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MikeGangGree... Icon : (22 November 2015 - 04:12 PM) God Job Fitz....The guys in red and blue don't play for you anymore
JSOTF Icon : (22 November 2015 - 04:14 PM) piss poor play all day, thanks to you assholes for giving me a slitght spark there at the end
JSOTF Icon : (22 November 2015 - 04:15 PM) referring to the Jets, not you guys! lol
ROBJETS Icon : (22 November 2015 - 04:15 PM) Well yeah Fitz threw a couple ints but if Thomkins would've been in instead of Smith things might be different since Thomkins catches almost everything and runs good routes
ROBJETS Icon : (22 November 2015 - 04:17 PM) I'm disgusted that they keep putting Smith in at all. He isn't an NFL caliber wr and never will be. You can work on route running but not Vaseline hands. He will never be anything more than a body catcher
ROBJETS Icon : (22 November 2015 - 04:20 PM) Either way yeah this team sucks. No playoffs for us. It's hard to blame Fitz though. He touched it out after having surgery and said his thumb hurts far worse than before the surgery. Plus the online was shit and he kept getting hit so it's hard to make Fitz a dud this week
ROBJETS Icon : (22 November 2015 - 04:20 PM) Fitz was under tremendous pressure all game
ROBJETS Icon : (22 November 2015 - 04:21 PM) If Fitz had good protection he would've made better throws. Also Marshall dropped a lot of easy catches
MikeGangGree... Icon : (22 November 2015 - 04:23 PM) f***........................
MikeGangGree... Icon : (22 November 2015 - 04:23 PM) I HATE THIS
MikeGangGree... Icon : (22 November 2015 - 04:24 PM) Dolphins looking to take us out next week also
MikeGangGree... Icon : (22 November 2015 - 04:24 PM) I think Mangold has a broken wrist
MikeGangGree... Icon : (22 November 2015 - 04:34 PM) Jets 4th loss by 7 points or less. I all 4 of them the jets had the Ball with under 2 mins to go with a chance to tie or win the game
santana Icon : (22 November 2015 - 04:35 PM) noooooooo
MikeGangGree... Icon : (22 November 2015 - 04:36 PM) yessssssssssssssss
MikeGangGree... Icon : (22 November 2015 - 04:53 PM) So now we have to pull for the Pats against the Bills to stay even with them
MikeGangGree... Icon : (22 November 2015 - 04:53 PM) BOOOOOOOOOOOOO
MikeGangGree... Icon : (22 November 2015 - 04:54 PM) Hate my life
vjdbbq Icon : (22 November 2015 - 06:11 PM) SLIDE YOU f*** HEAD SLIDE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
vjdbbq Icon : (22 November 2015 - 06:11 PM) I don't want to see Geno !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
MikeGangGree... Icon : (22 November 2015 - 11:42 PM) Report is mangold has a severe cut on his hand
ROBJETS Icon : (23 November 2015 - 02:12 AM) Jets playoff hopes are seriously on the edge of going down the drain with all the close records, tie breakers and better division win %.Steelers and Chiefs are prime for the 2 wild card spots. Jets pretty much need to run the table at this point for even a shot at a wildcard.
ROBJETS Icon : (23 November 2015 - 02:14 AM) Sucks big time after the season started so promising. 4-1 to total implosion. It sucks even more because we are so used to it we expect it every year now.
vjdbbq Icon : (23 November 2015 - 08:52 AM) Nice ass rob
MikeGangGree... Icon : (23 November 2015 - 12:31 PM) Jets cut copels today
MikeGangGree... Icon : (23 November 2015 - 12:32 PM) Coples
NJAzrael71 Icon : (23 November 2015 - 01:24 PM) Scott20119.....how about you go troll and spam some other site? Spammers can go f*** themselves.
ROBJETS Icon : (23 November 2015 - 05:39 PM) vjdbbq you have some serious metal and IQ issues. Why dont you go back to your old ways of never posting when you had only 5 or 6 posts since your join date in 07.
ROBJETS Icon : (23 November 2015 - 05:39 PM) mental
ROBJETS Icon : (23 November 2015 - 05:49 PM) Thanks for the news MGG. If the FO didn't try to shop him before the trade deadline it was stupid because releasing him now they get nothing. Maybe no one would've traded but if so even a 6th or 7th round draft pick or someone the team might be able to use would've been better than nothing
ROBJETS Icon : (23 November 2015 - 05:51 PM) He sucked this year but did have a career best 6.5 sacks in 2014 so a team change might work out for him.
azjetfan Icon : (23 November 2015 - 07:36 PM) Couples will land on the Bills when Rex grabs him off waivers
azjetfan Icon : (23 November 2015 - 07:37 PM) in the mean time does anyone think we would have a better record under Rex with this same team?
ROBJETS Icon : (23 November 2015 - 07:53 PM) Couples....it wouldn't surprise me and .....with Rex its hard to tell. His defensive scheming may be the best in football but this team has had a lot of injuries on both sides of the ball which has absolutely cost the team at least 3 games ......so as far as better record. it would be simply an opinion. Bowles has done a good job so I have no problems with him other than time out usage. That said I feel rex got a bad rap because he never had a qb even on Fitz caliber and Fitz is just average. But that is in the past so no sense even debating about it now. Rex is with a new team and we finally have a qb who doesn't completely suck. Still wish we had a true high level franchise qb though.
azjetfan Icon : (23 November 2015 - 09:34 PM) Watching the game and I am finding myself yelling at the bills offensive playcalling
azjetfan Icon : (23 November 2015 - 09:34 PM) Just stipupidity
azjetfan Icon : (23 November 2015 - 09:35 PM) run the ball every time on first and second with zero sucess
azjetfan Icon : (23 November 2015 - 09:36 PM) Out D is no where near as good as it should be under Bowles. I'm not sure why. I guess it's easy to blame Bowles but the bend and don't break philosophy isn't working
azjetfan Icon : (23 November 2015 - 09:39 PM) They should ban that pick play.
MikeGangGree... Icon : (23 November 2015 - 11:54 PM) As bad as we have played lately we are still a better coached team without Rex. Rex still has no clue how to manage the clock
MikeGangGree... Icon : (Yesterday, 12:03 AM) See. Can't manage the clock
vjdbbq Icon : (Yesterday, 08:05 AM) Hello Rob
vjdbbq Icon : (Yesterday, 08:06 AM) They cut coples to save money in case he got hurt practicing since he hardly played ; a business move .
Jetsfan115 Icon : (Yesterday, 12:58 PM) our D was better with shit CBs last year. rex is just better at calling a defense then bowles
Jetsfan115 Icon : (Yesterday, 12:58 PM) hopefully milliner comes back. where has mcdougle been? revis hurt and cro hurt
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Posted 20 May 2014 - 06:37 PM



Denver Broncos, Chicago Bears make list of best NFL offseasons

By Elliot Harrison
NFL Media analyst
Published: May 20, 2014 at 02:54 p.m. Updated: May 20, 2014 at 07:13 p.m. 480 Likes | 155 Comments
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Who has made the most of their offseason?

Since January, every front office has been trying to put its best foot forward, as there is no slowdown in the NFL calendar until June. Unfortunately, the clubs that haven't handled this period well in the past are the very franchises that must manage it better this year. That's how the 5-11's become the 11-5's.

That said, evaluating the organizational energy applied to molding a football roster provides unique insight into our sport. Simply put, you get a greater feel for the pressures general managers face on a daily basis upon looking at all the coaching hires, contractual decisions and draft-related confabs these guys must undertake.

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So, which front offices have done the best job in 2014? We counted down the 10 best below.

Now, in the interest of full disclosure, we gave more weight to the clubs that had to do more, or go outside the building for talent. Thus the Green Bay Packers, who got healthy, and the Philadelphia Eagles, who spent most of their capital re-signing their own guys, didn't make this list -- but they still had very positive offseasons. One of the Eagles' rivals did make it, partially by acquiring Philly's biggest vertical threat. ...

10) Washington Redskins
The DeSean Jackson signing was absolutely huge. This team has not had a guy who could get vertical AND make plays since Santana Moss deep-sixed Dallas on a Monday night back in 2005. (Please don't mention Anthony Armstrong here.) Yet, even prior to acquiring one of the fastest receivers in pro football, Washington was having a busy offseason. Head coach Jay Gruden was hired to both run the ship and develop RGIII's career. GM Bruce Allen brought in Jason Hatcher to fortify the front line of a defense that was up and down in 2013. Andre Roberts bolsters a now-strong receiving corps. The Redskins' draft haul wasn't as strong, however, as the RGIII trade left Washington without a first-round pick. That said, third-rounder Morgan Moses should be able to step in at right tackle immediately. And during the pre-draft process, he was considered a late first-round prospect by many folks, anyway.

Nothing is perfect ... (Yes, we're dumping a little cold water on each of these fine offseason efforts -- can't have anyone's head getting TOO big.)

The choice of Gruden to lead the team was far from universally praised. He's not a disciplinarian, and it is easy to point to Andy Dalton's trials as an indictment on this hire. Time will tell.

9) New Orleans Saints
Better too soon than too late. ... Many questioned trading Darren Sproles for a mere fifth-round draft pick. But considering that his game is built on explosion -- and that he turns 31 next month -- should the move be framed as anything but shrewd? Because of the dearth of trades in this era of the NFL, the Sproles transaction with Philly garnered perhaps more attention than the signing of Jairus Byrd -- arguably the best defender on the free-agent market, or very close to it. Getting Byrd, veteran leadership from Champ Bailey and a big corner (6-foot-3, 218 pounds) in Stanley Jean-Baptiste transforms what had been a soft spot in the defense into a solid unit for Sean Payton to lean on. (Though, if Payton does have to win games 34-30, adding Brandin Cooks' 4.33 speed to the slot sure doesn't hurt, folks.)

Nothing is perfect ...

The Jimmy Graham situation is a little sticky. The club is paying him like a tight end, but Graham ... er, his agent and the NFLPA ... consider him a wideout, based on how often he lined up in non-TE spots last season. The ruling could cost the Saints $5 million.

8) Baltimore Ravens
Ozzie Newsome might not be a wizard, but if I were a 29-year-old assistant GM, or a GM in the Arena League, I'd be calling, emailing, LinkedIn-ing him about being a mentor. Baltimore consistently handles its offeasons well, with this year being no different. The Ravens don't generally overspend on guys, and judiciously add players who can help the team win. What Newsome did this offseason was retool effectively in the draft, filling out the defense with safety Terrence Brooks, tackle Timmy Jernigan, and, most important, linebacker C.J. Mosley. Meanwhile, the offense needed another option besides tight end Dennis Pitta on third-and-6, and the team might have found it in Steve Smith. The 14th-year vet provides Baltimore with that fearless receiver in traffic who might gain 800 yards in the regular season, but makes eight miles worth of difference in the postseason.

Nothing is perfect ...

The run game is still terrible, and Ray Rice's availability could be in question following his February arrest on an aggravated assault charge.

7) Minnesota Vikings
Call the Minnesota Vikings' offseason solid, all the way around. The free-agency period represented a time of discernment, and the draft more of the same -- with a dash of Day 1 splash. That poor wordplay will hopefully be outdone by Teddy Bridgewater, who represented the first-round noisemaking from GM Rick Spielman. The Vikes had to address quarterback ... and did (via trade). Who cares if they did so much later on Thursday night than people initially thought they would? Ninth overall pick Anthony Barr has a chance to be a force in the NFL and, of course, is 10 years younger than the departed Jared Allen. On a less sexy note, the acquisitions of mid-tier players like DT Linval Joseph and CB Captain Munnerlyn might not have graced the cover of "US Weekly," but they did retool areas of decay. Let us also not forget the Mike Zimmer addition -- a head-coaching hire that was long overdue, according to many league observers.

Nothing is perfect ...

With Allen and Kevin Williams now gone, this defense is lacking some All-Pro leadership. Who can rally the troops -- and the crowd -- like Allen did? The NFC North's packed with offenses that can play.

6) New York Jets
The Jets seemingly did it all this offseason, acquiring a QB1 (maybe), RB1 (although not 2K) and WR1 (debatable) this offseason. Well, if Eric Decker isn't a true No. 1, he's a darn-good facet of a passing game that, all of a sudden, doesn't look so willowish. In fact, "Willow" was easier to watch than this team's pass offense last season, and that's saying something. GM John Idzik made sure the club added a tight end in the great college marketplace (Jace Amaro, a big target with viable if not top-end speed), as well as two more receivers in Round 4. As far as the RB1, Chris Johnson's best days might be behind him, but that doesn't mean he can't rush for 1,070 yards and eight touchdowns. That's all this team needs from him if Geno Smith steps it up this season. And if he doesn't, the Jets can always insert newcomer Michael Vick into the lineup. What about the defense, you ask? It's gotten much younger the last couple of years.

Nothing is perfect ...

Some of the defense's youth injection came at the expense of letting Antonio Cromartie walk. That's a loss, any way you look at it.

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5) Arizona Cardinals
I love the Deone Bucannon pick. Here's your next Adrian Wilson, Cardinals fans. But the choice of Arizona on this list is not all about the 2014 NFL Draft, though GM Steve Keim and the Cards' scouting department did a wonderful job filling needs two weeks ago. In fact, second-round pick Troy Niklas is an interesting tight end prospect -- when he learns how to leverage his 270 pounds more effectively, Arizona's run game should spike. But free agency was key in the desert this offseason, as Keim added Jared Veldheer -- a young and talented offensive tackle who still can improve -- while also bringing in an older vet who can make a solid defense one of the NFL's top three units. We're speaking, of course, of Cromartie, who teams with Patrick Peterson, Tyrann Mathieu and Bucannon to form a premier secondary. Lastly, taking a draft flier on QB prospect Logan Thomas was smart.

Nothing is perfect ...

We realize pass rushers don't grow on trees, but hoping John Abraham -- who just turned 36 years old -- secures 11.5 sacks again could be characterized as wistful thinking.

4) Jacksonville Jaguars
So many nice moves by GM David Caldwell and Co. this spring. Re-signing veteran quarterback Chad Henne was important for the Jags, even with the eventual selection of Blake Bortles. Acquiring defensive linemen Chris Clemons and Red Bryant -- both familiar with head coach Gus Bradley from their Seattle days -- makes a former weakness almost a strength. Adding Toby Gerhart to the backfield was solid. Then Jacksonville went out and had a great draft. Some say they reached on Bortles, but what were they supposed to do -- hope he lasted to the second round? He was their guy, so they pounced.

Nothing is perfect ...

This whole Justin Blackmon thing just reeks of blown opportunity for franchise and player. Sounds like the Jags' organization has already moved on. We'll see.

3) Denver Broncos
John Elway took a serious swing for the Super Bowl fences in the offseason, acquiring pass rusher DeMarcus Ware, cornerback Aqib Talib and safety T.J. Ward. Ward was the second-best safety on the free-agent market (behind Byrd); while he doesn't bring the name recognition of Ware or Talib, he brings critical youth and upside. Meanwhile, the Broncos needed to unload Bailey's salary, which is a very hard thing to do when a player has played at a Hall of Fame level -- no exaggeration -- for an organization. Elway managed that, as well. And we won't penalize Denver for replacing Decker with Emmanuel Sanders. To truly judge the latter's adequacy, we need to see how he performs in this Peyton Manning offense. What was Decker before Manning arrived?

Nothing is perfect ...

Although the Broncos picked up some needs, why not draft a playmaker like Marqise Lee with the 31st overall pick? The club is also putting much on Montee Ball's shoulders.

2) Chicago Bears

Around The League predicts the Week 1 starting lineups for all 32 teams, analyzing the potential impact of each rookie class.

AFC East
» Bills | Dolphins | Jets | Patriots
AFC North
» Bengals | Browns | Ravens | Steelers
AFC South
» Colts | Jaguars | Texans | Titans
AFC West
» Broncos | Chargers | Chiefs | Raiders
NFC East
» Cowboys | Eagles | Giants | Redskins
NFC North
» Bears | Lions | Packers | Vikings
NFC South
» Buccaneers | Falcons | Panthers | Saints
NFC West
» Cardinals | 49ers | Rams | Seahawks
General manager Phil Emery Rambo'd out on this offseason like Stallone in "First Blood Part II." Let's be honest, Jared Allen is far from Stallone-in-his-prime shredded, but the big 30-something can still produce 10 sacks for this team. Emery also knew he needed to fix the Bears' Achilles' heel -- run defense -- and did so by acquiring Lamarr Houston in free agency and drafting defensive tackles with their second- and third-round picks. Selecting cornerback Kyle Fuller in the first round makes a whole lot of sense in a division that features Aaron Rodgers and Matt Stafford. And drafting running back Ka'Deem Carey on Day 3 as some Matt Forte insurance will pay off.

Nothing is perfect ...

Shelling out $54 million guaranteed for Jay Cutler's re-up and $15 million guaranteed for Houston's five-year contract seems excessive. Losing Josh McCown hurts.

1) Tampa Bay Buccaneers
When a team cleans house after a lackluster season, you want to see it:

» Go after a respected commodity in a head coach.
» Hire an astute personnel mind at general manager.
» Acquire talented young free agents.
» Have a solid draft.

Oh, and you also want the organization to do its best to make over a stale image. That's the recipe for a solid offseason. The Bucs have knocked it out of the park since January 1.

New acquisitions Michael Johnson and Alterraun Verner are pups and address major team needs. Smith went 10-6 for the Chicago Bears the year he was fired, and his players love him. McCown had a helluva 2013 with the Bears, and with more than a decade in the league, might have been the perfect signing by GM Jason Licht. Adding Mike Evans and Austin Seferian-Jenkins in the 2014 NFL Draft gives McCown some trees to throw to, as well.

Nothing is perfect ...

About making over that organization's image ... not feeling those new uni's. You? (Hit us up ... @HarrisonNFL.)

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