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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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Green Tidbits
.....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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