If Geno was deemed better than Fitz (based on upside or ability), before jawgate, that has to be factored in. If anything, it sets the par-line for the discussion. His sitting on the sideline, watching/learning, is exactly what he's needed. We know he has the physical upside, and he's not HURTING the team right now, so holding z clipboard can only improve his game. I think the longer he sits, the better he gets.
Coples strikes me as an ideal candidate to replace Pace next season. As an OLB he's better at setting the edge against the run than rushing the passer. His role is needed, just redundant with Pace in the starting lineup.
PFT's Mike Florio reports the NFL offered suspended QB Tom Brady a two-game reduction on his four-game suspension in exchange for a guilty admission.
Per Florio's source, Brady had to admit to having knowledge of whatever ball men John Jastremski and Jim McNally were doing to the footballs, admit to failing to cooperate with the Ted Wells investigation and then apologize. Brady's ban would have then dropped to at least two games and possibly one. It appears Brady is dead-set on taking the NFL to court to get his suspension wiped out completely or he's going to take the heat and sit the four games.
Ok, i'll play, but I don't necessarily agree with chalking up W's before the injury dust of training camp and preseason settles.
The Jets actually play against the NFC East this year. So if Washington, Philly and Dallas "take a step back", they also benefit.
Similarly, the giants play against the AFC East this year; which includes two greatly improved rosters (in Buffalo and Miami), and a team that can cheat its way through any setback.
So the question becomes, would you rather play against the AFC South (Colts, Texans, Titans, Jags) or the NFC South (Falcons, Saints, Panthers, Buccaneers), or more specifically, does the Jets roster offer a better chance to beat the former, or the giants roster to the latter?
Personally, I would rather have the Jets. The Jets defense playing against Bortles, Mariota, and Mallet, look better off than contests against Brees, Matty Ice, Cam Newton, and the Rookie Sensation.
The extra two games also look to favor the Jets. They play the week-1 Browns, and the week-8 Raiders. The Giants play the week-5 FortyNiners, and the week-16 Vikings.
Roster wise, schedule wise, and depth wise I think the Jets are better off this year than the gmen.
The only exception is at QB.
Eli is reportedly stronger this year, he's going to be better acclimated to Macadoos offense, and he gets his playmakers back healthy.
Geno just needs to learn a new offense (which should supposedly bet tailored to his strengths), acclimate to his new weaponz (who should theoretically hide his weaknesses, AND play to his deep ball strengths), and then, just not crap the bed enough to let the Defense/Folk lead our team to victories.