When evaluating the New York Jets current situation it is easy to come off sounding abundantly negative all the time. We aren’t going to sugarcoat anything on this site, the team isn’t in a good situation right now and is sorely lacking in talent on both sides of the ball. There’s not much sense to providing false hope or hype to a roster in dire need of rebuilding. HOWEVER, there is always some positives somewhere right? Even for the 2013 New York Jets, let’s take a look at them
1. Nick Mangold and D’Brickashaw Ferguson - Hey, those guys are still pretty damn good. Ferguson had a nice bounceback 2013 season and while Mangold wasn’t at his peak as he dealt with a few minor injuries, he is still a top five center in the NFL when 100% healthy. He is also one of the few players on the roster who is generally liked by everybody. You won’t hear any snarky comments about Mangold with that beard and dance moves like this…
2. Jeremy Kerley - It is a poorly hidden fact that TOJ has a man-crush on Kerley and thinks his future is extremely bright with the team. Maybe this is due to him being the only watchable skill position player on offense in 2012 but Kerley’s a keeper. God look at Mark Sanchez in this video, if he only knew what was coming in the following weeks….
3. No More TEEE-BOWWW - It is a foregone conclusion that Tim Tebow won’t be on the team in 2013. No more ESPN debates about what hair gel he could possibly wear for a Monday Night game, no more Tweets from beat writers that he is currently stretching his arm so he could be in line for more action in coming weeks, no more Sanchez/Tebow debates which is like debating between a poop taco and a roadkill sandwich. NEITHER OPTION IS GOOD. Selfishly I look forward to never being asked “Dude, what’s the deal with Tebow” again the rest of my life or hearing the guy checking IDs at the bar lecture me on why Tebow should play punter because I am wearing my super-sweet Turn On The Jets shirt.
4. Muhammad Wilkerson and Quinton Coples - Wilkerson was a borderline All-Pro last season and Coples showed signs of developing into a force upfront. Once the Jets find outside linebackers who can clock a forty yard dash under 5.5 seconds, they are going to be that much better since Wilkerson and Coples won’t be constantly double teamed.
5. No More Shonn Greene - It is also a foregone conclusion that the Plod-Tastic Greene won’t be back as the team’s starting running back next season. Greene is at the point where his 1.7 yards per carry gets you looking forward to Bilal Powell’s 2.2 yards per carry. “And the Jets will once again face 2nd and 8…” – We also won’t have to hear “Riding Dirty” blasting over the MetLife sound system after every time Greene “breaks through” for a 4 yard run. UPDATE YOUR PLAYLISTS!
6. Somebody Will Be Back – At least one-third of the Pro-Bowlers in the Jets secondary (LaRon Landry, Antonio Cromartie, Darrelle Revis) will be on the team next year…that’s better than none of them! Thanks Mike Tannenbaum! I can’t wait to flip on the NFL Network to hear you talk about properly allocating your funds in the salary cap era, it will be like listening to JR Smith talk about proper shot selection and Twitter etiquette. (Cross-Promotion Alert….Cross-Promotion Alert).
7. Good Special Teamers! - Bobby Malone! Nick Folk! Joe McKnight! They should just call out the Jets special teams before every game. It is better than listening to Sanchez getting booed running out of the tunnel. McKnight might not be able to learn a playbook or protect the football but he can run behind a wedge on Monday Nights.
8. #63 Isn’t Eligible - Never again. Never again.
9. Recent Draft Picks With Potential - Demario Davis. Antonio Allen. Josh Bush. Stephen…well maybe not him yet. However, even a cynic can admit Davis and Allen showed flashes last year and could project into capable starters in their second year. Hill? Well he isn’t Scotty McKnight. “Hey, Mark we just drafted your BRO in the 7th round, cool right?”
10. A Top Ten Pick. Seven Total Draft Picks - And maybe more coming. It isn’t the best year to have the #9 overall pick but it would take a Vernon Gholston type miss to not find an immediate contributor with that selection, nevermind that this is a draft deep at positions the Jets desperately need – Guard, Running Back, Tight End and Safety. Hopefully John Idzik will be accumulating more picks and not taking the Tannenbaum “trade every pick so we can leave with just McKnight, Wilson, Ducasse and Conner” option.
11. Rex - I don’t know about you but I’m happy the big guy is still around although I wish we had Fat Kissing Suzy Kolber Rex. Even still this Rex should coax ten 7,500 word disapproving articles from Mike Lupica and Ian O’Conner. SUCH SHAME!
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