First a few updates:
1. I had to take a little 4 day TOJ vacation because for I suffered a brutal beatdown at the hands of my graduate school finals. Nothing sucks the life out of you more than having to write three 15 page papers in one week. To make matters worse, America’s favorite Touch football team suffered a difficult loss yesterday and I had a no show second half performance…like I was Randy Moss being covered by Darrelle Revis or something…tough stuff but our touch football team will bounce back and of course TOJ is ready to come back hard from vacation with 2 a days all week. Yes, two articles a day…every day, one focused on the offense, one focused on the defense.
2. Who wants a free Jets DVD? Warner Home Video has provided Turn On The Jets with 2 advanced copies of “New York Jets Best Games of the 2009 Season” which isn’t being released until June 1st. I had my own copy sent me and it is a 3 disc set, with the full network broadcast of Jets vs. Patriots in week 2, the Jets wild-card win over the Bengals, and the Jets divisional round win over the Chargers. It is high quality and with each game you can navigate to a specific quarter. For example, I started up Jets/Pats in the 3rd quarter when the Jets offense got going. Why wouldn’t you want a DVD copy of the Jets three best wins in one of their best seasons ever?
Here is how this will work: The first two people to recruit five friends to become fans of the Turn On The Jets Facebook Page will get the DVD sent to them by me. I am able to see when people are added, so leave a comment on the site or send me an e-mail at JCaporoso@gmail.com to let me know which five people you got to become fans of the Facebook Page, I will check to make sure they actually have just become fans and then we can work out the details about sending the DVD. I will re-post this with each article this week and hopefully I can be sending them out by some time next week.
3. Hopefully the AP votes to take away Brian Cushing’s rookie of the year award and give it to Jarius Byrd or Clay Matthews.
4. What a let down in the 2nd round of the NBA Playoffs…especially with the effort from the No-Show Hawks. I feel bad for the team that pays Joe Johnson like a max player this summer…that team will obviously be the Knicks when they don’t get LeBron.
Back From Hiatus: How To Use The Jets Offensive Players?
Most Jets fans seem to get on Brian Schottenheimer often for his play calling and his decision making. Personally, I am a pretty big fan of Schotty and think he has been pretty good and creative with the team’s offense since taking over in 2006. I also definitely believe it is good for Sanchez’s development that he can have continuity with Schottenheimer and the Jets offensive system in year two. Nobody is saying the Jets OC has been perfect (especially with the poor timed reverses and tosses) but overall I like what he brings to the table for the offense.
If Schotty thought it was difficult to construct game plans around a rookie quarterback and a new receiver joining the team in week 5 in 2009, wait until he sits down to draw up plans on a week to week basis in 2010. How do you divide catches between Braylon Edwards, Jerricho Cotchery, Santonio Holmes, and Dustin Keller? How much do you lengthen the leash on Sanchez in year two? How much more do you move towards a passing offense? How do you integrate Holmes into the offense after four games? How do you divide carries between your three running backs? How do you protect an inexperienced left guard? How do you keep Brad Smith involved with all these other weapons? Can Joe McKnight be trusted in big spots on third down? Let’s look through the Jets skill position players, their skill sets, and the best way to utilize them in 2010.
Mark Sanchez – You have to hope Sanchez will carry the momentum over from last year playoffs and allow the Jets to let him throw the ball 20-25 times a game instead of 13-17, like he was at times late last regular season. Considering his work ethic and the talent around him, it is hard to picture Sanchez not improving statistically in 2010 by a decent margin. When looking at specific plays, he excels throwing the ball on the run and does a very good job on slants and the deep post route. Also with the Jets rushing attack, Sanchez does well on play action.
Braylon Edwards – Edwards is probably the Jets most physically gifted offensive player, which makes it so frustrating when he is so inconsistent. His combination of size and speed make him a difficult match-up for any defensive back and when he is catching the ball, he can be a force to be reckoned with. Despite his drop against the Bengals, I still love Braylon on the play action deep post. His size also benefits him on the slants and the deep in route. Similar to what we saw in the Colts game, if you can hit him on a few slants, he can make a defensive back pay with the sluggo route (slant and go).
Jerricho Cotchery – Regardless of Edwards and Santonio Holmes physical skills, if there is a big third down and I could pick one guy for the ball to be thrown to, it would be Jerricho Cotchery. He has the most reliable hands on the team, is a master at working the sideline, and always seems to find ways to get open in big spots. Cotchery could be a killer slot receiver for the Jets on third downs this year, running option routes, quick slants, and crossing patterns. He is also good at split end running the deep comeback route.
Santonio Holmes - Holmes is a big play guy, who really has the skill set to do everything at the receiver position. He thrives on quick bubble and smoke screens, where he can turn a simple swing pass into 15 yard gains or much more. Holmes also has the ability to get deep down the middle of the field out of slot or split end position. Also, if you were going to run a simple “go” route and just let Sanchez air it out on the sideline, Holmes would be your guy.
Dustin Keller – Keller became a big weapon for the Jets during the playoff run, when him and Sanchez finally got on the same page. He is a great target on the bootlegs and rollouts the Jets love to run for Sanchez, and he is also very good at running option routes over the middle of the field as a down tight end, H-back, or slot receiver. Keller should remain one of the Jets primary redzone targets because of his ability to exploit mismatches on linebackers and safeties.
Brad Smith – I wouldn’t count on Brad Smith catching more than 10 passes this season. However, he is still a valuable weapon in the Jets “Tiger” formation as an option quarterback. The Jets will likely also give him a few reverses or screens.
Shonn Greene - The Jets #1 back will be asked to handle roughly 2o carries a game. He is a liability in the passing game because he really can’t catch but Greene will wear on defenses and always has the ability to pop one up the middle for a touchdown. It would be nice to see Schottenheimer work him into the screen game if possible to keep teams off balance.
LaDainian Tomlinson – One of the most interesting things to watch this year will be how the Jets use Tomlinson on offense. Don’t be fooled into thinking Joe McKnight will walk right in and take all of Leon Washington’s planned reps and plays. The trade gave a much bigger role to LT in the short term. Tomlinson will likely spell Greene for a series or two each half, be heavily involved in the passing/screen game, be the team’s goal-line/short yardage back, and work some as the third down back.
Joe McKnight – Ideally, the Jets want McKnight to develop into the team’s third down back at some time this season and take over Leon Washington’s package of plays on screens, quick draws etc. It may take some time but hopefully McKnight can contribute on 6-10 touches a game on offense.