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Posted 23 Apr 2014Jets 2014 Schedule Announced
Randy Lange Editor-in-Chief, newyorkjets.com @rlangejets Blog: Randy's Radar
We Open with 3 of First 4 Games at Home, Then Face Challenging Sixpack
The first 10 games may well tell the tale of the Jets' 2014 season.
Head coach Rex Ryan got a look at his team's schedule before the NFL released all the regular-season schedules tonight, and one thing jumped out at him immediately: three of the first four games will be played at MetLife Stadium.
"I just know the energy and the passion our fans are going to have to open the season," Ryan told Eric Allen on tonight's Jets Talk Live Schedule Special. "Three out of four I think that's the highlight. I just think our players feed off of that enthusiasm from our fans. Our guys, they know how important it is, they appreciate our fans. So we put everything we have into it."
The season opens at home on Sunday, Sept. 7, at 1 p.m. Not unusual. With that game, we will extend our franchise record to five consecutive seasons playing our season opener at home. What is unusual is the opponent: the Oakland Raiders. For the first time ever, the Green & White will play its home opener against the Silver & Black.
Then come three games against the NFC North the first time the Jets will play three consecutive games against NFC opponents since 2001. Game 2 comes against the Packers in the pre-frozen tundra at Lambeau Field. Then come the Bears on Monday night, Sept. 22, and the Lions the following Sunday, both at MetLife.
Then what follows could be our season-making sixpack of games. That Black-and-Blue September will be followed by a brutal six weeks heading into the Week 11 bye: road games at San Diego, New England (Thursday night at Gillette Stadium on Oct. 16) and Kansas City alternating with home games against the AFC Super Bowl representative Broncos, the Bills and the Steelers.
That's four playoff teams from last year with, on paper, a backbreaking combined schedule strength of 59-37 (.615 winning percentage). It's reminiscent of last year's five-game stretch that included games against Atlanta's Matt Ryan, Pittsburgh's Ben Roethlisberger, New England's Tom Brady, Cincinnati's Andy Dalton and New Orleans' Drew Brees. We came out of the stretch 3-2 to come up to last year's bye with a 5-4 mark.
And yes, you probably caught that right: Oct. 12 at home against the AFC champion Broncos and Peyton Manning, then four nights later at the AFC runnerup Patriots and Brady.
"That's interesting how that thing works out," Rex Ryan said with a chuckle. "But you know, hey, we've been there and done it before, albeit not on a short week. But again, we'll be ready. That is a tough stretch. You're facing both teams that represented the AFC in that championship game. It's not going to be easy, certainly."
Any team's NFL schedule is never truly easy. But similar to the past two seasons, if the Jets can survive the first 10 games, there is the prospect of finishing strong against a less imposing array of opponents. From Nov. 23 through Dec. 28 the Jets play at Buffalo, Miami at home on Monday night, Dec. 1, at Minnesota and Tennessee, home for the Patriots and for the third time in four years the regular-season finale at Miami.
That was a very good closer for the Green & White last year as they finished at 8-8 on a high note with the 20-7 win that bounced the Dolphins out of the playoff picture.
This year's final six games feature just one playoff team (the Patriots) and an opponents' schedule strength of 46-49-1 (.484).
However, balancing these thoughts of a strong closing kick is the fact that four of our last six games will be on the road.
One more note on the schedule here is that the Jets will play three primetime games the Monday home games vs. Chicago and Miami and the Thursday-nighter at New England one more than last year's total.
And there is at least the prospect of another primetime game earlier in the schedule than usual. The NFL will extend its "flex scheduling" concept into Weeks 5-10, with the new potential to change only two of those six Sunday night games in that span. The original flex rules of the past eight years will still apply for Weeks 11-17.
Also this year the league is introducing the concept of "cross-flexing," in which a select number of games can move between CBS and FOX to bring potentially under-distributed games to wider audiences.
"It kind of feels like a new season kicks off when you start those voluntary workouts," Ryan said of the players' return to the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center on Monday. "But then when you get the schedule, it's right in front of you and it's like, 'Oh, yeah, here we go.' That's really when the blood starts going a lit bit. Hey, it's time."
Posted 22 Dec 2013Although the season still has one week to go and Rex technically has not been fired yet, everyone is obviously expecting him to be released and not finish out his contract.
Who does everyone think could be a potential candidate to take over? I think Idzik will want an Offensive coach rather than continuing with a Defense first HC.
Darrel Bevel - Seattle OC
Josh McDaniels - N.E. OC
Greg Roman - 49ers OC
Adam Gase - Denver OC
Kevin Sumlin - Texas A&M HC
Pete Carmichael - Saints OC
Bruce Arians - Colts OC
Todd Haley - Steelers OC
Tom Clements - Packers OC
The most likely candidate would have to be Bevel from Seattle as Idzik and Bevel already are familiar with one another and Bevel has been named personally responsible for the growth of Russell Wilson. But.....just for fun, let's go through the other candidates listed.
With Gase & Carmichael likely returning to their teams, Roman, Arians & Haley would be the most likely candidates with Haley being the most likely to leave the roost.
Haley has had enough disagreements with Roethlisberger to almost solidify his departure. Roman will undoubtedly interview somewhere but I'm not convinced he'll be leaving SanFran. Bruce Arians would be virtually wonderful to have but it would be a tough sell to bring him to NY from Iny. Clements will likely end up in Chicago. McDaniels will likely end up leaving New England and land a HC spot with either Tampa, Minnesota or Detroit. Chicago will also request to interview him but likely go with Clements. Sumlin has done some good things with A&M and writes his own ticket if he wants to return there, but may want to make the leap to the big-time to test his skills.
I know people will mention Chucky in talks, but I think he's happy with his job with ESPN. If anything, Schiano may be let go and he may return to Tampa.
So what do you all think of the potentials listed above and obviously feel free to offer your own possibilities.
Posted 15 Dec 2013Here's a list of UFA / RFA Wide Receivers this coming off season. Who would you want to see in Green & White?
2014 Free Agent WR's
Name Team Prior APY
Anquan Boldin 49ers $8,333,333
Devin Hester Bears $5,489,006
Santana Moss Redskins $5,000,000
Jacoby Jones Ravens $3,250,000
James Jones Packers $3,233,333
Jeremy Maclin Eagles $2,875,000
Emmanuel Sanders Steelers $2,500,000
Darrius Heyward-Bey Colts $2,500,000
Hakeem Nicks Giants $2,215,000
Jerome Simpson Vikings $2,100,000
Kenny Britt Titans $1,830,002
Mario Manningham 49ers $1,800,000
Jerricho Cotchery Steelers $1,500,000
Dexter McCluster Chiefs $1,325,000
Domenik Hixon Panthers $1,200,000
Ted Ginn Panthers $1,100,000
Plaxico Burress Steelers $1,005,000
Kevin Walter Titans $1,005,000
Brandon Tate Bengals $966,000
Kassim Osgood 49ers $940,000
Brandon Stokley Ravens $940,000
Andre Caldwell Broncos $900,000
Brandon LaFell Panthers $869,600
Damian Williams Titans $864,063
Golden Tate Seahawks $852,875
Josh Cribbs Jets $840,000
Eric Decker Broncos $828,788
Jacoby Ford Raiders $787,211
Louis Murphy Giants $780,000
Julian Edelman Patriots $765,000
Robert Meachem Saints $715,000
Kevin Ogletree Lions $715,000
Austin Collie Patriots $715,000
Lavelle Hawkins Chargers $715,000
Tiquan Underwood Buccaneers $715,000
Taylor Price Jaguars $661,145
Seyi Ajirotutu Chargers $630,000
Marlon Moore Dolphins $630,000
Tandon Doss Ravens $555,000
Riley Cooper Eagles $527,870
Kyle Williams Chiefs $504,838
Dezmon Briscoe Redskins $485,000
Posted 15 Dec 2013Studs:
Can't really list Geno in duds except for the one INT, but he played a decent game overall.
Posted 1 Dec 2013It's beyond obvious but here it is anyway.
Any fans that stayed in the stadium for the entirety of that mess.
There's just no other way of putting it.
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