New York Jets: A Few Target Free Agents?

Brian Bassett over at The Jets Blog did a nice round-up today of how the Jets could approach free agency. He hit on a few interesting names, considering most of the Jets free agency hype has been centered on players like Randy Moss and Nnamdi Asomugha, most likely because of their reputation of making a splash by adding big name guys. However, don’t discount Mike Tannenbaum’s ability to look down every possible avenue to improve his roster. Here is a run down of a few players they could target and how much sense they would make…

Wide Receiver – Bassett mentioned both Chansi Stuckey and James Jones as options. Jones jumps off the page to me because if the Jets do lose Braylon Edwards or Santonio Holmes, I believe they should target him before looking at a big name player with tons of baggage like Randy Moss, Chad Ochocinco, Plaxico Burress, or Steve Smith. Jones is 27 years old, coming off a productive season in Green Bay (679 yards, 5 touchdowns) and has the potential to develop into a long term starting receiver. He has played behind Greg Jennings and Donald Driver the past couple of years and could thrive in a starting role with more opportunities.

I am not as interested in Stuckey, whose skill set really limits him to being a slot receiver. He does know the offense and could be a good mentor to Jeremy Kerley, but I don’t think signing him comes anywhere adequately replacing Edwards or Holmes. If they were interested in just adding a slot receiver, I’d rather see them look at Lance Moore who has more big play potential than Stuckey.

Outside Linebacker – The Jets didn’t add a pass rusher through the draft, which has led some to think they will bring back Jason Taylor for another year. It seemed like he was done at the end of last season and I’d be surprised to see him back, unless the Jets get into camp (if that ever happens) and realize they desperately need depth. When the new Collective Bargaining Agree is figured out, Kamerion Wimbley could be a free agent and he has a skill set that could intrigue the Jets. Matt Roth is another player the Jets could target, although New England is rumored to be interested as well.

Cornerback – If Antonio Cromartie happens to get away (despite the 1,000,000 million words I have written against it this off-season) and Asomugha signs a huge deal somewhere else, the Jets could look at Jonathan Joseph or Ike Taylor. Both of those players would be a downgrade from Cromartie considering his athleticism and familiarity with the defense. Yet, the Jets would be foolish just to hand the starting job to Kyle Wilson so they would need to add somebody else to compete with him.

Offensive Line – Personally, I think if the Jets make sure both Wayne Hunter and Robert Turner are back. They will be in good enough shape next year. Hunter could hold down the fort at tackle if Vladimir Ducasse flames out and Turner provides good depth at both guard and center.

New York Jets: Smith, Moss, Ocho, or Plax?

One of the ongoing themes of the off-season…or whatever you want to call the endless cycle of appeals, stays, and mediation, has been the New York Jets being linked to any big name receiver who could potentially be available. Most people are under the assumption that either Santonio Holmes or Braylon Edwards won’t return next year, which is likely correct. Brad Smith is also likely to leave for more money and a bigger role on offense somewhere else. The Jets did add two potential slot receivers in the draft by selecting Jeremy Kerley and Scotty McKnight but could use another free agent if Edwards or Holmes leaves along with Smith. If the Jets had to add one of these big name players at the receiver position, who would you prefer to see them sign?

Randy Moss

  • Plays when he wants to play
  • Two different teams got rid of him last year and he looked done in Tennessee
  • Still a vertical threat and was good enough to beat both Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie deep for touchdowns last year
  • He isn’t going to bring much over the middle or with his blocking.
  • Can probably get him on a cheap one or two year deal.

Chad Ochocinco

  • Very entertaining on Twitter
  • Basically got himself kicked out of Cincinnati
  • Coming off one of his least productive seasons
  • Vertical threat who is more consistently passionate about the game than Moss.
  • Jets would have to trade for him and he wouldn’t come as cheap as Moss or Burress.

Plaxico Burress

  • He hasn’t played a snap in two full seasons while sitting in jail and is going to be 34 years old
  • Should be able to be signed on a relatively cheap, short-term deal
  • Excellent size and red-zone presence

Steve Smith

  • Jets would have to trade for him and he would be the most costly out of any of these receivers
  • Just turned 32 years old and is coming off a down season (although much of that blame could go to Jimmy Clausen)
  • Passionate player but does have history of erratic (and violent) behavoir towards teammates

12 Pack Of Jets Off-Season Thoughts – Edition #12

 weekly 12 pack is back, with no specific theme…just a bunch of random thoughts, links, and videos…enjoy it, you jabronis

1. If you aren’t excited about the NBA Playoffs, you should be. I can’t think of a better way to get through your NFL Lockout frustation then by enjoying the next couple of months of basketball. Yes, the draft will be fun but we have the 30th overall pick in the first round and no second round pick. Am I excited about improving our defensive line depth? Absolutely, but the only downfall of being a consistently very good team is that you don’t have much draft day drama.

2. How much does the lockout suck by the way? Do you know at this time last year, the Jets had already signed LaDainian Tomlinson, Brodney Pool, traded Kerry Rhodes, released Thomas Jones, signed Nick Folk, and traded for Antonio Cromartie?

3. If I had to guess today, the Jets will take Phil Taylor in the first round, draft a safety in third round, and in rounds 4 through 7, add a corner, receiver, offensive lineman, and outside linebacker

4. Get excited for New York City playoff basketball returning

5. If I was Braylon Edwards publicist, I certainly wouldn’t want him calling his DUI “BS” …doesn’t exactly sound like he learned much from the incident. Regardless, he does sound much more interested in returning to the team than Santonio Holmes does. When the new CBA is finalized, I am fascinated to see how Mike Tannenbaum approaches re-signing these two, never mind Antonio Cromartie and Brad Smith.

6. Interesting that the Jets decided to work out TCU quarterback Andy Dalton, who some people think could sneak into the first round. Clearly the Jets front office is trying to create more interest in acquiring their 30th overall pick, although I don’t know who is going to buy it. Again, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Jets trade down, which will be sure to piss off all those Jets fans who attend the Draft on Thursday night.

7. Over the past two days, I have written pieces on three of the Jets four draft picks last year, Vladimir Ducasse, Joe McKnight, and Kyle Wilson. It is essential to the Jets 2011 success that these players begin to reach the potential the team drafted them for. Ducasse needs to develop into the starting right tackle, McKnight needs to become a contributor on offense and special teams as a returner, and Wilson needs to rise up to the challenge of being a starting corner if Antonio Cromartie doesn’t come back.

8. Sounds like all that Randy Moss talk was just a smokescreen to piss off Santonio Holmes…I wonder if Bart Scott talking about how the Jets would welcome Chad Ochocino was to…

9. Did I tell you how excited I was for Knicks playoff basketball?

10. Follow TOJ’s ongoing draft preview at SB Nation…

11. Very interested to see how New England handles their 120 draft picks this year, their defense, offensive line, and receiving core could all use a boost. I also wonder if Miami will officially throw in the towel on Chad Henne by drafting Ryan Mallett.

12. Enjoy your weekend…go New York, go New York, go…

12 Pack Of Jets Off-Season Thoughts: Edition #8

The 12 pack is back with a very special Thursday edition, for the the very special reason that I will be in New Orleans for the weekend and don’t plan on having the laptop out on Bourbon Street tomorrow afternoon. However, the site will still be updated throughout the weekend, make sure you are following the Facebook and Twitter page.

1. My thoughts on the report about Mark Sanchez leading the league in dropped interceptions this past season…Yes, we all saw defensive backs dropping balls that could have been intercepted and yes we all know Sanchez needs to improve his accuracy (his completion percentage shows that). However, it is foolish to try to argue that he didn’t take major strides forward in his second year. The bottom line is that he threw 5 more touchdowns and 7 less interceptions, won two more games, was substantially more consistent and routinely clutch in big games. I will take Sanchez and his dropped interceptions any day over Chad Henne, who threw the ball so accurately at the other team’s defensive backs that only one “dropped” one all season.

2. I have harped on this all off-season and will continue to do so until he is  in a Jets jersey for 2011. This team needs to find a way to bring Antonio Cromartie back next year. When you play the type of aggressive man to man coverage the Jets do, you need a big time corner opposite Darrelle Revis, especially when you have a weak pass rush. Nnamdi Asomugha isn’t coming here and the Jets aren’t spending a first round pick on a corner. If you think Kyle Wilson, Dwight Lowery, or Drew Coleman can handle being a full time starter in this system right now, you need a head examination.

3. You have to be encouraged by the reports of the work Vladimir Ducasse is doing this off-season. Hopefully, he will grab the starting right tackle job by the throat this summer because if he can’t beat out Wayne Hunter, his long term future with the team will start to become fairly cloudy. Let’s hope Joe McKnight follows Ducasse’s lead these next few months.

4. If I had to guess today who the Jets will end up with in April’s draft, I would go with either Baylor’s Phil Taylor or Temple’s Muhammad Wilkerson. Both defensive lineman have a good shot of being available at #30. I am also intrigued by potentially taking safety UCLA safety Rahim Moore, just because I am anxious to see Rex Ryan finally get a play-making safety here in New York.

5. “I’d rather beat the Patriots, than maybe go to heaven” — That’s why we love you Mike Westhoff.

6. Speaking of our friends up north, Randy Moss recently said he’d be interested in returning to the Patriots. Somehow, I don’t think they will be interested. Personally, if Braylon Edwards ends up leaving I wouldn’t mind if the Jets could get Moss on a cheap, one year deal to provide a vertical threat and some size at split end.

7. It is going to take more than the draft to improve the Jets defensive line depth. Let’s hope either Marcus Dixon, Ropati Pitoitua, or Matt Kroul can step up and become a quality rotation player this year, similar to how Mike DeVito did a couple of years back and eventually worked his way to being a starter.

8. Can we not forget the Jets need to address the backup quarterback position this off-season? Mark Brunell isn’t the answer and is better suited to being the #3. Clearly the coaching staff has no confidence in Kellen Clemens. It is either time to find somebody in free agency or draft a developmental backup to be a long term solution.

9. I am very anxious to see how Shonn Greene handles this season, which is really a make or break year for him as a lead back. It sounds like he will get the amount of carries necessary to show he can be a 1,200 yard type guy, let’s see if he can protect the football, stay healthy, and bring the consistency that is needed to put up those kind of numbers.

10. If you haven’t been able to tell, I am trying to be optimistic that an injunction will be ruled on April 6th and we will have football games this year.

11. As you know, we like to get off topic occasionally here — so here is wishing good luck to St. John’s in the NCAA tourney tonight and hoping the Knicks wake up sometime soon because they have looked like garbage the past week.

12. Weekend Video Clips – Assorted Highlight Tapes Edition

Randy Moss, Danny Woodhead, Matt Slauson – Collection of Jets Thoughts

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First a few updates:

1. Santonio Holmes, Calvin Pace, and Darrelle Revis were all on the practice field today. It sounds like Pace is definitely going to suit up and play, while Revis remains up in the air a little bit. If he does play, he shouldn’t be tracking Randy Moss all over the field. Let Antonio Cromartie cover him. He did a great job against him in week two and there is no reason to have Revis chasing him around in his first game back from injury. Let him match-up with Percy Harvin and occasionally get a shot at Moss.

On The Randy Moss Trade

I understand Aaron Hernandez has looked great so far in his rookie year and that Brandon Tate has potential as a deep threat. However, I don’t buy any argument about this trade improving New England for 2010. Randy Moss is a top three or four wide receiver in the NFL, who draws double coverage and the respect of every defensive coordinator in the league. All of that space you are used to seeing Wes Welker and Hernandez run around isn’t going to exist anymore because teams won’t be worried about Moss killing them over the top. Tate has never caught a touchdown in the NFL. Moss is an all time great who can score on any given play.

Yes, New England won a bunch of Super Bowls without a star wide receiver. However, they actually had a good defense in those years. News flash in case you haven’t been watching the 2010 NFL season…New England’s defense isn’t good anymore. They are also one dimensional on offense, considering their top running back was the Jets third stringer a few weeks ago. Which is a good lead in to…

Danny Woodhead Hysteria

There has been a good deal of anger among Jets fans, as they are watching Danny Woodhead become a big part of New England’s offense. He actually played the most snaps out of any running back in their Monday night victory over the Miami Dolphins. Yet, can we calm it down just for a second? The guy has 11 carries for 78 yards and 1 reception for 11 yards. He hasn’t exactly been Adrian Peterson.

Of course you hate to see a player leave our team and flourish on our rival. However, what would have Woodhead done on this 53 man roster? Nothing, he would have been inactive every week. In case you haven’t noticed LaDainian Tomlinson is playing at a Pro-Bowl level and Shonn Greene is our running back of the future, who is coming off a 117 yard game. Where would there have been touches for Woodhead? People forget we have Brad Smith who currently has 8 carries for 79 yards, 1 reception for 11 yards, a touchdown pass, and is our best special teams player. If you had Woodhead in the line-up, there is no room for Smith to get offensive touches and of course you keep Smith on the roster over Woodhead because of how superior a special teams player he is.

There is no need for a number three running back on this Jets offense right now, Smith basically fills that role and hopefully one day Joe McKnight will fill it.

Matt Slauson

The biggest question on the Jets offense heading into the 2010 season, outside of Mark Sanchez was left guard Matt Slauson. The second year pro easily beat out rookie Vladimir Ducasse for the starting job in training camp and has been under the microscope as Alan Faneca’s replacement. So far, the results have been mixed for Slauson. He has struggled with penalties and remains a liability in pass protection, especially against top tier defensive lineman. However, he has been very good in run blocking and turned in a terrific all-around performance last week against the Bills. Let’s hope he can continue the strong play when the Jets aren’t playing a CFL caliber team.

Something To Laugh About

Miami’s special teams and Chad Henne looking like Brooks Bollinger on his three interceptions last Monday night.

Initial Reaction: Silencer – Jets Roll Pats 28-14

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Now this is what we’ve been waiting for.

Mark Sanchez…you remember him right? The guy who is the sole reason the Jets can’t win the Super Bowl this year. The worst starting quarterback in the NFL. The face of the Jets disaster area of an offense. Yes him, well he threw for three touchdowns today, along with 220 yards including a collection of legitimate big time NFL throws in between two and three defenders. He was poised, confident, and sure as hell looked like a quarterback capable of leading a team deep into January. That Brady guy? He turned the ball over three times.

Antonio Cromartie? The walking penalty. The guy claiming to be a shut down corner, actually flipped the switch and became one in the second half when he completely took Randy Moss out of the game, after Darelle Revis left with a hamstring injury. The entire Jets defense rose to the occasion today after the Revis injury…even Drew Coleman had a nice tackle.

Braylon Edwards? The guy who can’t catch or live to the hype of being a number one receiver, put the Jets on his back when they needed it down 7-0 with a huge drive and an exceptional touchdown catch. Dustin Keller? Mr. 9 yards on 4th and 10, had the best game of his career with 7 catches for 115 yards and the game sealing touchdown.

LaDainian Tomlinson looks like a man on a mission this season. I love the passion he is playing with and I love how wrong I have been about him so far in 2010. Shonn Greene had a good bounce back game and how about the production the Jets are getting out of “no names” like Sione Pouha and Mike DeVito on the defensive line.

Basically, the Jets, who took unnecessarily high amounts of criticism all week for one, one point loss responded and shut their critics up with a gutsy, resilient performance. They dealt with injuries to Darelle Revis, Nick Mangold, Brad Smith, and Jason Taylor and kept rolling. Everybody who was out there made plays and really that is what being a legit contender is all about.

Enjoy this victory, it is one worth feeling great about. The Jets were the deeper, more talented team today, like we thought they would be the entire off-season. They are going to be a tough team to beat if they can throw the ball like they did today and keep it up on the defensive side of the football. The injuries are a slight cause of concern but don’t forget we have Calvin Pace and Santonio Holmes coming back sooner rather than later.

Bring on the Dolphins.

Jets vs. Patriots Round 1: 12 Pack of Predictions

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1. Darrelle Revis’ hamstring doesn’t sound like it is going to be an issue on Sunday. Brodney Pool is listed as questionable and could be a game time decision.

Jets vs. Patriots Round 1: 12 Pack of Predictions

It wasn’t pretty for TOJ in week one in our 12 pack of predictions, let’s see if we can bounce back in week two with both our Jets and NFL picks:

1. The Jets are going to be looking to restore some confidence in Shonn Greene early in the game. I expect a heavy dose of #23 in the first quarter, as the Jets attempt to get him rolling.

2. Along a similar line, expect a couple of short, safe throws (slants or hitches) to Braylon Edwards on the first or second drive to get him into the flow of the game. He needs to get a couple of catches under his belt early to get going, if he is going to have a big game.

3. No matter what approach the Jets take towards Wes Welker, he is going to rack up catches. The key is going to be limiting his yards after the catch and not letting him consistently beat them on third down. I think the Jets defense will do a halfway decent job and hold Welker to something along the lines of 7-8 catches for 75-80 yards.

4. Inactives – Calvin Pace, Patrick Brown, Vladimir Ducasse, Kellen Clemens, Joe McKnight, Jeff Cumberland, Howard Green, Kenwin Cummings

5. Mark Sanchez will play more aggressive (there is no way he can play any less aggressive) which will benefit the Jets by producing more yards and points but hurt them because he will throw his first (and maybe second) interception of the season at some point.

6. The Jets will bring in David Clowney to send him off on a few fly routes as a decoy. If the Jets go up top, it better be to Braylon Edwards or Dustin Keller down the seam.

7. Jerricho Cotchery always…always kills the Patriots, so while I think Edwards will get going early, it will be Cotchery who is the primary go to guy throughout the game.

8. New England will recognize early they can’t run the ball on the Jets and embrace being completely one dimensional on offense. Expect a ton of spread sets with Aaron Hernandez, Rob Gronkowski, and Brandon Tate getting plenty of playing time.

9. The Jets won’t be as aggressive coming after the quarterback, as they recognize the need to roll coverage wherever Darrelle Revis isn’t. You won’t be seeing a ton of Kyle Wilson in one on one situations, unless it is against Brandon Tate or one of the tight ends.

10. LaDainian Tomlinson will be productive as long as the Jets keep his touches in the 10-15 range.

11. Darrelle Revis will do what he usually does when he covers Randy Moss, yet if Moss gets a crack at Antonio Cromartie…expect to see some yellow on the field.

12. I will pick the Jets against the spread (+4.5) but I am not picking them to win this game. They didn’t show enough last week to make me believe they could score enough points to beat the Patriots. I think the defense will be up to the task for the second week in row and while I think the offense will improve, they won’t do quite enough to secure a victory. I am taking New England 20-17…prove me wrong, Sanchez. Greene and Schottenheimer.

Other NFL Picks (Lines from Bet US)

  • Kansas City (+1) vs. Cleveland
  • Green Bay (-14) vs. Buffalo
  • Baltimore (-3.5) vs. Cincinnati
  • Pittsburgh (+6) vs. Tennessee
  • Detroit (+7.5) vs. Philadelphia
  • Tampa Bay (+4) vs. Carolina
  • Atlanta (-7) vs. Arizona
  • Dallas (-7.5) vs. Chicago
  • Minnesota (-6.5) vs. Miami
  • Oakland (-3.5) vs. St. Louis
  • Seattle (+3) vs. Denver
  • Houston (-4) vs. Washington
  • San Diego (-7) vs. Jacksonville
  • Jets (+4.5) vs. New England
  • Indy (-6) vs. Giants
  • New Orleans (-7) vs. San Francisco

Some OCNN/Droid Love

TOJ recently moved into the 21st century by trading in his flip phone for a Droid, which enables me to constantly express my Jets frustration through Twitter and Facebook, hence why I have no problem with the following plug for Motorola and their work with Darrelle Revis and OCNN:

Throughout the preseason, and expected to continue throughout the regular season, Revis and the OCNN team will continue their insider coverage of hot news and tips. Being backed by Motorola, they athletes/new-age-journalists are provided with access to the latest and greatest Motorola devices starting with the wildly popular Droid X, which will allow these stars to break news across multiple platforms.  With an HD camcorder and integrated social media networks, they can go anywhere and swiftly issue high quality reports.  In addition, the DROID X will allow photo sharing on numerous online mediums which will give fans an inside perspective to wherever these players go.

Jets vs. Patriots Round 1: Game Breakdown

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1. Apparently the Jets didn’t have their best practice today, which led to Rex Ryan forcing players to do push ups on defense after they made a mistake and the offense to keep repeating the same play until they got it right. It is kind of hard to believe the Jets could come out with a bad practice after their performance last week but we’ll see what happens on Sunday.

2. Brodney Pool sounds like he is going to be a game time decision…I hope he doesn’t end up being Lito Sheppard part two. Calvin Pace is expected back by week 4.

3. Braylon Edwards did a good job of handling the unwarrented criticism from Joe Namath and Shonn Greene sounds like he has the right mentality heading into week two. Again…we’ll see.

Jets vs. Patriots Round 1: Game Breakdown

Offense: How about completing a pass over five yards or gaining more than a first down per quarter? In all seriousness, it will be very interesting to see the type of game plan the Jets come out with on Sunday. Are they going to re-commit to Shonn Greene and the ground and pound approach, or are they going to turn Mark Sanchez loose on a questionable Patriots secondary? Perhaps they can imitate a normal NFL offense and find a productive combination of both. I do know this, the Jets need Shonn Greene to have at least 15 carries. The less time Tom Brady, Wes Welker, and Randy Moss spend on the field, the better. Give LaDainian Tomlinson the 11 carries he had last week but supplement them with an adequate workload for Greene.

PhotobucketIn terms of the Jets passing game, Brian Schottenheimer must get Mark Sanchez going with some simple slants and hitch routes to get his confidence going. New England has traditionally had a tough time stopping Jerricho Cotchery and Dustin Keller, so don’t hesitate to get the ball out to them on first down or take a shot down the field on a second medium or second short. Schottenheimer needs to improve his play calling and Sanchez needs to play with more confidence. Last season at home, he put together an excellent second half against the Patriots because he wasn’t scared to attack down the field to Cotchery and found a good rhythm.

The only positive thing about the Jets offense heading into this week is that there is nowhere to go but up.

Defense: Stop Wes Welker. I can’t stomach watching this guy run all over the field, converting every third down and putting together another 15 catch performance. The Jets need to move Darrelle Revis around and have him split his time between Randy Moss and Welker, while the other should be matched up on Cromartie with safety help, hopefully from Brodney Pool. Force somebody else to beat you. If Brandon Tate has a monster game or one of the rookie tight ends produces, than so be it but don’t let Welker and Moss do what Anquan Boldin did last week. New England can’t run the football on the Jets, period. They are going to be completely one dimensional, yet they can get away with it if the Jets are stubborn about blitzing 8 and manning up their three corners.

Lost in the massive overreaction to the Jets week one loss, was just how good their defense truly played. It is kind of funny how many people are just assuming New England is going to come out on the road and drop a 35 spot on the Jets. It isn’t happening. The Patriots will move the ball but the Jets defense will keep them in the game.

Speical Teams: Keep it up from last week. Nick Folk earned some confidence with a 3/3 performance and Steve Weatherford probably played his best game as a Jet. I would prefer if Jim Leonhard handled the punt return duties for now. Kyle Wilson is swimming enough on defense, without him having to worry about punt return. Brandon Tate took a kickoff back for a touchdown last week, so the Jets should proceed with caution when kicking to him.


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

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First a few updates:

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

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

Dear Darrelle: It’s Not Me, It’s You

Dear Darrelle:

Remember when I broke things off 5 days ago? http://turnonthejets.com/2010/09/01/dear-darrelle-its-not-you-its-me/ …I told you I could have a change of heart if you signed in the next few days, and guess what? I can’t pretend I’m not ecstatic you signed and will be part of the 2010 New York Jets run to a Super Bowl. You can’t blame me for getting mad at you for a bit this August. I want a Super Bowl. Jets fans want a Super Bowl. You weren’t helping the cause but now you are back and I can dust off that #24 jersey and actually picture us stopping teams in 3 wide sets because Dwight Lowery won’t be out there.

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

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

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

Sincerely,

Turn On The Jets

Darrelle Revis! Whooo

The AFC East Is Going To Be One Hell Of A Race

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I don’t have a problem saying the Jets are the favorite to win the AFC East. The Jets finished the season much stronger than the Patriots and Dolphins, along with having a better overall off-season than both teams. When you look at the roster of all three teams, the Jets have the most overall talent. Yet, that is obviously no reason to write off the defending AFC East Champs, New England, along with their Hall of Fame coach and quarterback or a talented, improved Miami team. The AFC East should be a three team horse race that isn’t sorted out until December, sorry Buffalo.

Let’s look at the arguments of the three contenders for a division title in 2010, along with what could hold them back.

New York Jets – The argument for the Jets starts with their defense. They have the best one in the division and the best one in the NFL. Whenever you play defense the way this team does, you are going to be competitive week in and week out. Last year’s defensive depth chart has been supplemented by Antonio Cromartie, Kyle Wilson, Jason Taylor, Brodney Pool, and a healthy Kris Jenkins, which is a scary thought for opposing offenses. On their offense, Mark Sanchez made strides in last year’s playoffs and should carry that over into his second year. He will have better chemistry with Braylon Edwards after having a whole off-season to work with him and he was given another major weapon with the addition of Santonio Holmes. Regardless of how much they contribute running the football, LaDainian Tomlinson and Joe McKnight will provide good pass catching options out of the backfield to help Sanchez.

The questions about the Jets start with the two second year players they will be relying on to carry their offense, Mark Sanchez and Shonn Greene. Sanchez needs to make the previously mentioned strides so he isn’t throwing 20 interceptions to 12 touchdowns. Greene still has to prove he can be a lead back for an entire season. The Jets may miss Thomas Jones in a big way, especially if LaDainian Tomlinson is as washed up as he looked in 2009. They will need a young player to step in for the departed Alan Faneca at left guard and it remains to be seen if/when Darrelle Revis will join the team.

Miami Dolphins – The Dolphins are built in a similar mold to the Jets. They want to run the football and play an aggressive, physical defense. Their defense was inconsistent and struggled heavily against the pass in 2009 but they are banking on their young secondary improving and new additions to their front seven to lead to improvements. Karlos Dansby will boost the linebacker core. They expect Cameron Wake and rookie Koa Misi to lead their pass rush. First round pick Jared Odrick should be a quality addition to their defensive line rotation. On offense, Miami finally added a number one receiver by trading for Brandon Marshall, who is one of the most explosive players in the NFL. Chad Henne has the arm strength to push the ball down the field, which should create more running space for Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams,

PhotobucketThe Dolphins young corners still have to prove they can slow down opposing passing offenses, especially when they are facing players like Randy Moss, Wes Welker, Braylon Edwards, Jerricho Cotchery, and Santonio Holmes. They have already loss Phillip Merling for the season, which hurt their defensive line depth and they are going to miss Joey Porter and Jason Taylor to an extent. On offense, Ronnie Brown is never healthy and they don’t have a number two receiver to put opposite Marshall. Despite the world being ready to send him to Canton, Henne still has to prove he can lead a team to the playoffs and throw more touchdowns than interceptions in a season.

New England Patriots – Brady and Belichick, which means the Patriots always have a shot. Randy Moss and Wes Welker (who it appears will miraculously be ready for the start of the season) aren’t half bad either. The Patriots passing game will be able to put points on the board consistently and Belichick will get the most out of what they have on defense. New England’s defense still has quality talent at all three levels with Vince Wilfork, Jerod Mayo, and Brandon Merriweather.

The Patriots lack of a running game could hold them back in 2010. Simply put, they don’t have a number one back. They will also be relying on a bunch of young players in their passing game outside of Moss and Welker, like Brandon Tate, Aaron Hernandez, Taylor Price, and Julian Edeleman. Their secondary has question marks and will also be relying on a collection of young, unproven players. Overall, their defense isn’t an elite unit anymore. The Patriots are coming off an absolute woodshed beating from the Ravens in their building to end the 2009 season, it will be interesting to see how they bounce back from that.

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