As we prepare for training camp and the preseason draws near over the next couple of months, a lot of attention will be paid to the numerous roster battles going on. One of the more contested battles is taking place at the wide receiver position. Continue reading “TOJ’s Memo to the New York Jets: Do Not Cut Stephen Hill”
Dalbin Osorio on why you cannot grade John Idzik’s offseason for the New York Jets yet
You are a New York Jets fan, and you have been for some time. Youare used to seeing the team suffer heartbreak. Then, Rex Ryan and Mike Tannenbaum came to Florham Park and changed expectations. For once, it was expected that the Jets, behind an “ancient” philosophy of playing great defense and being able to run the ball, would compete for a Super Bowl…coming one win away from the big game back to back years only fueled that excitement.
Cole Patterson presents his Free Agent Power rankings tailored to the New York Jets
Free Agency is coming. The buzz around the NFL grows by the day and intrepid writers hypothesize the potential moves to be made. These hypotheses are educated guesses based on need, fit, and market value. With that in mind, TOJ presents the Free Agent Power Rankings as tailored to the New York Jets.
If you even dream of beating me you’d better wake up and apologize. -Muhammad Ali
The above quote is from, arguably, the greatest trash talker that has ever lived. It seems apropos to remind people that trash talking your opponent has existed in sports long before the age of social media. Muhammad Ali used to trash talk his opponents when his every quote couldn’t be analyzed in 140 characters, less than 20 seconds after it went viral. Richard Sherman, sadly, doesn’t live in that same time.
In the first episode of TOJ’s Sidelines Series, Staff Writer Dalbin Osorio provides his opinion on the Richie Incognito bullying story.
In this new series from TOJ, we will provide an opinion on an off the field issue taking place in the NFL. These opinions are from the individual authors and not Turn On The Jets as a site. The game we all love is played inside the sidelines 100 yards at a time, but the men standing on the sidelines and their actions are just as important. If there are any topics you’d like to read about from us, don’t hesitate to leave them in the comments. Welcome to Sidelines.
In this age of social media and social networking, the gift and the curse is that you get everyone’s opinions in 140 characters or less right away. Once the facts start pouring in, you’re able to then see people openly backtrack or go full steam ahead because their initial thoughts have now become fact. Twitter, especially, is the world’s largest open mic. It’s you in an empty room with the entire world observing you from above.
What a win. To swing fifteen rounds with the Falcons the way Rex and Geno’s Jets did last night has to give any diehard the hope that John Idzik’s train is moving in the right direction.Now for a sobering truth. This franchise has shocked the world many times before. It’s the game following the upset that often bites the New York Jets.
Mike Donnelly on the similarities between the 2009 New York Jets and this year’s team
In 2010, as the New York Jets were getting started on the most entertaining season of Hard Knocks of all-time, Rex Ryan stood in front of his team and said that the best place for a team to be is up high, where the expectations are great. The year before, the Jets had flown under the radar, surprised a ton of people, and nearly made the Super Bowl, in large part because of Rex Ryan, his coaching, and his ability to motivate his players.
With all due respect to Rex, in retrospect he was wrong about those comments he made on that first episode of Hard Knocks. The best place for a Rex Ryan team to be is where they were heading into 2009 — when nobody believes in them, when everyone is writing them off. Rex is at his best when he can rally his troops by pulling the “Nobody believes in us” card. That worked wonders in 2009 (and the 2010 playoffs, just ask the Patriots), and if you fast forward to 2013, there are an awful lot of comparisons to be made between the two teams. This year’s team has been written off. There are low expectations. The QB position is unsettled and there’s a hungry, underrated defense waiting to be unleashed. While a trip to the AFC title game is unlikely, the blueprint is there for this year’s Jets team to be like they were in ’09. The comparisons are aplenty…
Joe Caporoso on the New York Jets current issues at the wide receiver position
The New York Jets may have a wide receiver problem. You can make an argument they have the weakest group in the NFL. This isn’t an ideal situation when you have a shaky veteran and a rookie battling for the starting quarterback job. Let’s run through the receivers currently on the depth chart and give a realistic assessment of what the team currently has.
Counting down the reasons to be excited about the 2013 New York Jets season…moving away from discussing Jets West
Here at Turn On The Jets, we decided to take a page out of Robert Mays book over at Grantland (a polite way of saying rip his article idea off) by counting down the 115 days until the New York Jets kick off, with a daily reason to get excited about their return. Mays has the whole NFL to work with, we only have the Goddamn Jets…now there is a challenge, step your game up Mays!
We continue today with a look at moving towards the end of discussing JETS WEST (Note, you can track this entire series right here)
Mike Donnelly looks at recent RBs who made a transition from backup to starter on a new team similar to how New York Jets running back Chris Ivory will be
There may not be a lot of optimism amongst Jets fans when it comes to the team’s offense heading into the 2013 season, but if there’s one area where there should be, it is in the new and improved running game headlined by Chris Ivory. Many fans may not be very familiar with the Saints former backup running back, but it won’t take long for him to become a fan favorite once the pads come on and we get to see the violence with which he runs on a regular basis. Much has been written about Ivory around these parts about why there are such high hopes for him, so this article won’t tell you things you should already know. Instead, I’m going to take a look at other running backs since 2000 that have walked the same path that Ivory is about to embark on to get an idea of what we could be looking at in 2013 and beyond. By that, I mean other little used backup running backs on one team who were acquired by another to be the starter.