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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Jets Need Big Season From #25

First a few updates:

1. A shorter Saturday post today since news is a little slow until practices pick up again this week and the Thomas Jones/Leon Washington watch can begin. Mark Sanchez should also be feeling a little pressure this week to improve on his first week struggles, and by a little, i mean only a little…it’s just OTAs.

2. How about LeBron last night?

3. A few things to think about when you are wondering why the Jets have issues with depth and may have struggled in recent years, since 2004 they have: traded a first round pick for Doug Jolley, traded a second round pick for Justin McCariens, spent a second round pick on Mike Nugent, and spent a second round pick on Justin Miller…owch.

Jets Need Big Season From #25

Arguably the most important part of Rex Ryan’s defense the past few years in Baltimore has been the Hall of Fame level play of safety Ed Reed. Reed is a one of a kind player and it isn’t fair to expect anybody on the Jets to match his level of play, but the Jets do have one of the highest paid safeties in the league who Ryan has expressed a desire to turn into “a New York version of #20 (Reed).” Kerry Rhodes had a monster year in 2006, followed by another strong season in 2007, prompting the Jets to give him a huge contract since he appeared to be on the path of being a perennial pro-bowler. Yet, last season was a disappointing one for Rhodes, who struggled to make an impact in Eric Mangini’s increasingly conservative system.

It is hard to assign too much blame to Mangini because he was in charge of the team in 2006, which was Rhodes’ break out year. Bob Sutton was also the defensive coordinator for the past three years, so if you want to blame those two coaches for Rhodes struggles in 2008, they deserve at least some credit for his success in 2006-2007.

During the 2006 season, Rhodes was robbed of pro-bowl and all-pro recognition. He finished the season with 98 tackles, 13 passes defensed, 5 sacks, 3 forced fumbles, and 4 interceptions for the 10-6 playoff-bound Jets. Rhodes was constantly making game changing plays, especially in the opposing team’s backfield. In 2007, Rhodes dropped off slightly but still had a productive season. He finished with 67 tackles, 10 passes defensed, 2 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, 1 touchdown, and 5 interceptions. The decline in his production didn’t really get noticed since the Jets tanked to a 4-12 record, thanks mostly to a weak offensive line and inconsistent quarterback play.

In 2008, Rhodes level of play decreased even further. He did jump up to 84 tackles but only had 5 passes defensed, 1 sack, 0 forced fumbles, and 2 interceptions. Many people believed Eric Mangini/Bob Sutton weren’t being aggressive enough with him, but regardless some of the blame must still fall on Rhodes for having a such a major drop off in production the past two years from his 2006 season.

The Jets signed Jim Leonhard from Baltimore to give Rhodes a partner at safety who is comfortable with Rex Ryan’s system and who excelled at playing alongside Ed Reed last year. Ryan is going to let Rhodes be aggressive and be in a position to make plays, similar to Reed. Nobody expects Rhodes to match Reed’s overall production but if he can get somewhat near his 2006 numbers, the Jets defense is going to be that much better.