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.
– 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.