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Thursday, December 21, 2017

Friday Morning Quarterback

Numerous reporters actually said the Jets locker room had the atmosphere of a win or a moral victory against the New Orleans Saints. Are you kidding me? When is all this BS around this organization going to stop. First we give up with 11 minutes to go against the Denver Broncos. The coaching staff admits that they did in fact put up the white flag in the 4th quarter. That is what’s wrong with the culture of this organization. The Jets are too satisfied if they give a good showing. I’m not sure they know what a good showing is. A 45-20 loss to the Oakland Raiders is exactly the same as a 25-20 loss to the Atlanta Falcons. More evidence of why the Jets have to rid themselves of Todd Bowles. What’s next? The Jets win the toss against the Chargers and take a knee on their first 4 plays of the game? In some respects the atmosphere is worse than when Rich Kotite was here.

Mike Maccagnan Under Pressure To Produce
If I was GM Mike Maccagnan I would bring my sleeping bag to 1 Jets Drive. He has got to put in the hours it takes to come up with a winning draft in 2018. Not just a home run but a grand slam. In addition, he has got to use all that cap money the Jets have to make the correct decisions picking and courting free agents. There is a bunch of good free agents but Maccagnan’s choice here and his draft in 2018 will determine his future. There should be concern for Jet fans. When a football GM feels his job is on the line, he starts making decisions based on a quick fix to save his job and not for the long term. Former Jet GM, the late Dick Steinberg did this coming off a 4-12 season. The Jets were aggressive in the offseason before the 1993 season. They traded for QB Boomer Esiason and RB Johnny Johnson and signed veteran free agents: safety Ronnie Lott, defensive tackle Leonard Marshall, cornerback Eric Thomas, and tight end James Thornton. Maccagnan has been preaching the draft. Let’s see if this holds true. I hope he does succeed but the pressure is on.

Jeremy Kerley Gets Cut But I’d Give Him A Raise

“I don’t know,” Kerley said. “There’s a lot of ghosts around here. Ghost put it in there. You know, the ghost of Christmas past? … I don’t know.”

Thank god someone finally said what I’ve been saying forever. Kerley is right about the ghosts putting the PEDs in his body.
There are ghosts that follow the Jets wherever they go and whatever they do. All I know is I’ve been saying for years something is spooky with the Jets. 
How did Vinny Testaverde tear his achilles tendon untouched?
How did player personnel director Mike Hickey pick Ken O’Brien over Dan Marino?
How did the Jets take Blair Thomas over Emmitt Smith?
How did Austin-Seferain Jenkins twice this year catch then uncatch the ball for a touchdown?
Kerley is correct and instead of cutting him,the Jets should use some of that 80 million in cap money they have and give it to him. Maybe he breaks the curse and the ghosts play on our side.

Green Tidbits
…..If I was Mike Maccagnan, I put in a call to RB Trent Richardson the former Alabama NFL bust. He played well in the CFL and dropped weight. Might get him wholesale and contract based on incentives may work…..Jamal Adams should not say a word about the All-Pro team. He should spend his time watching film of how he covered Rob Gronkowski in the last Pats game…..Rumors of Sheldon Richardson coming back are flying around. At first I thought no way. But if a contract is structured correctly, it may work. But no more having him drop into pass coverage…..Buster Skrine has been the player of the month in December for the Jets…..If Baker Mayfield is there at #10, I say pick him. All he does is make big plays and win…..If Jets decide the free agent route a la Kirk Cousins, Alex Smith, Teddy Bridgewater or Sam Bradford, Quenton Nelson the offensive guard from Notre Dame would be my pick…..Todd Bowles and Mike Maccagnan have to make a definitive decision about Mo Wilkerson. I don’t want to see him on the field again wearing a Jet uniform….. Unrestricted free agent Andrew Norwell the 26 year old guard on Carolina should be another priority for the Jets…..   

What the Jet Scribes Are Saying
Rich Cimini, ESPN
Read his Twitter timeline, and you'll see that (DeMario) Davis felt like he deserved a spot on the Pro Bowl team. He made a strong case for himself, recording a career-high five sacks and a team-high 117 tackles, but was edged by players from better defenses -- C.J. Mosley (Baltimore Ravens) and Ryan Shazier (Pittsburgh Steelers). Surprisingly, Davis wasn't recognized as an alternate. Still, he should be proud of his season, especially the fact that he hasn't missed a single defensive snap. He made a seamless transition into David Harris' old job and increased his value as a pending free agent

Brian Costello, NY Post
In the span of 12 days in the summer of 2016, Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan handed out two big contracts. On July 15, he signed Muhammad Wilkerson to a five-year, $86 million deal. On July 27, he signed Ryan Fitzpatrick to a one-year, $12 million deal. Those moves tied up the two biggest loose ends around the Jets that summer and were widely hailed as good moves by fans and observers (raising my hand sheepishly.) Whoops. Seventeen months later it is clear those two contracts were mistakes and now are two of the biggest blemishes on Maccagnan’s Jets résumè. Fitzpatrick flamed out last season and the Jets and Wilkerson are heading for a divorce, perhaps as early as Wednesday, after his alarm clock failed one too many times. Throw in the five-year, $70 million deal he signed Darrelle Revis to in 2015 and you could argue that Maccagnan’s three biggest contracts have all been busts. Revis’ deal falls more on owner Woody Johnson, who was pushing to bring him back, than Maccagnan, but it still counts as a Maccagnan signing…….One thing Maccagnan deserves credit for with the signings of Revis and Wilkerson was building easy escapes after a few years, and Fitzpatrick’s was just a one-year deal. Still, Maccagnan spent nearly $88 million of Johnson’s money on those players with little to show in return.Maccagnan’s free-agency batting average is below the Mendoza line right now. It would help his cause if he hit some home runs in free agency this winter.

Manish Mehta, NY Daily News
Todd Bowles will leave Muhammad Wilkerson home where he belongs after the player’s selfishness, stupidity and unprofessionalism resurfaced for unofficially the millionth time.
Bowles announced his “coach’s decision” Friday not to play the mercurial defensive lineman against the Saints on Sunday. The self-proclaimed team leader’s penchant for tardiness to mandatory team functions bubbled to the surface yet again. Wilkerson was late for a Friday meeting, according to a person familiar with the situation, prompting Bowles to take action for the second time in as many weeks.Wilkerson was benched for much of the first quarter against the Chiefs two weeks ago. He’s been disciplined four times in three seasons by Bowles, including an embarrassing birthday no-show that revealed that he just doesn’t get it.

“He’s gone,” a team source told the Daily News last week.

Wilkerson evidently wants to remove all doubt that he doesn’t give a damn about anyone other than himself. Maybe he’ll skip next week’s practices altogether (if the Jets actually permit him to be a part of the team). Either way, the Jets need to rid themselves of this locker room cancer after the season.

Although it’s tempting to cut the cord right now, why reward this overpaid underachiever by giving him an opportunity to sign with a playoff team in the final month of the season? The best course of action is to make Wilkerson inactive for the rest of the regular season before cutting him……….

…….He has only eight sacks in his past 31 games. His latest — and perhaps last — “sack” with the Jets looked like this: Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian tripped over his own two feet and fell to the ground. Wilkerson went over and touched him.It was as fraudulent as they come.  



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