We’re back with another edition of TOJ’s #PickSix. This week, we are going to look at six position battles that will go a long way towards determining the New York Jets depth chart.
Joe Caporoso evaluates the New York Jets roster and previews their week 14 game vs. the Minnesota Vikings
For this week’s Turn On The Jets 12 Pack, we will take a quick look at Jets vs. Vikings and move through an evaluation of the team’s current roster, ranked in order of positional strength. Our comment section has been upgraded to Disqus, as you will notice below. Stay tuned for more site updates in the coming months. Finally, how about a free chance to win $100,000 playing weekly fantasy football? Sign up here.
Let’s crack open the unnumbered 12 pack (Winter Ale?)
Frank Giasone breaks down the tape on the Jets defensive line in week 16
After Sunday’s loss to Carolina, it’s starting to look like nagging injuries and fatigue in the front seven have begun taking their toll on the Jets’ defense. Pairing an anemic offense with a defense that struggles to force turnovers can have that effect, as we’ve seen this defense spend far too much time on the field through 15 weeks.
TOJ sorts through Rex Ryan’s praise for any and everything related to the New York Jets
To say Rex Ryan isn’t shy about praising his own players is an understatement. Rex wouldn’t hesitate to call Tanner Purdum the greatest long snapper he has ever coached or Matt Kroul the most talented third string center in NFL history. My personal favorite Rex-ism was calling Wayne Hunter the best backup tackle in the NFL during the 2010 season, like he had taken an inventory of all 32 teams 7th and 8th lineman and knew Hunter was the best.
Today’s press conference was a shining example as it seemed that Rex went through the entire roster in numerical order and offered everybody a “tremendous” or an “impressive” adjective. There isn’t a player on the team who hasn’t wowed the coaching staff on his return to the facility. Listen, I have no problem with Rex building up his players to the media. However, it makes sorting out who has actually been performing notably well a bit of a task.
Let’s go over what we know from OTAs and mini-camp so far –
1. Boom Not Bust – Of course it is too early to call first round pick Quinton Coples anything. However, by every indication he has been a borderline dominant presence since suiting up for the Jets in practice. A day hasn’t passed where he hasn’t came up with a sack or two. The other day he intercepted a pass and knocked another one down. More importantly, he seems to be playing with a chip on his shoulder and a high amount of energy/emotion. Nobody could ever question Coples talent, it doesn’t mean that some of us (including me) didn’t question taking him in the first round. He has a long way to go but so far, so good.
2. Young Pups – While we are talking about rookies, Demario Davis and Josh Bush have both spent time with the first defense in multiple practices, a very encouraging sign for mid-round draft picks. Both of them should be factors in passing situations. Davis is the fastest linebacker on the team and Bush is the only true free safety on the roster. If these two pan out alongside Coples, Mike Tannenbaum very well may have rebuilt his defense for the long run in a single draft.
3. O’ No – Same song every year. The offense is behind the defense. This makes even more sense this year since they are installing a new system and the wide receivers have been banged up. Is it a cause for concern? Not yet but it hasn’t been pretty out there for the Jets passing game thus far.
4. Forgotten Man – Chaz Schilens was a forgotten man by many after the Jets drafted Stephen Hill in the second round. However, he has taken advantage of extended playing time due to Santonio Holmes and Stephen Hill’s injuries. Schilens has been one of the bright spots on offense and has the skill set to be a big play factor on offense.
5. Watch For ‘Em – Ellis Lankster as the #4 corner and a core special teams piece. Royce Pollard on punt returns and somebody who just may stick on the roster. Jeff Cumberland seeing a big bump in playing time. Yeremiah Bell seeing more time at free safety than he was accustomed to in Miami.
TOJ has acquired a copy of the resume Brian Schottenheimer is using for his head coaching interviews
Due to my terrific inside sources around the New York Jets organization, I have been able to acquire a copy of the resume Brian Schottenheimer is using on his head coaching interviews.
Overview of Strengths
- Ability to coach a mediocre offense, with either a competent veteran (Chad Pennington), a top ten draft pick (Mark Sanchez), or a future Hall of Famer (Brett Favre) at quarterback.
- Can receive constant praise for innovation due to confusing calls and despite me never breaking tendencies.
- Can get away with calling 67 passes in a run first offense, without my head coach even noticing.
- My offense allows for 75% of our fans to call out the play before it is ran.
- On every single play, split my fullback out in the slot and motion him into fullback even though I know everybody knows he isn’t staying in the slot and will motion in.
- Also sub in a specific receiver who is bigger and can block so I can motion him in towards the formation on all running plays.
- Sub out four or five players on every play, we need a specific group to throw with and a specific group to run with.
- Use all of these motions and subbing to confuse my offense, so we can have multiple false start penalties and delay of games, along with blowing timeouts frequently.
- Never, ever throw the football down the field outside the hashes. The entire game takes place within 5 yards of the quarterback, inside of the hash marks.
- Ignore the running game when it is working. Ignore the passing game when it is working.
- Run stretch plays with my slowest running back in 2nd and short to set up 3 and 5.
- Run 4 yard crossing routes on 3rd and 9.
- Do not use explosive players enough – see Leon Washington, Joe McKnight.
- Needed my team to call timeout before the first play of the game, even though we had the first play scripted all week.
- Dropped Mark Sanchez back 67 times against the New York Giants pass rush, when we were averaging 5 yards per carry.
- Played Matthew Mulligan 25 snaps per game for an entire season.
- Shotgun 4-wide, throw a 4 yard hook route to the tight end, usually on 3rd and long.
- Motion receiver towards the formation and run toss, usually for a 3 or 4 yard loss.
- Play action boot on 2nd and short out of the same formation, where the quarterback only has the option to throw to the tight end in the flat.
- Slant. Slant. Slant.
- 1st and 10 – Run the football for a 1 yard gain.
- 2nd and 9 – Throw 4 yard hook route to tight end.
- 3rd and 5 – Throw 3 yard crossing route.
- 1st and 10 – Run the football for a 7 yard gain.
- 2nd and 3 – Go shotgun, get the quarterback sacked.
- 3rd and 12 – Draw or check down to running back.
- 1st and 10 – Throw slant for 8 yards
- 2nd and 2 – Play action boot, quarterback rolls out, throws incompletion.
- 3rd and 2 – Shotgun, sack or incompletion.
TOJ with his week 11 NFL Picks. Who are your best bets?
Last Week: 8-7
Season Record: 75-56-4
TOJ Week 11 Picks (Lines Courtesy of BetUS)
- Tennessee (+7) vs. Atlanta
- Miami (-1) vs. Buffalo
- Baltimore (-7) vs. Cincinnati
- Jacksonville (+1) vs. Cleveland
- Minnesota (PK) vs. Oakland
- Detroit (-7) vs. Carolina
- Green Bay (-14.5) vs. Tampa Bay
- Dallas (-7.5) vs. Washington
- Arizona (+10.5) vs. San Francisco
- Seattle (+3) vs. St. Louis
- Chicago (-4.5) vs. San Diego
- Giants (-6.5) vs. Philadelphia
- New England (-16) vs. Kansas City
It’s that time of the week again, as always feel free to express your feelings on my stupidity:
1. Atlanta Falcons (7-2) – An impressive win for Atlanta over Baltimore. Matt Ryan and Roddy White are playing at a high enough level to be considered the favorite in the NFC…for this week.
2. New York Jets (7-2) – How could you have them over New England after the Patriots just handled the Steelers in Pittsburgh, you homer? Here is how: the Jets beat New England by 14 and a week after Cleveland beat the Patriots by 23, the Jets went into Cleveland and beat them, and if you look at the stats, you saw that the Jets actually dominated Cleveland.
3. New England Patriots (7-2) – I don’t know what is going on with that hair but you have to respect the fire Tom Brady was playing with Sunday night. The annual classic between him and Peyton Manning is up next.
4. The Mike Vick Show (6-3) – Overreaction? Nobody is beating the Eagles in the NFC if Mike Vick keeps playing at this level.
5. Baltimore Ravens (6-3) – They can take out all their anger on the Panthers this weekend.
6. Pittsburgh Steelers (6-3) – It looks like they are back to abandoning the running game too soon and having more struggles than expected on defense.
7. New Orleans Saints (6-3) – It will be interesting to see if the Saints can regain their Super Bowl form entirely out of the bye week.
8. Green Bay Packers (6-3) – Time to send Brett Favre into retirement.
9. Indiannapolis Peyton Mannings (6-3) – It will be beyond impressive if Peyton Manning can lead this group of Colts to a victory in New England.
10. New York Giants (6-3) – A swift punch back to reality for the Giants, who are banged up and can’t protect the football. Good luck defending Vick in Philadelphia this weekend if you can’t stop Jon Kitna.
11. Oakland Raiders (5-4) – They can make quite a statement with a victory over the Steeleers this weekend.
12. Tampa Bay Bucs (6-3) – They win the games they are supposed to, which is saying alot in the NFL this season.
13. Chicago Bears (6-3) – Do us a favor and take care of the Dolphins and their third string quarterback this Thursday night.
14. Miami Dolphins (5-4) – I can’t see them sticking around the playoff race much longer with Tyler Thigpen under center.
15. Tennessee Titans (5-4) – Randy Moss…all he does is lose.
16. San Diego Chargers (4-5) – The AFC West is there for the taking and they have to be the favorite with the way Phillip Rivers is playing.
17. Jacksonville Jaguars (5-4) – I just don’t know how this team is 5-4…oh wait, they won a game on a hail mary and a 59 yard field goal
18. Kansas City Chiefs (5-4) – It looks like things are starting to fade fast for one of the surprise teams in the first half of the season.
19. Seattle Seahawks (5-4) – Well, they can beat the other crappy teams in their division.
20. Houston Texans (4-5) – Oh, you are surprised everybody overrated Houston this pre-season and they can’t meet expectations?
21. Cleveland Browns (3-6) – If they were in the NFC West, they might be 6-3.
22. St. Louis Rams (4-5) – It will be interesting to see how this young team hangs with Atlanta at home this weekend.
23. San Francisco 49ers (3-6) – The NFC West…where 3-6 and Troy Smith make you a legitimate contender for the playoffs.
24. Washington Redskins (4-5) – Nothing like allowing the old 59 spot at home to drop down the rankings.
25. Denver Broncos (3-6) – Where did that beat-down come from?
26. Cincinnati Bengals (2-7) – Carson Palmer couldn’t be any further from a franchise quarterback right now, unless he was Derek Anderson.
27. Arizona Cardinals (3-6) – Larry Fitzgerald must be counting the seconds until he can get the hell out of Arizona.
28. Dallas Cowboys (2-7) – Amazing what happens when you put a little effort forward.
29. Minnesota Vikings (3-6) – I can’t take much more of Brett Favre asking himself questions and then answering them in his press conferences.
30. Buffalo Bills (1-8) – Got one!
31. Detroit Lions (2-7) – I guess we can stop with the talk that Detroit is better than their record. They are just another crappy Lions team.
32. Carolina Panthers (1-8) – It could get out of hand versus Baltimore by the time they step off the bus.
Plays of the Week
Considering training camp is about to start up, let me take this opportunity to give some thoughts on the Jets, TOJ, and other topics.
1. Everybody take the time to visit TOJ friends The Green Lantern (http://wcbstv.com/capellini) and JetsTwit (http://jetstwit.com/)…Jeff Capellini and Erik Manassy are doing quality work and can be followed on Twitter @GreenLanternJet and @e_man. Of course you should also be following Turn On The Jets on Twitter @TurnOnTheJets.
2. Shout out to the great work being done by Manish Mehta at The Jets Stream for The Daily News, the site has been terrific since he took over. I am looking forward to bothering him for quotes and information when I head out for the Florham Park and Hofstra practices.
3. The Jets Blog…why have you stopped linking my articles and why won’t you put my link on your sidebar like I kindly requested?
4. I am surprised more people don’t agree with me about the Mark Brunell/Kellen Clemens backup quarterback situation. Why is everybody so confident Brunell can handle major playing time if Sanchez gets hurt at this portion of his career in a new offense?
5. New Turn On The Jets TV coming this Monday…Frequent Turn On The Jets radio appearances coming in August with (www.profootballnyc.com) and hopefully the New York Sports Exchange. Also the first batch of TOJ shirts is being produced in the next couple of weeks and will be perfectly designed to increase your swagger and piss off Giants, Patriots, and Dolphins fans.
6. I am almost done with Season 5 of The Wire, stop what you are doing and go buy the complete box set. After you do that, go buy the box set of Lost.
7. Anybody else wonder what Biggie and 2pac would think about the most popular rapper in America being a child actor from Toronto? I won’t lie, I like Drake’s new CD but I am much more excited about the upcoming Game and Kid Cudi CD. Also when is Detox coming out? Dr. Dre has been talking about this CD for 8 years.
8. It sounds like Chris Paul probably isn’t coming to the Knicks after all…whatever we have Toney Douglas and Andy Rautins at guard.
9. If you are drafting one Jets receiver for your fantasy roster, take Jerricho Cotchery. If you take Shonn Greene, expect 1200-1300 rushing yards but not much else. I don’t think he will have high touchdown numbers and he has worse hands than Justin McCariens.
10. Remember there is a preview of Hard Knocks coming up on July 28th. I see the Emmy for Rex Ryan already.
Another beautiful overcast day here in Whitehall, Pennsylvania and since I am looking for an excuse to procrastinate on filling out job applications, let’s get to some Saturday afternoon thoughts on the Jets rivals.
Patriots – Could this be the year the Patriots finally fall off? I amazed when people talk up the off-season they had and discuss them as a top 5 or 6 team in the league. I am pretty sure I saw a team that was falling off as the 2009 season ended, capped with a blowout loss in their building in the wild-card round of the playoffs. Yes, they still have Brady and Belichick which means they are going to be competitive week in and week out but beyond that, what else has New England done this off-season to make you think they are improving on their 10-6 record from last year, instead of getting worse?
Don’t underestimate how much the Patriots will miss Wes Welker on offense. Any Jets fan saw the difference between New England’s offense with Welker and without him when comparing week 2 to week 11 last year. The Patriots still don’t have a number one running back but have instead decided to collect aging, injury-proned players and stay with perpetual disappointment Laurence Maroney. On defense, New England struggled heavily in 2009 and outside of drafting Devin McCourty in the first round, what have they done to improve? The Patriots look like an 8-8 team to me this season.
Dolphins – After acquiring Brandon Marshall, I am starting to think the Dolphins will be the Jets main competition for an AFC East title in 2010. Yes, they still have some questions on their defense but Karlos Dansby and Jared Odrick will help them, and you know they can run the football. Marshall finally gives them a legitimate weapon in the passing game and Brian Hartline should develop into a decent number two receiver. The whole world seems ready to pronounce Chad Henne a franchise quarterback but let’s wait and see if he can win a big game first. I am pretty sure when the Dolphins had a chance to make the playoffs last season, he went 0-3.
Giants – Brandon Jacobs recently grabbed some headlines by claiming New York is still the Giants city because they won a Super Bowl recently. First off, Jacobs might want to worry about improving that ugly stat line from last season before he gets shipped out of New York, but second you can’t say that he doesn’t have a point. If I was a Giants fan or player, I would tire of reading about the Jets every single day considering they haven’t won a Super Bowl since 1969 or a division title since 2002. Yet, the NFL and the mainstream media is a what have you done for me lately business and the last thing in everybody’s memory is the Giants quitting and being embarrassed the last 2 games of the 2009 season, while the Jets had a run to the AFC Championship Game, followed by the Jets having a better off-season. Personally, I don’t root against the Giants the way I used to when I was younger and outside of annoying my friends who are all Giants friends, I don’t really concern myself with what they do. The two teams don’t impact each other this year, unless they are going to meet in a Super Bowl, which would be terrific.
Other TOJ Updates
– Keep the Facebook fans coming…we are at 356 right now and I’d like to hit 500 by week 1 of the pre-season. Unlike a site like The Jets Blog, TOJ is a one man show so I basically use the Facebook page as my version of The Jets Blog. I use it to aggregate everything a Jets fan should be reading on a daily basis, along with quick commentary on each links. I will also throw up some non-Jets related things occasionally, if the situation calls for it. Keep in mind I am also a Yankees and Knicks fan, and watch massive amounts of television and movies….because you know, I am an unemployed college student (at least for a few more months). You can also follow TOJ on Twitter (Turn On The Jets) and on the ESPN Jets Message Boards (WR09CB), Digg, and Ballhype (all the account information is in the “About The Author” section of the web site).
– Remember the other links at the top of the page…Turn On The Jets TV, 2009 Highlights, 2010 Schedule, 2010 Depth Chart, 2009 Stats, The Podcast which can be accessed here (http://web.me.com/turnonthejets/Site/Podcast/Podcast.html).
– We should have a new Podcast up in the next week or two.
– As we head into the Lost finale tomorrow, which means you will never have to deal with reading about the show at TOJ again, I leave you with my favorite scene from each season:
Season 1 – The Opening
Season 2 – Down The Hatch
Season 3 – We Have To Go Back
Season 4 – I Always Have A Plan
Season 5 – Jacob?
Season 6 – The Timelines Merge