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  1. Ahem, I'm actually a mod. You keep forgetting.
  2. No one ever said we were the best in the business
  3. next time please post the article with the link. thanks
  4. The New York Jets Future Doesn’t Look Good The New York Jets looked like a team on the rise at the start of the 2015 season, they had a new coach and a new GM and the high pick in the 2015 NFL draft. When the presumptive best player in the draft (Leonard Williams) fell to them with the 6th pick it seemed like things were headed in the right direction. Added to that was a free agent spending spree by new GM Mike Maccagnan, along with a trade for Brandon Marshall and the Jets were poised to make a playoff run. A cold day in Buffalo changed all that as the Jets lost to their former coach a second time in 2015 and missed the playoffs for the fifth straight year. Now the offseason has shown a new light on the Jets and it hasn’t been pretty. First time GM Maccagnan had never held a post higher than the director of college scouting. The Jets hired Maccagnan in part because of his scouting background in the hopes of changing their draft fortunes which have been poor for many years. Yet aside from the gift of Williams in the first round, the drafts seem mediocre and the management of the Jets roster is precarious at best; lets look at the off season so far. D’Brickashaw Ferguson – The starting left tackle was scheduled to make a little more than $10 million this coming year, which was too much for the Jets. Even though he had missed only one snap in his career since being drafted in 2006, the Jets chose to play hardball with their most seasoned lineman. Ferguson was a model teammate who never complained and always suited up for practice and on Sunday. Mike Maccagnan waited until late in the free agency period (after most teams had used their free agent $ on other players) to ask Ferguson to take a huge pay cut. Maccagnan needed cap space because he used most of money signing free agents in 2015 and figured Ferguson had few options other than to comply. Ferguson instead retired from football leaving a gaping hole in the Jets line. With no one on the roster to replace Ferguson, Maccagnan was forced to trade for Ryan Clady from Denver to fill the spot. Clady is scheduled to make $16 million over two years but has missed two of the last three seasons due to injury. Maccagnan now has a left tackle making about the same $ as his old player but who has been much less durable and after missing last year his playing ability is unknown. Plus Maccagnan had to use a fifth round pick to secure Clady (a clear loss of assets), so the whole escapade was a disaster. Muhammad Wilkerson – Is arguably the Jets best player and has been so for the last few years. He is a stalwart defender and a team leader on a defensive line which is one of the best in football. The Jets signed him earlier to a 5 year/ $86 million contract which guarantees him $53.5 million over 3 years. Wilkerson now is paid higher than J.J. Watt (which will change as soon as J.J. Watt wants it to) and averages more than $17 million a year. The Jets had been in negotiations with Wilkerson for almost three years and the stalemate had to be disconcerting to other players on the roster. This actually was a good signing; Wilkerson is 26, a standout player and still an ascending talent. The problem is, this gives the Jets two players who make more than $17 million a year and the other is Darrell Revis who is not worth that kind of money and a descending talent. Also Revis is scheduled to make over $15 million in 2018 and the Jets would accrue $8 million in dead money if they were to cut him. Revis is was a great player but when the Jets needed him most (in the last game of 2015) he was smoked by Sammy Watkins (11 rec/136 yards). Only one other team (KC) has two players making $17 million or more a year and one of them is Alex Smith, who is a QB, and starting QBs have the highest average salary in the NFL. Although signing Wilkerson was a good thing, along with the rest of the high spending on the Jet roster it severely limits what they can do to bring in players as FA this year and next. Ryan Fitzpatrick- Was the starting Jets QB last season and is adept in running offensive coordinator Chan Gailey’s system. Fitzpatrick came to the Jets in 2015 from Houston, competition for Geno Smith as the starting QB. Fitzpatrick was hurt (broken leg) the year before so Geno Smith received the majority of reps in OTA’s and training camp. A punch to the face and a broken jaw derailed Geno’s chances to be the Jets starter and Fitzpatrick took the reins and never looked back. Fitzpatrick was on the last year of his contract and made about $3.5 million in 2015. Maccagnan could (should) have added a year to Fitzpatricks contract when he first came to the Jets, considering he was not even brought in to be the starter the extra year would have been minimal. Now, Fitzpatrick is unsigned and it’s up in the air if he will even be with the team this year. Maccagnan’s neglect of Fitzpatrick has yet another team leader (to other Jet players) seemingly devalued by Jet management. Problem is that the Jets don’t even have enough cap space left ($3 million) to sign Fitzpatrick without releasing another asset. A brutal early schedule – The Jets play four of six games away from home to start the year, five of six coming against 2015 playoff teams. The only non-playoff team on the early schedule is Buffalo (who they lost to twice in 2015). Games at the Chiefs, home for Seattle, at Pittsburgh, and at Arizona would be a daunting four game stretch for any team, but maybe more so for a team with a question mark at QB and an aging roster. The offensive line – Is and has been a weak spot for the Jets for many years, they ranked 26th out of 32 O-lines per PFF in 2015. Nick Mangold is a solid top ten NFL center but is 32 and nearing the end of his career; Clady we discussed already and is an enigma entering training camp with no real replacement should he fail to return to form. James Carpenter was a real bright spot for the Jets at left guard after he came over from Seattle. Last year was his first he played without injury and the Jets will need him to be healthy again because there is little behind him on the depth chart. RG Brian Winters played better in 2015 than in previous years but was still mediocre at best. RT Breno Giacomini was a well below average player last year and really for his entire career. Behind this group there are no players with any real NFL experience and none of those players are highly thought of in the organization. The Jets have spent a scant few assets on their offensive line over the past number of years and it is painfully obvious that this could be a trouble spot in 2016. Maccagnan did trade a 2017 4th round pick to draft S. Carolina tackle Brandon Snell in the 5th round. Sadly, wasting a 2017 pick on a college lineman who was not highly thought of by most scouts is a bandaid attempt and a probable waste of a valuable draft pick, it shows no urgency to correct a glaring weakness. The Jets have been fortunate with few injuries to their O-line in the past few years, this year they may not be so lucky. The NFL draft- I have been very terse in my grading of the Jets drafts for many years (as have many others), something Mike Maccagnan was brought in to rectify. His 2015 draft was better but WR Devin Smith in the 2nd round was a head scratcher, it seemed like a poor allocation of resources (remember the Jets had only won 4 games the previous year). OT Rob Havenstein or OG A.J. Caan would look really good on this O-line right now. If you wanted defense, ILB Bendardrick McKinney could have learned from David Harris and DE Preston Smith would have been great for years creating QB pressure with 3rd round pick Lorenzo Mauldin. The Jets had already traded for Brandon Marshall and and signed Eric Decker the year before; the need was not there for a WR on a team with a lot of holes. The 2016 draft was as poor a draft as I have seen in some time and will adversely affect the Jets for years to come. This is just my opinion, but I have been scouting and covering the draft for the past 26 years and I struggle to understand the logic of many of these selections. The Jets picked Darron Lee in the first round and plan on making him an ILB but I just don’t see how. Watching Lee in college, he never played inside and is more of an ankle tackler than a big hitter. He is fast and they may use him as a hybrid type LB, but he was poor in coverage at Ohio State and in many occasions although he made plays, he was not even blocked on the play. Remember Lee pretty much played on an all-star team at OSU, they were defending national champs and destroyed most teams they played including Notre Dame. The Christian Hackenberg pick was a stunner, he was highly inaccurate in college and many scouts had him as a late round pick or undraftable. This pick (if it doesn’t work out) will be an albatross around the neck of Mike Maccagnan and will eventually lead to his downfall. The 3rd round pick of Jordan Jenkins was curious because the Jets had signed Jarvis Jenkins who is a similar player. Jordan Jenkins seems to be more of a 4-3 DE than a 3-4 OLB the Jets play, either way he is not the type of player who will put a lot of pressure on the QB, which is something the Jets need. It has been said you need to wait five years to grade a draft but I can assure you there is no silver lining in this dark cloud. To be honest I was one of the people who heralded the coming of Mike Maccagnan as Jets GM and thought his scouting insights would turn the fortunes of the Jets drafts; I was terribly wrong and I just hope his failures don’t destroy the career of a good man and young coach in Todd Bowles. Bowles had some hiccups in 2015 (which is to be expected) but overall appears to have the makings of a winner. I believe the Jets will struggle mightily this year and Maccagnan will have a least one more year to change his fortunes, he will have to do a complete 180 degree turnaround if he wishes to accomplish that feat. Free Agency- The Jets made some good moves (in the short term) and again some head scratching decisions for their future. [THE GOOD] After losing Chris Ivory to Jacksonville (who overpaid) the Jets signed Matt Forte, Khiry Robinson and re-signed Bilal Powell. All these signings were good moves and the Jets get the services of three capable 3-down back for the cost of what Jacksonville paid for Ivory. I thought the Jets did a decent job in the UDFA market (better then their draft) by picking up WR Robby Anderson (a speedster from Temple) and WR Jalin Marshall (a punt returner/slot receiver), P Tom Hackett (Utah) and K Ross Martin (Duke); the Jet special teams are near the worst in the NFL in 2015. [THE BAD] The Jets signed Jarvis Jenkins to a 2/year $6 million contract with $3 million guaranteed. Jarvis has been pretty much a bust since he was selected 41st overall by Washington in 2011. He has 6 sacks in 59 career games and is also poor against the run. He graded out as the 53rd ranked 3-4 DE out of 57 qualified players in 2016, also this signing negates a possible 4th round compensatory pick the Jets could have received in 2017 as compensation for the Ivory or ‘Snacks’ Harrison signing. Steve McLendon was signed to a $10.5 million, 3 year contract with $4 million guarenteed; McLendon is more of a DT rather than NT so he is questionable to replace ‘Snacks’. Good teams like the Patriots will sign players like these (not in high demand) after June 1st so it does not cancel any possible compensatory picks; had the the Jets done so they would probably had an extra 4th and 5th round pick in 2017. The Jets are a veteran team that is built to win now although they are not good enough to win now. They have a staunch defense with some overpaid players – Darrell Revis $17 million, David Harris $7.5 million, Buster Skrine $6.5 million (all contracts fully guaranteed for 2016) and a starting QB in Geno Smith who has has shown little in the past. They have a poor offensive line that is one injury away from disaster with no discernible young replacements in it’s future. Their entire offense in 2016 was built on Ryan Fitzpatrick (unsigned) and his cohesiveness with his receivers, the brute force running of Chris Ivory (gone to FA), the incredible play of Brandon Marshall (maybe 2 years from retirement) and Eric Decker (who had injury issues throughout 2014). They have no young skilled offensive players ready to take over for the veteran play makers or lineman. Devin Smith is the only young player with talent on the offensive roster; he is coming off of a severe knee injury and his return (considering speed was his #1 asset) to form is mired in uncertainty. With only $3 million in cap space (not enough to even sign Fitzpatrick), a division ruled by the Patriots (who look as strong as ever), with both Buffalo and Miami getting stronger in the offseason, and a brutal early schedule, the Jets look to take a step back in 2016. By Craig Sniffen| July 20th, 2016|0 Comments
  5. yeah, we dont start threads calling out other posters
  6. really? a golbat tattoo? call me when a chick with a marowak tat shows up.
  7. I have a feeling this one turns out bad. Sorry guys, but I have to lock it.
  8. Stubhub or NFL ticket exchange are your best bets. I also think the site has a partnership with a reputable ticket agency, but I will let @Maxman speak to that. Pricing depends on where you would like to sit. Tickets for approximately $50, (but can go as high as approximately $100 for face value) are pretty much always available in the Upper Deck. In the mezzanine and lower level you are looking at ticket prices starting at $130 (which is face value). You can always find tickets under face value in the lower levels though, you just have to look for them.
  9. I have high hopes for Lee and have been a fan of Henderson. He said it best, while they are competing for the position, the better each plays, the better it is for the team. I love that attitude from our players.
  10. Been in years past and with limited tickets available because there is only six days, I think I'm going to sit training camp out. Was always easier for me to go during the week, but I guess that won't happen this year. Oh well
  11. 100 percent legit. Here is a post from right after it happened.
  12. Cant wait until basketball is over. That means the return of BattleBots
  13. Thanks for the tips. I keep meaning to fire it up, but life gets in the way.
  14. get your own fryer