Every Wednesday or Thursday during the NFL season (and offseason), Joe Caporoso will break down the upcoming week of NFL action. Unfasten the belts and prepare to gorge on another weekend of fandom, fantasy, gambling, tweeting, cheering, complaining…and complaining.
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New York Jets Bizarro World Offseason
I have been meaning to get to this question but better late than never. While it is impossible to drill down the mechanics of how and why every NFL transaction played out over a prolonged period of time, it does feel like the New York Jets have evolved their decision making process somewhat (in a positive direction compared to the previous years with this regime). What would a “bad” version of this Jets offseason have looked like? Here is one man’s opinion:
Been busy lately so maybe I missed it, but the significance that Mac not only traded up early and drafted Darnold, but seemed to learn from mistake with Hack by not taking Allen like some of us feared. Also, resisting some of the bad FA deals or even re-signings.
— Aaron Daniels (@mutinymilitia) June 24, 2018
- The Jets are caught flat footed when Kirk Cousins doesn’t seriously consider their offer and signs with Minnesota. They talk themselves into not giving up on Christian Hackenberg and Bryce Petty leading to a tentative approach to the NFL Draft. Instead of trading up, they stay put and either decide to take the Josh Allen gamble or wait until the middle rounds to address adding another quarterback.
- Poor internal scouting leads to over aggressive offers to bring back both Demario Davis and Austin Seferian-Jenkins.
- The Jets get outbid for Trumaine Johnson and get locked out of the top tier of the free agent cornerback market, leaving Morris Claiborne as the lead corner this year with Buster Skrine starting on the outside.
- They skew older and mediocre on their free agent signings at the skill positions: pursuing players like DeMarco Murray, Orleans Darkwa, Michael Crabtree and Michael Floyd.
- They half measure improving center, bringing back Wesley Johnson and signing Travis Swanson to compete with him, after they miss on Weston Richburg in free agency.
- They ignore pass rusher…oh, well.
What was encouraging about the Jets offseason, which wasn’t perfect, was seeing them play aggressive at the game’s most important position. Beyond Sam Darnold, they took a smart risk on a low cost flier on Teddy Bridgewater instead of wasting any more time players who blatantly can not play at this level. They also appropriately did not overvalue replacement level internal talent when they hit the free agent market, while targeting under 30 free agents both as starters and role players. Progress!
Beach Snack Of The WeekCape Cop Chips and Chinese Sausage
I recommend eating approximately 42 bags of cape cod chips while having your beach chair bolted into the sand with a nearby cooler. Salt and Vinegar preferably. As for Chinese Sausage, I had never eaten it prior to spending some summer weekends in Massachusetts with my in-laws but they make it and I gotta tell you, it is terrific. Indigestion be damned!
TV Commentary Of The Week
Succession – Still improving each episode! Not great “prestige television” but entertaining and with a good range of actors. It has already been renewed for season 2. I recommend getting on board with a quick binge watch of the first five episodes.
The Affair – I decided to give the new season a chance despite the last two seasons being fairly awful. The first three episodes were fairly encouraging and much more like season 1, which was built around people having different perspectives of the same events and a season long mystery taking place in a different timeline. Similar to Succession, not great “prestige television” but entertaining when the writing is on point, which appears to be the case this season.