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Posted 12 Apr 2016all i can do is laugh at all the people saying he sucked and now he's gone they are like great player that leaves a hole. lol
Anyway good for brick, he had a great career. Time to enjoy his life. He's only 1 year older then me and he's healthy and never has to work again.
Its a good thing you dont work for the team or the Jets would be the worst team in the league every year because you would keep players around 5 to 10 years past their prime
Whats sad is you couldn't see Brick was declining a lot the past 4 years. Even Brick knew it. No one said he sucked. Ducasse sucked.
Its called father time in one of the most brutal sports there is. Id rank Rugby above the NFL since they dont where all the pads and helmets. All athletes no matter how good decline. Sad you cant see it.
Bricks own words........
"As I considered the words I would say to you, I recognize a simple truth: It just isn't easy saying goodbye," Ferguson wrote. "... Today we celebrate a different type of moment, one that marks the completion of a journey versus the start of one. Today marks my retirement from the NFL as a professional football player."
"I never wanted to define myself by the size of a potential contract, but rather by my ability to compete with the best that the game could offer," he wrote. "Though I was successful in accomplishing that feat largely throughout my career, the difficulty in playing at such a level began to increase."
Brick could've taken a paycut and possibly a lesser role on the team or went to Baltimore or Seattle or elsewhere and possibly made a multi year contract.He chose to retire because he knew he couldn't play at a high level anymore
I honestly wish he would've taken a paycut and possibly more of a backup role on the team or traded if the Jets could've gotten good compensation. Cutting Brick or retirement were the worst thing for the team because they got nothing.
That all said Brick chose to hang up his cleats and I respect that no one knows how rough he felt or how much pain he was in from the constant hits so if he felt it was time its better to retire now instead of wait until he suffers a major injury or his body fails on him from running his health into the ground.
Posted 6 Apr 2016D’Brickashaw Ferguson: What Is Jets Succession Plan?
February 17, 2016
The sentimental side of me finds it hard to imagine life without D’Brickashaw Ferguson lining up at the left tackle position for the New York Jets, but the realist within can see that it is time to start looking towards the future at that critical spot on the offensive line. Ferguson has had an incredibly successful career protecting the blind side for NY Jets quarterbacks since being selected in the first round of the 2006 NFL Draft, but he is not getting any younger as he is due to reach the age of 33 during the 2016 season. It is also no secret to anyone who has been watching the team over the years, that his game is not what it once was, which is natural for anyone going into their 11th season in the league.
Chosen with the 4th selection of the draft in 2006, Ferguson, who grew up about 5 miles away from the Jets training facility at Hofstra University, has been a model citizen and Pro Bowl level left tackle with the team for the past decade. For all of the problems the New York Jets have had across the offensive line over that time, D’Brickashaw and fellow 2006 first-rounder Nick Mangold have provided consistent quality at their respective positions throughout.
Although he is still a premier left tackle, D’Brickashaw has clearly fallen prey to Father Time, as he is no longer the dominant force he once was in pass protection. For those of you who subscribe to the Pro Football Focus rankings, which I am not personally sold on, Ferguson was ranked 62nd out of 76 OT’s in 2016. Despite the fact that I do not put a ton of stock into that system, it is rather telling that he would end up that far towards the bottom of their scale. Even disregarding those numbers, it does not take a rocket scientist to see that he has lost a step by simply watching him play.
Due to count $14.1 million against the 2016 salary cap, the Jets will surely look into getting him to restructure his contract in order to provide some breathing room in free agency. That is easier said than done, particularly with an aging player who knows he has already received his biggest payday. If they cannot get him to re-work his deal, the only other money saving option with D’Brick would be to cut him, which is not even remotely a good idea without an heir apparent in place. It would also result in anywhere between $3.732 and $5.014 million of dead cap space depending on when they cut him (according to overthecap.com).
Currently on the roster at the OT position is Brent Qvale, who has impressed the coaching staff, but projects as more of a RG or RT. They also have Sean Hickey and Jesse Davis who are both quite raw and need a lot of seasoning. With no viable option ready to replace Ferguson on the team as of now, it would make sense for the Jets to explore the free agent market to find someone to mold into his all-important role. There are a number of interesting names if the Jets were looking to either replace Ferguson immediately or cut Giacomini and have the free agent play RT until D’Brickashaw hangs them up. Cutting Breno after June 1st would save the team $5 million in cap space, while resulting in $625,000 in dead money (according to overthecap.com), which would not be much of a hindrance.
So, who is available at LT in this year’s free agent market that is under the age of 30? Topping the list would be Buffalo’s Cordy Glenn, Seattle’s Russell Okung and Pittsburgh’s Kelvin Beachum. The problem with them is that will all likely be out of the Jets price range. Glenn is looking at an astronomical payday and the other two have major injury concerns on top of their expected lofty price tags, with Okung having an extensive history of injuries and Beachum coming off a torn ACL that he suffered in mid-October of last season. I really do not see any of those three as being realistic options for the Jets.
Next up on the board would have to be the San Diego Chargers’ Chris Hairston, who will be 27 at the start of the 2016 season. After being drafted out of Clemson in the 4th round of the 2011 draft by the Buffalo Bills, Hairston started a total of 15 games in his first two seasons. He has been plagued by injuries throughout his short career, although he started 11 games for San Diego last season, filling in for the injured King Dunlap. He certainly has the potential to be a solid starter if he can stay on the field, and he should be within the NY Jets price range, but he is definitely not without his question marks.
Donald Stephenson, who served as a backup swing tackle for Kansas City in 2015 and started 7 games between the two tackle spots, has started a total of 21 games during his four-year career, since being chosen by the Chiefs in the 3rd round of the 2012 draft out of Oklahoma. Although he shows some potential as a starter in the league, he also comes with baggage as he was suspended for four games in 2014 due to a violation of league rules for performance enhancing drugs. Being that the incident was two years ago, the Jets might be able to overlook it and bring in a guy who can immediately compete for the RT spot and possibly move to the left side when Ferguson moves on.
Regardless of the free agent market, which seems to be rather thin at LT as far as what the Jets can afford, it is always preferable to find talent in the draft and have control over their development from the start of their career. With pressing needs at multiple positions, it is unlikely that Gang Green will select a LT in the first round of the draft. Even if they did decide to go that way, it would be a miracle if Laremy Tunsil of Ole Miss or Notre Dame’s Ronnie Stanley were available when the Jets step up to the plate.
If the Jets do choose to go all-in at left tackle when the draft arrives, Jack Conklin of Michigan State could realistically slide to the 20th pick in the first round. As a junior for the Spartans in 2015, Conklin started 12 games at left tackle, earning First Team All-Big Ten and All-America honors along the way. At 6’6, 325 pounds, he is a formidable physical specimen who possesses tremendous balance when locked up with defenders. Conklin also has exceptional instincts when it comes to picking up stray defenders as well as the leg drive to hold up against rushers in pass protection and utilizes the sheer strength of his upper body to clear holes in the running game. With experience at both tackle spots, it is a possibility that the Jets would play him at RT with a possible shift to the other side when the time comes.
There are also some options that should be around in the middle rounds, such as John Haeg of North Dakota State. Incredibly mobile for a 6’6, 300-pound lineman, Haeg has excellent footwork, remarkable reaction time and the ability to block well in space. He guards the perimeter well, warding off pass rushers, and has the athleticism and instincts to get to the second level with authority in the run game. He would certainly benefit from an NFL strength-training program to increase his lower body strength and can use some work on his hand technique as he too often waits too long to engage blockers. However, he possesses the tools needed to succeed on the next level with the proper guidance.
No matter what the Jets decide to do in free agency and the draft at the position, there is no denying that now is the time to start to plan. A day will come, not too long from now, when D’Brickashaw will be calling it a career and the New York Jets need to be ready for that eventuality. The good part is that Ferguson still has a good year or two left in him, so the transition does not have to happen overnight.
SOURCE: nyjetsnews.com (Michael Fairlie)
Posted 6 Apr 2016Jets’ D’Brickashaw Ferguson era could be coming to an end
D’Brickashaw Ferguson has been the Jets’ ironman for 10 years, but team may be looking to part ways with him.
The Jets had free agent left tackle Kelvin Beachum in for a visit Friday, according to a source. That could be a sign the Jets are thinking of cutting Ferguson and his $14.1 million salary cap figure. It may be the Jets trying to leverage Ferguson into taking a pay cut, but they have had weeks to get a pay cut done with Ferguson and have not. There has been no indication there even have been talks between Ferguson and the team about redoing his contract.
Ferguson is due to make $8.625 million, and his bloated contract, combined with a slip in his play, make him a prime candidate for a pay cut. Cutting him would save $9 million in cap space. Perhaps general manager Mike Maccagnan and head coach Todd Bowles feel it is smarter to just move on and sign someone younger and cheaper than the 32-year-old Ferguson. Ferguson was drafted No. 4 overall by the Jets in 2006. He has never missed a snap in his career due to injury, a remarkable streak.
Beachum was drafted by the Steelers in the seventh round of the 2012 NFL Draft. He started 39 games for Pittsburgh, including the entire 2014 season. He was limited to just six games last year after tearing an ACL. The knee injury makes him a question mark, but the Steelers are trying to re-sign him.
Beachum did play right tackle early in his career, so it is possible the Jets are thinking of cutting Breno Giacomini and not Ferguson, but that would only save around $4 million in cap space.
SOURCE: New York Post (Brian Costello)
Posted 1 Jan 2016Alright so Denver pulled out the win which makes everything much more clear
1) NE 13-2
2) Den 11-4 (tie breaker because head to head)
3) Cincy 11-4
4) Hou 8-7
5) KC 10-5
6) NYJ 10-5
Seeding is still up in the air.
NE has clinched the 1 seed and doesn't need to play their starters this week
Actually that is wrong. The Patriots have to win to get the #1 seed if they lose Denver can get the #1 seed
I wish it was the case. I screwed myself in ESPN Fantasy in the Bowl by being a dumbass and benching Marshall for Ginn and Hightower for Artis-Payne. So instead of being up 4 with a much better team I'm down 43 and will probably lose. Hopefully Brady sits early since my cousin has him. I even had Palmer and Johnson get taken out of the game against the Packers because of them blowing out the Packers. I need a miracle to come back now.
The Patriots are set up for another nice playoff run as they just need to win at Miami (or lose and have the Broncos lose/tie) to claim the No. 1 seed and home-field advantage. New England is assured of at least the No. 2 seed.
Denver is now the only team that can take the No. 1 seed from the Patriots after their thrilling OT win over the Bengals on Monday night. If the Broncos win and the Patriots lose, the Broncos win the No. 1 seed regardless of what Cincinnati does as Denver has beaten both teams head-to-head this year.
But first things first for the Broncos as they still have to win their division with either a win/tie against the Chargers or a Chiefs' loss/tie at home to Oakland. If they can accomplish that with a win, they will at least be a No. 2 seed, but can also claim the No. 2 seed with a loss and losses by the Chiefs and the Bengals.
Speaking of the Bengals, they hurt their seeding chances mightily with the loss at Denver but have already claimed the AFC North title and can grab a No. 2seed with a win and Denver loss. Even if the Bengals lose, they would be the No. 2 seed with a Denver loss and a Kansas City win as that would make the Chiefs the AFC West champs and the Bengals beat the Chiefs head-to-head back on Week 4.
The Chiefs are in the playoffs as either a No. 3, No. 5 or No. 6 seed with the No. 5 seed in their control with a win at home against Oakland. They claim the AFC West title with a win and Broncos loss ... and can also get the fifth seed with a Jets loss (or both the Chiefs and Jets tie). A No. 5 seed would see the Chiefs travel to either Houston or Indianapolis on Wild Card Weekend.
The Jets are currently the No. 6 seed and control their own fate for that seed but have not secured a playoff spot yet. The only thing that can keep them from that is a loss at Buffalo and a Steelers win at Cleveland. Jets fans should be nervous ... and I know many that will certainly be come Sunday. The Jets can also be the No. 5 seed and play at either Houston or Indy on Wild Card Weekend (seems better than at Denver, Cincinnati or Kansas City) if they end up with a better record than the Chiefs OR if the Jets win and Denver loses.
Pittsburgh is on the outside looking in for the playoffs after their tough loss to Baltimore in week 16. The Steelers can only claim a No. 6 seed and travel to the No. 3 seed on Wild Card Weekend with a win at Cleveland and a Jets loss at Buffalo.
Now we come to the fun that is the race for the AFC South crown. The Texans could have clinched a strength of victory (SOV) tiebreaker over the Colts with a Bengals win on Monday night, but it was not to be. The AFC South champion will be the No. 4 seed and will host either the Chiefs, Jets or Broncos (in that likelihood order) on Wild Card Weekend.
If Houston loses and Indianapolis wins, they will tie on overall record, split head-to-head and tie on conference record (6-6 each) and record against common opponents (6-6 each). Next tiebreaker is strength of victory (SOV) or better described as the combined records of the teams you've beaten. In the case of the Texans and Colts, they have three teams each that are non-common wins between them ... the Texans have the Bengals, Jets and Saints (27 total wins now) and the Colts have the Broncos, Falcons and Dolphins (24 total wins).
With only three total games left for the Colts to catch the Texans for SOV and being behind three wins, you can see why the Bengals win on Monday Night would have clinched the tiebreaker for the Texans. So to try and get to a tie in SOV, Indy needs all games to go their way (Bengals, Jets and Saints losses (a Saints loss is also a Falcons win) and Broncos and Dolphins wins. But that just gets them to a tie in SOV and moves to next tiebreaker step which is Strength of Schedule (SOS).
The only non-common games between Houston and Indy are Houston's games against Kansas City and Cincinnati (21 total wins) and Indy's games against Denver and Pittsburgh (20 total wins). AND ... since the Bengals loss and Broncos win are already needed to gain the SOV tie, that puts the SOS tiebreaker in a 21 total wins tie with the only outcomes left to help the Colts being a Chiefs loss and a Steelers win. If both happen and Kansas City loses and Pittsburgh wins, Indy would win the SOS tiebreaker and complete a monumental tiebreaker comeback. They could also win with one of those games tying and the other result ending in the Colts favor.
If none of those two results happen or if one game ties and they other result doesn't happen, Houston would clinch the SOS tiebreaker and win the division.
HOWEVER, if only one of a Kansas City loss or a Pittsburgh win occur, we have an SOS tie and the NEXT TIEBREAKER is best combined ranking among AFC teams in total points scored and total points allowed. Currently, Houston leads at 17 (11th in points scored and tied for 6th in points allowed) and Indianapolis is at 25 (12th in points scored and 13th in points allowed). Due to the nature of relatively unlimited points scored in games, clinching scenarios to lock this tiebreaker up are quite convoluted but let's just say the Colts have an uphill battle in this scenario, but it's not impossible.
If best combined conference ranking were to tie, it moves to best combined league ranking in points scored and points allowed and the Texans currently enjoy a fairly comfortable 35 to 51 edge there over the Colts.
BOTTOM LINE: Colts have an incredible challenge in front of them to win the AFC South...and the Texans just need one of the Colts many challenges to go their way to win the crown. It should be fun to watch (unless you're a Texans fan) if some of these games start going the Colts way on Sunday.
The No. 1 and No. 2 seeds have been determined, we just don't know the order yet. It will be the Panthers unless the Cardinals win and Panthers lose, in which case Arizona will take the top seed and claim home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.
The Packers and Vikings will clash on the final game of the season to determine the NFC North division champion and the No. 3 seed. In case of a tie game, the Packers will be the No. 3 seed.
The Redskins are locked in as the No. 4 seed and will host the No. 5 seed (either the Seahawks, Packers or Vikings) on Wild Card Weekend.
If the Packers lose, they will be the No. 5 seed and travel to Washington.
If the Vikings lose, they will either be the No. 5 seed if the Seahawks lose or tie or will be the No. 6 seed if the Seahawks win and make a return trip to Lambeau Field to face the Packers one week later.
If the Vikings win, they will definitely host the Seahawks on Wild Card Weekend. Even though that may be tougher matchup than others, I think Minnesota wants the division title and the home game.
The Seahawks will be the No. 6 seed and play at the Minnesota/Green Bay winner on Wild Card Weekend unless Seattle and Green Bay both win, in which case the Seahawks will head to Landover and face the Redskins as the No. 5 seed.
Source: CBS Sports
Posted 28 Dec 2015Nice work .
Id have to rank Bill first because the team was a mess and bringing Martin with him
Bowles brought in a lot of good players but the base of the team was there. Just needed another solid receiver, some help on the oline and secondary.and a qb with some accuracy anywhere on the field and a quick release which the Jets havent had since Parcells. No one knew what Fitz would bring to the team so it was just some great luck that Fitz could play well surrounded by the best team he has ever been on offensively.
Its hard to really know where to rank Ryan if the Jets had even an average qb Rex would have had almost definitely won 2 super bowls but Ive looked at Sanchez stats with the Jets and his win percentage against teams with winning seasons was horrendous with the Jets and no matter what anyone says he was terrible in 09-10. Had he won the two AFC Championship games which (Sanchez lost for the team) and won the Superbowls Rex would have been ranked first but he couldn't get over his love for Sanchez and that makes me want to rank him pretty low because of that alone.
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