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  1. When was the last time a franchised player didn't sign their contract and sat out an entire season? Wilkerson is and always was going to be a Jet this season. Fitzpatrick's presence on this team was much more questionable. If reports are to be trusted, the Jets set a deadline and Fitzpatrick showed up to sign the offer on the table at the last minute. It's really quite simple. The job was Geno's until the day Fitzpatrick was signed. He worked hard all offseason, did everything he could to impress the coaching staff and his teammates, then got usurped the day before camp by a guy who has been MIA all year. If he didn't get a little pissed off, I would have to question his competitive nature and drive to be a professional football player. It's human nature. In any case, I'm done talking about the feelings of the backup quarterback, which in my opinion are completely understandable and expected.
  2. Every competitor playing a sport at a professional level should be pissed off when someone takes their spot. Perhaps there are exceptions for players at the tail end of their careers who know that they are there for experience and mentoring reasons. And your question is a false equivalency. Which player lost their starting spot because of the Mo signing? Mo was going to be here under the franchise tag anyway.
  3. He has every right to be pissed off. He's been here all offseason, putting in the work, and his opportunity to start was just swept away by someone brought in at the last minute. If he wasn't pissed off, that would speak volumes about him as a competitor. He simply needs to hang in there and continue to work hard. Make it impossible for the coaches to ignore you this summer. Your next opportunity could be just a snap away. You never know when your number is going to be called again.
  4. I agree with the original poster, and the board was basically unreadable for stretches of the offseason. Almost every topic was about Fitzpatrick and/or Geno, and we had the same handful of posters making the same arguments over and over going in circles. When people spend most of their lives on a message board, quality over quantity goes out the window. In any case, I believe this is simply the nature of message boards, and not much can be done to avoid it other than the community as a whole actively working toward keeping topics and discussions as fresh as possible. I'm just glad the offseason is over and we can finally start talking about real football. Believe it or not, there is more to this team than just the quarterback position.
  5. Geno is a decent quality backup quarterback with starting experience, a cheap contract, and knowledge of the system. Unless Hackenberg and/or Petty impresses in a very big way over the next few weeks, Geno is not going anywhere this season.
  6. The Jets have allowed this situation to fester for far too long. A player of Fitzpatrick's caliber is simply not worth all of the uncertainty and drama that is currently plaguing this team. It's time to move on and see what the three young quarterbacks can do with a good supporting cast around them. I hope Geno runs with this opportunity and never looks back. Personally, I think he'll be just fine.
  7. The premise that Fitzpatrick is some kind of a victim in this situation is laughable. The Jets put a very generous offer on the table for a journeyman quarterback who has been largely viewed as mediocre at best throughout his career. He already got his big contract from the Bills and failed miserably. Are the Jets ready to make the same mistake? In my opinion, Mac should have taken the offer off the table after Hackenberg was drafted. The Jets have three young quarterbacks on the roster who need to be evaluated and prepared as the future of the franchise. I agree with Casserly that Geno is simply not that much of a drop off from Fitzpatrick.
  8. The NFL is a league of parity where the middle 60% of teams are essentially even. It all comes down to the overall health of the players on your roster during the season and getting the bounces which so often decide a win vs. a loss in each individual game. In this age of fantasy football, so much attention is given to the offense. People seem to forget that 3 of the last 4 Superbowls were won primarily due to a strong defense. The Jets defense should be among the best in league this year. The schedule argument is getting so tiresome. There isn't a single team in the league that the Jets can't compete with and beat. They are going into year 2 of new systems on both offense and defense, and they have a good mix of experienced vets and young talent on both sides of the ball. The Jets hit their stride in the final half of last season when they started to look like a legitimate Superbowl contender. I see no reason why they can't continue this trend heading into this season. Players like Marshall, Forte, Decker, Mangold, Wilkerson, Richardson, and Revis are going to make this team tough to beat for any opponent.
  9. You may be right, but it's certainly not set in stone. Football replaced baseball as the top sport in the US in a matter of decades. It's bound to change again at some point. With all of the player health concerns in football coming to the forefront in recent years, there could be a meaningful decline in talent in the coming decades as kids and parents choose safer sports from a young age.
  10. With a 401K account, you should be in it for the long haul. Short term fluctuations are meaningless. Continue your contributions as usual, and let dollar cost averaging work in your favor.
  11. Well said. It's in everyone's best interest to make this transition as smooth as possible. It's very likely that all involved nations are going to work together to keep the terms of existing trade agreements in place. As usual, we are seeing the media run with doom and gloom, sensationalist nonsense. I bought this dip, and I'll buy the next one if the markets continue downward.
  12. With players like Sudfeld and Milliner, it's not a matter of if they will get hurt, but when. Players with such extensive injury histories rarely last in the NFL. When you are going up against the best of the best, your body needs to stay in or near peak physical shape. If you lose a step, you are done.
  13. It will be tough to match such a good statistical season for the pair of recievers, but they can certainly repeat it regardless of the quarterback. They were the feature players in an offense designed around their strengths. There is no reason to believe Gailey will be making any big changes following a top 10 season.
  14. Time will tell, but I have high hopes for Lee. Bowles has used players with his type of skill set very well in the past. He's fast, young, a top notch athlete, and has a great nose for the football. It's going to be very fun watching Pryor and Lee flying around on the field together for years to come.
  15. I am a big Decker fan, but this is disappointing. The OTAs are voluntary, and I would be shocked if the protest continues when mandatory camp begins. I bet Marshall is in the same boat whether he admits it publicly or not.