and casually matriculate their way down field with simple, easy passes that completely negate the Jets pass-rush. Read the rest of this entry »

Calibrating Expectations

November 30th, 2013

Florham Park, NJ- Expectations and hope are two similar, but completely different concepts and yet when it comes to the Jets people struggle to recognize the differences.

Before the season the expectations were low at best, ranging from glorified expansion team to worst team in the league destined for the number one pick to three or four wins, five max, to a few rouge outliers predicting around 7-9, 8-8 otherwise known as an average football team.

After victories over the Falcons (on the road), Patriots and Saints somehow people decided to ignore the games that were lost in-between those wins and began to act like the expectations for the 2013 Jets had changed when in fact they should have stayed exactly they same. Those wins should’ve given fans hope, certainly watching this young team beat two of the elite teams in the league is worthy of being hopeful, but if those wins actually changed your expectations that’s on you. Read the rest of this entry »

‘Same Song’

November 25th, 2013

“All around the world, same song.”

Okay, maybe it’s not all around the world, or even the NFL world, but “all around the Jets for the past three years, same song,” doesn’t fit into a nice rhythmic hook like the quote from the classic Digital Underground song.

There’s a new quarterback and for the third straight year a new offensive coordinator, but it’s still the same old song; poor protection, no real weapons, inconsistent running game (again with the offensive line) and a quarterback who is both shellshocked and gun-shy. Geno Smith has not played well these past few games, that much is clear and not up for debate, what is up for debate is just how much better could you hope for considering the circumstances? Read the rest of this entry »

Winslow Returns From Suspension With Playoff Aspirations

November 11th, 2013

Florham Park, NJ - Most of the Jets returned to work after a week off, but Kellen Winslow returned from a five-week break and he returned with lofty aspirations.

Winslow was suspended for four games by the NFL for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. However what specific substance Winslow was suspended for we may never know.

It’s NFL policy to not publicly disclose which substance the player tested positive for and Winslow continues to tell the media that he’s still not sure how or why he failed the drug test and he’s waiting for a response from the NFLPA to identify the illegal substance. Read the rest of this entry »

Defense Shares Credit With Fans for Confusing Brees

November 4th, 2013

The week of the Patriots game Rex Ryan made an impassioned plea for Jet fans to show up and be loud as, he would say, ‘heck.’ The fans showed up that day and came through for Ryan and the Jets, but this week Ryan offered no such plea.

Apparently he didn’t need to, because the fans showed up charged with energy and made sure the Saints offense heard them.

“They were huge. That was the loudest I’ve heard them since I’ve been here.” Willie Colon said, “Jets Nation stood behind us. They’re big for our defense and they’re big for opponents that come into our house. They were big today.” Read the rest of this entry »

Bengals Knock Jets Back Into Neutral

October 28th, 2013

Last week was all about the thrill of victory over the hated Patriots, yesterday the Jets felt the cruel agony of defeat in Cincinnati.

The Jets got their butts whooped 49-9 and for the fourth straight time this season they followed a win with a loss and this seesaw style approach to wins and losses has the Jets at 4-4, right where they belong.

The Jets have already proven themselves to be much more formidable than the media and many fans expected, but they continually remind us not to get carried away with pronouncing them as serious contenders by turning around and losing every other week. Read the rest of this entry »

Antonio Allen Stars in ‘Containing Gronk’

October 21st, 2013

Remember the old quote about guarding Michael Jordan? “You can’t stop him, you can only hope to contain him.”

Substitute Rob Gronkowski for Michael Jordan and the quote works just the same.

Gronkowski played in his first game of the season and sure he still needs to improve his conditioning, as he was clearly gassed at the end of the game, and needs to get more comfortable with the arm brace as he too often tried to make one-handed catches, but if anyone doubted that he would contribute immediately they had to feel silly once the game began. Read the rest of this entry »