I know the Jets signed a lot of free agents in the offseason - but it is still going to take some time. There is no depth on this roster and it will take some time to build it. Add to that most of the young players on this roster are just now getting coaching. I am happy for Rex and dont want to take anything away from him - but the Bills were 9-7 last season. No coach in the league was turning this thing around in one season. The 97 Jets had a lot of talent too - but it takes some time to get everything right.
That's what I meant by needing a deeper WR corp for it to work in the NFL. The spread works in college for a few different reasons. First, it spreads the field creating lots of passing lanes (thats basic football). Second, like you said, it finds the sh*thead on defense (or mismatch) to exploit. The third thing is that there are no limits on reps you can take in shorts and a t-shirt in college or in the NFL. Teams like the 60's Packers, 70's Steelers won because they had talent - but they also ran tough, long, hard hitting practices where everyone took a ton or reps. Reps used to mean running a sweep right 1000 times in practice until it was perfect. You can't do that today in the NFL or NCAA with the hitting rules. I encourage everyone to watch E:60 with Edelman if they want to know how he went from college QB to NFL star WR. He had so many reps with Brady, he could run a hitch in his sleep, step for step. Thats why he is so effective. He runs his routes perfect, and knows how to run them perfect against different overages. Thats why the spread works in college. NFL rosters are smaller. In college you can have 15 WR's getting reps with the QB's 6 hours a day. Then just play the mismatches every week.
This is a very good question. I think it's because those teams dont exclusively run the spread. They also mix in other offensive sets. I would love to see an OC in the NFL only run the spread. I am betting with a deep and good enough WR corp it could definitely work.
Lewis definitely scares me if he gets on a LB. I think the Jets will try to play a lot of dime tomorrow when he is in the game and depend on the four down lineman and Harris to stop the run in that situation. Maybe even a dime with 3 safeties, and 3 CB's. I think that might me their best strategy when Lewis is in the game.
He has been playing better. Will be interested to see what his ceiling is. Still pretty high for a safety on a team with so many other needs at the time. Rex and his coaching staff are horrible - but so was Idzik.
I agree. Even though he acts like a knucklehead off the field, Sheldon Richardson is the teams best DL. Wilkerson should be tagged and traded next year if possible. I am not getting too down about this loss since the Jets were missing their most consistent WR, starting RB and arguably their best bass rusher. Normally it's next man up - but it's not fair to expect the coaching staff to have that mentality with only one offseason to develop the roster.
Gary Myers is a joke. Can't believe he wrote in a book how the Jets missed out on Brady and Manning. Brady was a 6th rounder. 31 other teams missed out on him and I am sure multiple teams talked about drafting him in rounds 5 and 6. As far as Manning goes, who cares? It's not like he came out in the draft and we passed over him. He didn't even declare. Myers is really the ultimate troll and anyone who buys his book is a moron.
Was listening to a Bruce Ariens interview on XM last night. Basically he went through the difficulty in his own teams players coming off injury and getting their play time back. Ariens runs a demanding camp and practice making it difficult for a player to come off injury and play at the same speed as guys who have been healthy. In Ariens system even backups get reps during practice so everyone on the team is in top physical condition and the timing is there even with the back ups. If Bowles runs the same type of practice and camp, I can see why he favors guys that have been out there over guys coming off injury,