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Sunday, January 13, 2019

Jets Must Make Correct Personnel Decisions!

For better or for worse the new Jet head coach is in. Now it is up to GM Mike Maccagnan to provide Adam Gase with the right players for his system. Say this about Adam Gase, he has certain standards he adheres to and if he doesn’t see players he thinks will live up to those standards or fit his scheme, they’ll be gone. And gone quickly! In 2016 Gase did not hesitate cutting Dolphins starting offensive linemen Billy Turner and Dallas Thomas. This was after a 1-4 start and the team went on a 6 game winning streak right after. Remembering back to when Bill Parcells was hired, I was in shock when he traded defensive end Hugh Douglas to the Eagles. Three years before, Douglas was the National Football League's rookie defensive player of the year.  Here today, gone today. The same will happen to some Jets that are now on the roster.


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There will be questions for a number of players. The ones that come to mind right away (and they’ll be more): 
Darron Lee, Jordan Jenkins, Jermaine Kearse, Spencer Long, Steve McLendon, Brent Qvale, Rashard Robinson, Buster Skrine, Brian Winters and even Leonard Williams. This list is incomplete and I would add Trumaine Johnson but the way his contract is structured, the Jets are stuck with this player for at least another year. As far as Leonard Williams, there has been talk that the Jets would take a 2nd round pick for him. I think this would be a big mistake. Though he has underperformed, he has had very little talent along side him. Just remember how he played when Mo Wilkerson and Sheldon Richardson were here.

  There has been talk about possibly getting Le'Veon Bell and/or Antonio Brown. Say it isn’t true Mike! This would be the dumbest thing that the Jets could possibly do. They must build the team from the trenches and don’t worry about the skill positions right away. In 2009 when the Jets went to the AFC Championship game, on their offensive were: D’Brickashaw Ferguson, Alan Faneca, Nick Mangold, Brandon Moore and Damien Woody. On the defensive side they had: Kris Jenkins and Shaun Ellis among others. This is how you build a good football team. Never mind the skill positions for now. Remember how Mark Sanchez played behind that offensive line. The Jets have got to sign and draft offensive linemen. Then draft a pass rusher. I’ve said it before that my free agent choices are center Matt Paradis (29) from the Broncos and tackle Daryl Williams (27) from Carolina. The Jets offensive line this year was not awful. Maybe average. They got better when they moved Jonotthan Harrison to center and Spencer Long to guard. It still seemed that Sam Darnold was under duress on most of his drop backs and the holes for the running backs after the opening game against the Lions were rare.


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Two of the three free agent pass rushers I mentioned previously are still in the playoffs: Try Flowers of the Patriots and Dee Ford of the Chiefs. The Chiefs will probably franchise Ford but I’m not sure if BB will do that to Flowers. He doesn’t like to pay big money to free agents so he may let Flowers walk. If he does, the Jets should try and get him even if they have to overpay for him. At 25 years old, he is young and has more upside ahead of him. And his 7 1/2 sacks this year were almost all clutch meaningful plays. Unfortunately for the Jets these pass rushers have become rare in the NFL because of the offensive weighted rules in place. Once teams have these type of players, they very rarely let them go. Another barrier is that Patriots linebacker coach Brian Flores was just named the head coach of the Miami Dolphins. If the Pats don’t sign or franchise Flowers, he may prefer to play for Flores and the Dolphins.

The other options that I don’t really like are Ezekiel Ansah (30) from the Lions who is real good but is always hurt. He has only started 29 games the last 3 years. I had liked Jadeveon Clowney of the Texans but I’ve come to the conclusion that he is highly overrated. He was schooled in the playoffs by Colt rookie offensive lineman Quinten Nelson who had Clowney looking up at the sky more than once. I would also say this with the Jet pass rush personnel they have. In un-drafted rookie LB Frankie Luvu, I see a lot of potential. In limited action he had 3 sacks this year. He will do better next year just as Henry Anderson (7 sacks) the defensive end should. Jordan Jenkins had 7 sacks but I am not a big fan of him. He has made too many untimely penalties over the last 2 years. But when you look at his age, 24 years old, the Jets will probably keep him but he has got to improve. Let me see sacks and pressure from Jenkins on meaningful 3rd down plays.

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.....There is a report by Adam Caplan saying the NY Jets special teams coach Brant Boyer has signed a contract extension and will stay with the team. Great move Jets!………..If Gregg Williams does in fact become the defensive coordinator, he knows Trumaine Johnson and knows him well. Johnson played on his defense with the Rams for 3 years from 2014-2016…..​Part of what made the Jets' hiring of former Dolphins head coach ​Adam Gase so surprising is the fact that it seemed like they were on a collision course with Baylor head coach Matt Rhule until talks broke down at the eleventh hour. Rhule turned down the job after the ​Jets made it clear that they didn't trust Rhule to bring in his own assistants, instead trying to force Rhule to hire one of their recommendations. Rhule spurned the Jets, calling the move an "arranged marriage."  My feeling is to keep on eye on this Rhule. He will be an NFL head coach one day…..Watch Cowboys WR Tavon Austin. He is guy in the smaller/faster Tate mold who could be a fit as a complementary receiver in Adam Gase's offense…..Jets tight end Chris Herndon pled guilty to DWI on Wednesday morning, according to a Rockaway Township Court official. Expect at least a 2 game suspension from the league…..

Important NFL Dates
Feb. 3 Super Bowl
Feb. 4 Waiver system begins for 2019.
Feb. 19 First day to name Franchise or Transition Players. 
Feb. 26-March 4 NFL Scouting Combine, Indianapolis, Indiana.
March 5 Prior to 4:00 p.m., NY time, deadline for clubs to designate Franchise or Transition Players.
March 11-13 Clubs are permitted to contact, and enter into contract negotiations with, the certified agents of players who will become Unrestricted Free Agents upon the expiration of their 2018 player contracts at 4:00 p.m., New York time, on March 13.
March 24-27 Annual League Meeting, Phoenix, Arizona.
April 1 Clubs that hired a new head coach after the end of the 2018 regular season may begin offseason workout programs.
April 19 Deadline for Restricted Free Agents to sign offer sheets.
April 25-27 2019 NFL Draft, Nashville, Tennessee.
Sept. 5, 8-9 Regular Season Week 1.

When looking at the above dates, the opening of free agency is officially March 11, but there are behind the scenes unofficial talks going on right now with agents through intermediaries.

 As far as the draft, this is a fascinating year especially with the Jets picking at 3rd.

1. Arizona Cardinals (3-13) 
2. San Francisco 49ers (4-12) 
3. New York Jets (4-12) 
4. Oakland Raiders (4-12) 
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-11) 
6. New York Giants (5-11) 
7. Jacksonville Jaguars (5-11) 
8. Detroit Lions (6-10) 
9. Buffalo Bills (6-10)
10. Denver Broncos (6-10) 
11. Cincinnati Bengals (6-10) 
12. Green Bay Packers (6-9-1) 
13. Miami Dolphins (7-9) 
14. Atlanta Falcons (7-9) 
15. Washington Redskins (7-9) 
16. Carolina Panthers (7-9) 
17. Cleveland Browns (7-8-1) 
18. Minnesota Vikings (8-7-1) 
19. Tennessee Titans (9-7)
20. Pittsburgh Steelers (9-6-1) 
21. Seattle Seahawks (10-6) 
22. Baltimore Ravens (10-6) 
23. Houston Texans (11-5)
24. Raiders from Chicago (12-4)
25. Philadelphia Eagles (9-7)
26. Indianapolis Colts (10-6)
27. Raiders from Dallas (10-6) 
28. Los Angeles Chargers (12-4)
*29. New England Patriots (11-5) 
*30. Los Angeles Rams (13-3) 
*31. Kansas City Chiefs (12-4) 
*32. Packers from New Orleans (13-3)

* The last 4 exact order will be determined after the playoffs.

The Jets Draft Picks
First round: No. 3 overall
Third round: No. 66 overall
Third round (via Saints): No. 96 overall
Fourth round: No. 98 overall
Fifth round: No. 130 overall
Seventh round: No. 194 overall

The Jets do not have a second- or sixth- round selection on the books. They traded their second-round pick to the Colts during last year’s draft in order to move up to No. 3 and select Sam Darnold. They traded their sixth-round pick to the Saints this summer, along with quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, in exchange for an extra third-round pick. However, their position picking 3rd overall is a great spot. Though this year’s quarterback crop is not as good as last year, teams get “quarterback crazy” as we get close to draft day. Here are the quarterback names that will get hotter as we approach April 27: Dwayne Haskins, Ohio State, Drew Lock, Missouri, Daniel Jones, Duke,  Will Grier, West Virginia and Kyler Murray, Oaklahoma. Between now and the draft you will hear how some of the aforementioned are not first round picks. Trust me on this, all have a great chance to go high in the first round. Possible teams to keep an eye for quarterbacks are: Oakland, Tampa Bay, Giants, Jacksonville, Denver, Washington, Cincinnati and New England (yes I said New England). The reason Jet fans should pay close attention is because ideally the Jets should trade back and accumulate picks. Remember last year the Jets gave up two second round picks to move up three spots. They are in a great position to accumulate draft capital. If they do, they cannot blow it!


Around The NFL
…..NFL teams are reportedly structuring their coaching contracts to prepare for a work stoppage in 2021. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Sunday the language in contracts signed by new hires this offseason includes offsets in the event of a work stoppage following the expiration of the collective bargaining agreement. Schefter reported teams and coaches expect "some type of disruption.”…..Buffalo Bills national scout Marvin Allen will be taking his talents to South Beach as the new assistant general manager of the Miami Dolphins, according to a report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter. He’ll be joining a front office headed by Chris Grier, whom he knows well, following the reassignment of Executive Vice President Mike Tannenbaum after the 2018 season…..Former Miami Dolphins offensive lineman Bob Kuechenberg, a six-time Pro Bowler and member of the Dolphins' perfect 1972 season, died Saturday at 71…..Despite some pushback, particularly by Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, Commissioner Roger Goodell in 2017 received an extension through 2023…..NFL rumors: 49ers among four teams that could trade for Antonio Brown. The 49ers should have the room to acquire embattled Pittsburgh Steelers star Antonio Brown, but they're not the only ones. NFL Media's Ian Rapoport listed the 49ers, New York Jets and Indianapolis Colts among the teams interested in trading for the wide receiver, based on their salary-cap space. Rapoport added Saturday on "NFL GameDay Morning" that he was told the Denver Broncos are a team to "keep an eye on" if Brown is made available….. If the A’s can keep  Kyler Murray from slamming the door on baseball, there’s a good chance no NFL team will burn a 2019 first-round pick on Murray, especially since draft rights last only one year…..FOX announced it set a record for the most viewers ever for a Saturday night prime-time event. More than 33.4 million viewers tuned in to watch the Cowboys’ loss to the Rams, according to Nielsen Media Research and Adobe Analytics.That was up 25 percent over last year’s comparable window…..Safety Deionte Thompson is joining the group of players leaving Alabama early to enter the 2019 draft. Thompson made his announcement on Sunday. Tackle Jonah Williams, defensive tackle Quinnen Williams, cornerback Saivion Smith, running back Josh Jacobs and tight end Irv Smith Jr. have also announced their plans to go to the NFL in the days since Alabama lost to Clemson in the final college football game of the year…... J.D. Gibbs, the elder son of former Washington Redskins coach Joe Gibbs, died Friday at age 49 after a long battle with a degenerative neurological disease…..According to NFL Media's Ian Rapoport, Brady has battled an MCL sprain that took him weeks to overcome, but going into the AFC divisional round he is as healthy as he's been since he began the season. The injury occurred on the double-pass play against the Titans on Nov. 11…..Chiefs outside linebacker Dee Ford is set to hit unrestricted free agency this offseason, and after racking up 13 sacks for the No. 1 seed in the AFC while also earning his first Pro Bowl nod, Ford looks primed to cash in. Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports tweets that Kansas City is leaning against using the franchise tag on the 2014 first-round pick, which will only help Ford’s earning potential…..ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Sunday the Miami Dolphins are preparing for a rebuilding year in 2019 as they eye a high draft pick to select Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa, Oregon's Justin Herbert or another top quarterback in the 2020 draft….. 


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Thursday, January 10, 2019

Adam Gase, Negatives, Positives and Bottom Line!

Couple of years ago I was on the phone with my son Mike, a big Jets fan and he asked me if I saw any Miami Dolphin games. In particular their running back Jay Ajayi. I told him I haven’t but will watch him. Well watching this player in 2016 was ridiculous. He only started 12 games, rushed for 1,272 yards, scoring 8 TDs with a rushing average of 4.9 yards per carry. I thought we were all on the verge of seeing another Jim Brown. One year later Jay Ajayi was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles for a 4th round pick. I couldn’t believe it and thought that Miami Dolphin coach Adam Gase was out of his mind only getting a 4th rounder for him. Two years and two months after that trade, Adam Gase gets named to be the head coach of the New York Jets. In the last 36 hours there has been a ton written and said (especially on talk radio) about this second year head coach from Ypsilanti Michigan. Who really knows what is fact and what is fiction about Adam Gase? The common denominator is that everyone says Gase knows football. But can he convey his knowledge to his players? Remember that the Adam Gase lovers will perpetuate only the good things. The Adam Gase haters will bring up every negative thing he has done since birth. The Jets have a coach. Let’s see some of the positives and negatives of Adam Gase.

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Negatives
The flavor of the month right now in the NFL is to find the next Sean McVay, the brilliant 32 year old coach of the Los Angeles Rams. The popular thinking right now is to get that young innovative offensive genius in this offensive weighted league. The Arizona Cardinals just hired Kliff Kingsbury as their head coach who they think fits that job description. Going back three years (January 16, 2016) at the time when the Miami Dolphins named Adam Gase, 37, their head coach, they'd thought they found their Sean McVay before there was a Sean McVay. Gase’s Dolphins started the season 1-4 and went on a six game winning streak and finished the season 10-6 making the playoffs. Since that season, he has gone 13-19 with things falling apart on the field and if you believe some, in the locker room. Let’s look at some of the facts that you may not like about the new Jet head coach. Starting with this season he had that classic game against the Patriots beating them on the last play of the game 34-33. At that time their record was 7-6 and many thought they might build off that emotional win and gain momentum with a chance to make the playoffs. No such luck. The Dolphins lost their last three games: Vikings 41-7, Jaguars 17-7 and the Bills 41-17. Are great NFL coaches suppose to let their team fold like a cheap camera in those “must win” games? This is very bothersome to me. When he was let go, former Dolphins players Jarvis Landry and Jordan Phillips had some unflattering tweets about Gase and seemed to be celebrating his demise. This brings us to how Adam Gase leads and gets along with his players. When players knock a coach the media loves it, whether it is true or not. But reliable people have said that Gase has got to do a better job communicating with people. It is said if he sends in a play he designed and it fails, he carries it with him and loses focus on the “now” cursing and wondering why that play did not work. As far as being an offensive wonder, the Dolphins ranking on the offensive side of the ball was nothing to brag about. In total yards they ranked 24th in 2016, 25th in 2017 and 31st in 2018. In scoring offense they were 17th, 28th and 26th, respectively. And when you look at his 23-25 lifetime Dolphin record, it is less impressive knowing that 5 of those wins came against Todd Bowles’ Jets.

A lot has been said about Gase and his relationship with Peyton Manning. People point to the 2013 season when Manning was on the Denver Broncos and Adam Gase was their offensive coordinator. That year if you remember Manning threw for 5,477 yards and 55 TDs. For whatever reason I’ve heard people giving credit to Adam Gase for that accomplishment. To me that’s ridiculous. It is like giving credit to Miller Huggins for Babe Ruth hitting 60 home runs in 1927. Peyton Manning had already evolved to the quarterback he was by the time he got to the Denver Broncos. Another disturbing fact is that if Adam Gase was thought of so highly by the Denver Broncos organization, then why didn’t John Elway interview him for the head coaching job this week before giving it to Vic Fangio? Not even an interview from the team he was involved in from 2009-2014! Hummmm! Does John Elway know something Christopher Johnson and Mike Maccagnan don’t know? With regard to this it seems that Gase was upset that Elway didn’t give him an interview when the Broncos hired Gary Kubiak so there is friction there. Gase pulled a Doug Marrone going for a useless onside kick in the 4th quarter of a game when the Dolphins were killing the Broncos. I’m not a fan of things like that!

Adam Gase was suppose to develop Dolphin QB Ryan Tannehill which he did not do. In all fairness to Gase, Tannehill has had the injury bug but the bottom line is he failed at one of the things the Jets are bringing him in to do, develop Sam Darnold. When first time coaches go from one head coaching job immediately to another a la Herm Edwards (Jets, Chiefs), Eric Mangini (Jets, Browns) and Rex Ryan (Jets, Bills), the success rate is not good. Every experienced coach has some kind of baggage and has had their bad in-game decisions. Whether there are too many negatives that will bring Adam Gase down, only time will tell.

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Positives
Yes he has some negative things going against him but isn’t that because he has been coaching so long? When Joe Torre was hired by the New York Yankees, the Daily News ran the headline “Clueless Joe.” It was in reference to his failings as a manager with the New York Mets, Atlanta Braves, and St. Louis Cardinals. Needless to say he went on to become a great manager for the Yankees. In football we all hear the same stories ad nauseam about coaches who failed their first time and then succeeded like Bill Belichick (Browns, Patriots) and Mike Shanahan (Raiders, Broncos). Does Adam Gase have a chance to follow in the footsteps of these coaches? The answer is yes! Ideally I would have liked to see him take a year off or be the offensive coordinator of a team for two years. A coach can do a lot of self evaluating and be humbled. The way he nabbed the Jets job within two weeks of his firing is not a formula for guaranteed failure but I prefer the jobs spaced apart. He has a shot and a good shot with a young quarterback with all the potential in the world. And with the cap space available if the General Manager shops carefully to get the right players, Adam Gase is actually in a great position to succeed. Adam Gase has an incredible NFL coaching resume. Five years with the Detroit Lions, one year with the San Francisco 49ers, six years with the Denver Broncos, one year with the Chicago Bears and three with the Miami Dolphins. He has worked under these coaches: Nick Saban, LSU Tigers (2000–2002),Steve Mariucci, Rod Marinelli, Mike Nolan, Josh McDaniels and John Fox. He had the impossible task of trying to make Tim Tebow into an NFL quarterback as his QB coach and actually won a playoff game with him. Gase spent one year as the Bears’ offensive coordinator in 2015, where he helped Jay Cutler slice his interception total from 18 the year before down to 11. As far as this year with the Dolphins, yes injuries are part of the game but the Dolphins lost 13 key players to season-ending injuries, including two top offensive linemen, their best run stopper, top cornerback Xavien Howard and receivers Albert Wilson and Jakeem Grant. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill missed five games. 

Here is a stat that I love. Gase went 7-1 this season in one-score games, and 20-6 in three seasons. This guy knows how to manage the clock and his timeouts. No more Todd Bowles type of guess work the last two minutes of the second and fourth quarters. 


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Bottom Line
Adam Gase is a football gym rat. He eats, sleeps and drinks football. He came to the Jets from another job but I think the Jets may have lucked out. He has got to work on his communication and leadership skills with his players and with the New York media. As far as potential free agents coming here, that may be the best report card on how other NFL players feel about Adam Gase. I love his attentiveness in close games. With that said, nothing less than 9 wins next year is acceptable to me. I don’t want to hear about injuries, bad calls or lack of execution. If the Jets are 8-8 or less without a playoff birth, Mike Maccagnan has got to go. And that is non-negotiable! I remember an old Bill Parcells quote when somebody asked him if he was ready when he first got the Giant job and his response was: “No one is really ever ready for their first head coaching job in the NFL.”

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Green Tidbits
…..CBS Sports reporting Gase is speaking to Gregg Williams, Vance Joseph and Chuck Pagano for  the defensive coordinator job…..According to Manish Mehta of the Daily News the Jets flirted with Baylor head coach Matt Rhule before things fell apart due to discrepancies over how best to assemble his staff, according to sources…..Adam Gase and Sam Darnold both share the same agent, Jimmy Sexton…..Adam Gase was born on March 29, 1978 and is a graduate of Michigan State University…..Legendary quarterback Peyton Manning called Jets CEO Christopher Johnson on Tuesday night to recommend Gase for the team’s head-coaching opening. A day later, the Jets hired him…..Packers brass interviewed players asking what they wanted in their new head coach. Answer from most, "player accountability." Sound familiar?.....Gase is married to Jennifer, the daughter of former New Orleans Saints linebackers coach Joe Vitt….Will Gase have the guts to bench DB Trumaine Johnson if Derrick Jones is practicing and playing better…..

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Jets Future Success Remains Questionable

Todd Bowles is finally gone. Now the work begins. There are a lot of concerns if you are a Jet fan with the process of finding a coach, signing free agents and drafting correctly. Just as Todd Bowles was a “dead man walking” as coach, General Manager Mike Maccagnan can be the same next year as GM and this scares me. I had mentioned previously how I hate having a coach come in at a different time than the GM who has been at one place for a few years. Remembering back when the late Dick Steinberg was the GM and signed veterans Ronnie Lott and Leonard Marshall. It became obvious to me then that Steinberg was actually trying a different tack and in doing so he was really trying to save his job. This brings up the question: is Maccagnan now in panic mode trying to save his job or will he do what is right long term for the Jets? Should we trust someone trying to save his own skin with the decisions pending: picking a head coach, spending the 100 million + dollars in free agent money and drafting 3 players in the first 100 in the upcoming draft? I’m very nervous about this and would have preferred a clean slate to start. I know how important some kind of continuity is in the NFL, but if you look at some of the moves Mike Maccagnan has made, it can make you scratch your head. You have to excuse me but I’m going to reprint part of an article from a previous Green Rewind issue.

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From the November 18 issue of Green Rewind:
This decision was not as tough as I thought when you look at the facts. Before getting into the personnel decisions cleaning house is the only chance the Jets have. If they fire Bowles (and has since been let go) and keep Maccagnan the Jets are getting into a possible situation that they will keep changing one and not the other further down the road. This is not the way to run an NFL franchise. Maccagnan has made some good personnel decisions but his bad ones stand out like real stinkers. I really think NFL general managers should be judged on how they draft in rounds 2,3,4. Let’s look at how Maccagnan drafted. 

2015 Draft
1. Leonard Willams
2. Devin Smith
3. Lorenzo Mauldin
4. Bryce Petty
5. Jarvis Harrison
6. No pick
7. Deon Simon
Some of The Misses: Todd Gurley RB,David Johnson RB, Marcus Peters CB, Tyler Lockett WR, Trey Flowers DE, Stefon Diggs WR, Jay Ajayi RB, 

2016
1.Darron Lee
2.Christian Hackenberg
3.Jordan Jenkins
4.Justin Burris
5.Brandon Shell
6.No pick
7.Lac Edwards
7.Charone Peake
Some of The Misses: Myles Jack LB, Sterling Shepard WR, Cody Whitehair G-C, Joe Thuney G, Isaac Seumalo G-C, Jacoby Brissett QB, Caleb Benenoch OT,

2017
1.Jamal Adams
2.Marcus Maye
3.ArDarius Stewart
4.Chad Hansen
5.Jordan Leggett
5.Dylan Donahue
6.Elijah McGuire
6.Jeremy Clark
6.Derrick Jones
Some of The Misses: Patrick Mahomes QB, Marshon Lattimore DB, Deshaun Watson QB, T. J. Watt LB,JuJu Smith-Schuster WR, Cooper Kupp WR, Alvin Kamara RB, Kareem Hunt RB, Deatrich Wise Jr. LB, 

2018
1.Sam Darnold
2.No pick
3.Nathan Shepard
4.Christopher Herndon
5.No pick
6.Parry Nickerson
6.Folorunso Fatukasi
6.Trenton Cannon
Some of The Misses: Michael Gallup WR,Arden Key DE, Chukwuma Okorafor OT, Antonio Callaway WR, John Franklin-Myers DE, 

Anyone can miss a draft pick. But with Mike Maccagnan’s there are too many of them like Devin Smith, Christian Hackenberg, ArDarius Stewart, Chad Hansen and not enough like Christopher Herndon or Lac Edwards.  Also I wanted the Jets to sign Snacks Harrison and let go of Muhammud Wilkerson at the time. This is not entirely Mac’s fault. No one knew that Mo would pack it in right after signing his contract. Picking up Henry Anderson from the Colts was a good pick up. And trading up and getting Sam Darnold is looking like a brilliant move. But the general manager’s job is to secure talent and depth and the Jets lack talent in too many places. Why he did not address the offensive line in the earlier rounds since becoming GM is a question I will never understand. His big free agent signing of Trumaine Johnson is looking like one of the worst free agent signings ever. Why in the world would Christopher Johnson give Mac the keys to the vault to spend the 100+ million that will be available with the Trumaine Johnson signing? And human nature being what it is Mac may look for the quick fix to save his job. There is no way I want Le'Veon Bell to wear a Jets uniform. If Mac remains and he signs Bell, this is a panic move that doesn’t have to be done. I just turned 65 years old and have been a Jet fan since 1964. I’d like to see a change and build a foundation. We have our franchise quarterback and now it is time to move on.
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Since I wrote the above article some things have come out in the press that are interesting but not confirmed. It has been said that the Jets signed free agent Trumaine Johnson because the coaching staff was pressuring Maccagnan to do so. Whether true or not we might not ever find out but it was done. The signing of WR ArDarius Stewart was on the recommendation of former offensive coordinator John Morton. Again we will never know for sure about this but Stewart was a bust. With both examples do we want a GM who constantly gets talked into these decisions? Why have a scouting department? On the other side, it came out that when Maccagnan picked up DB Rashard Robinson, he never let Todd Bowles know and Bowles found out about it in the newspapers. If this is true, it is inexcusable. Then it came out that Bowles wouldn’t play Parry Nickerson for a few games as a protest about the type of talent he was given. In all fairness to Todd Bowles (I’m not a fan of his at all) there is some truth about the talent level he was provided with.  Sam Darnold fell into Mike Maccagnan’s lap and he does deserve credit for trading up from 6 to 3 to have a chance to get him. Others will say that if the Giants took Darnold, the Jets would have taken Josh Allen or Josh Rosen with the 3rd pick when they could have stayed at 6 and got either on of them as Josh Allen went 7th and Josh Rosen went 10th. You know what they say about hindsight. But in all fairness to Maccagnan, if we are going to get on him for the lousy moves he made, you have got to give him credit for getting Sam no matter how it happened.

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Jets Head Coach Competition Heats Up Fast
With 8 NFL teams now looking for head coaches, the Jets are trying to move fast. ESPN's Rich Cimini reported today that the Jets will be interviewing: Mike McCarthy, Jim Caldwell, Eric Bienemy (Chiefs), Todd Monken (Bucs) and Kris Richard (Cowboys). Not a bad list but I would love to find out what is going on in Cleveland. The reason because it has been said that the Browns will not retain Gregg Williams as coach. He only went 5-3 as the interim head coach and came a hair of making the playoffs. If the Browns let him go, I would hire this former Buffalo Bills head (17-31). He brings toughness, leadership and I truly believe he is one of those coaches who will succeed his second time around. I know Jet fans and the jocks on local sports radio keep saying the Jets have got to hire an offensive minded coach to develop Sam Darnold. Overrated! As Jet fans would you rather have an offensive coach who is a question mark or a defensive coach who will change the culture and bring discipline to the team? I would hire Gregg Williams in a second and surround with quality offensive minded assistants. How about Todd Monken as offensive coordinator and John DeFilippo as quarterback coach? This is a good coaching staff. At issue is that Gregg Williams was suspended after the New Orleans Saints “Bounty Gate” scandal and has been trying to reinvent himself since. I see a kind of “blackball” (for a head coach job) by NFL teams if he doesn’t get the Browns job. Unfair! A lot of coaches have done things just as bad or worse. And I like the fact that Williams had an edge about him. He would be good as the Jets head coach.

Dan Campbell, Saints assistant head coach/tight ends coach. This is the other coach I wish was on the list. He is a former NFL tight end and was the interim coach for the Miami Dolphins. He is thought of very highly and is also somewhat go an old school disciplinarian type  of coach. Hey Jets, speak to this guy.

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Jets Need To Target The Right Free Agents!
Depending on who you listen to, the Jets will have 100 million + dollars to spend on free agents. Looking at the the salaries and the cap situation, I’m predicting the Jets will have between 110-120 million to play with. I don’t expect Josh McCown back ($5 million savings), Buster Skrine ($6 million savings), Jermaine Kearse ($5,550,000 savings) and some other players that are really dead weight the Jets should rid themselves of. Unfortunately we are stuck with Trumaine Johnson but the Jets don’t have to start him and shouldn’t if they have any guts. The Jets paid Quincy Enunwa which I think is a good move. He has just got to stay on the field. The Jets have another year to decide if they want Leonard Williams back-I want him back. We all know that free agency is not the best quick fix and that picking right in the draft is the best way to build a solid foundation for an NFL team. With that said here are some the free agents the Jets should target this off-season. Of course even with that large cache of money the Jets have they cannot sign them all but they must prioritize a list and throw multiple irons in the pot. And please do not sign Le’Veon Bell.

Trey Flowers, DE Patriots
Flowers will be 27 at the start of the 2019 season. It will be interesting to see if coach BB franchises this 2015 4th round pick from Arkansas who seems to be getting better every year. In 40 games in his pro career he has 16 sacks. But it is his knack for being in the right place and stopping key 3rd down plays. He was the player in Super Bowl LII who sacked Matt Ryan with 3:55 to go in the 4th quarter that helped push the Falcons out of field goal range. All he does is make clutch plays. I’d be surprised if BB let’s him go but he is on the top of my list as a free agent player to pursue. It is always good when you make a move and it strengthens your team and weakens your biggest rival. Besides, just driving up his price would be a good move.

Jadeveon Clowney, OLB,Texans
He has had some injuries but this two time Pro Bowler should be pursued by the Jets. When you look at Clowney’s lifetime stats with sacks, quarterback hits etc. it is quite stunning. In 56 NFL games played, he has 26 1/2 sacks. In only his 5th season, this #1, 2014 overall pick from South Carolina is one of those players that will make the other 10 on defense better. He will keep offensive coordinators awake at night trying to devise a game plan to slow him down. Because of his history of injuries, an incentive laden contract is a must.

Dee Ford, OLB Chiefs
Ford is 28 years old. It would be a miracle if Andy Reid let’s him hit the open market. But if he does, give him a parade up Broadway and open up the vault. This 23rd pick of the 2014 draft from Auburn just keeps getting better and better. This past October (2018) Ford recorded 13 tackles, four sacks, and three forced fumbles, earning himself AFC Defensive Player of the Month. Ford missed some games in 2017 but had 10 sacks in 2015 and has 13  this year. He is as good as they come.

Matt Paradis, C, Broncos
Paradis is 29 years old. He was a 6th round pick from Boise State and his 2018 season ended after fracturing a fibula after the 9th game of the season. Normally with his age and ending up injured, this would raise a flag not to pursue him. But this player is solid. Pro Football Focus has ranked as the 3rd best center in the league. He should be 100% ready to go next year and the Jets should go heavy to sign him.

Daryl Williams, OT, Panthers
Williams is 27 years old. Just when he was beginning to establish himself as one of the premier tackles in the NFL, this 4th round draft pick from the University of Oklahoma injured his knee in training camp. He started the season opener against the Dallas Cowboys but re-injured the knee and ended up being placed on the injured reserve list. If I was the Jets, I still pursue him with a Teddy Bridgewater type of one year “show me” contract with a lot of incentives. Ideally if the Jets can squeeze a second year option, the better. 

Grady Jarrett, DL, Falcons
Jarrett is 27 years old. He was drafted in the fifth round (137th overall) by the Atlanta Falcons in the 2015 NFL Draft from Clemson. During Super Bowl LI against the New England Patriots, Jarrett sacked Tom Brady three times, which tied a record for most sacks in a single Super Bowl game. In 2017, Jarrett started all 16 games, recording a career-high 55 tackles and four sacks. In 2018 he had six sacks. This guy just keeps getting better. Sign him and watch how Leonard Williams improves.

NFL News & Rumors
…..Adam Scheffer is reporting the Browns and Packers requested permission to interview Pats DC Brian Flores for head coach. Packers also requested permission to interview Pats OC Josh McDaniels for HC…..Miami has also requested permission to talk to the Pats Brian Flores for head coach…..Steelers Antonio Brown has requested to be traded…..Rams quarterbacks coach Zac Taylor will interview for the Broncos' and Cardinals' head coaching positions…..The Dolphins have requested a head coach interview with Steelers' offensive line coach Mike Munchak…..Cowboys defensive lineman Tyrone Crawford returned to practice Tuesday, nine days after an injury scare that sent him to the hospital…..North Carolina State receiver Jakobi Meyers will forgo his final season to enter the NFL draft……Texas A&M junior tight end Jace Sternberger declared for the NFL draft Tuesday, a day after the Aggies beat North Carolina State in the Gator Bowl…..At a time when 49ers tight end George Kittle is openly flirting with Steelers receiver Antonio Brown, there’s another receiver who could be a more likely trade target for San Francisco. If the Giants decide to move on from receiver Odell Beckham Jr., the 49ers could pursue him. The 49ers considered it during that window last year when Beckham seemed to be available, and there’s already buzz this year that, if he’s available, the 49ers would be interested…..Raiders Signed QB Nathan Peterman To Future Deal…..According to Spotrac, Tom Brady will receive $0 out of a possible $5 million in performance bonuses during the regular season. Brady would have received a bonus had he finished in the top 5 in the NFL in passing yards, yards per attempt, touchdowns, completion percentage or passer rating, but he fell short in every single category…..Even though he was fired on Monday morning by the Dolphins, Adam Gase is going to be a hot coaching candidate in a year where there are lots of openings and not a ton of really high-profile, viable candidates for those jobs. To wit: he's already getting buzz in both Denver and Cleveland as the next head coach in those spots…..