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About jason423

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  1. I think most people in Florham Park would also agree that Fitz is overpaid. They were stuck and more or less caved in at the last minute when they looked at the alternatives. It was pretty clear Fitzpatrick has no market when teams like the Browns and Broncos showed zero interest in him. The Jets viewed him all along as a $7M QB but were willing to guarantee him close to two years at that salary, which would have been top level backup money. He was unwilling to do that so they met somewhere in the middle and did the one year deal. This is an area where it would be nice if the Jets got a better identity. That goes for a lot of other teams too but it wasnt a good offseason for the Jets in terms of where they ended up with this deal and Mo's deal. You look at the Broncos and thats a hardline front office. Its a total departure from the Jets one. They set that tone years ago with the Dumervil deal and Tebow trade. It showed again this year when they went nowhere with Osweiler and refused to budge on more than $7Mish a year for Colin Kaepernick. They were willing to go with Mark Sanchez or a low level QB rather than overspend on the position. I get why the Jets did it but if you are willing to do the deal do it early. It avoids all the distractions of the offseason and doesnt make you look like you caved at the last second on a contract.
  2. The Jets didnt have the cap space to fit a $12M charge without redoing other deals. So they did the funny money void year trick in which they technically sign a two year contract to allow the $10M signing bonus to prorate over two seasons. To void the second season all Fitzpatrick has to do is be on the roster in February and the contract yer for 2017 vanishes leaving the jets with $5M in dead money. His $12M contract is the lowest salary for a veteran starter who was penciled in to start upon signing, but is more than all the rookie contract or Brian Hoyer types
  3. I agree with most of this and even wrote something similar recently but the Jets expected to be further ahead in their development than where they are now. They still arent getting much out of their drafts. Williams is fine but the impact isnt great because they had two other players on the line who were productive. Lee seems like hell be fine. Outside of that there is nobody that looks like a starter and really not many that even look like they will be key reserves let alone a pro bowl quality player. While the team is trying to compete and rebuild the lack of impact from the draft more or less has the Jets in the same spot as when he took the job- keep your fingers crossed that you can sign 5 or 6 free agents and they somehow play cohesively from day 1 while draft picks develop.
  4. I dont think my viewing is down, but the game itself is a poor product right now. The lack of pratices allowed in the summer has really killed the game. Since nobody plays in the preseason it takes teams a good 4 games now to really get their feet under them. Its just too long. The over-officiating has killed the flow of the games as well. The defensive holds and DPI is off the charts. I think the lack of talent on offensive lines and refusal to use a run game has hurt teams inside the red zone. Its much harder to run these offenses inside 10 yards going shotgun and 5 wide and we see settling for field goals after rifling down the field. I think the NFL also suffers from lack of the star QB right now. The NFL is generally at its most popular when you have QBs that dominate and you market around them. Right now were more in that 90s era when the 80s stars like Marino, Montana, Elway, etc...walked off into the sunset and what we had was Young and Aikman (Young being on the older side and Aikman not long for the NFL) and Favre as really the only younger guy. You then had a nice run of players starting with Manning and Brady and probably ending with Rodgers in the 2005 draft. Its that group that really carried the NFL for a decade and helped it grow. The NFL has failed to hit like that since then. They certainly have not gotten a 2004 draft class. Andrew Luck has yet to develop into a real elite player and likely wont. Matt Ryan is a nice player but has had a ton of ups and downs. Russell Wilson needs to have a big number season to take the next step. Flaccos just a guy. Stafford puts up some numbers but never wins. Bradford wins at the game of contracts. Cam has talent, but hes not a great passer and his style may not make him long for the NFL. Maybe Derek Carr will get there. Maybe Winston will get there. Naybe Wentz or Prescott will be the guy. But the league needs an influx of talent at the QB position not a league full of Ryan Tannehill types.
  5. The team itself isnt very good. We're going to have some holes next year to fill and a lot of cutting to do. Realistically I only see Hack and Petty as the only two options unless the team tanks so bad they can draft another QB this year.
  6. You can only use the short term on 1 player so you would never use that on a 4th QB. The other thing is that it would have likely opened the Jets up to an investigation since it was already being suggested by some media who dont really know the rules to stash Petty. You have to prove a major injury that will keep a player out for at least 6 weeks in order to use the IR process.
  7. I dont think the Mo deal did anything for or against the Fitzpatrick contract. They gave themselves the room to sign him but not so much room that they can ask for anything excessive. When you get into the Jets 2017 cap they have so much flexibility that its not a real concern. If the Jets really planned on having a majority of these players back on the team in 2017 they would have restructured them this year to have the cap room for Fitzpatrick and other free agents. The Jets are being very cautious with their approach to their contracts this year because if they went all in and the team stunk they are locked into an old and bad team in 2017. Instead they will just ride the season out and make that decision about 2017 in 2017. If thing go well this year, with or without Fitzpatrick, they can extend these guys for lots of cap room. If they go bad they slice and dice the roster apart and move on from the Mangold's and Harris' of the team. The Fitzpatrick offer has a lot to do with having flexibility. The Jets know there is a good chance hell be a backup in 2017 They want his pay to reflect that possibility. Fitz has no real financial end game. If the Jets really did offer him $12M thats probably $8M more than ayone else would give him. They also know from watching him last year and getting to know him that he wants to play. Hes never been like a Chad Henne or Matt Moore that could probably have found a team to give them a shot but didnt take it. They were content in that role. The Jets are the only team giving him that starting opportunity from day 1.
  8. Decker sees the writing on the wall for himself if Fitzpatrick isnt around this year. This is a potential free agent season for him given his contract and he knows his numbers will go down the tubes again with Geno/Hackenberg as QB. Decker already got dinged as a byproduct receiver when he came to the Jets which may not have been completely fair, but it is what it is. So there is a vested interest in the Jets bringing back Fitzpatrick. Really this applies to most vets on the team, all of whom are in danger if the Jets make the turn to rebuilding with a younger roster.
  9. The Jets are not really in cap hell. If they go in and redo a bunch of deals they will be there though. They are trying to prevent that IMO. Sperm is pretty much spot on about why the money is as limited as it is. The Cro and Revis deals I think either came from above or were known to be deals to excite Woody. The Jets fanbase was beaten down by Idzik and Revis/Cro were two of those guys at the front of that. It was basically making things right. Both deals are way over priced. Revis did the free agent walk the year before and found the Pats at $12M. Cro played better in Arizona than NY, but there is no reason to jump from like $3 to $8. Nobody in the NFL would have given him close to that which is why he is unemployed now. Anyway Revis is the deal they have to be careful with. They cant be locked in on 2017 at this point. Hes not good enough to justify the full salary. Redoing his deal down will lock that in.
  10. I thik both guys are right about the difficulties with the move. That said I cant justify paying Fergsuon $10M next year at a $14M cap charge. He has leverage in that the Jets have no viable solution to replace him, but if Im the Jets I have to take the risk and cut him and work from there. Just because you cut Ferguson it doesnt meant you cant bring him back. It just means you feel strong in your offer to him and that he wont find a better one elsewhere. If they cut him his cap would be $5M dead, a savings of $9M. When he doesnt find a home you offer him $4M-$5M you get your $4-5M cap savings and all future prorated money off the books for the future. But I think the Jets are going to have to make him test the market to agree to a deal that makes sense. If they guess wrong and he finds a home then you go to the Donald Penns of the world or offer a Ryan Clady type whose goig too get cut, the incentive filled package. You cant get emotional over the name of the player. This is a big reason why a team like NE is always so good. They would have traded a guy like Ferguson two years ago for a draft pick.
  11. The Jets came into the game expecting the Bills to just roll over since the season was over for them. Once they hit the Jets the team wasnt ready for it. The Jets thought this was going to be a coronation and instead it was a war and they didnt have an answer. The Bills were faster, smarter, and played stronger. Its as bad a regular season loss I can recall since the 90s. The pass to Watkins where he juggled the ball and got a big gain summed up the day. Revis got beat, saw the safety coming and slowed down. Safety whiffs and now Revis has to catch up. That type of play should never happen but it summed up the Jets day. Very disappointed in the teams effort and the coaches performance. Bowles had zero faith in his defense and offense choosing to just go into the half without a fight. He has to get better at managing the clock and next year he better not get caught up in the Revis name on the back of the jersey. These young guys really did well against Revis all season. You cant go with the island approach anymore. Their approach to Watkins allowed the Bills to control the whole pace of the game and dominate time of possession. Just a brutal effort.
  12. About the only logic to the decision was Belichick wanted to simply challenge his defense in what was virtually a meaningless game for them. From a football perspective there is no reason to spin it as a smart decision. If any coach besides Belichick does it people dont even think twice about saying how bad a choice it was. They put themselves in a position where you can lose the game, not only on the first score but on the first "sudden death" possession if both teams go 0-0 or 3-3 on the first series. It was just a strange set of calls by NE all day. They were so passive at the end of the first half and end of game. I mean if you are going to play for a FG why not use your time out early at the end and give yourself about 50 seconds and a timeout to get a FG try instead of kicking off. It was about as bad a job Ive ever seen him do all game.
  13. Id imagine he would be looking at a two year deal between $5.5 and $7 million per season. Jets would be the team to pay the most.
  14. I dont expect him to take a paycut. With all the money hes made I tend to think hell follow suit of some other older tackles that just retire rather than getting into the contract stuff .Jets are in a bit of a bind because they dont really have anyone to cover for him yet either. I still bang my head into the wall on the Harris signing. Cro a bit as well.
  15. Bowles was awful in the last 4 or so minutes of the game and I think was just lost in the moment, but there was no issue with coaching much before that. I thought the Jets came in with a solid gameplan and used some pretty unexpected players to try to catch NE off guard. The Jets did great tackling the receivers as soon as they caught the ball which is always big against New England. That probably helped with causing some of the drops too because usually these guys drag with nobody around them for a few yards.They didnt do a great job adjusting to the Patriots halftime changes, specifically Amendola being used more late. But I cant pin that loss on coaching. If Marshall catches that ball its probably a different result and that has nothing to do with Bowles. The Patriots are just a better team. Their receiving core meshes perfectly with Brady and Bradys style negates just about any pass rush unless you have one of those elite type edge rushers. They have run this bend but dont break defense for about 12 years now and teams always get stalled out by it.