Cool Your Jets Episode 4 – Manish Mehta: State of the New York Jets

New CYJ! Ben and Michael are joined by Manish Mehta of the NYDN to talk all things New York Jets

Ben Blessington and Michael Nania are joined by Manish Mehta of the NYDN, as he provides insight on Adam Gase’s first training camp as HC of the New York Jets, Sam Darnold’s development, potential moves GM Joe Douglas could make before week 1, and more!

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Author: Ben Blessington

Host of Cool Your Jets: Every Monday, keeping you up to date on the New York Jets, while providing top analytics, interviews, & debates you won’t find anywhere else!

Episode 382 – Manish Unleashed (Pt 4): Narratives & Clicks

Scott Mason talks to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News for part 4 of a multi part series discussing the life and times of the Jets’ most controversial beat reporter!

Episode 382 of “Play Like A Jet” is here! Subscribe on iTunes or check out the audio below. Scott Mason talks to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News for part 4 of a multi part series discussing the life and times of the Jets’ most controversial beat reporter!

Manish talks about the perception that he drives narratives including stories he wrote about Darrelle Revis and Mitchell Trubisky, how he tries to balance a story when most of his information comes from one side, what he does to try to keep his reporting at a high standard instead of becoming pure clickbait in a clickbait world, and more! 

Note: This was the 4th and final part of a multi-part series we are calling “Manish Unleashed” with the previous 3 parts available in the Play Like A Jet archives.  

Play Like A Jet is part of the Turn On The Jets Digital Podcast network…… 

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Episode 375 – Manish Unleashed (Pt 3): Feuds, Agendas, & Marrone

Scott Mason talks to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News for part 3 of a multi part series discussing the life and times of the Jets’ most controversial beat reporter!

Episode 375 of “Play Like A Jet” is here! Subscribe on iTunes or check out the audio below. Scott Mason talks to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News for part 3 of a multi part series discussing the life and times of the Jets’ most controversial beat reporter!

Manish talks about his perceived “feuds” with other writers on the beat, the perception that he pushes agendas, and we go in-depth on everything surrounding the infamous Doug Marrone story!

Note: This was part 3 of a multi-part series we are calling “Manish Unleashed” with the 4th and final part to be released next week.  

Play Like A Jet is part of the Turn On The Jets Digital Podcast network…… 

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Episode 368 – Manish Unleashed (Pt 2): The Journey & The Persona

Scott Mason talks to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News for part 2 of a multi part series discussing the life and times of the Jets’ most controversial beat reporter!

Episode 368 of “Play Like A Jet” is here! Subscribe on iTunes or check out the audio below. Scott Mason talks to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News for part 2 of a multi part series discussing the life and times of the Jets’ most controversial beat reporter!

Manish talks about his his journey from young sports fan to Daily News beat reporter & columnist including what he really wanted to do for a living and which prominent NY sports writer was offered his current job before he was, what it has been like covering the team the past decade, how his public persona developed and whether or not there is a bit of a pro wrestling element to it, how he walks the fine line of being both a beat reporter and columnist, and we begin delving into his biggest controversies by discussing the infamous tweet he sent out last offseason about former New York Jet, Muhammad Wilkerson!

Note: This was part 2 of a multi-part series we are calling “Manish Unleashed” with part 3 to be released next week.  In future episodes of this series, Manish will talk about a variety of subjects including his penchant for controversy, perceived feuds, and he will answer criticism of some of his most infamous moments on the Jets beat!  

Play Like A Jet is part of the Turn On The Jets Digital Podcast network…… 

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Episode 361 – Manish Unleashed Pt 1: What Happened At Florham Park?

Scott Mason talks to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News for part 1 of a multi part series discussing the life and times of the Jets’ most controversial beat reporter!

Episode 361 of “Play Like A Jet” is here! Subscribe on iTunes or check out the audio below. Scott Mason talks to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News for part 1 of a multi part series discussing the life and times of the Jets’ most controversial beat reporter!

Manish talks about the famous “200% wrong” declaration involving the reports that Mike Maccagnan’s job was in jeopardy, what he thinks caused him to end up being on the wrong end of that issue, his thoughts on the perception that he was in Mike Maccagnan’s back pocket and how his recent Twitter outbursts may have helped to further feed that perception, the real story of how everything actually went down between Mike Maccagnan, Adam Gase, and Christopher Johnson including an interesting tidbit about Woody Johnson, and more!

Note: This was part 1 of a multi-part series we are calling “Manish Unleashed” with part 2 to be released next week.  In future episodes of this series, Manish will talk about a variety of subjects including what drew him to reporting in the first place, the road that led him to the New York Daily News, his penchant for controversy, and he will answer criticism of some of his most infamous moments on the Jets beat!  

Play Like A Jet is part of the Turn On The Jets Digital Podcast network…… 

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The Jet Take 100: The State of the New York Jets ft. Manish Mehta

New TJT! 100th episode special featuring Manish Mehta, who gives the behind the scenes on the current state of the New York Jets.

In our 100th *published* episode Ben Blessington and Kyle Fahey are joined by Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News who tells all on the future of Todd Bowles, Mike Maccagnan, Sam Darnold and more! Was this regime set-up for failure? Was Maccagnan too impressionable? Who are potential head coaches the New York Jets could target? Will the Jets go for the east coast version of Goff/Gurley and pursue Le’veon Bell? All of this and more, thank you!

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Author: Ben Blessington

Host of Cool Your Jets: Every Monday, keeping you up to date on the New York Jets, while providing top analytics, interviews, & debates you won’t find anywhere else!

Episode 24 – The Return of Manish Mehta!

Manish Mehta of the NY Daily News returns to talk with Connor Rogers about the latest NY Jets news and rumors!

Manish Mehta of the NY Daily News returns to talk with Connor Rogers about the latest NY Jets news and rumors!

Make sure to subscribe to Stick To The Jets here on iTunes!

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Before You Criticize The New York Jets, Think About The Source

The New York Daily News and Manish Mehta should be facing criticism and scrutiny…not the New York Jets

If you have never watched the television show The Wire, I recommend it highly. In the fifth season, they focus on the degradation of the print news media by focusing on a journalist called Scott Templeton. In a bid to drive attention to his articles, Templeton exaggerates quotes and uses fake sourcing, while frequently hiding behind the guise of “anonymous” sources. The New York media has their very own Scott Templeton covering the Jets. His name is Manish Mehta and his employing paper is, The Daily News. 

Today the football world is up in arms about the “cowardly” Jets for trashing backup quarterback Tim Tebow. How dare they not put a name on it? There is one quoted player in the article, guard Matt Slauson, who confirmed today the quotes were taken “so many months ago, he can’t even remember it”…something confirmed by Rex Ryan.

Now, let’s do a thought exercise…

You are a beat writer for the New York Jets for a print newspaper. You work in a dying medium and industry. A quarterback controversy sells newspapers. You are dying for a quarterback controversy…practically begging for it…even charting every single pass thrown by both quarterbacks in training camp. You do this despite it being abundantly clear that there is no quarterback controversy. There never has been. This reality is now setting in because despite Mark Sanchez being awful this year, he still hasn’t been pulled for Tim Tebow yet. What if it never happens? What if Tebow leaves New York before ever starting a single game? Now you are desperate, desperate enough to dust off some old quotes from your anonymous sources for a front page story. These quotes weren’t necessarily taken recently or taken in any context related to anything that is occurring right now, but what the hell right?

Look at the quotes in this article about “Tebow” and add some hypothetical context to them –

“He’s terrible” – Defensive Starter – This literally could have been said by any Jets starter since Tebow burst on to the scene in the NFL at any point, in any context. It could have been said before Jets/Broncos last year. It could have been said by Aaron Maybin after he was cut (he has been announced as a starter at Jets games before). It could have been said by anybody at anytime. 

“Hell, no!” another starter said. “You got to keep defenses honest. You just can’t line up in the Wildcat all the time. That won’t work.” – This could very well be a quote taken from Calvin Pace talking about the Wildcat back in 2009. It could have been taken from any player over the summer when asked if they want to run a traditional offense or a Wildcat and then they responded with this answer. It could have been taken from Darrelle Revis last year before the Jets/Broncos game

“We can’t win running that shit” – One player 

“Nobody wants him to be the starter” – One member of the team

“We don’t look at him as a quarterback. He’s The Wildcat Guy” – Another starter

How many times after the Tebow trade and throughout the summer have we heard members of the New York Jets say something like this? Maybe one or two million times, I lost track. Like here. Or Here. Or Here. Think about how easy these quotes could flow from any Jets player asked in the past 6 months about Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow, and then they could be construed into what is above –

“Yes, we support Mark, we all want him to be our starter” = “Nobody wants Tebow to be a starter”

“Tebow is an athlete, he is going to help us in The Wildcat. Mark is our quarterback” = “We don’t look at him as a quarterback. He’s The Wildcat Guy” 

You can make these deductions when the quotes seem a little too perfect. It is easy to make them sound that way when you cherry pick from everything members of the team have said the past year or so.

If I was Rex Ryan? I’d deny The Daily News access to Florham Park. Lock them out. Let’s see if ESPN or the New York Post breaks any of these same stories. If they do, the Jets are the problem. If they don’t, you know who the problem really was.

Before you trash the entire Jets locker room and Rex Ryan. Re-read the article you are criticizing them over and think if it is really the most sound piece of sports journalism you have ever seen.

TOJ New York Jets Beat Writer Power Rankings – August 1st

The Turn On The Jets beat writer power rankings are back, who have been the top mainstream writers covering the New York Jets?

Turn On The Jets weekly ranking of the beat writers who cover the New York Jets is back. Myself, Chris Gross and Mike Donnelly have ranked our top five after a week of training camp. Let us hear your opinion on Twitter, in the comment section or on the TOJ Facebook Page…and for the beat writers, we know you are reading and we do award five additional points to anybody seen in this shirt

1. Jenny Vrentas – Surprise, surprise! Jenny Vrentas remains in the top spot here at the TOJ Beat Writer Power Rankings as we get started with Training Camp and things really heat up. Even during the down period of the past few weeks, she remained active putting out her Summer Q&A feature where she asked players on the team a few questions. It wasn’t much, but it was nice to still have some fresh Jets material to peek through. During the past week, she stepped up her game, and in addition to her great work day-by-day at camp relaying all the info to her Twitter followers (all the beat writers do a great job with this), she put out a few great reads – one about Revis and his holdout, one about Curtis Martin discussing concussions, and of course some things on Tebow. In addition, she was the second beat writer (Manish was first) to appear on the Flight 5 Live Internet Show, and fan interaction always earns bonus points in our eyes. All in all, Jenny showed why she deserves to stay in the top spot and that it’s going to be tough to knock her off. – Mike Donnelly

2. Brian CostelloOur man Brian Costello of the New York Post has put in an excellent amount of work since our initial rankings, and finds himself second to only Vrentas this week. Coz really killed it with material leading into camp, including a phenomenal piece on Rex Ryan, which was a bit overlooked due to how great the Vrentas piece was. However, Costello provided a very unique look into a similar issue, the overall physical transformation of Ryan. Coz also wrote a fantastic, in-depth camp preview, among several other quality articles that were published during the weeks heading into camp. Among his writing, Coz had an excellent guest spot on ESPN Radio’s The Herd with Colin Cowherd about two weeks ago, discussing the status of the Jets, the QB situation, and a brief pre-season outlook. It will certainly be tough to dethrone Vrentas this season, however at the rate he is going, I would not be surprised to see Costello be the one to do so. – Chris Gross

3. Rich Cimini – Regardless of the general opinion that Cimini is too negative towards the team, he has simply been writing his ass off the past few weeks. Beyond keeping his ESPN blog updated constantly and interacting with fans on Twitter, he has written a few very good feature pieces. Most notably, this one which was well researched and a much needed positive outlook on Mark Sanchez’s future in the middle of the endless line of undeserved criticism for him. This article discussing Darrelle Revis following the lead of Curtis Martin was a unique angle and another enjoyable read. Yes, the critical one liners can be annoying at times but it is impossible to ignore the quality of work he has been producing. – Joe Caporoso

4. Manish Mehta – Manish’s drop in the rankings has more to do with the excellent work of Mr. Coz and Rich Cimini the past few weeks than it does with The Daily News’ beat man. Manish mostly disappeared after mini-camp, and we felt he got off to a slow start once Training Camp really got going before really kicking some ass and getting into the swing of things the past few days. Hopefully he didn’t spend his vacation time getting big-timed by Gary Myers and being forced to read his long, boring dissertations on why the Jets are the worst at everything in a creepy Daily News back room somewhere. If Manish shows up in the next few days wearing stonewashed jeans and blocks me on twitter (as Gary did) then we’ll know he was brainwashed by Mr. Myers and then we’ll have to worry. Also worth mentioning, Manish has greatly curtailed his Sulia usage, and that earns major bonus points. I expect him to shoot up the rankings as soon as next week. – Mike Donnelly

5. Jane McManus Although she remains at the 5th spot, McManus has actually done some very good work over the past few weeks, just not quite enough to get the edge over one of the other four yet. She has been consistent with content on the ESPNNewYork Jets Blog, and has been tweeting Jets updates and news much more frequently than she had been in the weeks prior to training camp. She, like many other beat writers, put out a piece earlier in the week about Mark Sanchez using Eli Manning’s first three seasons as a pro to give himself a curve for how he should expect his fourth NFL season to go. Clearly, we agree with this notion here, as we reviewed a similar issue back in March. McManus has been doing solid work, but just needs a little more consitency to jump ahead in the rankings. – Chris Gross

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TOJ New York Jets Beat Writer Power Rankings – June 27th

Turn On The Jets weekly ranking of the New York Jets Beat Writers…this week we go by the fan’s vote

Welcome back to our weekly ranking of the New York Jets beat writers. For this week’s edition, we went to the fans for the rankings. What did we find? Myself, Chris Gross and Mike Donnelly seem to have a good pulse of the general opinion, as their rankings didn’t differ much from ours on a weekly basis. Thank you to everybody who voted and thank you to Manish Mehta of The Daily News who gave us the idea for next week’s column, when we will be discussing our all-time favorite Jets beat writers. 

1. Jenny Vrentas, The Star Ledger – Jenny refuses to get knocked out of the top spot, regardless of who is being polled. Her summer interview series is a popular read and she remains highly interactive on Twitter and without Sulia use…which we love. We are all looking forward to another season of her coverage.

2. Manish Mehta, The Daily NewsEasily the most polarizing writer among fans. You either love him or you hate him. To his credit, Manish has been a great sport about these rankings and offered us the previously mentioned great idea for next week. It speaks to his writing skills and work ethic that he is so high on these rankings because we (and the fans) can’t stand Sulia or anonymous sources.

3. Rich Cimini, ESPN New YorkThe “Take 5” is an interesting weekly read and we liked his breakdown of how the Jets spent their money this off-season. Many fans criticize him for having a condescending or negative tone but everybody respects the amount of content he produces and I don’t know many Jets fans who don’t read nearly everything he writes.

4. Jane McManus, ESPN New York – Good interview with Connie Carberg from today. Nearly everybody respects Jane’s writing ability and she remains highly interactive on Twitter. She obviously doesn’t put out the same amount of content as others on this list but still racked in a good amount of votes.

5. Brian Costello, New York Post The voters disappointed us here because “Coz” has been on his game the past few weeks. We are loving his countdown of the Top 25 Jets and how much he is interacting with fans on Twitter. Clearly the fans need a few more weeks to get him higher in their standings, even though TOJ has him higher in ours.

Remember to check back next Wednesday, when we will be going over our favorite Jets beat writers of all-time. Is there any you want to see mentioned? Leave a comment or here or send us a Tweet