New York Jets: What Does More Moore Mean?

What does Tom Moore’s “promotion” mean for the New York Jets offense the rest of the year?

The talk of this week has been the decision of the New York Jets to keep offensive consultant Tom Moore with the team full time the rest of the season. Moore had originally been working part time, only occasionally showing up for practices and games, including an appearance in the booth last week versus Washington.

As you would expect, the coaching staff and players talk in reverential terms of Moore’s presence and the speculation is swarming about Brian Schottenheimer’s job security.

What should we really make of this decision?

Personally, I think this is simply an all hands on deck situation. The Jets need to run the table, so why not make sure you are going to get the absolute most out of all your assets? At this point of the year, Moore won’t be touching any of the play-calling duties. You don’t switch the chain of command like that at this point. However, you hope that he is playing a more active part in constructing the game plan and designing specific plays to help jumpstart the Jets passing game, particularly by getting better use out of tight end Dustin Keller.

For the long term, it is hard to get a read on Schottenheimer’s job status. We all know his contract runs for two more seasons but that certainly doesn’t mean the Jets can’t fire him. If this team doesn’t make the playoffs, they are going to need shake something up and Schottenheimer is the sensible fall guy. I don’t think Moore is taking over as a full time coordinator at this point of his career but he could weigh in on the hiring process while remaining in a consultant role.

For the immediate future, I would hope to see more Dustin Keller and better creativity in certain situations (maybe some more down field shots) but ultimately this is stil Schottenheimer’s offense, so expect the same inconsistencies and frustrations.

TOJ Week 14 NFL Picks – Extended Edition

TOJ with his week 14 NFL Picks…an extended edition, with a rant for Giants fans

Last Week: 5-10 (yikes)

Season Record: 94-90-5

  • A very important update. Last week a bitter Giants fan who couldn’t stomach some good-natured trash talk about his team’s 4 game losing streak pointed out that between week 10 and 11, the numbers on my season picks were incorrect. After he took the time to organize photographic evidence, it does appear to be true. I accidentally typed a “5” instead of a “6” in front of my losses one week. The number is corrected now. Contrary to some thinking out there from the previously mentioned bitter Giants fan, there was no conspiracy to enhance my record, which is ultimately meaningless, just a simple typo. Why this individual decided to wait until his team lost their fourth straight game to mention this random typo, when he could have mentioned it in our comments section or Facebook Page or Twitter account in the prior 4 weeks is beyond me. So I apologize to anybody out there who was feverishly tracking my record for any reason. There is no grassy knoll assassin, just a typo.

While on the topic of Giants fans, as the trash talking heats up in the holiday season with both teams fighting for their playoff lives and a Christmas Eve showdown on the horizon —

Why do they love referring back to Denver loss? Isn’t it less embarrassing to lose to Tebow on the road on a 3 day week, who is blessed by God and is 6-1 as a starter, than to lose at home to Vince Young and Charlie Whitehurst in the same year?

You want to criticize Rex for making guarantees he hasn’t kept. Fair enough, but know your team does the same thing. Antrel Rolle guaranteed the playoffs last year and they didn’t make it. He did it again this year and the Giants are 6-6.

The Giants haven’t won a game in 32 days.

We can only hope as the trash talks picks up in the coming weeks. People keep it to the teams, and don’t make it personal, although we are anticipating plenty of holidays being ruined at MetLife Stadium on Christmas Eve.

On the to picks…

Pittsburgh (-14.5) vs. Cleveland – Too important for Pittsburgh to slip up…

Indianapolis (16.5) vs. Baltimore – The Colts will lose, but I give them the cover.

Houston (+3) vs. Cincinnati – Considering the direction these two teams have been trending.

Green Bay (12.5) vs. Oakland – 13-0.

Kansas City (+10) vs. Jets – Not comfortable giving the Jets double digits.

Tennessee (+4.5) vs. New Orleans – Jets fans sweat out a scary tight win for the Saints.

Miami (-3) vs. Philadelphia – Two teams going in different directions.

New England (-9.5) vs. Washington – Line should be higher.

Carolina (+3) vs. Atlanta – Upset written all over it.

Arizona (+4.5) vs. San Francisco – They are due for a let-down, right?

Denver (-4) vs. Chicago – One step closer to AFC West title.

San Diego (-7) vs. Buffalo – #BillsMafia

Dallas (-3) vs. Giants – 5 in a row…

Seattle (-5.5) vs. St. Louis – This is really a Monday night game?

Tampa Bay (PK) vs. Jacksonville – zzzz

Minnesota (+8) vs. Detroit – The Lions woes continue.

Ten Preliminary Thoughts On Jets vs. Chiefs

Ten preliminary thoughts on the New York Jets week 14 match-up with the Kansas City Chiefs

Ten preliminary thoughts on the New York Jets week 14 match-up with the Kansas City Chiefs, which is once again…a do or die game.

1. Kansas City’s offense is bad…bad enough to make you appreciate the New York Jets offense. They have averaged 7, yes 7, points over the last 5 games and that includes a touchdown on a Hail Mary. Tyler Palko is about as good as a poor man’s Brooks Bollinger. This is the type of game where Rex Ryan needs to send the house early and often to force some turnovers.

2. Kansas City does have an ability to run the football a little bit. Jackie Battle and Dexter McCluster are having okay years. Former New York Jet Thomas Jones is struggling, averaging only 3 yards per carry.

3. Dwayne Bowe is their top target in the passing game but Darrelle Revis should be able handle to him. If there is any type of receiver who gives Revis problems, it is quick ones who run very precise routes. Bowe is far from that.

4. The Chiefs do have a very respectable defense. They have a creative 3-4 scheme, led Tamba Hali who has already racked up 8 sacks this season. First round pick Justin Houston (remember his name from pre-draft speculation?) exploded with 3 sacks last week after a slow start. Brandon Flowers is a very good corner, who will probably be matched up with Santonio Holmes.

5. Besides the Chiefs coaching staff, who is full of ex-Jets. How about these names? Jon McGraw plays for them at safety and Anthony Becht is on the roster at tight end. Talk about long lost crappy ex-Jets.

6. If Joe McKnight doesn’t suit up, look for Antonio Cromartie on kick return and for Bilal Powell to be active. I wouldn’t expect Powell to get any work on offense though, unless LaDainian Tomlinson leaves early with an injury.

7. Very quietly the Jets are 5-1 at home this year. Could there finally be some kind of advantage developing at MetLife Stadium?

8. You would hope for once, the Jets don’t have to play an ugly, down to the wire game that will require last minute heroics. This is their “easiest” game left by far. Sunday is a time to get a lopsided win and build some confidence heading into more challenging opponents.

9. This is supposed to be Shonn Greene’s time of the year and it is hard to see him not getting at least 20 carries this week. He has only had one 100 yard game this season. There couldn’t be a better time for number two.

10. I would love to see what this team could do in a game that they didn’t muff a punt or kickoff.

TOJ Week 14 NFL Power Rankings

TOJ with his NFL power rankings after three-fourths of the season

Your NFL Power Rankings, three quarters of the way through the season. Please feel free to discuss my idiocy in great detail in the comment section or on theTwitter and Facebook page –

1. Green Bay Packers (12-0) – It is fair to say that they should go 16-0 at this point. It was unbelievable how quick they went down the field for that winning field goal on Sunday.

2. Baltimore Ravens (9-3) – If they could handle subpar competition, they’d be 12-0. Their three losses have come to Jacksonville, Seattle, and Tennessee.

3. New Orleans Saints (9-3) – I am vaulting them over San Francisco because of how dominant they looked the past two weeks against potential playoff teams in the NFC.

4. San Francisco 49ers (10-2) – They should roll to the number two seed.

5. Pittsburgh Steelers (9-3) – Looking like the number five seed unless the Ravens slip-up.

6. New England Patriots (9-3) – Don’t be surprised if they finish 13-3.

7. Houston Texans (9-3) – Their defense and running game is good enough to carry them to a AFC South title with T.J. Yates under center.

8. Denver Broncos (7-5) – I keep thinking the next week will be the one when Denver finally gets burnt in a close game but it hasn’t happened yet.

9. New York Jets (7-5) – Too high? Look at the 7-5 teams below them.

10. Oakland Raiders (7-5) – Was getting obliterated by the Dolphins an aberration or the sign of a late season meltdown?

11. Dallas Cowboys (7-5) – An absolutely brutal loss to Arizona, means the NFC East is going to be a dogfight.

12. New York Giants (6-6) – There is some pride in losing to Green Bay only by 3, but a loss to Dallas this weekend would be their fifth straight and could be a nail in the coffin to their season, then again a win puts them in the driver’s seat for the NFC East.

13. Atlanta Falcons (7-5) – It has been a disappointing season for Atlanta but if they beat the teams they should, they will end up in the playoffs.

14. Chicago Bears (7-5) I put them below Atlanta out of anger for Brett Favre rumors starting again.

15. Cincinnati Bengals (7-5) – A humbling loss in Pittsburgh shows the injuries may be too much for this young team to overcome.

16. Tennessee Titans (7-5) – If Chris Johnson is really back, they could be very dangerous down the stretch.

17. Detroit Lions (7-5) – Undisciplined and dirty.

18. Miami Dolphins (4-8) – Imagine if they had won some of those close games early in the year.

19. Seattle Seahawks (5-7) – Sneakily not really that bad of a team.

20. Arizona Cardinals (5-7) – See above.

21. San Diego Chargers (5-7) – Philip Rivers looked like himself for the first time this season last night.

22. Kansas City Chiefs (5-7) – A good defense keeps them competitive, despite Tyler Palko.

23. Buffalo Bills (5-7) – It feels like a hundred years ago that they were the feel good story of the NFL.

24. Philadelphia Eagles (4-8) – A very different 4-8 than the Miami team they are facing this week.

25. Carolina Panthers (4-8) – They are going to give Atlanta everything they can handle this week.

26. Washington Redskins (4-8) – I guess you can’t win with Rex Grossman under center.

27. Cleveland Browns (4-8) – The most boring team in football?

28. Jacksonville Jaguars (3-9) – They shouldn’t be allowed on prime-time for another few years.

29. Tampa Bay Bucs (4-8) – What a disappointing year for the “youngry” Bucs.

30. Minnesota (2-10) – Well Percy Harvin is pretty good…

31. St. Louis Rams (2-10) – Maybe they are the most boring team in football.

32. Indianapolis Colts (0-12) – It is fair to say that they should go 0-16 at this point.

New York Jets Need Shonn Greene Now More Than Ever

TOJ on the importance of Shonn Greene continuing to assert himself as a true lead back down the stretch

Shonn Greene still has not truly asserted himself as a full time lead back for the New York Jets, yet he is slowly moving in that direction. His continued movement in that direction will go a long way to determining whether or not this football team will make the playoffs.

Greene has taken slack for not being durable but so far he has missed only 3 quarters of football this season and is currently playing effectively through a rib injury. LaDainian Tomlinson is banged up with knee issues and Joe McKnight has a hyperextended elbow. Rookie running back Bilal Powell didn’t look ready to be a contributor when he received a chance earlier in the year. Without question, it is looking like the Jets are going to need Greene to carry the load like the lead back they talked him up to be all off-season.

Against Washington, he finished with 88 yards on 22 carries with 3 touchdowns and also added 3 receptions for 26 yards, including a huge third down conversion late in the game. Greene has quietly improved substantially as a receiver, pulling in 23 catches so far this year.

This past Sunday was the fifth time in six games that he averaged at least four yards per carry as he continued a career trend of improving as it gets deeper in the season. We all know the Jets offense thrives when they are working off a power rushing attack. It will be Greene who has to answer that call with 18-22 carries each week now with Tomlinson and McKnight’s health being a question mark.

A strong finish will go a long way to the Jets deciding to commit to Greene long term as their number one back, instead of exploring other options via free agency or the draft. Greene is carrying both his future with the team and their playoff hopes in these next four games.

Jets vs. Redskins: 12 Pack Of Predictions

TOJ with 12 predictions for Jets/Redskins

The 12 pack is marching towards the playoffs (hopefully)…here are 12 predictions for the Jets do or die game in Washington:

1. Roy Helu is going to run for more yards than Shonn Greene.

2. LaDainain Tomlinson will have a big impact in his return to the Jets line-up, with four receptions and 60 total yards of offense. He will also get back in the end-zone.

3. Aaron Maybin will record his sixth sack of the season and force another fumble.

4. Brian Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan will lead a pass rush that will sack Mark Sanchez at least twice.

5. Darrelle Revis will have an interception. Rex Grossman will be sacked at least twice and turn the ball over at least twice.

6. Plaxico Burress will score yet another touchdown.

7. The Jets will NOT turn the ball over on special teams…finally.

8. Fred Davis will have a big game for Washington and score a touchdown.

9. Jeremy Kerley will be active in his return to the line-up, with a big punt return and three receptions.

10. Mark Sanchez will have at least one turnover and throw less than 30 passes.

11. Santonio Holmes will lead the Jets in receiving yards, finishing with over 70.

12. The Jets will win, an ugly, sloppy low-scoring game, 17-14. This one will come down to a late Nick Folk field goal.

TOJ Week 13 NFL Picks

TOJ with his week 13 NFL picks. Who are your best bets?

Last Week: 8-5

Season Record: 89-70-5

Week 13 Picks

  • Seattle (+3) vs. Philadelphia
  • Buffalo (-2.5) vs. Tennessee
  • Chicago (-7) vs. Kansas City
  • Miami (-2.5) vs. Oakland
  • Pittsburgh (-7) vs. Cincinnati
  • Cleveland (+7) vs. Baltimore
  • Washington (+4) vs. Jets
  • Atlanta (-3.5) vs. Houston
  • New Orleans (-9.5) vs. Detroit
  • Minnesota (PK) vs. Denver
  • San Francisco (-14) vs. St. Louis
  • Dallas (-6) vs. Arizona
  • Green Bay (-8) vs. Giants
  • New England (-20) vs. Indianapolis
  • Jacksonville (+4.5) vs. San Diego

Ten Preliminary Thoughts On Jets vs. Redskins

Ten preliminary thoughts on the New York Jets chances against the Washington Redskins in week 13

Ten preliminary thoughts on the New York Jets/Washington Redskins week 13 match-up —

1. The Washington pass rush has the potential to give the Jets offensive line fits. They have the third most sacks in the league, led by Brian Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan. This is the type of game that could leave Jets fans cursing Wayne Hunter yet again. However, let’s at least hope D’Brickashaw Ferguson can break out of his slump as he has struggled heavily in recent weeks against Denver and New England.

2. Fred Davis leads the Redskins in receiving and the Jets defense under Rex Ryan has struggled to stop tight ends. They must be smarter than just letting Jim Leonhard or Eric Smith single him up. It will be a long day if the coaching staff is that naive in their belief of their safety’s coverage abilities.

3. You would think Darrelle Revis will be raring for a big time comeback game. The Redskins top wide receiver is Jabar Gaffney, who actually had some success against Revis last year as a member of the Broncos.

4. LaDainian Tomlinson is expected back this Sunday. It will be interesting to see the division of carries between Shonn Greene, Joe McKnight, and Tomlinson. The Jets must get McKnight more looks, particularly in the screen game. Tomlinson should be able to spell Greene occasionally on the inside carries, especially since Greene is dealing with a rib injury.

5. Antonio Cromartie will have the opportunity to see a player just like himself on the other side of the field Sunday, with DeAngelo Hall lining up for the Redskins. Which cornerback will make the most bonehead plays…or which one will actually step up to make a play, like they are supposed to be getting paid for?

6. What quarterback isn’t going to kill their team with turnovers? I think that could end up being the deciding factor this week. We know both Rex Grossman and Mark Sanchez are capable of producing turnovers in bundles, particularly when they are going against solid defenses.

7. I don’t buy any talk of the Jets being favorites in this game or certainly of this being an “easy” win. I think this will be an ugly, low-scoring dog fight in a somewhat hostile environment. This won’t come easy and either will any other games on the Jets schedule.

8. I would like to see what the Jets can do if they avoid a killer special teams turnover. Jeremy Kerley will be back and should be splitting punt return duties with Jim Leonhard.

9. It is on Brian Schottenheimer and Sanchez to make sure Dustin Keller remains involved in the offense. If he can get on a roll, the Jets offense will be that much harder to stop. The Jets have never lost a game in which Keller has scored a touchdown.

10. I am worried about Roy Helu gashing the Jets defense on the edges and in the screen game. Calvin Pace needs a big game. Marcus Dixon and Ropati Pitoitua must step up to fill in for Mike DeVito.

Thoughts On The NFL Playoff Picture

TOJ breaks down the NFL playoff picture heading into week 13

A look at the NFL playoff picture with only five games remaining in the season…

AFC

  1. Houston (8-3)
  2. New England (8-3)
  3. Baltimore (8-3)
  4. Oakland (7-4)
  5. Pittsburgh (8-3)
  6. Cincinnati (7-4)
  7. Denver (6-5)
  8. Jets (6-5)
  9. Tennessee (6-5)

I don’t think anybody in their right mind expects Houston to stick around as the top seed or even get a first round bye with the carousel of T.J. Yates, Kellen Clemens, and Jake Delhomme at quarterback. However, they should hold on for their division title and probably even the number three seed. What a dream match-up that would be for the number six seed (certainly if it happens to be our Jets). Considering their tie-breaker advantage and how the remaining schedules look, Baltimore should win the AFC North with Pittsburgh taking the top wild-card seed. The battle for last wild-card spot should go down to the wire. The Jets have the advantage in terms of schedule, but Cincinnati is a better team right now and Denver has God on their side.

NFC

  1. Green Bay (11-0)
  2. San Francisco (9-2)
  3. New Orleans (8-3)
  4. Dallas (7-4)
  5. Chicago (7-4)
  6. Atlanta (7-4)
  7. Detroit (7-4)
  8. Giants (6-5)

I would expect the top four seeds to remain the same, just based on schedule and how those teams are trending. Atlanta is the favorite to get at least one wild-card spot as they should finish at a minimum of 10-6 with a remaining schedule of: Houston, Carolina, Jacksonville, New Orleans and Atlanta. The Giants look to be free-falling as usual. Even without Jay Cutler, Chicago should be able to reach 10 wins with Minnesota, Seattle, and Kansas City still on the schedule. Detroit still has to play New Orleans and Green Bay and looks to be falling off.

TOJ Tuesday Afternoon New York Jets Link Dump

TOJ with updates on Plaxico Burress, Mike DeVito, Emmanuel Cook, Mark Sanchez, MetLife Stadium and more

Green Lantern with some deserved praise for Plaxico Burress

Burress is quickly becoming one of the most popular players on the team because he is one of the few players who has been improving down the stretch. He has already earned his contract by catching seven touchdowns and it is hard to see the Jets not making a strong push to bring him back next year. He has clearly matured from his time in prison and remains a clutch player on the field.

Jim Leonhard on fans booing Mark Sanchez during introductions

This has inspired a good debate on Twitter. I tend to agree with @RobCelletti in that fans have every right to boo poor play on the field during the game, but booing your starting quarterback during introductions is uncalled for. Obviously paying fans have a right to express themselves in how they see fit but all you are doing is contributing to the ugly stereotype of Jets fans. If you are booing Mark Sanchez when he is called out to start, don’t cheer for him when he throws a game winning touchdown. Like many others, I am tired of hearing the Jets don’t have a homefield advantage because of their stadium. A stadium is a building. It is the fans who make a homefield advantage. I have seen Jets fans rise to the occasion against New England in 2009 and 2010, they just need to be more consistent.. like their team.

Why was Mark Sanchez so angry?

My best guess is that he was fired up after throwing a game winning touchdown after being booed in his own stadium and got emotional (in an angry way) on the sideline.

Emmanuel Cook released and replaced by Tracy Wilson

This does give the vibe of a sketchy situation. A few notorious rumor mongers out there are saying there was an altercation involving Cook and special teams coach Mike Westhoff. Considering Cook’s personality that doesn’t seem to make sense. He has interviewed with us here before at TOJ and we have reached out to him about the situation.

Injury Updates

Mike DeVito isn’t going to play this Sunday, which is a big loss. Fortunately, Marcus Dixon and Ropati Pitoitua have shown themselves more than capable of filling in. Jeremy Kerley is expected back, giving the Jets another guy who can hopefully avoid muffing punts. Shonn Greene is banged up with his rib injury but is expected to play, just look for more work for Joe McKnight and LaDainian Tomlinson who will be back.