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Sunday, March 18, 2018

Jets Next 10 Years To Be Determined By Giants

The Jet announced that it had acquired the number 3 overall pick of the draft in a trade with the Indianapolis Colts. The Jets will send their first draft choice (6th overall) along with three number 2 draft picks, their #2's this year, #37 and #49 and their second-rounder in 2019 to Indianapolis. This one is hard to digest. On the surface it looks like the Jets overpaid to move up three spots. But when you look at it closely, the Jets were able to keep their future number one picks while still having a shot at that franchise quarterback. And if you want t rationalize it more the pick they received from Seattle for Sheldon Richardson that was thrown in with Jermaine Kearse was a gift. So in essence the Jets gave up two #2’s of their own to move up. When the Eagles moved from #8 to #2 overall last year, they gave up a 1st, 3rd and 4th round pick in 2016, a 1st round pick in 2017, a 2nd round pick in 2018 and got Wentz back along with a 2017 4th rounder. We have heard it countless times but the NFL is a quarterback driven league and the feeding frenzy has begun for the next Peyton Manning or Carson Wentz! Green Rewind contributor Ralph Sharaga made it a point with me over the weekend that the Jets can possibly trade out of that pick going back in the first round and actually gain more equity in draft picks than what they gave up. This may be true but I would be very surprised if they did that. With the Browns picking first and the Giants picking second, the Jets are assured one of the four quarterbacks everyone is talking about, Darnold, Rosen, Allen and Mayfield. If you believe what the experts are saying then the Giants may determine the Jets future. Everybody is sure that the Browns will take a quarterback at one. If they do the Giants will have to chose between a quarterback and Sequon Barkley the prized running back from Penn State. Rumors are also popping up that the Giants may trade back with the Buffalo Bills or Arizona Cardinals or Miami Dolphins. I would be surprised if the Giants don’t take a quarterback. The bottom line is the Jets will get one of the top four QBs. Stay tuned, the next six weeks will be the longest poker game you will ever see among NFL General Managers.

Here is the latest order of the 2018 NFL Draft
I have put in bold teams that may want to move up to draft a QB in the top four.
1.  Cleveland (0-16) .520
2.  New York Giants (3-13) .531
3.  New York Jets - from Indianapolis (4-12) .480
4.  Cleveland - from Houston (4-12) .516
5.  Denver (5-11) .492
6.  Indianapolis - from New York Jets (5-11) .520
7.  Tampa Bay (5-11) .555
8.  Chicago (5-11) .559
9.  San Francisco (6-10) .512
10. Oakland (6-10) .512
11. Miami (6-10) .543
12. Buffalo - from Cincinnati (7-9) .465
13. Washington (7-9) .539
14. Green Bay (7-9) .539
15. Arizona (8-8) .488
16. Baltimore (9-7) .441
17. Los Angeles Chargers (9-7) .457
18. Seattle (9-7) .492
19. Dallas (9-7) .496
20. Detroit (9-7) .496
21. Cincinnati - from Buffalo* (9-7) .492
22. Buffalo - from Kansas City* (10-6) .477
23. Los Angeles Rams* (11-5) .504
24. Carolina* (11-5) .539
25. Tennessee* (9-7) .434
26. Atlanta* (10-6) .543
27. New Orleans* (11-5) .535
28. Pittsburgh* (13-3) .453
29. Jacksonville* (10-6) .434
30. Minnesota* (13-3) .492
31. New England* (13-3) .484
32. Philadelphia* (13-3) .461

2004 NFL Draft
I found the  2004 draft fascinating with a similar feel to this years'. There were three quarterbacks coming out that teams thought were sure things. Eli Manning, Philip Rivers and Ben Roethlisberger were all picked within the first 11 picks of the draft. The former GM of the NY Giants, Ernie Accorsi has said he knew that the three coming out were all going to be good. He had Eli Manning rated a little ahead of the other two and when Eli stated he wouldn’t play in San Diego, Acccorsi put together a huge package to get Manning trading Rivers for him along with a slew of draft picks (see below). Manning has two Super Bowl wins on his resume and Accorsi was right with the package he gave up.

“You make that trade, you do something like that, to win championships,” said Accorsi. “But, the blessing for us, which was not a blessing when we went through it, was the 2003 season.”

The Giants went 4-12 in the 2003 season and they had the fourth pick in the 2004 NFL Draft. After Manning was selected first overall by the Chargers, Accorsi drafted Philip Rivers and the two teams worked out a deal. It was a win-win situation for both organizations as Manning led the Giants to two Super Bowl wins and Rivers has had a spectacular career, but Accorsi had his sights set on Manning and the losing season helped shape the organization’s future.

“If we wouldn’t have gotten to the fourth spot [in the draft], God only knows what we would have had to give up to get up there,” said Accorsi. “When we picked Eli, we picked him to win championships.”

The 2004 First 12 Draft Picks

1 1 San Diego Chargers Eli Manning       QB Ole Miss traded to New York Giants[7]
1 2 Oakland Raiders         Robert Gallery      OT Iowa
1 3 Arizona Cardinals         Larry Fitzgerald    WR Pittsburgh
1 4 New York Giants         Philip Rivers         QB NC State traded to San Diego[8]
1 5 Washington Redskins Sean Taylor             S Miami (FL)
1 6 Cleveland Browns         Kellen Winslow II TE Miami (FL) from Detroit[9]
1 7 Detroit Lions                 Roy Williams        WR Texas          from Cleveland[9]
1 8 Atlanta Falcons         DeAngelo Hall       CB Virginia Tech
1 9 Jacksonville Jaguars Reggie Williams    WR Washington
1 10 Houston Texans         Dunta Robinson     CB South Carolina
1 11 Pittsburgh Steelers         Ben Roethlisberger QB Miami (OH)
1 12 New York Jets                 Jonathan Vilma       LB Miami (FL)

The New York Giants received:
Eli Manning, QB

The San Diego Chargers received:
Philip Rivers, QB
2004 3rd-round pick (Nate Kaeding, PK)
2005 1st-round pick (Shawne Merriman, OLB)
2005 5th-round pick (traded to TB for Roman Oben, OT)

Time will tell whether the Jets and Mike Maccagnan were right making this trade. The Jets still have more holes to fill than a swiss cheese factory but hopefully there is a good plan in place. Football is fun again!

Free Agent Grades

Spencer Long (from the Washington Redskins)
Center, 27 years old, (4 years, $28 million):
I was really hoping for Ryan Jensen but Long, a former third-round pick from Nebraska, even with a bad 2017 due to injuries, is still an upgrade over Wesley Johnson. He is coming off his worst year but should bounce back and keep the opposing NT from collapsing the Jet guards. I love versatile players and Long has also played guard.

Avery Williamson (from the Tennessee Titans)
Inside linebacker, 27 years old, (3 years, $22.5 million; $16 million guaranteed) A 2014 fifth-round pick from the Kentucky, Williamson has done a good job of improving his game each year. This is a real good signing for the Jets. With Demario Davis gone, Williamson is a perfect replacement. He is more of a two-down linebacker who struggles in pass coverage (this must be a Jet linebacker trait) and rarely sees the field on third down passing situations.

Teddy Bridgewater (from the Minnesota Vikings)
Quarterback, 25 years old (1 year, $5 million with incentives)
This one was a no brainer. It is a low risk, high reward signing. Bridgewater is coming off a horrific knee injury. He just passed his physical with the Jets. He has started 28 NFL games and has passed for over 6,000 yards with 28 TD passes and 22 interceptions. His lifetime QB rating is 86.3. Jet fans should not worry if by some miracle Bridgewater has an incredible season with either Darnold, Rosen, Allen and Mayfield on the bench. Even with a one-year contract the Jets can franchise him. There are good problems to have and bad problems to have. This would be a good problem.

Isaiah Crowell  (from the Cleveland Browns) 
Running Back, 25 years old (3 years, $12 million; $6 million guaranteed) Crowell was a huge disappointment this past season, struggling in most games despite running behind a solid offensive line (when Joe Thomas was healthy.) However, Crowell is worth a shot, as he has good talent. His best year was 2016 when he rushed for 952 yards with an impressive 4.8 yards per carry. He also caught 40 balls out of the backfield. This is a good signing with a good upside.

Trumaine Johnson (from the LA Rams) 
Cornerback, 28 years old (5 years, $72.5 million; $34 million guaranteed) The Jets biggest free agent signing. This former third round pick from Montana is the real deal. Not quite a Darrell Revis in his prime but Johnson always covers the number one receiver which will help Morris Claiborne. He has 18 lifetime interceptions including seven in 2015.

Kevin Pierre-Louis (from the KC Chiefs)
Outside Linebacker, 26 years old
Pierre-Louis is coverage linebacker who can play in sub packages and on special teams. He's seen as a potential complement to new MLB Avery Williamson, who is a first- and second-down linebacker. Pierre-Louis has some upside and this player from Boston College adds much needed depth to the linebacking corp.

Morris Claiborne (1 year, $7 million)
Cornerback, 28-years old. The only returning Jet I’ve included on this list. It is good to have him back! When he plays well, he is a shut down corner. Problem is keeping him healthy and he disappeared for a couple of games last year. Trumaine Johnson will cover the number one receiver leaving Claiborne to excel and turn his one year contract into a big payday next year.


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Sunday, March 11, 2018

Jets Lead League In Something

With the Cleveland Browns landing Jarvis Landry among others in a busy week, the New York Jets have taken over the league lead in team cap money available to spend. Depending on who is quoting the exact number, the Jets will have 90+ million dollars to spend. Bleacher Report is putting the exact number at $92.08 million.
The Jets will be active but as to who they will target is a partial mystery. Of course they will go strong for Kirk Cousins and no other team will be able to match the amount the Jets are offering. But with Denver, Minnesota and Arizona in the mix, Cousins may want to go to a more “playoff ready” team. On the other hand there will be a lot less pressure on him if he choses the Jets as opposed to the Vikings who just missed the Super Bowl. There is some history with Cousins and offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates. For the past three weeks I had predicted that Cousins will sign with the Vikings. As of the last 48 hours, I am now predicting he signs with the Broncos. Again anything can happen but the chances are less than 50/50 he ends up in green.

Long Term Plan
My idea for a plan for the Jets is far different than Mike Maccagnan and most Jet fans. I wrote in the last Green Rewind how only 50% of the quarterbacks in the last 30 Super Bowls were #1 draft picks. I also wrote about the many draft busts in the first round from JaMarcus Russell to Tim Couch to Vince Young and more! If the Jets do in fact sign Kirk Cousins, I will not jump out the window and he is an improvement at the position. He has a lifetime 4-19 career record starting against teams that finished the season with winning records. This scare me. I would like the Jets to first build a foundation then concentrate on the skill positions.

Here is my plan:

Free Agents:
Andrew Norwell, G, Panthers. Age: 26
This is the guy I want. Andrew Norwell is one of the top guards in the NFL. He has improved every single season in the league, and he's now dominant in every regard. Norwell should continue to get better, as he won't even turn 27 until October. All the rumors have him going to the Giants to reunite him with new Giant GM Dave Gettleman.

Allen Robinson, WR, Jaguars. Age: 25
Allen Robinson was a monster in 2015, catching 80 passes for 1,400 yards and 14 touchdowns. However, he hasn't done much since. He had a lazy 2016 campaign. He was on the field for one game this past season before tearing his ACL. Torn ACLs aren’t what they used to be when Joe Namath played. Modern medical technology has changed it all. That said, Robinson will turn just 25 in August, so he could still have a very bright future ahead of him. 

Ryan Jensen, C, Ravens. Age: 27 
Ryan Jensen did a decent job as Baltimore's starting center in 2017 and would be a major upgrade over Wesley Johnson. Some are predicting Giant center Weston Richburg will end up in green but his concussion history would have me pass on him.

Trey Burton, TE, Eagles. Age: 26
Yes, he is the guy who threw the Philly Special TD pass in the Super Bowl. Playing behind Zach Ertz, he proved his value filling in for him against the Rams catching 5 passes for 71 yards and 2 TDs. If the Jets spend money on a tight end, I’d rather spend it on him rather than Austin-Sefarian Jenkins though I’d take him back as a reasonable price.

Jerry Attaochu, DE/OLB, Chargers. Age: 25
He is a former second-round pick, but hasn't quite lived up to it. He didn't even log a single sack in 2017.  It has been a combination of numbers and injuries playing behind Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram that keeps him from getting reps. He had 8 sacks in the first 26 games he played in the league. If the injuries are behind him, I’d sign him on the cheap with incentives.

Avery Williamson, ILB, Titans. Age: 26
If the Jets can’t sign DeMario Davis, sign Avery Williamson. He was a fifth-round pick in 2014, but he has evolved into a capable inside linebacker. He can stand to improve in coverage, but he's a dominant run-stuffer. 

Kenny Vaccaro, S/CB, Saints. Age: 27
Kenny Vaccaro was having a great year covering players in the slot, but suffered a groin injury in the middle of the season. He returned after a two-game absence, but struggled after that before landing on injured reserve. In 2015 Vaccaro had 104 tackles and 3 sacks. In the past 2 years he has 5 interceptions (including one by Tom Brady). I would play him at cornerback.

All 7 of the above players will make the Jets a better team. If they sign Kirk Cousins, this will limit the Jets spending money. There are better free agents available but the common denominator with my choices are that not one of the above players is over 28 years old. I’d also look at Deon Lewis, Sammmy Watkins and Trumaine Johnson and some others but the key is to keep it young. Now onto the draft.

Jets Draft:
(Some of the descriptions are right from Walter Football)
#1 (6th overall)
Quenton Nelson, G, Notre Dame.
Baker Mayfield fans are not happy with me on this one. Nelson is the most talented and polished offensive lineman in the 2018 NFL Draft class, regardless of position. He also is one of the safest prospects in the draft class. Some team sources think that Nelson could be the best guard in the NFL early in his pro career and could be better than former Patriots All-Pro Logan Mankins. Team him with Andrew Norwell and you and I will be able to run through the holes.

#2 (37th overall)
Sony Michel, RB, Georgia 
I fell in love with this player in the college playoffs. He shared the backfield with Nick Chubb. Michel averaged 7.9 yards per carry in 2017 for 1,227 yards with 16 touchdowns. He would have been a three-down starter at most schools, but Georgia had a huge stable of backs whom the coaches spread carries to. To close out his collegiate career Michel was excellent at breaking off long runs and running all over good defenses to propel Georgia past Auburn and Oklahoma. 

#2 (49th overall)
Kyle Lauletta, QB, Richmond
In 2017, Lauletta completed 65 percent of his passes for 3,737 yards with 28 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. He was the starter as a junior and sophomore. The knock on him has been his arm strength but he has great anticipation on routes and seeing the field. Projected before as a 4th or 5th rounder, this Senior Bowl MVP doesn’t make it out of the second round.

#3 (72nd overall)
Oren Burks, ILB, Vanderbilt 
May be considered a sleeper just because the coaches have played him at three different positions in three years. Burks is one of those faster, lighter linebackers that can cover tight ends and running backs. Not a “sacker” but a smart, quick player that plays consistent.

#4 (107th overall)
Ade Aruna, 3-4 OLB, Tulane
This is a boom or bust pick. Aruna is said to run the 40-yard dash in the 4.65-4.75-second range, which is very fast for a defensive end. He is only in his fifth year of organized football, however, and is considered to be super raw. Sources label him as a fast, explosive athlete who is still harnessing his talent and learning the game. He was born in Nigeria, moved to America in part to play basketball before falling in love with the sport of football. Last year his production dropped because his team switched defenses from a 4-3 to a 3-4. But as a Junior he had 43 tackles with 10 for a loss, five sacks and one forced fumble for the Green Wave.

#5 (157th overall)
Michael Joseph, CB, Dubuque
Joseph is the rare Divison III player who earned an invitation to the Senior Bowl. He was up and down in Mobile, which illustrated that he has a skill set, but needs development. Joseph has good height, but could use more weight for the NFL. As a senior, he totaled 56 tackles with eight interceptions and eight passes broken up. Joseph made four picks as a junior and three as a sophomore. Rumor is BB has his eye on him.

#6 (179th overall)
Greg Stroman, CB, Virginia Tech 
Jets need Stroman more for his punt return ability (see video below) than his cover ability. Stroman totaled 20 tackles with 11 passes broken up and four interceptions in 2017. He had three interceptions in 2016 and two in 2015. Over those seasons, Stroman made a combined 37 tackles. Getting stronger to tackle is necessary for him. In addition to him returning 4 punts for TDs at Virginia Tech, his average punt return yardage per punt went up each year: 
2014-6.9 yards per return
2015-7.8 yards per return
2016-8.8 yards per return
2017-11.3 yards per return

#7 (235th overall)
Brandon Silvers, QB, Troy 
Silvers played well enough to earn an invitation to the Senior Bowl. In 2017, he completed 64 percent of his passes for 3,290 yards with 17 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Silvers had comparable numbers as a junior, sophomore and freshman. He did not participate in the combine. He started 48 games for Troy which in my book carries a lot of weight. And just a note, Troy beat LSU this year 24-21.

I am trying to lay out the best plan for the Jets to build a sound foundation for the future with youth combining free agency and the draft. In the NFL, free agency has changed a lot the last few years. GMs are trying to rid their teams of players over 30 and are trying to resign their own players who are 30 and under. With the cap space increasing every year, teams are able to afford both resigning players and are able to put the franchise tag on top talent and can now pay them. I will update the draft after the free agent signings. Obviously if the Jets land Kirk Cousins or sign another free agent QB besides Josh McCown, the picks will be different.

What The Jet Scribes Are Saying
Rich Cimini, ESPN
The way ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay sees it, Wyoming's Josh Allen is a good quarterback fit for the New York Jets. McShay says Allen's big arm and big hands (10 inches) make him ideal for football in the Northeast, and he suspects offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates would be able to fix Allen's well-documented accuracy issues.
"With Jeremy Bates, you have someone who has coached quarterbacks," McShay said Wednesday on a national conference call. "You have someone who I think could help Allen in terms of the consistency in his footwork, which should improve the consistency of his accuracy." In his latest mock draft, McShay has Allen going to the Jets with the sixth pick. Naturally, the landscape changes if they sign free agent Kirk Cousins…..In McShay's view, Darnold and Allen represent the upper tier of quarterbacks. Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield and UCLA's Josh Rosen are a notch below, he said. This is a post-combine evaluation. Allen lit up the combine in the throwing drills, so there's always a tendency to overrate players based on combine performances…”
..For a lot of teams, it's become a little bit of a separation, with Darnold and Allen toward the top, and then Baker and Rosen a slight notch below," McShay said. "That doesn't mean it's for all teams, and certainly there are varying views on this year's quarterback class……
"Josh Allen seemed to surprise some people [at the combine] with how good he was on the board [during meetings with teams]. There were some people who kind of came around on him and were impressed by what he did at night [in meetings] when the cameras weren't on. We expected an impressive throwing session, but he couldn't have performed a whole lot better than he did on the field that day."

Brian Costello, NY Post
The Jets finally are No. 1 … in salary-cap space. With the moves the Browns made Friday, acquiring Jarvis Landry and Tyrod Taylor, the Jets moved past Cleveland to the top of the heap in salary-cap space. They have $89.9 million in space, according to, as free agency begins Monday with teams being permitted to talk to agents. Players cannot officially sign deals until Wednesday at 4 p.m. The Jets have the money to spend. The question now is whether they can find enough players worth spending it on. That is the problem with NFL free agency — the players who usually become free agents do so for a reason. They have a flaw that makes them expendable to their current team, whether that be age, salary demand or production. It is what scares some teams off from spending big in free agency. The Jets know they will end up overpaying players in free agency, but they can do that because of the war chest they currently have. The benefit of drafting so poorly from 2008-14 is having very few young players who need to be paid. Leonard Williams figures to be the next one, and he is not scheduled to hit free agency until 2020 if the Jets exercise his fifth-year option. The Jets have targets in mind, and they hope to find players who can stick with their team for several years. That starts with quarterback Kirk Cousins, whose agent will surely get a call from the Jets on Monday to set up a visit with the top free agent. After Cousins, GM Mike Maccagnan will be looking for younger free agents who can be part of the core of the Jets. 
…..Jets to be aggressive at running back, center and possibly wide receiver. On defense, they need to add another cornerback and possibly a pass rusher. They also are trying to re-sign several of their own free agents, including Demario Davis, Morris Claiborne and Austin Seferian-Jenkins.

Manish Mehta,NY Daily News
The glass-half empty crowd has already given up on winning the Kirk Cousins Sweepstakes, wallowing in life without the prized free-agent quarterback. Oh sure, Cousins is still exploring all his options and surveying the landscape before signing on any dotted line, but Jets Nation, conditioned to expect the worst, already is thinking about the next best move for a team that hasn’t had a franchise quarterback since man first walked on the moon.
If the Jets lose out on Cousins, who could opt for a more ready-made team in Minnesota, there’s one man who could help Gang Green, an oldie but a goodie who’d play an invaluable part for this rebuilding outfit last year. Josh McCown could save the day. The 38-year-old would be the ideal mentor and bridge for an incoming rookie quarterback. McCown’s leadership, selflessness and quality of play proved invaluable last season. The lone problem — and it was a significant one — was that his bridge effectively led to nowhere given that the future answer at quarterback wasn’t on the roster. McCown must be paired up with a first-round quarterback this year. A McCown-Petty-Hackenberg (or equivalent) quarterback room isn’t going to cut it this year. It’ll be an abject failure if the Jets miss out on Cousins or don’t draft one of the top four signal callers in this year’s draft. “We’re just looking for the right fit, be it a veteran quarterback or a younger guy,” Todd Bowles said last week at the Scouting Combine about the kind of quarterback he needs. “We got to make sure we got the right fit for our team. It doesn’t matter what age he is.” Bowles revealed that the Jets have three or four plans to address the most important position in the sport, but make no mistake: All hope is not lost if Cousins isn’t wearing green and white in 2018, as long as they pair McCown with a coveted rookie.


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Sunday, February 25, 2018

Jets Should Pass On Cousins And Big Four

David Harris Retires!
I have to start this week with a tribute to linebacker David Harris who just announced his retirement. Harris was a real pro’s pro who came to work everyday and did his job. He was an underrated player who would have probably made a few Pro-Bowls if he was on a winning team. He was a quiet leader who led by example. It was normal for Harris to have games being involved in 15 or more tackles. For a team that is notorious for messing up second round picks, David Harris was one of the best they ever had. He was taken out of Michigan in the 2007 draft.
Here is one of my favorite David Harris highlights. Watch the move he puts on Tom Brady making him eat turf!

The NFL or YouTube blocked the clip. Here is the link:

Jets Should Pass On Cousins And Big Four
Jets have an incredible opportunity to build a solid foundation this year and for years to come. We all know the NFL is a quarterback driven league and the Jets have not even sniffed close to a long term franchise quarterback for years. With that said and Kirk Cousins looming big as a team changer, is signing him as a free agent for 150 million dollars worth it? Or should the Jets fill the holes in their team via free agency and the draft and worry about the quarterback later? With free agents linemen like the Panther guard Andrew Norwell, Dolphin tackle Ja'Wuan James and draft prospects guard Quenton Nelson and center Billy Price the Jets can make a dramatic shift on offense. Also with a draft heavy in running backs, the opportunity to build the Jets the way a football team should be built is a no brainer. Even if one of the four college quarterbacks (Darnold, Rosen, Allen and Baker) are around at the 6th pick, the Jets will be better off going in a different direction. The abundance of quarterbacks in this year’s college crop doesn’t stop with these four. If you look at the Super Bowl for the past 30 years, of the 60 quarterbacks that started each game, only half (30) were first round picks. If you look at where the teams got there quarterback below, half of them were not first round picks.  Some came by way of free agency (Kurt Warner, Jake Delhomme) and even in the 6th round (Mark Rypien, Stan Humphries, Matt Hasselbeck, Tom Brady) and all the other rounds but the first round. Of course there are a well represented bunch of blue chip first draft picks that won Super Bowls but there is never a guarantee that quarterbacks taken in the first round will take their team to the Super Bowl. For every Peyton Manning there are multiple Ryan Leafs’ who were picked early in the first round and did not become that franchise quarterback. 

Look at this partial list of first round QB draft picks:

JaMarcus Russell 1st overall pick,
Art Schlichter 4th overall pick,
Heath Shuler 3rd overall pick,
Rick Mirer 2nd overall pick,
Andre Ware 7th overall pick,
Akili Smith 3rd overall pick,
Todd Blackledge 7th overall pick,
David Klingler 6th overall pick,
Tim Couch 1st overall pick,
Kelly Stouffer 6th overall pick,
Jack Thompson 3rd overall pick,
Joey Harrington 3rd overall pick,
David Carr 1st overall pick,
Vince Young 3rd overall pick,
Rich Campbell 6th overall pick,
Jeff George 1st overall pick,
Byron Leftwich 7th overall pick,
Matt Leinart 10th overall pick,

In all fairness some of the players were not put in the best position to succeed like a David Carr. But would the Jets be putting Kirk Cousins or Baker Mayfield in a position to excel? I think not. As I mentioned numerous times in the past few weeks, the Jets administration is fighting for their jobs this year and will probably do anything for a quick fix but this is not the way to go. What should the Jets do as far as their quarterback situation? I will address that as we get closer to free agency and the draft. And I will do it in logical way that will give the Jets a great infrastructure for years to come with a chance to find that missing franchise quarterback.

Super Bowls Quarterbacks in the last 30 years.
Thirty (30) of them were not first round picks.

Doug Williams, Washington Redskins-Drafted 1st Round
John Elway, Denver Broncos-        Drafted 1st Round

Joe Montana, San Francisco 49ers Drafted 3rd Round
Boomer Esiason, Cincinnati Bengals Drafted 2nd Round

Joe Montana, San Francisco 49ers Drafted 3rd Round
John Elway, Denver Broncos         Drafted 1st Round

Jeff Hostetler, New York Giants Drafted 3rd Round
Jim Kelly, Buffalo Bills         Drafted 1st Round

Mark Rypien, Washington Redskins Drafted 6th Round
Jim Kelly, Buffalo Bills         Drafted 1st Round

Troy Aikman, Dallas Cowboys   Drafted 1st Round
Jim Kelly, Buffalo Bills   Drafted 1st Round

Troy Aikman, Dallas Cowboys   Drafted 1st Round
Jim Kelly, Buffalo Bills   Drafted 1st Round

Steve Young, San Francisco 49ers Drafted 1st Round
Stan Humphries, San Diego Chargers     Drafted 6th Round

Troy Aikman, Dallas Cowboys          Drafted 1st Round
Neil O'Donnell, Pittsburgh Steelers Drafted 3rd Round

Brett Favre, Green Bay Packers         Drafted 2nd Round
Drew Bledsoe, New England Patriots Drafted 1st Round

John Elway, Denver Broncos Drafted 1st Round
Brett Favre, Green Bay Packers   Drafted 2nd Round

John Elway, Denver Broncos Drafted 1st Round
Chris Chandler, Atlanta Falcons Drafted 3rd Round

Kurt Warner, St. Louis Rams Undrafted Free Agent
Steve McNair, Tennessee Titans Drafted 1st Round

Trent Dilfer, Baltimore Ravens Drafted 1st Round
Kerry Collins, New York Giants Drafted 1st Round

Tom Brady, New England Patriots Drafted 6th Round
Kurt Warner, St. Louis Rams Undrafted Free Agent

Brad Johnson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers Drafted 2nd Round
Rich Gannon, Oakland Raiders Drafted 4th Round

Tom Brady, New England Patriots Drafted 6th Round
Jake Delhomme, Carolina Panthers Undrafted Free Agent

Tom Brady, New England Patriots Drafted 6th Round
Donovan McNabb, Philadelphia Eagles    Drafted 1st Round

Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers Drafted 1st Round
Matt Hasselbeck, Seattle Seahawks           Drafted 6th Round

Peyton Manning, Indianapolis Colts Drafted 1st Round
Rex Grossman, Chicago Bears Drafted 1st Round

Eli Manning, New York Giants      Drafted 1st Round
Tom Brady, New England Patriots Drafted 6th Round

Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers Drafted 1st Round
KURT WARNER, Arizona Cardinals              Undrafted Free Agent

Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints Purdue Drafted 2nd Round
Peyton Manning, Indianapolis Colts Drafted 1st Round

Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers Drafted 1st Round
Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers Drafted 1st Round

Eli Manning, New York Giants Drafted 1st Round
Tom Brady, New England Patriots Drafted 6th Round

Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens Delaware  Drafted 1st Round
Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers Drafted 2nd Round

Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks Drafted 3rd Round
Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos Drafted 1st Round

Tom Brady, New England Patriots   Drafted 6th Round
Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks Drafted 3rd Round

Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos Drafted 1st Round
Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers         Drafted 1st Round

Tom Brady, New England Patriots  Drafted 6th Round
Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons   Drafted 1st Round
Tom Brady, New England  Drafted 6th Round
Nick Foles, Philadelphia Eagles       Drafted 3rd Round

Jets QBs Who Started At Least One Game Since Joe Namath
Richard Todd
Matt Robinson
Marty Domres
Ken O'Brien
Pat Ryan
David Norrie
Tony Eason
Kyle Mackey
Tony Eason
Boomer Esiason
Jack Trudeau
Bubby Brister
Frank Reich
Neil O'Donnell
Glenn Foley
Vinny Testaverde
Ray Lucas
Rick Mirer
Chad Pennington
Quincy Carter
Brooks Bollinger
Kellen Clemens
Brett Favre
Mark Sanchez
Greg McElroy
Geno Smith
Michael Vick
Ryan Fitzpatrick
Bryce Petty
Josh McCown

What the Jets Scribes Are Saying
Rich Cimini, ESPN
Longtime middle linebacker David Harris, who was a defensive pillar for the New York Jets before signing with the rival New England Patriots last offseason, is calling it a career.

"After 11 years of having played the greatest team sport at its highest level, it's now time for me to announce my retirement from the NFL," Harris said in a statement on his agency's Twitter account.
…..He will be remembered for his decade with the Jets (2007 to 2016). Drafted out of Michigan in the second round, he played 154 games and finished as the franchise's second-leading tackler.
…..Harris never made the Pro Bowl, but he was regarded by coaches and teammates as the backbone of a once-formidable defense. In 2009, the Jets ranked No. 1 in total defense and fewest points allowed.
…..Jets coach Todd Bowles said of Harris: "Players like David Harris don't come around very often. He's one of the best players and people I've ever coached. I have nothing but the highest respect for him as a person and a leader. He is an example of everything you want from a player. I am proud to have coached him and wish him and his family the best."

Brian Costello, NY Post
The bidding for Kirk Cousins’ services officially begins in three weeks. On March 12, NFL teams can begin to speak with the agents representing this year’s free-agent class. Cousins is at the top of that list, and expect the Jets to be one of the first teams to call his agent, Mike McCartney. League sources believe the Jets are going to be particularly aggressive in their pursuit, willing to spend big bucks in the hope the soon-to-be former Redskin can be the franchise quarterback they have been searching for all these years. The view around the league is that the Jets’ main issue regarding Cousins won’t be money, but whether he wants to play for them after saying winning was his priority. While March 12 is the official opening of the window when teams and agents can talk, the unofficial negotiating period happens next week in Indianapolis at the NFL Scouting Combine. Technically, teams and agents are not allowed to speak about free agents other than their own, but the hotels, bars and restaurants in Indy are filled with winks, nods and more as teams begin to line up their free-agent targets. Players can’t officially sign their contracts until March 14. McCartney represents both Cousins and Josh McCown, the Jets’ own pending free agent, so the Jets likely have a meeting scheduled with him to discuss McCown in Indianapolis, where the topic of Cousins could come up. The Jets could get creative with their contract offer to Cousins with all of that cap space. The expectation is he is going to exceed the $27.5 million per year that the 49ers just gave Jimmy Garoppolo. Many people think that could mean a five-year, $150 million contract with a good chunk of that guaranteed. One league source speculated the Jets could front-load the contract and offer Cousins $60 million guaranteed in the first year of the contract. That would still leave them with about $30 million in cap space this year and then allow them to build around Cousins with lower cap figures in the remaining years of the contract. Pro Football Talk reported they spoke to people who believe the Jets might be willing to guarantee the entire contract, something unheard of in the NFL for long-term deals.

Manish Mehta,NY Daily News
The speculation surrounding the Jets’ eventual pursuit of Kirk Cousins has prompted some much-needed comedic relief during the NFL’s silly season. There have been some whoppers in the past week or so. If you didn’t know any better, you’d think Woody and Christopher Johnson were willing to offer an ownership stake to the soon-to-be free-agent quarterback. Heck, why stop there? Why not just change MetLife Stadium to Cousins Coliseum?
After all, that would be as probable as some of the unfounded stuff I’ve read in recent days that paints a wholly inaccurate picture of this situation. First and foremost, the Jets absolutely would love to sign Cousins in the coming weeks, according to team sources. He’s a win-now AND win-later quarterback entering the prime of his career. There’s a large enough window (at least five seasons) to win with the soon-to-be 30-year-old signal caller to make it more than worthwhile to make a strong investment in him, but let’s be clear: The Jets are not going to try to bring him aboard by any means necessary. The notion that the organization will go to any lengths to sign him is patently false. There’s a difference between making a strong and aggressive move for a player (aka – an all-in mindset) and actually recklessly overspending. The Jets aren’t going to hand Cousins a blank check, according to team sources. That would just be plain ol’ dumb business.Truth be told, some folks on One Jets Drive have gotten a kick out of the unfounded rumors that they’re willing to break their budget for Cousins (even though they have prioritized him). There’s a distinct difference between paying the man and adopting some of the tactics being proposed in recent days………Gang Green believes that there will be about three other strong suitors. On the surface, the Broncos, Browns, Vikings, Cardinals and Bills have their own quarterback dilemmas, but will they all be serious bidders for Cousins’ services? The Jets don’t think so. Some of those teams will address their signal caller needs in the draft.

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