No Huddle – Welcome The Jets To OTAs Edition

TJ Rosenthal goes No Huddle on the New York Jets heading into OTAs

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Powerball, JR Smith and The Jets

As I sat praying at halftime that the Knicks could come back and somehow win game 6 Saturday night, I wondered to myself, which odds were worse: Winning Powerball at 10:59 pm when the drawing was set to take place, or JR Smith waking up and carrying the offense to a game 7? The answer was obviously JR, but then I threw this into my own equation: How about the odds of losing a potentially brand new week one starting QB and RB in the same week in May. Without football contact being the partial reason for the loss?

David Garrard and Mike Goodson COULD HAVE won those jobs. Garrard’s knee issues and Goodson drug and gun collection have now ended that possibility. Like buying a Powerball ticket the daydream was fun while it lasted we guess.

Hoyer? More Salt In The Wound

Clipboard carrying extraordinaire backup Brian Hoyer signed with the Browns days ago. It is now being reported that the Jets were very interested in replacing Garrard’s veteran presence with him.

The depressing part of this revelation is that Hoyer was arguably the best free agent QB choice of a remaining group that contains Trent Edwards, Byron Leftwich, Charlie Batch and yes, Tim Tebow.

By the way, try and guess who of this unsigned group has a playoff victory as a starter on his resume. Happy Monday folks.

Don’t Blame Idzik

Garrard’s retirement and Mike Goodson’s imminent release are not John Idzik’s fault. While it’s true that the quarterback’s knee was a risk to begin with, grabbing him was worth a roll of the dice. Especially when considering the aforementioned talent pool he stood atop, prior to calling it a career.

Goodson simply didn’t learn from the likes of all the football playing brethren who have come before him. Including two who were under contract with the Jets just weeks back, prior to getting caught with weed. Some open field vision that is.

Getting a 3 year 6.8 million dollar deal to perhaps win a starting job, after collecting dust while sitting third on two different depth charts, was the opportunity of a lifetime for Goodson. Who may have just let a once in a career shot slip away. One given to him by a cash strapped GM who accurately saw an athletic fit for the new approach on offense. Goodson is a lot more sorry and at fault for dropping the ball than Idzik is.

OTA’s Begin Today? You Mean Football Ones

The Jets are synonymous with the notion of offseason activities. Year after year. Few teams make more headlines through the months of February to May. It is part of why the team is so endearing to it’s fan base: The news and the action never stop. In season or after it. Dramas result in glory or runway crashes. There is little non controversial middle ground ever to safely stand on in Jets nation.

This offseason’s highlights have included headline grabbers such as the Revis trade, Tebow release, and Geno ‘Texting’ Pre Draft Saga. These followed by some marijuana busts, Goodson and his gun, and Garrard’s premature sayonara.

Today, offseason ‘football training’ activities kick off in Florham. Rookie minicamp didn’t get us too excited last week, and these OTA’s won’t quite either, from a performance perspective.

However, we are certainly curious. Individual and team work habits do get formed early on. We would be lying if we denied that we are looking forward to reports coming from the field regarding any of the QB play, new found camaraderie among certain position groups, and the general attitudes of the players and coaches.

Who of this bunch has the guts to talk playoffs like Geno Smith does, or positively about a season many have mailed in for the rebuilding Jets already? Anyone?


    While unfortunate for Garrard the 35 year old QB never fit the long term plans of the Jets. Sanchez and Smith on the other hand are both under the age of 25 and should factor into the Jets long term plans. Once a talented team is built around them the Jets will know what they have at QB, not before.
    Many feel M. Sanchez is washed up, I strongly disagree. He has proven himself to be as good as those around him and has won 4 times as many playoff games as T. Romo. The Jets have been T-Bombed and it will take time to fix. The durable QB who has led the Jets to numerous 4th quarter comeback wins and back to back trips to the AFC title game at his age is hardly washed up. His career is just getting started and to let him go join a laundry list of ex Jets playing for winners would be foolish.

  • Harold

    Sanchez will actually be 27 in November. He is not a better QB than Tony Romo (it is a joke to suggest he is and undermines your credibility). Additionally, Trent Dilfer won more playoff games than Romo is he better? We need to stop with these silly measuring sticks. Sanchez stats are in line with titans such as Brady Quinn and Jamarcus Russell. They have fewer starts but similiar stat lines (which is actually worse because you should get better with experience).

    I know, I know he is our scrub though and we want to like him. But remember is still a scrub. I think Garrard was more in line with our immediate future than Sanchez. Geno is the only QB on our roster with the potential to be in the long-term plans of the Jets.

    I know, I know… what about Sanchez? Somehow the Jets will survive without the QB with the lowest QBR in the NFL since he came into the league in 2009. And yes I know it is hard to believe but somehow we will make it.

  • mikeM

    Lets look at this scenario concerning Goodson. He was somewhere and had too much to drink and he called a car service or a friend to take him home but the guy who picked him up was drunk and he brought along a friend who was carrying a gun. I am not making excuses for Goodson but stranger yhings have happened.

  • Mark Phelan

    Come on mikeM….You can make up a better explanation than that! How about the other 2 guys in the car were Geno’s former agents who mistook Goodson for their ex-client and were in the process of framing him when the cops showed up.

  • matr dontelli iii

    goodson was trying to help the team. he keeps hearing how they lack weapons.

  • anonymous fan

    On the bright side for Goodson and the Jets, I read yesterday that the hospital tests found no drugs in his system. I think the NFL rules allow a player to get drunk as a skunk, so that’s not going to keep him out of play.

    The issue then, becomes the gun and bullets…which, likely, can be claimed to belong to whoever owns the car Goodson was in. Was it his or his driver’s?