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Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Jets Off-Season Moves Into Second Gear!

Death, Taxes and the Patriots in the Super Bowl. When will this 20 year nightmare end for us Jet fans? Just think we had Bill Belichick as coach once. And there have always been rumors that Bill Parcells was told by a scout for the Jets to draft Tom Brady. Parcells doesn’t deny it. He says he just doesn’t remember it. Oh what could have been. We’ve seen this Patriot magic happen year after year. Opposing coaches become deer in headlights not knowing what to do. Hang in Jet fans. We will all wake up soon!

Some fans may consider this time of year the real season for the Jets. There will be questions going forward as GM Mike Macagnan is doing his due diligence in Moblie this week scouting the Senior Bowl. With the 3rd pick in the draft the Jets may get a chance to move back and grab some picks. Do they try to trade Leonard Williams for a second round pick? This has been floating around for a few days. I hope not! Meanwhile the Miami Dolphins have granted offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains permission to speak to other teams around the league to explore potential opportunities, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Rapoport noted Loggains is expected to become the offensive coordinator for the New York Jets, where he would reunite with the newly hired Adam Gase. Loggains was Gase's offensive coordinator in Miami in 2018, and the two were also on the Chicago Bears coaching staff together in 2015. Loggains has more than a decade's worth of coaching experience in the NFL. He was a scouting assistant for the Dallas Cowboys back in 2005 and has served as the offensive coordinator for three teams Tennessee, Chicago and Miami. Jet fans should realize that Gase will be running the offense so I’m not sure if this is anything more than a figure head. This is fine for me. I find pronouncing his name a real effort. Dowell Loggains. Sounds like a character from Bull Durham or Animal House.


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Mock Drafts Are Front And Center
Years ago new coaches and General Managers would have a five year plan to build a competitive franchise. Those days are gone. Coaches now get fired after one year. Mock drafts crop up faster than the crab grass on my lawn every August. NFL Network Daniel Jeremiah posted his first mock draft. And the New York Jets chose…..Josh Allen, Kentucky. A web site called, have the Jets trading back with the Jacksonville Jaguars and with the 7th pick the Jets chose…..Jonah Williams, offensive tackle Alabama. Walter Football which is one of my favorite draft services also has the Jets taking Josh Allen with the 3rd pick. Another site called has the Jets taking a wide receiver from Arizona State K’Neal Harry. This one sounds like a reach to me. And I went to ASU. Turning to legendary Mel Kiper Jr. In his latest mock draft, the New York Jets chose…..Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama. We are still over a week away from the Super Bowl and the NFL off season is in overdrive. As far as mock drafts. They are fun. Enjoy them and Green Rewind will have our own mock drafts in the coming weeks.

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It’s that time of the year when mock drafts begin to pop up like mushrooms after a heavy rain. And QBs start creeping or leaping into these first round prognostications. I call it quarterback inflation due to General Manager desperation. Next September we’ll be discussing the Tank for Trevor, or Lose for Lawrence strategy, but for now, the names you need to know are Dwayne Haskins, Drew Lock, Daniel Jones and the sexy pick of this draft, Kyler Murray. They’ll all be moving up draft boards from now until April 25th. These days QBs always move up - never down. Teams talk themselves into reaching for players at this position more than ever. A year ago, other than Drew Lock, none of these guys were considered first round material. By April, most likely all will be – some high first round. You don’t believe me?
Take a look at this list of qb reaches (that’s putting it mildly) over the last ten years.

2009 Mark Sanchez 5th pick (I know, he had a couple of nice playoff runs, but 5th best player in the draft?)
2009 Josh Freeman 17th pick
2010 Tim Tebow 25th pick (BTW he has the distinction of being the only athlete who played professional baseball and football and stunk at both)
2011 Jake Locker 8th pick
2011 Blaine Gabbert 10th Pick  (JJ Watt was the 11th pick. Ouch)
2011 Christian Ponder 12th Pick 
2012 Ryan Tannehill 8th pick (Luke Kuechly 9th pick)
2012 Brandon Weedon 22nd pick
2013 E.J Manuel 13th pick
2014 Blake Bortles 3rd pick  “(Khalil Mack 5th pick
2014 Johnny Manziel 22nd pick
2015 Jameis Winston 1st Pick (a player at any other position with Winston’s personal issues would have slipped big time)
2016 Paxton Lynch 26th Pick 

Ten years ago Kyler Murray wouldn’t have  been drafted. Five years ago maybe a third or fourth rounder. This year he’ll be a high first rounder. And don’t think for a minute that he’ll choose baseball over football. What would you rather be doing next year - starting at QB for an NFL team or playing A ball for the Beloit Snappers.

At the combine when  scouts see Murray run a 4.35 40, watch Drew Lock throw a ball 70 yards, etc. the QB frenzy will be in full swing.  Now, I’m not saying these guys are going to be busts. The point is this QB craze will be good news for the Jets  in one of two ways. Either teams will want to trade up and overpay for their number 3 pick, or the first and/or second pick will be used for QBs, thereby allowing the Jets to have their choice of  at least two of  the three top-rated players in the draft (as of now) Nick Bosa, Quinnen Williams and Josh Allen . Of course if that happens, we’ll have to cross our fingers that Mike Mac will make the right choice (Hmmm, better cross our toes as well). 
Anyway it should make for a fun draft. And for Jets fan, the draft is usually the high point of the year.

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What The Jet Scribes Are Saying
Manish Mehta, NY Daily News

The Jets will kick off their critical off-season evaluation process in Mobile, Ala., for Senior Bowl week. General manager Mike Maccagnan & Co. have plenty of roster upgrades in mind, including bolstering the offensive line and pass rush. Here’s a six-pack of prospects to keep an eye on this week:

Montez Sweat, Mississippi State EDGE, 
Sweat doesn’t have the sizzle like projected No. 1 overall pick Nick Bosa, Kentucky’s Josh Allen or Florida State’s Jachai Polite, but there’s no denying his production the past two seasons since transferring from Michigan State. The 6-6, 245-pound Sweat has racked up 22 ½ sacks and 30 tackles for loss in his final 26 games in college. It’s unclear if he makes the best sense in new defensive coordinator Gregg Williams’ attacking 4-3 scheme, but there’s no denying that he has the skills to make a difference at the next level.Sweat is obviously not a candidate to be picked with the third overall pick, but Gang Green will be entertaining offers to trade down and collect more premium draft picks. Sweat could make sense depending on whether the Jets strike a deal to collect more premium draft capital.

Jaylon Ferguson, Louisiana Tech DE
The 6-5, 262-pound Ferguson isn’t exactly a household name, but he sure lit up the stat sheet last season by leading the country with 17 ½ sacks and finishing second with 26 tackles for loss. Ferguson’s career college numbers are staggering: 45 sacks and 67 ½ tackles for loss in four seasons will get everybody’s attention.
Ferguson has explosion, but he’s not an athletic freak. He’ll have a great opportunity to show NFL talent evaluators this week that his numbers aren’t a mirage. The Jets won’t take him in the first round, but he might be an intriguing option if they can collect more draft picks.

Dalton Risner, Kansas State OT
It’s no secret that Maccagnan & Co. will need to make offensive upgrades to better serve and protect Sam Darnold. The 6-5, 308-pound Risner might be better suited to kick inside to guard at the next level. He can also play center. Maccagnan needs to bring in more offensive linemen after grabbing only two of them in his first four drafts. The Jets will be looking to replace two or three linemen this offseason in addition to beefing up their depth. Risner will likely be a second-third rounder. The Jets don’t have a second-round pick thanks to the trade with the Colts last year that landed Darnold. Things will change quickly, of course, if Gang Green moves out of the No. 3 spot.

Andre Dillard, Washington State OT
The 6-5, 310-pound Dillard has proven to be solid in pass protection in Mike Leach’s Air Raid offense. The three-year starter has good feet and length. He has the skill set to be productive in a zone-blocking scheme, but there are fair questions about his strength at the point of attack right now. Regardless, he’s an intriguing option on Day 2 for a team that will be looking to improve their offensive line.

Zach Allen, Boston College DE
Allen has been a disruptor the past two years even if he hasn’t gotten home as much as he would have liked. The 6-5, 285-pounder had 15 and 15 ½ tackles for loss the past two seasons, respectively, but only managed 10 ½ sacks in the past 26 games.Allen has the tools to be a difference maker off the edge at the next level. He’s a first-round talent, who would come into play if the Jets decide to get creative and wheel and deal.

Michael Dieter, Wisconsin OL
The versatile offensive lineman started a school-record 54 games at three different spots: Left guard, center and left tackle. The 6-6, 321-pounder is probably best suited at guard right now. His position flexibility is intriguing for a team that desperately needs an influx of talent up front.

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Brian Costello, NY Post
With the search for their new head coach completed, the Jets will begin the 2019 offseason in earnest this week. It is a two-pronged approach right now. New coach Adam Gase is working to build his coaching staff. At the same time, general manager Mike Maccagnan and the personnel staff will be in Mobile, Ala., for the Senior Bowl, which is the kickoff to draft season and a mini-NFL convention. Gase has already hired Gregg Williams as his defensive coordinator and retained special teams coach Brant Boyer. Pro Football Talk reported he has hired Frank Pollack as the new offensive line coach. Gase hinted last week in interviews that he is waiting for some assistants under contract with other teams to come free. He may be referring to members of his former staff with the Dolphins. It is known he wants to bring offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains to the Jets. But Miami does not have to let those assistants out of their contracts and may be waiting until they can officially hire new coach Brian Flores to see if he wishes to retain any of them.
As for Maccagnan, he heads to Alabama to start another huge offseason. Last year, he was charged with finding a quarterback, and it appears he succeeded by drafting Sam Darnold with the No. 3 overall pick. This year, he needs to round out the roster around Darnold…..After this week, the Jets will be preparing for free agency, which begins March 13. They have some decisions to make on their own players first. It starts with center Spencer Long, who struggled in 2018. He has a $3 million roster bonus due Feb. 6, so the Jets likely will have to make a decision before then about whether to hold on to him. Once they decide on some of their own free agents, the Jets can focus on other teams’ free agents. The Jets have about $100 million in salary-cap space. Will they chase Steelers star running back Le’Veon Bell? Can they find a pass rusher?
“We want to get to the finish line as quick as we can, but we also understand that you have to balance it and try not to mortgage the future and things like that,” Maccagnan said. “So a lot of times, although we’ll be aggressive in free agency, we’re going to try to make smart decisions that are going to set this team up for both short- and long-term success.”That process takes another step this week.

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Around The NFL
The Kansas City Chiefs fired defensive coordinator Bob Sutton on Tuesday, two days after his defense was unable to come up with pivotal stops against Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game. One name to watch for the now-vacant position is former New York Jets and Buffalo Bills head coach and current ESPN analyst Rex Ryan, sources tell ESPN's Adam Schefter…..First, a lawsuit over the Saints-Rams game. Now, a politician is getting in the act. Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards sent NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell a letter Tuesday, expressing his “deep disappointment” and calling for the league to expand replay. The Democratic governor was, of course, upset that officials didn’t call pass interference on Rams cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman for whacking Saints receiver Tommylee Lewis before the ball arrived late in Sunday’s NFC title game…..Offensive Tackle Trent Williams, may be a cap hit for the Redskins. If true, the Jets may make a play for this 30 year old 7X Pro-Bowler….In the aftermath of the No-Call in New Orleans, at least one competition committee member has called for expanded replay on judgment calls. Saints coach Sean Payton told reporters immediately after his team was eliminated from the postseason, "We all want to get it right, right? ... We've got plenty of technology to speed things up, and look, I'm on the competition committee so hopefully that provides a voice." Payton's voice will be heard when the competition committee convenes at the Annual League Meeting in March, but it might not be echoed. On Tuesday, Broncos general manager and fellow competition committee member John Elway expressed the opposite point of view. "You can't replay every pass interference," Elway said, per The Athletic's Lindsay Jones. "It won't work.”…..The National Football League today announced the matchups for its five 2019 international regular season games -- four in the UK and one in Mexico.The 2019 international games: Kansas City Chiefs at Los Angeles Chargers in Mexico, Carolina Panthers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers in London, Chicago Bears at Oakland Raiders in London, Cincinnati Bengals at Los Angeles Rams in London, Houston Texans at Jacksonville Jaguars in London.....

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