Flower Power And Lord Idzik’s Sleeping Patterns
The Chiefs released former Pro-Bowl CB Brandon Flowers this past Saturday to make salary cap room for franchise QB Alex Smith according to notable KC blog Arrowhead Pride. Upon his release came reports that the Jets and Chiefs had discussed a Flowers trade back in May. Naturally then, assuming the financial price is more reasonable with Flowers on the open market, some in Jets nation surmised that Lord Idzik should now make a play. Or at least look more seriously into it than last month.
Not all in the world of football analysts and cold hard analytics saw Flowers as the Pro Bowl type last year but he’d have to be an upgrade over a collection of unproven younger players, and Kyle Wilson. Or at least insurance against their inexperience, no?
Even if signing Flowers improves the secondary immediately, it’s just hard to envision Idzik budging on the economic approach of acquiring cost effective vets in any situation. The only way he’d break from his free agent grabbing gameplan in this case is if he’s not sleeping so well at night picturing Dee Milliner (who only showed he could be trusted late last season) on one side and “fill in the blank” across from him. Cold sweats. They can certainly motivate and inspire a little thinking outside the box once in a while, can’t they.
Decker and OTA’s
This week from June 17-19 mandatory minicamps will take place for the Jets. Here come all of the live tweets and updates from various sources as to who is progressing and who is not. Should we get worked up over the results though? Is this week a greater indicator of where the Jets are headed than OTA’s because those don’t seem like much get too worked up over. Just ask Eric Decker and Rex Ryan.
I guess that June is a time of hope but not urgency. Otherwise Decker, the Jets most prized offseason grab would have chosen to attend all non mandatory OTA’s last week instead of the CMT with his wife as thank you to her for bearing his child. Ryan would have suggested he do so as well. Hey, I’m not mad at the guy for putting family first this time of year or the HC for letting him do the right thing by his wife. Not one bit. At the same time I won’t then live and die with stats derived from some QB passing drill either.
In the spring the Jets can certainly use the official OTA gatherings to form personal relationships and grab a secure handle of what OC Marty Mornhinweg wants. When their new star receiver who one would think could use reps with his new quarterbacks isn’t there though, and the HC is ok with that, that tell me all I need to know. Either it really matters or it not so much. Train some, shake hands, reconnect with the guys, meet new teammates, then go back home and get ready for the real camp in Cortland. I get it.
Rumor Has it
Did any of you catch this one? Saturday night some poor attempt at a viral intended rumor hit the twitter waves about the Jets and star WR Vincent Jackson. I immediately thought to myself “didn’t the Bucs just grab Mike Evans to team him up with V Jax?” What is this some contractual issue? Or personality clash with new HC Lovie Smith? I then went on a frantic Tampa area news and pro football website search to see if there was any inkling of truth to Jackson and some link to the Jets. Crickets.
What struck me as I returned from my temporary loss of sanity is how powerful adding a bona fide stud to the Jets backfield, Decker, Jeremy Kerley and Jace Amaro felt. Jackson aside, imagine if one of the rookies or the Jets drafted emerges. Or Stephen Hill somehow finds himself over the next few months.
I’m not talking about any of the aforementioned rising instantly to the level of Jackson of course, but let’s just say they turn into enough of a weapon that when Geno Smith or Mike Vick drops back, the entire field is an option: from sideline to sideline and vertically. Is another big time receiver the piece that could perhaps make the new Jets offense feared? Yes, I just said that.
– Manish Mehta of the Daily News reported last week that “OLB Jermaine Cunningham and CB Ras-I Dowling were dumped by New England last August but both have a second chance in the NFL with Gang Green.” Football is so much about fitting into a system. For most players finding the right place to play in order accentuate their attributes is a matter of career life and death.
Wouldn’t it be nice to take a few Patriot castoffs and make them useful here? Lord knows Bill Belichick has filled some holes by adding an ex-Jet or two up in Foxboro over the years.
– The Spurs are a great example of unselfish team play, commitment to a system, stability at the head coaching position, and the value of chasing team players with game IQ and no ego over marketable names on the backs of the jersey.
Maybe the idea of the ESPN top ten highlight will evolve from spectacular dunks and attention grabbing touchdown dances, to more images of spectacular ball movement and blocks at the line of scrimmage that protect QB’s and spring holes for running backs. Last time I checked Tim Duncan still hasn’t hidden one sharpee behind any NBA basket. He’s had seventeen years to do so too. How many rings is that for him now?
– I hope that Mike Vick lays low about where he is on the depth chart this week at minicamp and just plays lights out. Vick’s focus must be on playing well enough so that he is a viable option. Nothing more.