Dear Darrelle: It's Not Me, It's You


First a few updates:

1. It is now being widely reported that Tony Richardson will be back with the team sooner, rather than later and is going to play week one against the Ravens. This is great news, as the Jets need his leadership on offense. The Jets exact final 53 headed into the regular season may not be in stone for another day or two. I like the move to sign Patrick Turner, considering his chemistry with Mark Sanchez. However, TOJ will miss David Clowney, who was kind enough to do two interviews with us. Best of luck to the Clown. The depth chart is now updated to its current situation, with the assumption of Richardson returning.

2. My Darrelle Revis story – I spent the weekend visiting a friend out in Long Island. It was my first trip out there and we went to the Hamptons Saturday and Sunday, where TOJ enjoyed being surrounded by Jets fans for a change of pace. Anyway at about 1 AM last night, two of my friends sprinted up to me at the club we were at to break the news, at which point I began jumping up and down and yelling “Darrelle Revis!”. The DJ then cut the music and made the announcement about Revis signing, which led to cheering and countless J-E-T-S chants. I felt like I was in the stadium….I rapidly began texting everyone in my phone, which then quickly died. When I woke up this morning, I checked my friend’s phone to confirm I wasn’t imagining things from the night before and here we are.

Dear Darrelle: It’s Not Me, It’s You

Dear Darrelle:

Remember when I broke things off 5 days ago? …I told you I could have a change of heart if you signed in the next few days, and guess what? I can’t pretend I’m not ecstatic you signed and will be part of the 2010 New York Jets run to a Super Bowl. You can’t blame me for getting mad at you for a bit this August. I want a Super Bowl. Jets fans want a Super Bowl. You weren’t helping the cause but now you are back and I can dust off that #24 jersey and actually picture us stopping teams in 3 wide sets because Dwight Lowery won’t be out there.

I am still worried about you not playing to your 2009 standards after missing all of August. Yet, you have surprised us before. I never thought I’d see Randy Moss, Steve Smith, Andre Johnson, Chad Ochocinco Johnson, and Terrell Owens completely taken out of games by one individual. I guess we will see for ourselves because we are only week out from the Baltimore Ravens on Monday Night Football. Anquan Boldin will be a nice test out of the gate but the real challenge comes in week 2 and week 3.

Randy Moss is in a contract year and you just straight up embarrassed the guy last year, along with calling him lazy in an interview. You think he will be motivated? What about Brandon Marshall in week 3? Actually, he is a head case who has been dropping everything thrown his way in recent so maybe you will be okay then. However, we need you on your game against Moss so we can come after Tom Brady at full force. New England won’t be able to stop anybody this year. They can’t run the ball but I have to admit, their passing game is going to be downright scary in 2010.

Vacation is over, 24. Every time I see a completion on you this season, I am going to get a little mad about this summer but beyond that, we are cool. So, just do what you did last year and we will be fine.


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Darrelle Revis! Whooo

Thoughts On Jets 53 Man Roster…As Of Right Now


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Obviously, there could be some changes in the upcoming days but for now…

The biggest surprises on the final 53

  • CB Brian Jackson – Benefits from the Revis holdout and Rex Ryan’s desire to carry as many corners as possible at all times. He also played well in the final pre-season game.
  • RB Chauncey Washington – A distant longshot when camp started but earned his spot through his tough inside running and solid special teams play.
  • TE Jeff Cumberland – Surprising the Jets carried four tight ends but they clearly love his potential.

Weird Numbers Game

  • The Jets are carrying seven running backs and only four receivers (until Santonio Holmes returns in week five). However, they can do this because Danny Woodhead can play running back and receiver.
  • Four tight ends, as previously mentioned, is somewhat rare.
  • Only six defensive lineman, not too shocking considering the Jets run a 3-4 and how much Ryan loves defensive backs.

Don’t Get Too Comfortable

  • Brian Jackson, Chaucney Washington, and David Clowney could all be victimized by either the end to the Darrelle Revis contract dispute or the return of Santonio Holmes in week five. Also, I’d be surprised if Mike Tannenbaum didn’t find somebody off another roster before the season starts.

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Jets Weekend Video Clips & Roster Observations


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First a brief TOJ schedule update:

  • Saturday – Thoughts on final roster and depth chart
  • Monday – 100 Predictions about the Jets season
  • Tuesday – 2010 NFL Predictions
  • Wednesday – Initial thoughts on Jets/Ravens and week in 1 in NFL
  • Thursday – New TOJ TV/Something else
  • Friday – Jets vs. Ravens Game Breakdown
  • Saturday – Jets vs. Ravens prediction
  • Sunday – Final notes on Jets on Ravens
  • Monday – Thoughts on week one of NFL and final thoughts on Jets/Ravens

Thoughts on the Jets recent round of cuts –

– To be honest, there was absolutely no surprises. The only player I was disappointed to see leave is receiver Larry Taylor. Hopefully, he can stick on the Jets practice squad or get another chance next season. Danny Woodhead and David Clowney are widely being reported as having roster spots locked down. Unfortunately, Joe McKnight will make the 53 man roster because he was a fourth round pick. It will be a damn shame if Chauncey Washington gets bumped off because of the lackadaisical and soft McKnight. Washington is the kind of player who could actually contribute in some situations and fits well with the Jets ground and pound approach. He provides quality depth and showed he can play on special teams. Hopefully, he sticks on the final 53 even if it means the Jets keep six running backs.

Jets Weekend Video Clips

Welcome to the bench, Brandon Jacobs…it’s a hard knock life, right?

Now, Let’s Get Some Snacks

I Hear You, Random Sports Report Girl

Come Back, Leon

What Darrelle Revis Will Be Doing While The Jets Battle For An AFC East and Super Bowl Title

Could We Be Electric Gliding More Than Expected This Year?

Look at LT go…and Rex talking that smack on the field

Outdated, But Still Hysterical

Thank God The Pre-Season Is Over: Jets Beat Eagles 21-17


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I think everybody can sympathize with me when I say “Thank god, the pre-season is over.” It wasn’t the prettiest of games tonight but hear is a quick recap:

Joe McKnight doesn’t deserve a spot on the Jets 53 man roster. He is going to get one because the Jets spent a fourth round pick on him but the guy has been terrible this August, simply terrible. He lost three fumbles, including another one tonight that went back for a touchdown. He doesn’t hit the hole hard and runs timid. The guy is more scared of contact than Kerry Rhodes…no wonder he wears #25. Chauncey Washington ran the football the way it is supposed to be run tonight with 56 tough yards on 12 carries. He earned a spot on this roster. Danny Woodhead added 45 yards and a touchdown. He earned a spot on this roster.

Don’t give me any BS standing up for McKnight either. Go back and watch the highlight of his reaction after he fumbled tonight. Look at the way he didn’t go after the ball and look how he hung his head, this guy has been a disaster. The Jets made an absolute mistake by parting ways with Leon Washington and drafting McKnight.

The numbers aren’t going to show it but Kellen Clemens still looked better than Mark Brunell tonight and I am still adamant in my belief that Clemens should be the number two quarterback.

Great night for Matt Kroul who locked himself down a roster spot with two sacks. Vernon Gholston had another active night and clinched the game with a bone crunching sack. I was also impressed with Brian “King Ugly” Jackson. I don’t know if he can stick on the 53 man roster but he could be a good practice squad candidate. Similar to Jackson, Larry Taylor flashed a few times but is probably destined for the practice squad.

In the end, it wasn’t the most exciting pre-season in Jets history. I am just happy it is over.

Bring on the Ravens.

Jets vs. Eagles "Backup Bowl" – What To Watch For


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1. Mark Brunell is a whopping 5/13 for 23 yards with a lost fumble this pre-season. Why is he the primary backup to Mark Sanchez again? I have said it 1,000 times this August and I will say it again, Kellen Clemens should be the #2. I hope Clemens puts together a final push tonight and claims his rightful spot on the depth chart.

2. Considering the play of Danny Woodhead and Chauncey Washington this pre-season. Is there a chance the Jets might put Joe McKnight on the practice squad? He certainly hasn’t played like he deserves a spot on the 53 man roster and is in desperate need of a strong performance tonight.

3. Larry Taylor and David Clowney will both be battling for one of the final 53 roster spots. Clowney needs to flash on special teams, which he has been inconsistent on this pre-season. Taylor is an easy guy to root for who appears to be a favorite of special teams coordinator Mike Westhoff, which certainly doesn’t hurt his chances.

4. Vernon Gholston is going to get plenty of time tonight, including a good share of the reps at outside linebacker since Calvin Pace, Jason Taylor, and Bryan Thomas won’t be playing. Hopefully, Gholston continues his strong pre-season and can drop Mike Vick a few times.

5. Keep making those field goals, Nick Folk.

6. Santonio Holmes should be running circles around the Eagles backups tonight. Of course, he needs a quarterback who can get the ball into his hands.

7. How about Matt Slauson doesn’t allow a sack tonight? It would go a long way to making all of us feel better about Mark Sanchez’z safety in 2010.

8. I am looking for Jamaal Westerman to make a strong case that he deserves a good chunk of the reps Calvin Pace would play until he returns from injury.

New Episode Coming This Wednesday

TV Critic: Hard Knocks Episode #4


Thoughts on episode #4 of Hard Knocks –

1. You can’t help but feel for Kellen Clemens. The guy never really got a fair shake here in New York. He does deserve to be the number two quarterback this season. Hopefully, he makes one final strong case tomorrow night against the Eagles.

2. Cheeseburgers? C’mon man.

3. The Jets made the right call by keeping Tony Richardson over Laveranues Coles. With this particular team, T-Rich is viewed as one of the key leaders of the offense. Hopefully, Coles gets the chance to come back and contribute a few games after week one. It would be nice to see him grab a few more receptions in green and white.

4. It would easy to say the Jets appear too loose in training camp. However, keep in mind HBO is featuring what is most conducive to television.

5. That episode made me very anxious for week five to get here quickly. I want to see #10 out there in our offense.

6. Get a better GPS, Jason Taylor.

7. Do we really have to see Rex Ryan in a hot tub next week?

8. We got a good glimpse at what complete BS all the Revis rumors were last week.

9. Mike Tannenbaum might be spending too much time snacking with Rex.

10. We get it Rex…you love John Conner.

11. You could see Tannenbaum was a little pissed as he was cutting Kevin O’Connell. He traded for him last year to be the long term #2 quarterback and clearly misevaluated him.

Dear Darrelle: It's Not You, It's Me


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Dear Darrelle:

It has been a good run, buddy. I remember watching you back at Pittsburgh with that ridiculous punt return and keeping my fingers crossed the Jets would draft you in 2007. I knew we weren’t going anywhere with David Barrett, Hank Poteat, and Andre Dyson battling it out for reps at cornerback. When the Jets traded up for you, I wrote a glowing review of the move for MVN, which was probably read by 17 people. I could tell this was the start of something good.

Even though the 2007 Jets were one of the worst teams I ever watched on a weekly basis. It wasn’t hard to see Mike Tannenbaum had got it right by making the move to draft you. I saw your first career NFL interception in person, against the Bills. Yes, you ran into Abram Elam later in the game which let Lee Evans score a game winning 80 yard touchdown but still you put together a great rookie campaign.

You kept heading in the right direction in 2008. You clinched the game against the Dolphins in week one with an interception. You scored your first NFL touchdown when we beat down the Arizona Cardinals. You sealed our improbable late season win against Buffalo with an interception. We might have might melt down because Brett Favre quit on us but at least we had an All-Pro corner.

Photobucket2009? Wow, maybe the best individual season I ever saw a Jets player put together. I argued with people until my face turned blue that you deserved Defensive Player of the Year. Unless you watched every snap of the Jets season, you couldn’t understand just how well you played. Revis Island was no joke. You literally shut everybody down and just kept getting better as the playoffs got rolling. You embarrassed Chad Ochocinco, pulled in a crazy interception against Vincent Jackson. I can’t blame you for the Colts game. I just blame Dwight Lowery, who I now have to watch play major reps in 2010 because you aren’t going to show up.

I had your back early in this contract dispute. I was all for “Pay The Man”…check my twitter history, I swear. Yet, then you had a fake injury in minicamp and sat out a few plays. You can’t be lying to us like that. However, I gave you another chance.

Now, it is September and you are still holding out. Maybe you will still sign before the regular season starts, but I lost my faith in Revis Island. I can’t expect you to be shutting people down after taking the whole summer off. You are probably going to get hurt. Now, I am actually starting think we could see a “Ewing Theory” on the 2010 Jets. Rex Ryan and the rest of this defense is looking to prove they can survive without their best player. I think they can still get the job done.

It isn’t often the Jets are considered a legitimate Super Bowl contender and your holdout is messing with my optimism. It is messing with my universe. I can’t help but hope we start 2-0 and the Jets firmly dig in on their offer and you sit out the entire season, and we go on to win the Super Bowl without you. Then we can ship you off to Tampa Bay or St. Louis where you could wallow in irrelevancy on a terrible team and get all those Nike endorsements taken away.

Maybe, that’s harsh and if you sign in the next week I might be able to give you a second chance. You are hard to get over, #24. I can’t lie. Yet for now, I think we need to take some time off and I need to tuck away my Revis jersey in my drawer behind the old Santana Moss, Chad Pennington, and Jonathan Vilma jersey. I am sorry Revis Island, it’s not you…it’s me.


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Ten Things August Taught Us About The Jets


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Opening night is less than two weeks away for the Jets, who only have to get “The Backup Bowl” out of the way this Thursday against the Eagles before preparation begins for the Baltimore Ravens. Here is ten things the month of August has taught us about the 2010 New York Jets:

1. Darrelle Revis Is A Stubborn SOB – When Revis said he wanted to be the highest paid cornerback in the NFL, he wasn’t playing. With his uncle in his ear, Revis hasn’t budged and appears ready to sit out the entire 2010 season unless the Jets cave in. At this point, even if Revis returns he can’t be expected to play at his 2009 level and has a high chance of getting hurt. I am sorry but getting trained by some random ex high school player in the Pittsburgh area isn’t proper preparation to face Anquan Boldin, Randy Moss, and Brandon Marshall. Revis has successfully turned public Jets opinion nearly 100 percent against him but for some reason I think we’d still see plenty of #24 jerseys week one, if he signs within the next few days.

2. Two For Four – Even though it is too early to place judgements, it appears the Jets went 2/4 in their 2010 draft picks…at least for this season. Kyle Wilson is likely going to be the week one starter at corner and has looked excellent throughout training camp and pre-season. The coaching staff has raved about his work ethic and knowledge of the defense. Fifth round pick John Conner has quickly developed into one of Rex Ryan’s favorite players because he is an absolute battering ram as a lead blocker. He should have a role on the Jets offense this year before taking over as the full time fullback next season. Second round pick Vlad Ducasse was overwhelmed in training camp and likely will spend the entire year on the inactive list unless Matt Slauson can’t handle the job at left guard. Fourth round pick Joe McKnight has looked good on punt returns but beyond that runs timid at running back and can’t hold on to the football. Come back, Leon Washington.

3. Still YoungMark Sanchez improved by leaps and bounds in the playoffs last season, yet judging by the pre-season there are still going to be inconsistencies from him in 2010. I am still confident Sanchez’s stat line will be substantially improved from 2009 but there are still going to be some moments from #6 that make you wince.

Photobucket4. Ground And PoundThe Jets were the league’s number one ranked rushing attack in 2009 and there is a good chance they will repeat in the number one spot in 2010. LaDainian Tomlinson looks motivated to prove he isn’t washed up and has shown a degree explosiveness this August that has surprised everybody. Shonn Greene looks like he is ready to pick up where he left off in the playoffs last season. The Jets may not have the same amount of rushing attempts as they did in 2009 but that doesn’t mean they still won’t be a run heavy offense.

5. Cookie Monster – I don’t know what was in those cookies Kris Jenkins ate all off-season to lose weight but the big fella looks like he is poised to be even more dominant than in 2008. Jenkins is all the way back from his off-season surgery and is moving around better than I have ever seen since he joined the Jets.

6. There May Be Hope Yet For Vernon Gholston – I don’t want to be get excited about anything related to Gholston at this point but the guy put together an impressive August. At the very least, it looks like he will be a quality backup defensive lineman. Hopefully, he can take advantage of the Calvin Pace injury and become a consistent contributor to the Jets pass rush. I am not sure how much time he will see at outside linebacker for the first four weeks or if he should even see any, considering how poorly he played there and how much better he has looked at defensive end.

7. Breakout Year I have consistently said it will be Jerricho Cotchery who will lead the Jets in receptions in 2010. Yet, the amount of times Mark Sanchez has been going to Dustin Keller this August has me contemplating changing my mind. It is feeling like Keller could be on the verge of a 65 reception season, with 6 or 7 touchdowns.

8. What The Folk?The Jets kicking situation might turn out to be okay after all. Nick Folk put together a good training camp and a better pre-season. Hopefully, Mike Westhoff has helped Folk find his 2007 All-Pro form again. While on the topic of kicking, punter Steve Weatherford has been solid all August also.

9. Danny Woodhead Won’t Go Away – It looks like the perpetual long shot will stick on the 53 man roster for the second straight year. Woodhead is versatile enough to play running back and receiver and has the skill set to be a competent special teams player.

10. We Have An Entertaining Team:

Monday Night Jets Roster Thoughts


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A few comments on the recent roster developments…

First off, I can’t say I disagree with the decision to release Laveranues Coles. The Jets are better off giving his roster spot to a young player, who can contribute on special teams. David Clowney is the obvious favorite to stick on the roster as the number five receiver, but don’t be shocked if Danny Woodhead or Larry Taylor bump him off if they can put together strong performances Thursday against Philadelphia.

I am not crazy about keeping four tight ends. Clearly, the Jets are very high on Jeff Cumberland. Yet, why not just stash him on the practice squad this year, let him develop a little more as a blocker and hope he can become the number two tight next year? I can’t see many scenarios when Cumberland will be active on Sundays. I just don’t think he has shown enough this pre-season to merit a spot on the 53 man roster.

It is a wise decision to keep Tony Richardson and John Conner. Let Conner get a full season working off the bench and soaking up as much information as possible from Richardson. The Jets need Richardson’s veteran presence in the huddle. Both of these guys will be active on a weekly basis, while we may not be able to say the same for Joe McKnight.

PhotobucketIt sounds like Kellen Clemens is going to make the final roster, which should have been a no-brainer. Clemens should be the #2 quarterback. Mark Brunell has done absolutely nothing this pre-season. He will get the starting nod this Thursday and if Clemens outplays him again, how could the Jets keep him as the number two quarterback?

I think the Jets can survive without the addition of Adalius Thomas. Yes, it would be nice for depth purposes but I like what I have seen from Jamaal Westerman this pre-season and think he can adequately spell Jason Taylor. I also think, similar to last year, Bryan Thomas can handle most of Pace’s regular responsibilities. We’ll see how Vernon Gholston looks when he drops back to outside linebacker occasionally on Thursday. Yet, I would hate to see the progress he has been making at defensive end go to waste. He has actually looked like he could be a capable part of the line rotation in 2010.


Jets Fans: Take A Deep Breath


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A short and friendly reminder to Jets fans who are quickly losing confidence in their team as a Super Bowl contender:

The games in August don’t count. This is the pre-season. There is no need to even recollect the countless examples of teams having strong pre-seasons and then being terrible or the reverse. Obviously, it would be nice to see Mark Sanchez play a little more consistent and the passing game connect on a few more big plays. Of course, Antonio Cromartie isn’t as good as Darrelle Revis. Yes, it is a big blow that Calvin Pace will miss the first four games.

Yet, I remember Sanchez playing god-awful in a pre-season game against the Baltimore Ravens last year before coming out of the gate on fire, en route to a 3-0 start for the Jets. After that, he started to struggle and then finished the year playing better. The thing about Sanchez is that he is a young quarterback who is going to be inconsistent at times. Hopefully, he will be less inconsistent in 2009 than he was in 2010. Don’t forget the Jets went to the AFC Championship Game with him throwing 12 touchdowns to 20 interceptions, while completing a little over 50 percent of his passes. He won’t be anywhere near that bad this season. The guy clearly has talent but you have to expect some inconsistencies to linger in his second year.

The Jets played four games without Calvin Pace last season and went 3-1. They are now better equipped to deal with his absence because of the Jason Taylor signing and because Vernon Gholston appears to be improved from last year.

Simply put, not having Darrelle Revis sucks. The Jets secondary is going to suffer without him but that doesn’t mean they are going to look like the Giants last year defending the pass, and be allowing 40 points a game. At this point, even if Revis returns he won’t be playing at his 2009 level until the middle of the season, if he doesn’t get hurt before. Revis Island is gone. Don’t expect to see that kind of play until late October, if he actually decides he can stomach playing football for 120 million dollars.

The Jets defense is still going to be very, very good this year. They can still run the football as well as any team in the league. These two things mean the Jets are going to be competitive every week and win more times than they lose, because they still have superior talent to just about all the teams they will face, even without Revis. It is a well-coached, highly motivated team that has quality veteran leadership (Richardson, Cotchery, Leonhard, Scott, Woody, Jenkins,) and plenty of skill spread across the roster.

Take a deep breath Jets fans, August is over and we survived with only key injury and the guy will be back for week 5. September is here and we are still a Super Bowl contender.

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