Getting to Know the Writers: Stephen Zantz

Q&A with Turn on the Jets writer Stephen Zantz.

The inaugural installment of “Getting to Know the Writers” features TOJ writer and talk show host Stephen Zantz. We ask him about his background, why he wanted to write for TOJ, and his best Jets-memories.

Where did you grow up and where do you live now? I was born in Queens but grew up in Marlboro, NJ. Currently, I live in Midtown Manhattan.

Where did you go to school and what did you study? I am a WVU alumni who graduated with a degree in Marketing and a minor in communications. Go Mountaineers! Always will have a soft spot for Geno Smith.

What do you do for work? My job title is an Associate Director of Paid Search at an ad agency. I oversee the day-to-day of BMW and MINI Cooper’s paid search and manage a team of 5.

When and how did you become a Jets fan? I was born into this thanks to my dad (why couldn’t we like someone else as a family!). I would say it’s been my entire life but I didn’t really care a lot until middle school.

When was your first Jets game and how did it go? The 2004 home opener against Cincinnati. I’ll never forget it. Curtis Martin ran like a mad man against the Bengals defense. It was also Carson Palmer’s first career start. The Jets won so I thought they were a good team, little did I know.

What is your favorite Jets moment? This was the easiest to answer. The 2011 Divisional game against New England. As a 29-year old Jets fan, this is basically the super bowl for me because this team hasn’t won one in 52 years. The Bart Scott “Can’t Wait” interview is still my favorite to this day. Put some respect on Mark Sanchez’s name people!

Do you follow any other teams outside of the Jets? I love the Knicks (they are actually my favorite team but Jets are a close second). I am also a Yankee and Ranger fan but I’m not the biggest follower of both baseball and hockey.

How did you first become involved with TOJ? I followed Joe C on Twitter for years and read the site. I got pulled in by the weekly 12 pack and then really enjoyed the other content. Joe and I use to interact on Twitter and one day I reached out to him about becoming a writer. I sent him a sample and we published it a day later.

What is your favorite part about TOJ? It’s a great group of people who are super passionate about the team. Our slack group is much needed therapeutic relief of getting your thoughts and opinions out. I also love that every person who is part of the site doesn’t feel exactly the same. We share a lot of common opinions but we have some good arguments. I also like how everyone is really trying to find new ways to differentiate us from other websites. Couldn’t be happier to be a part of it.

What is your favorite hobby? I’m really into music. I love making playlists on my spotify account specifically for old school hip hop/rap. I used to randomly DJ parties for my fraternity in college and people would love the songs I would throw on. Also love to play Warzone with my friends. I’ve never played with Connor Hughes if anyone is wondering.

Which do you like more: podcasts or books? Podcasts for sure. I listen pretty much daily. I love Bill Simmons’ podcast. I also used to big into Pardon My Take but haven’t been as into lately. I think podcasts are the best form of media out there today because there is one for everyone and it can be heard on your own time no matter how old it is.

What is your favorite Jets twitter account? I feel like I’ll be called a shill if I say Joe C but outside of Joe, I would definitely say Drew from Jersey. The guy just cracks me up. His Mahomes and Kingsbury tweet that he has pinned is an all timer. I also love his analogies for coaching candidates as well.

TOJ Live ft. Stephen Rodriguez

The TOJ Live hosts interview Stephen Rodriguez of FTN and Bleav Podcasts.

Check out the latest episode of Turn on the Jets Live on Youtube!

Hosts Stephen Zantz and Stephen Russo chat with Stephen Rodriguez of Bleav Podcasts and FTN about a variety of Jets-related topics.

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Zantz’s Final Mock Draft (7 Rounds/No Trades)

Stephen Zantz Gives his Last Mock Draft of 2021!

It is officially draft week and this upcoming weekend can shape the future of the New York Jets for the next decade. The Jets are loaded with draft capital and Joe Douglas has repeatedly stated he plans to build through the draft. Let’s hope he can back up his promise with a strong second draft class. The following mock draft was generated through the PFF simulator with the settings geared heavier towards positional value. This also includes zero trades although I believe JD will be active on day 2 and 3 in the trade market.

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Zantz’s 3-Round Mock Draft Early April

Stephen Zantz offers his 3 round mock draft.

Draft month is officially here as we enter the first week of April. The Jets are going to be one of the more fascinating teams when the process kicks off on 4/29. The Jets have two 1st and 3rd round picks because of the Jamal Adams trade. This could allow Joe Douglas to wheel and deal to accumulate more capital depending on how the board falls. This mock draft is based on the Jets standing completely pat at each selection they currently own. It was created based on The Draft Network’s simulator and predictive big board.

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Jets Free Agency Reaction – One Week Later

Stephen Zantz offers his thoughts on Week 1 of Jets Free Agency.

The first week of free agency is officially in the books.  The Jets were active but not overly aggressive for some of the higher priced free agents. Some needs were filled but there are plenty of holes that remain on the current roster. I know this isn’t a finished product, but I wanted to provide my initial thoughts to the moves one week in.

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Draft SZN: Deshaun, Defense, and the Draft

Stephen Zantz, James Kuntz, and Joe Belic discuss Deshaun Watson, the Jets Defense, and several other draft topics.

On this action-packed episode of Draft SZN, James Kuntz and Joe Belic are joined by guest host Stephen Zantz for a discussion of:

-Compensation and draft implications of a Deshaun Watson trade

-How CJ Mosley’s return will elevate the Saleh defense

-Saleh’s influence on the draft

-Best running back prospects for an outside zone system

-A very talented Minnesota receiver

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Who Might Join Robert Saleh’s Staff?

Stephen Zantz highlights several coaches who might join Robert Saleh’s staff.

It’s an exciting day for the Jets as they have hired Robert Saleh to be their new head coach. Jet fans never thought Saleh was seriously in play prior to the process due to his ties to Detroit and high demand from other teams. Be as it may, Joe Douglas did his magic and locked Saleh up for 5 years. Now that Saleh is in the building, I’ve highlighted a few potential staff additions.

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The History Of Why Adam Gase Was The Wrong Choice

Stephen Zantz

The Jets are 3 weeks away from potentially (and very likely) becoming the 3rd team in NFL history to finish 0-16. Adam Gase is a major reason why this franchise has taken multiple steps backwards instead of forwards. I have highlighted all the events that led to this point and his inevitable firing on January 3rd or 4th.

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Way Too Early – Who Should Be The Jets Next Head Coach?

Stephen Zantz looks at the New York Jets top HC candidates for 2021

The results on Sunday don’t matter for the New York Jets anymore. Since there is nothing to takeaway from this QB play or team in general, I came up with the way too early list for who should be the next head coach. Adam Gase is a dead man walking

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