What Can Jets Get Out Of Joe McKnight Next Year?

The highlights of Joe McKnight’s rookie season were vomit, fumbles, and failed conditioning tests…not exactly what the Jets were hoping for when they traded Leon Washington away and drafted McKnight in the 4th round last year.

There was a flash of light at the end of the tunnel however when McKnight played well in the Jets meaningless regular season finale, posting 158 yards on 32 carries. He also began to become a decent special teams contributor toward the end of the season. Did McKnight learn his lesson and was this a sign of things to come, or are we kidding ourselves getting excited about a game that was treated like the pre-season and a few good reps on the punt team?

Rex Ryan has talked about giving McKnight a bigger role on the offense in his second year. The Jets drafted him to be their long term third down back but he won’t quite have that role this year because of LaDainian Tomlinson’s presence. Regardless, you would think the Jets will have a package of plays to keep him involved on a consistent basis.

McKnight was drafted because of his speed and versatility. He has the ability to be split out and be a threat catching passes out of the backfield. When the Jets decide to attempt a screen pass (which has been a recurring nightmare under Brian Schottenheimer), McKnight should be a frequent target. He should be also getting reps on stretch plays and tosses that take advantage of his speed.

It is has also been revealed that Jim Leonhard will no longer return punts, which opens up an opportunity for McKnight  on special teams. There is also a chance he could be the team’s kick returner if Brad Smith doesn’t come back next season.

Nobody is expecting a monster year from McKnight in 2011. Yet, he needs to provide a few productive plays each week on offense, along with becoming a reliable returner. If he can do that, he will take a big step in the right direction towards becoming this team’s long term third down back.

12 Pack Of Jets Off-Season Thoughts – Edition #7

The 12 pack is back with a very special Decertification Edition

We are actually going to take a slightly different approach today with the 12 things TOJ will miss the most about the New York Jets if there is an extended lockout/legal battles/whatever is about to happen with these CBA negotiations, in no particular order…

1. Rex Quotes – My favorite television shows of all-time are Lost, The Wire, The Sopranos, and…Rex Ryan’s Press Conference. The first three are already off the air, and now I have to deal with the fourth going away? I don’t know about you but I will miss a Super Bowl guarantee every other day, excessive praise for Jets players, and of course wigs.

2. Game Ending Heroics —

3. Bizarre Breakfasts – How many random mornings were made more entertaining by a bizarre Jets headline this past year? Who is making foot fetish videos? Who is sleeping with a 17 year old? Who has cursed out Tom Brady on the front of the Daily News? Now we have to read about legal proceedings every morning…

4. Waiting for another interview like this

5. Bashing Schotty – If there is no games, there is no reason to write five paragraphs trying to explain why Brian Schottenheimer called a reverse to Jerricho Cotchery on 2nd and 1 that went for a 9 yard loss.

6. The LT Glide

7. The Progress – The last two years have been major steps in the right direction for the New York Jets organization. It would figure that when they are on the precipice of being a Super Bowl team this type of legal mess would occur.

8. The Smack Talk – You can’t run your mouths to Patriots fans if the two teams aren’t playing and you can’t run your mouths to Giants fans if Eli Manning isn’t throwing four interceptions every game because he isn’t on the field.

9. Eating A Goddamn Snack

10. Free Agency Madness – This time of the year is usually reserved for constant refreshing of the computer to see what big name the Jets have signed or traded for.

11. Talking Football With All Of You, Not Legal Matters – Debating, yelling, arguing, cursing with all of you about the Jets and the NFL is a hell of a lot more fun that talking about decertification and appeal courts.

12. Just a sad day for all us NFL fans.

A New Member Joins the TOJ Team

As always, follow us on twitter at, www.twitter.com/TurnOnTheJets and on facebook at www.facebook.com/TurnOnTheJets to get your up to the minute TOJ news.

TOJ would like to welcome a new member to our writing team, AJ Malvisi from Bucknell University, making the Patriot League well represented here (I went to Lehigh for graduate school). AJ will be leading our coverage of the NFL Draft, but first here is a chance to get to know him a little better…

My name is AJ, and I’m going to be the new contributor at TOJ, I’m really excited about this opportunity to talk New York Jets football in the coming weeks with you guys, but first let me clarify a few things.  No, that isn’t a young Darrelle Revis you see on your screen, that’s me, and the beginning of my sometimes great, sometimes miserable life as a Jets fan.  The gang green gene was passed down to me from my Dad, and I have been bred to a life in Green and White (and Blue and Orange, unfortunately). How many years have I been rooting for the Jets? That’s hard to say, there are real time years, and then there are Jets fan years (rough conversion 1yr=2.25 NYJ yrs) so while I still may be in glorified summer camp college, I feel like I am having my mid life crisis as a Jets fan.

My first memory related to the Jets was nagging my dad in his room one morning as I was attempting to conceptualize how any fully functional human being could root for a team that had only won 1 game the entire season.  As he climbed into bed he looked at me and said, “Son, I just don’t know how we do it.”  But such is life when rooting for the Jets, they make you scream at your TV, rip your hair out, bite your finger nails, and start chain smoking, but when they win, when they give back the effort and passion that you give in each and every day, its euphoric.  It is the Yin and Yang of being a Jets fan, for every time Doug Brein misses two game winning kicks with less than two minutes to go in a playoff game leaving you sitting dumbfounded holding hands with your uncles asking God why you go to church on Sunday; Shonn Greene runs over Chargers FS Eric Weddle and into the end zone in the divisional playoffs prompting you to start screaming and hugging random people at a bar in Spain where you are the only Jets fan within a 4,000 mile radius; but I digress.

The decision to write on this blog was an easy one, I’m passionate about my team and I’m relishing the chance to talk to other smart, enthusiastic, and opinionated fans.  Until the end of April, I will be bringing you NFL draft coverage to feed you your off season needs.  I cant wait, see you next time.

New York Jets Playoffs Scenario Week 14

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The Jets clinch a playoff spot this week with the following

1) A Jets Win + SD loss or tie + JAK loss or tie

2) A Jets Win + SD loss or tie + IND loss or tie

3) A Jets Tie + OAK loss or tie + SD loss + IND loss

Schedule

  • Indianapolis At Tennessee – Thursday, 8:20 PM
  • Oakland At Jacksonville – Sunday, 1 PM
  • Kansas City At San Diego – Sunday, 4:15 PM

Instant Reaction: Same Old Jets

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When you have 10 days to prepare for your biggest game of the year. It doesn’t say much for your organization when you are completely out coached, out schemed, out played, and out everything you can think of.

The New York Jets were exposed as frauds tonight. They were embarrassed on national television and unequivocally proven to be second class citizens in the AFC East and the AFC. Don’t talk about the Jets with the Patriots, Ravens, or Steelers anymore. They aren’t on that level or even close for that matter. They are now in the mix with the Chiefs, Jaguars, Colts, Chargers, and the rest of the mediocrity throughout the conference.

There won’t be any home playoff games this year and don’t write the Jets in as a playoff team yet. You think the team you watched tonight is going to Pittsburgh or Chicago and getting a victory?

The Jets defense was awful tonight. Not just awful, but they quit and let Tom Brady completely dice them apart. They ushered Danny Woodhead down the field so he could make us cringe, as Joe McKnight looked good in his winter jacket on the sideline. Antonio Cromartie lacked effort and forgot how to tackle. Drew Coleman…looked like, well Drew Coleman.

I can’t write enough about how pathetic the effort level was on defense. It starts with Rex Ryan, who didn’t have his team prepared tonight and did a terrible job with game management and game planning. Sorry Rex, it doesn’t make sense to challenge a quarterback sneak on your offense’s first drive, just like it doesn’t make sense to blitz the house and leave Drew Coleman one on one with Wes Welker. Where was Darrelle Revis by the way?

Offense? Mark Sanchez isn’t ready yet. He was shaken from the first possession of this game. Braylon Edwards is back to dropping passes in big spots. Dustin Keller? Where was he? At least Santonio Holmes and Shonn Greene showed up, but that was about it.

It was one thing to lose the game. It is another thing to be embarrassed. It is another thing to quit and be completely humiliated. Hell, I am embarrassed I spent 10 days writing articles previewing the game and the Jets couldn’t put up an effort.

Say it with me now…

Same. Old. Jets.

I need a day off.

Jets Season At A Crossroads

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A little dramatic in the title?

I don’t think so.

The reality of the situation is this, the Jets season is going to head in to two very different directions depending on the result of Monday night’s game.

A win equals a 2 game lead on the Patriots with 4 games left to play. Unless the Jets meltdown in the last quarter of the season, they are looking at a #1 or #2 seed, a first round bye and a home playoff game in the divisional round of the playoffs. You can’t ask for a better road to the Super Bowl and the organization is way overdue on hosting a playoff game.

A loss? The Jets fall to the all too familiar position of chasing New England. They could have 1 or 2 games to make up depending on how the rest of the division schedule plays out, but realistically it would be very unlikely for the Jets to catch the Patriots, which means a trip back into the wild card.

The road to the Super Bowl then likely involves a first round trip to either Indianapolis or San Diego. Do you want to deal with Peyton Manning  in the first round? I don’t. Beyond that, a victory will result in a trip to either New England, Pittsburgh, or Baltimore.

Yes, it is a little dangerous to put all your eggs in the basket of a week 13 game and yes it would absolutely to be an exaggeration to say the Jets 2010 season was in major trouble with a loss. However, the opportunity is there to jump in the driver’s seat of not just the AFC East but of the entire conference and great teams take advantage of those opportunities.

So for once, can the Jets avoid doing it the hard way?