Two Weeks In The Life Of The New York Jets

TJ Rosenthal with a look at two weeks in the life of the New York Jets

“I read the news today oh boy..” are the epic words that kick off the Beatles timeless 1967 song “A Day In The Life.” The song’s story, which told the tale of the routines that take place during a typical person’s twenty four cycle, meets a monstrous crashing orchestral cresendo of mayhem during the songs middle. A sound that may best describe the entire past two weeks in the life of the New York Jets. A team that despite being in a three way tie for first place, have gone helmet to helmet lately, with the explosive speed of their own headline grabbing existence

Here’s a look back:

Sept 21: LB Bart Scott has to be held back from Jets Confidential reporter Dan Leberfeld, who took a photo of Scott with a female reporter. Scott, who has boycotted the press for labeling the Jets a circus act prior to training camp, took issue with the photo.

Sept 22: Longtime Jet LB Bryan Thomas is released with the notion that he will be re- signed the following Monday. Thomas is insulted, but remains professional about it.

Sept 23: Jets win a wild 23-20 OT thriller at Miami but Darrelle Revis leaves the game with what many fear is a season ending ACL injury. The game is as crazy as the Jets season has been to date. A stalled offense, an inability to slow down a rookie QB late in the game, and a missed FG by trusted Dolphins K Dan Carpenter leave the Jets just enough room to escape. The win is overshadowed by gloom over the impending doom  of losing the NFL ‘s top corner.

Sept 24: Jets officially announce that Revis is out for the season with a torn ACL in his left knee. Thomas is re-signed, as originally planned by the club.

Sept 26: With Revis out, Jets move RB/KR Joe McKnight to CB. McKnight tells the media he will interpret the switch to defense as a sign that he failed as a RB.

Sept 28: Jets announce they won’t put Revis on season ending IR, in order to hold out for the possibility that he could be back in time for the Super Bowl. Provided the Jets get there and that Revis is somehow up to speed by then.

Sept 30: 49ers blow out the Jets 34-0 at home in a game that the wildcat, the Jets secret summer formation, is used against them. Tim Tebow’s first complete pass goes to TE Dedrick Epps, who then fumbles, gets injured on the play, and is released on Monday. Worse, Santonio Holmes also goes down after a catch on a play that becomes a 51 yard fumble recovery for TD for the Niner defense.

Oct 1: One day after the embarassment at Met Life, Owner Woody Johnson tells Bloomberg TV that if it came down to the Jets having a winning season and Mitt Romney winning the White House “you always have to put your country first.” Johnson is the chairman of Romney’s campaign in New York.

Oct 2: ESPN reports that two people close to Johnson speculate that the owner will push his football people to start Tim Tebow at QB. The sources are, and continue to be unnamed. This on the same day that Johnson’s wife Suzanne unveils her new NFL womens apparel at a Gala event in New York City atended by Mark Sanchez.

Oct 3: A busy day: Holmes, the only proven playmaker the Jets have on offense, is ruled out for the season with a Lisfranc injury to his foot. WR Jason Hill, who as a Jaguar in 2011 called the Jets “overhyped” prior to their matchup with Gang Green, is signed to fill the void. 49ers DB Carlos Rogers tells Sirius XM radio that the Jets defense essentially quit days prior. A charge that Rex Ryan defended by saying his unit was tired by the fourth quarter. Legendary Jets Superfan Fireman Ed calls Holmes “a selfish bastard” on twitter, adding “let’s see how Jets do without the ME guy” who caught 9 balls for 147 yards in saving his team two weeks back. Romney fares well in his first debate against President Obama in Denver, Colorado. Tebow’s old stomping grounds.

Oct 4: Starters WR Stephen Hill and TE Dustin Keller do not practice again, leaving the Jets in danger of rolling out a starting corps of journeyman Chaz Schilens, Jeremy Kerley, and backup TE Jeff Cumberland, to take on the undefeated Houston Texans on Monday Night Football Oct 8. Ryan notes that Sanchez throws just one incompletion at practice earlier.

Now, we ask any team on Earth, to try and top that timeline given the window of days within which all of those events took place. As the late Clash frontman Joe Strummer once plainly and famously said, “the future is unwritten.” God only knows what’s in store next for the ever changing 2012 Jets.

Turn On The Jets Week 5 Roundtable – Jets vs. Texans Match-Ups

The TOJ staff discusses what match-up they are most looking forward to in Jets/Texans

Joe Caporoso – Smart Football vs. Making Money – If the New York Jets are smart they will run a crafty offensive game plan that utilizes trick plays, occasional Tebow use and anything else to avoid playing the Houston defense straight up. If they are stupid and looking to shatter what little confidence Mark Sanchez has left, they will run a standard game plan, hand the ball to Shonn Greene 15 times and drop Sanchez back while he waits for receivers like Clyde Gates to get open. In that scenario, Sanchez is obviously going to struggle, leading to him being benched for next week’s “easy” game against Colts and the ushering in of the Tebow era. We are already hearing chatter about owner Woody Johnson pushing for him to play as it seems the Jets care more about being a money making gimmick than building a successful football team.

Tebow has value on this team, as a runner with occasional passes mixed in. As a full time starting quarterback for the long term? Absolutely not.

Chris Gross – The Jets Run Defense vs. Houston’s Running Attack – New York is coming off their most embarrassing defensive performance in the Rex Ryan era, having allowed 245 yards rushing to 9 different ball carriers in their home blowout to the San Francisco 49ers. For a team that was once proud of stout defense, the Jets seem to have lost their roots. However, after extensive film review, many of New York’s defensive woes are fixable. With the 9th ranked rushing offense coming to town this Monday night, it will be very interesting to see how this unit responds after such a disappointing performance. Will they go in the tank and continue to be pushed around by opposing offenses week in and week out? Or will they find that notorious swagger that propelled them to two consecutive AFC Championship games just a couple seasons ago, by shutting down the two headed monster of Arian Foster and Ben Tate? Monday night will tell us a lot about where this team is headed for the remainder of this season.

Chris Celletti – Matchup: Jets’ run defense vs. Arian Foster/Ben Tate. Rex Ryan’s defense has been completely torn apart so far in 2012, and surprisingly it’s the run defense specifically that has been putrid. The Jets’ have been exposed as an aging,  slow and poor-tackling defense, which does not bode well when you’re trying to stop your opponents’ rushing attacks. On Monday night, the Jets have no chance to beat the Texans if Arian Foster and Ben Tate run wild. If Houston controls field position and time of possession, do you expect the Jets’ offense to do anything positive against Houston’s tough defense, having limited possessions and bad field position? The only way the Jets win is if they’re the ones who can limit Houston’s possessions and win the field position battle. That starts with stopping the ground game, a very tall order for this current Jets’ defense. If Foster has a big day, the Jets will be 2-3 and on the verge of an early season meltdown.

TJ Rosenthal – The matchup we anticipate the most is Mark Sanchez going against the crowd, his own inner demons, and the Texans. All with limited weaponry to aid him. Can Sanchez somehow keep his cool, avoid mistakes and moping, and save his job? After all, we hear the owner, a huge Romney fan by the way, bigger than he is a Jet fan, is rumored to be pushing for Tebow to take his job. If things crash Monday for 6, there will be a new pilot sooner rather than later. Right or wrong, that’s where the Jets are at this moment.

Rob Celletti – Matchup? Do the Jets match up anywhere on the field with the Houston Texans? This game barely feels like a fair fight. The Texans sport an elite rushing attack; the Jets’ answer is the second-worst run defense in the league. Calling the Jet offense anemic would be a compliment; actually, calling it an “offense” is a compliment. Meanwhile, the Texans’ defense is downright ferocious.

So what matchup am I looking forward to this week? Mark Sanchez vs. the bloodthirsty MetLife Stadium crowd? Rex Ryan vs. heartburn? Actually, I’m looking forward to seeing how Bob Malone does. Seriously. Sort of.  The recipe for a major upset in the NFL usually involves most, if not all of the following: mistake-free football, taking advantage of good starting field position, and scores from unexpected places. The Jets’ special teams is the one part of their game that hasn’t been lambasted for the last 10 days, and there’s a reason for that: the unit is capable and well-coached. The only way the Jets are competitive in this game is if they get an otherworldly special teams performance, coupled with some timely (and of course highly unlikely) defensive stops.

New York Jets Week 5 – Early Thoughts On Jets vs. Texans

Early thoughts on the New York Jets week 5 match-up against the Houston Texans

There has been no game since Rex Ryan has taken over the New York Jets where the team has been a larger underdog and rightfully so. The Houston Texans are loaded and are likely the league’s best team, the Jets will be running out their weakest overall roster since the 2007 season. Here are some early thoughts on Jets/Texans – 

1. Dustin Keller and Stephen Hill’s status remains up in the air for this game. If they do not play, you are looking at a top three wide receivers of Jeremy Kerley, Chaz Schilens and Clyde Gates with Jeff Cumberland at tight end. Wow. Needless to say, Tony Sparano is a complete moron if he thinks he can run a traditional offense with that collection of skill players (never-mind Shonn “2.8 YPC” Greene at halfback) and move the ball against Houston’s defense. It is time for a gadget play heavy, Wildcat infused, empty the kitchen sink approach.

I am talking about lining Joe McKnight at wide receiver since he is better at the position than Gates, along with throwing him screen passes and using him in the Wildcat. I am talking about having Tim Tebow running option to either side of the formation with McKnight, Bilal Powell or Jeremy Kerley. I am talking about making sure Kerley, the unit’s most proven playmaker, gets 8-12 touches between receptions and rushes. I am talking about halfback passes, jump passes, reverses and anything else that might catch Houston off guard. Drop in a full series of Tebow here and there. Do something. Just for the love of god, don’t come out and give Shonn Greene 14 carries for 27 yards and hope you can drop Sanchez back while relying on people like Clyde Gates to beat coverage.

2. The Jets 31st ranked rushing defense has to find a way to deal with Arian Foster, Ben Tate and Justin Forsett…three backs that are better than any back on their roster. Memo to Mike Tannenbaum – You need good running backs to Ground and Pound. There is no easy answer here. Try more 4-3 and 46 looks, get Kenrick Ellis in the starting line-up for an injured Sione Pouha and try to force Houston to throw the ball. When they do that, you have to hope Antonio Cromartie is up to the challenge of covering Andre Johnson and that Matt Schaub ignores throwing at Kyle Wilson for sympathy out of how awful he is.

3. The Jets special teams, which has been solid so far this year needs to come up with a few big plays. The only way this game is competitive is if they find ways to manufacture points through the return and kicking game.

4. Monday is really a matter of pride. The Jets have to know the whole country will be watching with glee hoping they get curb-stomped 47-0. Are they going to lay down and let that happen on national television in their own building or are they going to have some respect for themselves as professional athletes? We shall see.

New York Jets Running Out Of Hands To Play

TJ Rosenthal on what solutions remain for the New York Jets

As news of Santonio Holmes reportedly being out for the season hits the twittersphere today, one thing is for certain. The Jets are staring desperation in the face because they gambled too much. Playing roulette senselessly with their roster on offense in a variety of ways since the 2011 season ended. The Jets put way too much faith in younger, unproven players on that side of the ball . This while stubbornly overvaluing the talent level of some slated to be key pieces. The Jets armed themselves with no security against injuries and shoddy play on offense, through any addition of proven veteran backups as well. Some would even say they chose style over substance in one major case too. Now, the Jets have limited ideas left to try, based on who they currently possess. Their schemes have yielded 16 points over the past 33 possessions, and they have few new ways to turn. Many thought the Jets would fail to survive the first five games this season but the truth is, they actually will. Being at worst after next Monday night, just one game back in the AFC East. The sad part though, is that even though they are currently in a three way tie for first, and 2-0 in the division, the mood going forward has rightfully become desperate, when it didn’t have to be .

Many of the Jets senseless rolls of the dice, have now led them spiraling towards a reality that, barring any shotgun wedding signings these next few days, they will be facing the undefeated Texans on Monday night with: a QB fighting for his job and in a fog, no pass rush, the worst run defense in football, a no named receiving corps, and a backfield that averages just 86.5 yards per game. With Darrelle Revis gone and Holmes probably now as well, the road to the playoffs is practically unforeseeable. The Jets could have prepared better.

Here are some of the moves we would’ve avoided:

Signing Tim Tebow, But Not Adding A Top Running Back or Wide Receiver:

Seeing him as a playmaker who could aid a pedestrian run game, create energy and provide clutch plays, we were all for the signing of Tim Tebow back in March. We felt that Mark Sanchez was better and unthreatened at the time anyway, and the Jets would be able to handle the sideshow that comes with “Tebowmania.” After all, they are a franchise built for endless media coverage. Others who disagree, saying the move was solely done to sell tickets, have a right to feel that way too. What neither side of the Tebow debate could predict was, that no quality depth would be added to the WR corps or backfield AFTER he became a Jet

Was Tebow seriously the only major skill position addition the Jets would make in the offseason? Yes. THAT was the most inexcusable part of the Tebow signing to us.

Letting Stephen Hill Start at WR2, Instead of a Proven Veteran:

Braylon Edwards who had great chemistry with Mark Sanchez in 2009-2010 (how many receivers can you say THAT about), was available this summer. So too was Plaxico Burress, who helped the Jets out tremendously in the red zone just last year and to this day, remains unsigned. Plax and the Jets were, and probably still are at odds over some things that took place in 2011, but business is business, right? Not everyone has to love each other all the time.

Terrell Owens. Chad Johnson. Individually, aging headaches in their own right for sure. Neither causing the need to reach for the advil though more than getting goose egged at home has.

All three are certainly servicable and were cheap enough weeks back, to financially have made sense as 4-6 game starters to kick off 2012. Thus allowing Hill some time to grow and get comfortable. What was this dying need to thrust Hill into the starting role, where rough games were bound to happen early as experienced cornerbacks taught him hard lessons about the NFL?

Chaz Schilens, Patrick Turner were on the roster from the start of training camp but they had never proven anything as pros to this point. These two as starters, would have been the same to us as Hill getting the nod. In sum, there were other options aside from chucking a rookie WR not known for receptions, into the fire on a “must win now” team. Those options could have come from the outside.

Wayne Hunter and Shonn Greene: Examples of Overvaluing Your Own Roster

The Jets were steadfast on believing that RT Wayne Hunter would rebound. Shipping Hunter to the Rams after realizing he wouldn’t, and replacing him with Austin Howard, luckily came in the nick of time. Yet didn’t it provide us all with a window into the cocksure mindset of Jets brass, who overshot their view of other positions too? Ones that are REALLY hurting the Jets right now?

Like starting running back for example?

Shonn Greene was, and can still be, a terrific compliment to a rushing attack that is rolling downhill late in games. Buying into the concept that he was the bell cow back who had to be fed 25 plus carries, the way the Jets did heading into the year though, WAS INSANE. Greene gets nicked up too often first off all. Secondly, he doesn’t gain enough yards on his own after he passes the line of scrimmage. Finally, HE HAS ALREADY HAD HIS CHANCE to take over for Thomas Jones as the feature back twice. In both years LT had to take the reigns and bail Greene and the Jets out.

What were the Jets thinking in going with a run heavy approach that featured Greene, with an unproven Bilal Powell, and never used Joe McKnight behind him? This while opting NOT to add to a backfield that originally was slated to carry the offense, with proven guys like Cedric Benson and Ryan Grant who were out there. After productive players like BenJarvus Green-Ellis signed as free agents elsewhere?

Refusing to Add Depth on Offense:

Burress, Owens, Johnson, Benson, Grant. There were others too who may have better equipped the Jets forsome rainy day alternative. Instead, the Jets took a huge uneeded risk in blindly assuming that there would be no need for any plan B. Now as a result, we have to give you plan C:

Our ideas for what can be done, based on the roster as it exists now.

Ideas Anyone?

Before we bring you into the lab of madness let us first acknowledge that without improved play from Sanchez, better tackling, a semblance of a pass rush, and the continued health of the starters on the offensive line, these hairbrained ideas designed to help move the offense along won’t matter. Assuming that the aforementioned areas DO gain some traction, why not try these in addition:

After all, it’s about one thing: Playmakers.

Give Tebow Extended Drives, Not Plays:

We don’t love it either, but do you have a better idea for making plays on a team that will line up Schilens, Kerley and Cumberland a good portion of the time without Holmes, Hill and Keller? We don’t. Let 15 run the wildcat and just do what he does, backyard style. Fist pumping and inaccurate throwing included. Maybe the chains will move after the stadium ground shakes from the energy that this guy brings to a stadium. No one else on the Jets does THAT as well as Tebow. Not even close.

We’re not saying bench Sanchez. We ARE saying use Tebow. If he scores and there is a controversy, so what. We’d rather hear talk about “who should play QB” after a touchdown than after a shutout.

Powell and McKnight Time: 

Stop worrying about fumbles from RB’s 2 and 3 and change the damn backfield depth chart already. The Jets should worry more that Shonn Greene is rushing for 2.8 yards a game again. Constant three and outs are bleeding the Jets to death anyway and have done so for almost two years straight now. One common thread that ties this 20-plus game stretch together is Greene as the primary back. Let’s see if Powell can be shiftier than Greene is, while giving McKnight a shot to finally to get a groove going. One that can yield some big plays on the ground with speed. As much as the Jets seem adamantly against the thought of such a thing.

Add recently acquired Johnathan Grimes to the active roster too. He was behind Foster and Ben Tate in Houston, so maybe some of that Texan running magic has rubbed off on him. As for Greene? Let him sit, wait, and marinate. See if some sideline time adds to some extra yardage the next time he carries the rock. A little anger mixed in with some fatigue on the opposing team’s defense…Perhaps that can help up that paltry ypc average.

Go To A Three (Four) Wide Speed Package:

Jeremy Kerley, Joe McKnight, Clyde Gates: What these three have in common besides owning less than 20 NFL catches combined is foot speed. With Keller and the WR’s injured, and the running backs struggling, how about Tony Sparano creating some sets for the little guys? If one can somehow catch a pass against a LB in a one on one mismatch, then the Jets could wind up with scoring shots in the red zone thanks to one play. Foregoing the constant need for long drives and a plethora of weaponry.

We know these little guys are little known and that McKnight is really a running back, or cornerback or, well, what is he now exactly? All kidding aside, the point is, that there are so few edges the Jets have on paper, that to not consider bunching this group together just seems lazy at this point. Rumor has it that Schilens is also fast for a big guy. We haven’t seen examples of it yet, but if it’s true, then go four wide and add him into the group.

Send some deep and others over the line of scrimmage racing around, while searching for some open space. Together.

Grab Some Free Agents This Week:

The Jets don’t seem to want to grab any vets for offense. Defense, yes. Aaron Berry, welcome to the Jets world. Offense? No. Either that, or they are Alexander Hamilton, and the NFL is Aaron Burr. Quicker draws to the punch.

WR Jabar Gaffney just got signed by Miami as we speak. Burress, Owens and Johnson are still out there. Roy Williams. So is one time star TE Chris Cooley who on one leg, still has to be more agile than Jeff Cumberland has been for the Jets in the passing game. There’s also Kevin Faulk, Chester Taylor. Don’t laugh, you get the get the point. We are not looking for a ten year deal for any of these fellas. Just an ounce of quality over 12 games at low financial risk.

We wish it was done months ago, but with the dearth of healthy proven guys, there still has to be an upside to adding one or a few of these graybeards.

Trader Mike, Take A Shot Downfield

Mike Tannenbaum for all of the blame he will take if this season crashes on the runway, has to get on the phone and at least try. He has pulled last minute moves out of thin air before.

Brett Favre anyone?

Lets assume the Jets GM is giving the trade route a go as we speak. With the Jets WR situation looking so bleak, he should dial up the receiver rich Saints and the receiver deep Eagles first. Maybe there is one to be had for a 2nd round pick.

Tanny should also look around the league for any disgruntled receivers who want out of their situation. There HAS to be a useful player out of this hypothetical group who could be plucked for the right late round pick in exchange.

Let Coples and Davis Play Now:

First round pick Quinton Coples and LB Demario Davis are the future of the Jets defense, but it’s been four games. Let them play more now. Alot of the vets on the front seven are looking slower. Why else have there been so many missed tackles and two hundred thousand yards gained on the ground by opponent RB’s so far? Let the kids play. Do it, and also be willing to accept some rookie mistakes, in exchange for some added motivation, and fresh legs.

Plan D:

The Doomsday Plan:

Plan D’s include starting QB changes.Tebow for Sanchez, even 3rd string QB Greg McElroy for Tebow AND Sanchez (or call that plan E). Cromartie plays both ways, and any other Pop Warner craziness one could imagine. You get where we’re headed.

Plan D is the blueprint designed to be unveiled when all hope for the postseason is lost. Some of these concepts though, could happen if the Jets fall to barely breathing at 2-6 heading into the bye week. Just to keep interest at Met Life stadium.

In Parting…

Players get hurt. Others don’t play well. This happens to every franchise. The Jets could have provided better security for themselves regarding injuries, experience and production way back before the season started. Since they chose not to, they now have to take the scarce proven resources they have, and look to make something of them. The same old plays aren’t working. The same old players aren’t either. It’s time to give alot of unproven NFL players the Jets have and Tim Tebow a shot, and it’s time to alter other parts of the 53 man roster. Which includes offically putting Revis on IR.

The Jets took too many risks with their roster choices on offense for no reason leading up to week one. Now they have to live with it, and take some risks ON the field. While trying to stay afloat in the AFC at the same time. If the season crashes, they may find they’ll have nobody to blame but themselves.

Turn On The Jets Stock Watch – Fire Sale Edition

Mike Donnelly with his weekly Stock Watch. Where everything must go!

At this point there isn’t a whole heck of a lot left to say about the debacle of a game last week against the 49ers that hasn’t already been said by everyone. Sanchez stunk. The run game is crap. The wide receivers wouldn’t even start for the University of Alabama. The tight ends wouldn’t even MAKE the University of Alabama team. The linebackers should be put out to pasture. There is no pass rush. Kyle Wilson is yet another blemish on Mike Tannenbaum’s draft record. Ah yes, Mike Tannenbaum, the General Manager who refused to read my letter to him before the season. Perhaps he should have heeded my advice, because I warned him in that letter that the complete and utter lack of a plan on this team was going to get him fired, and it’s looking like that’s going to be the case. (Crossing my fingers.)

Rather than buy and sell, or more accurately just sell everything from last week’s performance, I’m going to run down the things I’m buying for the rest of the season and what I — and all Jets fans — should be hoping to see from here on out.

BUY: Mark Sanchez start every game – I don’t care how bad he looked last week (and even the most ardent Sanchez supporter would have to say he played poorly), he is the best option for this team at quarterback. Tim Tebow is not the solution long-term so what is the point? Greg McElroy isn’t the answer, unless the question is “Who should be the backup quarterback next season?”. Let’s see if Sanchez can make chicken salad out of chicken you-know-what. His receivers without Holmes are terrible. TERRIBLE. His right tackle is terrible. His tight ends with Keller out are terrible. Actually “terrible” isn’t even a strong enough word for Jeff Cumberland and Dedrick Epps. I’d need to combine several gross words to describe them. They’re terribawfulcrap. The run game is an embarrassment to run games. I wouldn’t even call it a “run game” because what they do isn’t running the ball as much as much as it’s just slowly falling forward each time it’s handed off. The point is, Sanchez has the worst supporting cast around him in the NFL at this point. Let’s see if he can play well despite that and earn the trust of the coaching staff and fan base going forward. I’m still a believer.

BUY: Powell, McKnight, and Grimes at RB – Nobody defended Shonn Greene more than me heading into this season, but it’s over. He’s a complementary back, and it won’t be for the Jets going forward so there’s not much of a point to seeing him plod ahead and fall down for 3 yards over and over. We know what he can do. He’s still a useful player in the right situation, and if the Jets were good still, I’d be saying he should definitely be getting plenty of touches. But the Jets aren’t good. Let’s see if Bilal Powell can be next season’s starter. Let’s FINALLY see what Joe McKnight can do — on offense, not as a cornerback. And let’s see if this Jonathan Grimes character off the Texans practice squad can offer anything at all. Why not, right?

BUY: Hill, Kerley, Schilens at WR – Could this be considered a “good” group of WR’s? No of course not. That’s a laughable thought. It’s probably the worst group in the NFL. But there certainly isn’t much of a point to bringing in Terrell Owens or Plaxico Burress is there? Could a guy like Plax help this team go from a 5 win team to a 6 win team? Perhaps, but in the long run that hurts us. Let the young guys play and hope they improve enough to be reliable contributors next season, especially Hill. It’s a good thing Mike Tannenbaum loaded this roster with #4 receivers though, isn’t it? Any time you can give your starting QB two #4 receivers, a solid slot guy, and a #142 tight end to throw to, you do it and wait for the wins to pile up!

BUY: Vlad Ducasse at Guard – Gulp. Yes, I said it. If the team is going to pretend Vlad Ducasse is a real NFL player and hope none of us notice, then let’s freaking see it. Throw the big oaf out there and let’s see if he can manage to not get any of his teammates killed. And if he trips and falls over Jeff Cumberland and knocks him out a few weeks, then at least we can say Vlad finally contributed to the team.

BUY: Quinton Coples – !!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yes, I know it’s a novel concept, but let’s play our first round pick who just happens to be our ONLY threat as a pass rusher up front. Last week the Jets had 3 pressures, which sadly is not a misprint. Anyway, Coples had 2 of them in limited action. Let’s see more 4-man fronts, and I don’t want to hear about how Coples struggles against the run for two reasons. 1) I don’t even think that’s true, and 2) Even if it is true, are Calvin Pace, Bryan Thomas, and Garrett McIntyre doing ANYTHING out there that would make you think they deserve snaps? Speaking of which..

BUY: Aaron Maybin – Same logic as with Coples, really. He can rush the passer, which the Jets seem to be allergic to. And sure he sucks against the run, but here’s the thing: SO DOES EVERYONE ELSE! Who cares? Maybe he’ll manage to create some havoc and get into the backfield for a change. And if he doesn’t, there’s really not much difference than the other guys.

BUY: Demario Davis at LB – It sure would be nice to see a linebacker who doesn’t need a sun dial to time his 40 yard dash, wouldn’t it? I know I’ve used that joke before, but I will continue to do so until it isn’t relevant to the Jets roster. The linebackers are ssslllloooooowwwww. If it was 1988, then having all these big, slow as crap linebackers would probably be a good thing. But it’s not 1988, and it’s definitely not a good thing.

BUY: Aaron Berry at CB – Kyle Wilson sucks. I was hoping against hope that it wasn’t true, but it is. The guy looks like he has absolutely no clue what he’s doing out there. And after watching him finger-wag Mario Manningham last week after getting absolutely torched repeatedly, he makes me think he’s the worst kind of suck too. He legitimately thinks he’s good and has a major false sense of accomplishment. Considering he’ll be out of the league in 2 years, I hope he saved up some of that big bag of money that Mike Tannenbaum gave him. Aaron Berry is a horrible human being, but he was a pretty solid cornerback for Detroit and likely will help more as a nickel back between Revis and Cromartie than Wilson ever did.

BUY: A high draft pick – Sadly, it’s looking like the team that was oh-so-close just two years ago is completely shot. The team needed to be re-tooled over the past two offseasons at several key positions like linebacker, offensive line, and running back, but it never happened. Draft busts like Kyle Wilson, Vlad Duacasse, and pretty much all the running backs that Tannenbaum loves collecting have been useless. There is no depth, no talent on offense, little talent on defense, and our star player in Darrelle Revis is injured. As a fan, it’s impossible to root against the Jets when they play on Sundays, but it wouldn’t be the end of the world if this ends in 5-11 or something like that. Tannenbaum will likely be canned, veterans like Pace and Scott and their big contracts with be purged, and things will look much different next year. Hopefully all these injuries and subpar performances land us a really high draft pick for the first time since 2008 so even our pathetic scouting department can’t mess it up.

Oh wait, that year we drafted Vernon Gholston. We are doomed.

New York Jets – Look Towards Future At Wide Receiver

The New York Jets can’t make a knee jerk reaction at wide receiver

There are unconfirmed reports that New York Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes is out for the season with a foot injury. Even if the news proves to be untrue, it is unrealistic to expect Holmes back before December considering how long his medical results are taking to be announced. This news has led many Jets fans to throw out names in desperation knee jerk reactions –

Plaxico Burress? It isn’t happening. Burress was a disaster scene in the Jets locker room last season. The team not bringing him back goes beyond being concerned about Mark Sanchez’s feelings as some have suggested. Burress was problematic for the whole offense. There is a reason he hasn’t been signed by anybody yet and has literally worked out for one team since the season ended. Outside of the off the field issues, he can’t get separation anymore. His skill set is not worth the headache. People go crazy about his 8 touchdowns last year. I have news for you 3 came in one game against San Diego, two came in garbage time, one against Oakland and one against Philadelphia. You take away the Chargers game, he had 3 meaningful touchdowns in 15 games.

Chad Ochocinco? Terrell Owens? Neither player is worth the side show. There is no reason for a long paragraph since neither is capable of being a productive NFL receiver at this point of their career.

It is time to face the reality that the New York Jets roster needs to be completely rebuilt. Why not start now? If you acquire a wide receiver, go trade for a young receiver with long term upside. A type of player like James Jones, who the Jets should have traded for this off-season but now might not be able to be had because of how productive he has been and because of Greg Jennings injury problems.

The other option is to let the young players play. You drafted Stephen Hill in the 2nd round. No, he isn’t ready to be a full time NFL receiver yet but you might as well give him those reps now and let him work through the mistakes. He needs to be your opening day starter in 2013 or you wasted another 2nd round pick, just like you did with Vladimir Ducasse and Kellen Clemens. Jeremy Kerley is a very talented slot receiver, figure out the best way to use him and make sure he is ready to fulfill his potential next season in the slot and as a rushing option.

Chaz Schilens has looked good in limited duty through four games. Play him and maybe he gives you a productive season. Now you have another option heading into next year, now you are building depth on your roster. Bring 7th round pick Jordan White back and let him play 20 plays a game, maybe he develops…maybe he doesn’t but at least you are giving reps to one of your rookie draft picks and not a 37 year old veteran with no future.

Don’t dump money away. You have needs all over the field to fill next off-season. Let your draft picks play and hope they fulfill their potential.