David Aitken on how the New York Jets should handle D’Brickashaw Ferguson’s contract this off-season…
The second part of the Five Difficult Decisions series looks at one of the most reliable Jets of the past decade. Struggling the most he has since his rookie season, what should the Jets do with D’Brickashaw Ferguson and his enormous cap number?
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David Aitken on the top five decisions the New York Jets have to make this off-season, starting with how to handle free agent quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick
Mike Maccagnan’s rookie season as New York Jets general manager was such a slam dunk we should be calling him Macgenius. No general manager in 2015 was able to navigate free agency, the trade market and the draft to come away with a better crop of players and it led to a win improvement margin bested only by the Carolina Panthers and the Jets’ first winning season since 2010. Of course, he was left an incredibly healthy cap situation by his predecessor and a roster so barren of talent he had little to worry about in terms of re-signings. The 2016 offseason offers a new set of challenges: less cap space, players to retain, and more needs to fill. Here is the first of a series of five difficult decisions that await the Jets this offseason, and the arguments for both.
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David Aitken reviews New York Jets Head Coach Todd Bowles first year on the job
A 10-6 record and six win improvement from the prior season. Franchise record breaking acquisitions. A painfully blown opportunity for a hot entrance into playoff football. Reflecting on this past season, determining whether to categorize Todd Bowles’ first season as a success or failure can be a hard and frankly arbitrary question to answer. Is it a success based on the massive improvement, or a failure based on the lack of playoffs? Fortunately, I am not going to bother to answer that question. Instead, I’ll look at what Bowles has done and answer the most important question – has he shown he has what it takes to lead the New York Jets forward?
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David Aitken breaks down the New York Jets week 17 opponent, the Buffalo Bills
With a win-and-in scenario in front of the Jets in Week 17, the only thing standing in the team’s way is former coach Rex Ryan and his Bills team that already beat the Jets earlier this year. For the Bills it has been a tough season of nearly’s, almost’s, soaring highs and crushing lows that are all too familiar. Below I’ll look at Buffalo’s main talking points including their role as spoiler, the good and the bad of Ryan’s first season impact, and what might be his last chance to get it right as a head coach next season.
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David Aitken with an opponent spotlight on the New England Patriots, the New York Jets week 16 opponent
The Evil Empire makes their way to Metlife Stadium this Sunday in a game of huge importance for both teams. Here’s a look at some key talking points for the Patriots, including their unfortunately strong Super Bowl prospects, some hope for this Sunday, and what the future may have in store.
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David Aitken takes a closer look at the 4-9 Dallas Cowboys, the New York Jets week 15 opponent
The New York Jets take their first ever trip to Jerry World to play their second Thursday Night Football match-up of the season…on Saturday night. Since everybody loves hearing about the Cowboys win, lose or draw, here are five interesting topics that define the team’s recent past, present and future. Continue reading “New York Jets Opponent Spotlight: Dallas Cowboys”