Turn On The Jets 12 Pack – Jets vs. Steelers Predictions

Joe Caporoso on John Idzik, Rex Ryan and predictions for this Sunday, when the New York Jets take on the Pittsburgh Steelers

The Turn On The Jets 12 pack is back. Today, we talk about the New York Jets current situation, the potential of midseason firings and give predictions for Jets vs. Steelers. Most importantly and first off, a HUGE thank you to everybody who has donated to #LetsEat! We are currently at 97 donors for nearly $3,700 despite only launching 4 days ago. If you haven’t contributed yet, join in right here.

This week I stopped by the The Jets Podcast for a discussion about the Jets future. Our friends Brian Bassett and Corey Griffin made a fair point about Rex Ryan’s future. If you are going to fire Rex, why not fire him at the bye week?

I’ve thought for awhile that there was basically no chance for Ryan to get fired in-season. There are no solid in-house replacements, the players like him and it is fair to say he deserves the right to get a full year. However, isn’t it better for all parties involved for him to go at the bye week? For Rex, he can begin to plot his next career move. If he doesn’t get a head coaching job in Atlanta, does he want to become a defensive coordinator in Green Bay or somewhere else? Does he want to do a year or two of television? He also avoids having his resume further tarnished. It isn’t easy selling a guy who has a career record under .500 and hasn’t had a team over .500 since 2010, particularly when you are bringing the “Ground and Pound” into a pass happy league. Is it better for Rex to bow out at 1-9 than finish off a 2-14 or 3-13 season?

For John Idzik, he can make sure whoever is promoted (likely Marty Mornhinweg) is playing all of the team’s young players down the stretch. He also avoids a prolonged power struggle with Ryan and sympathy rising for him over the final seven games. Jason at OTC wrote this excellent article this week and it is 100% true, nothing that Rex does over the last seven games should influence anything but in this market and around this fanbase it absolutely could. Maybe it is a hyperbole, but if this team was 1-13 and beat New England in week 16, there would be a flood of #KeepRex articles, tweets and comments. If Rex fired at the bye week, Idzik and the front office can begin organizing their search for the next head coach. His job is on the line too, if he is in self-preservation mode, firing Rex ASAP, getting all the young players out there and formulating a plan for the next HC could be a sensible approach.

Personally, I feel like Idzik should get the opportunity to hire his own coach but this team is 1-8 so I won’t be losing sleep over anybody being fired, including him. I still find it silly when people solely scapegoat someone nobody wanted fired 6 months ago but ignore the elephant in the room, which is the coaching issues. In the first week of September, 85-95% of the people discussing this team projected them to win at least 7 games with THIS roster. They are underachieving and it is foolish to ignore that.

People complain about Woody Johnson and he has his flaws but there are plenty of worse owners. He has hired three coaches who have made the playoffs and spent freely most of his time here. This team had a roster good enough to win the Super Bowl 4 years ago and they choked away their opportunity in the AFC Championship when they showed up unprepared to play and had their defense trampled by an average rushing attack. On the cusp of a Super Bowl in a year they could have won it, the team was too wrapped up in a Divisional Round win to be ready to play and since then it has been all downhill for the Rex Ryan Jets.

Idzik did a poor job this offseason but people who spend 100% of their day yelling about him and acting like he is the only scapegoat are missing the full picture of this team’s problems.

On to the predictions…

1. Big Ben will throw for 300 yards and 3 touchdowns…not 6 touchdowns, so there is that?

2. Mike Vick will have a combined 275 yards passing and rushing, two touchdowns and one turnover.

3. Eric Decker will catch his fifth touchdown of the season.

4. Percy Harvin will have over 100 yards of total offense and take a kick back past the 40 yard line.

5. Le’Veon Bell will have 95 total yards of offense and a touchdown.

6. Antonio Brown will have 110 yards receiving and a touchdown.

7. Muhammad Wilkerson will have 1.5 sacks.

8. Martavis Bryant will have 4 catches for 50 yards, flooding our timelines with Jalen Saunders tweets. Unfortunately, the Jets would still be 1-8 even if they drafted Bryant and he’d likely be getting less than targets than TJ Graham, knowing this coaching staff.

9. $5 = 5 meals. Donate.

10. Nick Folk will hit two more field goals…we ALL love Nick Folk.

11. Jace Amaro will have at least 3 catches.

12. The New York Jets will lose and not cover the 4.5 spread (which seems very low), falling to the Pittsburgh Steelers 31-20 for their ninth straight loss.

12 Pack Record

W/L (5-4)

Spread (5-4)

Author: Joe Caporoso

Joe Caporoso is the Owner and EIC of Turn On The Jets. His writing has been featured in the New York Times, Huffington Post, MMQB and AdWeek. Caporoso played football his entire life, including four years at Muhlenberg as a wide receiver, where he was arguably the slowest receiver to ever start in school history. He is the EVP of Content at Whistle Sports