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.
Does running back Bilal Powell have value for the New York Jets in 2013?
Despite being the New York Jets best running back down the stretch last season, Bilal Powell is frequently the forgotten man when it comes to discussing the running back position in 2013. He isn’t a flashy player and is never going to turn heads with his natural ability but there will be a role for Powell on the 2013 Jets because of his steadiness and versatility.
Mike Donnelly finishes out his 8 rules for a perfect fantasy football league
TJ Rosenthal goes No Huddle on the headlines surrounding the New York Jets heading into July
It will be difficult for the New York Jets not improve on the 2012 season
The 2012 New York Jets were a 6-10 team. There have been plenty of Jets seasons that registered worse records but last year was one of the least enjoyable, if not the least enjoyable season in recent memory.
Mike Donnelly examines the New York Jets offense surrounding the quarterback position
With the first round of Jets OTA’s in the books, the debate on who should be the starting QB come week 1 against Tampa Bay is really heating up. The fanbase is as down on Mark Sanchez as ever, and the vitriol directed towards him has reached monumental proportions. Yes, I am aware of the reasons for this, and whether it is a fumble, an interception, a headband, another interception, a silly quote, or a buttfumble, Sanchez has clearly brought most of this on himself. But while everyone was tracking each and ever pass each quarterback threw during OTA’s and coming up with a snarky joke or hateful comment about one of the passers as quickly as possible, I was focused more on who was on the field with the quarterbacks.