TOJ's Ten Least Favorite Jets

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First a few updates:

1. The Jets are planning to announce tomorrow they will be returning to Cortland next year for training camp, which was basically already a foregone conclusion. Let’s see if the team finally steps up to get me that press pass and then we will see if me and my 1998 Jeep Sport will be making the 86 hour ride to upstate New York.

2. A decision from Jason Taylor isn’t expected until the middle of this week according to his agent. I am sure the Jets want to get this done before the draft because it will have an impact on their need to add a pass rusher in round one or two. Hopefully, this doesn’t drag out and Taylor just makes up his mind or Bill Belichick finally decides to stop holding Adalius Thomas hostage.

3. Follow Turn On The Jets on Facebook….Because we are only 39 fans away from 300 and Shonn Greene promised me he’d run for 1500 yards this year if we could get 300 by May 1st.

4. Two nice Yankees wins on Saturday and Sunday, while the Mets lost back to back games to the Nationals…things are right in the New York baseball world heading into this week.

5. Who else is fired up for the NBA Playoffs and more of those Kobe/LeBron puppet commercials?

6. Nice win for the Spirits Today (My ACFL touch football team)…32-14 over the Deep Threats. I am proud to say I pulled in 2 touchdowns and was looking like a young Keyshawn Johnson out there.

TOJ’s Ten Least Favorite Players In Jets History

If Jason Taylor ends up signing with the Jets he will quickly become my least favorite person ever to wear a Jets uniform (unless he has 10 sacks this season), along those lines here my ten least favorite Jets in no particular order…

Justin McCariens  – There is nothing like trading a second round pick for a wide receiver who can’t catch the football (insert joke about the Jets just trading for Braylon last year). However, this is different because Braylon is a freak athlete who occasionally rips off a huge play. McCariens was a crappy possession receiver who caused me to shatter my remote control in 2007 when he dropped a game tying touchdown pass from Kellen Clemens against Baltimore, and then had another one bounce off his hands that was intercepted to end the game.

PhotobucketDavid BarrettNobody loved giving a huge cushion, letting a receiver catch a 10 yard stop pattern and then miss the tackle so he gets 25 yards more than old #36. (That’s right David, just let Welker catch that one right in front of you). He was a key part of crappy rotation of corners associated with the Eric Mangini era along with Andre Dyson, Hank Poteat, and Drew Coleman.

Adrien Clarke – Probably just should have paid Pete Kendall his money. Richard Seymour nearly killed Kellen Clemens on the first play of a Jets/Patriots game in 2007 after he blew right by the revolving door of Adrien Clarke.

Brooks Bollinger – The Jets team in 2005 was among the worst I have watched on a weekly basis. You just knew they were going to get the crap kicked out of them every game. I will never forget walking into a Monday Night game against New England late in the season knowing we had absolutely no chance because Brooks Bollinger would be under center for us against Tom Brady.

Curtis Conway – This guy was really supposed to be our number one receiver in 2003? I am extra bitter about Conway because I bought his jersey in what may have arguably been the stupidest purchase of my entire life. To make things even worse the next season I taped “McCariens” over the back of his name, when the Jets released Conway and traded for him….that damn jersey was cursed which I was why I never taped “Keller” over the back of the Conway jersey and just bought a completely new one.

Doug Brien – Is an explanation even necessary?

Doug Jolley – The Jets traded a first round pick for this guy, who managed a whopping 29 catches and 324 yards before being let go the following year. A first round pick for Doug Jolley? Somebody must have lost a bet in the Jets front office.

Mike Nugent – Nothing like spending a second round kick on a slightly below average kicker, who doesn’t have the leg strength to reach the end-zone on kickoffs. Then again I might take Nugent over Nick Folk.

Ty Law – Nothing good ever happened when Law was on the Jets. He joined the team in 2005 and despite having 10 interceptions they went 4-12 and then he joined the team in 2008 when the team was 6-3 and they end up finishing 9-7 and out of the playoffs.

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Turn On The Jets Interview with Tim Layden

First a few updates:

1. I would have to say at this point there is a less than a 10 percent chance of the Jets signing Plaxico Burress or trading for Brandon Marshall. Beyond those two, what other veteran options could they consider at receiver? Marvin Harrison might not be a bad option, regardless of his diminishing skills, he could still be a very competent number 2 receiver.

2. It’s funny how much negative press the Jets inexperienced receivers get, in comparison to all the hype and positive press the Giants inexperienced receivers get. What have Sinorce Moss and Mario Manningham ever done to merit so much optimism? I do think Domenick Hixon and Steve Smith are good players but certainly no better than Jerricho Cotchery and Chansi Stuckey.

3. The only enjoyable part of my daily commute to the PVSC (Passaic Valley Sewage Commission) in Newark, New Jersey (where I am working this summer as a landscaper…yes, a landscaper at the Sewage plant, awesome stuff I know) is I get to pass by the brand new Giants/Jets stadium every day. The new building puts the old one to shame and is going to be great for all NY/NJ football fans.

4. Congratulations to Brooks Bollinger for being drafted in the UFL. It seems just like yesterday he was leading the Jets to a 4-12 record in 2005.

Turn On the Jets Interview with Tim Layden

Tim Layden is a senior writer at Sports Illustrated and recently did a great feature on Rex Ryan, which can be accessed here http://vault.sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1156765/index.htm  . He was kind enough to let me interview him yesterday about Ryan, the Jets, and the AFC East. Here is what we talked about in the first ever interview at TurnOnTheJets.com:

JC: How much of Buddy Ryan do you see in Rex?

TL: I think Rex developed his passion for coaching from watching his father work growing up. There is no question he has alot of Buddy in him, yet it ends at a certain point. Rex’s mother is a very cerebral person and you can see that in Rex also. Unlike his father, Rex is a little more calculating when talking to the media and his players. He has an ability to treat different people in different ways, which is important in the NFL. I think he is also a little more reserved than Buddy and does hold back a little sometimes, in a positive way. I think you will see Rex be more successful as a head coach in the NFL than his father.

JC: When you were talking to the Jets players, did you sense that they are enjoying the switch from Eric Mangini to Rex Ryan? Both guys are obviously polar opposite in terms of how they run their team.

TL: When I was talking to Kris Jenkins, he expressed that he did like Eric Mangini and was okay with the way he ran things but that doesn’t mean he hasn’t enjoyed the new attitude Rex has brought to the Jets. Whenever there is a new head coach, people are going to focus on their positive qualities. Rex is a very likable guy and certainly a players coach so you would expect the players to be excited about him.

Kerry Rhodes admitted he is still adjusting and as I mentioned in the story, is used to holding himself back a little more on the field and with the media but is now learning more emotion is ok. Speaking of Rhodes, I really think he is guy you are going to see flourish in Rex’s system.

Bart Scott also made a good point not to get too carried away with the fun and emotional side of Rex. He noted they had success in Baltimore because of their scheme and execution. Rex is a well prepared, confident guy which leads to the swagger his defenses have. Scott said people don’t spend enough time talking about Ryan’s X’s and O’s and how smart he is when crafting a defensive scheme.

JC: What do you think of the recent comments he made about New England and his back and forth with Channing Crowder?

TL: I think with the Bellicheck ring statement, I mean…what is he supposed to say? Rex is confident in his guys and doesn’t say anything he knows his players won’t hear. He doesn’t want them to be afraid of New England and their past success. He isn’t intimidated by New England and believes he was brought to New York to beat them, not to look up to them. I don’t think it is a condescending statement to the Patriots at all.

In terms of the Crowder stuff, Rex has a great gift for conversation and humor. It is entertaining to listen to him speak and I think all that stuff was very light-hearted and also probably blown out of proportion by people criticizing him.

JC: Do you think Rex and the Jets should be as confident as they are heading into the season?

TL: One thing I know about Ryan is that he has never coached a bad defense. Even when some of those Baltimore teams had injuries, they were still consistent and successful. The Jets defense is going to be good this year, maybe great. I think the confidence is good thing and is rubbing off on the players. Bart Scott was telling me how he can’t wait to play against Tom Brady and New England. He wants to challenge them because he believes they can get to Brady and he wants to see how he will respond to the constant pressure coming off that leg injury.

JC: Switching to some more player specific questions, how does Ryan feel about Mark Sanchez?

TL: Ryan has a good amount of measured excitement about him. He knows he has the talent but understands he still has a ton to learn at this level. He doesn’t want to go too far praising Sanchez, in fear of losing Kellen Clemens, because there is still a chance he could be guy this September. Is Sanchez going to be Matt Ryan or Rex Grossman? I don’t think anybody can answer that yet. It will be tough in New York but Ryan believes Sanchez has the right make up for this city. Remember that Rex wants to win games 17-13 and isn’t going to be asking Sanchez to throw the ball over the field. He just wants him to protect the ball and make a few plays when the opportunity is there.

JC: What did Ryan have to say about Vernon Gholston?

TL: Ryan didn’t talk all that much specifically about Vernon Gholston. I know alot of people are trying to match up Baltimore players to Jets players, comparing Gholston to Terrell Suggs and Kerry Rhodes to Ed Reed but Ryan doesn’t want to do that. A key thing that both Ryan and Bart Scott said about the Jets linebackers is that everybody is going to have the chance to makes plays and it will be hard for the offense to know where the pressure is coming from. In Baltimore, the Ravens funneled everything to Ray Lewis, in this defense it won’t be that way.

JC: One last question, how do see the AFC East shaking out this year?

TL: I guess I would say New England is probably the best team but they aren’t head and shoulders above anybody in this division. Don’t think for a second they are a 14-2 team, that is a group of older guys with some question marks at linebacker and in the secondary and you can’t be 100 percent confident that Brady is going to be back to his old self. I am not confident in Miami repeating their success from last year and honestly think the Jets are probably the second best team right now and will be in the wild-card hunt and the division hunt until late in the year.