First a few updates:
1. The Jets waived punter AJ Trapasso after picking him up yesterday and signed former Jaguars punter Steve Weatherford. It is now becoming a daily part of my day to read about the Jets changing punters: get up, eat breakfast, go to class, read about the Jets new punter, and so on…
2. I think the Yankees might win the AL East by 12-15 games this season.
3. The rumors continue to swirl about the Jets adding a receiver, thanks mostly to a twitter by Kerry Rhodes about some type of big announcement coming for the Jets. Most people are reporting that Brandon Marshall is out of the question at this point but the Jets are continuing look at other team’s rosters. I am not sure who they can add right now besides Marshall, that would be such a huge upgrade over Chansi Stuckey or David Clowney.
4. So my old piece of crap I-Pod broke a few weeks ago, leaving me i-pod less. But how about this? My girlfriend and I were taking a cab back to Grand Central Station on Friday and what do I find in the cab? A brand new I-Pod, one that holds 5000 songs compared to my old one which only held 1000 songs. Even better, it is a nice shade of Jets green…now if that isn’t a good omen for this season than I don’t know what is. It is also helped me feel better about spending 11 dollars per drink in NYC, when I currently have no source of income. In about 3 weeks, I will be eating all my meals off the Taco Bell dollar menu.
5. The Jets named their Danny Woodhead-less practice squad today. The fan favorite running back probably got picked up on waivers by another team. Here is the PS: Jehuu Caulcrick, Keith Fitzhugh, Emmanuel Cook, Jack Simmons, Marcus Henry, Kenwin Cummings, Matt Kroul, Ryan McKee
40 Predictions For 2009 New York Jets Season
Tomorrow, I will start coverage of the Jets week one match-up against the Houston Texans but today is the perfect day to make my 2009 NFL Predictions, starting with 40 (I don’t know, the number just came to me) about our New York Jets.
1. David Harris will lead the Jets in sacks this season with 9. Calvin Pace will come in second despite missing the first four games, finishing with 7.5.
2. Vernon Gholston will be somewhere between slightly below average and okay during the first four games. He will begin to play better as a situational player when the season progresses, finishing with 5.5 sacks.
3. Lito Sheppard will give up alot of plays but also make alot of plays, because of all the balls that will be thrown his way. He will start 16 games and lead the team in interceptions.
5. Howard Green will be an extremely valuable player off the bench on the Jets defensive line, providing a quality backup to Kris Jenkins.
6. Kerry Rhodes will have a much better year than he did last season but still won’t produce at his 2006 statistical level and won’t be a pro-bowler.
7. Jim Leonhard will be a steady, consistent player on the Jets defense but his most important contributions will be as a punt returner.
8. The Jets will sweep the Miami Dolphins this season.
9. Thomas Jones won’t match last year’s gaudy numbers but will still finish with a solid 1175 yards and 8 rushing touchdowns.
10. Leon Washington will have at least 50 more carries this season than he did in 2008, along with 10 more catches.
11. Leon Washington will have 1100 combined rushing/receiving yards. He had 800 last year.
12. Leon Washington will have 2 kick return touchdowns this season. Jim Leonhard will take one punt back.
13. Leon Washington will have a better season than Reggie Bush (sorry, Dan).
14. Shonn Greene will start out the season slow but become an important part of the offense in the second half of the season.
15. Bryan Thomas will very quietly have his best season since 2006, finishing with 67 tackles and 6.5 sacks.
16. Shaun Ellis, Marques Douglas, Mike DeVito, and Ropati Pitoitua will be a surprisingly solid defensive end rotation.
17. The Jets will split with New England for the third time in four years.
18. Somebody on the offensive line will miss a few starts this season, exposing the Jets lack of depth at the position.
19. Tony Richardson, the ageless wonder…will start another 16 games.
20. Jerricho Cotchery will just barely get 1000 yards receiving and finish with 5 touchdowns.
21. Brad Smith will have less than 10 catches this season.
22. Dustin Keller will be joining Darrelle Revis in Hawaii, finishing with 67 catches, 850 yards, and 7 touchdowns.
23. Mark Sanchez’s stats will look very similar to Joe Flacco’s last season. The Jets high paid rookie will finish with 15 TD’s, 11 INT’s, 2980 yards passing, and a 62.0 completion percentage.
25. Chansi Stuckey won’t have stats that will impress anybody because of his low yards per catch average, but will be a valuable 3rd down weapon for the Jets.
26. The Jets defense will give up more big plays than expected but will have more sacks, interceptions, and defensive touchdowns than in 2008.
27. Despite having a better backup than he did last year, Kris Jenkins will start out slow because of missing most of the pre-season and will start 14 games this year, not the full 16.
28. Brian Schottenheimer will be extremely conservative the first 5-6 games of this season, frustrating fans. However, as Sanchez gets more comfortable the Jets offense will begin to resemble its 2006 form.
29. Steve Weatherford won’t finish the season as the Jets punter….will he even finish this article as the Jets punter?
30. The Jets will split with the Buffalo Bills this season.
31. Bart Scott will be a quality player and bring a nasty attitude to the Jets defense but he will be outplayed by David Harris at inside linebacker.
32. Thomas Jones will catch another 30 passes this season.
33. Mark Sanchez’s inexperience will cost the Jets a couple of winnable games in the first half of the season. His talent level and growing comfort in the offense, will steal them a late season game they shouldn’t win.
34. The Jets will enter their week 9 bye as a 4-4 team and not be considered a serious playoff contender.
35. Similar to the 2006 team, they will rally to a 6-2 finish and end up as a 10-6 wild card team.
36. They will either upset the Colts or Pats on the road in the second half of the season, not both. Their other second half loss will be at home to Atlanta…so yes, I am saying they win in Buffalo (aka Toronto), Tampa, and take care of the Panthers at home in the second half of the season.
37. Most Improved Player Offense – Dustin Keller.
38. Most Improved Player Defense – Bryan Thomas, David Harris
39. Pro-Bowlers – Darrelle Revis, Dustin Keller, David Harris, Leon Washington (kick returner), Nick Mangold
40. The Jets won’t add another veteran receiver this season, but it will be top priority in next year’s off-season.
The Jets Clinching a Playoff Spot in Their Last Home Game in 2006, I am expecting a similar situation when they beat the Bengals in week 17 this year to clinch a playoff spot: