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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Jets Get On Right Track

What a difference a week makes. Last week I could not even go in front of my computer to write a Green Rewind article after the Eagle loss and this week Sam Darnold is named offensive player of the week and I’m calling my son to get the odds today for the Jets to make and win the Super Bowl. Anyone who may have doubted the star power of Sam Darnold should now be convinced he makes everyone from the water boy to the usher in section 311 better when he is playing for the Jets. I hate to knock Luke Falk but I never thought I’d see a Jet quarterback who would make Geno Smith look like Dan Marino. Really Luke Falk has no business being in the NFL. If you think I am overrating Darnold, look at a replay of the game if it appears on the NFL Network again. He made some excellent throws. His stats (23-32 338yds. 2 TDs 1 INT) were impressive for a 22 year-old quarterback coming off mononucleosis. An offensive line that looked awful the first four weeks all of a sudden looked good. Still the running game is far from being there but moving forward Adam Gase may have the Jets develop their passing game first and this will open up the running game. For all you Le'Veon Bell fans or those who have him in fantasy, hang in. He will begin to look like the player he is. I promise. As good as Sam played in the first half, I thought he ran out of gas a little bit in the second half. The good news is he did not let his mono affect his play. He took hits, stepped up in the pocked and even ran a quarterback sneak. Sam is back! Whether it is too late for the season, we will know in a couple of weeks. Bring on the Pats! And by the way, in case you are wondering, the best odds my son found for the Jets were 250-1 to make the Super Bowl, 350-1 to win it!


                   
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The Jets Have Weapons
Believe it or not there are weapons on this team. And it will get better! With receivers Robby Anderson, Jamison Crowder and Demaryius Thomas, defensive coordinators may not lose sleep over these wideouts but they are all very good. Ryan Griffin showed he can play the game at tight end and Chris Herndon should be back this week. Offensive lineman Kelechi Osemele is now out for the year but replacement Alex Lewis has looked better. Center Ryan Kalil has been playing better. Chuma Edoga replaced Brandon Shell and is having growing pains but the OL is looking better. When we begin to see the Jets running backs break runs for long gains, we’ll know they are coming together. One thing is certain that GM Joe Douglas has to address the offensive line in the off-season. Manish Mehta of the Daily News is reporting the Jets had centers James Murry (Chiefs) and Ryan Crozier (Broncos) in for a look so GM Joe is working! One player who I think has huge potential is wide receiver Braxton Barrios who is returning punts. This guy is oozing with talent and should see more time than wide receiver Josh Bellamy and should return kickoffs instead of Trenton Cannon.

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…..Greg Dortch (my guy) was just signed by the Panthers off the Jets Practice Squad…..Linebacker Neville Hewitt continues to shine. A little weak on pass coverage, he has compensated with his aggressive play…..Give the Jets DBs credit, I think they stink but they tackled great vs. the Cowboys….Pats cut back-up QB Cody Kessler within the last 24 hours. Joe Douglas should jump on him. His 2,215 lifetime passing yards with 8 TD passes will dwarf anything Luke Falk or any other QB (not named Sam) on the roster can do…..In case you forgot, Baker Mayfield is 24 years old and Sam Darnold is 22…..So far un-drafted free agent DE Kyle Phillips has 11 tackles in 4 games. Not bad…..For that matter 5th round pick, LB Blake Cashman has 26 combined tackles and assists and 1/2sack…..No knock on C J Mosley, but if Sam was healthy in
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What The Jet Scribes Are Saying
Rich Cimini, ESPN
New York Jets guard Kelechi Osemele, one of the team's key offseason acquisitions, is having season-ending shoulder surgery, a source confirmed Tuesday. Osemele, 30, whom the Jets acquired in a March trade with the Oakland Raiders, was injured in a full-pads practice during the run-up to their Week 5 game against the Philadelphia Eagles. Coach Adam Gase noted at the time that the injury was potentially serious. Alex Lewis has started the past two games at left guard, and has received high marks from the coaches. He likely would've replaced the struggling Osemele at some point anyway. The Jets traded a fifth-round pick for Osemele and a sixth-rounder, thinking the two-time Pro Bowl selection would upgrade their line. Now it appears he will be one-and-done. He's signed for 2020, but it's highly unlikely he will return. He's due to make $11.4 million in base salary, none of which is guaranteed. Gase hinted last week that Osemele was starting to break down physically. He also had been dealing with a knee issue.

"When you get a veteran offensive lineman and they get banged up a little bit, it's not easy to come back and stay on the field," Gase said. "He has played a lot of football."

Osemele has played 96 games -- four seasons with the Baltimore Ravens, followed by three in Oakland, where he made the Pro Bowl in 2016 and 2017. The NFL Network first reported the surgery. In another roster move, the Jets signed free-agent safety Blake Countess, a source said. The former Philadelphia Eagles draft pick played with the Los Angeles Rams (2016-2018) and returned to the Eagles this season before being released in the preseason.

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Manish Mehta, Daily News
Sam Darnold’s terrific performance in his first game back Sunday from a spleen-enlarging illness typically reserved for curious teenagers has prompted this fair question: Who exactly is whispering to whom on One Jets Drive?For all the chatter about Adam Gase’s ability to bring out the best in his young quarterback, perhaps we should view it this way: Darnold is the coach whisperer.There’s more evidence suggesting that Darnold makes subpar coaches look better than there is that Gase takes marginal quarterbacks to a higher plane. Make no mistake, Gase is a bright guy with smart ideas, but there’s a picture of Darnold crystallizing before our eyes. Consider the evidence. As a starter, Darnold went 20-4 with a Rose Bowl victory in two seasons for USC head coach Clay Helton and play caller Tee Martin. Helton is 8-10 since Darnold left. Helton took back play-calling duties last year before finishing with a losing record (5-7). He is likely a goner after this season.Darnold also made former Jets offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates look very good in the final month last season. He caught fire in three of his final four games to give everyone in the organization hope for the future. The second-year quarterback certainly made Gase look better Sunday. The Jets were a non-competitive, offensive mess without Darnold during a nightmarish, month-long span. While other coaches were turning quarterback nobodies into somebodies, Gase was out of answers. (The Steelers won a game with a third-string undrafted rookie quarterback from Samford on Sunday, in case you hadn’t noticed). Armed with a big arm and big brain, Darnold came to the rescue in Gang Green’s 24-22 win against the Cowboys. “All the throws that he made that were not necessarily the rhythm-type throws,” Gase said Monday. “He had to move in the pocket, slide, off-balance. The accuracy he threw with… I was very impressed by that. We’ve seen a lot in practice… For him to get into the game and just how calm he was is impressive.” Darnold has the pocket presence that coaches dream of. His knack for sensing pressure cannot be coached. He seems to know when and where the heat is coming from…..“He buys you that extra second you need sometimes,” Gase said. “Especially on the third and 6-9 area, third and 6-10. He slides in the pocket. He scrambles outside the pocket. He’ll do things like that to really help a receiver, tight end, running back… help an o-lineman to where it’s so subtle it’s hard to kind of see by the naked eye. But when you go back and watch it, you’re like, ‘Wow. That was really a good play by him to help extend that play.’” There’s no substitute for a coach whisperer.

Brian Costello, NY Post
Now that the Jets have Sam Darnold back under center, their offense looked like an actual, functioning NFL unit on Sunday. But there remains a big element of the offense that has not clicked yet — the running game. The Jets are averaging 64 rushing yards a game, which ranks 30th in the NFL. They have not rushed for 100 yards in a game yet and have only scored two rushing touchdowns — one by wide receiver Vyncint Smith on an end-around. All of this comes despite signing Le’Veon Bell to a four-year, $52.5 million contract this offseason. Coach Adam Gase has given Bell the ball quite often, but there have been no holes for him. Jets' excuses could make Leonard Williams trade appealing Bell’s 85 attempts are the 16th most in the NFL, but he is 27th with 256 rushing yards. His longest run is just 13 yards. Gase needs to find a way to get Bell going for the offense to realize its potential. Having Darnold back should help. The offense had not been hard to figure out prior to last week. Teams were focused on stopping No. 26. The Jets solved a lot of offensive issues in Sunday’s win over the Cowboys. Now, it’s time to figure out the running game.

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Jets Playing In Bizarro World! Again!

In popular culture, "Bizarro World" has come to mean a situation or setting which is weirdly inverted or opposite to expectations. In the Bizarro world of "Htrae", society is ruled by the Bizarro Code which states "Us do opposite of all Earthly things! Us hate beauty! Us love ugliness! Us love losing!" Let me repeat the last one: Us love losing! Jet players, fans and coaches are all living in the Bizarro World. With Jet season ticket holders paying overpriced PSLs at Met Life Stadium and Jet fans being inundated with those constant radio and television commercials for FanDuel and DraftKings we are now part of the Bizarro Jets World. What is the Bizarro Jets World? It’s a team that doesn’t block (Us hate blocking) on the offensive line and has a coach when his team is down 20-0 with under a minute to go in the first half and knowing he is kicking off in the second half refuses to get plays in and runs out the clock. The Bizarro World Jets also are playing a former 1st round draft pick-Leonard Williams who was considered the best player in the draft and cannot get a tackle in a game and he gets a ridiculous penalty. In the Bizarro Jets World we listen to the post game Jet announcers and they put a spin on what we all witnessed saying we should all look at how well the defense played. In the Bizarro Jets World the quarterback passes for 98 yards and the running backs run for 36 while the winless Miami Dolphins pass for 211 yards and rush for 72 yards.


Bad To Worse
Just when we all thought it could not get much worse, the Jets embarrassed themselves so bad I had to turn off the sound for the final three quarters of the game. Why is it the Patriots down 2 offensive linemen always seem like they have 15 players on the line of scrimmage protecting the quarterback? And the Jets offensive line always seem like they are blocking 15 defensive linemen? The season is going south so fast that when the Jets host Dallas October 13, the crowd will be 90% Cowboy fans. Sam Darnold can’t save the season, Le'Veon Bell can’t save the season and even Antonio Brown could not save the season. It is easy to blame Mike Macaggnan or mononucleosis for the season the Jets are having and give Adam Gase and Joe Douglas a pass. But the truth of the matter is there is absolutely no continuity on offense so far. To score only one offensive touchdown in three games is inexcusable. Yes the defense is giving an effort. Players such as Jamal Adams, Blake Cashman, Neville Hewitt and even Nate Hairston are giving it all they have but it is not enough. Even with their effort the Jets defense cannot stop a big third down play. On offense, how many negative plays are the Jets going to get? The two most disappointing things this year is the play of the offensive line and the plain vanilla offense Adam Gase is putting out there.

Changes To Make
Here are some changes I would make this week:
1. Get Ryan Kalil out as center. When Jonathan Harris went in at center for Spencer Long last year, the line played better. If you have to, put Kalil at guard.
2. Get Brandon Shell out of there at right tackle. He is plain awful. Put rookie Chuma Edoga in. He played well in pre-season and can’t play any worse than Shell.
3. Start Braxton Berrios at wide receiver. This guy shows spunk and speed. And putting him at WR means you can play Jamison Crowder in the slot.
4. Play Daniel Brown at tight end instead of Ryan Griffin. He cannot be worse and Chris Herndon will be back after the Eagle game.
5. Cut Demaryius Thomas. We wasted a 6th round pick but it seems like he will never play two games in a row. Use the roster spot on a young player from the practice squad. How about WR Jeff Smith.
6. Bring up DB Kyron Brown from the practice squad and start him. Everyone picks on Darryl Roberts when Trumaine Johnson isn’t playing.
7. Trade Leonard Williams before the trade deadline. Enough is enough!
8. Bring up WR/KR Greg Dortch from the practice squad. He has the potential to be a dynamic player. 

What The Jet Scribes Are Saying
Rich Cimini, ESPN
After watching his offense fail to score a touchdown for the second consecutive game, New York Jets coach Adam Gase didn't hold back with his frustration, calling it "brutal ... infuriating," among other things.
"Offensively, we were atrocious -- as bad as you can get," he said Sunday after a 30-14 loss to the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. "We've got a lot to fix going into the bye. We're going to have to address all of these issues that we are having right now."
Starting his third quarterback in three weeks, Gase saw Luke Falk orchestrate only two drives across midfield. He passed for only 98 yards and was sacked five times in his starting debut, as the Jets managed only 105 total yards, the third fewest in a game in team history, and went 0-for-12 on third down.
Jets' offense isn't just bad, it's historically bad in feeble loss Their only points came on touchdowns by the defense and special teams.

"Yeah, it's brutal," said Gase, who started Falk because Sam Darnold (mononucleosis) and Trevor Siemian (season-ending ankle surgery) were sidelined. "It's one of those things where it's infuriating because you're watching the defense and special teams play as hard as they can and executing what they're being asked to do, and they're doing it well a majority of the game and then we're not holding our end on offense."

Gase, hired because of his offensive background, already is facing criticism from fans and media. In three games, the offense has been outscored by the defense, 15-11. His playcalling against the Patriots was conservative, as Falk attempted only two passes that traveled more than 20 yards in the air….."We got to look at a lot of things over this bye week," Gase said. "I mean, I never thought I would say, 'Week 4 bye week, I'm glad it's here.' But, I mean, we got to address some things. We got to figure out what's going on. We're not in sync. We're not doing a good job of working together. We're kind of all over the place. So we got to get that fixed."

Manish Mehta, NY Daily News
It was nearly impossible to pinpoint the most annoying part of the Jets’ embarrassing 30-14 loss to the Patriots that dropped them into an 0-3 hole entering their bye week. Was it the lack of ingenuity from Adam Gase, whose offense generated a grand total of zero points? Maybe it was the early defensive dud that dug a hole too cavernous to climb out of less than two minutes into the second quarter? Perhaps it was Le’Veon Bell and Robby Anderson running into each other in the fourth quarter? Could it have been that the Jets averaged a laughable 2.2 yards per play and didn’t convert a third down (0 for 12)? Or was it that you wasted a sun-splashed Sunday afternoon watching a team that looked like it didn’t belong on the same field with their mortal enemies?…..CEO Christopher Johnson’s claim that Gase was “an innovator” who was “coaching football to where it’s going” upon making the hire looks, uh, a bit shaky at the moment…..All three Jets quarterbacks — Sam Darnold, Trevor Siemian and Luke Falk — have struggled under the supposed quarterback whisperer. The Jets have scored on two of 36 possessions this season. They have 11 points in 12 quarters. That’s beyond horrendous…..Gase’s offense generated just 2.2 yards per play and six first downs. There were way too many moments in the first half when Gase inexplicably dialed up a play that had little chance to succeed. It was a safe approach on a day that called for aggressiveness against the juggernaut Patriots, who improved to 3-0.
Gase called a couple give-up third-down draw plays to Le’Veon Bell, sprinkled in a failed screen pass to Robby Anderson on third and 9 and dialed up a backwards pass to Bell on third down that picked up a whole lot of nothing…..

Brian Costello, NY Post
Jets coach Adam Gase called the offensive performance “atrocious.” That might not be strong enough. Yes, they had third-string QB Luke Falk (12-of-22, 98 yards, 1 INT, 47.2 rating) starting. Still, this was not all quarterback problems. The offensive line stunk again. Falk was sacked five times and the Jets averaged 1.8 yards per rushing attempt. It’s going to take more than Sam Darnold to fix this…..The Jets were undermanned with eight projected starters out, including Darnold and linebacker C.J. Mosley, the quarterback of the defense. Still, the team played terribly and that reflects poorly on coach Adam Gase. He was very conservative on offense and could not find any in-game answers for what is ailing the Jets.

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Jet Fans Are All In Groundhog Day Movie!

Groundhog Day is a 1993 American fantasy comedy film directed by Harold Ramis and written by Ramis and Danny Rubin. It stars Bill Murray as Phil Connors, a TV weatherman who, during an assignment covering the annual Groundhog Day event, is caught in a time loop, repeatedly reliving the same day

The above is the Wikipedia description of the classic Bill Murray movie. Instead of Murray reliving the same day, we Jet fans are reliving another season and we seem to be caught in our own time loop with the season, game, and 4th quarter always the same. Change the coach, change the GM, even change the uniforms, get the supposed franchise quarterback but the Jets are still the Jets. And no one can blame Todd Bowles on this one. It was a horrid loss being up 16-0 only to lose 17-16. Our quarterback whisperer coach Adam Gase showed us that Sam Darnold took a step backwards. Besides one good drive where he showed his athleticism on a TD called back and the two-point conversion after his TD redo, Sam Darnold (28-41 175 yds. 4.3 yds. per pass, 1 TD) did everything in his power to make the Buffalo Bill defense all look like Boston Celtic legend Bill Russell knocking away his passes at the line of scrimmage. Please Jet fans don’t use the CJ Mosley injury as an excuse for the loss. The Jets lost it in all aspects of the game. Sam Darnold never looked comfortable and except for one drive never got into a rhythm. In fact I thought Sam was doing his best impersonation of Mark Sanchez. I don’t know if his unsettled situation caused it but Sam could not throw long. He had Robby Anderson open multiple times and could not make the pass. And don’t forget our kicker. It was obviously wrong letting Jason Meyers walk! Forget field goals! I want a kicker who can make extra points. Well, coach Gase, welcome to our world! 

                                         

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Jet Free Agents Shine
CJ Mosley was the defensive star for the Jets. Being in the right place at the right time he caught a tipped pass and returned it for a TD. Later in the game he recovered a fumble on a bad snap that at the time was a crucial 4th and 1. Mosley had a great game but unfortunately he went out with a groin/ankle injury. His replacement Blake Cashman who played well in the pre-season looked over matched.

Le'Veon Bell was also a stud today. I confess I didn’t want the Jets to sign him but this guy gives 100% on every play. He ran hard, caught passes and made a great shoestring TD catch followed by another athletic two point conversion pass reception. He constantly made the big play for the Jets all day.

Jamison Crowder showed his value. With Sam Darnold consistently under pressure, Crowder was his short safety valve and today caught 14 passes for 99 yards. If the Jets can get the offensive line in sync, Crowder will become even more valuable and will have some great receptions with a lot of yards after the catch.

Jet Weak Links Can’t Hide
Get used to it! Every team knows the Jets have inferior defensive backs and QBs will attack them as soon as the game starts. Josh Allen (24-37 254 yds. 1 TD, 2 INT) was picking on both Darryl Roberts and Trumaine Johnson all day. In all fairness Johnson did put in a good streak from the second quarter through most of the third quarter looking real good making tackles at the line of scrimmage. The truth of the matter is both cornerbacks are less than average players and the Jets do not provide a superior pass rush to offset the play of the secondary.

Rookies, May(e) Day and Oh Henry!
Quinnen Williams played but did not record a tackle or an assist. Blake Cashman played in a emergency situation and did not look good. Marcus Maye had one interception called back and dropped another that might have sealed the game. He has got to make that catch. What in the world is Henry Anderson doing on that 3rd down roughing the passer play? He did the same thing against the Pats last year. It was a huge play that helped keep a drive going. Oh Henry! You have to do better!

Second Guessing Gase
Last year Sam Darnold had success when a designed moving pocket was implemented. I did not see one moving pocket play today with that pass rush the Bills had. Gase has got to know by reviewing films and seeing what worked for Sam and what didn’t. This was a major faux pas today. And to offset the Bills' over aggressiveness, why not run a screen pass, a reverse or a little scissors play. There were plays where it seemed the Bills defense knew which play was coming and where. Adam Gase knows today was the first time the offensive line played together in a game and I don’t think he did enough to put Sam Darnold in a position to succeed. Bad coaching!

Green Tidbits
…..Quincy Enunwa, 1 reception, -4 yards. Can’t make it up….. Jordan Jenkins had some good quicks getting pressure on Josh Allen…..Back in 2013 Detroit turned the ball over 4 times and beat the Cowboys with zero turnovers. Last time that happened till today…..Browns lose 43-13. Coming into Met Life next Monday night, a must win for both teams…..If I’m kicker Kaare Vedvik I don’t unpack my bags…..Bills' Ed Oliver had a good game. He is the guy I wanted the Jets to draft instead of Quinnen Williams…..Memo to DC Gregg Williams, don’t wait, bring up DB Kyron Brown this week from the practice squad….If Jets had 11 Jamal Adams on defense and 11 Le'Veon Bells on offense, we’d have a team!…..Offensive line will get better under coach Frank Pollack but it may be too little too late…..Tackle Chuma Edoga will start by the 5th game…..Under the radar was the play of tight end Ryan Griffin (#84) who had a bunch of nice pulling blocks on some of Bell’s runs. He also caught 3 passes….LB Harvey Langi (#44) great play tipping pass Neville Hewitt picked off….Sam Darnold actually averaged 4.3 yards per pass completion. I did not think that was possible.....The accounting firm of Chuma Edoga, Quincy Enunwa, Folorunso Fatukasi and Mike Tannenbaum will be known as: Edoga, Enunwa, Fatukasi and Tannenbaum…..

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What The Jet Scribes Are Saying
Rich Cimini, ESPN
The New York Jets have a new coach, a new general manager and pretty much a new everything, but their collapse Sunday was straight out of 2018, when they blew four fourth-quarter leads. Despite a plus-four turnover margin, they lost a game that was almost impossible to lose, falling to the Buffalo Bills, 17-16, after leading 16-0 in the third quarter. They fell apart in all phases. Couldn't get a stop on defense. Couldn't make a kick. Couldn't throw downfield. It was a brutal way to open the season. Choke job. They lacked a killer instinct, especially on offense. There was no aggressiveness and no imagination…..The Jets have a kicking crisis. Kaare Vedvik, their third kicker since the start of training camp, missed an extra point and a 45-yard field goal, basically costing the Jets the game. Blame the front offices (past and present) for this debacle. It has been a kicking carousel since the start of training camp, and they settled for the slumping Vedvik on waivers last week. Former GM Mike Maccagnan should've re-signed Pro Bowl kicker Jason Myers in March, but the Jets low-balled him and he signed with the Seattle Seahawks. Think they'd be willing to take a mulligan on that decision? You bet…..It was a disappointing debut for Sam Darnold, who was under pressure a lot and couldn't establish a downfield passing attack. He missed a wide-open Robby Anderson in the fourth quarter for what would've been a go-ahead touchdown. He struggled to get the ball to Anderson and Quincy Enunwa. It was all Bell and Jamison Crowder.

Brian Costello, NY Post
The offense had no flow after a summer of talking about how creative and explosive it could be and Gase had no solutions. The defense played well for three quarters, but Gregg Williams’ group fell apart in crunch time. The Jets now have seven days to fix things before the Browns come to town…..The defense handed the offense the ball three times in the first half off turnovers and the Jets failed to score each time. They had 11 possessions in the game and only one ended with a score. Adam Gase’s debut was a dud. QB Sam Darnold (28 of 41, 175 yards, 1 TD) was under constant pressure, getting sacked four times. The offensive line had no answers for Buffalo’s blitzes. WR Jamison Crowder (14 catches, 99 yards) and RB Le’Veon Bell (17 rushes, 60 yards, 6 catches, 32 yards, 1 TD) were the only bright spots.

                                           

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