The NFL received its wish for championship weekend. The key match up will be Peyton Manning versus Tom Brady in the AFC championship game, with two youngsters Collin Kaepernick and Russell Wilson facing off in the NFC championship game. There have been no flukes so far, as the final four teams were truly the best all season long in the NFL. On another note, Jets fans look forward to an extremely exciting offseason ahead. Let’s check out the latest story lines.
The Jets have inked both back up quarterback Matt Simms and reserve outside linebacker Jermaine Cunningham to one year deals for next season. Simms showed promise in the preseason as a reserve quarterback, but will most likely not be in the competition to start next season.
Cunningham on the other hand is an intriguing player. The former Patriot was let go due to a crowded group of edge rushers in New England. We have seen Rex get the most out of former disappointments such as Cunningham. He certainly has more raw talent than Aaron Maybin, and Rex turned him into a speedy edge rusher for a season. He is a guy to keep an eye on in camp next season.
Seattle is one win away from a Super Bowl appearance at Metlife stadium. As Jets fans watch them this weekend, take note of their teams layout. General manager John Idzik would be wise to steal this layout from his old franchise and implement it in New York.
Russell Wilson has had a ton of success but is also asked to do very little. They have a bruising running back in Marshawn Lynch that takes on a big workload. Their receiving core often takes advantage of teams stacking the box to contain Lynch. If Idzik can build a power offense behind a strong defense, something we have seen under Rex Ryan, the Jets could be looking at a playoff appearance next season.
The Patriot Cashing In?
LeGarrette Blount has picked a hell of a time to run wild. The bruising runner will be a free agent this offseason and may earn a nice contract for himself if he keeps up his postseason success. As Blount continues to churn off big runs and find his way into the end zone, the potential suitors continue to grow.
A buyer must beware though. Blount is certainly a talented player, but he has been inconsistent his entire career. How ironic is it that he has gone on a tear these past two games? Well, very ironic because he has faced two of the worst run defenses in the league in Buffalo and Indianapolis.
Do not get me wrong, I feel Blount is a very talented running back. The only problem is, the NFL has seen many talented running backs come and go. Only the great ones find consistency.