One Week Out Jets Draft Thoughts

A few scattered thoughts on the Jets draft plans with round one only one week away…

1. Mike Tannenbaum had his pre-draft press conference today and shockingly said a whole bunch of nothing. He did continue to seemingly randomly rave about backup defensive end Marcus Dixon. To me this sounds like damage control for when the Jets let Shaun Ellis walk or attempt to low-ball him on a contract offer. Dixon looked okay in very limited action last year, yet it would be very foolish to expect him to handle a starting role on the defensive line next season.

2. Tannenbaum and VP of college scouting Joey Clinkscales said the Jets have 8-10 players they are targeting with the 30th pick. One man’s guess at those players — Phil Taylor, Cameron Heyward, Muhammad Wilkerson, Akeem Ayers, Justin Houston, Brooks Reed, Jimmy Smith, Ryan Kerrigan, Stephen Paea, and Corey Liuget

3. The Jets claimed they aren’t concerned about the reports on Phil Taylor having chronic foot problems. We will only know if they are lying if they decide to pass up on him at #30.

4. If the Jets stay put with their six selections, which is unlikely from their history. I would guess they add in no particular order: DL, OLB, WR, S, ILB, CB.

5. With the first round one week out. I am going to guess there is about a 5 percent chance the Jets move up in the first round. Keep in mind, they have only drafted seven players over the past two years and only have six total picks this year. Besides who is going to be there in the 18-22 range that the Jets will be desperate to trade up for?

6. I think it is much more likely the Jets will trade down and look to acquire more picks to improve their defensive depth.

7. If the Jets stay put, I’d say the favorite is either Phil Taylor or Akeem Ayers, with Brooks Reed and Jimmy Smith (if he is on the board) being dark-horses. Also if Muhammad Wilkerson falls to #30, which is doubtful, I think the Jets would pounce on him.

16 Games, 16 Predictions For 2011 Jets Schedule

Considering we don’t even know if these games will happen, let’s take a run through the schedule anyway…

Week 1 vs Dallas – I believe Rex Ryan when he says he will tone down the trash talk with his brother Rob. The focus of this game will on the 10th anniversary of 9/11. It will be an emotional night in the stadium and around the city. The short off-season will affect Tony Romo getting back in sync and their defense learning a new system, the Jets will roll in this one.

Week 2 vs Jacksonville – Jets need revenge for a tough loss in 2009. David Garrard kills the defense with his scrambling but then remembers he is David Garrard and throws a late interception to Darrelle Revis, which clinches the Jets win and ends the Island’s streak of games without an INT.

Week 3 at Oakland – The Jets know they have a killer two games coming up but avoid the let-down against an average Oakland team. Mark Sanchez throws for three touchdowns and shows his maturity by sitting down to a plate of chicken instead of scarfing a hot dog down on the sideline.

Week 4 at Baltimore – Rex fires up the rhetoric about being passed over for the head coaching job, unfortunately the Jets are due for loss, again in ugly, low-scoring fashion to the Ravens.

Week 5 at New England – The Patriots are all types of riled up for revenge on the Jets in their building. Too bad for them, they will be seeing more airplanes around their stadium as the Jets are confident against Tom Brady and take another victory to move to 4-1.

Week 6 vs Miami – The good times roll the Jets win another close one in prime-time against the Dolphins. Super Bowl talk is dominating the headlines as the Jets build up an early lead in the AFC east.

Week 7 vs. San Diego – The LT revenge game. #21 electric glides to two touchdowns en route to a Jets victory and a gaudy 6-1 record heading into the bye week.

Week 8 Bye – No news here…which is a pleasant surprise.

Week 9 at Buffalo – 7-1 for the New York Jets? Yes, the re-building Bills lose their 4th straight to New York. Could this team keep the pace up for a ridiculous 14-2 record? I don’t think so.

Week 10 vs. New England – The Jets are feeling a little too good about themselves heading into this late season showdown and suffer an ugly loss in front of their home fans. Talk begins about another late season meltdown on the way…

Week 11 at Denver – The Jets lose their second straight game as they struggle on the short week with the cross country trip to Denver. Back to back bad games by Mark Sanchez lead to calls for…well nobody, because the Jets don’t have a competent backup. Mike Francesa guzzles a Pepsi over a 2o minute monologue about how the Jets are going nowhere this season.

Week 12 vs. Buffalo – The Bills prove to be the perfect cure for the Jets losing streak, but it doesn’t come easy. Every fan in the stadium is ready to jump off the edge as the Jets are trailing late but Sanchez delivers a late touchdown pass to Jerricho Cotchery (the only receiver I am certain will be on the team next year) for the game winner.

Week 13 at Washington – Don’t know who will be playing quarterback for the ‘Skins and it doesn’t matter as the Jets defense beats up on Mike Shanahan’s offense en route to a 9-3 record.

Week 14 vs. Kansas City – The Chiefs stink it up behind Matt Cassell all season as they struggle under higher expectations, the Jets add to their misery by improving to 10-3.

Week 15 at Philadelphia – Mike Vick runs wild on the Jets slower linebackers, ending the Jets winning streak and make the following week’s game against the Giants that much more important.

Week 16 vs. Giants – The 10-4 Jets take on the 7-7 Giants who are shockingly in the middle of another December collapse. Gang Green ends the Coughlin era with bang, clinching the victory with another vicious sack of Eli Manning.

Week 17 at Miami – The Jets need a victory to clinch the AFC East title and squeak one out over the Dolphins who are playing out the string…12-4 and AFC East champs.

Damn, I miss football.

New York Knicks: Two Games, Five Points, Plenty of Pain

TOJ at SB Nation on the pain of only five points separating the Knicks from a 2-0 series lead against Boston.

Other round one thoughts from yesterday…

1. Hawks/Magic has the feel of a seven game series, even though it is looking like Dwight Howard against the world after last night.

2. Very disappointed with the effort from the Portland in their first two games. They lack any knock down shooters, which is killing them late in games against the Mavericks. I am not sure they have shown enough to believe they will come back, despite picking them win the series before it started.

3. Predictions for tonight? Spurs and Lakers even it up and the Thunder take a 2-0 lead.

2011 New York Jets Schedule: Everybody Loves Rex

  • Week 1 – vs. Dallas, 8:20 p.m. (Sunday night)
  • Week 2 – vs. Jacksonville, 1 p.m.
  • Week 3 – at Oakland, 4:05 p.m.
  • Week 4 – at Baltimore, 8:20 p.m. (Sunday night)
  • Week 5 – at New England, 4:15 p.m.
  • Week 6 – vs. Miami, 8:30 PM, (Monday night)
  • Week 7 – vs. San Diego, 1 p.m.
  • Week 8 – Bye
  • Week 9 – at Buffalo, 1 p.m.
  • Week 10 – vs. New England, 8:20 p.m. (Sunday night)
  • Week 11 – at Denver, 8:20 p.m., (Thursday night)
  • Week 12 – vs. Buffalo, 1 p.m.
  • Week 13 – at Washington, 1 p.m.
  • Week 14 – vs. Kansas City, 1 p.m.
  • Week 15 – at Philadelphia, 4:15 p.m.
  • Week 16 – vs. Giants, 1 p.m.
  • Week 17 – at Miami, 1 p.m.

What Jumps Off The Page To TOJ

  1. Getting New England at home for the second meeting of the season, in primetime.
  2. The weird decision to put the Jets and Giants on Christmas Eve at 1 PM.
  3. Looking forward to seeing the Jets defense get after Tony Romo on national television to start the season.
  4. Opening the year with three straight teams who missed the playoffs.
  5. Having three straight road games in weeks 3-5.
  6. Ending the season with four of the six games against teams who missed the playoffs.
  7. The second half of the season seeming easier than the first half overall.
  8. Honestly, the schedule seeming much more manageable than I initially expected. Outside of the division games, which are always a toss up, the only two games that really stick out as extremely tough are the road games at Baltimore and Philadelphia.
  9. Rex vs. Rob in week one.
  10. Buffalo twice after week 8 is nice.

Knicks at Celtics: Game Two Preview

TOJ at SB Nation with a preview of Knicks/Celtics game two, can the Knicks even it up without Chauncey Billups?

Other round one thoughts —

1. Despite all of our hate for Miami, they are going to sweep the Sixers. Philadelphia is at their best when they are running, unfortunately there isn’t anybody in the league better than the Heat in the open floor. I actually think having an easy four or maybe, maybe five game series might not be the best thing for Miami, who might start feeling a little too good about themselves before their round two opponent.

2. Indiana has been beyond impressive with their effort these first two games against the Chicago Bulls. I don’t know if they will end up stealing any of these close games but they are providing a very entertaining series and showing Chicago that there are no easy wins in the playoffs.

3. Predictions for tonight? I am picking the Knicks, Magic, and Blazers all to even their series up.

So Let Us Not Talk Falsely Now…The 40 Day Crawl Towards Salvation

Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter…

Revelation 1:19

The NBA playoffs are the most exciting, stressful, and complex playoff format in sports. It is like a long drawn out chess match, except it is awesome… and not chess. When the playoffs start, something happens to people. We become mean, we literally rub people’s noses in their team’s loss. Even today I told my boss, “The Spurs CAN be swept.” How about that for a statement? It is theoretically possible that the best basketball team according to regular season record CAN be swept by the eight seed Memphis Grizzlies in the first round. HA!

Villains, upstarts, heroes, sidekicks, one man bands, (basketball) threesomes and true teams: the playoffs have it all. In the East you’ve got the “wisdom of the ages” in the Celtics, the three “super-villains” in the Heat, the Magic who seem to literally revel in the halo of Dwight Howard and forget to actually play basketball at certain points in a game. the Knicks..ahh Jesus Christ how do I describe the Knicks?

Jets fans help me out…

The Knicks like to score when it doesn’t really matter (in the first half) and can’t hold a lead for longer than 5 minutes without crumbling faster than a paper mache chair at a Golden Corral in Roanoke, Virginia.

Then you’ve got the Pacers, who seem like a half decent basketball team trying to save the “soul” of the sport (see also Tyler Hansbrough….WEIGHT ROOM!), the Bulls who are led by what seems like a basketball player/gymnast with a Byronesque last name in Derrick Rose, the Hawks who seem to fall apart all over the place during the regular season yet have enough chemistry and 3/4 stars to always make things interesting, and finally the 76ers who I really don’t care about.

See note below.
Sorry Philadelphia, but I still hate your baseball team, and your sitcom. But do please beat the piss out of the Mets whenever you have a chance. Thanks.

I live in New York, which means I hate almost every Western Conference team just out of pure spite. How’s the weather in LA? Sunny and 65. San Antonio? Sunny and 75. New Orleans? Sunny and 80. New York? 45, and raining/hailing/thunderstorms…

When the Knicks lose, you go back to your studio apartment and lay in the dark like a psychopath. When LA loses a playoff game, fans can go out and get drunk on the beach, even go for a swim in the Pacific by the pale moonlight. Maybe they even swing on down to Tijuana and go on a bender until sunrise, at which point they’ll call their agent and whine for 45 minutes about a life change, simultaneously speeding off to the spa in Arizona for a few days of painkillers, peace and quiet. I hate the west.

That is except for the Oklahoma City Thunder, who I would literally crawl across the nation to watch. There is not much to do in Oklahoma City, so they play basketball. Friday night? Basketball. Saturday? Basketball. When Kobe Bryant calls your two best players “bad motherf*ckers”, you’ve arrived.

Keep in mind, males do not physically mature until the age of 26, so the fact that Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant have another 4 years of physical maturation ahead of them should scare anyone in the Pacific timezone. Add a Kendrick Perkins, who I prophecy will be missed sorely when it comes down the stretch for the Celtics, and you’ve got a big, fast, scoring at will three.

We will see strange things during the playoffs. The guard will certainly change in some way. Dwight Howard may finally make his mind up to rid himself of the small man with a mustache in 2012. Kobe Bryant may become Nietzsche and find the will to power. LeBron may be vindicated. The Mavericks may yet again be the most secretly made fun of team in the NBA, especially when your owner acts like he is some sort of basketball genius when he really isn’t. 10,000 hour rule Mark. I’m sure you’ve read all that Malcolm Gladwell BS. The Celtics or the Lakers will finally fall for good, and if they don’t pick up a Chris Paul or a Dwight Howard sometime soon it will mark the end of an era. Especially if they survive long enough to make it to the finals. A traveling man once said “I’ve been on the road so long, I don’t even know which way is home”.

Brad Smith: Odd Man Out?

Not surprisingly, Braylon Edwards and Santonio Holmes have been dominating the free agency discussion surrounding the New York Jets this off-season. Mike Tannenbaum will have his hands full attempting to bring back both his receivers. However, the Jets have a third free agent wide receiver, who is appearing less and less likely to return, Brad Smith.

Smith doesn’t have the numbers or name recognition of players like Edwards, Holmes, or Antonio Cromartie, yet was still one of the most valuable members of the team last season. Despite not fitting into a conventional position, Smith racked up 299 rushing yards out of the Jets “Tiger” formation, returned two kicks for touchdowns, threw a touchdown, and had 44 receiving yards.

Most people are assuming his production as a returner will decline because of the new kickoff rules and while he is valuable on offense, is he worth Josh Cribbs type money, especially with Holmes and Edwards vying for big paydays?

The short answer is no. If the Jets can get Smith back on a relatively cap friendly deal after Holmes or Edwards walks, than more power to Mike Tannenabaum but the Jets can’t break the bank for a player like Smith with all their other free agents this off-season.

Smith basically functions as the team’s number three running back, even though his carries come mostly on direct snaps. Hopefully, Joe McKnight can develop into a big enough part of the offense to give them the 299 rushing yards, Smith had last season. In terms of the direct snaps, the Jets can work their other running backs into their version of the Wildcat. No, they aren’t the same threat to throw that Smith was but let’s be honest here, Smith completed 2 passes for 6 yards in 2010. The Jets can compensate for that.

As Mark Sanchez continues to develop and the Jets open up their passing attack more, there is going to be less of a need for gimmick plays on offense that put him on the side-line.

Brad Smith is a nice player but the Jets should be able to fill the void left by him this off-season if they can’t work out a new contract for him.