No Huddle – New York Jets April Review Edition

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TJ Rosenthal 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.

Five thoughts on the 2014 Schedule

After going over the 2014 Jets schedule last week, a few ideas immediately came to mind:

1 – I like the Raiders and Broncos visiting the Jets in the first six weeks as 1PM starts. Teams that fly over from the Left Coast seem to struggle more in the early game. I am however, a bit concerned about the back to back Denver game and New England matchup that follows just three days later on Thursday. That is a rough two game stretch especially if the Jets head into the Broncos game at no better than 2-3. For the record, I don’t like Thursday night football either. The quality is low, the preparation is stunted, and the players need more time to recover from Sunday. It’s cruel actually.

2 -The Packers, Bears, Lions, Chargers, Broncos, and Patriots all have quarterbacks who can light it up. Even with the Jets young stud defensive line, the offense better be ready in the first half of the season to be able to put up 24-27 points a game. Help the defense out guys. Don’t count on the D limiting Aaron Rodgers, and Peyton Manning to 21 point games or less.

3 – I like not having an AFC East game for the first six weeks so the Jets can settle in on both sides of the ball and at quarterback. Closing the season against the Pats and Dolphins could be epic.

4 – Week 11 is a great place for a bye if your a team looking to recharge for the stretch drive.

5 – The schedule is admittedly tough but historically the Jets rise against quality opponents yet fall asleep at the wheel against the beatable ones. This season ought to keep the club’s attention throughout,

Boomer’s Story Made Me Wonder, What if…

Recently the NFL Network has been lighting it up with their documentary style draft retrospective entitled “Caught In The Draft.” In the 1984 episode, the main story was how top rated QB Boomer Esiason slipped into the second round before the Bengals grabbed him. It made me wonder, what if the a Jets had their heart set on a top player at WR and CB (their biggest needs) but a “best player available” at another position fell to them? I am taking about a player who could immediately upgrade a position that is currently not in desperate need of upgrading? What would the Jets, or any team for that matter, do in that situation?

GM John Idzik appears to be too disciplined to stray from a plan just because somebody mysteriously slips down the board for whatever reason. Then again, everyone has a draft plan until a sudden unexpected option presents itself.

Sterling, Cooper, Draper and Namath

Don Draper is having a rough start to 1969 in Mad Men’s seventh and final season. I won’t spoil episode three for you if you missed it last night, but while Draper is trying to find his way, Joe Namath’s Bachelors Three club on Lexington, in Manhattan was probably jumping in the months the following Super Bowl III. Jets, celebs, miniskirts, go go boots, rock and roll. Line were reportedly down the block to get in.

Namath was forced to sell his shares by commissioner Pete Rozelle prior to training camp in ’69 due to fear of the club being frequented by too many mob types. Joe rebelliously then announced his “retirement” (which lasted just three weeks) in response, but Draper and the show have not reached June yet.

Wouldn’t it be an amazing anecdote if creator Matthew Weiner makes the connection? Imagine icons Draper and Namath boozing it up together. One, a 1950′s era throwback lost in the confusion of a changing bell-bottomed world. The other, an open minded free spirit sitting on top of a world he was helping to change.

Quick Hits

- I know the draft is on the way, but I don’t get into rumors or projections. Too much prior heartbreak to even go there. The Jets upcoming 12 picks has to equate to leverage used in order to move up and around in some rounds, no? I just have this feeling that the Jets will make a splash on day one.

- If and when the Jets do add a top notch WR (perhaps even a young athletic TE too) the offense may be ready to take flight. With Eric Decker, Chris Johnson, Chris Ivory, and Jeremy Kerley already in place it may just take a few more pieces to round this thing out. Assuming that the Jets do the job at the draft and solidify this group, the built in excuses for the quarterback will be gone.

I don’t expect the same patience to be had by the Jets for second year pro Geno Smith this time around. If the pieces are in place, the QB must be better than just serviceable. Otherwise the call to the bullpen may come sooner rather than later. The Jets have to score points. The schedule is too tough to think that a 17 point game without turnovers will be a consistent winning formula.

- Rex Ryan has been around here a while now. Is this his sixth year already? Wow. Rex came in big and loud, then somehow morphed into the little company man. I wonder if winning will inspire the old “Goddamn Snack” Rex to make a few guest appearances in 2014. He’s had to eat crow for a few playoff-less seasons now. It must be bottled up in there somewhere. Waiting for a reason to explode back onto the scene.

17 thoughts on “No Huddle – New York Jets April Review Edition

  1. I understand why so many people, both among the fan base and the national media, think Rex Ryan needs another top-flight, shutdown corner, but Rex is supposed to be a defensive genius. Six-seven years ago, “shutdown corner” was only coming into vogue, and there was only one candidate for the nomination: Revis. Now, everybody claims that our defensive mastermind needs two Pro-Bowl-level talents – both of which possess skills that were supposed to be once-in-a-generarion – to run his defense. Either Rex needs the best of the best to make things work, which means he is not a very good defensive coach, or Rex can compensate for weaker corners by strengthening other positions, which is much easier to do.

  2. @KAsh
    I agree 100%. So many people are stating on Jets blogs that we NEED to draft a top cornerback in the first or second round…that the cornerback position is scarce in depth. What they don’t seem to realize is that we have a TON of depth at the position, 10 players (not including Berry). A few of the cornerbacks that we have on the roster are very underrated and I trust in Rex Ryan to get the best out of some, if not all, of the cornerbacks. Do not draft a cornerback in the first round when the position is stacked already. Spend the first round pick on positions of need, such as wide receiver and tight end. Also, what do you guys think of drafting C.J. Mosley, if he is there at eighteen? I know he does not play any offensive positions…but I would like for the Jets to both bulk up their linebacker position. I would also like them to get someone who can possibly take over for David Harris when he more than likely signs with another team next year.

  3. I agree with the sentiment here KAsh and Justin C. If Dennard falls to you at 18, great but there shouldn’t be a desperate panic to reach for a CB in round 1 or 2. Think the current group is being underestimated somewhat and that Rex can or needs to find a way to adjust if his corners aren’t a strength of the team.

  4. The myth that Rex needs top CBs to have a good defense is being perpetuated by the clown media and Mevis lovers. The fact of the matter is that he has built great defenses that included great corners and ones that included average corners. The fact of the matter is that he had average corners in Baltimore and had years when the injury bug hit his corners so hard that he was playing people out of position. Despite this his defenses have always been stellar. You’re not going to have 11 stars playing on defense, you need a coach that can get them to play as a unit and mask any deficiencies as best as possible. I have complete faith that the Jets will have at least a top 10 defense in 2014 and probably top 5. Our concerns should be around how they will manufacture some offense rather than who plays corner.

  5. @Justin

    I am not exactly happy with the depth at corner. We need to bring in more competition there. It just does not have to be elite competition. By looking only for shutdown corners, we are really limiting ourselves to the handful or fewer corners in the draft that could play on an island. And the reason for that is we field safeties that cannot support our corners in coverage, which almost any average safety should be able to do. It is easier to get our safeties or pass rush up to par than to keep fishing “island” corners out of the draft. (Especially since no one can predict how each player will develop in the pros.)

    As for Mosley, I am a fan. The more I think about it, the more sense it makes. Harris is aging and was not great in coverage even in his prime. Mosley will need to gain weight to become a three-down LB in a 3-4, but he is good in coverage, smart, instinctual, and a leader. For the next year, Harris plays the first two downs and Mosley comes in on third-down, while he builds muscle and learns Rex’s defense and how to lead it. Harris gets more rest and is at less threat of injury, while Mosley is also no slouch against the run, so his presence in the lineup does not leave us vulnerable to a rush attempt. After 2014, we have Davis as the spiritual leader of the defense and Mosley as the brains of the operation. Both are solid against the run, decent at blitzing, and hopefully Davis improves in coverage. We are also set at the position for the near future.

  6. I’m also not convinced Rex “needs” two Pro Bowl level CBs to coach his defense.

    I think an offense that can get an early lead, & is competent enough to not leave the defense with consistently poor field position & can give the defensive players time to catch their breath between series would help Rex’s defense more than any rookie.

  7. Actually, there will be many good WRs available on the second round, and the pool of good CBs available is much smaller. Everybody is assuming that Milliner is going to be very good this year. That is possible but it is not a given. Dmitri Patterson has played 16 games ONCE IN A 9 YEAR CAREER and is coming off a groin injury that limited him to 6 games last year. Lankster? Kyle Wilson? Walls? Dowling? There is a difference between warm bodies and ‘depth.’ None of us have any idea of the evaluations Ryan et al have made about the draftable CBs, but if they think a good one is available, you have to take him if you want to compete with the Tom Brady and Peyton Manning.

  8. I’m not aware of any current Jets CB having made the Pro Bowl, nor was I trying to imply one had.

    My statement was intended to refute KAsh’s statement: “Now, everybody claims that our defensive mastermind needs two Pro-Bowl-level talents” (& to be clear, i do not believe he meant “everybody” literally).

    However, I do believe Rex “defensive genius” Ryan is capable of scheming his defense to utilize the talent available to him in a manner that maximizes player’s strengths & minimizes their weaknesses.

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  10. Jets are going to need to score some points and that means getting a TE, WR and perhaps having someone step up on the oline. Enough with all the corners. Find one in round 3 or 4 while they are looking for OLB help. Here is something. What if The GM really does play to his board and a top rated QB falls? I know that QB is a different animal and they can be bypassed and That this is an unlikely scenario. But what if? does he grab him? Or do we watch NE pounce and get their Brady replacement?

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  12. Geno needs to get rid of the ball quicker. Then our linemen will look much better. He did that the last 4 games, and with better receivers he will continue to do it. We do need a TE that can block. CJ can block as well as catch a dump off. We haven’t had that in awhile.

  13. Kash is right – a ‘non elite CB’ approach to pass defense makes sense.

    As last year wore on it became apparent that what our CB corps needed was improved safety play. The addition of the veteran had that intention.

    Improving coverage in LB and safety positions takes some heat of CB’s and also improves pass rush….just ask Wilkerson.

  14. I think #2 on TJ’s list says it all: With Rodgers, Cutler, Stafford, Rivers Manning, and Brady on the schedule, it is going to be up to the Jets offense to put points on the scoreboard in order for the Jets to stay in these games. 20 points or less isn’t going to get it done against these guys.

  15. when rex first got to the jets, revis was here, so he drew up a defense that emphasized his talents. after manning picked the rest of the secondary apart, the plan was to load up at cb, which they did, and it got the jets within a few plays of the super bowl. but it was the interior that let them down in that pittsburgh game. so since then they’ve been stacking the dl and lb corps with young talent, and at the same time revis got hurt then traded, cromartie’s play dropped off sharply, and wilson never lived up to his draft spot. safety play has been steadily subpar for most of that span.
    our front seven is ridiculous right now, it has the potential to be the best in the nfl. if they play to their abilities, it should keep opponents to long third downs with regularity, which could cover for the now relatively weak corners on the roster. wilkerson, richardson, harrison, and coples pinning their ears back on third and long. that’s pretty much our coverage scheme, and it’s not a bad one.

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