First a few updates:
1. I have a 3 1/2 break in between my two classes on Wednesday so I come to the computer lab thinking I will write my normal gem of a Wednesday article, read up on some Lost from last night so I make sure I know what is going on, and do my week’s reading for afternoon class. Of course, instead I ended up talking trash on our touch football league’s message board, researching hotels/clubs for my trip to AC trip in 2 weeks, and now I get hit with about 9,000 articles about Jason Taylor visiting the Jets today. So much for doing that reading.
2. Before we get into all the Taylor stuff, Mark Brunell is also visiting the Jets today…yes that Mark Brunell who used to throw bombs to Keenan McCardell and Jimmy Smith on the Jaguars way back in 1998 when Vinny and Keyshawn were whipping them up in the playoffs. Clearly the Jets are attempting to put together the All-Star team from “NFL Quarterback Club 1998″ but in all seriousness, bringing Brunell in for the veteran’s minimum wouldn’t be a bad decision. The Jets need a veteran backup and a mentor for Sanchez, even if Brunell is twice his age.
3. Follow Turn On The Jets on Facebook….because we added 7 fans yesterday and that made me so happy that I need to feel what it would be like to add 10 today. Beyond that, you need to me sort through the 15000 Jets stories today so I can link the ones you really need to read.
4. In case you didn’t see the update anywhere else, the Jets signed kicker Clint Stitser who has been out of football the past two years. Folk vs. Stitster? Sounds like “Shank-Off 2010″ is coming to Jets training camp this summer.
5. Thoughts On Final Season Of LOST, Episode 11 “Happily Ever After” – As if enough wasn’t going on, LOST had to drop arguably the best episode of the season last night. Desmond episodes always bring it and usually signify a key change in the show’s direction and last night was no exception. We finally got a clear connection between the two timelines and it looks Desmond is the x-factor who is going to make everybody aware of what is actually going on. Clearly, Eloise Hawking knows what is up which makes you wonder who’s side she is actually on. Faraday (another great character return) has an idea of what is going on and Charlie who was terrific in his reappearance, helped Desmond figure out something was wrong in the 2004 timeline. Two questions, why was Desmond so willing to leave Widmore’s team with Sayid? Does he know he needs to stop Locke and Sayid is bringing him directly there? Second (or third actually) what is the specific plan involving electromagnetism to have Desmond stop Locke/Man In Black? Beyond that, how is Desmond going to make everybody in 2004 conscious of what is going on in 2007 and make them realize their plane was supposed to crash? So many questions and only 7 hours of LOST left. By the way, next week looks great also, with the return of Michael who I am sure will yell “WALLLLTTTT” at least once.
Jason Taylor? Say It Ain’t So
Jason Taylor…the first member of the now defunct “TOJ Hall of Shame”…my least favorite player in the NFL. A guy who has always hated the Jets and their fans and a guy who we gladly returned the hate to. A guy who was on “Dancing With the Stars” and Neurtogena commercials and guy who said such things as:
“A bunch of them chanting their dumb-ass chant and all that other stuff, being the ignorant fans they are. I said it. I don’t care if they get mad at me or not. They don’t like me anyway. Quite frankly, I don’t care. … I’m just being real. I’m telling the truth. You carry yourself with some class, and we’ll talk about you as if you’ve got class. If you want to act crazy and do all the crazy things they do, I’ll call a spade a spade.”
“The problem I have is with the Jets fans. It’s not really a problem; it’s kind of this rivalry that has gone on, and they love to hate me, and I love to hate them, and we’ve had some fun over the years. They’ve had a lot of fun at my expense. I’ve had some fun at their expense at times. It’s the times like this where you beat them and they just keep talking. They just keep going, and they just don’t know when to be quiet. You know, I’ve said a lot of things about Jets fans in the past, and I’m sure at heart they’re good people. Most of them are good people. The Giants fans are a different type of people. Just put it that way. There’s a little more class on the Giants’ side, and some Jets fans take the ‘c-l’ out of class.”
“It’d be very, very, very difficult [to sign with the Jets]. Very difficult. But at the end of the day, if you can’t find a job anywhere else and the Jets call, I guess you’ve got to retire or go play.”
Well now since it is being reported by Manish Menta of the Newark Star-Ledger that Taylor to the Jets “is basically a done deal” and the Jets have rolled out the red carpet for him by flying him in on a helicopter and showing his highlights in the new stadium like it is ”Blue Chips,” it looks Taylor is going to choose to play…in the green and white.
Let me put aside my personal hate for Taylor and try to look at this from strictly a football perspective. We know Taylor can rush the passer and it is hard to picture him not being a good fit in the Jets 3-4 scheme as a pass rushing outside linebacker. Even in a down year last season, he recorded 7 sacks which is 5 more than Bryan Thomas recorded in 2009. Only two years ago in 2007, Taylor had 11 sacks. The Jets haven’t had a player with double digit sacks since John Abraham in 2005.
Apparently the Jets are offering a one year deal and then are planning to trade Bryan Thomas. Taylor could be a good mentor for Vernon Gholston this season and give the Jets another year/off-season to find a long term answer at outside linebacker opposite Calvin Pace, if Gholston still shows nothing (which he probably will). The Jets may be able to grab another late round pick by trading Bryan Thomas, especially if Cleveland is still looking to improve their linebacker core or any other 3-4 team is looking for an experienced OLB who started every game on the league’s #1 defense last year.
Clearly the Jets are tired of waiting on Adalius Thomas, who Bill Belichick is holding hostage in New England. Rex Ryan wants a pass rusher and Mike Tannenbaum is throwing the full sales pitch on to get him one. From everything I read today, it sounds like I will be writing another article tonight confirming Taylor’s arrival to the Jets and looking at what it means for their defense. Yet, we all thought Neil Rackers was definitely going to be a Jet this week and look how that turned out.
This has been a weird off-season for me. I have never liked LaDainian Tomlinson and the Jets signed him. I didn’t like Antonio Cromartie after that elbow he gave Shonn Greene in the playoffs and the Jets traded for him. I absolutely hate Jason Taylor and now it looks like the Jets will sign him. What is next, the Jets trying to swing a monster trade for Tom Brady or Bill Belichick continuing his slip into insanity and deciding to come back to work for the Jets as a defensive assistant?
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