New York Jets – Five Long Term Solutions

Five long term solutions for the New York Jets

We already went over five short term solutions for the New York Jets this week, let’s widen the lens a little bit and look at five long term solutions to prevent this team from wallowing in mediocrity –

1 – Improve the scouting and player personnel decision making process – Ideally, this would require firing GM Mike Tannenabaum who has worn out his stay and is a better fit as a salary cap/numbers guy not a primary decision maker on football players. However, our sources insist that Tannenbaum isn’t going anywhere this off-season. We can only then hope Tannenbaum upgrades his scouting department, gets Terry Bradway out of the organization and brings in a strong minded personnel guy who is given some authority. Given the amount of needs the Jets have this off-season, they can’t afford to miss on any draft picks or make any more ill advised decisions in free agency.

2 – Make a decision at quarterback and go all in – Mark Sanchez is likely going to be the quarterback in 2013 because of how his contract is structured. Jets fans need to accept that reality. There isn’t any savior in free agency and they likely aren’t spending a first round pick on a quarterback because of where their pick will be and because of how many other needs they have. Regardless of if Sanchez is the quarterback in 2014 and beyond it is time to build a strong foundation for him to succeed with next year and for whoever the quarterback is in 2014 to succeed with as well. Get Tim Tebow out of town. Find a legitimate quarterback coach. Improve the offensive line and rebuild your group of running backs. The long term situation at receiver has potential with Jeremy Kerley and Stephen Hill, along with Jordan White maybe eventually developing into a capable slot receiver.

3 – Stop ignoring the pass rush – Enough of the gimmicks and ignoring the outside linebacker situation. You need to be able to rush the quarterback in today’s NFL. The Jets top four outside linebackers: Calvin Pace, Bryan Thomas, Aaron Maybin and Garrett McIntyre should all be gone next year. Their void needs to be filled aggressively through both the draft and free agency. Start saturating this team with pass rushers to compliment the young pieces you have up front in Muhammad Wilkerson, Quinton Coples and Kenrick Ellis.

4 – Learn when to say good-bye and hello – Too frequently the Jets have brought back the wrong players for another year (Anthony Clement and Adrien Clarke in 2007, Eric Smith in 2011, Wayne Hunter, Bart Scott, and Calvin Pace this year) and let the wrong players walk (Braylon Edwards, Jerricho Cotchery, Damien Woody). They can’t afford to continue making those mistakes. Don’t pay Shonn Greene a cent. Let him walk. Say good-bye to Bart Scott, Bryan Thomas, Calvin Pace, Matt Slauson and Austin Howard this off-season. If Dustin Keller can finish the season strong and healthy bring him back, as he is a valuable weapon for a quarterback. However, find a strong blocking tight end to pair with him. Bring LaRon Landry back on a long term deal, as long as he stays healthy over the second half of the season.

5 – Speed – The team motto was supposed to be “one step faster” this year but we haven’t seen it. On both sides of the ball the Jets are in desperate need of speed that is properly utilized. This needs to be a major focal point when rebuilding the outside linebacker and running back position.

Jets Should Be Honest With Themselves

TJ Rosenthal on the Jets needing to be honest with themselves

The Jets are 3-5 and already, some outlets like the NY Post have already begun to envision mounting losses and a head coach on the hot seat. We won’t go to that extreme yet. So much can change week to week in the NFL. Even for a team that was as putrid as Gang Green was last Sunday. What the Jets brass ought to do with this bye week is begin to better assess and accept what they’ve seen over eight weeks. Then plan accordingly.

Hoping and praying won’t change a defense that can’t get to the QB. Believing in Mark Sanchez won’t impart him with the “go to guy” mentality of a pure scorer on a shaky NBA team. One who knows the only way to elevate others is to play lights out himself first. Talking about using Tim Tebow publicly, doesn’t guarantee doing it, and won’t change doubting minds who will view his signing as a marketing ploy until #15 becomes a weapon with a real role.

We know key players are hurt. It’s the strategy of trying to simply fill failing components through, that has run it’s course. The only power that Ryan and GM Mike Tannenbaum have left to steer this season back on track is in being proactive. Fixing something they honestly know is broken. No matter whose feelings are hurt or whose original assessments are proven to have been off base.

The trade deadline is today. Maybe a move or two can help. Shuffling the deck with the cards already in place is also an option. Blind faith or stubbornness isn’t.

Not now. Not with a season that went from being ninety seconds away from first place in Foxboro, to on the brink after a disaster at home, in a span of just seven days.

New York Jets – Who Wants To Make A Trade?

A somewhat serious look at the trade value of players on the New York Jets roster

Perhaps Mike Tannenbaum is burning up the phone lines today before the NFL’s trade deadline in hopes of improving his decrepit roster. Here is a look at the estimated value of some players on the New York Jets who they might like to part with –

Tim Tebow – Backup quarterback who isn’t trusted to throw or run a standard NFL offense/Perpetual media headache/H-Back who can’t catch/Punt protector who can’t block – 

Estimated Value – Conditional 7th round pick, which is sent if Tebow can throw 10 straight 10 yard passes without one-hopping more than half of them or a lock of Blaine Gabbert’s hair. Tannenabum should also consider this if Jaguars owner Shahid Khan agrees to shave his mustache.

Bart Scott – Run stopping linebacker who misses a bunch of tackles and can’t cover a single a skill position player in the NFL/High maintenance in the locker room/Wildly overpaid

Estimated Value – An extra sweater vest for Rex Ryan to wear for December home games.

Calvin Pace – Pass rushing linebacker who can’t get to the quarterback/Prone to foolish statements to the media/Wildly overpaid

Estimated Value – Jamaal Westerman or Marques Murrell…maybe with a Chad Cascadden jersey thrown in if Tannenbaum plays his cards right.

Aaron Maybin – Designated pass rusher who has no pass rushing moves/Gives more quotes to the New York media than any player roster despite playing 5 snaps a game (AKA “Tebow reps”) 

Estimated Value – The leading tackler on the worst team currently in the UFL…is that still a league?

Shonn Greene – Bell Cow who isn’t a top 30 running back in the NFL/Doesn’t know a single juke move/Enjoys running directly into defenders when it is unnecessary

Estimated Value – Rod “He Hate Me” Smart. Cedric Houston.

Kyle Wilson – First round corner who frequently gets beat deep by mediocre receivers and then wags his finger after

Estimated Value – A ticket to the annual Jets/Eagles pre-season game, in the non-PSL seats. “It’s Go Time!”

New York Jets – Five Short Term Solutions

Five short term solutions for the New York Jets so they don’t embarrass themselves the rest of 2012

Five short term solutions for the New York Jets so they don’t embarrass themselves for the rest of the 2012-2013 season. Check back later in the week for five long term solutions, so the Jets can be a competitive team in the AFC in the coming years. 

1 – Use A Sensible Tebow Plan – The type of plan everybody assumed the Jets were going to use this summer. This offense is short on playmakers, particularly in the running game so there is a viable role for Tebow this season. Use him in every short yardage situation out of an empty formation. Let him run option with players that have speed like Jeremy Kerley and Joe McKnight. Lull a defense to sleep with him running a few times and then let him take a shot down the field. Stop lining him up at receiver or H-Back. He has zero value there and you are playing 10 on 11 in those situations. Turn him into your primary second rushing option behind Shonn Greene.

2 – More Jeremy Kerley, More Joe McKnight – Jeremy Kerley needs 8-12 touches on a weekly basis, regardless of whether or not defenses are keying on him. Take a look at how Green Bay uses Randall Cobb. They line him up in the backfield. He is in the slot. He is out wide. He is catching screens, going down the field and taking handoffs or pitches. Kerley should be doing the same thing in this offense. Give him 4-5 carries a week. Give a few wide receiver screens. They will be easy completions for Mark Sanchez and let Kerley make plays in space. As for McKnight, hopefully he gets healthy over the bye week. If he does, McKnight needs to get more carries and become a factor in the screen game, along with taking reps lined up at wide receiver. The Jets must utilize what few players they do have who can make people miss and have speed.

3 – Young and Varied On Defense – We have seen signs of this already but Rex Ryan needs to scrap the 3-4 as his predominant defense. The Jets personnel fits better this year with a 4-3 or 46 look, particularly when Kenrick Ellis returns healthy. At linebacker, the Jets simply can’t afford to keep playing Bryan Thomas major reps and Calvin Pace needs to see his time cutback as well. Give Marcus Dowtin more playing time. Get Antonio Allen in the box for certain looks. Call up Ricky Sapp from the practice squad. In the secondary, give Aaron Berry an extended look on the outside and in the slot. Cut back Kyle Wilson’s reps and cut back any reps that Ellis Lankster is receiving.

4 – Don’t Be Gimmick Shy – The Jets aren’t going to match-up well with many teams over their last eight games so a “kitchen-sink” approach is going to frequently make sense. Don’t shy away from the fake punts. Don’t shy away from Antonio Cromartie on offense. Don’t walk into games thinking you are just going to push teams around and play smash-mouth football because you don’t have the personnel for it.

5. Offensive Line Shuffle – Now is the time to make this switch, so there is extra practice time for the new front five to work together – move Vladimir Ducasse and Jason Smith into the staring line-up and get Matt Slauson and Austin Howard out. No more 1/2 and 1/2 for Slauson and Ducasse. You know he isn’t the long term answer and his level of play is comparable to Ducasse, so give Vlad 8 games here to see if he has any chance of being a long term answer. Howard has been below average all season and also isn’t a long term answer. Smith has first round talent and has been pretty good as an extra tight end. Give him eight games here, see if he could be better than Howard and if could be part of the equation going forward.

Turn On The Jets 2012-2013 NBA Predictions

The TOJ staff gives their NBA picks for the 2012-2013 season

We love our New York Jets here at Turn On The Jets (shocking, I know) but that doesn’t mean we don’t talk about other sports from time to time…particularly the NBA. Here are our staff picks for the upcoming season, supplemented by a few guests. Feel free to leave your picks in the comments section –

Joe Caporoso

Eastern Conference

  1. Miami Heat
  2. Boston Celtics
  3. Indiana Pacers
  4. Atlanta Hawks
  5. New York Knicks
  6. Brooklyn Nets
  7. Chicago Bulls
  8. Toronto Raptors

Western Conference

  1. Los Angeles Lakers
  2. San Antonio Spurts
  3. Oklahoma City Thunder
  4. Los Angeles Clippers
  5. Denver Nuggets
  6. Memphis Grizzlies
  7. Utah Jazz
  8. Dallas Mavericks

Finals – Lakers over Heat

Awards – Rajon Rondo (MVP), Anthony Davis (ROY), Ray Allen (6th Man)

Moke Hamilton

Eastern Conference

  1. Heat
  2. Celtics
  3. Pacers
  4. Knicks
  5. Sixers
  6. Nets
  7. Hawks
  8. Bulls

Western Conference

  1. Lakers
  2. Thunder
  3. Spurs
  4. Clippers
  5. Nuggets
  6. Grizzlies
  7. Trailblazers
  8. Mavericks

Finals – Lakers over Heat

Awards – Chris Paul (MVP), Anthony Davis (ROY), Wilson Chandler (6th Man)

Chris Gross

Eastern Conference 

  1. Heat
  2. Celtics
  3. 76ers
  4. Bulls
  5. Knicks
  6. Nets
  7. Hawks
  8. Pacers
Western Conference
  1. Lakers
  2. Thunder
  3. Nuggets
  4. Spurs
  5. Clippers
  6. Rockets
  7. Mavericks
  8. Timberwolves

Finals – Lakers over Heat

Awards – LeBron James (MVP), Anthony Davis (ROY), Ray Allen (6th Man)

Matt Oliveira

Eastern Conference
  1. Miami
  2. Boston
  3. Indiana
  4. Brooklyn
  5. Philadelphia
  6. New York
  7. Chicago
  8. Atlanta
Western Conference 
  1. Thunder
  2. Lakers
  3. Spurs
  4. Denver
  5. Clippers
  6. Memphis
  7. Utah
  8. Minnesota

Finals – Lakers over Celtics

Awards – Kevin Durant (MVP), Damon Lilliard (ROY), Jamal Crawford (6th Man)

Dan Donohue

Eastern Conference 

  1. Miami
  2. Boston
  3. Nets
  4. 76ers
  5. Pacers
  6. Knicks
  7. Bulls
  8. Bucks
Western Conference 
  1. Lakers
  2. Thunder
  3. Spurs
  4. Nuggets
  5. Clippers
  6. Grizzlies
  7. Warriors
  8. Wolves

Finals – Lakers over Heat

Awards – LeBron James (MVP), Anthony Davis (ROY), MarShon Brooks (6th Man)

Sean Santagato

Eastern Conference
  1. Miami Heat
  2. Indiana Pacers
  3. Boston Celtics
  4. New York Knicks
  5. Chicago Bulls
  6. Brooklyn Nets
  7. Philadelphia 76ers
  8. Milwaukee Bucks

Western Conference

  1. Oklahoma City Thunder
  2. San Antonio Spurs
  3. Los Angeles Lakers
  4. Denver Nuggets
  5. Los Angeles Clippers
  6. Memphis Grizzlies
  7. Utah Jazz
  8. Minnesota Timberwolves

Finals – Heat over Lakers

Awards – LeBron James (MVP), Anthony Davis (ROY), Jamal Crawford (6th Man)

New York Jets – 25 Problems And Yes Quarterback Is 1

25 problems the New York Jets have, including the quarterback position

We are going to skip over handing out a report card full of “Fs” today and instead run down all the current problems we see with the New York Jets, yes including the quarterback position. These aren’t listed in any particular order since there are so many –

1. Quarterback – Many people think my defense of Mark Sanchez means I think he is a great or even a very good quarterback. I do not. Sanchez is a serviceable quarterback who you can win with in the NFL if he is surrounded with the proper supporting cast. The Jets have done an awful job developing him and supporting him and are now paying the price. Does anybody else think 3 years from now we’ll be watching Sanchez thrive on another team? If you don’t, you haven’t been a Jets fan long enough.

2. Backup Quarterback – The problem with having a circus at backup quarterback instead of a quarterback who can run your offensive system is that it creates hesitancy to pull an ineffective starter. If the Jets had Jason Campbell as their backup, Sanchez is likely pulled at halftime of the San Francisco game and halftime of yesterday’s game. There’d also be a good chance he’d be the starter coming out of the bye week. Unfortunately, you have a coaching staff who has zero faith in their backup quarterback to run their offense and Rex Ryan knowing if he puts Tebow in on now he might get stuck with him next year at quarterback at the behest of owner Woody Johnson who brought him here in the first place.

3. Rex Ryan – Rex hasn’t had the pulse on this team since the beginning of last season. He allowed the locker room to become divisive and his team has shown up under-prepared and unready to play too frequently. Rex is supposed to be an elite defensive coach and he currently leads one of the league’s worst defenses.

4. Mike Tannenabaum – Can’t really fit all his mistakes into a paragraph and we have been ripping him apart over the past year here enough. He has done a poor job drafting, scouting and in free agency. His team is woefully understaffed on both sides of the ball. He is a numbers/salary cap guy, not a football guy.

5. Woody Johnson – He forced his front office to make Tim Tebow the backup quarterback when they wanted Drew Stanton for the job and seems to be tone deaf in his media appearances about the team.

6. Matt Slauson – Through 8 games hasn’t played like a capable NFL starting guard. He gets pushed around in the running game and isn’t a consistent pass protector. It actually makes sense to give Vladimir Ducasse his job at this point and that says enough about the Jets current guard situation.

7. Austin Howard – Remember the feel good celebrations when he replaced Wayne Hunter? Well according to our trusted friends at Pro Football Focus, Hunter has outplayed him this year. Howard isn’t a capable NFL starting tackle.

8. Brandon Moore – His level of play has continued to slip. Moore cannot consistently protect the quarterback and hasn’t been the same since a hip injury a couple of years ago.

9. Shonn Greene – Not good enough to be the only running back on a run heavy team because of his inability to break big plays and lack of range in the passing game.

10. Stephen Hill – Plenty of long term potential but the Jets put too much on his plate for this season by not pairing him with a proven, low maintenance veteran in the off-season to learn from.

11. Tony Sparano – Has he really been any better than Brian Schottenheimer? The offense seems unorganized and can’t find a rhythm. Does he realize the Jets are playing 10 on 11 when they line up Tebow at wide receiver?

12. Bryan Thomas – Can’t be starting player in the NFL anymore. Can’t rush the quarterback.

13. Calvin Pace – Can’t be starting player in the NFL anymore. Can’t rush the quarterback.

14. Bart Scott – Can’t be starting player in the NFL anymore. Seems to have been replaced, finally.

15. David Harris – Not playing like the Pro-Bowler he is paid to be. Actually has been thoroughly mediocre this season.

16. Muhamamd Wilkerson – He has been good against the run but is he the All-Pro player we heard he’d be all pre-season? Not even close. 1 sack through 8 games.

17. Quinton Coples – 2 sacks and 22 tackles through 8 games. Chandler Jones had 6 sacks, 18 tackles and 3 forced fumbles. Bruce Irvin has 4.5 sacks and 1 forced fumble.

18. Kyle Wilson – Routinely beat down the field. He doesn’t play to the level of a first round pick and probably couldn’t start on most other teams in the NFL.

19, Ellis Lankster/Garrett McIntyre/Eric Smith – Role players who aren’t good enough to be role players.

20. Darrelle Revis – Lost the best cornerback in football to a ACL injury. He has a tricky contract situation approaching that is scary to think about Mike Tannenabum handling.

21. Santonio Holmes – A proven threat but hadn’t been a productive player for over a full season before suffering a serious season ending foot injury.

22. Sione Pouha – Hasn’t been himself all season because of a back injury.

23. Kenrick Ellis – Was proving to be a more than adequate replacement for Pouha but is now hurt himself.

24. Clyde Gates – Is playing major reps on this team and is celebrating first downs in the 4th quarter while his team is down 24 points.

25. Matt Cavanaugh – Not sure where he has ever found success in the NFL as a coach and still remains the Jets quarterback coach.

Feel free to add on to the list in the comments section…

No Huddle – New York Jets Disaster Edition

TJ Rosenthal goes No Huddle on the New York Jets disastrous showing yesterday

What an embarrassment. The Jets faced Miami with a chance to go 3-1 in the AFC East and head into the bye week at 4-4, having overcome major injuries in the process. In position to fight for a playoff road they battled so hard the past month to stay on a path towards. Instead, they honored the ultimate brave Jet Dennis Byrd, on the day of his jersey retirement ceremony, with a “Same Old Jets” performance. It was so ugly from top to bottom.

1 – The Jets Are Leaderless

The Jets entered an essential must win situation at home against a beatable team and didn’t show up. Period. They exit this putrid 30-9 loss with the undeniable truth that there are no leaders on this team. Not one player. Not one coach. The 3-5 Jets are now an unmanned drone, with no direction, and little ammunition to drop over any targeted destination.

Just when you thought that leadership could emerge out of Antonio Cromartie, he foolishly dislocates a finger on the first drive while getting a penalty for talking smack with Reggie Bush. Just when you thought that Rex Ryan had a feel for his team this year, he notes afterwards that his team practiced well leading up to Sunday. Which was why the brutal showing  came as a shock to him.

Just when you believed Mark Sanchez, the only Jet with the ball in his hands making him capable of masking Jet deficiencies, was ready to take that step as a player others could follow, he becomes part of the problem again. High throws. Late throws. Turnovers. Poor body language. The Jets are leaderless. With the potential to do even more damage to themselves after the break, as Seattle’s 12th man awaits. Poised to ruin a Jet offense that can’t even stay organized at home.

Sundays’ untimely home disaster leaves the Jets on the brink of their own Hurricane Sandy: A perfect storm that may soon blow the doors off of a team no longer able to rally around the theme of damage control.

2 – Smack Talk, Hangovers, Dumpings, And Tebow Time

The Jets didn’t prepare for this huge contest quietly. The Rex and Woody Jets rarely do. This week however, the noise may have contributed to why the Jets best laid plans blew up in their face.

A – Smack Talk over The Reggie Bush saga – Ryan wanted a public apology from the Fish star RB over his Revis “karma” comments weeks back, but the request led instead to smack talk from Laron Landry and Aaron Maybin. This was followed by Dolphin C Mike Pouncey firing back and showing us how fired up the chatter was making Miami. How dumb. Stay quiet. Don’t fire up a team that is starting to believe in themselves. Way to not learn from the Giants disaster last Xmas fellas.

B – The Patriot Hangover – The Jets under Ryan always lay an egg after losing an emotionally hard fought battle with the Patriots. That’s why we aren’t surprised one bit about Sunday. What we don’t understand is how the Jets continue to put so much emotion into the outcome of two games a year, knowing that 9-10 wins usually equals a playoff spot, regardless of what happens against the Pats.

C – Eva and Mark

Eva Longoria broke up with Mark Sanchez this week. No relationship should affect a pro athlete on the playing field, but how do we know that this one didn’t throw 6 off somehow. The QB is the sensitive type so we wouldn’t be shocked if this situation played a small part in his being inaccurate and off timed on so many pass attempts.

D – Tebow Time Takes Time Away From The Jets

The Tim Tebow trade deadline talk, and  controversy over how to use him more, were topics the coaches had to respond to way too often this past week. Who spends more time: opposing coaches prepping for Tebow, or Jets coaches justifying the acquisition of  Tebow to the media?

3 – Knock Out The Starter And Get Torched By The Backup: Vintage Jet Style

Remember the early 90’s Jets who knocked out fleet footed Eagles star QB Randall Cunningham while up 21-0, only to get beat by backup Bubby Brister? Then maybe YOU were one of those long time diehards secretly excited that Dolphins starter Ryan Tannehill was dinged up just enough to force backup Matt Moore into action from the get go.

What a shame it then was to watch Moore better in sync with his receivers than the Jets STARTING QB was with his. Sometimes it seems that it’s only the Jets who make household names out of clipboard carriers.

Moore didn’t exactly light up Met Life stadium with huge numbers or even need to engineer a comeback. The Dolphins were prepared right from the kickoff. Yet he made big throws on third downs, and deep completions demonstrating how in control at least one QB was yesterday. Even though you wanted to believe that the Jets “elite” defense would be able to rattle a backup with the season on the line.

4 – Sanchez or Tebow?

Its bye week time. Expect the Jets QB debate to dominate the papers. Here’s our take.

Mark Sanchez has not shown that he cant be counted on week in week out to elevate himself into being the difference, for a depleted Jets roster run by a coaching staff that lacks clarity. Losses should not be pinned all on him, but since 6 is the only one who has the ball half the game, we can understand any curiosity at this point about what Tim Tebow could add from an inspirational standpoint. We have some newfound wonder on the subject now ourselves.

Tebow lacks accuracy and consistency throwing the ball but you know what? So does Mark Sanchez too much of the time. Tebow has been known to raise an entire team’s play, even if his own performances are pedestrian statistically.

The Jets need a leader. They already have an inaccurate passer. At this point we are open to anything and  as always, nothing would surprise us.

Final note: The tempo of the offense was so poor yesterday, we wonder what the Hets practice during the week. They clearly don’t work on the screen game. Passes are tipped constantly and spacing is awful when they try. The route timing between QB and receiver on basic patterns is too shaky too often as well. To not be able to play faster down a handful of scores in week 8 on top of it all?

Unacceptable.

Initial Reaction – New York Jets Redefine Awful

The New York Jets reached another level of awful today against the Miami Dolphins

Where do you even start after something like that? The New York Jets were awful in every facet of the game today. They were out-coached and out-classed by a division rival in a hugely important game in their own building. To not even be competitive on a day like today is a damning indictment on Rex Ryan and his coaching staff.

Rex didn’t have his team prepared to play. Tony Sparano, his hand picked offensive coordinator, doesn’t have his unit together yet. They are sloppy and cannot consistently establish any type of rhythm. There were too many questionable play calls to even begin singling them out. Every time the Jets line up Tim Tebow at wide receiver, they are playing 10 on 11 and it still continues to happen. You want to shower praise on Mike Westhoff when the Jets special teams shows up? Blame him when they were an absolute disaster like they were today. A blocked punt. A blocked field goal. Allowing an onside kick recovery and a huge kick return…all in the same game? Embarrassing.

Mark Sanchez didn’t play well today. He had two brutal turnovers that were the fault of his and nobody else. On the whole, it was another inconsistent performance that will lead to two weeks of endless Tim Tebow speculation. He didn’t receive any help from his supporting cast. The offensive line had poor protection. There was no running game in the first half. Stephen Hill dropped another touchdown pass.

You can scream TEBOW as loud as you want. He isn’t the answer because he isn’t a better quarterback than Sanchez. Yes, the Jets should use him in some way, like a needed supplement to the rushing game. As a full time quarterback? You aren’t winning with the option every down in the 2012 NFL or moving forward. Spare me the citations from last year, Tebow went 8-8 in the worst division in football with a borderline elite defense and special teams. The Jets have neither.

Sanchez is a problem among many problems, that starts with a owner who forced a Tebow transaction on to his front office to sell tickets, then moves to a general manager who has been mediocre the past two years and to a head coach who hasn’t been able to find the pulse of his team the past year. It trickles down to a so far subpar offensive coordinator, an offensive line with holes, a running game that lacks explosion and a defense with zero pass rush or big play ability. The Jets are 3-5 through half of their season. Look at their roster right now and tell me they deserve to have a better record.

Turn On The Jets Roundtable Week 8 – Jets vs. Dolphins Predictions

The Turn On The Jets staff with their predictions for Jets vs. Dolphins this Sunday

Hot Sauce for everybody! 

Joe Caporoso12 Pack

Chris Gross – Jets 24, Dolphins 10 – Contrary to popular belief, the Jets have been playing some of the most consistent football that they have in about a year over the course of the past three games. The defense is beginning to get back form, despite lacking their best player, as well as an extremely inconsistent pass rush. Offensively, we are beginning to see a cohesion develop amongst the players that we have not seen in years past. Youngsters like Jeremy Kerley have stepped up to become significant players in this offense, while veterans like Dustin Keller have come back to instill strong play and leadership. Over the past two games, Shonn Greene seems to have found whatever it is he may have been missing in the first few weeks of the season, while Joe McKnight has put any questions about his toughness and commitment level to rest. The key with this group, as always, will be with Mark Sanchez. Sanchez played, what I believe was, his best half of football in New England last week. If Sanchez can build off of that strong second half performance, he should have no problem picking apart a very suspect Dolphins secondary. Look for Rex Ryan to throw the kitchen sink at Ryan Tannehill (5 INTs on the road this season) and Miami’s offense after being criticized for a conservative defensive approach last week. Expect Tannehill to turn the ball over at least twice, with Reggie Bush, who hasn’t had a 100 yard rushing effort since week 2, to be contained for the better part of the game. The Jets will look to pass to open up the run against the leagues 4th best rushing defense, and Sanchez will likely succeed, finishing with 275 yards and 2 touchdowns. The nature of these games are always interesting, so it will likely stay close for 3 quarters, with New York pulling away late, winning by two scores.

Rob Celletti –  Jets/Dolphins games are almost always dogfights.  The past few years, they haven’t exactly been displays of quality pro football. Mark Sanchez and Chad Henne seemed to be in races to the bottom in terms of quarterback play. So do I expect this trend to continue? Sort of. The Dolphins are coming off of a bye and will be healthy, fresh, and prepared. The Jets are playing very decent football, and have been for the last few weeks. Still, this matchup favors the home team. Ryan Tannehill has been solid, but is he ready to take down a good defense, in a divisional game on the road? I don’t believe so. Will Reggie Bush run rampant through the Jets’ front seven? He’ll be productive, sure, but I don’t think he dominates. On the flip side, Mark Sanchez has started to develop chemistry with Jeremy Kerley and his game has also been augmented by the return of Dustin Keller. The Miami secondary is porous – only slightly less so than New England’s statistically. Look for another good day from Sanchez (250 yards, 2 touchdowns). The game will be close, because AFC East games tend to be, but the Jets win and cover what I think is a low spread: Jets 24, Dolphins 16

Mike DonnellyPeople like to get on Rex Ryan for talking too much and being outlandish, but there truly is a method to his madness. Take this week for example. He knew his team was coming off a crushing loss in New England and could be facing a let down, so he spoke out about Reggie Bush and his comments from week 3. And wouldn’t ya know it, it didn’t take long for his players to immediately become focused and ready to dominate this Sunday. It won’t be an easy game, but I expect the defense to be a their best and hold Miami in check all game. The offense will continue to throw the ball well and do just enough to pull out a 20-10 victory.

Chris Celletti – I picked the Jets to cover the two point spread in my Best Bets piece, but I’m a little bit more worried about this game now than I initially was, because of the possibility of the weather impacting the game. If its rainy and windy, that will even out the advantage I expected the Jets to have in the passing game against Miami’s secondary. But rain or shine,  I still expect a big performance from the Jets’ defense. They have extra motivation now to shut down Reggie Bush, and they’ve always fared well against rookie quarterbacks at home under Rex Ryan. If the weather were to holds off, I think the Jets would put up a lot of points. Either way I like the Jets in this one; I’ll go 20-13.

Turn On The Jets Week 8 NFL Picks

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CURRENT STANDINGS

1. Mike Donnelly (60-42-3)

2. Rob Celletti (52-48-5)

3. Chris Gross (51-50-4)

4. Chris Celletti (47-54-4)

5. Joe Caporoso (45-56-4)

Joe Caporoso

Last Week (8-5)

  • Patriots (-7) vs. Rams
  • Titans (-3.5) vs. Colts
  • Packers (-14.5) vs. Jaguars
  • Chargers (-3) vs. Browns
  • Eagles (-3) vs. Falcons
  • Seahawks (+2.5) vs. Lions
  • Jets (-2) vs. Dolphins
  • Bears (-7.5) vs. Panthers
  • Redskins (+4.5) vs. Steelers
  • Chiefs (-1.5) vs. Raiders
  • Giants (-2) vs. Cowboys
  • Saints (+6) vs. Broncos
  • 49ers (-7) vs. Cardinals

Mike Donnelly

Last Week (8-5)

  • Patriots -7
  • Titans -3.5
  • Jaguars +14
  • Browns +3
  • Eagles -3
  • Seahawks +2.5
  • Jets -2
  • Panthers +7.5
  • Redskins +4.5
  • Chiefs -1
  • Giants -2
  • Saints +6
  • Cards +7

Rob Celletti

Last Week (9-4)

  • Patriots (-7) over Rams
  • Titans (-3.5) over Colts
  • Jaguars (+14.5) over Packers
  • Browns (+3) over Chargers
  • Eagles (-3) over Falcons
  • Lions (-2.5) over Seahawks
  • Jets (-2) over Dolphins
  • Bears (-7.5) over Panthers
  • Redskins (+4.5) over Steelers
  • Raiders (+1.5) over Chiefs
  • Giants (-2) over Cowboys
  • Broncos (-6) over Saints
  • 49ers (-7) over Cardinals

Chris Celletti

Last Week (7-6)

  • Pats
  • Colts
  • Packers
  • Chargers
  • Falcons
  • Seahawks
  • Jets
  • Bears
  • Redskins
  • Raiders
  • Giants
  • Saints
  • Niners

Chris Gross

Last Week (8-5)

  • Rams
  • Colts
  • Jaguars
  • Chargers
  • Eagles
  • Seahawks
  • Jets
  • Bears
  • Steelers
  • Chiefs
  • Giants
  • Broncos
  • 49ers