Training camp is three days old and already it is quite refreshing to sit back and watch the quarterback competition begin without the media tag of “circus” anywhere near Cortland. This for the team that nobody expects to hear from in 2013. Just as we like it. Stay under the radar and build confidence and systems from within.
Just Get It Right
In recent days we have heard both Rex Ryan and GM John Idzik note that they will be part of the decision of who starts at QB. Idzik’s self proclaimed inclusion in the matter doesn’t have to be a referendum on Ryan’s current power, or lack thereof. Nobody said that this had to be the HC’s call alone.
In fact we don’t care who has a say in this one. Ryan, Idzik, Carlos Danger, Sydney Leathers. Just get it right. Too much depends on this choice being the correct one for anyone’s ego to affect the best possible outcome.
Aaron Berry Reminds Us
The torn ACL that CB Aaron Berry suffered during the very first practice reminds us that the NFL is like no other sport. It is one where the schedule and its story lines change due to injury from week to week.
Teams rarely end the year the way they start it. That’s why a season can be so hard to predict in July based on how it’s layed out on paper. Everyone is truly and deservedly 0-0 until week one kicks things off.
Tone Time On Hold? We Were All Warned
We have written on more than one occasion over the past few months about our fear that Santonio Holmes would not be ready to go. The doomsday scenario was in fact, no secret to anyone following the situation closely. The Jets did have somewhat of a semi-backup plan in grabbing Braylon Edwards again to at least provide the offense with a veteran who has produced in the past.
We won’t count ‘Tone out for the season, as some have, since he told reporters days ago that he wasn’t sure about the exact date of his return. We are preparing for it to be in the second half of the year, if at all. Anything sooner would be a pleasant surprise for us. We hope the Jets knew what they were getting into as far as Holmes and the entirety of 2013 as well.
Clyde Gates: Just What The Offense Needs
Last week we suggested that the Jets utilize a speed package with every quick piece they own on offense. Mike Goodson (provided that he will be around at some point), Joe McKnight, Jeremy Kerley and Clyde Gates. Even perhaps with Geno Smith as the ringleader.
Reports out of Cortland tell us that Gates is already making plays, including a 55 yard catch from Smith on Saturday. This news is music to our ears. Few, if any clubs could use an offensive weapon to emerge out of nowhere more than the Jets could.
Keep it up Clyde. Marty Mornhinweg’s system is built for burners who can catch it and create in space as well as go downfield.
With every report that comes from the practice field regarding “Sanchez vs Geno” and other head to head contests, let’s remember one thing. This still is practice and all personnel are still learning and working towards regular season conditioning levels.
Let’s all allow for at least a preseason game or two before determining who ends up where on the depth chart. This goes for coaches and the fan base. Let’s all exercise a little patience. Please.
Milliner Avoids Two Problems
Rookie CB Dee Milliner just agreed to a four year deal. He now avoids two problems. The first one is that of falling far behind in his preparation as part of Ryan’s schemes.
The second would have been the tag of “Revis lite.” Jet fans will always appreciate what 24 did on the field, but will also remember the holdouts. Especially the one in 2010 that left him behind the eight ball physically. Leading to the hamstring issues he had over the first half of that season.