Coming off of a 38-3 blowout loss to the Buffalo Bills, the New York Jets have officially hit rock bottom in 2014. They are turning back to Geno Smith at quarterback and also giving some of the younger players more opportunities to play (unleash IK!). So what’s left to talk about with the Jets in the cellar of the AFC East? Well, a lot to be quite honest…
Harbaugh On the Hot Seat?
Jim Harbaugh is having his ‘worst’ season yet as head coach of the 49ers and tension in the franchise seems to be mounting.
Rumors have been swirling for quite some time that Harbaugh may be out after this year due to both contract and power issues between him and the front office. Would Woody Johnson target Harbaugh?
I’m convinced his most likely landing spot after the 49ers would be in Oakland with the Raiders. Even if he is not sold on quarterback Derek Carr, who has been impressive as a rookie, he could take his guy with the top 5 pick the Raiders will have in the 2015 NFL Draft.
Either way, this won’t be the last time his name comes up when discussing the future of the New York Jets.
Right Back Where He Started From:
With Muhammad Wilkerson sidelined with a toe injury, Quinton Coples is expected to slide into his starting role at defensive end. Coples had been extremely solid in his role at outside linebacker, a position he converted to in his second NFL season.
This move makes a lot of sense not only for Coples, but for the Jets’ organization. With a new coaching staff most likely coming in for the 2015 season, this could be a full time role for Coples going forward. Getting an early start back at his old position will help heading into next year.
If the new staff wants to play a more traditional 4-3 base defense, the four down linemen would most likely be Coples and Wilkerson on the ends, with Richardson and Harrison inside. ‘Q’ was a star as an every down defensive lineman at UNC, so he should feel right at home switching back.
Jets To Keep An Eye On:
At 2-9, the Jets season has been over for quite a few weeks. For the die-hards, there are still plenty of young players to keep an eye on in the final weeks.
Rookie pass rusher and sixth round pick IK Enemkpali should be a part of the 3rd down rotation going forward. He displayed a ton of raw power in the preseason as a bull rusher off the edge. Not to mention, John Idzik needs all the help he can get from his most recent draft class.
Besides Enemkpali, there is no excuse for Jace Amaro and Calvin Pryor, the Jets first two picks of the 2014 NFL Draft, to not play majority snaps the rest of the way going forward. Trotting Jeff Cumberland and Dawan Landry out there makes little sense at this point.
A lot of Jets fans have been clamoring to see 4th round pick/rookie guard Dakota Dozier throughout the final stretch in 2014. For awhile, I felt they were best to hold off on this.
I think Dozier has a ton of potential going forward, a player I really liked coming out of Furman. Holding off on playing him made sense for his development as he needed a ‘redshirt year’ on the bench, but with Willie Colon struggling week after week, he might be rotated in sooner than expected. With the guard situation completely up in the air going into next season, this could be a big opportunity for the rookie.
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