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Posted 18 Mar 2015I doubt we deal Milliner, no way we get good value for him right now. No idea what the specifics are for Cro, but the deal may be structured so we can dump him after a year and free up cap space. We could use this year to give Milliner some more experience and make sure he's healthy. If Milliner looks good, we could then cut Cro and have Milliner and Skrine duke it out for being #2 come 2016.
Posted 12 Mar 2015I'm glad to hear someone's still thinking about April. Yes it's been an exciting offseason, but let's not forget about having the 6th overall pick in the draft. And having such a high pick is by no means "cheap." We're talking about a prime opportunity to pick a future franchise player as well as our most tantalizing trade piece not named Sheldon Richardson. That said, WR is no longer a first round need. Sure, Marshall isn't young, but he should be a legit #1 WR for another 2-3 years. Decker is as good a #2 we could ask for. If I'm not mistaken, if we sign Harvin after the Draft, we owe the Seahawks nothing more. If he's still around; and with his injury history, temper issues, and high asking price, he very well might be, then going after him AT THE RIGHT PRICE makes sense. Nevertheless, Marshall/Decker/Kerley and an emerging Amaro should provide more than enough talent as pass-catchers. But there are still legit concerns that we need to consider:
QB: I like the Fitz trade myself, but he clearly isn't a long term fix, so the Mariota question still lingers. But we have a new front office, and I can't imagine they want to kickoff their inaugural training camp with a 3-way QB competition. Let's just have Geno and Fitz have an honest to God fight for the starting spot. Fitz has been solid before, Geno could put together a consistent season, and lord knows they'll have weapons at their disposal. Let's see what happens.
RB: I know we resigned Powell and he's fine, but if we trade down, Todd Gurley or Melvin Gordon are awfully intriguing. Ivory is a solid yet injury prone back, while Powell is just fine, and with an impossible to predict air attack, getting a beast backfield might be the way to make our offense go.
OT: I'm very happy with the Carpenter signing, that should do a lot to shore up the interior line. Yet we currently still have Breno starting opposite Brick. That's terrifying. Brandon Schreff is an elite OT prospect, while Peat and Collins are good prospects if we trade down. There are options here.
Edge rusher: I think people look at our studly line and the Harris resigning and figure everything is fine with the front 7. But we don't have a dominate edge rusher, and really haven't had one ever since we switched to a 3-4. Calvin Pace is easily replaceable. This draft class is loaded with studly 3-4 OLBs/4-3 DEs types who should fit well in Bowles's system. Randy Gregory, Dante Fowler Jr, and Shane Ray would all make a ton of sense here. If we end up staying at 6, this is probably the route to go.
FS: If Bowles & co. are as smart as we hope, they'll know Pryor is meant to be a punishing SS and will slot him there appropriately. Yet we still need an upgrade at FS. Landon Collins is hands down the best safety in the Draft; however, he's more in the mold of Pryor than a FS. Beyond him, there may not be a safety picked in the first 2 rounds. We'll need to go elsewhere to address this issue.
Posted 8 Jan 2015So how do the jets get back to being competitive?
well its a long list but we'll start at the top
1) Find a GM - this has to happen 1st as it will be his job to start fixing the team. Somebody who is a football guy and hire an accountant guy as assistant GM. we need to do better in the draft and landing free agents that can help.
2) Hire a coach - whoever the GM is, he will need to pick a coach. the 2 will be tied together for quite some time. let him pick his guy. The rest of the staff is still here. out OC and DC haven't gone anywhere, finding a coach that fits with out system would be nice, but not necessary
3) Let the coach get his coordinators/assistants - were not tied to a QB. geno will be here, simms will be our emergency QB. we still don't have a starter but either way, any QB we get will need to learn our system, so changing now won't be a huge deal. The defense is built for a 3-4 but I think we can adjust to a 4-3 easily if needed. wilk stats at DE, richardson swings inside with snacks and coples moves back to DE, another option is to have rich and wilk at ends and snacks and ellis at DT and leave coples at OLB. we have enough versatility with coples who can play OLB or DE, Rich who can be a DT or DE, and Davis who has the ability to play ILB or OLB.
4) Talent - we need to add talent, between the draft and free agency. we have an as ton of money to spend. brick and mangold should restrucutre, harvin should restructure.
5) resign key players
Breakdown by position
QB) Geno and simms - we need a 3rd QB preferably someone who can start but its not out there, the best option is to land a QB. maybe winston but doubtful. I"d liek to see us find a way to land him though. if not it'll be geno and some other journeyman competing.
RB) ivory, powell, CJ - not a great group, but not bad. ivory is tough but weak in the pass game and injury prone, CJ's best years are behind him but we cna keep him 1 more year. he's a good reviever and pass blocker so he compliments ivory well. powell is a decent jack of all trades. this position can wait. bohannon will be back and connor is good. 1 of them will take the FB role
TE) amaro, cumberland, sudfeld - were good here. lets see what amaro can do, cumberland is decent, sudfeld is a good 3rd TE.
WR) harvin, decker, kerly - all 3 are locked up for 4+ years. decker has shown when healthy he is a capable number 1. keep harvin but restructure. he's explosive and compliments decker who is more a possession guy. kerly is a good slot WR who had a rough year. we need to add some depth here though. evans will be back off IR from his rookie season. we need to grab some depth though the draft or FAs
O-line) brick, mangold, colon, winters, brent - this group is terrible. mangold is still a stud, brick is declining but good enough still. the rest are trash. colon is a penalty machine who's best years are long gone, winters is a bum, and brent is a bum. both would be solid backups. abushi did ok for the injured winters but still not a starter. we need to find 2 new starters at least and demote our starters to backups and we'll have depth. need to get o-line in free agency and the draft
D-line/LBers) wilk, snacks, ellis, richardson, coples, davis, pace, harris - resign harris. he will be out MLB regardless of the system. i grouped them together because we don't know if we will be a 3-4 or 4-3 and depending on the system, some guys will change positions. either way front 7 is a strength of this team and doesn't need to be addressed. any system we play our d-line will be top 5 as will the front 7 as a whole.
DBs) not even gonna list names - this whole group is trash. period. needs major upgrades. pryor has been a bust but too young to give up on. he needs to make big improvements. he'll be out SS, landry is a decent FS but we need an upgrade, jarret has given us decent depth as does allen. I'd like to see a better FS but overall safety isn't a huge position in need of changes. guys just need to improve. CBs however are bad. milliner will get 1 more year to prove he can be healthy and play, but i don't want him as a number 1, we'll try him as a number 2. there are some decent options at CB in free agency. cro and revis should be available as well as a few other good guys. we need to land 1 of them as our number 1 CB. mcdougle will be back off IR from a rookie as the 5th CB and our 4thCB can be the one who has played well this year for us starting, i can't remember his name
SP teams) harvin is a great KR, PR is an issue, maybe evans can do it? kerly is solid but doesn't get many yards. folk had an off year but is still a stud. quigly did OK. not worried about special teams.
Biggest offseason needs (players)
I think you definitely bring up some good points. A few things that stand out:
WR: You mention this group as being set. I'm not too sure. Harvin is injury prone and known to be a cancer in the locker room. Also I think someone posted an article here that mentioned he's not willing to restructure. Decker also has durability concerns and I'm not entirely convinced he's a true #1. With the #6 pick, personally there's no one I want more than Amari Cooper. Amazingly talented WR who, to my knowledge, is without off the field concerns. He seems like the safest pick and could really shore up the receiving corps. Obviously getting a QB who can throw isn't a bad idea, just not sure it'll be in this draft. I just hope he falls, otherwise consider trading down.
O-Line: I agree entirely and I think this is an area of concern that isn't getting highlighted enough. Winters is still growing, there's still a chance he develops into something. Colon and Breno are meh at best. Easily replaceable. Brick is still worth something and obviously Mangold as well, but they'll both be 31 in 2015. I have no problem using some mid round picks to infuse the offensive line with youth and talent.
Front 7: I like your comment on versatility being a huge plus for us, especially with Coples, making both the 4-3 and 3-4 viable options for us and whatever coaching scheme may come. Resigning Harris MUST happen.
Secondary: Yeah. I still think Milliner can develop into a good player, even if that's not Revis 2.0 like we hoped. We definitely need to target a good veteran CB in free agency, and if for some reason we can't land someone in FA I would not be opposed to targeting this position in round 1. Let's just pray for Pryor to grow.
I am curious though, what are your thoughts on using some cap space to extend guys like Richardson, Wilkerson, and/or even Davis?
Posted 4 Jan 2015
Posted 4 Jan 2015Oh, nice of you to stop by
Well shucks I thought somebody had to miss me
It would be nice to get a tall target with good hands for a change. Last tall Wideout we took a shot at couldn't catch a cold.
Honestly I just want a playmaker at WR, the team needs one. I'm still not convinced Decker is a true #1, and neither he nor Harvin are exactly durable. I'd love Cooper at #6 but if that's not an option, then I'm with you on trading down for a Parker or White. Of course, finding a QB who can get the ball to anyone on this team wouldn't be a bad first step, but I'm not sure this will end up being the Draft where we find that guy.
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