No Huddle – Give These Jets A Chance Edition

TJ Rosenthal goes No Huddle on giving the New York Jets and their recent decisions a fair chance

TJ Rosenthal helps kicks off another week of New York Jets coverage at Turn On The Jets with his weekly No Huddle – Make sure to give TJ a follow on Twitter on Turn On The Jets a follow on Facebook.

Geno The Diva Reports Are Premature

Reports surfaced last week that QB-needy teams who were slated to perhaps select Geno Smith in round one passed on him due to his diva-like behavior during pre-draft get-togethers. If these revelations are in fact true, they can certainly act as warning signs for the Jets and their fan base, but we would rather begin our assessment of Smith once he suits up in Green and White.

Character assassinations, unnamed sources and offseason drama is nothing new in New York. Especially for the Rex Ryan Jets. Let’s give Geno the benefit of the doubt at this point however, and allow the young man room to grow up and mature if need be. It’s too early to label a player’s professional behavior and make up who hasn’t even put the NFL pads on yet. Keep an eye out for attitude problems and immaturity? Yes. Label him already for it? Absolutely not. Not now. Not yet.

Coples Switch A Growing Trend

Quinton Coples alleged switch to OLB is another example of how the NFL is moving towards versatility over concrete position play. Coples will stand up on the edge as well as get down in the dirt. With more and more offensive players doing double duty such as the ones lining up both at TE and H-back, we should hardly be surprised that defenses may now be headed in the multi-purpose direction as well.

These days the NBA features extended minutes with both sides lacking a prototypical center on the floor. This as hybrid athletes perform the roles of both guard and forward simultaneously. The NFL is on it’s way to its own form of that dexterity. Coples perhaps being the latest example of an athlete that coaches will look to create mismatches for. Outside the conventional box of thinking that once demanded “you play one position and nothing else.”

What About Tone?

We heard about Geno and his so-called behavioral faults, the Mark Sanchez headband, and a few reserve contract guys released for smoking weed last week. Nothing about how Santonio Holmes is doing though. These Jets really do need him to be a big part of the equation once again. He’s the only big play skill set guy with a big game resume on the roster. How is his rehab going? Is he running and if so, how hard? A status update by the club on #10 would be appreciated.

A “Geno to Tebow” Addendum

Last week we posted a TOJ piece entitled “From Geno to Tebow, Jets Circus Shrinks In Size.” Our point was that the drafting of Geno Smith was a football decision, with no marketing intent hanging off of it, the way that Tim Tebow’s signing was in April of 2012. That moves such as the addition of Smith are clues as to the direction the new Jets are heading in. An X’s and 0’s one, that doesn’t crave the camera. We would like to add this to that viewpoint: The QB competition that will take place in the coming months still could turn into a circus.

“May the best man win” has to be determined by the club with clarity, focus and a feel for when the decision ought to be made. Otherwise the addition of Smith, which began as a value pick with good intent, will just be a second consecutive example of crowding the kitchen. One that could get spun by reporters into a comedic appearance of disarray. Even worse, a messy situation that is being reported accurately.

This position battle provides a great opportunity for Rex Ryan to rebrand himself as the HC of the next Jet generation…By standing firm, and making sure that the entire locker room is behind a move that truly gives the rebuilding Jets “the best chance to win.” Rex needs to lock in and get this decision right. Assuming that he, not John Idzik has the final say on the matter.

Can we at least assume that much? What do you folks think?

  • Harold

    The article last week shed light into how Idzik is shaping his tenure through football decisions and not Hollywood decisions. I agree how the Jets handle the QB situation will go a long way towards how we move forward as an organization and will have an influence on the type of media coverage we receive.

    I feel good about our squad and think we can contend for a playoff spot as long as Sanchez is not the QB his mental toughness is not New York tough. He says the right thing but is indecision on the field show a man who’s mind is muddled. Garrard if healthly and Geno represent our only real chances at a successful season. Sanchez at QB means the Circus remains in town.

  • Lidman

    Garrard? What is this love of Garrard? Go look at his last 2 seasons in J’ville. The guy had 50 TOs. He’s being billed as a guy who values the football, but his performance doesn’t match that.

    D Garrard is not going to help the NYJ. If he plays it’s only until the team believes Smith is ready. Now, if Sanchez wins and plays solidily, NY at worst has a trading piece. In my view, anyone who wants Garrard taking anything but ’emergency snaps’ isn’t seeing things correctly.

  • KAsh

    Our biggest problem is that offensively we still rely on Holmes. We do not know who will be on the final roster, but the team without a fully healthy Holmes will still be a shadow of itself. Holmes and Kerley to a lesser extent are irreplaceable in a way that no one else on this team is.

  • blastingzone

    I watched video of Hill playing football in
    college and it scared me? He was a real terror in college, He was a nightmare scoring td’s out running the other teams db’s
    and over all looking like a first round instead of a second round pick! Something tell’s me that he will improve greatly off his first year and he will become the scoring threat and breakaway WR the jets need? Holmes could also come back to the top
    WR he was but even Holmes doesn’t have 4-3
    speed like Hill!! I really believe Gino Smith
    will prevail unless Ryan feels Sanchez is our
    best chance to win?(qoute, unqoute)then there are in trouble! Ivory and Goodson should open up the passing game and should score some points and along with there defense might even win some games!!

  • Mark Phelan

    Anyone know why Holmes agreed to less money? Did they give him more years?

    Sanchez had no clue last year. Don’t know if it was Sparano’s system or the distractions and injuries.

    This Fall we will see. Best for the team would be Sanchez becoming an average+ QB which would give Smith time to get his footing, and for us to see if he has a future.

    Start Sanchez. Give Smith some time on the field: Option Plays?

  • Lidman

    Holmes was guaranteed $7.5mm. If he didn’t take the cut, NY would have released him. His contract has offset language, so unless he got another team to pay him more the 7.5mm he couldn’t ‘double dip’-any deal he got from another team would have come off his NYJ salary. Coming off an injury, it’s not likely there would have been much of a market for him. He needs to play and play at a high level in order to get one more pay day. Staying with the NYJ was his best option to be a featured WR.