Thursday, August 30, 2012


     If you have watche ESPN, checked out YouTube videos or read any sports articles then you have heard/seen plenty how the Jets are a horrible, disfunctional team with no talent and no chance to make the Playoffs.  Oh how a year changes.  For the past two years the Jets were known as one of the most talented teams in the League and not only Playoff bound, but SuperBowl contenders.  It boggles the mind how after an 8-8 season with team chemistry issues, a 25th ranked Offense and 5th ranked Defense is now one of the worst team in the NFL.  Well Jets fans, you know how far from the truth that is.
     Looking back at last year and what the Jets struggled with, it is clear that the Jets fixed most of those problems.  The Jets Defense couldn't stop TE's and passes over the middle.  Eric Smith is a great in-the-box run stuffer, but is suspect at best in pass coverage.  Jim Leanord was injured and is now playing for the Broncos, but was never a physical and athletic Safety.  The Jets looked to correct this by signing Free-Agents LaRon Landry, Yeremiah Bell and Drafting Josh Bush and Antonio Allen.  We have all heard that "if" Landry stays healthy the Jets are dangerous.  If you've watched any of the Pre-Season games this year you will notice that not only can Landry hit hard, he is also showing some ball-hawking skills with 2 interceptions in the last 2 games.  Yeremiah Bell has been limited with soreness, but he is also known as a BIG hitter and has a good grasp of the Defense.  Bush and Allen are both Rookies who look to spend this year devoloping, but Allens play may get him some time on the field this year.  He is a nice hitter, but had an excellent Training Camp intercepting plenty of passes.  If the Jets aren't able to stop TE's and RB's catching balls out of the back field count on these Safeties laying big hits to make Offensive players think three times running across the middle.
     The Jets Offensive Line struggled to make holes for their Running Backs and protect Sanchez for some pretty crushing hits.  Wayne Hunter is gone and plenty of Jets fans are crying from happyness.  In his place is young and raw Ryan Howard and 2nd Round "Bust" Jason Smith from the St. Louis Rams.  Howard has played well so far so the Jets have confidence in his ability and Jets fans know that he couldn't possibly be worse than Wayne Hunter.  There is a new Offensive Coordinator in Tony Sporano, wich means new schemes and philosophies.  The Jets are looking for a return to Ground and Pound, but Sporano isn't looking for Sanchez to be a "Game Manager".  Sanchez will be asked to make deep passes down the field to keep Defenses honest.  Greene has returned as the #1 RB after his first 1,000+ yard season and both Joe Mcknight and Bilal Powell have improved and it's still not clear which RB will play behind Greene and take over LT's 3rd down duties.  Besides Wayne Hunter the Offensive Line struggled due to injuries.  Everyone is healthy so look for improved play from the O-Line and RBs.
     In all 3 years under Rex Ryan the Jets haven't had the players that are able to get to the QB without exotic blitz packages.  Not only did the Jets address this issue in this years Draft by selecting DE Quinton Coples, but two of last years picks, DE Muhomad Wilkerson and NT Kenrick Ellis have both improved and put pressure on opposing QBs this Pre-Season, but OLB/DE Aaron Maybin, (Last years team leader in Sacks and Forced Fumbles) has returned in better shape and spent his first full Off Season to fully grasp the system and expand his role.  The Jets also added former Vikings Defensive Line Coach Karl Dunbar to the staff and he has improved the pass rushing skills to all of his Linemen even making DE Mike Devito, known for stuffing the run into a Pass Rusher off of the Edge.  The Jets now have Coples, Maybin, Wilkerson, Harris, Scott, Devito, Richardson, and Ellis with the ability and talent to get to the Quarterback on a consistant bases.
     The Jets may be on everyones list for worst teams, but anyone who knows Football and ignores Gossip Magazines knows the Jets are in for a bounce back year.  The Jets have not scored a single Touchdown in 3 Pre-Season games, but week one of the Regular Season is when it counts and the teams play for real.  That is when the Jets will unleash their Offense, which includes a new Wild-Cat package that the NFL has been curious about since th Jets made the trade for Tim Tebow.  The Jets will also have most of their Offensive players back healthy and the Defense will show off all of their bells, whistles, blitzes, and new line ups including the 4-3 and 46 Defense.  The time for talking about how disfunctional the Jets are and who will be the starting Quarterback.  Week one the Jets play the Bills and will either be 1-0 or 0-1.
     Let me know wat you #CAN'T WAIT for.  Is it a player, personel group, or scheme?  Share your thoughts and feelings on Gang Green and their doubters.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Why You Should Trust Mike Tannenbaum And Rex Ryan.

     Tebow Time came and went as Mark Sanchez and the new look Jets Offense played their first Pre-Season game against the Bengals.  The Jets finally made a move and moved on from Offensive Coordinator Brian Shottenheimer and brought in former Dolphins Head Coach Tony Sporano.  Head Coach Rex Ryan and General Manager Mike Tannenbaum brought in Sporano to be the mirror image of Rex Ryans Defense on the Offensive side of the ball.  Sporano and Rex share the same philosaphy of running the football, limiting turnovers, and playing great Defense.  Tonight was the first look of the new Offensive System and the new players that were brought onto the team.
     Neither Mark Sanchez or Tim Tebow looked impressive while leading the Offense and most of that was from poor protection from the Offensive Line.  All the Offensive players are learning a brand new system, so some growing pains were to be expected.  Mark Sanchez did appear to be decisive and released the ball very quickly.  Tebow looked more like a Quarterback than He did during His time with the Broncos.  He showed strong legs scrambling for some yards and the Jets will see plenty of that when Tebow steps on the field to run the Wild-Cat.  The Offense was without #1 WR Santonio Holmes and starting Right-Tackle Wayne Hunter due to injury, so this hampered the Offense.  Look for the Jets to add more plays and chemistry as the Pre-Season goes on.
     As far as the new Free Agents that Tannenbaum brought in, Safeties LaRon Landry and Yeremiah Bell didn't see much time as the #1's on Defense only played for the 1st Quarter.  The important news is that Landry looked quick and healthy.  If He can stay healthy for the entire Season the Jets will bost one of the top Secondaries in the League.  DE Jay Richardson #92 looked pretty good.  He is a 5th year player previously with the Oakland Raiders and Seattle Seahawks.  He is just another body on a very deep Defensive Lineman Roster.
     During the 2012 Draft when the Jets were up with the 16th selection chants of Melvin Ingram could be heard filling the Radio City Music Hall.  It was a shock to many (incuding myself) when DE Quinton Coples was announced as their pick when many felt Ingram was tailor made for the Jets Defense.  During last nights Pre-Season game between the Sand Diego Chargers, who picked Ingram with their first pick of the Draft and the Green Bay Packers, Ingram looked pretty impressive.  Ingrams play was so impressive that tweets of "Jets fans must be cringing right now" were sent out from NFL Analysts everywhere.  Coples was viewed by some as Vernon Gholston 2.0.  Many are aware that Gholston was a pick by then Head Coach Eric Mangini, but Tannenbaum still has final say and signed off on the pick.  This year Ryan hand picked Coples for his Defense, Tannenbaum signed off on it and in tonights Pre-Season game Coples didn't dissappoint.  The announcers constantly called his name as He was a part of most of the Defensive plays for the 1st 3 Quarters with a few tackles for loss and even a Sack/Forced Fumble.  It is still a long Season, but as good as Ingram was for the Chargers Round 1 of the Ingram vs Coples battle goes to Coples by a land slide.  Rex and Tannenbaum got it right.
     Other Rookies were a little more quiet.  2nd Round Pick WR Stephen Hill had a dropped ball when He was wide open for a First Down pass from QB Tim Tebow.  He did have a few snatches on balls that were a bit high.  Hill is known as a very raw prospect coming out of the Georgia Tech Option Offense.  His speed and height will only be an asset and He did have some moves out there.
     The other late round picks were still feeling their way around, but it is early on in their careers.  7th Round Pick WR Jordan White looked lost on Special Teams with a muffed Kick Off Return, but Un-Drafted Rookie WR Royce Pollard looked good in a catch and his Punt Return.  Mike Tannenbaum is known more for as a numbers guy, but this is the GM that Drafted T D'Brickashaw Ferguson, C Nick Mangold, CB Derrelle Revis, ILB David Harris, QB Mark Sanchez, RB Shonn Greene and oh yeah DE Quinton Coples.  He still has the issue of taking care of Derrelle Revis' contract, but since he has been the GM for the Jets, Mike Tannenbaum has made more smart moves than Vernon Gholstons.  Jets fans are in good hands with Tanny and Rex leading the way.
     What do you think is Tannenbaums best move since he took over in the 2006 Season?  Was it a Draft Pick, Free Agent signing, Coach Hire or Contract Extension.  Share your thoughts in the Comments section.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

PRESEASON WEEK 1: What To Watch For.

     Much has been made in the media of a scirmish between Jets teamates in the last 2 days of Training Camp.  Some believe this is the beginning of another year of a fractured locker room, and people who actually know what they are talking about know that this is a normal part of Training Camp across the League.  One thing everyone would agree on is that the Jets are ready to hit players wearing different color uniforms, and Jets fans want to see what their team has been working on all off season to correct an 8-8 season.
     New players through Free Agency, WR Chaz Schilens, S LaRon Landry, S Yeremiah Bell, K Josh Brown will be on full display in some position battles with the 2 new Safeties expected to be the new starters and answer to the biggest weakness on Defense.  Josh Brown has been in a tight battle with Nick Novak and the competition has brought out the best in both kickers, more notably Novak who seems to thrive during competition, but needs to be more consistant during the regular Season.  Safeties Landry and Bell were brought in to plug in the middle of the Secondary and stop TE's from bleeding the Defense dry.  Both players are known for being in the box players, so it will be good to see how they work in coverage knowing they can trust their Corners to handle their assignments one on one with no need for help.  Schilens was the vocal leader against CB Antonio Cromartie's comments about being the #2 WR on the Roster, so lets see if He can step up on the field as well.
     Many Jets fans are excited about the Jets contraversal 2012 Draft Class which may be as good as the 2007 Draft Class highlighted by CB Derrelle Revis and ILB  David Harris.  1st Round pick DE Quinton Coples wasn't  the player fans or critics expected to get with DE/OLB Melvin Ingram and OLB Courtney Upshaw still on the Board.  Coples looked good good in OTAs, but has been quiet for most of Training Camp.  The Jets have said that they will use more 4-3 alignments, so the Coples pick makes more sense, but the Jets need to see something from their 1st Round pick during the Pre-Season.
     2nd Round pick WR Stephen Hill is a big, fast, and strong WR that Fans and Critics are in love with.  He has his issues, but He is battling for the #2 WR position and the Jets are counting on him to step up.  He has impressed in Training Camp against Revis and Cromartie who are both far above average Corners, so it will be interesting to see how he does against Corners around the League and it all starts Friday.
     3rd Round pick ILB Demario Davis has most people taking a closer look.  With Bart Scott not playing well last year and being up there in age with a large contract it is a matter of when not if Davis will be inserted into the starting lineup.  Davis is a big hitter with a 4.5 40 yard dash.  His leadership skills have been on full display with comparisons to Ray Lewis, but the Jets want to see him show skills on the field.  Lets see if Davis can put pressure on the QB, stop the run and cover TEs as well as he leads off of the field.
     6th Round pick S Josh Bush and 7th Round pick S Antonio Allen are both developemental picks with neither expected to make any big impacts this year.  Bush is the only natural FS on the Jets Roster so the Jets were hoping to see something from him incase of injuries, but Allen who played exclusively in the box in S. Carolina has been the ball hawk in Training Camp above ALL of the Safeties.  It will be interesting to see how much these 2 players can pick up in their first year and if the Coaching Staff will implement certain packages, cause the players are just too good to keep them off of the field.
     Of course Tim Tebow will be heavily watched, but the QB who should be in the spotlight is starter Mark Sanchez.  How well has he picked up Tony Sporano's Offense and how much chemistry does he have with a Recieving Core that has had injuries and missed practices all Training Camp.  Sanchez has been praised by the Coaching Staff and Media alike for his leadership qualities and understandng of the QB Position.  Tebow will be Tebow and that is that.
     There is a battle for the #2 RB spot between 3rd year player Joe McKnight who was a superstar in kick-off returns last year and 2nd year player Bilal Powell who was abismal last year in the few snaps he recieved.  It doesn't matter who impresses during practice because when it comes to the RB position it is all about what you do with the pads on and the bodies flying.
     I am most excited to see what Sanchez does under center, how good Stephen Hill can be and how hard Landry is going to hit someone.  What are you looking for in the Jets 1st Pre-Season game against the Bengals Friday night?

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Is ESPN More Like A Gossip Show???

     ESPN has had full coverage at Jets Training Camp up in Cortland New York.  Everyday you will see an interview with various members of the Jets organization.  There is one interview that has been blown completely out of praportion by the Media that really shows that ESPN is lacking analysts with the ability to Gossip more than speak about Football ins and outs.
     Antonio Cromartie appeared on a segment of ESPN's First Take.  During His interview it was brought up that the Jets would line up Cro for a hand full of plays at WR.  After Cromartie was asked where He would place HIMSELF on the WR chart his response was complimentary to HIMSELF.  He stated that he would place himself 2nd up there with Santonio Holmes.  He stated that He knows all the Route Trees and his raw athletesism an talent, he would place himself 2nd.  There was no problem when He said this on First Take, but somehow this became a fractured locker room again.
     The problem would have been if Cro said that He would place himself 6th or 7th.  You are suppose to have confidence and if any player on the team were to be asked where they would place THEMSELVES it would be alarming if they said they are the worst and the bottom of the barrell.
     ESPN and most other Media Members have been waiting for anything to happen so the can write stories on the "Debacle" that is the New York Jets.  8-8 is not 2-14 or even 6-10, but somehow the Jets who had 15 teams ahead of them in the Draft were the most messed up team?  The Giants won the SuperBowl at 9-7 in the regular season.  That is 1 game more than the Chaotic Jets.
     Most ESPN Analysts now say that the Jets will have a losing Season and miss the Playoffs for the 2nd straight Season.  Most reasons are due to the dysfunction as an organization.  It just seems to me that the "Experts" are more focused on the end of last Season than the team that is on the Jets.  Tim Tebow will be a problem for the Jets when the fans start screaming for Tebow Tebow Tebow!!!  Problem with that is that Jets fans are not Bronco fans.  We are relevant and don't need headlines.  Jets fans want wins and you need the best players to win.  Even ESPN has noted that there is no QB Contreversy now because Mark Sanchez is leaps and bounds ahead of Tim Tebow.
     We don't hear much about how the Jets revamped their Safety Positions which was the biggest weakness on Defense last year.  A Defense that finished 5th in the League last year.  It would be safe to say that a team that fixes weaknesses would be BETTER, but not if you work for ESPN or the Media.  Before the Season started it was noted that Sanchez needed a QB, to challenge Him, but somehow Tebow is not allowed to be that challenger.
     Cromartie said nothing wrong and Chaz Chillens' reaction to it was over blown.  Head Coach Rex Ryan let His players know to be smarter when they speak to the Media.  ESPN said that it was an attempt to curve a fractured locker room. I have some common sense so i disagree.  Rex Ryan was trying to let his team know that the Media is trying to stir things up, so make sure your smart and don't give the Media anything that they can stretch and use against them.  The Jets don't have a contraversy, so the Media needs to make some to sell papers and keep viewers tuned in.
     In a week the Jets get to put on pads and play against another team in a pre-season game and the Wins can start piling up and the Media will naturally back pedal and start to praise the Jets that they believed in all the time.  Football commentary is suppose to be about Football.