NFL Buck The Trend – The Ultimate Running Back

Daniel Essien with a breakdown of the evolution of the running back position in recent years to kick off TOJ Digital’s new podcast: BUCK THE TREND

Trends in the NFL often start a whisper and eventually turn into a violent scream. So it has been with the evolution of the running back position in recent years. The amount of talent coming into the league at this position has really increased over the last few years. Let’s look at what is different about today’s modern running backs as opposed to the ones entering the league a few years ago. Also, we’ll look at a few examples of how they’re utilized schematically. Lastly, we’ll take a look at the direction of the Jets’ running back depth chart in light of all this.

Listen to further discussion on this topic and more in our new podcast: BUCK THE TREND. Check out episode 1 below and look out soon for the iTunes feed!


New York Jets – Raising Leonard Williams’ Expectations

Daniel Essien breaks down reasonable expectations for New York Jets defensive lineman Leonard Williams in 2018..

New York Jets 2015 1st round selection Leonard Williams has had a mostly positive tenure with the team so far. However, there has been discussion regarding Williams’ production the last few seasons. It’s arguable that he hasn’t played up to the standards of his 6th overall selection. Let’s examine how his play stacks up to his peers and why this year is the time for him to take the next step.


NFL Draft Opinion – Derrius Guice and Failed Culture

Daniel Mosher with thoughts on the NFL’s draft interview process…

Dan Mosher’s brief thoughts on Derrius Guice’s interview at the NFL Scouting Combine, and how the failed culture in the NFL enables discrimination to take place.


New York Jets: Don’t Blame Fans Hoping for the Tank

David Aitken on New York Jets fans opinions about tanking…

The Jets enter this year with arguably the least talented roster they’ve had in the past 20 years. Organizationally they are clearly prioritizing evaluating the youth of the roster over winning. The widely held expectation both in and out of the fan base is the Jets aren’t winning many games this year. How does a fan get enjoyment out of this?


New York Jets: Living and Dying by Maccagnan’s Scouting Background

David Aitken with an analysis of Mike Maccagnan through three years…

Three offseasons in charge of this Jets team, it’s time to dive deep and ask: is Mike Maccagnan showing he can handle this job?

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New York Jets – Success In 2017 Not Dependent On Playoff Appearance

Jake Benaquisto on what should be considered success for the New York Jets in 2017…

For Mike Maccagnan and Todd Bowles, the pressure to succeed in 2017 will be at an all time high after last season’s debacle. With a big offseason likely ahead, some may label this season as “Playoffs or Bust” for the Jets. However, with the team headed toward a complete rebuild, it would be unfair to judge the current regime based solely on wins in 2017. Here are three ways the Jets can succeed next season, even if they do not end up making the playoffs. Continue reading “New York Jets – Success In 2017 Not Dependent On Playoff Appearance”

AFC East – Brady’s Dominance Has No End in Sight

Jake Benaquisto on Tom Brady’s continued dominance of the AFC East and NFL…

At the end of every football season, New York Jets fans such as myself wonder: Is this the year Tom Brady’s age shows and the New England Patriots regress? With Brady turning 40 in August, many could assume that his days as a great quarterback in the league are numbered. However, Super Bowl 51 was a clear indication that #12 will not be going away any time soon. Here is my recap from the Patriots’ performance in the Super Bowl and why it’s evidence that Brady will continue to be one of the league’s best quarterbacks… Continue reading “AFC East – Brady’s Dominance Has No End in Sight”

A Deep Dive On Todd Bowles

David Aitken with a deep dive on New York Jets Head Coach Todd Bowles through two years on the job…

Two years ago, Todd Bowles was the Parcells and Gibbs disciple fresh off being named the league’s best assistant and had just been hand-picked by Super Bowl winning football minds to be the New York Jets new head coach. Two years later, he’s the public target of all Jets fan frustration. What happened? 

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New York Jets: Time Is A Flat Circle

David Aitken on the New York Jets problems being more complex than just a one person issue

For the past decade, the post-Parcells core Jets have followed a similar path: hire a new coach and/or general manager, surpass low expectations in year one, try to build on that fragile success, fail to meet increased expectations, blame someone and fire them. Repeat. And here the Jets are, 3-6 after a 10-6 season, 26-38 the four years prior, and the hot seat is warming up again.

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New York Jets: Is It a Big Deal? Preseason Week 1 Edition

David Aitken breaks down whether certain storylines around the New York Jets are actually a big deal or not

Football is back. They may just be glorified scrimmages, but preseason football sometimes does offer glimpses into future impact players and causes for concern. Of course, there are also plenty of preseason performances that end up seeming meaningless once the real deal begins in September. Each week I’ll grab some of the key talking points from the latest preseason game and argue whether it really is something to be talking about.

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