New York Jets Offseason: Build the Offensive Line (For real this time)

Dan Essien examines how the Jets can build their offensive line and take a big step to becoming a contender.

As we wrap up this season of the NFL, it’s a good time to recap the lessons the Jets have to take into next season in order to be successful. One of those lessons is that they have to make a concerted effort to build their offensive line. It’s not a position group that excites the casual fan. But a strong, disciplined offensive line might be the key to the Jets future. Let’s take a look at some of the teams that found success this season and where some team’s broke down to examine how the Jets can move forward.

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New York Jets Coaching Search: Why Mike McCarthy Is Not A Prize

Dan Essien on why Mike McCarthy is not the safe hire he’s being made out to be

There seems to be growing momentum linking Mike McCarthy to the New York Jets vacant head coach position. Many are even saying he should be at the top of the Jets’ list. Let’s take a look at why that sentiment is misleading and why the Jets could do much better. (more…)

New York Jets: Celebrating the Season of Sam

David Aitken on New York Jets fans finally having something to enjoy in the preseason…

David Aitken on why Sam Darnold is the beginning of a sea change for this franchise, and why fans are right to celebrate him as such.

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New York Jets – Defensive Trends: A Pinch of Dan Quinn

Dan Essien breaks down some Dan Quinn inspired defensive looks the Jets can utilize in 2018

In the most recent episode of Buck The Trend, we discussed Jets defensive trends with Chris Nimbley. In the same line of previewing the Jets defense, let’s go over some wrinkles the Jets can use next season. Including how they could take a page out of Dan Quinn’s playbook and put their own spin on it.  Here’s a look at some of the potential looks the Jets could show next season with the front seven.

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Episode 5: NFC East Stock Report

Dan Essien previews the NFC East with a “Stock Report” in episode 5 of Buck The Trend.

Buck The Trend episode 5 previews the 2018 NFL season with a closer look at the NFC East in this week’s “Stock Report.” We look at which direction each team is trending in and give a prediction on how the division will stack up by the end of the season. Don’t forget to subscribe and leave a review on iTunes!

Episode 3 – Freaks and Geeks

NFL wide receivers come in all shapes and sizes. But in today’s league it might really boil down to two types: freaks and geeks. Let’s look at some of the top receivers in our league and see what are the attributes consistent with being successful in the NFL. Also, we’ll discuss the Jets receivers, what categories they fit into and who has the most potential for success.

NFL wide receivers come in all shapes and sizes. But in today’s league it might really boil down to two types: freaks and geeks. Let’s look at some of the top receivers in our league and see what are the attributes consistent with being successful in the NFL. Also, we’ll discuss the Jets receivers, what categories they fit into and who has the most potential for success. 

Listen to further discussion on this topic and more in episode 3 of  BUCK THE TREND below:

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Episode 2 – Solving the Scheme Puzzle

One of the greatest conundrums in the NFL is whether to fit players to your scheme or fit your scheme to your players. These days there’s more a movement towards teams adapting to the players they acquire. But often, particularly in the recent past, teams have passed up on better talent just to add players that fit their scheme better. This week Dalbin Osorio joins the pod to discuss this topic. Listen to our in-depth look at how today’s NFL approaches the scheme dilemma in episode 2 of Buck the Trend below:

One of the greatest conundrums in the NFL is whether to fit players to your scheme or fit your scheme to your players. These days there’s more a movement towards teams adapting to the players they acquire. But often, particularly in the recent past, teams have passed up on better talent just to add players that fit their scheme better.

This week Dalbin Osorio joins the pod to discuss this topic. Listen to our in-depth look at how today’s NFL approaches the scheme dilemma in episode 2 of Buck the Trend below: 

 

 

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!

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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.

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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.

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