Turn On The Jets AFC Mid-Season Power Rankings

Turn On The Jets mid-season power poll for the AFC, a conference filled with mediocrity

Nothing like an arbitrary power poll based on no system whatsoever, right? The AFC remains a conference stacked with mediocrity, however we are starting to get an idea of what the playoff race is going to look like throughout November and December. Voice your disagreements in the comments section or over on Facebook or Twitter

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1. Houston (7-1) – A balanced team, who can beat you in a number of ways. It is still hard to trust Matt Schaub in a big spot until he wins a few big games though. Regardless, they should cruise to the AFC South title and a bye.

2. Pittsburgh (5-3) – Surprised? You shouldn’t be. Nobody could watch the past few weeks and honestly say they haven’t looked substantially better than the banged up Ravens. Pittsburgh has a Super Bowl winning QB playing a high level and a Super Bowl winning coach, along with enough playmakers to make noise in January. Look for them to win the AFC North, despite currently being a game behind Baltimore.

3. New England (5-3) – Won’t win their regular 12-13 games but they won’t need to in the AFC East this season. Not sure if they end up getting a bye because of how soft Denver’s schedule is down the stretch and the fact that they still have to play Houston, San Francisco, Miami twice and the Jets once.

4. Denver (5-3) – Looking at their schedule, hard not to see them finishing at least 11-5 and likely getting a first round bye. You also get the feeling that Peyton Manning is only going to get better down the stretch.

NOT QUITE THERE YET

5. Baltimore (6-2) – Too many injuries. They are still going to be a playoff team in this conference but don’t expect them to finish strong enough to take the AFC North crown.

6. Indianapolis (5-3) – A feel good story. They haven’t proven they could win on the road consistently yet and they have a fairly difficult second half schedule. Regardless a 4-4 finish likely gets them enough wins to sneak in as a wild-card.

7. Miami (4-4) – A popular playoff pick for many pundits but with two games left against New England, a road trip to San Francisco and a game against Seattle still on the schedule, don’t bank on them getting there.

CRAP-TASTIC

8. San Diego (4-4) – Could very well see them losing their next 5 games (at TB, at DEN, vs. BAL, vs. CIN, at PIT) and Norv Turner getting fired after as the house cleaning starts in December.

9. New York Jets (3-5) – Their next three games are brutal before the schedule softens up. They likely dug themselves too big of a hole to make any real noise in the playoff race.

10. Cincinnati (3-5) – Outside of AJ Green, they don’t have much going for them on either side of the ball. The schedule isn’t friendly enough for them to even be a .500 team.

FIRING SQUAD

11. Oakland (3-5) – How is that Carson Palmer trade looking these days? Oakland needs to dump him and anybody who remains in the organization who thought it was a remotely good idea.

12. Buffalo (3-5) – The worst offensive contract in football belongs to Ryan Fitzpatrick. The worst defensive contract in football belongs to Mario Williams. Oh and they need a new defensive coordinator and head coach.

13. Tennessee (3-6) – What is this team’s identity? They are looking at a disappointing drop off from last year’s surprise 8-8 record.

BOTTOMING OUT

14. Cleveland (2-7) – They can build around Brandon Weeden, Trent Richardson and Josh Gordon on offense. Outside of that, it is time to clean house.

15. Jacksonville (1-7) – TEEEE-BOWWWW

16. Kansas City (1-7) – Crennel and Cassel. How did anybody pick this team to win more than 4 games this year?

New York Jets – Sink or Swim In The Second Half?

Will the New York Jets sink or swim in the second half?

Have you seen the standings in the AFC at the halfway point of the season? Even the most pessimistic New York Jets fan can’t proclaim their season over yet, particularly when taking the team’s schedule into consideration.

There is no question the next three games are going to be difficult. The Jets are rightfully 6.5 point underdogs this week and will be underdogs the following two weeks on the road against St. Louis and home against New England. Their final five games are against teams that I would argue the Jets are better than, despite how awful they have looked at times this season. There is no excuse for a 4-12 or 5-11 year. This team should not win less than 7 games unless they completely tank the rest of the way.

We are going to learn a ton about Rex Ryan and how his players respond to him these last 8 weeks. Do they quit and embarrass themselves in Seattle, in primetime against New England and against the mediocre slopfest that they play weeks 13-17? Or do they keep themselves relevant in the playoff race into December by scoring an upset or two in the coming three games and handling their business against inferior teams down the stretch?

The Jets defense has steadily improved in recent weeks. Outside of facing Tom Brady, they are facing a collection of unproven and inexperienced quarterbacks the rest of the season. You want hope in Seattle? Remember what the Jets defense did to Andrew Luck a couple of weeks ago. Russell Wilson is an impressive rookie but he is still a rookie and a much less talented one than Luck. Sam Bradford and Brian Schottenheimer’s offense? You better have a shutdown performance. John Skelton. Blaine Gabbert. Jake Locker. Ryan Fitzpatrick. The ghost of Philip Rivers. How about it, Rex? Kenrick Ellis will be back on the defensive line, more playing time should be given to Demario Davis, Antonio Allen, Aaron Berry and Marcus Dowtin and this defense must round into form to give the Jets a fighting chance.

On offense, the situation at running back will improve with a healthier Joe McKnight and Bilal Powell back. But ultimately it will come down to Mark Sanchez finding some measure of consistency. He must protect the football. He must improve his accuracy. The players around him must also elevate their play. No more drops from Stephen Hill. No more matador blocking from Matt Slauson and Austin Howard. If necessary get Vladimir Ducasse and Jason Smith in the starting line-up. If Sanchez is sputtering, give Tim Tebow a full series to run the offense. Yes, even this Sanchez apologist can admit the Jets offense could use a kick in the ass with more Tebow involvement…not as a starting quarterback but as a weapon in the running game and occasional downfield passing game.

Rex Ryan needs to show he won’t lose this team for the second season in a row. There is no excuse to get blown out in Seattle. There is no excuse not to steal a road game against the Rams or to be right there with the Patriots in the fourth quarter. There is no excuse not to find a way to beat Arizona and San Diego at home or to go on the road and handle Jacksonville or Buffalo. This team is lacking talent in plenty of areas but so are all the teams remaining on their schedule.

Sink or swim. What do you think Jets fans?

Turn On The Jets Week 9 NFL Picks

The Turn On The Jets staff gives their picks for week 9 of the NFL season

The Race for Steak continues. Note that last week’s record includes the most recent Thursday Night game –

CURRENT STANDINGS

1. Mike Donnelly (67-49-3)

2. Rob Celletti (61-53-5)

3. Chris Gross (57-58-4)

4. Chris Celletti (53-62-4)

5. Joe Caporoso (48-67-4)

Joe Caporoso

Last Week (3-11!)

  • Denver (-3.5) vs. Cincy
  • Green Bay (-10) vs. Arizona
  • Colts (+2) vs. Dolphins
  • Ravens (-3.5) vs. Browns
  • Texans (-10) vs. Buffalo
  • Panthers (+3) vs. Redskins
  • Jags (+5.5) vs. Lions
  • Bears (-3.5) vs. Titans
  • Vikings (+4) vs. Seattle
  • Tampa (+1.5) vs. Oakland
  • Giants (-3) vs. Steelers
  • Falcons (-3.5) vs. Cowboys
  • Eagles (+3) vs. Saints

Mike Donnelly

Last Week (7-7)

  • Broncos -3.5
  • Cardinals +10
  • Colts +2
  • Browns +3.5
  • Bills +10
  • Redskins -3
  • Lions -4.5
  • Titans +3.5
  • Vikings +4
  • Raiders -1.5
  • Giants -3
  • Cowboys +3.5
  • Eagles +3

Rob Celletti

Last Week (9-5)

  • Broncos (-3.5)
  • Cardinals (+10)
  • Colts (+2)
  • Ravens(-3.5)
  • Texans (-10)
  • Redskins (-3)
  • Jaguars (+5)
  • Bears (-3.5)
  • Seahawks (-4)
  • Raiders (-1.5)
  • Giants (-3)
  • Falcons (-3.5)
  • Eagles (+3)

Chris Celletti

Last Week (6-8)

  • Broncos (-3.5)
  • Packers (-10)
  • Colts (+2)
  • Browns (+3.5)
  • Texans (-10)
  • Redskins (-3)
  • Lions (-5)
  • Bears(-3.5)
  • Seahawks (-4)
  • Raiders (-1.5)
  • Giants (-3)
  • Cowboys (+3.5)
  • Eagles (+3)

Chris Gross

Last Week (6-8)

  • Broncos (-3.5)
  • Packers (-10)
  • Dolphins (-2)
  • Ravens (-3.5)
  • Texans (-10)
  • Panthers (+3)
  • Jaguars (+5.5)
  • Bears (-3.5)
  • Seahawks (-4)
  • Bucs (+1.5)
  • Giants (-3)
  • Cowboys (+3.5)
  • Eagles (+3)

Turn On The Jets Week 9 Best Bets

Week 8 Record: 0-3

Season Record: 8-15-1

Just as the season started spiraling downhill for our reviled beloved New York Jets last Sunday, the same thing happened for my Best Bets record as well, as I went 0-3 and fell to a horrific 8-15-1 on the season.

A few random tidbits before we get to my picks, because whatever I say about those is clearly a waste of the space and time in your head:

-It’s amazing how a national disaster like Hurricane Sandy brings out both the best in people and the worst in people. Of course there are going to be your looters and such, but you’re hearing stories about fights at gas stations and people stealing generators and other totally insane things. If Chris Christie and Barack Obama can all of a sudden become best bros and band together during something like this, surely all these jerks in the tri-state area can take a step back and realize that people’s lives and homes have been destroyed, and that’s a lot more important than whether they can have a light on in their still in-tact house or have a full battery in their Iphone. America is really awesome sometimes and really sucks sometimes, but I guess that’s just people in general.

-On that note, I don’t have a huge issue with the Knicks and Heat playing on Friday at Madison Square Garden. To me, the Marathon on Sunday is a different story because there are street closures all over the place to accommodate the race, and there are people all over the city that still need lots of help, whether it be food or water or even rescuing. By holding the Marathon, the city might be making it harder for some of those stranded and in need to receive help. I don’t see a basketball game being played at MSG having the same potential impact, but I can understand why some people would be put off by the NBA deciding to still play the game.

-And then there was that story about James Dolan and The Madison Square Garden Company forcing employees who couldn’t make it to work on Thursday because of Sandy to take personal or sick days to cover the missed time. The fact that I still root so vigorously for the Knicks and Rangers proves to myself that I can rightly separate sports teams from sports owners. Because if and when the Knicks or Rangers ever win a title again, I will be the happiest person in the world, totally independent of the fact that I will be sick to my stomach over the fact that Dolan will have won as well. That man deserves to never smile again.

-Meanwhile, while New York City, Long Island the Jersey Shore are just in the infancy of recovering from this awful natural disaster, we still have a bunch of suits who are worried about their money. On a much less serious note, of course, the NHL has to be absolutely kidding with this lockout, right? Rumor has it that they’re soon going to announce the cancellation of the Winter Classic, the annual outdoor game which is the only thing on the NHL calendar that garners any national attention other than when there’s a huge brawl in the playoffs or something. Nice job, Gary Bettman. You’re averaging a lockout every eight seasons.

And don’t give me the excuse that Bettman is “just working for the owners, trying to get them the best deal”. Yeah, that’s technically what he’s there to do, but it’s HIS fault that the owners have been hemorrhaging money so badly that they have to lockout after every CBA expires. How is it his fault? How about the gross over-expansion and moving of teams, on his watch, to hockey havens like Nashville, Columbus, Sunrise, Phoenix and Raleigh. Why is there not a team in Quebec City? Why are there three teams in the New York area (the New Jersey Devils are a total joke, a TV ratings and attendance disaster and should probably move now that the Islanders are in Brooklyn), and only one in Montreal and Toronto? How does this make any sense?

You have to think this is it for Bettman. NHL owners clearly care about making money, or else they wouldn’t keep telling Bettman to shut down operations every eight years. Once this is settled, whenever that is, the owners have to finally realize that whatever Bettman has done for them over the past 25 years or so simply isn’t working. If it was, they’d be making money. The conspiracy theories about David Stern planting Bettman in the NHL to take down a competitor are gaining steam with every passing day.

And now, on to the football picks, if you’re still with me:

Giants -3 vs. Steelers 

The Giants are either dominating games or just finding ways to win right now. That’s what good teams do. They’ll do it again on Sunday.

Broncos -4 at Bengals

The way Peyton Manning is playing right now, I can’t bet against the Broncos.

Lions -4.5 at Jaguars

A Vegas bookie apparently made the Jaguars 24-point faves against Alabama. That line is a joke. Alabama wouldn’t gain 24 yards against the Jaguars. But this Sunday the Jaguars play a fellow NFL team, and they’ll lose, because they’re quite bad.

Bonus Non-Football Bet of the Week – Season Record 3-4-1

I guess I’ll give myself a push for last week, when I picked the Knicks to beat the Nets in the game that didn’t happen on Thursday because of the storm? Is that acceptable, ladies and gentlemen of the jury? Since I was going to go with the Knicks’ original season opener last week, I’ll take a shot with their new season opener against the Miami Heat. While I was all gung-ho about the Knicks mutilating the Nets, I don’t think that will happen on Friday, unfortunately. The Heat are six point favorites and I think they cover that, pulling away late in a game that’s close most of the way. And then on Saturday we can all wake up to the inevitable 4,000 word evisceration of Carmelo Anthony from Harvey Araton. Welcome back, NBA!

 

Turn On The Jets 12 Pack, Week 9 – Bye Week Predictions

12 predictions for the second half of the New York Jets season

The Turn On The Jets 12 pack went 7-1 throughout the first half of the year predicting the outcome of New York Jets games. Here are 12 predictions for the second half of the season as we take a weekend to regain our sanity after a disappointing first half –

1. Let’s get the record out of the way first. Siding with optimism and a hope that this team won’t quit on Rex Ryan, I think they manage a 5-3 record against a soft schedule en route to a 8-8 record. This will leave them on the outside looking in for the playoffs likely due to a tie-breaker, as I do think a 8-8 team will make the playoffs in the AFC.

2. Moving to the quarterbacks next, Mark Sanchez, barring injury, will start every game the rest of the season.

3. Shonn Greene will barely crack 1,000 yards and finish with 8 touchdowns.

4. Jeremy Kerley will finish somewhere between 950-1,000 yards receiving.

5. Dustin Keller will have a very good second half, finishing with 50 catches and 4 touchdowns on the season.

6. Quinton Coples will have 3 sacks over the last 8 games, finishing with 5 on the season which could very well end up leading the team.

7. Bart Scott won’t play over 30 reps in a game the rest of the season.

8. Stephen Hill will steadily improve over the second half of the season, averaging 3 catches per game and catching 3 more touchdowns.

9. Tim Tebow will score a touchdown at some point this season.

10. Vlad Ducasse will be the starting guard by the end of the season.

11. Joe McKnight will finish the season strongly on both offense and special teams.

12. The only three Jets who will make the Pro Bowl will be Nick Mangold, Antonio Cromartie and D’Brickashaw Ferguson.

The New York Jets Playoff Pipe Dream Returns – Week 9 Viewing Guide

The New York Jets playoff pipe dream returns…working to keep your faint hopes alive for postseason football

Back in 2009 when Turn On The Jets was still a member of the Fanball Sports Network, we ran a weekly series of articles over the second half of the season as the New York Jets made an improbable run to the playoffs. If you remember, the Jets dropped to 4-6 that season but due to the general mediocrity of the conference, they were able to rally back against a soft schedule and make the playoffs at 9-7. Every bit as unlikely it seems that the Jets will make the playoffs this season, it was even more unlikely in 2009 when they dropped to 4-6 after getting smacked by the New England Patriots. Maybe we are being superstitious. Maybe we are just bored. Regardless, here is the starting point for the Jets playoff pipe dream –

The Current Standings

  1. Houston (6-1)
  2. Baltimore (5-2)
  3. New England (5-3)
  4. Denver (4-3)
  5. Miami (4-3)
  6. Indy (4-3)
  7. Pittsburgh (4-3)
  8. San Diego (3-4)
  9. Oakland (3-4)
  10. Buffalo (3-4)
  11. Cincy (3-4)
  12. Jets (3-5)
  13. Tennessee (3-5)
  14. Cleveland (2-6)
  15. Jacksonville (1-6)
  16. Kansas City (1-6)

Second Half Schedule

Realistically, the Jets need to go 6-2 over the second half of their season to have hopes of stealing a wild-card. Here is one man’s opinion of the order of difficulty of their remaining games –

  1. At Seattle – Considering their pass rush and their homefield advantage. This isn’t a great match-up for the Jets to say the least.
  2. Vs New England – Most would probably put New England higher than Seattle. I disagree. The Jets will have confidence from their early season match-up and New England still has their issues on defense.
  3. At St. Louis – A tough place to play. A tough defense and an offense led by Brian Schottenheimer that will empty out the entire playbook.
  4. At Tennessee – Not an easy place to play and they have weapons on offense.
  5. At Buffalo – The Jets have had Buffalo’s number under Rex Ryan, regardless of where the game is.
  6. Vs San Diego – The bottom is falling out on their season and the Jets have had their number. Never mind getting them at home in December.
  7. Vs Arizona – In the middle of a 4 game losing streak that could be much longer by this match-up. Another warm weather team coming to MetLife in December.
  8. At Jacksonville – TEEEE-BOWWWW

As you can see, we are going to find out right out of the gate if the Jets are going to compete the second half of the season or not. Their three hardest games are their first three games. They need to find a way to take 2 of those 3, which leaves them at 5-6 needing to go 4-1 against Arizona,  Jacksonville, Tennessee, San Diego, Buffalo…not the craziest of thoughts. Right? Right?!

Week 9 Viewing Guide

Kansas City (1-6) at San Diego (3-4) – Root for the Chiefs. A loss here puts San Diego’s season in complete chaos and means they probably aren’t playing for anything in the December match-up against the Jets.

Denver (4-3) at Cincinnati (3-4) – Root for Denver, who is going to win the AFC West and could hurt a AFC wild-card contender.

Baltimore (5-2) at Cleveland (2-6) – Root for Cleveland. Keep the AFC bunched together.

Chicago (6-1) at Tennessee (3-5) – Root for Chicago. Always go NFC.

Miami (4-3) at Indianapolis (4-3) – Root for the Colts. The Jets have a tie-breaker with them and who wants to see Miami win?

Buffalo (3-4) at Houston (6-1) – Root for the Texans. Knock Buffalo a little further out of contention.

Tampa (3-4) at Oakland (3-4) – Root for the Bucs. Always go NFC.

Pittsburgh (4-3) at Giants (6-2) – G-MENNN.

Keep the pipe dream alive!

TOJ Thursday Night Picks

  • Joe – Chiefs (+7.5)
  • Chris C – Chiefs (+7.5)
  • Rob – Chargers (-7.5)
  • Mike – Chargers (-7.5)
  • Chris G – Chiefs (+7.5)

 

New York Jets – Five Long Term Solutions

Five long term solutions for the New York Jets

We already went over five short term solutions for the New York Jets this week, let’s widen the lens a little bit and look at five long term solutions to prevent this team from wallowing in mediocrity –

1 – Improve the scouting and player personnel decision making process – Ideally, this would require firing GM Mike Tannenabaum who has worn out his stay and is a better fit as a salary cap/numbers guy not a primary decision maker on football players. However, our sources insist that Tannenbaum isn’t going anywhere this off-season. We can only then hope Tannenbaum upgrades his scouting department, gets Terry Bradway out of the organization and brings in a strong minded personnel guy who is given some authority. Given the amount of needs the Jets have this off-season, they can’t afford to miss on any draft picks or make any more ill advised decisions in free agency.

2 – Make a decision at quarterback and go all in – Mark Sanchez is likely going to be the quarterback in 2013 because of how his contract is structured. Jets fans need to accept that reality. There isn’t any savior in free agency and they likely aren’t spending a first round pick on a quarterback because of where their pick will be and because of how many other needs they have. Regardless of if Sanchez is the quarterback in 2014 and beyond it is time to build a strong foundation for him to succeed with next year and for whoever the quarterback is in 2014 to succeed with as well. Get Tim Tebow out of town. Find a legitimate quarterback coach. Improve the offensive line and rebuild your group of running backs. The long term situation at receiver has potential with Jeremy Kerley and Stephen Hill, along with Jordan White maybe eventually developing into a capable slot receiver.

3 – Stop ignoring the pass rush – Enough of the gimmicks and ignoring the outside linebacker situation. You need to be able to rush the quarterback in today’s NFL. The Jets top four outside linebackers: Calvin Pace, Bryan Thomas, Aaron Maybin and Garrett McIntyre should all be gone next year. Their void needs to be filled aggressively through both the draft and free agency. Start saturating this team with pass rushers to compliment the young pieces you have up front in Muhammad Wilkerson, Quinton Coples and Kenrick Ellis.

4 – Learn when to say good-bye and hello – Too frequently the Jets have brought back the wrong players for another year (Anthony Clement and Adrien Clarke in 2007, Eric Smith in 2011, Wayne Hunter, Bart Scott, and Calvin Pace this year) and let the wrong players walk (Braylon Edwards, Jerricho Cotchery, Damien Woody). They can’t afford to continue making those mistakes. Don’t pay Shonn Greene a cent. Let him walk. Say good-bye to Bart Scott, Bryan Thomas, Calvin Pace, Matt Slauson and Austin Howard this off-season. If Dustin Keller can finish the season strong and healthy bring him back, as he is a valuable weapon for a quarterback. However, find a strong blocking tight end to pair with him. Bring LaRon Landry back on a long term deal, as long as he stays healthy over the second half of the season.

5 – Speed – The team motto was supposed to be “one step faster” this year but we haven’t seen it. On both sides of the ball the Jets are in desperate need of speed that is properly utilized. This needs to be a major focal point when rebuilding the outside linebacker and running back position.

New York Jets – Who Wants To Make A Trade?

A somewhat serious look at the trade value of players on the New York Jets roster

Perhaps Mike Tannenbaum is burning up the phone lines today before the NFL’s trade deadline in hopes of improving his decrepit roster. Here is a look at the estimated value of some players on the New York Jets who they might like to part with –

Tim Tebow – Backup quarterback who isn’t trusted to throw or run a standard NFL offense/Perpetual media headache/H-Back who can’t catch/Punt protector who can’t block – 

Estimated Value – Conditional 7th round pick, which is sent if Tebow can throw 10 straight 10 yard passes without one-hopping more than half of them or a lock of Blaine Gabbert’s hair. Tannenabum should also consider this if Jaguars owner Shahid Khan agrees to shave his mustache.

Bart Scott – Run stopping linebacker who misses a bunch of tackles and can’t cover a single a skill position player in the NFL/High maintenance in the locker room/Wildly overpaid

Estimated Value – An extra sweater vest for Rex Ryan to wear for December home games.

Calvin Pace – Pass rushing linebacker who can’t get to the quarterback/Prone to foolish statements to the media/Wildly overpaid

Estimated Value – Jamaal Westerman or Marques Murrell…maybe with a Chad Cascadden jersey thrown in if Tannenbaum plays his cards right.

Aaron Maybin – Designated pass rusher who has no pass rushing moves/Gives more quotes to the New York media than any player roster despite playing 5 snaps a game (AKA “Tebow reps”) 

Estimated Value – The leading tackler on the worst team currently in the UFL…is that still a league?

Shonn Greene – Bell Cow who isn’t a top 30 running back in the NFL/Doesn’t know a single juke move/Enjoys running directly into defenders when it is unnecessary

Estimated Value – Rod “He Hate Me” Smart. Cedric Houston.

Kyle Wilson – First round corner who frequently gets beat deep by mediocre receivers and then wags his finger after

Estimated Value – A ticket to the annual Jets/Eagles pre-season game, in the non-PSL seats. “It’s Go Time!”

New York Jets – Five Short Term Solutions

Five short term solutions for the New York Jets so they don’t embarrass themselves the rest of 2012

Five short term solutions for the New York Jets so they don’t embarrass themselves for the rest of the 2012-2013 season. Check back later in the week for five long term solutions, so the Jets can be a competitive team in the AFC in the coming years. 

1 – Use A Sensible Tebow Plan – The type of plan everybody assumed the Jets were going to use this summer. This offense is short on playmakers, particularly in the running game so there is a viable role for Tebow this season. Use him in every short yardage situation out of an empty formation. Let him run option with players that have speed like Jeremy Kerley and Joe McKnight. Lull a defense to sleep with him running a few times and then let him take a shot down the field. Stop lining him up at receiver or H-Back. He has zero value there and you are playing 10 on 11 in those situations. Turn him into your primary second rushing option behind Shonn Greene.

2 – More Jeremy Kerley, More Joe McKnight – Jeremy Kerley needs 8-12 touches on a weekly basis, regardless of whether or not defenses are keying on him. Take a look at how Green Bay uses Randall Cobb. They line him up in the backfield. He is in the slot. He is out wide. He is catching screens, going down the field and taking handoffs or pitches. Kerley should be doing the same thing in this offense. Give him 4-5 carries a week. Give a few wide receiver screens. They will be easy completions for Mark Sanchez and let Kerley make plays in space. As for McKnight, hopefully he gets healthy over the bye week. If he does, McKnight needs to get more carries and become a factor in the screen game, along with taking reps lined up at wide receiver. The Jets must utilize what few players they do have who can make people miss and have speed.

3 – Young and Varied On Defense – We have seen signs of this already but Rex Ryan needs to scrap the 3-4 as his predominant defense. The Jets personnel fits better this year with a 4-3 or 46 look, particularly when Kenrick Ellis returns healthy. At linebacker, the Jets simply can’t afford to keep playing Bryan Thomas major reps and Calvin Pace needs to see his time cutback as well. Give Marcus Dowtin more playing time. Get Antonio Allen in the box for certain looks. Call up Ricky Sapp from the practice squad. In the secondary, give Aaron Berry an extended look on the outside and in the slot. Cut back Kyle Wilson’s reps and cut back any reps that Ellis Lankster is receiving.

4 – Don’t Be Gimmick Shy – The Jets aren’t going to match-up well with many teams over their last eight games so a “kitchen-sink” approach is going to frequently make sense. Don’t shy away from the fake punts. Don’t shy away from Antonio Cromartie on offense. Don’t walk into games thinking you are just going to push teams around and play smash-mouth football because you don’t have the personnel for it.

5. Offensive Line Shuffle – Now is the time to make this switch, so there is extra practice time for the new front five to work together – move Vladimir Ducasse and Jason Smith into the staring line-up and get Matt Slauson and Austin Howard out. No more 1/2 and 1/2 for Slauson and Ducasse. You know he isn’t the long term answer and his level of play is comparable to Ducasse, so give Vlad 8 games here to see if he has any chance of being a long term answer. Howard has been below average all season and also isn’t a long term answer. Smith has first round talent and has been pretty good as an extra tight end. Give him eight games here, see if he could be better than Howard and if could be part of the equation going forward.

New York Jets – 25 Problems And Yes Quarterback Is 1

25 problems the New York Jets have, including the quarterback position

We are going to skip over handing out a report card full of “Fs” today and instead run down all the current problems we see with the New York Jets, yes including the quarterback position. These aren’t listed in any particular order since there are so many –

1. Quarterback – Many people think my defense of Mark Sanchez means I think he is a great or even a very good quarterback. I do not. Sanchez is a serviceable quarterback who you can win with in the NFL if he is surrounded with the proper supporting cast. The Jets have done an awful job developing him and supporting him and are now paying the price. Does anybody else think 3 years from now we’ll be watching Sanchez thrive on another team? If you don’t, you haven’t been a Jets fan long enough.

2. Backup Quarterback – The problem with having a circus at backup quarterback instead of a quarterback who can run your offensive system is that it creates hesitancy to pull an ineffective starter. If the Jets had Jason Campbell as their backup, Sanchez is likely pulled at halftime of the San Francisco game and halftime of yesterday’s game. There’d also be a good chance he’d be the starter coming out of the bye week. Unfortunately, you have a coaching staff who has zero faith in their backup quarterback to run their offense and Rex Ryan knowing if he puts Tebow in on now he might get stuck with him next year at quarterback at the behest of owner Woody Johnson who brought him here in the first place.

3. Rex Ryan – Rex hasn’t had the pulse on this team since the beginning of last season. He allowed the locker room to become divisive and his team has shown up under-prepared and unready to play too frequently. Rex is supposed to be an elite defensive coach and he currently leads one of the league’s worst defenses.

4. Mike Tannenabaum – Can’t really fit all his mistakes into a paragraph and we have been ripping him apart over the past year here enough. He has done a poor job drafting, scouting and in free agency. His team is woefully understaffed on both sides of the ball. He is a numbers/salary cap guy, not a football guy.

5. Woody Johnson – He forced his front office to make Tim Tebow the backup quarterback when they wanted Drew Stanton for the job and seems to be tone deaf in his media appearances about the team.

6. Matt Slauson – Through 8 games hasn’t played like a capable NFL starting guard. He gets pushed around in the running game and isn’t a consistent pass protector. It actually makes sense to give Vladimir Ducasse his job at this point and that says enough about the Jets current guard situation.

7. Austin Howard – Remember the feel good celebrations when he replaced Wayne Hunter? Well according to our trusted friends at Pro Football Focus, Hunter has outplayed him this year. Howard isn’t a capable NFL starting tackle.

8. Brandon Moore – His level of play has continued to slip. Moore cannot consistently protect the quarterback and hasn’t been the same since a hip injury a couple of years ago.

9. Shonn Greene – Not good enough to be the only running back on a run heavy team because of his inability to break big plays and lack of range in the passing game.

10. Stephen Hill – Plenty of long term potential but the Jets put too much on his plate for this season by not pairing him with a proven, low maintenance veteran in the off-season to learn from.

11. Tony Sparano – Has he really been any better than Brian Schottenheimer? The offense seems unorganized and can’t find a rhythm. Does he realize the Jets are playing 10 on 11 when they line up Tebow at wide receiver?

12. Bryan Thomas – Can’t be starting player in the NFL anymore. Can’t rush the quarterback.

13. Calvin Pace – Can’t be starting player in the NFL anymore. Can’t rush the quarterback.

14. Bart Scott – Can’t be starting player in the NFL anymore. Seems to have been replaced, finally.

15. David Harris – Not playing like the Pro-Bowler he is paid to be. Actually has been thoroughly mediocre this season.

16. Muhamamd Wilkerson – He has been good against the run but is he the All-Pro player we heard he’d be all pre-season? Not even close. 1 sack through 8 games.

17. Quinton Coples – 2 sacks and 22 tackles through 8 games. Chandler Jones had 6 sacks, 18 tackles and 3 forced fumbles. Bruce Irvin has 4.5 sacks and 1 forced fumble.

18. Kyle Wilson – Routinely beat down the field. He doesn’t play to the level of a first round pick and probably couldn’t start on most other teams in the NFL.

19, Ellis Lankster/Garrett McIntyre/Eric Smith – Role players who aren’t good enough to be role players.

20. Darrelle Revis – Lost the best cornerback in football to a ACL injury. He has a tricky contract situation approaching that is scary to think about Mike Tannenabum handling.

21. Santonio Holmes – A proven threat but hadn’t been a productive player for over a full season before suffering a serious season ending foot injury.

22. Sione Pouha – Hasn’t been himself all season because of a back injury.

23. Kenrick Ellis – Was proving to be a more than adequate replacement for Pouha but is now hurt himself.

24. Clyde Gates – Is playing major reps on this team and is celebrating first downs in the 4th quarter while his team is down 24 points.

25. Matt Cavanaugh – Not sure where he has ever found success in the NFL as a coach and still remains the Jets quarterback coach.

Feel free to add on to the list in the comments section…