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4/10/14: The latest two big name free agents, namely DeSean Jackson and Chris Johnson, got linked immediately to the New York Jets. Wide receiver Jackson made some sense - the Jets need wide receivers and the team just signed Michael Vick, who threw to Jackson in Philadelphia. The Johnson speculation may have some basis - the Jets could use another running back - but that seems like a tough sell. In the meantime, it is reported that the Jets are interested in physically imposing wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin from Florida State. When we last saw him, Benjamin was catching the game winning touchdown against Auburn for the National Championship. He is still a bit raw, but could be a dominant red zone pro.
4/3/14: There may be a point in time where the headline reads 'Jets have their starting QB'. Of course that may take a while to actually happen. The Jets thought they had their franchise QB for a decade in Mark Sanchez. And Sanchez was competent in his first two years - even winning four road playoff games. Then it was Geno Smith. Smith showed flashes of potential last season, but no one is convinced that he is a long term solution. So the Jets signed Mike Vick last week. Everyone is diplomatic at this point, but it remains to be seen who will start come opening day later this year.
3/27/14: The Jets made some major moves last week, though they were expected to make both. In no particular order, the team signed veteran QB Mike Vick and released former starter Mark Sanchez. Everyone knew that Sanchez would be cut at some point. He made starter's money and was due a big roster bonus. The Jets drafted and went with Geno Smith last season (though Sanchez was injured all year). Vick was rumored to be leaning toward New York and made it official. It is unknown now whether he is there to compete for the starting job or mentor Smith. It all makes for an uncomfortable situation that leaves a lot more questions than answers.
3/20/14: The Jets have not been as active or bombastic this offseason as they had in the past, perhaps a few years of missing the playoffs is humbling to the franchise. The big signing for the Jets is former Broncos wide receiver Eric Decker. Decker easily becomes the best receiver on the Jets, especially after the team released Santonio Holmes. The Jets also tried to get former cornerback Darrelle Revis back in free agency, but he ended up signing with the rival Patriots. There is still a QB question hanging over the team, but as of now, Geno Smith still has the job.
3/13/14: If it the offseason that means that the Jets have a lot of personnel decisions to make. The highest profile name is Mark Sanchez. Former teammate Bart Scott thinks he can be a top backup QB someplace, and that maybe it is time for a change of scenery. Sanchez was drafted in the first round a few years ago to be the franchise QB. That did not work out and he was relegated to a backup role last season before a preseason injury ended his year. The Jets are sure to cut him soon, which will give him the chance to find work elsewhere and resurrect his career.
3/6/14: The Jets have a lot of needs, and that really starts with the QB. Geno Smith is entrenched in that role (today), but he should ask Mark Sanchez how stable that designation really is. So, of course there has been speculation that the Jets will make a run at Michael Vick if/when he is released by the Eagles. In other news, the Jets used their franchise tag to keep veteran place kicker Nick Folk. Place kicker lists will be thin in free agency, so the Jets decided to keep a known variable. Folk was good last season, hitting 33 of 36 field goal attempts.
2/27/14: The Jets have not yet committed themselves to Geno Smith as the starting quarterback next season. He was the primary QB as a rookie. He showed flashes of brilliance but made many rookie mistakes - all of which was too be expected. The Jets may have interest in Josh McCown. McCown played wonderfully for the Bears last season in relief of an injured Jay Cutler. He is a free agent, though would not be if the Bears had paid him one more dollar. A seasoned veteran, along with an improved receiving corps could do wonders for a team that finished a surprising 8-8 last season.
2/20/14: While key roster pieces seem to just fall into place for teams like the Indianapolis Colts and Seattle Seahawks, the Jets just are not that lucky. The high profile QBs they have taken in the draft in recent years both came in years that were lacking in top QB talent. They seemed to be married to Geno Smith today, which is a shame because they could use a Blake Bortles or Teddy Bridgewater going forward. They also need wide receivers, but lucky for them, this year's draft class is full of quality receivers that could have an immediate impact, such as Sammy Watkins (Clemson) and Kelvin Benjamin (Florida State).
2/13/14: The Jets have some notoriety for strong defense, particularly since Rex Ryan became the head coach a few years ago (and that he will remain in that position for at least the near future). One key piece is defensive end Mohammed Wilkerson. Wilkerson was in the 2009 draft class, and is coming into the final year of his contract, though the Jets have a team option for another season at a reasonable price. Wilkerson wants an extension, and probably deserves one. However, unlike Cardinals' cornerback Patrick Peterson, says he will not hold out for a new deal. Good news for Gang Green.
2/6/14: Former Jets GM has come out and said that trading for Tim Tebow a couple of years ago was a mistake. The Jets acquired Tebow from the Denver Broncos and gave up valuable draft picks in the process. As everyone remembers, Tebow only spent a year in New York, never started a game, did not throw well when he did play, and really was benchwarmer during his time in the Big Apple. He did bring a lot of media attention to the club, but there are a lot of other teams that would not like that type of scrutiny, and the whole experiment did not work out well for either side.
1/30/14: It is the offseason in New York and the Jets, somehow, have not made headlines in the past week. That does not mean that they are laying low or that all of their problems are solved. Quite the contrary, the Jets have some big decisions to make soon. The biggest, and most obvious, is what to do with QB Mark Sanchez. Geno Smith is entrenched as the starter and Sanchez is coming off of a shoulder injury. It seems likely that the team will cut him, but there could be some value in trading him. After all, Sanchez has a few years experience and has won four road playoff games. He may do well in a new system.
1/23/14: There was a lot of happiness in the lockerroom when owner Woody Johnson announced that Rex Ryan was not getting fired and would be the coach of the Jets for the next year. Then the team had to prove it with a multi-year contract so Ryan would not be a lame duck coach. That agreement has been reach. That does not mean that Ryan will not be fired next year, but it does mean that he will get a very nice severance check should the Jets decide that they want to go in a different direction. To be fair, Rex did his best coaching last season with a limited roster that finished 8-8.
1/16/14: Jets head coach Rex Ryan survived and kept his job for another year. That was probably deserved, because his 8-8 finish was probably the best coaching job of his career considering the absolute lack of talent they had on the roster. They actually had a shot at a playoff spot until the end of Week 16. Now they must rebuild the roster so they can compete at the highest levels. They are banking on Geno Smith developing into a top tier quarterback (and they still have to do something with Mark Sanchez). More than that, they need to address the offense as a whole. With the draft coming in May, that seems like a good time to do it.
1/9/14: The video footage of owner Woody Johnson announcing that Rex Ryan will return for another season show the elation of the players and the love they have for their head coach. Ryan will probably not get the long-term extension he wants right now, but a shorter one so that he is not a lame duck coach. One player that may not be around to see the next season is cornerback Antonio Cromartie. Cro played well after Darrelle Revis went down in 2012, but was injured and less effective last season. He may well be cut this offseason and playing elsewhere in 2014.
1/2/14: Looking at the Jets' roster at the beginning of the season, it would be hard to imagine the team winning even five games. However, Jets' head coach Rex Ryan deserves a lot of credit for finishing up at 8-8, capping it with a 20-7 road win at rival Miami. There has been a lot of speculation on whether or not Ryan will return as head coach in 2014, but owner Woody Johnson put all of that to rest by announcing that Ryan will be back. Ryan has one year left on his contract and there is no word on an extension or if he is coaching for his job. In any case, whether you love or hate the Jets, Ryan has done his best job ever this season considering the roster he had to work with.
12/26/13: The Jets were eliminated from playoff contention last week when Justin Tucker hit a 61 yard field goal to give the Ravens a much needed win. So that means that the Jets are simply playing out the string at this point. They won 24-13 over the Cleveland Browns last Sunday to improve to 7-8 on the season. Considering the limitations that the team had in terms of personnel, seven wins is actually pretty impressive. It remains to be seen if head coach Rex Ryan will keep his job. The Jets have made the playoffs in only two of his five years as head coach, so he may be coaching his final game with the team this Sunday.
12/19/13: The Jets are at least learning how to play against top caliber defenses these days. New York fell 30-20 to the Carolina Panthers last Sunday in a game that was not really that close. The Carolina defense stuffed Geno Smith and the Jets' offense all day. Smith registered only 167 yards in the air and one TD, while the running game was diminished from the outset. The loss puts the Jets at 6-8 on the season and they will not make the playoffs this year. The Jets host the Cleveland Browns (4-10) and must be aware of WR Josh Gordon at all times in that game.
12/12/13: The New York Jets ended a three game losing streak with a 37-27 win over the visiting Oakland Raiders. QB Geno Smith looked like a quarterback in this game, at least more so than in other games. He threw for 219 yards and a touchdown and ran for another. Chris Ivory had 76 yards on the ground and a touchdown as well. The win moves the Jets to 6-7 on the season. Head coach Rex Ryan appears to be on the hot seat right now, but this season may be his best coaching job yet considering the lack of talent on the roster. The Jets head to Carolina (9-4) this Sunday.
12/5/13: Last Sunday was a nightmare for the Jets and their fans. The team hosted the rival Miami Dolphins and played perhaps their worst game of the season. The Dolphins defense completely overwhelmed the Jets and rookie QB Geno Smith. Smith lasted only one half before being replaced by Matt Simms. He was 4-10 passing for 29 yards and an 8.3 quarterback rating - hardly the type of numbers that inspires hope in a rabid fan base that has not had any real success in 40 years. The loss drops the Jets to 5-7 and possibly out of the playoff hunt. New York hosts the Raiders (4-8) on Sunday.
11/28/13: Many people felt that QB Geno Smith would struggle in his rookie season. Despite having some impressive moments, those people were generally right. The Jets' offense was almost non-existent against the Ravens, as the Jets lost 19-3 on a bitterly cold and windy day in Baltimore. Smith managed only 127 yards passing and the running game did not pass 100 yards - making for a particularly long day. New York is still in the wild card hunt at 5-6. They are lucky the AFC is on the weak side this year and need a home victory against the 5-6 Miami Dolphins this Sunday.
11/21/13: Don't get too comfortable, Jets fans. Easy to say that now, but it should have been a warning going into Buffalo last Sunday. The Jets have been playing relatively well lately (ignoring the beating they took at the hands of the Bengals a few weeks ago), but they looked helpless against the Buffalo defense. The Bills forced four turnovers, including one returned for a touchdown as they ran away with a 37-14 win over the Jets. New York is now 5-5 and fighting for their playoff lives. It will be an interesting matchup this Sunday when the Jets head to Baltimore.
11/14/13: At 5-4, the Jets are ahead of where many experts thought they would be this season. They are in second place in the AFC East, trailing New England by two games. They do have some impressive victories, including wins over both the Saints and the Patriots a few weeks ago. QB Geno Smith has not been the second coming of RG3, but he is developing and playing as needed. The defense has again been outstanding and covers up a lot of the offense's shortcomings. New York heads to Buffalo to face the 3-6 Bills on Sunday.
11/7/13: Considering all the controversy, injuries, and loss of talent, Rex Ryan has done a very good job with the Jets this season. The team sits at 5-4 after upsetting the high-powered New Orleans Saints at home last Sunday. That puts them in the thick of the AFC Wild Card battle with a legitimate shot of making the playoffs. The Jets turned a former Saint against his old team as running back Chris Ivory posted 139 yards and a touchdown, while the defense picked off two Drew Brees passes for a 26-20 win. The Jets are sitting pretty comfortably now and just one game behind the New England Patriots as they enjoy their bye in Week 10.
10/31/13: The Jets hoped to continue their unexpected strong play a week after defeating the New England Patriots and taking sole possession of the AFC East. Then they visited the Bengals and found out how good Cincinnati really is. The heralded Jets defenses allowed Bengals' QB Andy Dalton to throw for 325 yards and five touchdowns - four of them to Marvin Jones in a 49-9 loss. The Jets offense was non-existent, with Geno Smith throwing for only 159 yards and no touchdowns, and almost no running game with only 83 yards total on the day. The Jets host the powerful New Orleans Saints this Sunday.
10/24/13: There is probably not much in the world that gives Jets' coach Rex Ryan joy as much as beating the Patriots. They did that with a game winning overtime field goal last Sunday. Jets' kicker Nick Folk initially missed a 56 yard attempt, but the Patriots were flagged for pushing a player into the line of scrimmage - an automatic 15 yard penalty. Folk nailed the second attempt. Predictably, New England coach Bill Belicheck said it was a bad call (it was not) after the game. The Jets are in Cincinnati to face the Bengals (5-2) in Week 8.
10/17/13: Things seemed a bit brighter for the Jets after they defeated the Atlanta Falcons in Atlanta last week - and that seemed to imply that more people were on board with starting QB Geno Smith. That love-fest may be short-lived after the Jets allowed the Pittsburgh Steelers to dominate and win their first game of the season. New York only managed two first half fieldgoals while the Steelers kept playing hard. The final score: Steelers 19, Jets 6. The loss drops the Jets to 3-3 on the season and just ahead of the Bills. New York hosts the Patriots (4-1) in the second meeting between the teams this season.
10/10/13: Say what you want about Rex Ryan and the New York Jets, but they are now 3-2 and tied with Miami for second place in the AFC East - only one game behind the New England Patriots. The Jets scored an impressive come from behind win on the road against the Atlanta Falcons on the Monday Night Game. Rookie QB Geno Smith calmly led the Jets down the field and into field goal range in the final two minutes of the game, and New York nailed the field goal as time expired to win 30-28. It may have been the upset of the weekend. The Jets go back home to host the winless Steelers this Sunday.
10/3/13: The Jets defense has been pretty solid this year, but even they are not strong enough to over come four turnovers. That was really the story of the game against the Tennessee Titans in a 38-13 loss. Geno Smith threw for nearly 300 yards but could not protect the football. Rex Ryan will not give him a pass for being a rookie either. In the NFL, QBs are expected to lead teams and control the ball. New York fell to 2-2 on the season with the loss. The team will have an extra day to prepare in Week 5. They travel south to Atlanta for the Monday Night Football game.
9/26/13: Not many people would have figured the New York Jets to be 2-1 after Week 3, but here we are. The Jets overcame a franchise record 20 penalties to defeat the visiting Buffalo Bills 27-20 in a matchup of the first two quarterbacks selected in the 2013 draft. QB Geno Smith threw for 331 yards and two touchdowns and running back Bilal Powell set a personal record with 149 yards rushing. Credit goes to the Jets defense who sacked Bills' QB E.J. Manuel eight times on the day. The Jets go back on the road in Week 4 when they visit the Tennessee Titans (2-1) on Sunday.
9/19/13: The Jets were given a gift of a victory in Week 1 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers - which built up a bit of confidence. They went into New England for the Thursday Night Game in Week 2, and darn near pulled of the victory. They lost 13-10, but had their chance to beat Tom Brady and the Pats at home. The second half of the game was played in a downpour - so offenses were completely limited. The Pats were also without WR Danny Amondola, TE Rob Gonkowski, and RB Shane Vereen. The only reward is the 10 days of prep time they have before hosting the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.
9/12/13: The Jets pulled off the most improbable win of opening weekend by defeating the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, at home, 18-17. The Jets, of course, have been mocked for their organization and quarterback position, but the team did just enough to eek out a win at home. It also helped that the Bucs were called for 13 penalties, including a questionable late hit on Geno Smith which put them in field goal position to win the game. New York has very little time to celebrate as they have a short week and will play in Foxborough against the New England Patriots (1-0) on Thursday Night.
9/4/13: There is not much optimism in Gotham concerning the New York Jets this season. It seems that the circus, led by ring master Rex Ryan, is played out among fans, and most expect a dismal season. The Jets will start rookie QB Geno Smith on Sunday against Tampa. Smith has not performed well in training camp or preseason, but Mark Sanchez is hurt. That is actually a lucky break for the Jets, because it puts an end to the QB controversy for now. However, it does leave them with a backup QB who is guaranteed $8 million. The Jets front office will have to make some amazing moves to rebuild the team over the next couple of years.
8/29/13: It is time to wonder if the Rex Ryan act has grown stale. It got old years ago for most of the country, but bombastic Jets fans love the outspoken head coach. However, he is coming under attack for his immature response to media questions following the Jets preseason game against the Giants. The team left QB Mark Sanchez in the fourth quarter with the backup offensive line. Of course he got hurt and Rex got defensive and even turned his back while he answered questions. It may be that Ryan is desperate and knows that he will be out soon.
8/22/13: Sanchez vs. Gabbert would have a great showdown if both of these QBs had developed as intended. Instead, the battle between former top ten picks is almost a punchline at this point. Sanchez outplayed Gabbert in their preseason game, and actually looked decent doing so. Head coach Rex Ryan has not given any indication on who will be the starting QB between Sanchez and rookie Geno Smith, but Sanchez has looked better so far. Smith has been injured and that is not helping his chances either. The fans want Geno, but the smart money may be on Sanchez right now.
8/15/13: While all the talk about Jets camp is focused on the quarterback competition between incumbent Mark Sanchez and rookie Geno Smith, the Jets have been quietly trying to improve the wide receiver position. In the season opener last year Jeremy Hill caught two touchdown passes and immediately became the favorite of the fantasy football waiver wire. He had only one more TD the rest of the season and missed five games to injury. He is looking better this season and is using his big frame to his advantage. He may not put up big numbers this season because of the travesty at QB, but he is a developing player to keep an eye on.
8/8/13: A week into training camp and the Jets are no closer to naming a starting QB than they were before practices started. Mark Sanchez is telling anyone who will listen that he is playing great and is leading the competition. Rookie Geno Smith is taking a more subdued approach, just saying that he only monitors himself. However, if you take a step back and look at the situation, this may be the most media-driven QB battle in history. Neither player is considered elite, and 'average' is probably an overstatement at this point. So essentially, two lower tier players are trying for a job that gets a lot of publicity only because it is in New York.
8/1/13: The Jets opened up their training camp and are expecting a battle for the QB position between struggling veteran Mark Sanchez and rookie Geno Smith. That much they expected. What they did not expect was to open camp without their first round pick Dee Milner from Alabama. Milner was selected to be the replacement for Darrelle Revis who was traded to Tampa. The holdup for the holdout is the offset language which can (or cannot) guarantee the entire value of the rookie contract. The teams obviously do not want to guarantee the contract if the player is a bust, while the players want to ensure they get everything.
7/25/13: Say this for Rex Ryan - he will always give you something to write about. While most people believe that the Jets have among the worst quarterback situations in the league, Ryan says he is comfortable with the competition between Mark Sanchez and rookie Geno Smith. He says it was much worse when he took the job - and that is true, Kellen Clemons was the starter until they drafted Sanchez. However, the competition between a guy who has lost his confidence and an untested (and moderately-regarded) rookie leaves a lot to be desired. Somewhere Bill Belicheck is laughing.
7/18/13: The New York media must be bored this week because they have made a big commotion about rookie QB Geno Smith not attending Mark Sanchez' Jets West camp for offensive players. Sanchez claims he was invited, as are all skill players, but Smith is reportedly working out in Florida. Sanchez finally seems to understand that he is in competition for the starters job and says that he is betting on himself. He probably is the better starter today, but that may not be true by the end of the season or next year, when Sanchez might need to find a new employer.
7/11/13: It sounds strange to hear when someone credits Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes for his help. Holmes is not known for his interpersonal skills, and has routinely thrown his own teammates under the bus. However, undrafted rookie wide receiver Marcus Davis credits Holmes for mentoring him so far in his young career. Davis went undrafted and signed with the Giants. They cut him in May and the Jets picked him up. He has turned some heads in workouts so far and is trying to make the 53 man roster or the practice squad and forge out a career.
7/4/13: If Mark Sanchez had a week where his extracurricular activities became public, this was probably the week. A film of Sanchez partying with women and dropping his pants was released, followed by the usual righteousness of NFL 'experts' who criticized his behavior. What they are forgetting is that Sanchez is a young man and did not do anything illegal. People may have a moral issue, but not a legal one. And if Sanchez is getting his team mates into the party, then they will like him more. Another case of an overblown non-story generated by the media to generate headlines.
6/27/13: The media is probably making more of this story than they should, but that is their job - especially in New York. So who will be the starter at QB this season. Mark Sanchez is the incumbent, and likely to get the job. Geno Smith is the rookie they just drafted, and some people may want him to take the reigns. Being realistic, this is a non-story. Sanchez knows the offense, has chemistry with the players, and has experience playing in the NFL. He also took the team to two AFC Championship games. At some point, the Jets are going to have to realize that he is their best chance to win, and possibly save some coaching jobs.
6/20/13: The Jets hired Marty Mornhingwheg as offensive coordinator to try to breathe some life into the terrible offense. The Tony Sparano experiment was an unmitigated disaster of epic proportions last season. Prior to that, Brian Schottenhiemer called the shots. He was made out as a scapegoat after the 2011 season, but his offenses were better. He is now with the St. Louis Rams and will have a full cadre of weapons to work with. Meanwhile, the Jets have to determine who their quarterback is going to be. If Sanchez has confidence, then he is the man.
6/13/13: Is it true that the Jets are actually keeping their collective mouths shut? Through a couple of weeks of OTA's, there is no indication of who the starting QB will be. A few weeks ago, there were five. However, Tim Tebow was released and David Garrard retired. The battle appears to be between rookie Geno Smith and incumbent Mark Sanchez (and Sanchez' confidence). One line of thought is that the team will struggle this year regardless, so let Geno play. The other is to make Sanchez look good and trade him after the season. Neither is a recipe for a Super Bowl contender.
6/6/13: Embattled QB Mark Sanchez says that he expects to be the starter and does not expect rookie Geno Smith to beat him out for the job in training camp. After a poor first day, Sanchez improved. His QB coach says that he looks great so far. It is still OTA's, so that does not mean much. He does have the advantage of knowing the playbook and experience. However, he does not have any weapons around him - so any quarterback can be expected to struggle in that kind of environment. Not to mention the media circus that is the New York Jets.
5/30/13: There is little to report from Jets camp these days in terms of on field performance - other than Mark Sanchez going 6-11 during OTAs and throwing three interceptions. That, of course was followed by head coach Rex Ryan saying his performance was unacceptable (it sure looks like the Ryan-Sanchez love affair is over). Tim Tebow continues to be a popular topic, and he may only find a home playing QB in the arena league. Geno Smith, who may become the starting QB by default, signed with Roc Nation as his new agent. Roc Nation is owned by Jay Z, and the NFLPA may look into his recruiting tactics soon.
5/23/13: Another week, another week in the national headlines. Actually, the Jets dealt us a double this week. First, veteran quaterback, and genuine class act David Garrard retired - taking himself out of the circus which will be the Jets' quarterback competition this season. Garrard said his knee simply could not take the beating. Thanks for the memories DG - too good of a guy to be part of this mess. Secondly, new runningback Mike Goodson was arrested with drugs and guns. No word yet if the Jets will cut him, but this is not the way to impress your new bosses.
5/9/13: Even when the Jets try to stay under the radar they invite controversy. The latest is about their newly drafted quarterback Geno Smith. Several 'insiders' said that his draft stock fell because he did not pay attention to coaches and spent more time on his phone when he was at team visits. Smith went in the middle of the second round. This week, Smith fired his agents, blaming them for not preparing him and not getting him selected earlier. Smith is showing all the courage of a startled mouse with his recent attitude and actions. Perfect for the publicity hungry Jets.
5/2/13: And the winner of the 2013 press conference is…perennial winner New York Jets. This team just cannot avoid public drama. First they traded their best player, cornerback Darrelle Revis, for the number 13 pick. Then they do nothing to help the offense (a league-wide laughingstock last season), by selecting Alabama cornerback Dee Miller at 9, and Missouri defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson at 13. Finally, they made life more uncomfortable by taking West Virginia QB Geno Smith with the 7th pick in the second round. It seems they like the circus atmosphere, and there was no commitment that incumbent QB Mark Sanchez will be with the team for training camp.
4/25/13: Jets finally ridded themselves of their long running Darrelle Revis problem New York was able to send the perpetually unhappy cornerback to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the number 13 pick this year and a conditional third or fourth rounder next year. Many people may believe that the Jets should not have gotten rid of their best player, but Revis is coming off of an ACL tear, always wants more money (which the Jets do not have), and is simply a distraction. The Jets may have the worst roster in the league going into this season, and that should be Rex Ryan's legacy with this organization.
4/18/13: The Jets will probably retain their crown as the number one NFL distraction this season. They are off to a good start. First, never used third string QB Tim Tebow showed up an hour early for voluntary workouts. He is sure to draw a throng of media before he is traded or cut (read: cut). Darrelle Revis also showed up, but he had three million reasons to do so. Revis would prefer to finish his ACL tear rehab in Arizona, but workout bonuses dictate otherwise. He has been cleared to run normally. The only thing that is left is to finalize the eventual trade to Tampa.
4/11/13: It is always easy to find something to discuss about the Jets, and so often it focuses on star cornerback Darrelle Revis. Revis wants to continue his rehab from a torn ACL in Arizona on his own. The team wants him at their facility for offseason workouts. The Jets are holding a reported $3 million in bonus monies over Revis' head. For someone that has repeatedly cried about not earning enough with the Jets it is odd to see him turn down guaranteed cash. Perhaps he has a deal lined up elsewhere (Tampa) if the Jets will only make the trade.
4/4/13: The Jets are running out of options with cornerback Darrelle Revis. Revis is easily the best player on the team, but he commands a big salary and wants more. Many feel that the Jets best option is to trade him and rebuild - something veteran head coaches hate to do because they are essentially signing away their jobs when the team tanks. With Nnamdi Asoughma signing in San Francisco, and Eric Wright reportedly renegotiating his deal in Tampa, the potential trade partners are dwindling. The Jets, may in fact, be forced to keep Revis just a little bit longer.
3/28/13: Speculating on the Jets and their personnel moves is among the greatest hobbies of the New York media - and they are at it again. Again it concerns cornerback Darrelle Revis. Head coach Rex Ryan has said that he knows of no discussions taking place to trade Revis, but he has also said that there is not a fair offer available. So the speculation is on how involved Ryan is in personnel matters with new a GM, or is he just lying. A coach lying to the press is not news. That happens everyday. Many believe with the team not in a position to win this coming year, their best bet is to trade Revis and get draft picks and shed his salary - let the team actually rebuild with a plan.
3/21/13: Are the Jets as big of a mess as the media plays them out to be? Probably so. The team still has not committed one way or another on cornerback Darrelle Revis, even allowing a deadline to pass to give him a $1 million roster bonus. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are interested in Revis, and have reportedly offered a package to the Jets, but there has been no movement yet. QB Tim Tebow is still on the roster. The owner of the Orlando Predators has publicly stated that if he is cut, then there is a contract waiting for him in the Arena League. That may be good for Tebow for a couple of years, allowing him to get reps and work on his mechanics.
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3/14/13: Maybe the Jets have learned their lesson. Last year, of course, they traded for Tim Tebow amidst much fan fare. And, of course, that did not work out. This year, they quietly signed 35 year old QB David Garrard. Garrard has been out of the league for the past two years. He was cut by Jacksonville in 2011 just before the season was set to start, presumably to give Blaine Gabbert the position, then sat out to rest his back. He went to training camp last year with the Dolphins, but was cut once he got injured. Garrard is stable and safe, but he is not going to grab headlines like the Jets are used to.
3/7/13: After three seasons of the Rex Ryan circus, the bills are starting to come due. New York is saddled by salary commitments The Jets have already parted ways with a few veterans including Bart Scott. Now they are looking to pick up some cheap free agents. Could it be possible that John Abraham returns to the Big Apple? New York, of course, has to figure out what they will do with Tim Tebow. Most believe they will try to trade him, but will not be able to do so, and will end up releasing him soon. In any case, the outlook for 2013 looks pretty grim. The team was 6-10 with a talented defense, and can only decline by releasing some good players.
2/28/13: The Jets remain non-committal on the future of QB Tim Tebow. It is no secret that his first (and likely only) year with the Jets was a dismal failure. He rarely saw the field, was used primarily in predictable wildcat formations, and never really got a fair shake from the coaching staff. While there is always a chance that New York could retain Tebow, the smart money is on a trade or release. Where he will end up is anyone's guess. There are several teams that need QBs like Kansas City and Arizona, but very few that want a guy that has not proven he can consistently pass the ball in NFL.
2/21/13: The Jets are aggressively attacking their salary cap opposition. This week, the team released or waived four veterans: linebacker Calvin Pace, safety Eric Smith, tackle Jason Smith, and tight end Josh Baker. Additionally, it is rumored that the Jets will release linebacker Bart Scott. The Jets were estimated to be about $20 million over the cap before the moves, and these moves will save the tam about $31 million in cap space. That seems like it is enough money to keep both Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow for at least one more year of harmony and peace with the media.
2/14/13: Former Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw says that he has interest in joining the Jets. The Jets may not be interested right now, but they should be. Incumbent Shown Green is serviceable, but not the force the Jets envisioned he would be. Meanwhile, Bradshaw rushed for 1,015 yards in 14 games last year and is only 27 years old. QB is still the priority for the Jets, but they would be foolish to ignore the opportunity to acquire Bradshaw at this time. For Bradshaw, he would not have to move, making the transition to Gang Green a little bit easier.
2/7/13: Job one for new Jets General Manager John Idzik should not be figuring out the quarterback situation, getting rid of Tim Tebow, or trading Darrelle Revis. It should be restoring credibility to the franchise. When the media speaks of this franchise, they use words like 'circus' or 'laughingstock'. Ridding the team of that stigma should be a priority. Of course, publicly considering bringing back colossal bust JaMarcus Russell does not help matters. Idzik should be taking control of the draft and bring some normalcy back to the havoc that Rex Ryan inexplicably is allowed to continue to wreak.
1/31/13: Media speculation about the Jets reached a new high/low last week, centering around the trade or cut of the Jets best player, cornerback Darelle Revis. When healthy, Revis is the best cornerback in the game. Unfortunately, he tore his ACL in a game against Miami last fall, and that is a difficult injury to return from. He has another year on his contract, but may want more money. They Jets have had two contentious contract battles with him and may not want a third. If they are looking to rebuild, they may consider parting ways with Revis and trying to get cap space and draft picks in return.
1/24/13: By trading for Tim Tebow last offseason, the Jets won the press conference. They did not win many games, but they did garner a lot of publicity and beat the Super Bowl Champion Giants off the front page. Of course, Tebow was misused all season and now the Jets want to trade both him and Mark Sanchez. Word is now surfacing that owner Woody Johnson never wanted Tebow, contrary to earlier reports that he pushed for the former Heisman Trophy winner. However, it could be that the team is just trying to save face by pinning the whole mess on former GM Mike Tannenbaum.
1/17/13: It's the time of year where head coaches who had disappointing seasons and are on the hot seat take accountability - by firing their assistants. Such is the case with the Jets, who terminated offensive coordinator Tony Sparano after one season. The Jets offense was laughably bad in the second half of the season while Mark Sanchez regressed. The coaching staff also could not find a suitable use for backup quarterback Tim Tebow, throwing him in occasionally for Wild Cat plays that were far too predictable. The good news for Jets fans - it cannot get worse.
1/10/2013: While Head Coach Rex Ryan somehow kept his job, the collateral damage is beginning to mount. New York fired General Manager Mike Tannenbaum last week, and this week announced that Quarterbacks Coach Matt Cavanaugh will not return. His contract was set to expire in a few weeks and was told on Monday that it would not be renewed. The Jets' QBs famously struggled this year. Starter Mark Sanchez was largely ineffective after the first few weeks and the team rarely used Tim Tebow. Cavanaugh's departure is likely the first of many from the coaching staff, and Offensive Coordinator Tony Sparano was next.
1/3/13: The Jets playoff fate was sealed a few weeks ago in their Monday Night loss at Tennessee, and the team simply went through the motions in their losses to San Diego and Buffalo in their last two games. The Bills avenged a 20 point loss to the Jets in the opening game with a 28-9 routing in Week 17. Both teams finished the season at 6-10 and the Jets will own the 9th selection in the April draft. One person who will not be working on that draft is Mike Tannenbaum, who was fired from his position as the Jets General Manager on Black Monday.
12/27/12: Instead of putting so much attention on who would start and who was benched and who would or would not run the wildcat, the Jets probably would have been better served to work on protection for their quarterback, Greg McElroy. San Diego punished McElroy, sacking him 11 time in the game - Sanchez and Tebow were probably happy to be benched while watching this mayhem. The Jets fell, again, this time 27-17, and the season is all but finished. With only one game remaining, the Jets head to Buffalo, where they will try to earn a seventh win this season.
12/20/12: Everything is falling apart for the Jets. In a Monday Night matchup against the Titans - a game the Jets had to win to keep their inexpicable playoff hopes alive - the offense turned in another awful performance. Mark Sanchez threw four picks and fumbled with less than a minute to play, allowing the Titans to pick up a 14-10 win. Sanchez's time with the Jets may be over. He will not start the next game at home against the Chargers. Instead McElroy gets the nod, even though he has been the third stringer all year and was not activated until midseason.
12/13/2012: The Jets suffered through another game of miserable offense, and again fortunate enough to be matched up against a team that is somehow worse offensively. Last week was the notorious 7-6 victory over the Arizona Cardinals, and this week was a 17-10 escape out of Jacksonville. The hype at the beginning of the season is that this would be Tebow's return to his hometown Jacksonville as a Jet. But a rib injury has kept him out of the line for the past few weeks. Mark Sanchez passed for 111 yards, which was enough. The Jets now travel to Tennessee to take on the Titans in the Monday Night Game.
12/6/12: While many experts may call the 7-6 victory over the Arizona Cardinals last week one of the ugliest games they have ever seen, a win is still a win. The big storyline is that Head Coach Rex Ryan finally benched starting quarterback Mark Sanchez. But backup Tim Tebow is out with a rib injury, so in came third-stringer Greg McElroy. McElroy did lead the Jets to a fourth quarter touchdown and the win. Now the controversy is raging on permanently benching Sanchez, but Number 6 will get the start at Jacksonville this coming Sunday, which is where Tebow is from.
9/22/12 ? The New York Jets escaped from Miami with a 23-20 win over the Dolphins. Miami missed a potential game-winning field-goal attempt in overtime and called timeout before Jets kicker Nick Folk?s field goal attempt was blocked. Folk hit his 33-yard field goal attempt soon after that for the win. Jets QB Mark Sanchez finished the day passing for over 300 yards and throwing for a touchdown. Santonio Holmes caught 9 passes for 147 yards including a 38-yard gain that helped set up the game-winning field goal in overtime. Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill finished with 196 yards passing and drove down the field late in the 4th quarter to set up the game-tying field goal and potential game-winner in overtime.
8/10/12 ? For the first time, the New York Jets and the rest of the NFL will see their prized offseason acquisition, quarterback Tim Tebow, on the field. Starting quarterback Mark Sanchez and the first-team offense will play the first quarter and Tebow will take over after that. Tebow will also play on special teams as the personal protector on the punt team and on the offense in a Wildcat package. The number 2 receiver opposite Santonio Holmes is still up for grabs. Patrick Turner, Chaz Schilens, Jeremy Kerley, and rookie Stephen Hill are all in the running for the spot. The backup running back position is also a position the Jets are looking at very closely. Joe McKnight from USC entered camp as the favorite because of his athleticism and experience but is facing some strong competition from Bilal Powell who has been outperforming McKnight at some times during training camp. The most important thing for the Jets will be seeing if the chemistry issues that plagued the team last year still linger. Chemistry issues were the reason why the Jets did not make the playoffs for the first time under head coach Rex Ryan.
With training camp opening on Thursday in Cortland, New York, all eyes turn to the New York Jets and their unique and unprecedented quarterback situation. With starting quarterback Mark Sanchez continuing to assure the media that their never-before-seen two quarterback system is something that they feel will work in their favor, he has momentarily been able to quell the fears of Jets fans everywhere that believe that this experiment is going to backfire. With a lot of attention being paid to backup quarterback Tim Tebow, especially during the first few official days of training camp, this should mean that at least some of the pressure on Mark Sanchez has been alleviated, at least for the time being.
LaDainian Tomlinson's retirement this week left the New York Jets with a pretty sizable hole at the running back position heading into the 2012-2013 NFL season. Going into the season, Tomlinson was listed second on the Jets depth chart at running back behind Shonn Greene. His departure will likely move third-string running back Joe McKnight into the backup position. McKnight showed some flashes of success in limited action last season. The Jets also drafted Baylor running back Terrance Ganaway in the 6th round back in April in the hopes that he might be able to provide a spark for the Jets as they return to their "ground and pound" offensive philosophy.
Earlier this week, New York Jets left tackle D'Brickashaw Ferguson remarked to members of the media that he's begun to "embrace" Tim Tebow and that his role within the team and around the locker room has become more clearly defined over the last few weeks, despite the media pursuing rumors that his signing has created a quarterback controversy. Also, cornerback Darrelle Revis has told sources that he has not yet made up his mind regarding whether or not he will hold out or report to training camp when it begins later next month.
The New York Jets held the second day of their mandatory team practice on Wednesday in New Jersey and more quarterback controversy seemed to be swirling again as both Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow took snaps at quarterback with the main offensive unit. However, head coach Rex Ryan cleared things up with the media after practice by stating the Tebow was only going to take snaps with the first offense running the Wildcat. The Jets are also requesting that Tebow bulk up slightly in anticipation of his role in the new "ground and pound" Jets offense this coming season.
The New York Jets, who will open their training camp later next month at their facilities in Florham Park, New Jersey, are currently holding their OTAs. With the team practicing in New Jersey, Mark Sanchez is over in California holding his annual "Jets West" passing camp in his home state, which this year will be attended by new Jets backup quarterback/media darling Tim Tebow. Tebow announced last week that he would be heading out to the west coast to work with Sanchez, and it was thought by many to be a move that shows he and Sanchez are working together and that they are getting along as teammates, something that was in doubt during the early days immediately following the Tebow trade.
Contract talks between the New York Jets and their Pro Bowl cornerback Darrelle Revis have stalled and Revis has warned the organization that he will hold out again until his contract is renegotiated, much like his holdout during the beginning of the 2010 season that caused him to miss all of training camp and the preseason. Revis has said that he will not commit to camp prior to a deal getting done, and now the Jets will be forced to make a decision on whether or not to restructure his contract now and avoid a preseason distraction, or to allow Revis to hold out and force a repeat of 2010.
5/25/12 Much hoopla was made about New York Jets backup quarterback Tim Tebow making his first appearance in a Jets uniform during the team's offical OTA practice on Thursday. Although the players weren't suited up in much more than a helmet and a t-shirt and shorts, the practice was highly anticipated by many in the New York sports media. However, Tebow's performance was somewhat disappointing as he threw 2 interceptions during his time on the field. The New York Jets will open up their training camp in late July in Florham Park, New Jersey.
5/18/12 The New York Jets recently reached a contract agreement with their first-round draft pick, Quinton Coples, the defensive end from North Carolina. The Jets and Coples agreed to a 4-year guaranteed contract reportedly worth around $9 million. The contract also includes a standard team option for the 5th year. The Jets will hope that Coples can make an immediate impact on the defensive line and spark a pass rush that was nearly non-existent for much of last season. Meanwhile, controversy continues to swirl around the Jets unique quarterback situation, as Tebow has been impressive in mini camps.
5/11/12 The New York Jets began their mini camp this week and will head into the 2012 season with more questions than answers, especially involving the situation with backup quarterback Tim Tebow and how exactly the Jets will utilize him in the offensive scheme. The Jets will also have to address the issue of star cornerback Darrelle Revis and his contract negotiations, as he has stated that he will hold out again if the Jets do not work with him to renegotiation the terms of his contract during this offseason. The Jets will also look to make some moves in free agency.
4/28/12 - In the final day of the NFL Draft, the New York Jets had 5 picks. They had 3 picks in the 6th round and 2 picks in the 7th. With their first pick in the 6th Round the Jets selected Josh Bush a Safety from Wake Forest. Bush adds depth to the Jets secondary. The 5'11, 205 pound Bush played free safety and cornerback for Wake Forest. With their next two picks, the Jets took two players from Baylor University. The first was running back Terrance Ganaway. Ganaway is a power runner at 5'11, 241 pounds. His skill set is a blend of current Jet running backs Shonn Greene and John Connor. He rushed for 1,547 yards and 21 touchdowns as a senior. The next pick Robert Griffin, who shares a name with teammate Robert Griffin III, is a guard. Griffin will shore up the Jets offensive line and help to protect Mark Sanchez. In the 7th Round, the Jets selected Antonio Allen a Safety from South Carolina and Jordan White a Wide Receiver from Western Michigan. Allen (6'1, 210 pounds) was a second- team All-American in his senior year. Jets coaches expect him to fill in on special teams. White was a very productive receiver in college. In his senior year he led the nation with 140 receptions for 1,911 yards and 17 TD's. White (6'0, 208 pounds) adds some more depth to an already deep Jets receiving core.
4/27/12 - The New York Jets had two picks on Day 2 of the NFL Draft. They selected Stephen Hill, a Wide Receiver from Georgia Tech in the 2nd Round (43rd Overall) and Demario Davis, an Outside Linebacker from Arkansas State in the 3rd Round (77th Overall). At 6'4, 215 pounds, Hill has a great chance to start opposite Santonio Holmes when the season begins. Hill had modest numbers with Georgia Tech (49 Catches 1248 yards in 3 years) but he averaged nearly 30 yards per catch and is a great complement to the ground and pound style of play the Jets use. The Jets wanted a big and fast receiver to replace Plaxico Burress. With a 4.31 time at the NFL Combine, Hill can be that guy. Davis, 6'2 and 235 pounds, is an athletic linebacker who can cover tight ends and receivers. Davis can also contribute on special teams. He was one of the top- rated players by Jets Special teams coordinator Mike Westhoff.
5/4/12 The New York Jets may have snagged a hidden gem with their second round draft pick as they selected Georgia Tech wide receiver Stephen Hill, who many draft experts said was one of the top wide receivers in the draft this year. At 6'4", Hill has the kind of size that the Jets have been looking for at wide receiver, someone that can be a consistent red zone target for quarterback Mark Sanchez. The Jets also selected Robert Griffin from Baylor -- no, not that Robert Griffin. The Griffin landed by the Jets is an offensive tackle and was one of two Baylor players they selected in the 6th round.
4/26/12 - The way Rex Ryan wants to win games is through a strong run game and a stingy defense. So it's no surprise that in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft the New York Jets selected Quinton Coples a defensive end from the University of North Carolina. According to former Tampa Bay Bucs coach, Jon Gruden, he has excellent size and athleticism. Though Gruden also added that his effort is inconsistent and that he disappears for stretches during games. ÒHe is a tough kid, hard to move against the runÓ says ESPN Draft Analyst Mel Kiper Jr. The Jets needed a pass rusher and Coples with 24 sacks in 50 games over his career in UNC fills that need.
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Established in 1959 as the New York Titans, the team was an original member of the American Football League and became the New York Jets in 1963. The franchise was part of the historic merger of the AFL and NFL in 1970. Throughout franchise history, the team has played in a number of venues, notably the Polo Grounds in 1960, Shea Stadium from 1964 through 1984 and the Meadowlands Sports Complex from 1984 through 2010. Currently the team plays in the New Meadowlands Stadium just steps away from the old Meadowlands venue. The Jets first appeared in a playoff game in 1968 and have since appeared in the playoffs thirteen times, and in the AFC Championship game four times, most recently in 2010 where they lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers after losing to Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Championship game in 2009. Watch as the Jets continue on their quest to bring the franchise back to Super Bowl glory!
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Led by the huge personality of head coach Rex Ryan and dynamic young quarterback Mark Sanchez, the Jets have become one of the elite teams in the NFL with their explosive offense and tenacious defense. The franchise's only Super Bowl victory came in 1968 when Joe Namath led an upset of the heavily favored Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III. With appearances in the AFC Championship in both 2009 and 2010, they are poised to return in the near future. The 2011 off season has been a big one for the Jets. They were unable to acquire prized free agent Nnamdi Asomugha but have resigned Santonio Holmes and Antonio Cromartie. They chose to not resign Braylon Edwards despite his want to be in NY. They did however take a chance with Plaxico who will be returning to NY after being released from prison from shooting himself in the foot. Its going to be an exciting season for the gang green.
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Rex Ryan talks a lot but his players generally back it up. Its time for Mark Sanchez to play up to par with the best quarterbacks in the league and not leave it to the other players to pick up after he has made a mess. With Santonio Holmes, Antonio Cromartie, Bart Scott and Darelle Revis returning, the Jets have the same make up as last year. This served them well up until the conference championship against the Steelers. This year the Jets also signed Plaxico Burress who could immediately impact the offense and gives Sanchez a large target to throw to down field. No one will be making guarantees as "Broadway" Joe Namath did in the past but this team is fueled and ready to make another run for that a ring.
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