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Posted 25 Nov 2014clearly this team is rebuilding. the good thing is we are still pretty young. So how do we go about fixing the jets?
1) QB - keep geno and vick, let them have a real battle next year to start, but neither is the future. Draft a QB this year high, as in top 5 pick, even if we have to trade up and let him sit as the 3rd QB and learn, don't throw him into the wolves. We start young Qbs too early and ruin them.
2) RBs - I think we are ok for now. ivory is good and young, powell is serviceable, get rid of Cj and grab a young speedy back late in the draft, maybe 5th or 6th rounder. FB is fine with bohanon or connor
3) TEs - ok here, let amaro play, he can be good. cumberland is serviceable and sudfield is an OK 3rd
4) O-line - needs desperate attention. LG is bad (both winters and his replacmenet) brick and mangold are declining, colon is too old and always gets penalties and giacome has been a bad pick up. this oline has little future ahead of itself and we need to start investing heavily in good lineman through the draft now. maybe use our 3rd and 4th round picks on lineman
5) WRs - decker, harvin, and kerly are all 27 or younger and signed for the next 4-5 years. were good there. could look to add some depth as our other WRs suck. hakim needs to go, graham could probably stay as a 5th or 6th. saunders should be back off IR. I don't think we need to invest much here at all
1) D-line - we are set for a while. lick up snacks and wilk. rich still has years left on his rookie deal. all are really good and really young.
2) ILBs - haris is getting older and not what he used to be, davis is a stud, no depth either. we need to look at ILBs soon but its not as pressing as other needs. could wait until the 2016 offseason to address
3) OLBs - coples has been decent but not 1st round worthy. pace is on his last legs. barnes is situational. OLB is a pressing need but we won't be able to address it this year, can get by 1 more year and address it in 2016
4) CBs - oh god we are bad here. milliner gets 1 more season to show he can be healthy and play well. sign an instant starter opposite of him. we could bring in revis or cro we have money and could try to land sherman. but we need someone who can start and cover badly. pair him with milliner, resign wilson for the nickle CB spot mcdougle takes the dime back hopefully, draft a CB in the 2nd round to challenge for a spot as well. there are 6 CBs with 1st round grades from what i've seen, one should fall into the 2nd round since were picking early. keep walls as the 6th CB and cut everyone else on our roster
5) Safety - landry is a FA, we should let him walk. devin mcourty could replace him and is a FA and young. So is taylor mays. i say we grab both, keep pryor obviously and hope he matures and keep jarret and allen. 5 safeties is enough
K) folk is a beast and under contract. no worries here
P) quigly sucks, should try some punters out but not waste too many resources on one
KR) harvin is fine here
PR) kerly is sure handed and being our 3rd WR now i'd stay with this
1)keep the staff. Our defense is over performing and thats becuase of rex. He needs to stay, the problems are not his fault. Marty is a proven OC, he just needs better tools.
2) Fire idzik - 2 shitty drafts in a row where with almost 20 picks we got richardson and thats about it. milliner is hurt every year, pryor sucks so far, and no late picks have done anything. remember the years of MT where we got contributors late like stucky in the 7th, leon and brad smith in the 4th, allen in the 7th, etc etc. JI hasn't done that and has missed on his early picks too.
3) Woody - i know I hear fire woody, but i have to ask why? he's done everything he can as an owner. he's shelled out big money, he hired a head hunter to find a GM, nothing falls on woody. He will probably give izdik and rex one more year, I can't fault him for that TBH but if it doesn't turn around next year, izdik has to go and if not, woody can start taking blame
5) traded to seattle?
I think this will get us on the right track to contending again. thoughts?
Posted 3 Nov 2014So i figured i'd point out a few things from sunday
1) Harvin is our best WR. - even with the limited time he's been with the team, he's shown already he's better then decker. Decker has been good, don't get me wrong, but harvin is the playmaker we needed. he's also a huge upgrade on kick returns from saunders (cut) and powell (should get cut) and hakim (should get cut) which also makes me wonder why hakim and powell are still here, especially since kerly is back to returning punts and harvin is returning kicks. harvin would have had a KR TD if the kicker didn't illegally trip him, but it gave us the ball at the 30 of KC. harvin is a difference maker, we need to strecth him out. he had a nice deep grab late in the game as well. over 100 yards in his 2nd game here receiving. with harvin, decker, and kerly all locke din for 3+ years, were good at WR for the 1st time in a long time for a while.
2) vick still has it - and he's better then geno. 0 turnovers and he put some points up for us despite our shaky o-line and poor run game. we should keep him a few years and draft a rookie to sit and learn while vick starts. also matt simms didn't look too bad either TBH.
3) chris johnson is a better RB then ivory... for vick - ok yes ivory is a better pure RB, but with vick running the show, johnson is a better choice because of his speed and receiving ability. vick allows johnson to get the ball in space and make plays.
4) our pass coverage is the worst - seriously their WRs suck. bowe is the only decent one that have. their TEs fasano and kelcie torched us when we needed stops. the defense let us down not the offense and it was pass coverage. you cna't blame the pass rush when alex smith gets rid of the ball in under 2 seconds every play.
5) charles is a beast - seriously he's so patient and explosive he's hard to stop, the D did good containing him, but charles is a hard guy to stop.
6) this draft class is terrible - pryor has been a liability, amaro has shown flashes but drops too many balls and sometimes goes whole games without making a difference at all, mcdougle is on IR, evans on IR saunders cut, boyd cut etc etc. when you get literally 0 production from your rookies, its hurts the team badly.
7) you can't blame rex for it all but... - this team is badly disciplined. wasted timeouts happen every game. can't substitute correctly? can't get the play in on time? bad penalties at bad times? we kill ourselves too much. as decker said "we just do stupid shit"
8) take a shot - we need to take more deep shots. i counted 2 in this game. 1 to cumberland from simms that was incomplete and 1 completed to harvin from vick. we need less gadget plays with pilal at QB and more vick taking deep shots
Posted 29 Oct 2014NY Jets midseason report card: Whatís working and what isn't for Gang Green
From quarterbacks to the front office, see the grades.
BY Seth Walder
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Published: Tuesday, October 28, 2014, 7:51 PM
Updated: Tuesday, October 28, 2014, 9:00 PM
Geno Smith has been terrible this season, but thatís only one of the Jetsí problems. Seth Wenig/AP Geno Smith has been terrible this season, but thatís only one of the Jetsí problems.
The Jets had everyone fooled.
No, they werenít expected to be a Super Bowl contender, but they were supposed to at least be OK. Iíll cop to it: I picked the Jets to go 8-8.
Like many people, I figured Rex Ryan would manage the lack of talent in the secondary and Geno Smith would take a step forward in year two. Not so.
ďYou are what your record says you are,Ē John Idzik said on Monday, stealing a line often heard from Ryan that originated from Bill Parcells.
Thereís no one debating then, at 1-7, that the Jets are downright awful.
Where exactly have they been the worst? Thatís what weíre digging into today in our midseason report card on the Jets. Thereís no Harvard-type grade inflation going on here, so avert your eyes if you are a particularly sensitive member of Gang Green Nation.
What other grade could be here? This has been a complete and utter failure at one of the most important position in sports. Geno Smith ranks dead last in quarterback rating among qualified passers, behind the likes of EJ Manuel and Blake Bortles. Heís been that bad.
He even forced Ryan -- who is slow to hit the trigger on replacing a quarterback -- to bench him twice in-game and now as the starter with Mike Vick taking over.
Not that Vick has been much of an improvement when he played: he put the ball on the ground four times in Sundayís loss to the Bills, which ought to be completely unacceptable.
Idzik was asked by SNY in a segment that aired Tuesday if he has a franchise quarterback on his team.
ďDonít know that,Ē Idzik said.
Hereís a hint: Thereís no franchise QB on this roster.
Chris Ivory. Al Bello/Getty Images Chris Ivory.
RUNNING BACKS: B
There are very few things that have gone right for the Jets this season, but Chris Ivory is one of them. Averaging 4.7 yards per carry for a total of 475 yards, Ivory has been a nightmare for opposing defenders to bring down and is a good part of the reason the Jets rank fourth in rushing offense. Heís tied for fourth in the league in yards after contact per attempt, according to ProFootballFocus.com.
On the other hand, free agent acquisition Chris Johnson has been a dud and has lost playing time as a result. Johnson had just three carries and two receptions against the Bills Sunday.
WIDE RECEIVERS: C-
Eric Decker has been a solid contributor, but thatís only been when heís able to get on the field. An on-again, off-again hamstring injury limited him through much of the first half, though he did make 31 catches for 363 yards and three touchdowns in seven games.
No one else has been reliable. The normally consistent Jeremy Kerley has fallen off and David Nelson brought virtually nothing to the table before he was released. Thereís obvious room for upside since the acquisition of Percy Harvin, but a lot of that depends on how well Marty Mornhinweg is able to use him.
Jace Amaro. Kathy Willens/AP Jace Amaro.
TIGHT ENDS: B-
Jace Amaro has paid the largest dividends from the rookie draft class so far, as he leads the team with 32 receptions despite the fact that Jeff Cumberland is still the starter. That ought to change soon, though Amaro has had some difficulty with drops.
Cumberland has been mediocre, nabbing 15 receptions for 154 yards and a touchdown.
OFFENSIVE LINE: C
Anchored by Nick Mangold and DíBrickashaw Ferguson, this was supposed to be one of the strengths of the offense. It hasnít been. There was no saving Smith from his own terrible performance but he wasnít helped by the offensive line in many games. Willie Colon is tied for the league lead amongst guards in penalties, according to ProFootballFocus.com, and Brian Winters did not show improvement before tearing his ACL.
DEFENSIVE LINE: A
The only really good part of the Jets is still very solid: Muhammad Wilkerson (4.5 sacks) and Sheldon Richardson (3.5 sacks) are still excellent defenders against both the pass and the run, wreaking havoc for opposing offenses. Assuming the Jets work out a deal with Wilkerson, those two should be around a long time as staples of the green and white. Nose tackle Damon Harrison has followed up his breakout 2013 season with another solid campaign.
In some ways itís hard to judge the linebackers because they are aided by the talent of the men in front of them, but the second level of Rex Ryanís defense certainly plays a large role in the fact that the Jets are ranked fifth against the run.
However, there are still some concerns: Quinton Coples has struggled most of the season and has therefore lost playing time to Jason Babin. In addition, ILBís Demario Davis and David Harris still have difficulty in coverage.
NYC PAPERS OUT. Social media use restricted to low res file max 184 x 128 pixels and 72 dpi Robert Sabo/New York Daily News Dee Milliner is out for the season.
DEFENSIVE BACKS: D+
Aside from quarterback, there is no position group in greater disarray than this one. The starting cornerbacks heading into training camp are both out of the picture after Dimitri Patterson went AWOL and was released and Dee Milliner was knocked out for the season. Dexter McDougle was also lost for the year, and so the Jets had to move Antonio Allen back and forth between safety and cornerback while Darrin Walls and Phillip Adams played across from them. Rookie safety Calvin Pryor has made as much of an impact as expected, which even Ryan admitted. This unit has problems, and they donít have the players to fix them.
SPECIAL TEAMS: C
Special teams has been a largely mediocre unit for the Jets, though there have been some costly errors in this area as well: Jalen Saunders and Walt Powell each lost possession on a muffed punt, and a potential winning field goal against the Patriots was blocked.
The saving grace has been Nick Folkís consistency and the punt coverage, which has the seventh-best net yardage in the league.
Obviously, Percy Harvin could and should have a positive impact going forward.
Ryan claims that the Jets have enough talent to win. Even though that probably isnít true, it doesnít come close to absolving him of blame for the teamís horrific 1-7 start. The Jets have been blown out twice now and that reflects poorly on Ryan, who has enough tools at his disposal to at least avoid complete embarrassment.
Smithís inability to develop also falls somewhat on the coaching staff.
Jets general manager John Idzik didnít have a great offseason. Seth Wenig/AP Jets general manager John Idzik didnít have a great offseason.
FRONT OFFICE: D
The list of Idzikís mistakes was already long before the GM decided to open Mondayís press conference with an ill-advised 19-minute monologue. In the offseason he left holes at cornerback and receiver despite having greater than $20 million in cap room and has not been particularly successful in his first two drafts.
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3 Reasons to Hope
1. The defensive line is stalwart and should continue to be so for years (assuming Wilkerson and Harrison are re-signed) because they are so young.
2. Smithís struggles mean the team can commit to moving on and drafting a new QB.
3. Harvin brings baggage with him, but he does have a high upside.
3 Reasons to Worry
1. No matter what, the Jets will go into next season with a question mark at quarterback.
2. As bad as the Jets have been, the players like Ryan. Some will be unhappy if/when he goes.
3. The Jets enter another offseason looking for solutions at cornerback.
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Offensive MVP: C Nick Mangold
Defensive MVP: DE Muhammad Wilkerson
Special Teams MVP: K Nick Folk
Biggest Surprise: RB Chris Ivory
Biggest Disappointment: QB Geno Smith
Best Rookie: TE Jace Amaro
Best Acquisition: WR Eric Decker
Worst Acquisition: RB Chris Johnson
Best-Kept Secret: NT Damon Harrison
Best Coaching Move: Playing coverage against Peyton Manning and Tom Brady. It almost worked.
Worst Coaching Move: Not benching Geno Smith after Week 4.
Best Moment: Beating the Raiders? Not much else has gone right in eight weeks.
Worst Moment: The blowout against Buffalo. More specifically, the botched attempt at a terrible fake kickoff with T.J. Graham lying down in the end zone.
Posted 28 Oct 2014Jets GM Idzik shoulders blame, supports Rex Ryan
10/27/2014 7:59:36 PM
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General manager John Idzik took the blame Monday for the New York Jets' 1-7 start, calling his performance "unsatisfactory," Rich Cimini of ESPN New York reports.
The second-year GM, in an unusual news conference that included a 19-minute opening statement in which he rambled on about everything from the salary cap to his interaction with young fans, said he still supports embattled coach Rex Ryan.
Idzik praised Ryan, but he stopped short of committing to the sixth-year coach for the remainder of the season. He cited the organizational policy of not discussing job status during the season.
Ryan had no reaction to Idzik's non-commitment for the remainder of the season, insisting he's more concerned about his day-to-day responsibilities than his job security. The coach also declined to use Idzik's word -- "unsatisfactory" -- to describe his boss's performance.
"The only thing I'd say is unsatisfactory is, obviously, our record," Ryan said. "That's what is unsatisfactory. ... I'm the guy that's responsible for the results on the field and that's where it should lie."
Referring occasionally to two pages of notes and no doubt reciting a prepared speech, Idzik was emotional at times, expressing disappointment for the team's performance. At times, it sounded like a halftime speech.
"Gut-wrenching ... brutal ... you feel like you've been punched in the face," Idzik said, describing the season. "It's painful. It's particularly painful for our fans. This is very personal to me. The Jets are my team. The Jets are our team."
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