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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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Green Tidbits
…..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
week one, we beat Buffalo.....

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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.

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