rkw522 added a topic in New York Jets Message BoardTough Love or Best Friend: Bowles vs. RexNice little article pointing out some minor differences that could make a big difference for the team as a whole.
There are many approaches to coaching in the NFL. Currently the New York Jets are seeing a drastic change in the organization based on their change in management and coaching. The coach are moving on from a coach who prided himself on publicly announcing himself to the media to a coach who is soft spoken and expects his team to follow suit. Both coaches are good at their jobs and have expertise on the defensive side of the ball. Both coaches will make their respective teams better almost immediately and both coaches will have the respect of their players in different ways. So what is the difference between these two men? They seem similar on paper, but the tiny difference are going to be paramount for the New York Jets organization. It is not simply black and white, no pun intended.
There are four main differences between the Rex Ryan era and the new Todd Bowles era that will play a vital part in next season and beyond.
1) Not letting players talk without it being seen on the field- The Rex Ryan era is clearly over in New York, just ask the media. These new Jets are very tight lipped compared to the years past. There was slight talk in the beginning of the Bowles reign including mention of the Jets being the new “dream team”. Bowles quickly shut the talk down and did not understand why there was talk without production. This is vital to make this team more regimented and will help them obtain a goal they had never had, a championship. The dream team talk will not resurface in the future, I guarantee it.
2) Clear coach/player relationships- The Rex Ryan chest bump is synonymous in New York. The relationships Rex Ryan had with his players were great…while they lasted. After Rex Ryan left there were players such as Jace Amaro and Willie Colon who questioned Rex Ryan’s accountability. When a coach becomes a friend, the coach tends to let players slide on things. Bowles seems to have made a line in the sand between coach and player.
3) Playing Favorites vs. Building a 53- The next differnce conincides very well with the last difference of relationships with players. Rex Ryan was a culprit of keeping players on the roster based on his relationship with them. The same thing is happening in Buffalo. Rex Ryan added players that many view as sub par including Wayne Hunter, Matthew Mulligan, Matt Simms and John Connor. It seems that with Todd Bowles no one is completely safe. It does not matter where the player is drafted it matters what happens on the field. This rings clear based on comments regarding Dee Milliner. A player like Dexter McDougle or Marcus Williams could unseat Milliner based on performance. Bowles uses almost the entire roster in his schemes so players will have the chance to shine. If he player is on the field it is because they earned it. I expect a few surprise cuts.
4) More focus on the Offense- When is the last time a Jets fan could say the Jets were good offensively on paper? This year it seems like the team can compete if Geno Smith steps up. Bowles has come forward that he wants a balanced team. The era of ground and pound may have finally fell by the wayside. Adding talent on the offensive side of the ball is something this team is not necessarility accustomed to. Every position that was lacking seemed to get an upgrade. The offensive line is still shaky but the added attention of a head coach could make all the difference. Another aspect that proves that Bowles is invested in the offense is his banter with Chan Gailey. Bowles made it known that no position is set in stone and he will have a say in how starts for his team especially at quarterback. This team is shell shocked and ready for long term success.
Are these slight differences enough to propell the team to the next level? Time will tell.
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rkw522 added a topic in New York Jets Message BoardInterview with Taiwan Jones LinebackerHey guys just wanted to show you the interview I had with Taiwan. He is a very nice guy who many thought would go between round 4 and 5. Bowles loves this kid already. Check it out http://www.interstateofgreen.com/#!taiwan-jones/c1asw
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rkw522 added a topic in New York Jets Message BoardChris Pantale & Chris Young cut. Corey Hilliard retiresJets announced today that TE Chris Pantale and LB Chris Young was cut. Corey Hilliard who recently signed with the team has retired.
Think this move opens up the doors for Wes Saxton at TE. Diamond in the rough. The LB core was crowded so the cut makes sense.
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rkw522 added a topic in New York Jets Message BoardJulian Howsare OLBHey guys thought you might want more information on Julian who recently signed a three year deal with the team and is very excited to report. I interviewed him the other day, enjoy.
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rkw522 added a topic in New York Jets Message BoardKevin Monangai RB Villanova Tries Out for JetsKevin Monangai tried out for the Jets and I got the opportunity to interview him. He really wants to be a Jet and said he would love to be the speed back with catching ability that the team lacks. Check out his interview below.
Kevin Monangai Running Back Villanova
When Interstate of Green reached out to running back Kevin Monangai we were very impressed with what we saw. Not only is Kevin Monangai an excellent athlete, he has the personality and kindness to match. Kevin Monangai is a New Jersey native who told us that he would like nothing more than to be the Jets verison of Darren Sproles. A running back with the size of Darren Sproles and running style of Marshawn Lynch, some team will be very happy come April.
Get to know Kevin Monangai in this full length interview.
1) What colleges were interested in you out of high school?
Kevin: My high school career took place at Seton Hall Prep, the oldest catholic school in the state of New Jersey. I started on varsity as a sophomore and ended that year with 1,100-plus yards, 8.8 yards/carry, and 17 TDs. Excited for an even bigger junior season, it didn’t go exactly the way I planned. 6 games into my junior season, I was on pace to be the leading rusher in New Jersey and was soon preparing for offers from big 1A programs, such as Boston College, Rutgers, and Maryland. In my seventh game of the season, I suffered a third degree high ankle sprain against Irvington High School and ended up missing the rest of the season, except for our first-round playoff loss to Don Bosco Prep. After my injury, the big 1A programs, who were on the brink of offering me, backed off and I was left entering my senior season with no scholarship offers. Still strongly believing in my ability, I emptied the tank my senior year. The emptying of that tank manifested itself as me being the leading rusher in the state of New Jersey and every rushing record in the 159-year history of Seton Hall Prep falling at my feet, as well as the county single-season and career touchdown records.
My only 1A offer was from Central Michigan and, although I saw myself as a D1 RB, I wanted to stay close to home. Just when it looked like I was going to have to commit to Central Michigan, in pursuit of competing at the highest level of football possible, Villanova offered me a full scholarship only three weeks before Signing Day. I took my official visit that following weekend, fell in love with the program, and committed by the end of my visit. I went on to finish my career at Villanova as the 3rd Leading Rusher in the program’s 121-year history.
2) How was your time at Nova?
Kevin: My time at Villanova was awesome. I made a ton of friends and received a great degree in Economics and Philosophy. I'm definitely glad I chose to attend.
3) What teams have you tried out for so far? Which was your favorite?
Kevin: So far, the Eagles and Jets have put me through workouts. I liked them both a lot and would consider it an honor to play for either organization.
4) Who did you meet as far as pro coaches/players while working out?
Kevin: During my visit with the Eagles, most of my interactions were with RB Coach Duce Staley, a former RB for the Philadelphia Eagles. At the Jets, Head Coach Bowles introduced the entire staff then I spent a portion of my day with Offensive Coordinator Chan Gailey and the rest of it with RB Coach Marcel Shipp, a former RB for the Arizona Cardinals. I also got to talk to Villanova football alumnus Ben Ijalana and Jets Head Strength Coach Justus Galac, who used to be my strength coach at Villanova.
5) Who do you compare your game too?
Kevin: I compare my game to Marshawn Lynch. He's a tough physical runner, who's also agile enough to make people miss when needed and break away into the open field.
6) Where do you expect to get drafted?
Kevin: If I was to get drafted, I'd expect it to come in the late rounds of the Draft. If not, I'm confident I can add value to a team as an Undrafted Free Agent.
7) Favorite team and player growing up?
Kevin: I've never really had a favorite team growing up but I've always admired the way Marshawn Lynch, Arian Foster, and Matt Forte run the football. Each one of them brings a unique quality to the game that makes them successful. Marshawn has his toughness and strength. Arian has excellent one-cut ability and gets up field quickly. While Matt is probably one of the most consistent receiving threats at the RB position in recent memory.
8) First thing you want to buy when you are signed?
Kevin: The first thing I'll buy once I'm signed is one of those high-altitude training masks. I've always thought those were pretty cool and relatively affordable. After watching ESPN's 30 for 30: Broke, my goal is to save as much of my money as I can so I won't be buying anything too crazy at first.
Everyone here at Interstate of Green wish Kevin Monangai the best of luck in the 2015 NFL Draft and are pulling for him to land on the Jets pr the Eagles so we can continue to feature him on the site. With the character that Kevin has we will bends the rules and feature him no matter what team picks him up. Get educated on Kevin Monangai, he is a name to watch!
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rkw522 added a topic in New York Jets Message BoardJets QB issues similar to EaglesHey just wanted to share this article about how the Jets and Eagles have a very similar QB situation. It's just ironic it involves Mark Sanchez in some aspect again.
The term “Franchise Quarterback” and New York Jets just don’t seem to go together. We have been teased before, Mark Sanchez and his early success had even the biggest skeptics thinking that the Jets may have found the face of the franchise… or “The Sanchize”. We have been teased by Chad Pennington, who was probably the closest the Jets have come to having a true leader under center but injuries and Brett Favre brought that to an end.
I think we can all agree that the franchise QB the Jets covet is not on the current roster. Lets take a look…
Geno Smith: The last game of the 2013 and 2014 seasons have been the two best games of his career. Both games were played in Miami against the Dolphins. While every Jets fan loves to beat the Dolphins, Geno has failed to show the same consistency against the rest of the NFL.
Ryan Fitzpatrick: Picking up Fitzpatrick for a conditional 2016 pick looks like a great move for the Jets. He will bring a veteran presence to the Jets and provide a true QB competition. Unlike the old Jets regime that preached competition at every position but basically anointed
Geno the starter last season, the new regime seems poised to let the play on the field do the talking. This bodes well for Fitzpatrick, the journeyman knows the Chan Gailey system well from when they worked together in Buffalo. The Harvard grad has a big arm, a big brain and a big opportunity to earn another chance in the league as a starting QB.
Matt Simms: The son of former Giant Phil Simms, has been a developmental QB for the last few years. He has a strong arm but accuracy seems to be his issue. I don’t see Matt making a push to be a starter but I do think he could be a solid NFL #2.
Position Grade: D This is the position of the unknown for the Jets. Can Geno play at the level he did in the season finally? Will Fitzpatrick have similar success with Chan Gailey as he did in Buffalo? I think the answer to both questions is no.. I think both Geno and Fitzpatrick can be serviceable but they are hold the fort guys till the Jets finally find the second coming of Joe Namath.
Draft: We know the two big names and we know that Winston is all but locked into the first pick. Mariota is the wild card, there is a decent chance he could be there when the Jets pick. I just cant see the Jets taking a QB with the 6th pick. I think its more likely they grab one of the second tier guys like Brett Hundley, Garrett Grayson, or Bryce Petty in rounds 2-3. All three should be decent developmental QB’s but none would have an immediate impact.
The Eagles QB position may take the prize as most talked about position on any team in football this offseason. Fueled by the blockbuster trade that brought in Sam Bradford and shipped out Nick Foles, Chip Kelly has the entire league guessing what he is doing at all positions, not just QB.
Sam Bradford: The question all Eagle fans want to know is how Sam Bradford will fit into the Chip Kelly offense. I think he is a good fit. Bradford is an accurate passer with a strong arm. He is a classic pocket passer and keeps his eyes downfield. The biggest question with Bradford is if he can stay healthy. He has been plagued with injuries his entire career. If he can, I think he and the Eagles are a very good fit.
Mark Sanchez: Sanchez filled in nicely for the first few weeks when Nick Foles went down last year. Unfortunately, Mark went back to his inconsistent ways towards the end of the season and the Eagles missed the playoffs. The fact that the Eagles made it a priority to bring Sanchez back for 2015 would leave me to believe that Chip Kelly thinks he sees value with Sanchez as a number 2 QB. He will be a good fill in short term if Bradford goes down.
Matt Barkley: The fact that the Eagles kicked the tires on Tim Tebow this offseason tells you all that you need to know about where Barkley stands on this roster. It would be a surprise to me if Barkley is on the roster come training camp.
GJ Kinne: Kinne spent last year as a practice squad player. Making the Eagles roster for 2015 is a long shot.
Position Grade: C+ Both their starter and backup QB are veterans who have played in the league with mixed success. If Bradford can stay healthy, this C+ can easily become a B+/A-.
Draft: We all know who Chip Kelly thinks the best QB in the draft is. The question is, do we think he makes a major move up in the draft to get Marcus Mariota. I think it is possible but not likely. The Eagles would have to give up a kings ransom to make this kind of move. I think its much more likely that they take one of the second or third tier players and let them sit and learn behind Bradford and Sanchez.
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