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3/25/15: The NFL Draft is still two full months away, but draftniks are already in midseason form. The New York Jets own the sixth pick, thanks to a rather lousy season. However, if so-called draft experts are to be believed, then the Jets will not be picking sixth. Instead, they will pick 20th, with some extra picks in their pockets. The current thinking is that the Tennessee Titans will not take QB Marcus Mariota with the second overall pick. He would then fall to sixth and the Philadelphia Eagles would then trade with the Jets to take Mariota. Bear in mind that this is still simple speculation and no one really knows if Chip Kelly is willing to make that trade, or if the Jets would do it either.
3/18/15: The New York Jets are not sitting idly by and letting the rest of the AFC East pass them up. Instead, the Jets went a bit 'old school' last week by landing free agent cornerbacks Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie. The twosome were the starting corners for the Jets from 2010-12, but were free agents this offseason. Revis and the New England Patriots could not reach a long-term deal so the Pats cut him and the Jets promptly picked him up. Cromartie was with the Arizona Cardinals last season, but found himself unemployed and the Jets saw an opportunity to make one of the best secondaries in the league by signing him.
3/11/15: The New York Jets made a big trade last week and theoretically upgraded their offense by acquiring wide receiver Brandon Marshall from the Chicago Bears. They got him pretty cheap too - only a fifth round pick in the draft was paid - though they are now responsible for Marshall's salary. The Jets will be the fourth team that Marshall has played for. He was drafted by the Denver Broncos. Was traded to the Miami Dolphins. Was then traded to the Bears and now traded to the Jets. Amazingly, he has never been to free agency (or the playoffs). Now the Jets have a question on whether or not to keep Percy Harvin.
3/4/15: The Jets hired a defensive coach with an outstanding coordinator's resume to be there head coach. They also have a huge question at quarterback and a wide receiver that has a reputation of being a locker room problem. No, it is not 2009, but one can be forgiven for that mistake. Six years after hiring Rex Ryan as head coach the Jets are exactly the same team. The question now is if new head coach Todd Bowles can fix the same issues Ryan encountered or if the Jets will continue to languish in mediocrity. Just for fun, it would be great to see the team reach out to Tim Tebow for old-time's sake.
2/25/15: Could this be the year that the Jets address their wide receiving needs in the first round? New York typically gone defense or QB in the first round. The defensive picks have been solid. The QB picks have been questionable at best. The team did sign WR Eric Decker last offseason as a free agent and added Percy Harvin midseason through a trade. There are some quality wide receivers in the draft this year such as Amari Cooper and Dorial Green-Beckham. Of course, the Jets being the Jets may try to go back to the well one more time and end up taking a QB in the first round again.
2/18/15: Decision time is coming soon for the New York Jets concerning wide receiver Percy Harvin. The Jets traded for Harvin midway through the 2014 season, and still owe Seattle a conditional draft pick. If Harvin is on the roster on March 19, then the Jets owe the Seahawks their fourth round pick. If not, then it is a sixth round pick. That does not even take into account the four years and $41.5 million that still remain on Harvin's contract. One good thing, though, is that the Jets can cut Harvin and not absorb any cap hit since the Seahawks already took all the accelerations from the original contract.
2/11/15: The Jets have a lot needs to fill on the roster before they are going to be competitive again. While Woody Johnson wants to bring Darrelle Revis back into the fold, and has made those intentions known with his public comments that could be inferred as tampering, the biggest issue is at quarterback. It is presumed that Geno Smith is going to get another shot be the starter and Michael Vick may return as well. However, there are other options through free agency or trades that could be available and could help the team such as Mike Glennon in Tampa or free agent Brian Hoyer.
2/5/15: Much of the media circus that enveloped the New York Jets over the past five seasons was credited to (or blamed on, depending on your point of view) former head coach Rex Ryan. True, Ryan is a boisterous and loud man, but he alone was not the sole cause. Some credit (or blame) has to be reserved for the big boss - owner Woody Johnson. Johnson is back in the news after making public comments that the Jets would like to have cornerback Darrelle Revis back on the team. Under NFL rules, that could be considered tampering because Revis was under contract with the New England Patriots at the time of the comment. And that sound was cash registers ringing for Revis' next contract.
1/28/15: With Todd Bowles on board as the Rex Ryan's successor as the head coach of the New York Jets, it is time to put together the rest of the coaching staff. Bowles has Kacy Rodgers as defensive coordinator now. He spent the last seven season as the defensive line coach for the Miami Dolphins and has worked with Bowles both in Miami and in Dallas. On the offensive side, which is where the majority of the concern is, Bowles has brought in Chan Gailey as the OC. Gailey will have quite a task in turning Geno Smith into an real NFL quarterback, so do not be surprised if the Jets bring in other QBs.
1/21/15: Todd Bowles, your time is now. Maybe that is not exactly what the New York Jets brass said to Todd Bowles, the sentiment is the same. Bowles is now the head coach of the Jets, replacing the unforgettable (but ultimately unsuccessful) Rex Ryan Era. Bowles spent the last year with Arizona as their defensive coordinator. He had a good run there, though he did inherit a pretty good squad. He is not going into New York alone, though. He is taking Cardinals linebackers coach Mike Caldewll with him to act as assistant head coach. It is a new era for the Jets. They may be better, but the will probably never be as intriguing as when Ryan ran the show.
1/14/15: The Jets are still looking for Rex Ryan's replacement as head coach. Initially, there were thoughts that the team may hire former Buffalo Bills head coach Doug Marrone, but that rumor seems to have died down. Now it is being reported that the Jets want to hire Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn. Further, it seems that the Jets brass was prepared to head to Seattle to hire Quinn if the Seahawks would have lost to the Carolina Panthers. Of course, the Seahawks beat the Panthers so Seattle's season continues. If they beat the Packers this Sunday, then the Jets would have to wait until after the Super Bowl to hire him, and that may be too late.
1/7/15: There have been a lot of comparisons between the Jets and a circus over the past few years. But that is not fair. The circus seems to be managed pretty well and puts on a quality show for spectators every time. The Jets? Well that is a different story. A story they are hoping to rewrite with the firing of head coach Rex Ryan and GM John Idzik. Ryan clearly wants to be a head coach again and may actually resurface in Buffalo. Ironically enough, the Jets may be interested in hiring the now former head coach of the Bills, Doug Marrone.
12/3/14: Many people expect that Rex Ryan is simply coaching out the string will be fired at the end of this season (if not sooner). Many also believe that he is being instructed by management on whom to play - particularly at quarterback. If that is true, and he was forced to play Geno Smith last Monday Night, he may have gotten a good dig in at team management by allowing Smth to throw only 13 times on the night. Instead, the Jets used every conceivable type of running play - and that actually worked in the first half. Of course, the Dolphins figured it out in the second half and came back to beat New York. The Jets are now 2-10 on the season and head to Minnesota this Sunday.
11/19/14: The New York Jets always keep it interesting off the field, even if they don't do so when playing. The Jets had a bye last weekend, giving them a chance to savor their upset win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. As for the extra-curricular items of the week, the fans still want GM John Idzik to be dismissed, Rex Ryan understands that he needs as many wins as he can get to possibly save his job (which is unlikely) and players are publicly saying that they would have more wins if Michael Vick had been the starting QB earlier. The 2-8 Jets are back in action this weekend at Buffalo.
11/12/14: The Jets season may be effectively over and there may be banners flying over the practice facility to fire the GM, but they pulled off the upset of the weekend by beating the high-octane Steelers 20-13. Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger had thrown six TD passes in each of his last two games, but managed only one against the Jets versus two interceptions. Meanwhile, the Jets only ran 10 times, but twice for scores and 132 yards in the upset win. The Jets improved to 2-8 on the season and can go into their bye week with a bit of pride.
11/5/14: Another week, and other depressing loss for the New York Jets. This time it was on the road to Kansas City and the final score was 24-10. Michael Vick got the start at QB, and really was not awful. He completed 21 of 28 passes for 196 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions. Matt Simms made an appearance and was 3 of 8 for 39 yards. But KC has a tough defense and it is hard to score on them. New York's record is now 1-8 and it seems like it is time to start the Rex Ryan head coaching job clock. The Jets are home this Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
10/29/14: As happy as the Buffalo Bills fans are, the New York Jets fans are just as dismayed. There have certainly been questions about starting QB Geno Smith over the past 18 months, but this was a worst nightmare. Smith threw three interceptions in the first 10:20 of the game and was pulled for Michael Vick. Vick had a bit more success, but simply could not dig the Jets out of their hole as New York fell 43-23. The loss dropped the Jets to 1-7 on the season, which may mean that it is time to find a new head coach. New York is on the road this week to visit Kansas City.
10/22/14: Jets head coach Rex Ryan was granted a pardon at the end of last season with the mandate to turn the team around this season. He has not been able to do that so far, so there is already speculation forming that he will be replaced at the end of the season. Despite playing one of their best games of the season, the Jets fell again last Thursday to the rival New England Patriots 27-25. QB Geno Smith had a decent game with 226 yards passing and one score. H also did not turn the ball over. But it was simply not enough and the Jets fell to 1-6 on the season. One day later, the Jets traded a conditional draft pick for Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin. New York goes back home this Sunday to host the Buffalo Bills.
10/15/14: The Jets were blanked by the San Diego Chargers last week so they needed to put on a better effort Sunday at home against Denver. The effort was better, and the team battled back to trail by just a touchdown late in the game. At that point, QB Geno Smith had avoided throwing an interceptions. Unfortunately, that is when it happened, as he threw a pick six to Aqib Talib with just a few seconds to play. The 31-17 loss dropped the Jets to 1-4 on the season. It is a short week as the Jets go to New England for the Thursday Night Game.
10/8/14: The Jets now look like a team in complete disarray, and that was clearly on display last Sunday in a 31-0 rout at the hands of the San Diego Chargers. QB Geno Smith was ineffective in the first half, completing only four passes for 27 yards and tossing an interception. He was replaced by Michael Vick in the second half, but he could not fare any better. It also came out that Geno missed a meeting the day before the game and was at the movies. The Jets defense was torched for 450 combined yards, so that may lead to concern on that front as well. Week 6 may be even tougher as the 1-4 Jets host the Denver Broncos.
10/1/14: The Geno Smith experiment goes on, despite the fact that the team is now 1-3 after losing at home to the Detroit Lions. But this game may have served as part of a larger purpose. Lions All-Pro defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh will most likely be a free agent after the season is over and reports say that he wants to play in New York. Perhaps the passion of the Jets' faithful will convince him to join Gang Green in the offseason. In the meantime, the Jets may have a good run defense, but they need help in other areas. They travel across the country to San Diego this week.
9/24/14: With the continued struggles of the Jets offense, the calls are getting louder for head coach Rex Ryan to install Michael Vick as the starter over Geno Smith. Smith is improving, and - as Rex points out - is better than a year ago, but he is still too inconsistent for the NFL. He got off to a bad start by throwing a pick-six in the first series on Monday Night Football, and it did not get much better from there. The Jets still can turn the season around, it is only the third week of the season, but they will have to improve quickly. Their next game is this Sunday at home against and impressive Detroit Lions team.
9/17/14: The Jets scored a nice victory in Week 1 and were looking to upset the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. New York jumped out to a quick 21-3 lead, but could not hold on as the Packers rallied in the second and third quarters, thereby handing the Jets their first loss of the season: 31-24. Jets QB Geno Smith was pretty good to start the game, but finished with only 176 yards, one TD and one INT on 16 of 32 passing. The ground game was effective, though, as the Jets racked up almost 150 yards on the ground. New York has the Monday Night Game this week, hosting the Chicago Bears.
8/28/14: What is the preseason without some circus-like fun out the New York Jets camp? It is toned down from past years without the Tim Tebow sideshow or cornerbacks claiming to be the second best wide receivers on the team, but as long as Rex Ryan is in charge, there will certainly be some fireworks. This year's version is the faux QB competition between Geno Smith and Mike Vick. Vick has been honest and public about it not being a competition and now word comes out that some coaches may be upset with him by being public with the news. Vick has actually been a model player this camp and may get a chance to play if Smith struggles early.
8/21/14: It has been too long since Jets head coach Rex Ryan let out with a big bag of bluster. Perhaps that was because he was fighting for his job last season and did not want to ruffle any feathers. But after playing the Cincinnati Bengals in the preseason, and getting 12 penalty flags (including six for 15 yard personal foul calls), Ryan is boasting that the Jets will not back down from anyone. The Jets feel that the Bengals were a bit aggressive and they were simply sticking up for themselves. The refs saw it as undisciplined play and the type that smart head coaches will take advantage of in the regular season.
8/14/14: When you take a step back, it is easy to see why guy love playing for Rex Ryan. Aside from his brash personality and big talk, every player seems to be the best that has ever played at the game. The guy is the walking definition of a 'player's coach'. Rex was at it again last week when he spoke about the team having 'two excellent quarterbacks' in Geno Smith and Michael Vick. In reality, the Jets should be a dangerous team this season. Smith played well down the stretch last season and Vick is an accomplished QB.
8/7/14: Rex Ryan put together one of the best coaching jobs in the league last year by taking an outmanned and relatively untalented team to an 8-8 finish with a late season shot at the playoffs. That earned Rex another year (or two) in New York and a chance to take the next step. But the team suffered a tough blow by losing outside linebacker Jermaine Cunningham to a torn Achilles tendon, which will likely end his season. Cunningham was having a very good camp was expected to play a large role for the defense on third down.
7/31/14: The Jets are in training camp and early reports show that second year QB Geno Smith is getting 75% of the reps with the first team. He seems pre-determined to be the starter and Michael Vick has even gone so far to say so publicly. At the same time, the Jets' coaches and GM refuse to publicly say that Smith will be the starter. They continue to insist that it is an open competition, even if all the evidence is out in the open and points to the contrary. There is nothing wrong with naming Smith the starter, so it is curious as to why they have taken this tact.
7/24/14: Stop if you have heard this before, but Jets head coach Rex Ryan is confident that his team will make the playoffs this season. Of course, it is the time of year where everyone thinks they will make the playoffs and have a hugely successful season. Ryan probably put together his greatest coaching of his career last season when the Jets went 8-8. They easily could have been 4-12. With some improvement on the offensive side of the ball, the team could win a couple more games this years and legitimately be in the hunt for a playoff birth.
7/17/14: Other than the QB competition between second year starter Geno Smith and veteran Michael Vick, that is really not a competition, the Jets have been abnormally quiet this year. Could it be a tempering of head coach Rex Ryan's persona? Not likely, though Ryan does have to prove that that he should remain the coach of the team. That could be made a bit easier with the return of linebacker Antwan Barnes. Barnes tore his ACL early last season and thinks that he may be ready to play when training camp rolls around. He had two sacks in five games last season and could be a starter this season if his knee cooperates.
7/10/14: Well that certainly did not take long. The Jets have announced that they plan to use the RBBC this season, more commonly known to fantasy football players as the dreaded running back by committee. That means that Chris Johnson is not likely to get the 20 or 30 touches a game that he wants. Johnson says that he cannot 'make plays from the sidelines'. True enough, but Johnson has not been the same player for the past two or three years as he was earlier in his career and seems to have trouble understanding the 'team' concept. But if there was no controversy with the Jets, then what else would the Jets do?
7/3/14: Not that many people really doubted it, but Michael Vick looks to be correct when he insists that there is no real quarterback competition in Jets camp. The starting job is Geno Smith's and Vick probably will not see much playing time unless Smith struggles mightily or is injured. Smith had a respectable second half of his rookie season and should be improved, for if no other reason, than he has a bit more experience. Perhaps Vick will be used on occasion to catch defenses off guard. On a Rex Ryan team, who knows what could happen.
6/26/14: There is a bit of a controversy around Jets camp that started with new Browns head coach Mike Pettine claiming Jets HC Rex Ryan gave out playbooks 'like candy', and one of those playbooks falling into the hands of the Patriots via Alabama HC Nick Saban. Ryan claims that any controversy about it is overblown because the team changes their plays so often that having a playbook would not be very helpful. Coach Pettine's claims are not winning him any new friends, and perhaps the Jets and Patriots have a little extra motivation for running up the score on Cleveland the next time they play (which unfortunately is not in the 2014 regular season).
6/19/14: The Jets, again, are rebuilding their offense. They seem content to hand over the reigns full time to Geno Smith at QB, and have Michael Vick as the backup. They signed wide receiver Eric Decker in free agency (formerly of the Denver Broncos), though he has been a career number two or three option and it will be interesting to see him as a number one. The Jets also let Santonio Holmes walk in free agency. Holmes only had 43 catches over the past two seasons, but that was in large part to injuries and poor QB play. Holmes has not signed on anywhere yet, but a return to the Jets is probably unlikely.
6/12/14: Head coach Rex Ryan may have softened up on the bravado in the past couple of years, but that does not mean that he wants his team to do the same. So maybe that is why they drafted Calvin Pryor in the first round. It is only the beginning of OTAs and he is already talking about what he has learned, namely that he now hates the New England Patriots and the New York Giants, and even Pats QB Tom Brady. Pryor likes to jaw a lot when he is on the field, so maybe he will turn into Rex Ryan's mouthpiece as the season progresses.
6/6/14: It is a QB competition that really isn't. Michael Vick came out a few weeks ago and said that there really is no competition for the starting QB job and that Geno Smith was already tabbed for the position. The Jets coaching staff spent a couple of weeks trying to dispels that notion, and unsuccessfully at that. Now we hear, from OC Marty Morningwheg that it is really Geno's job to lose. That is not much of a surprise as the team is trying to develop talent and would not want to admit a mistake in drafting Geno last year.
5/29/14: Michael Vick's former head coach, Chip Kelly of the Philadelphia Eagles, values honesty and Vick promised to tell the truth last year. His new employer and new head coach (Rex Ryan) may prefer more discretion. Vick says that he is not in an open competition for the starting QB job and the position is really set for Geno Smith. The Jets, predictably, denied this claim. It may be a shrewd move on Vick's part to speak up. If Smith struggles early, then the fans and New York media will be all over the Jets to install Vick as the new starter.
5/22/14: The Jets are well on their way to getting all of their draft picks signed. A few years ago, this would have been unfathomable, but with the current CBA, the salaries are pretty much predetermined. One of those signees is QB Tajh Boyd from Clemson. Boyd was pretty good for a few years, but not great in his senior year of college. He has an uphill battle to get on the field though. Geno Smith is currently the starter and the team signed Michael Vick in the offseason. It seems like a two man race right now, but if Boyd is good enough, he may supplant one of them.
5/15/14: For once, the Jets fans did not boo their first round pick in the NFL draft. They actually cheered when the team selected free safety Calvin Pryor out of Louisville. Head coach Rex Ryan loves to collect guys in the secondary, and the Jets defense should again be very stout. It was somewhat questionable of a pick, especially since the team really could use some offensive weapons - particularly in the receiving corps. Eric Decker was a big offseason acquisition, but many consider him a #2 WR at best, so the need for a true number one is still there.
5/8/14: Our long national nightmare is over. Unless, of course, it is not. The nightmare is the importance of what number newly acquired QB Michael Vick will wear next season. Incumbent Geno Smith has Vick's traditional #7. So then Vick said he would wear #8. Then he retracted that. Then he said he would wear #8, again. Then he retracted that, again. Now he says he will wear #1. It is of such great importance that the New York Media has spent days on this story. More importantly, though, is that the Jets did announce that Geno Smith would begin training camp as the starting QB.
5/1/14: It may seem far-fetched, but the Jets seem pretty optimistic that they will have a strong offense this coming this coming season. The Jets, of course, have struggled mightily on offense over the past few seasons. However, team did sign QB Michael Vick, running back Chris Johnson, and wide receive Eric Decker in the offseason. The latest draft speculation has the Jets going with offense early on, and that may include North Carolina tight end Eric Ebron, who is rated as the top tight end in the draft this year. That is actually a nice base of talent, it just remains to be seen how quickly they can come together.
4/24/14: The Jets, with their usual publicity circus, have been gathering all-stars for their roster in 2014. All-stars if it were three to five years ago, that is. The latest acquisition is former Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson. Johnson spent his first six years in the league with the Titans and managed over 1,000 yards every season, including a whopping 2,000 five years ago. But Johnson is a boom or bust player. He is capable of a 95 yard touchdown run, but typically has been averaging about three yards a carry. He will split time with Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell this coming season, so his numbers may drop.
4/17/14: Rex Ryan has built a consistently strong defense since taking over as the New York Jets head coach four years ago. Of course, some may argue that it has come at the expense of the offense, which consistently has ranked in the lower half of the league. They also traded away their best player in cornerback Darelle Revis a year ago. The Jets selected Alabama cornerback Dee Milner as his replacement last year in the draft. Now, noted NFL expert Gil Brandt says that he believes that Milner is on track for a breakout season in his second campaign. The Jets could use that development, though it still does not solve their offensive issues.
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 s
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New York Jets Past Games Schedule and New York Jets Scores
|Dec 28, 2014||New York Jets - Miami Dolphins||37 - 24|
|Dec 14, 2014||New York Jets - Tennessee Titans||16 - 11|
|Dec 7, 2014||New York Jets - Minnesota Vikings||24 - 30|
|Dec 1, 2014||Miami Dolphins - New York Jets||16 - 13|
|Nov 9, 2014||Pittsburgh Steelers - New York Jets||13 - 20|
|Nov 2, 2014||New York Jets - Kansas City Chiefs||10 - 24|
|Oct 26, 2014||Buffalo Bills - New York Jets||43 - 23|
|Oct 16, 2014||New York Jets - New England Patriots||25 - 27|
|Oct 12, 2014||Denver Broncos - New York Jets||31 - 17|
|Oct 5, 2014||New York Jets - San Diego Chargers||0 - 31|
|Sep 22, 2014||Chicago Bears - New York Jets||27 - 19|
|Sep 14, 2014||New York Jets - Green Bay Packers||24 - 31|
|Sep 7, 2014||Oakland Raiders - New York Jets||14 - 19|
|Aug 22, 2014||Preseason: New York Giants - New York Jets||35 - 24|
|Aug 16, 2014||Preseason: New York Jets - Cincinnati Bengals||25 - 17|
|Aug 7, 2014||Preseason: Indianapolis Colts - New York Jets||10 - 13|