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  1. kelly added a post in a topic " Wild Card " dept. ~ ~ ~   

    Five weeks ago, the Jets were 4-1 and brimming with confidence as they prepared for a first-place showdown at perennial nemesis New England.
    Seems like a lifetime ago, doesn’t it  ?
    The Jets blew a fourth-quarter lead in that game and thus squandered a chance to tie for the top spot in the AFC East. Since then, as has been their habit over the years, the Patriots have zoomed away from the Jets and the rest of the division. In fact, if the undefeated Patriots win at Denver on Sunday and the Jets lose to visiting Miami, New England will clinch the AFC East before the calendar turns to December.
    With the Jets’ sights now squarely fixed on obtaining one of the two wild-card spots in the AFC playoffs, here’s a look at what must happen for them to shake off their recent doldrums and reach the postseason for the first time since 2010.

    1. Recapture the FitzMagic. Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick has struggled in the last two games, throwing four interceptions — three in the fourth quarter. Worse yet, he and the offense have gotten off to slow starts and had to play catch-up unsuccessfully in losses to Buffalo and Houston. It’s not time for a switch to backup Geno Smith, but that should be a consideration if Fitzpatrick cannot find his early-season form in the next week or two.
    2. Is Smith the long-term answer? Probably not, but a change could shake things up and provide a spark if the offense continues to sputter.
    3. Get more creative on offense. Offensive coordinator Chan Gailey’s play-calling has become predictable, and maybe he needs to take a page from what Houston coordinator George Godsey did Sunday against the Jets. With journeyman T.J. Yates making his first start since January 2012, Houston used the Wildcat several times and also executed a trick play for a touchdown. The Jets don’t necessarily need to dust off the Wildcat, but they need to start giving opposing defenses something different to prepare for other than forcing the ball to Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker.
    4. Take advantage of a weak schedule. The Jets should be thankful for parity, given the fact that only four teams in the AFC are over .500. Three of those teams — New England, Cincinnati and Denver — are division leaders, and likely won’t be in the wild-card mix anyway.Other than the undefeated Patriots, the rest of the teams remaining on the Jets’ schedule have a cumulative record of 19-31. If the Jets win four of those games, they would finish at 9-7, which could be good enough to make the playoffs in the mediocre AFC. Then again, the Jets also are mediocre at this point, one reason why they’ve lost to the likes of Oakland, Buffalo and Houston in the past four weeks.
    5. Get defensive. The Jets’ highly touted defense hasn’t lived up to preseason predictions, even though it ranks fifth in the NFL in total yardage allowed. Still, the Jets permitted four long scoring drives against Yates and the Texans. Worse yet, they haven’t been making many big plays on that side of the ball. The Jets had 15 takeaways in their first five games, a large reason for their 4-1 start. Since then, they’ve forced only five turnovers and are 1-4 during that span.The front seven must get more pressure on opposing quarterbacks, and the expensive secondary must live up to its high price tag.
    6. Coach them up. Bowles’ calm demeanor and firm hand helped the Jets avoid some potential distractions during the 4-1 start, but the first-year coach has made some questionable decisions in recent weeks in terms of game and clock management, including some ill-advised fourth-down tries. That’s not surprising, because navigating all the intricacies of game day often is a problem for rookie head coaches.
    Still, Bowles needs to learn rapidly on the fly. The Jets figure to be in more tight games down the stretch, and a right or wrong decision can make all the difference in such contests.
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  2. kelly added a post in a topic " Pryor’s Place ? " ? ? ?   

    Jets Spotlight : Calvin Pryor
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  3. kelly added a post in a topic Dolphins hope to save season with revenge win over Jets ~ ~ ~   

    James Walker ESPN Staff Writer 
    Dolphins interim head coach Dan Campbell said RT Ja'Wuan James (toe) will not play this week but he is making good progress.
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  4. kelly added a post in a topic Dolphins hope to save season with revenge win over Jets ~ ~ ~   

    New Dolphins DE Quinton Coples on playing Jets: 'It brings chills to me'
    DAVIE, Fla. – This will be a very interesting week for defensive end Quinton Coples.
    On Sunday, Coples suited up for the New York Jets. On Monday, Coples was cut by the team that drafted him in the first round in 2012.But on Tuesday, the Miami Dolphins claimed Coples via waivers, and the first team Coples will play against will be the Jets. Things have quickly come full-circle for Coples, who will return to MetLife Stadium in an opposing uniform.“Definitely, it brings chills to me to be able to go back and face them this Sunday,” Coples said. “So I’m looking forward to the preparation to get back out there and come out there with the win.”
    Coples said he will not get too caught up in the circumstance of playing his former team this week. His stint with the Jets had a few ups – such as 16.5 career sacks – and mostly downs, such as a position change to outside linebacker.
    Coples said he’s still confused on why things didn’t work out with the Jets.
    “I never got a great explanation for it,” Coples said. “Things just didn’t work out. I move forward and I’m here now. I wasn’t playing. I was on the bench. They benched me for whatever reason.”Coples said he’s happy to be a full-time defensive end again in Miami. He played both defensive end and outside linebacker in New York’s 3-4 scheme.
    The Dolphins believe he’s a natural fit for their 4-3 defense, and he will help replace the sack production lost when former Pro Bowl defensive end Cameron Wake went down for the year with an Achilles tear. According to Coples, he brings “relentless effort, pass-rushing and QB sacks” to Miami’s defense. Those are all things the team needs on its front seven.
    Miami interim head coach Dan Campbell briefly offered words of encouragement to Coples upon arriving.“Coach Campbell said that he loves me,” Coples said. “He loves what I do and he’s going to get me out there on the field. I gotta make it happen.”
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  5. kelly added a post in a topic ~ ~ Happy Thanksgiving ! ! ~ ~   

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  6. kelly added a topic in New York Jets Message Board   

    " Rex Ryan upset that Mike Tannenbaum claimed Quinton Coples " ~ ~ ~
    here we gooooooo...

    ~ ~ -- The Miami Dolphins claimed defensive lineman Quinton Coples off waivers Tuesday, but Dolphins vice president Mike Tannenbaum, who drafted Coples with the New York Jets' first-round pick in 2012, wasn't alone in his pursuit of Coples.
    The Buffalo Bills also placed a waiver claim on Coples, a source told ESPN NFL Insider Field Yates, but since the Dolphins have a worse record, they had priority on the waiver wire."Well I’m a little upset with Tannenbaum because yeah, I wanted him," Bills coach Rex Ryan said Wednesday. "I mean, obviously the guy's a talent. You know I know him extremely well, and I think he would have fit in with the group that we have."
    Ryan coached Coples with the Jets from 2012 through 2014.
    The Bills have suffered a run of injuries to their defensive line. Kyle Williams (knee) has been out since Oct. 18 and is in danger of missing the rest of the season, defensive end Mario Williams (foot) is using a scooter after being injured Monday, and Marcell Dareus also dealt with a knee injury in Monday night's game but returned.
    At one point, the Bills were close to using guard Richie Incognito on defense in Monday night's game, Ryan said Wednesday.The Bills signed former Green Bay Packers second-round pick Jerel Worthy to their practice squad Tuesday to add depth along their defensive line.
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  7. kelly added a post in a topic " Jets QB Situation Is Clear " ~ ~ ~   

    Stop me if you've heard this one before: The Jets will enter the offseason with a decision to make at quarterback. That never happens, does it?
    The Jets are hardly alone in their endless quest to find a franchise quarterback. Most of the league is frequently in the same situation. If only there were a bodega that sold a Tom Brady or an Aaron Rodgers on the shelf next to the ramen noodles and bug spray. Alas.Ryan Fitzpatrick, the Jets' current starter, can become a free agent after the season. He'd be affordable—his current deal pays him $3.25 million this season. But would the Jets want to bring him back? These last six games could go a long way toward determining that.But if the Jets wanted to go in another direction—draft, trade, free agency—what kind of options would they have? Plenty. But none are simple or obvious.
    Barring a complete collapse in the last six weeks, the Jets likely won't get one of the top picks in the draft, which means they likely would have to select another project. There are some intriguing free-agent options, but they all have caveats. And trades are trades: They depend on two parties being able to broker a deal that appeals to both sides, which is impossible to predict.
    With that in mind, let's take a look at the Jets' possible quarterback options. They're in the gallery above. Click on through to see them, and go right ahead and sound off below in the comments.(And of course it's premature to be doing this in the middle of the 2015 season. But with the Jets sitting at 5-5 after a 4-1 start, it's fun to spitball a little. Just go with it.)
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  8. kelly added a post in a topic Dolphins hope to save season with revenge win over Jets ~ ~ ~   

    James Walker ESPN Staff Writer 
    New Dolphins DE Quinton Coples said he's happy to be a full-time DE with the job of rushing the QB. He made it clear dropping in coverage wasn't his thing.
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  9. kelly added a post in a topic " Wild Card " dept. ~ ~ ~   

    Jets dropping the ball in playoff run
    Gang Green's playoff odds have been cut down from 81.7 percent to 21.4 percent by the team's 1-4 stretch, per FPI. The Jets have yet to win a game this season without forcing multiple turnovers. Stock up, stock down
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  10. kelly added a post in a topic Dolphins hope to save season with revenge win over Jets ~ ~ ~   

    Here are the most interesting Miami Dolphins stories Wednesday from around the Web:
    Hal Habib of the Palm Beach Post writes the Dolphins are historically bad with their third-down offense.
    Morning take: Miami’s 28 percent conversion rate will not cut it. That would set a new team record if the numbers don’t improve over the final six games.
    Omar Kelly of the Sun Sentinel examines whether Ryan Tannehill is a franchise quarterback.
    Morning take: In four seasons, Tannehill hasn’t shown enough to earn the “franchise” label. He struggles on third down and in the fourth quarter, and he doesn’t win enough games.
    Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald writes Dolphins running back Jay Ajayi is gaining some intrigue.
    Morning take: Ajayi has done well with limited carries, and his role should increase down the stretch. He’s running hard and has fresh legs.
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  11. kelly added a post in a topic is it time to swing the wrecking ball at the Jets' aging roster ? ? ?   

    Ryan Fitzpatrick has a target on his back at the moment.
    Media and fans want to point the finger at Fitzpatrick for the Jets losing four of their last five games because … the easiest thing to do is blame the quarterback, and the quickest fix is to switch quarterbacks.But Fitzpatrick is not the problem with the 2015 Jets. He has not played well, but he was never supposed to be the answer for this team. Going back to the summer, this team was built to win with defense and a strong running game. The quarterback? He just had to stay out of the way and not lose games for the Jets, whether it was Fitzpatrick or the pre-punch Geno Smith.
    The formula worked through the first five games. The Jets were gaining 146 yards per game on the ground with Chris Ivory near the top of the league leaders in rushing. On defense, the Jets allowed 269.2 yards per game and forced 15 turnovers as they opened the season 4-1.
    Then, everything changed.
    Over the past five games, the Jets have the fifth-worst rushing offense in the NFL, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, gaining just 78 yards per game. On defense, they are tied for 12th, allowing 376.8 yards per game. They have forced five turnovers in that stretch, four coming in the win over the Jaguars.If the rushing game and defense are not working, Fitzpatrick has no chance. This team is set up to win without Fitzpatrick having to carry it. He showed early in the season he is a nice complementary piece, but he is what he is — a journeyman quarterback. This is not Tom Brady or Aaron Rodgers, who can carry a team. But the Jets should not need him to carry them.
    The mystery is what has happened to the two key areas the Jets are built around.
    Let’s start with the run game.
    Ivory put together two huge back-to-back games against the Dolphins (166 yards) and Redskins (146 yards), but those are the only two times this season he has cracked 100 yards (he had 99 against the Bills). On Sunday, he only carried the ball eight times for 36 yards.The first question is: Is Ivory healthy? He had hamstring problems against the Patriots at the beginning of this bad run, but returned to practice that week, and the Jets say he is fine. Against the Texans, he banged his knee on the first play of the game but returned shortly after. Ivory has not looked like the same relentless runner he was early in the season, and that may be because he is hurting. On third-and-1 in the second quarter Sunday, he bounced the run outside and was tackled for no gain. No way that would’ve happened early in the season.
    The other major issue has been the offensive line. That group has suffered with Willie Colon being lost for the season and Nick Mangold being in and out of the lineup with neck and hand injuries. Mangold may have proven he is the MVP of this team with how poorly the offense functions when he is out.Offensive coordinator Chan Gailey also seems to get away from the run too quickly. The Jets have fallen behind early in all four of their recent losses, but only the Raiders game was out of control by halftime. There was no reason to abandon the run against the Texans (unless Ivory was injured worse than the Jets said).A bigger concern may be the defense, which was expected to be one of the best in the league. Instead, it looks totally mediocre. The pass rush is nonexistent despite having a defensive line filled with first-round picks. The linebackers can’t cover me.
    Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie look like a band from the 1960s on a reunion tour — the songs sort of sound the same, but not quite.The Jets are not particularly good at tackling, coverage or preventing the big play. They have allowed 39 passes of 20 yards or more, tied for fourth-most in the league.Jets coach Todd Bowles’ blitzing schemes that worked well early in the season are no longer effective. It is on Bowles to adjust and figure out a way to create a pass rush.
    So, you can blame Fitzpatrick if you’d like. There’s plenty of ammo there. But let’s remember who was supposed to carry this team and how those units have stumbled in the past five weeks.
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  12. kelly added a post in a topic Dolphins hope to save season with revenge win over Jets ~ ~ ~   

    Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 
    The Bills put in a waiver claim for DE Quinton Coples, a source told ESPN NFL Insider Field Yates, but the Dolphins had a higher waiver priority. Instead of being reunited with Rex Ryan, Coples will rejoin Dolphins VP Mike Tannenbaum, who drafted him 16th overall in 2012.
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  13. kelly added a post in a topic Dolphins hope to save season with revenge win over Jets ~ ~ ~   

    . -- The Miami Dolphins are 0-4 against AFC East opponents -- and most of the games haven’t been close.
    Miami is getting embarrassed in division contests this season. The team has lost all four AFC East games by an average of 21.25 points.
    It’s never a good sign when you’re getting pummeled by the opponents that know you best. Miami already has been swept by the Buffalo Bills in two games, lost 36-7 to the undefeated New England Patriots and suffered a 13-point defeat to the New York Jets in London.Miami (4-6) will face the Jets (5-5) again Sunday at MetLife Stadium. Their previous meeting in Week 4 marked the end for former Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin, who was fired promptly after returning from London. Interim head coach Dam Campbell has taken over and gone 3-3 in place of Philbin.
    Campbell has his theory of why Miami has struggled mightily within the division.“I think that all of these teams in our division have a pretty good defensive line,” Campbell said. “And I think a lot of these teams they’ve got a big front -- big, long guys. ... So I just think that they make life a little bit harder to try to run inside for us. We’re not the biggest line up front.”
    Indeed, Miami’s offense line usually struggles against the Bills, Jets and Patriots. Often the Dolphins cannot establish a running game because they’ve fallen behind so quickly in division games.Quarterback Ryan Tannehill also has been sacked 12 times this season in four division games. Injuries to starting left tackle Branden Albert (hamstring) and starting right tackle Ja'Wuan James (toe) certainly haven’t helped matters. James is expected to miss Sunday’s game, as well.
    It is extremely difficult to make the playoffs when a team cannot win in the division. Miami is 4-2 against non-AFC East teams but owns a 4-6 record overall. The team must first learn how to better compete with the Jets, Bills and Patriots before thinking about the bigger picture.
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  14. kelly added a post in a topic Jets' $150M secondary has yielded a grand -- 1,000 yards last 3 games :+(   

    Darrelle Revis got beat by DeAndre Hopkins on Sunday, just not as badly as you think
    Since early in his career Darrelle Revis has been held to a higher standard than any other cornerback. It's why people made a big deal out of him giving up a two yard touchdown pass to Pierre Garcon earlier this year and why Steve Johnson's eight catch, for 75 yards and a touchdown, against incredibly soft-coverage in 2011 continues to be talked about as if Revis got completely dominated. This is the downside of being as great as Revis has been throughout his career. People expect perfection every single game and the fact that part of the job description of a cornerback is you're going to get beat doesn't seem to matter at all.
    Cornerback is one of the hardest positions in sports. You have to defend incredibly fast and shifty receivers who are running forward and know exactly where they want to go all while back-peddling and trying to guess where said receiver is trying to go. Because of this cornerbacks are always going to get beat, that's just part of the job, but because Revis has mostly been the exception to this throughout his career people are always going to overreact when he has a game like he did on Sunday.
    Revis had a bad day, DeAndre Hopkins had a good one. Hopkins is one of the best young receivers in the league and on Sunday he became one of the few receivers ever to collect bragging rights on the future Hall of Fame cornerback. But did Revis look washed? Did he get completely dominated? No, no he did not.Hopkins finished the game with five catches for 118 yards and two touchdowns. The second touchdown was a 20 yard catch and came against Marcus Williams after Revis left the game with a concussion. Simple math shows that Revis gave up four catches for 98 yards and a touchdown, the touchdown went for 61 yards (and was really just an incredible route by Hopkins, more of that later) which leaves three catches for 37 yards. In fact the play Hopkins beat Revis the worst on went incomplete as T.J. Yates overthrew Hopkins. You could argue that leans towards Revis actually having a worst day then we all thought but again that's just one play and the position is cornerback. 
    So, let's go through those four receptions as take a look at how "bad" Revis played.
    1) The first catch came on the first drive. The Texans faced a third-and-four from their own 26. In the first screenshot you'll see Revis lined up in soft-coverage, five yards off the line of scrimmage. That's Buster Skrine with the tight-coverage on Nate Washington. In the second screenshot you'll see Washington break underneath Revis on an out-route which frees up Hopkins to slide in comfortably on a five yard in-route and pick up the first down. It was really just an excellent play-call designed to take advantage of the soft-soverage from Revis. This isn't the first time we've seen this this season and until Todd Bowles does something different it won't be the last.
    2)  The second catch went for 14 yards and Yates hit Hopkins with a perfect back-shoulder throw. Revis had tight coverage and it appeared Hopkins got away with a little pushoff. Revis had good coverage but it was a great route and even better throw and there's not much Revis or anyone can do about a play executed that well. Just look at how tight the coverage is on the pic below, Yates placed it perfectly on Hopkins' back shoulder and there was nothing Revis could do to play it any better.
    3)    The third catch came on second-and-12 on their own 13-yard line, Hopkins ran up field, faked inside and cut outside for an 18 yard gain. Revis stayed on his hip but once again Yates perfectly dropped the ball right into Hopkins' hand as he made a spectacular one-handed catch and double foot tap to get both feet in bounds. Again look at the pic below, it wasn't bad coverage it was just perfect execution for the quarterback and receiver.
    4)   This was, of course, the big one. Hopkins again got Revis with a fake but this time it was for 61 yards and a touchdown. There's no picture to go along with it because I couldn't get a picture to show a good enough view of exactly what happened (and none of these are gifs because we are not allowed to post gifs "without the express written consent of the NFL"), but essentially Hopkins runs a post route, Revis had tight coverage on him from the line and right as Hopkins gets to the 50-yard line he dips his shoulder right into Revis and immediately cuts for the post. A lot of people think Hopkins pushed off here but it's too hard to see if he pushed off or if he just sold it with the shoulder dip and created separation that way. Either way Jets fans can't complain because Revis built his career on winning those subtle nudge battles.
    Ironically the play Revis looked the worst on was the incompletion immediately after Hopkins' first catch. Hopkins dusted Revis with a quick hesitation/stutter-step but Yates simply overthrew him. But one of the things that people seem to be holding on to when saying Revis isn't Revis anymore is how many short passes he is giving up. This is ridiculous to say because all you have to do is look to see that Revis is giving the receiver so much cushion that he is essentially giving the receiver those short catches. This isn't new, he's always done this (like in that game against Stevie Johnson), but it does appear Bowles is having him play in soft coverage more than usual. Revis isn't quite as good as he once was, but he is still an elite cornerback and is still playing like it. Games like this just prove it even more because if any other corner had this stat-line against Hopkins no one would even blink, but because of the Revis standard people are making it seem like he got beat up and down the field all game long. However, one thing has become clear, these young, fast, quick and shifty as hell receivers are going to cause Revis, and every other corner, problems from time to time. 
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  15. kelly added a post in a topic " Wild Card " dept. ~ ~ ~   

    Remember when the Jets were 4-1 and headed to New England for an AFC East battle with the undefeated Patriots? If it feels like longer than a month, don't feel like you're losing track of time around the holidays.Despite the relatively short amount of season that has passed since the one-score defeat New York suffered to the Patriots in New England in late October, the AFC East race is all but over.
    In fact, it could end this weekend if one of these three scenarios plays out during the Week 12 slate  :
    Patriots win + Jets loss or tiePatriots tie + Jets loss or tie + Bills loss or tieJets loss + Bills lossOn Sunday, the Jets will take on the Miami Dolphins. In the rest of the division games with implications in the scenarios, the Patriots will travel to Denver to play the Broncos and Buffalo will head to Kansas City for a date with the Chiefs.
    The idea of the Jets winning the division has been far-fetched since opening snap of the year, but few could have predicted AFC East elimination before December 1 when head coach Todd Bowles took his team into New England in October.
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