Early Off-Season Concerns For Jets & Draft Updates

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First a few updates:

1. I am sick of snow and I am sick of schoolwork. I am caught in the middle of a hellacious week, which saw my laptop break, an all-nighter to finish a paper that died with my laptop, a 50 dollar parking ticket at Lehigh because I parked in a spot 6 minutes earlier than I was supposed to, and an amusement park like ride back into New Jersey this morning because of the snow. I was basically playing Mario Kart the entire drive home down 78 and 287, getting hit by green turtle shells and driving over the banana peels…great stuff. Regardless, it was worth it because I couldn’t take another weekend in Pennsylvania….and yes, my friends and I will continue playing Mario Kart in person tomorrow when we attempt to drive to Boston for the weekend to see our long lost friend who moved up there 7 months ago.

2. Speaking of Boston, I saw Shutter Island last night…wow, great movie. 4 Stars. 2 Thumbs Up. Awesome stuff.

Photobucket3. Thoughts On Lost Season 6 Episode 5 “The Lighthouse” – I am a little biased with this review because I am a big Jack fan. The guy gets nothing but crap from writers (by making him a complete wreck the past 2 seasons) and the fans, except everybody forgets he saved everybody’s life about 8 times in Season 1, 2, and 3. Beyond that, nobody yells more for unnecessary reasons and looks weirder doing it than Matthew Fox (see the video below). It is always entertaining television, whether Jack is chasing down Thai women, popping Oxycontin, driving around his crappy brown jeep, or deciding to blow up the island because he can’t close the damn deal with Kate. Regardless, I liked Tuesday’s episode. We bounced between deadbeat Dad off-island Jack, and angry smashing mirrors on-island Jack. The off-island story caught me off-guard. It is clear some things are now radically different in these people’s lives because of what they did in 1977 (like Jack now having a son). It was nice to see Jack finally break his family tradition of overbearing, terrible parenting by the end of the episode. On the island, the whole crazy Claire plot seemed a little off to me but we’ll see where it goes. The lighthouse was an interesting concept, as a way for Jacob to monitor all his candidates. When Jacob going to show up to somebody besides Hurley, by the way?

4. A big thank you to www.thejetsblog.com for recently linking a bunch of my articles. It has provided a big spike in hits. They are the best in the business.

A Final Plea to Keep Thomas Jones and Other Thoughts

I normally don’t like writing these all over the place, update type articles like my post on Tuesday and today’s but there has been alot going on with the Jets this week, and I want to keep up and get my thoughts out there on all the issues. Beyond that, I haven’t had the time to sit down and come up with a good topic for a full length article like my recent Pulitzer level writing on why the Jets should keep Thomas Jones, why they don’t need a receiver, and why they should bring Kerry Rhodes back.

– The talk about Thomas Jones being potentially released has heated up recently, especially after LaDanian Tomlinson was let go. We know that Drew Rosenhaus and the Jets are sitting down this week in an attempt to work something out.  Most people still seem to be assuming nothing will get done and the Jets will let him go. I have been broken a record about this, but the Jets should just pay Jones his money. We saw last year how important depth is at the running back position, especially with how often the Jets run the football. If the Jets can convince Jones that he won’t get a big deal on the market because of his age and how he faded down the stretch last year (which is probably the case) and get him to come back for less, than good for them but I doubt that happens. Most people aren’t in the business of taking pay cuts after rushing for 1400 yards and scoring 14 touchdowns. Jones is valuable in the locker room, in goal-line/short yardage, and yes is still good enough to be a key part of the Jets offense next season.

– The story on the Jets kicking situation is that they basically low-balled Jay Feely, and despite wanting to be back with the team next year, he will see if he could get a bigger deal on the free agent market. Hopefully, in the end nobody is willing to pay him Sea-Bass money and he works something out with the team, if not Nick Folk is going to be the death of the Jets in close games next season.

– The Jets added offensive tackle Michael Turkovich, who was an undrafted free agent out of Notre Dame picked up by the Cowboys last year. He hurt his knee and never saw any time in 2009, but he could be an interesting project for Bill Callahan at 6’5, 300 pounds. The Jets also recently tried out two journeyman fullbacks, Anthony Cotrone and Jonathan Evans. I hope Tony Richardson finds his way back on to the team next year. The Jets can’t sleep on the value of guys like Feely, Richardson, and Marques Douglas (who they are planning to let test the FA marker). All three of them were key contributors last season and I don’t count Nick Folk, Anthony Cortrone, or Travis LaBoy as potential adequate replacements.

Photobucket– A word on all the Nnamdi Asomugha talk…I just don’t see it happening. I don’t see him taking a sizable pay cut to join the Jets and I don’t see the Jets giving up multiple draft picks to get him. It is a scary good thought to have the two best corners in the NFL on our team, but similar to both LeBron and Bosh joining the Knicksnext year, I won’t believe it until I see it. Dunta Robinson could be a more realistic option.

– Draft Talk – Tim Graham of ESPN collected a group of pre-combine mock drafts, including ones from Mel Kiper Jr, Todd McShay, Don Banks, Bucky Brooks, Chris Burke, Richard Lines, Rob Rang, Chad Reuter, Allen Wilson:

  • Kiper – Dan Williams
  • McShay – Arrelious Benn
  • Banks – Damian Williams
  • Brooks – Kyle Wilson
  • Burke – Kyle Wilson
  • Lines – Kyle Wilson
  • Rang – Damian Williams
  • Reuter – Kyle Wilson
  • Wilson – Carlos Dunlap

Alot of love for Kyle Wilson, who I also like alot for the Jets at number 29. Damian Williams would be an exciting addition but if you are a regular reader of this site, you know how I feel about the Jets adding a receiver in the first round.

– The Fanball Mock Draft is rolling along and we are quickly approaching the Turn on The Jets pick, here is where we are at right now:

THE BIG BOARD

1) St. Louis Rams – Will Horton (RamsHerd.com) – Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska

2) Detroit Lions– Josh Pung (RoarOfTheLions.com) – Gerald McCoy, DT, Oklahoma

3) Tampa Bay Bucs – Eric Schmidt (WhatTheBucs.com) – Eric Berry, S, Tennessee

4) Washington Redskins– Ryan Estroninos (PaintItRedskins.com) – Russell Okung, OT, Oklahoma State

5) Kansas City Chiefs – (ChiefsChatter.com) – Joe Haden, CB, Florida

6) Seattle Seahawks– Jay Flannelly (FlockOfSeahawks.com) – Brandon Graham, LB, Michigan

7) Cleveland Browns – Ward Peterson (GridironBrownies.com) – Jimmy Clausen, QB, Notre Dame

8) Oakland Raiders – Stu Rosenberg (RaidersRadar.com) – Rolando McClain, LB, Alabama

9) Buffalo Bills – Jon Munoz (BillsHerd.com) – Bruce Campbell, OT, Maryland

10a) Chicago Bears(Chicago’s pick goes to Denver) – Ismael Seguban (BearsHibernation.com, WHAT CHICAGO WOULD HAVE DONE) – Dez Bryant, WR, Oklahoma State

10b) Denver Broncos – Bryan Douglass (BroncosStable.com, DENVER’S PICK) – Mike Iupati, OG, Idaho

11) Jacksonville Jaguars – Nate Bruce (TealPower.com) – Jason Pierre-Paul, DE, South Florida

12) Miami Dolphins– Josh Baumgard (BlogWithAPorpoise.com) – Dez Bryant, WR, Oklahoma State

13) San Francisco 49ers – Josh Russell (NinersNuggets.com) – CJ Spiller, RB, Clemson

14) Denver Broncos– TO SEATTLE – Jay Flannelly (FlockOfSeahawks.com) – Anthony Davis, OT, Rutgers

15) New York Giants – Mike Farley (GmenDen.com) – Derrick Morgan, DE, Georgia Tech

16a) Carolina Panthers(Carolina’s pick goes to San Francisco) – James Dator (RealBitsOfPanthers.com, WHAT THE PANTHERS WOULD HAVE DONE) – Arrelious Benn, WR/TE, Illinois

16b) San Francisco 49ers– Dana Whipple (NinersNuggets.com) – Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma

17) Tennessee Titans– Brian Munson (HonkyTonkTitans.com) – Carlos Dunlap, DE, Florida

18) Pittsburgh Steelers – Dan Stack (SteelersMill.com) – Bryan Bulaga, OT, Iowa

19) Atlanta Falcons– Mike Luchessi (DirtyBirdBlog.com) – Taylor Mays, S, USC

20) Houston Texans– Mike Kerns (DontMessWithTexans.com) – Dan Williams, DT, Tennessee

21) Cincinnati Bengals– Mike Norrod (BengalsJaw.com) – Jermaine Gresham, TE, Oklahoma

22) New England Patriots– Tim Magoon (PatsChowder.com) – Sergio Kindle, LB, Texas

23) Green Bay Packers – Adam Burnett (PackingCheese.com)

24) Philadelphia Eagles – Joe Burt (EaglesHaveLanded.com)

25) Baltimore Ravens – Kevin Hanson (FootBaltimore.com)

26) Arizona Cardinals – Hunter Ansley (DesertFlock.com)

27) Dallas Cowboys – Don Potts (RespectTheStar.com)

28) San Diego Chargers – Anthony Blake (ChargingBolts.com)

29) New York Jets– Joe Caporoso (TurnOnTheJets.com)

30) Minnesota Vikings – Eric Thompson – (VikingsThrone.com)

31) Indianapolis Colts – Brooks Busch (ColtsChatter.com)

32) New Orleans Saints – Mark Hooper (WhoDatBlog.com)

Any thoughts or suggestions?

Tuesday Thoughts On Jets/NFL Free Agency

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1. What the Folk? The Jets signed former Cowboys kicker Nick Folk to a one year deal today, which means they are going to let Jay Feely test the free agent market. Simply put, Folk was terrible last season. The guy was 5/12 on kicks between 40-49 yards and missed a big 23 yarder in a late season game against the Saints. I understand the Jets might be hoping that Feely picks up a decent deal with another team, giving them some flexibility to sign a free agent at another position, but isn’t this a big risk? The style of football the Jets play is conducive to a high amount of field goal attempts and a high amount of close games. Can the Jets really rely on Folk in a big spot next year?

2. The Jets hosted free agent defensive end Travis LaBoy yesterday. LaBoy sat out the ’09 season but prior to that was a decent pass rusher for both the Titans and Cardinals. He is only 28 and the Jets aren’t limited by any “final four” restrictions to sign him because he was released and isn’t a true UFA. He could be worth a shot, he has 23.5 career sacks and has started 32 games, which puts Vernon Gholston’s numbers to shame. He is only 250 pounds, so he would likely be a situational pass rusher on the Jets defense.

3. It also being reported that the Jets are going to let Marques Douglas hit the open market on March 5th, and then look to re-sign him, if he isn’t offered a big deal anywhere else. I hope Douglas ends up back next season, he was an underrated and valuable part of the Jets defense last year.

4. LaDanian Tomlinson and Brian Westbrook have both been released. Westbrook obviously has some serious injury concerns if the Eagles let him go. We all saw how washed up Tomlinson was in the playoffs last year, maybe the Patriots will sign him and then he could join Fred Taylor and Sammy Morris on the inactive list with injuries for 10 games next year.

Photobucket5. Some people on the Jets ESPN Message Board disagreed with my thoughts about the Jets not really needing a receiver that badly. They made some valid points about the importance of having a quality slot guy to aid in Sanchez’s development and questioned whether Keller could be counted on as a consistent third option in the passing game. However, I am still not sure how many looks a #3 receiver is going to get in the Jets offense. Nobody in the NFL is anywhere near running the ball as much as the Jets do, are we going to spend a first round pick on a guy who is going to have 1 ball thrown his way a game? If the value doesn’t match the Jets need at corner or defensive line at number 29, I’d rather see them trade back than take a receiver, unless it is a guy the scouting department is convinced is a “must-get” or steal at 29. I wouldn’t have thought the Jets should be trading multiple picks to move up to grab a running back last year, but it turned out to be the right move. If they feel strong enough about a WR at 29, than you have to stick to your draft board. It will be interesting to see who is available at that point however because there seems to be a wide range of opinions on who the best receivers in this year’s draft are and what order they should be taken in.

6. I continue to be surprised by how many people believe the Jets should just let Thomas Jones go. Again, with how run heavy the Jets offense is, isn’t it a major risk to rely on Leon Washington (coming off major surgery) and Shonn Greene, who has never been a #1 back for an entire season and had some injury issues of his own last year. Jones isn’t going to be a 1400 yard back next year, but that doesn’t mean he can’t contribute and add necessary depth, leadership, and intangibles.

7. I am interested to see if the Jets allow Leon Washington to return kicks next season. Brad Smith did a decent job last year and I would rather save Leon’s touches for the offense. The Jets completely lacked a screen game last year, after being successful with it in 2008. Sanchez’s completion percentage will improve with a reliable pass catching running back, and more screen passes called.

8. The Jets are going to have a big hole to fill, if Tony Richardson decides to retire. Hopefully, T-Rich decides to give it another year. He showed no signs of decline last season and I am not sure Jason Davis is ready to step into the job full time.

I Can’t Believe Somebody Actually Made This Video…I Hate Cowboys Fans

2009 Evaluations: The Quarterbacks

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First a few…or actually alot of updates:

1. I would have wrote my normal article yesterday but my three friends from college decided to visit in the middle week for whatever reason, so instead of doing school work, blogging, and eating…my normal activities during the week, I ended up drinking, playing NBA Jam and NBA Jam related drinking games, and continuing my reign as our group of friend’s best beer pong player. Anyway, I have some catching up to do.

2. Mark Sanchez had his knee surgery yesterday and according to him everything went well…can you hear the collective sigh of relief from Jets fans everywhere? He is expected back in time for training camp.

3. The Jets worked out former Cowboys kicker Nick Folk. I had Folk last year for a little while in fantasy and let me tell you…he was terrible. I understand Jay Feely is a free agent and might be asking for a little too much money, especially since Oakland just paid Sebastian Janikowski like he was a franchise quarterback, but a team like the Jets can’t deal with a downgrade from Jay Feely to Nick “What The” Folk. I am already having nightmares about him missing 34 yard field goals in New England next year.

4. The Jets are likely headed back to Cortland for training camp next year.

5. Some delayed links that I promised: (http://southfloridajetsfanclub.wetpaint.com), check out Rob Nacarano’s site and stop by www.Thon.org to see some quality charity work being done by my fellow PVSC landscaper and other PSU students.

6. Follow Turn On The Jets on facebook…I am happy to say we finally cracked 200 fans and now currently sit at 203…Now I want 300.

Photobucket7. Thoughts On Lost Season 6 Episode 4 “The Substitute” – A nice improvement from last week’s episode, “The Substitute” was a Locke-centric episode with an intriguing alternate timeline story and even better action on the island. First in the alternate reality, Locke has much a different personality. He no longer believes in destiny or miracles and seems like he is somewhat happy with his life. I enjoyed all the cross-overs with other characters (Hurley, Rose, Ben) but I am starting to wonder when the characters are going to become conscious of their history/whatever you want to call it on the island. As much as I enjoy watching Ben and Locke teach junior high school, I need to start seeing some connection to the other storyline. On the island, we got some answers and hell of alot more questions. Who is that weird kid with the bloody arms chasing around the Man in Black? Why does the Man In Black want Richard’s support? When was the Man In Black…actually a man and not the smoke monster? I thought the numbers in the cave was obviously a cool scene, but what a hell of a commute Jacob has to make every time he wants to write somebody’s name down…get some paper man. I am not sure I believe half the stuff the Man In Black told Sawyer and I am pretty sure Sawyer is looking to con him.

8. Now that the Cavs acquired Antawan Jamison…get ready for the Cleveland/L.A. series we were denied last year. By the way, the Knicks actually did something somewhat smart by getting Tracy McGrady because they are now going to be able to clear some serious cap space next season.

2009 Evaluations: The Quarterbacks 

Mark Sanchez
 
Stat Line: 196/364, 2444 yards, 12 TDs, 20 INTs, 53.8 completion percentage, 63.0 QB Rating (41/68, 539 yards, 4 TDs, 2 INTs, 60.3 completion percentage, 92.7 QB Rating in playoffs)
 
The Good: You can see the vast improvement in Sanchez’s regular season numbers to postseason numbers, which is obviously a good sign. Despite his inconsistencies, Sanchez showed he has the talent to be a very good NFL quarterback in his rookie season, whether it was during his terrific three game start, both regular season games against Miami, or during the Jets playoff run, the “it” factor the Jets drafted him for is there. Even though he was a rookie, he appeared to quickly gain the respect of his teammates as a leader on offense. Sanchez showed good mobility and a consistent ability to throw the ball well on the run. He can throw all the necessary passes in a NFL offense and has great touch/accuracy on his deep balls.
 
The Bad: Inconsistent. Sanchez was awful at times during his rookie season, mostly as a result of poor decision making and attempts to force plays when there was nothing there. He needs to improve in the 2 minute drill and his accuracy/decision making in the short/intermediate passing game. Occasionally, Sanchez tends to lock on a receiver and not look off defensive backs. He needs to learn better ball protection skills when he is in the pocket and scrambling. Also, he has to improve his sliding skills. No more hot dogs on the sideline and no more index cards at post game press conferences.
 
Best Moments: Played a great game in both the wild-card round and the AFC Championship Game…Made a clutch third down touchdown pass in the Jets Divisional Round win…Improved his play during the stretch run of the regular season by being more careful with the football.
 
Overall Grade (C+/B-) The regular season stats aren’t pretty. Yet, Sanchez found a way to get the Jets into the playoffs as a rookie and most importantly elevated his game in the post-season.
 
Kellen Clemens
 
Stat Line: 13/26, 125 yards, 62.3 QB Rating
 
The Good: He managed not to lose the game when he had to start against Tampa Bay and step in during the second half of the Buffalo game. Clemens provided a good mentor to Sanchez and never is a problem in the locker room or with the media.
 
The Bad: He lost yet another quarterback battle. He could barely get out of his own way against the Bills when he relieved Sanchez. He looked like he has regressed from a couple of years ago during his start against the Bucs.
 
Best Moments: Getting a win against Tampa…Taking a knee against the Bengals after the Jets clinched a playoff spot.
 
Overall Grade (C-) I don’t have any confidence in him as a starter, if he had to step in for an extended period of time.
 
Erik Ainge/Kevin O’Connell
 
Comments: Ainge looked pretty good in the pre-season and could be a long term answer as the team’s #2 quarterback. The Jets must think O’Connell has some type of potential since they held on to him all season.

2009 Evaluations: The Coaching Staff

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First a few updates:

1. A little background on the network wide mock draft we are about to kick off:

An introduction message from Bryan Douglass, Managing Editor of the Fanball Sports Network:
 

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The 2009 season is in the books and the football universe has turned their eyes towards tomorrow. The Fanball Sports Network has put their first NFL season in the books as well and, like the faithful fans they support, our correspondents emerge with a desire to keep that momentum moving forward.
 
With that in mind and with the 2010 NFL Scouting Combinelurking in the distance, we have brought the group together for the launch of our talent evaluation season marked by the first annual Fanball Sports Network NFL Mock Draft.
 
Each of the team correspondents from our NFL family will take the reins of their particular franchises as we construct our own version of the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft… and for those of you in Chicago and Charlotte, while the fates have pushed you out of that moment of glory this season, we will not let you go without. ALL of our correspondents will be taking part as those teams relinquishing first-round selections will offer thoughts on what their teams may have done.
 
To enhance the experience we’ve opened multiple avenues for you to follow our progress.
 
Each selection will be announced and our progress will be updated throughout on a unique thread at RotoJunkie.com, the preeminent sports community on the net and the home of Fanball’s message-board mavens, and we would like to invite each and every one of you to comment, question, debate, and lobby for your NFL hopefuls right there in the thread with us. We’ve asked all of our correspondents to track that thread and if you have questions or thoughts to share, we’ll make sure the boys are there to answer.
 
That’s not all… during the draft our correspondents will be offering brief commentary following their selections at RotoJunkie.com. However, you will also find an adjoining link attached to those selections on the thread. Those links will steer you back to our blogs where you will find extended commentary and analysis on those selections. Our correspondents have worked hard to give you thoughtful insights from the local scene throughout the season and we’re looking to step up our game for our first-ever NFL mock draft. You’ll find that extra effort on each of our blogs following each selection, and you’ll have quick and convenient access to those offerings through our draft thread at RotoJunkie.com. We want to thank you for your support over this, our first year on the sports blog scene, and we keep that appreciation going by inviting you to enjoy this mock draft with us. Come check out the discussion at RotoJunkie, hit up the blogs to read what your team’s correspondent is thinking, and let us know what you think.
 
Enough is enough… let’s get to it. Will Horton from RamsHerd.com will kick us off shortly with the first pick on behalf of the St. Louis Rams. Follow us on RotoJunkie HERE and make sure you hit up the links for extended analysis on each pick.
 
Thanks for tuning in, and enjoy.
 
(And here is a link for that “HERE” to the RotoJunkie thread…
 
So there you go..
2. How awful was the dunk contest last night? LeBron better step up and take part next season or they might as well shut the thing down.
3. The Jets signed nine players to future/reserve contracts: FS Brannon Condren, WR Britt Davis, FB Jason Davis, T Dan Gay, WR Marcus Henry, DT Matt Kroul, C Michael Parenton, LS Tanner Purdum, and DT Tyler Steinkuhler. Britt Davis flashed a little during training camp last year and could be a guy to keep an eye on at receiver. Jason Davis could be a factor if  Tony Richardson decides to retire.
4. Follow Turn On The Jets on facebook.
 
2009 Evaluations: The Coaching Staff
 
Over the course of the next few weeks, Turn On The Jets will be going through the roster evaluating how each position performed this past season, starting today with the coaching staff:
 
Head Coach, Rex Ryan
 

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The Good: Ryan provided a much needed change of scenery and attitude from the previous three years of Eric Mangini. His confidence and swagger trickled down to the team, excited the fan base, and created a buzz around the Jets that normally doesn’t exist. The defense finished the season ranked as the league’s #1 overall unit and Ryan’s “ground and pound” coaching strategy gave the Jets a definite identity. His presence helped recruit Bart Scott, Jim Leonhard, and Marques Douglas to the roster, all of whom turned into valuable contributors. The players genuinely seem to love playing for him.
 
The Bad: Ryan’s emotional personality led to a few embarrassing moments, including him proclaiming the Jets out of the playoffs before they really were and him giving the middle-finger to a group of Miami fans who were harassing him (although it is hard to blame him, since they spit on him). In the first two-thirds of the season, he focused too much on the defense and acted more like a coordinator than a head coach by giving too much autonomy to Brian Schottenheimer and Mike Westhoff. His confidence in his defense, led to some poor time management decisions, most notably at the end of the Miami Monday night game.
 
Best Decisions: Taking a more hands approach with the offense after the Jets fell to 4-6, from that point on the Jets went 7-2…Deciding to bench Kerry Rhodes, which sent a message to the team and led to better play from him down the stretch…Naming Mark Sanchez the starter…Making Sanchez sit out against the Bucs, to avoid further injury and make sure he could play down the stretch.
 
Overall Grade: (A-) The bottom line is that Ryan, a rookie head coach, took a team with a rookie quarterback to the AFC Championship Game. He also mastered the New York media and was able to change his coaching style mid-season (by getting more involved with the offense). It was a great start for Ryan.
 
Brian Schottenheimer, Offensive Coordinator
 

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The Good: He helped get Mark Sanchez off to a good start and after his rocky patch in the middle of the season, scaled back to the offense to help get his confidence back before slightly expanding the offense again during the playoff run. Schottenheimer is one of the more creative offensive minds in the league and does a good job of mixing personnel groups and formations. He stepped up during the playoffs, especially with a brilliantly called game against the Bengals which included some well-timed play action passes. Sanchez appears to be very comfortable working with him and Schotty also did a good job distributing carries throughout the season between Thomas Jones, Leon Washington (when healthy), and Shonn Greene.
 
The Bad: Scottenheimer tends to out-think himself sometimes with poorly timed reverses or shots down the field. He also sometimes got too conservative at the wrong moments, although some of that could be attributed to pressure from Rex Ryan. For some reason, he loves running toss even though the Jets never get a good gain out of it. When Sanchez began struggling, Schotty did a poor job of controlling him before Ryan stepped in after week 11. He did a poor job of using Dustin Keller and completely shut down the Jets screen game after Leon Washington was hurt.
 
Best Decisions: The entire game-plan wild-card weekend…the first half of the AFC Championship Game, with well-timed shots to Braylon Edwards and Jerricho Cotchery (via Brad Smith out of the Tiger Formation)…Passing the torch to Shonn Greene during the playoff run…
 
Overall Grade: (B/B-) Alot of fans have major problems with Schottenheimer but I think on the whole he had a pretty good year, especially considering he had a rookie quarterback, a number #1 receiver acquired mid-season, and a rookie running back getting major carries down the stretch.
 
Mike Pettine, Defensive Coordinator
 
The Good: It is hard to know exactly what Pettine was responsible for this season, considering Ryan calls the plays on defense and leads the way in coming up with the game-plans. However according to Ryan, Pettine is an integral part of the process. He also received credit for coming up with the way to handle the loss of Kris Jenkins. I also liked how Pettine wasn’t shy about the Kerry Rhodes benching and basically said he needed to work harder in the off-season and commit more to the system.
 
The Bad: Again, it is hard to say what he specifically would deserve blame for. Yet, he obviously was part of the problem of the Jets not having a “Plan B” against the Colts in the AFC Championship Game, some of the communication/substitution problems they had mid-season, and their late game struggles throughout the season.
 
Best Decisions: Getting behind the Kerry Rhodes benching…Getting the most possible out of Sione Pouha, Mike DeVito, and Marques Douglas…Helped recruit Jim Leonhard to the team.
 
Overall Grade: (B+) Ryan trusts the guy and it is hard to say he didn’t do a very good job this year considering the Jets production on defense.
 
Mike Westhoff, Special Teams Coordinator
 
The Good: Orchestrated some well-timed fake punts this season. The Jets were 4/4 on fakes this year, which is a pretty impressive stat. The kick return unit improved as the season went on, despite the loss of Leon Washington. Steve Weatherford had a decent year for a journeyman punter and Jay Feely played at a borderline pro-bowl level. The punt rush team blocked one against New England that led to a touchdown.
 
The Bad: Ted Ginn Jr…enough said. The three botched field goals against the Falcons were absolute killers. He was likely part of the decision to let Jay Feely try a 50 yard field goal when the Jets should have punted against the Colts in the AFC Championship Game.
 
Overall Grade: (C) Westhoff is a legend but this was far from the Jets best special teams season.

Turn On The Jets 2009/2010 Season Awards: Moments

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First a few updates:

1. The Jets fined Rex Ryan $50,000 for flipping off a group of hostile Miami fans over the weekend. There is no further action expected from the NFL. Hey, at least Ryan didn’t pull a Ron Artest/Stephen Jackson and run into the crowd.

2. Mark Sanchez talked about his decision to get knee surgery today. Basically, the main piece of news is that the surgery will allow him to stop wearing a brace during games.

3. Speaking of Sanchez, head over to www.nfl.com/PepsiRefresh or text his name to P-E-P-S-I, to vote for his off the field program to receive a $100,000 grant from Pepsi. Sanchez is supporting Juvenile Diabetes/Type 1 Diabetes which hits close to home here at TOJ since my little sister has the disease. You have until midnight Friday to cast your vote so take 5 seconds of your day and do it right now….then come back to read the rest of the article.

4. Great stuff here: http://www.thejetsblog.com/2010/02/03/salary-cap-myths-misconceptions-faqs-part-one/ on the off-season rules for the uncapped year and how they affect the Jets.

Photobucket5. Lost Season, Episode 1/2 “LA X” Thoughts – Damn, what a premiere. I think we all kind of expected the alternate reality/reset storyline but it is weird how they have it running parallel to the castaways being shot back into 2007 because of the bomb. How are these two storylines going to converge? While I expected to see some type of reset action, I never expected to see the island at the bottom of the ocean. Clearly, setting off the bomb had larger ramifications then preventing Oceanic 815 from crashing which is also shown by the differences in some of the characters (Hurley being lucky, Desmond on the plane, No Shannon on the plane, etc). Also it definitely looked like Jack was having some deja vu on the plane and knew something might be off. It was nice to get confirmation that Locke (or the guy who took him over) is the smoke monster and finally see the Temple. However, we still got about 10000 new questions to answer now. Why does whomever Locke is now want to go home? Where is his home? How come Sayid was dead and is now alive? How did Juliet know “it worked?” And on and on. If all this sounded like Chinese to you, too bad it is the final season of Lost and I’m writing about it.

6. Follow Turn On The Jets on facebook….everybody is doing it…well at least 179 people are.

Turn On The Jets 2009/2010 Season Awards: Moments

Welcome to day three of the TOJ Awards for the 2009/2010 New York Jets season. Monday we honored the Jets best and worst players on each side of the ball. Yesterday, we looked at the best and worst games of the past season and today we will be looking at the best and worst moments/individual plays of the past year.

Offense

Top Five “Holy Sanchize, We Got A Quarterback” Moments

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5. Second Half Kickoff – After a 3/5 for 15 yards first half against the Patriots in week 2, Sanchez hits Jerricho Cotchery with a beautiful throw on a skinny post for a 45 yard gain on the first play of the 3rd quarter to move the Jets down to the Pats 11 yard line. Two plays later he dropped an equally impressive pass to Dustin Keller for a 9 yard touchdown to give the Jets a 10-9 lead en route to a 16-9 victory.

4. Rebound Performance – After a terrible game against the Saints in the Jets first loss of the season, Sanchez responded on Monday Night Football with 172 yards, a touchdown and no turnovers. Despite the loss, he showed an ability to push the ball down the field on a 53 yard completion to David Clowney and a 34 yard completion to the newly acquired Braylon Edwards.

3. Buckets – Returning from injury, Sanchez dropped a picture perfect pass to Braylon Edwards for a 65 yard touchdown against the Falcons to give the Jets a 7-3 lead in the first quarter. The rest of the day was ugly but that one completion was hopefully a sign of things to come for the next few years.

2. Make A Play – With the Jets trailing 7-3 in the 4th quarter of the Divisional Playoffs to the Chargers and facing a 3rd and goal from their 2 yard line, Sanchez went play action saw all of his options covered, rolled out…continued to roll out, waited and then fired a missile to Dustin Keller in the back of the end-zone for the go-ahead touchdown. A big time play in a big time spot. (I Know the video clip is from a weird angle, but look at all those Jets fans celebrating, I thought this was a San Diego home game?)

1. The Big Stage – On the road in the AFC Championship Game, Sanchez makes a statement with both his first half touchdown passes. On the first, he hits Edwards in stride for a 80 yard touchdown and more impressively on the second, he stands in the pocket, takes a monster hit and delivers a perfect throw on an option route to Dustin Keller for a touchdown, giving the Jets a 14-6 lead.

Top Five “What The Hell Is Going On Out There” Moments

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5. Anybody But Him – Rookie running back Shonn Greene fumbles behind the line of scrimmage and the ball bounces directly to Jason Taylor who runs it back for a 48 yard touchdown, promptly forcing Jets fans everywhere to throw up.

4. Really, Another One? – Mark Sanchez throws his 5th interception of the game against the Bills on a rainy Sunday afternoon in overtime, leading to them kicking the game winning field goal in a gut-wrenching loss.

3. Face-Catch – On a prime-time Thursday night game Braylon Edwards drops a wide-open 70 yard touchdown when he lets the ball bounce of his face mask. Fortunately, he responded with a touchdown later in the half and the Jets went on to win 19-13.

2. Just Ugly – Sanchez throws a ridiculously horrible interception out of his own end-zone in New England with the Jets down 24-14 to end any chance of a comeback. He scrambles around for 10 seconds and instead of throwing it away, throws it directly to Brandon Merriweather.

1. Yes, Yes…No – Wild-Card weekend, the Jets appear poised to tie the game at 7 on a perfect 50 yard pass from Mark Sanchez to Braylon Edwards, unfortunately Edwards forgets to catch the ball.

This probably fits somewhere in this list, also…

Top Five “Ground and Pound” Moments

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5. Opening With A Bang – The Texans appear ready to get back in the game after scoring a touchdown to cut the Jets lead to 17-7, fortunately Thomas Jones rips off a 34 yard run to extend the Jets lead to 24-7 and puts the nail in the coffin.

4. TJ, Run Our Play – The Jets need 1 yard to clinch a Divisional Round win over the heavily favored San Diego Chargers, despite sitting for most of the 4th quarter the Jets insert Thomas Jones for a crucial 4th and 1 with the instructions to “run our play”, Jones gets the ball behind a pulling Alan Faneca and gets 2 yards…clinching a Jets win.

3. Welcome To The NFL – After a quiet 6 weeks, Shonn Greene breaks on the scene with a 144 yard, 2 touchdown performance against the Oakland Raiders.

2. Somehow, We Still Lost – Thomas Jones has a career day against the Bills, racking up 210 yards. However, somehow the Jets still manage to lose 16-13.

1. Boom – With the Jets holding on to 10-7 lead in the fourth quarter, Shonn Greene steamrolls Chargers safety Eric Weddle and rumbles for a 53 yard touchdown, capping it off with a mock LaDanian Tomlinson celebration…beautiful.

Defense

 Top Five “Revis Island” Moments

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5. Slouch – In week 2, before the injury that apparently made Randy Moss so lazy this year, Darrelle Revis out-jumps him for a beautiful interception down the sideline…with no safety help.

4. Slouch Part 2 – After completely owning Terrell Owens all game on Thursday Night Football, Revis clinches a Jets 19-13 victory by intercepting a deep ball attempt for Owens.

3. He Deserved An Easy One – The great ones always catch a break, against the Panthers a ball bounces right off Steve Smith’s foot into the hands of Darrelle Revis who easily runs it back for a touchdown.

2. Ocho-Stinko – Change your name back to Chad Johson, after shutting down “Ochocinco” down in week 17, Revis follows up with an encore performance in the playoffs, including an acrobatic interception over Johnson down the side-line.

1. He Caught That?  – I am still not sure how Darrelle Revis came up with this interception against Vincent Jackson in the Divisional Round of the playoffs.

Top Five “Swaggalicious” Moments

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5. The Whole Team Felt It – Despite an up and down season, Kerry Rhodes came up big in the Divisional playoffs with a huge sack of Phillip Rivers on a 3rd down in the fourth quarter. Rex Ryan later said, “when you hit the quarterback like that, the whole team feels it.”

4. Where Are You Going – David Harris makes a ridiculous move to sack Matt Schaub in week one, setting the tempo for the Jets defense the rest of the season.

3. End Of Game Stand – Despite struggling at the end of games most of the season, the Jets defense held firm against Tom Brady and the Patriots in week two, culminating with Dwight Lowery knocking away a fourth down pass and the whole stadium going insane.

2. For A Second I Thought We Had Him – The Jets get to the untouchable Peyton Manning two times in the first quarter of the AFC Championship game, with 2 sacks by David Harris. Unfortunately, Manning figured them out and Rex Ryan didn’t have a Plan B.

1. Momentum Swing – Jim Leonhard comes up with a huge interception against the Chargers late in the third quarter, leading to the Jets taking the lead and never looking back.

Overall

Season High Point – Calvin Pace blows up Joseph Addai, forcing a fumble deep in Colts territory with the Jets already up 14-6 against the heavily favored Colts. Tell me you didn’t think we were going to the Super Bowl after this play, yet it wasn’t meant to be cause it was all downhill from there. Other high points were going right down the field on the Bengals in week 17 to start the game because you knew we were en route a blowout and the playoffs…Beating New England in week 2…Watching Shonn Greene rumble for that 53 yard TD against the Chargers.

Season Low Point – I can’t decide between Manning giving the Colts the 20-17 lead in the AFC Championship game because you knew at that point he couldn’t be stopped or Tony Gonzalez scoring to apparently knock us out of the playoffs or the beating we took in New England that apparently knocked us out of the playoffs or watching scrub Ted Ginn Jr score on 2 kick returns.

Personal Favorite Moment – Wild-Card Weekend, I was surrounded by 12 people routing adamantly against the Jets. After the Bengals made the score 21-14, everybody was literally screaming in my face when the Jets got the ball back, yelling about how another meltdown was coming and so forth, fortunately two plays later Mark Sanchez hit Dustin Keller for a 45 yard gain, which let me turn around and give a big  “Shut the ‘Eff Up” to everybody.

Jets vs. Chargers Position By Position Comparison

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First a few updates:

1. Good news for our coaching staff: Brian Schottenheimer has turned down an interview for the Buffalo Bills head coaching job. Despite most fans having mixed feelings on Schotty, he has down a great job the past few weeks andhaving the same offensive coordinator we will be a huge help for Mark Sanchez in year two. Beyond that, why would Schotty want to deal with that mess in Buffalo? I bet Steve Spagnuolo wishes he spent another year with the Giants instead of taking a job with the Rams.

2. Braylon Edwards pleaded no contest in his court case and it is expected that he will receive a one game suspension from the NFL for the 2010 season.

3. New TOJ TV is the on the way this Friday, also friend me on facebook…not because I want to be your friend, but I because I want you to follow Turn On The Jets on facebook, where you will receive extra commentary, links to other quality Jets articles, and plenty more stuff worth looking at.

4. Thomas Jones and Tony Richardson were held out of practice for extra rest by Rex Ryan. Shaun Ellis was limited today in practice, while everybody else was a full participant.

5. Another great Darrelle Revis graphic:

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Jets vs. Chargers Position By Position Comparison

Quarterback: Philip Rivers (4254 yards, 28 TDs, 9 INTs) vs. Mark Sanchez (2444 yards, 12 TDs, 20 INTs) – Sanchez surprised everybody last week by playing one of his best games of the season in a cold-weather environment on the road. This week, he is back in his home state and facing off against an even better quarterback. Rivers has been a beast this season and makes the Chargers offense go since their running game is the worst in the NFL, Sanchez just needs to manage the game and hit a few big plays when the opportunity presents itself. Advantage: Chargers

Running Back: LaDanian Tomlinson (730 yards, 12 TDs), Darren Sproles (840 total yards, 7 TDs) vs. Thomas Jones (1402 yards, 14 TDs), Shonn Greene (540 yards, 2 TDs) – San Diego has the league’s 32nd ranked rushing attack, while the Jets have the league’s #1 ranked rushing attack. Tomlinson is a shell of his former self and only averages 3.3 yards per carry. Sproles is obviously a big play threat as a receiver, however don’t sleep on Shonn Greene who is coming on strong and has fresh legs because he didn’t start playing until week 7. Greene gashed the Bengals for 135 yards and a touchdown last week. Advantage: Jets

Wide Receiver: Vincent Jackson (1167 yards, 9 TDs), Malcom Floyd (776 yards, 1 TD), Legedu Naanee (242 yards, 2 TDs) vs. Braylon Edwards (541 yards, 4 TDs), Jerricho Cotchery (821 yards, 4 TDs), Brad Smith (270 total yards, 1 TD), David Clowney (191 yards, 1 TD) – Vincent Jackson is going to be the best receiver on the field Sunday, it is shame because there is no reason Braylon Edwards can’t be as good as him…except he can’t catch. I am sure there is ton of people who would say Floyd is better than Jerricho Cotchery but I got news for you…he isn’t. I don’t care how tall he is, Cotchery is a better receiver and in reality is the Jets #1 guy, as everybody who watched Jets/Bengals last week knows. Chargers fans have been pumping up Naanee and his 242 yards like crazy this week, and while he is a better pure receiver than Brad Smith or David Clowney, let’s not go crazy like he is some type of game breaker. I don’t know how much of factor Smith will be this week and Clowney has been invisible since the middle of the year. Advantage: Chargers, slightly because Vincent Jackson can catch and Braylon Edwards hasn’t proven he can.

Tight Ends: Antonio Gates (1157 yards, 8 TDs) vs. Dustin Keller (522 yards, 2 TDs) – Despite Keller breaking out last week in the playoffs, Gates is the best in business and will be a big match-up problem for the Jets. Advantage: Chargers

Offensive Line: Marcus McNeill, Kris Dielman, Nick Hardwick, Louis Vasquez, Brandyn Dombrowski vs. Damien Woody, Brandon Moore, Nick Mangold, Alan Faneca, D’Brickashaw Ferguson – The Jets have the best offensive line in football, led by three pro-bowlers and two underrated guys in Brandon Moore and Damien Woody. Advantage: Jets

Defensive Line: Jacques Cesaire (26 tackles,  1 sack), Ogemdi Nwagbuo (19 tackles, 1 sack), Luis Castillo (25 tackles, 2 sacks), Alfonso Boone (15 tackles, 3 sacks) vs. Marques Douglas (64 tackles, 1.5 sacks), Sione Pouha (45 tackles), Shaun Ellis (53 tackles, 6.5 sacks), Mike DeVito (28 tackles) – The Chargers miss Jamal Williams and it has shown in their run defense. The Jets miss Kris Jenkins and hasn’t really shown in their run defense until last week against the Bengals. Advantage: Jets, slightly

Linebackers: Shaun Phillips (59 tackles, 7 sacks), Stephen Cooper (102 tackles), Kevin Burnett (66 tackles, 2.5 sacks), Shawne Merriman (36 tackles, 4 sacks), Brandon Siler (67 tackles, 2 sacks), Tim Dobbins (55 tackles, 1 sack), Larry English (36 tackles, 2 sacks) vs. Calvin Pace (55 tackles, 8 sacks), David Harris (127 tackles, 5.5 sacks), Bart Scott (92 tackles, 1 sack), Bryan Thomas (53 tackles, 2 sacks) – The Chargers have alot of people rolling through at linebacker, especially since Merriman and Burnett among other people haven’t been able to stay healthy. Calvin Pace put together a better statistical season than Phillips despite only playing in 12 games, while David Harris will be the best overall linebacker on the field. What else can I say? The Jets are better and more consistent here. Advantage: Jets

Corners: Quentin Jammer (58 tackles, 3 INTs), Antonio Cromartie (33 tackles, 3 INTs), Antoine Cason (41 tackles, 2 INTs) vs. Darrelle Revis (54 tackles, 6 INTs), Lito Sheppard (31 tackles, 1 INT), Dwight Lowery (24 tackles, 3 INTs), Donald Strickland (26 tackles, 2 sacks) – Revis is obviously the best player here, although I would take Jammer or Cromartie over Lito Sheppard. Cason and Lowery are both good nickel backs. It will be a nice boost for the Jets to have Strickland back, who has been productive when he has been healthy. Advantage: Jets, slightly

Safeties: Steve Gregory (71 tackles, 2 sacks, 1 INT), Eric Weddle (82 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 2 INTs), Kevin Ellison (52 tackles, 1 sack), Paul Oliver (49 tackles, 1 sack, 1 INT) vs. Jim Leonhard (76 tackles, 2.5 sacks, 1 INT), Kerry Rhodes (63 tackles, 3 INTs), Eric Smith (48 tackles, 1 INT), James Ihedigbo (19 tackles, 2 sacks) – These are very comparable groups. Rhodes is going to have his hands full covering Gates. Leonhard did a nice job last week, and will need to keep it up. I wouldn’t be shocked to see alot of Eric Smith in the Jets nickel package, also Ihedigbo has turned into a valuable blitzer for the Jets. Advantage: Even

Specials: Nate Kaeding (32/35 FGs), Mike Scifers (45 yards per punt), Darren Sproles (24.1 per kick return, 7.0 per punt return, 1 TD) vs. Jay Feely (30/36 FGs), Steve Weatherford (42 yards per punt), Brad Smith (31 per kick return, 1 TD), Jerricho Cotchery (10.3 per punt return) – The Chargers have the best kicker/punter duo in the playoffs and arguably the most explosive return guy, even though Smith and Cotchery have quietly been very good on returns and Feely is a very good kicker, you have to give the advantage to the Chargers. Advantage: Chargers

Mike Francesa Begins His One Month Crying Session Over The Jets…Man He Is Upset The Giants Were Awful This Year

Scouting The Chargers From a Jets Perspective & Other Divisional Round Thoughts

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First a few updates:

1. First off, today is a very happy day over here at TurnOnTheJets.com. The site was lucky enough to be honored with the 2009 Fanball Sports Network Blog of the Year Award. I honestly have to say it does feel great to have the work I put in here recognized with such an award but a special thanks needs to be given to many other people: my roommate and good friend James Corbett who puts in a ton of time on TOJ TV, all of the fellow bloggers here at Fanball, Bryan Douglass who hired me, everybody who follows and comments on facebook or twitter, all of the readers and frequent commenters most notably: The Iron Marshall, BruceHarper, Simplysimon2, my oldest friend Dan Donohue who has been fighting about sports with me since we were three years old, my good friend Sean Santagato who spends an hour a day on the phone with me talking NFL, Tom Santagato, who despite hating the Jets finds time to come on the site and comment, and of course my Dad who pays for our season tickets despite being a Giants fan, checks the site daily and comments (under Jetbo) and is a constant reminder that hard work pays off. Finally, my Grandpa who is the reason I became a Jets fan, my Uncle Mike who took me to games when I was little, and my Uncle Frankie and cousins Chris and Rob, who are the only three other Jets fan I know crazy as I am…and yes thank you too Mom.

Since I figure I will never win an Oscar, I might as well get that speech out while I can. Anyway, on to more important things like the Jets playing in the divisional round of the playoffs and Darrelle Revis being robbed of Defensive Player of the Year…

2. What the hell, NFL? Charles Woodson? I don’t care about the stats, did you watch the first round of the playoffs? This requires a whole article, which I have been meaning to write for awhile, well it is going up later in the day…forget about looking for jobs to start my career, this is a much more important issue. Rex Ryan took the time today to congratulate the people who voted for Darrelle Revis, and pointed out the Jets gave up 8 passing touchdowns all year, while Green Bay nearly gave up 8 last week against Arizona!

3. Was I the only person who turned off the TV when Mark McGwire started crying about his steroid use?

4. Braylon Edwards didn’t practice today because of a court appearance related to an incident in Cleveland when he allegedly punched one of  the friends of LeBron James and Lito Sheppard missed because his wife gave birth. Shaun Ellis (knee), Howard Green (knee), Bart Scott (ankle), and David Harris (ankle) were all limited today. Donald Strickland, Dwight Lowery, and Drew Coleman all practiced full today which is great news. Steve Weatherford is expected to punt this weekend, which is also good news.

Scouting The Chargers From a Jets Perspective & Other Divisional Round Thoughts

SAN DIEGO OFFENSIVE STARTERS/KEY RESERVES

  • Quarterback: Philip Rivers – 317/486, 4254 yards, 28 TDs, 9 INTs, 104.4 QB Rating
  • Running Back: LaDanian Tomlinson – 223 carries, 730 yards, 3.3 yards per carry, 12 touchdowns, 154 receiving yards
  • Fullback: Jacob Hester – 21 carries, 74 yards, 24 receiving yards
  • Fullback: Mike Tolbert – 25 carries, 148 yards, 1 touchdown, 192 receiving yards, 3 touchdowns
  • Third Down Back: Darren Sproles – 93 carries, 343 yards, 3.7 yards per carry, 3 touchdowns, 497 receiving yards, 4 touchdowns
  • #1 Wide Receiver: Vincent Jackson – 68 receptions, 1167 yards, 9 touchdowns
  • #2 Wide Receiver: Malcom Floyd – 45 receptions, 776 yards, 1 touchdown
  • #3 Wide Receiver: Legedu Naanee – 24 receptions, 242 yards, 2 touchdowns
  • #4 Wide Receiver: Craig Davis – 6 receptions, 52 yards
  • Tight End: Antonio Gates – 79 receptions, 1157 yards, 8 touchdowns
  • Left Tackle: Marcus McNeill
  • Left Guard: Kris Dielman
  • Center: Nick Hardwick
  • Right Guard: Louis Vasquez
  • Right Tackle: Brandyn Dombrowski

SAN DIEGO DEFENSIVE STARTERS/KEY RESERVES

  • Defensive End: Jacques Cesaire – 26 tackles, 1 sack
  • Defensive Tackle: Ogemdi Nwagbuo – 19 tackles, 1 sack
  • Defensive End: Luis Castillo – 25 tackles, 2 sacks
  • Outside Linebacker: Shaun Phillips – 59 tackles, 7 sacks
  • Inside Linebacker: Stephen Cooper – 102 tackles
  • Inside Linebacker: Kevin Burnett – 66 tackles, 2.5 sacks
  • Outside Linebacker: Shawne Merriman – 36 tackles, 4 sacks
  • Linebacker: Brandon Siler – 67 tackles, 2 sacks, 1 INT
  • Linebacker: Tim Dobbins – 55 tackles, 1 sack, 1 INT
  • Linebacker: Larry English – 36 tackles, 2 sacks
  • Corner: Quentin Jammer – 58 tackles, 3 INTs
  • Corner: Antonio Cromartie – 33 tackles, 3 INTs
  • Corner: Antoine Cason – 41 tackles, 2 INTs
  • Safety: Steve Gregory – 71 tackles, 2 sacks, 1 INT
  • Safety: Eric Weddle – 82 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 2 INTs
  • Safety: Kevin Ellison – 52 tackles, 1 sack
  • Safety: Paul Oliver – 49 tackles, 1 sack, 1 INT

SPECIAL TEAMS

  • Kicker: Nate Kaeding – 32/35 FGs, 2 missed 40-49 yards, 1 missed 50+ yards
  • Punter: Mike Scifers – 45 yards per punt
  • Return: Darren Sproles – 24.1 yards per kickoff return, 7.0 yards per punt return, 1 touchdown

PhotobucketThoughts On the Match-Up – I have confidence in Darrelle Revis on Vincent Jackson. However, I am worried about Lito Sheppard on Malcom Floyd, who has been a big play receiver this season. This is a big game for Sheppard to prove his value to the Jets and earn a chance to get a new contract from them next season. Antonio Gates is obviously going to be an issue, Kerry Rhodes has the physical talent and size to match-up with Gates but he needs to bring his A game. It is alot of pressure on two guys, Sheppard and Rhodes, who have had up and down seasons but have been playing as of late. I am not scared of Tomlinson or Sproles running the football but I am worried about Sproles in the passing game. You know the Chargers have watched the tape of Ricky Williams shredding the Jets on screen passes and they will be dialing them up to counter the Jets pass rush. Beyond that, the Jets don’t have a linebacker who could cover Sproles. I would expect to see alot of Eric Smith or Donald Strickland attempting to cover him in the flats.

On offense, I feel surprisingly good. I think this unit is finally hitting their stride and will put together another 20+ point effort. I think the Jets will be able to run the ball, chew up some clock, and consistently move the football. The success the Jets will have running the ball should open up some opportunities down the field. However, will they take another shot with Braylon Edwards or will they give the deep ball or Jerricho Cotchery or maybe even David Clowney? Edwards will likely get another shot, but my god…catch the damn ball, #17! The Chargers are likely going to over-scheme for Keller, which should open things up for Cotchery, Edwards, and maybe Brad Smith who was quiet last week.

I am worried about Sproles on returns, but I am confident we are going to see a big play from the Jets special teams this week. I don’t know if it is going to be a kick or punt return, or a fake punt at a surprising time or something…but it is on the way.

Other Quick Thoughts On Divisional Round…As of today, I am liking the Cardinals in the upset against Saints. New Orleans is coming in ice cold, and the Cardinals can go point for point with them. I am feeling a 45-42 game. If the Ravens somehow beat the Colts Saturday night, I am going to get 20 percent more confident in the Jets pulling off the upset because that would mean another thing broke their way in this odd 2009 season. I am really looking forward to Brett Favre being knocked out at home and watching him and the Vikings head into a tail spin, culminating with a 33-10 loss in week 7 at new stadium in the Meadowlands, as the Jets rack up 7 sacks and send the Minnesota to a 2-5 start in 2010 leading Favre to retire in half way through the season.

LaDanian Tomlinson Slid His Way To 3.3 Yards Pery Carry

Awesome Defense By Woodson and the Packers

Your 2009 Defensive Player of the Year

Jets vs. Falcons: Game Breakdown

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First a few updates:

1. Rex Ryan still hasn’t named a starter at quarterback for Sunday yet, but all signs are pointing towards Mark Sanchez getting the nod. He took 75 percent of the snaps with the first team today and showed improved movement, along with no swelling from practicing yesterday. I am not sure of all the drama Ryan is trying to create here, but we all know Kellen Clemens isn’t coming out of that tunnel as a starter with the season on the line against a semi-decent team. Sanchez needs to play this week. We need to see our franchise quarterback in a December home game that actually means something.

Photobucket2. Rex Ryan also gave a lengthy campaign type speech for Darrelle Revis and his candidacy for Defensive Player of the Year. I think the guy absolutely deserves it…and don’t hit me with the BS about Charles Woodson and his stats. First off, Revis has 27 passes defensed…20 freakin 7…beyond that, what elite receivers has Woodson shut down this year? Did he shut down Andre Johnson, Steve Smith, Marques Colston, Randy Moss twice, and Terrell Owens twice? I didn’t think so. Revis is the best player on the league’s number one ranked defense, on a team that is a making a playoff push. Check out that cool screen shot 0n the side from NFL.com, that a reader sent in to the the jets blog (www.thejetsblog.com)

3. The Jets signed offensive tackle Dan Gay to their practice squad.

Jets vs. Falcons: Game Breakdown

Offense: This is an easy section to write every week because we know the Jets formula for victory involves a run heavy, conservative approach. You are going to see Thomas Jones get his 20-25 carries this week, but what will really be interesting to see is how the carries are divided up behind him. Will Danny Woodhead, Brad Smith, or even Chauncey Washington pull some carries away from Shonn Greene because of his fumbling problems? I definitely would expect to see more of Brad Smith in the wildcat formation or involved in some gimmick plays, after his strong showing last week.

Atlanta does have a very, very weak secondary. Whether it is Sanchez or Clemens under center, the Jets have to be able to punish the Falcons for stacking the box and leaving their shaky corners/safeties on Braylon Edwards, Jerricho Cotchery, and Dustin Keller who has been invisible the past few games. I wouldn’t be shocked to see the Jets take an early shot down the field to create some space for their running game.

PhotobucketDefense: Matt Ryan and Michael Turner both did practice today and will likely be game time decisions. Regardless, the Jets defense just needs to keep doing what they have been doing…stuffing the run, pressuring the quarterback, and smothering opposing receivers. Roddy White will do nothing because of Revis but I am a little worried about Tony Gonzalez. This is a big week for Kerry Rhodes to step up in coverage.

I think whether Matt Ryan or Chris Redman play, the Falcons will have a run heavy game plan. Both quarterbacks have been susceptible to turnovers this season so hopefully the Jets can keep up their recent run of creating big plays on defense. The Falcons offensive line is also banged up so there will plenty of opportunities to get after the quarterback.

Special Teams: The Falcons recently signed Matt Bryant to replace Jason Elam at kicker. It is supposed to be windy, cold and potentially snowy this Sunday so it could be a difficult conditions especially for a dome kicker. Jay Feely has been putting together a great season and will likely be called upon to kick 2 or 3 more on Sunday.

Falcons vs. Saints Last Week

Turn Off The Jets: Comically Bad Loss to Bills Reaction

Being a season ticket holding Jets fan my entire life, I have sat through some bad football games. Today was among the worst I have ever seen. The Bills were awful. The officiating was awful. Most importantly, the Jets were awful. It was a long, painful game to watch with no rhythm or tempo. By the fourth quarter, it wasn’t a question of if the Jets were going to lose, it was how they were going to lose. They found a uniquely, cruel and unusual way to drag it out today but sure enough they did lose in the end and are now 3-3.

Paging Kellen Clemens…Paging Erik Ainge…Paging Kevin O’Connell…Just kidding, but wow Mark Sanchez was bad today. I understand he is a rookie but that can’t be an excuse to throw five interceptions. The kid looked shaken today. He was on nowhere near the same page as his receivers and repeatedly killed the Jets with turnovers. There are plenty of things to point fingers at today but the bottom line is that you aren’t going to win with 5 interceptions. We know the talent is there but how many more performances like this is Sanchez going to have this year? He has already cost the team two games.

Airing of Grievances…The early reports is that Kris Jenkins is out for the season, when it rains it pours. The Jets defense was already struggling the past few weeks but is now going to be in serious trouble without Jenkins, who is their most valuable player on that side of the ball…Before you even think about saying the Jets defense played anywhere near good today, remember they recorded 1 sack for 5 yards against an offensive line starting three rookies, Rex Ryan’s blitz schemes aren’t fooling anybody and nobody on the Jets is talented enough to beat their blocker and make a play…Ryan Fitzpatrick led a 10 point second half comeback on the road against the defense…Lito Sheppard was beat like a drum all day by Lee Evans before finally being pulled for Dwight Lowery…There is no excuse for Steve Weatherford for dropping that snap and denying Jay Feely at a chance at winning the game in OT…The amount of penalties on the Jets was astronomical, every single drive in OT started with a penalty and they had the game pulled out of their hands by the officials thanks to a holding call, after Thomas Jones ran down to the 13 yard line in OT.

More Grievances…James Ihedigbo should be cut for punching somebody on the opening kickoff in OT and costing the Jets 15 yards…Mark Sanchez also can’t keep taking 15 yard sacks, throw the ball away. Dustin Keller and Mark Sanchez look they have never been in the same room as each other and are running different offenses…Brian Schottenheimer’s playcalling still leaves something to be desired.

Welcome back to mediocrity Jets fans. We had a nice three weeks in the beginning of the year without it, but now we are back where we belong. You are kidding yourselves if you feel confident about flying out to Oakland next week and getting a win. The Jets never play well on the West Coast, particularly in Oakland and the Raiders just took care of the Eagles today, who are much better than the Jets. Also, Mark Sanchez is currently playing like JaMarcus Russell.

Grading Out the Jets/Dolphins Debacle & NFL Week 5 Recap

First a few updates:

1. Jerricho Cotchery admitted that he was nowhere near 100 percent and probably re-aggravated his injury trying to play in a limited role last night. The smartest thing for the Jets to do would be rest Cotchery for this week and allow him to get back to 100 percent or else he will be dealing with this hamstring injury all year.

2. David Clowney only had leg cramps last night and will be fine moving forward. Brad Smith had a foot injury in the first half but was out in there second half, regardless it is still something to keep an eye on this week. Who knows when Lito Sheppard and Donald Strickland will be back at this point.

3. Calvin Pace refused to respect Miami’s Wildcat offense and had some pretty stupid stuff to say after the game, which can be read here http://www.thejetsblog.com/2009/10/13/calvin-pace-clearly-not-fond-of-wildcat/. He should probably spend more time worrying about setting the edge so the Dolphins can’t run high school Wing-T Jet Sweep around him every time for 15 yards and maybe getting within 5 yards of the quarterback.

Grading Out the Jets/Dolphins Debacle & NFL Week 5 Recap

Quarterbacks: (B) Mark Sanchez did more than enough for the Jets to get a win and twice in the fourth quarter drove them down the field for go ahead touchdowns. His numbers weren’t all that impressive (12/24, 172 yards, 1 TD) but he didn’t turn the ball over and made beautiful down field throws to David Clowney (53 yard gain) and Braylon Edwards twice (34 yard gain and drawn pass interference penalty). It is good to see him bounce back from a bad performance and hopefully he can keep it going this week against Buffalo.

Running Backs: (B-) Thomas Jones is slowly turning into nothing more than a very good goal-line back. He only finished with 42 yards and a 3.2 yards per carry average and is making the Jets look smart for not extending his contract. Leon added a little juice to the running game with 10 carries for 44 yards but still doesn’t have an offensive play that has went longer than 20 yards this season. Shonn Greene didn’t get much of a chance with only 3 carries, but don’t be surprised to see him get more carries in upcoming weeks.

Wide Receivers: (A) Braylon Edwards sure looked like a legit number one receiver last night despite being in the Jets offense for only 5 days and not having a healthy Jerricho Cotchery opposite him. The one major positive from this game is the how clearly the Jets improved their offense with the Edwards trade. Cotchery played mostly as a decoy despite a hamstring injury but will be better served by resting this week and getting back to 100 percent. David Clowney stepped up in a big way with 4 catches for 72 yards, including a 53 yard bomb…expect to see alot more of “The Clown” in coming weeks. Brad Smith had a nice catch and run for 19 yards and a huge play on a fake punt, where he shook about 3 tackles.

Tight Ends: (F) Paging Dustin Keller….are you still there…paging Dustin Keller…are you still a member of this Jets offense? Obviously some of the blame falls on the playcalling but Keller also did a poor job of blocking last night.

Offensive Line: (B) A better performance by this group but they still aren’t performing at the level they did last season. We haven’t had a 100 yard rusher since week one and Sanchez was still sacked once and hit three times, including being forced into an intentional grounding penalty.

Defensive Line: (D) I thought Howard Green played pretty well off the bench and Kris Jenkins had his moments but beyond that this unit was pushed around all night and applied absolutely no pressure to the quarterback. Marques Douglas and Sione Pouha might have been pancaked about 10 times.

Linebackers: (D) Don’t be fooled by tackling stats, Bart Scott, David Harris, Bryan Thomas, and Calvin Pace were all invisible in this game when it counted. They all missed countless tackles and they all failed to apply pressure to the quarterback…wait why did I give them a D? How about a F.

Secondary: (D) Torched by Ted Ginn Jr…really, Darrelle Revis? You can cover Andre Johnson, Randy Moss, and Marques Colston but not Ted Ginn Jr? C’mon now. Dwight Lowery and Drew Coleman were both exposed in big spots. Will Lito Sheppard ever recover from his quad injury? Kerry Rhodes hasn’t made a big play in seemingly 25 games. Seriously, is it so much to ask for this guy to have a sack, forced fumble, or interception?

Special Teams: (A) Steve Weatherford might soon be taking Thomas Jones job, by showing more elusiveness than Jones has did all season. Brad Smith was clutch on the other fake punt. Jay Feely is money in the bank. Leon Washington needs to improve on kick returns.

Coaching: (D) The Jets weren’t prepared to stop Miami’s offense and Rex Ryan did a poor job by not using his timeouts at the end of the game. Ryan was served a heaping dish of humble pie last night, so let’s see how his defense responds in the coming weeks.

NFL Week 5 Quick Recap

TOJ Top Five

  1. New York Giants – They finally play a NFL caliber team this weekend.
  2. Minnesota Vikings – Good test for them against the Ravens this week.
  3. Denver Broncos – When did Kyle Orton turn into one of the better QB’s in the league?
  4. New Orleans Saints – Huge game against the Giants coming up.
  5. Indianapolis Peyton Mannings – They will clinch the division in about 4 weeks.

AFC East Observations

New England Patriots – The Pats lost the type of the game they usually don’t lose in Denver. Fortunately for them, they get the hapless Titans at home this week. Their defense is more vulnerable than it has been in years and Brady still isn’t all the way back.

Miami Dolphins – Say what you want about their gimmick offense, they can run the football. I was wrong for burying them at 0-3 but we’ll see how legit they are after these next 3 games against New Orleans, New England, and the Jets in the Meadowlands.

Buffalo Bills – I am shutting the site down if they beat the Jets this week.

Jets/Dolphins Highlights