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  1. This article was written back in March, but I only saw today. When Pace came here, I thought he would be a 10-15 sack guy. I think most jet fans judge Pace based solely on his amount of sacks. After reading this, I feel more at ease on the Pace extension. If you think about the amount of sacks last year, knowing Pace’s responsibility, directly shows our excellent defensive line. Last year, it seemed like the defense was on the field 75% of the time, because of our terrible offence. If our offence improves, it is scary to think what our defense will do with less time on the field. This team should be fun to watch. http://www.jetsinsider.com/blogs/christopher_nimbley/?p=3378 The Importance of Calvin Pace Explained by Bart Scott While John Idzik continues to get criticized for “missing” on free agent targets that he didn’t actually miss on as much as he wasn’t willing to be the highest bidder on, many of Idzik’s smart aquistions continue to fly under the radar. Locking up for Folk was smart, but it’s a kicker so it’s hard to get too excited about, letting Austin Howard go to replace him with Breno Giacomini for less money was another smart move, but the move that seems to be getting overlooked the most was the re-signing of Calvin Pace for two-years and $5 million. Pace’s true value and impact on this Jets defense has been overlooked and misunderstood his entire time here, this is not an uncommon thing amongst linebackers as you’re soon to read, when Pace signed a six-year $42 million contract with the Jets in 2008 misguided fans expected double-digit sacks from him every year. Fans wanted tangible numbers they could point to in the stat sheet to gauge his impact, problem is football doesn’t work like that. Stats are almost meaningless by themselves, there’s too many varibles that no one outside the team can account for and the way defenses are structured tend to help some guys pad their stats while other guys do the dirty work and free up their stat compiling teammates. JetsInsider caught up with former Jet linebacker Bart Scott and had him explain just how vital Calvin Pace is to this defense. (JetsInsider.com Photo) No need to take a writer’s word for it though because JetsInsider.com caught up with former Jet linebacker Bart Scott who has been staying in shape for his new gig as an anaylst for CBS by working out at TEST Parisi Football Academy in Martinsville, New Jersey. The TEST Parisi Football Academy trains NFL hopefuls as they prepare for the combine/pro day and also helps train current NFL players to stay in shape during the offseason. Scott explained that he doesn’t think people understand just how vital Pace is to what Rex Ryan likes to do on defense, he railed against the idea of using stats to measure a player’s impact and explained, in great detail, that Pace’s responsibilities exceed the grasp of most fans. “Yeah, they (average fans) don’t know, they don’t know. Compare him (Pace) to Adalius Thomas because that’s the position he’s playing, Terrell Suggs was the rush, he got to do what he wanted to. That’s why he could go underneath and nobody cares, people cover for him.” Scott said, “But the SAM doesn’t have that freedom because the SAM is usually responsible for getting a jam on the tight end, then rush. How are you going to get off the ball, you hitting the tight end and the tackle gets a chance to step back and he’s already waiting for you? “They don’t understand, they don’t get it. He has very few opportunities to really rush the passer, Barnes, Coples those guys just go. (Barnes) You can tell he has no responsibility by the first two steps, he comes in like a wild man, but with Calvin it’s always read steps.” Read steps means the linebacker has to work his way through reads and be responsible for setting the edge, taking on blockers to free up teammates, coverage on tight end/slot receiver and then after all that he can shoot for the rush. It’s very similar to the way a quarterback has to work through his reads, first target, second target, third, still not there, okay it’s check down time and for Pace most of the time his responsibility means rushing the passer is his check down. “Right and we’re going through our read progressions, but people don’t realize that.” Scott said. “The easiest thing to get in this game is numbers, but who are you willing to screw over to get numbers. Now Calvin could get a lot of sacks if he screws over the inside linebacker because what happens is if every time he just shoots up every time, the one time where he gets up the field and it’s a draw or pass and this guy, who is a tackle, has leverage on the inside linebacker and can seal him inside, he’s screwing over the linebacker because now he’s (the linebacker) doing that (and) he’s (the tackle) not even going to block he’s just going to come earhole the inside linebacker.” Scott said, “The fullback would seal Calvin and it would create an alley and the backside linebacker is not going to be able to get over the top because this guy’s going to block the other backer with him. “See what happens now is Calvin does his job, David (Harris) gets over the top, now the backside guy, which was usually me, I got to beat the guard or the center. Because usually I’m the weak side, a lot of times unless it’s a weak side run where I got to go hit the fullback or guard, these guys always have the angle on me. They never really have the angle on the Mike (Harris is the Mike linebacker) because the Mike is lined up over the guard. So he doesn’t have an angle to seal me, he can come up and get me, but David can come here and go here and it’s easy. Meanwhile, I’m here and I’m going here, you always got an angle with me. I always got to come over, hit the guard, try to straighten him up and cross his face. It’s like someone trying to run this way and someone’s like ‘yeah, come one’ because he’s 300 lbs. So, of course this guy (the SAM or WILL) isn’t going to get as many tackles because this guy (the Mike) is going to get to the ball first because there’s nobody to block him.” Which is why Scott thinks it’s so important that the Jets re-signed Pace. Scott says it’s easy to find guys who can be turned loose and just rush the passer or run straight to the ball, but finding players willing to mix it up, do the heavy-lifting/dirty work and take on multiple responsibilities knowing he’ll receive more blame and less glory than he deserves for the sake of the team are much harder to find. “He has to drop in coverage, they’re responsible to draw blocks and set the edge. Rushing is secondary for them, that’s why they’re named SAM (linebacker) and rush (linebacker). Rush is to rush, SAM is more responsibility, be a spy on the quarterback and their job is to keep everything inside, unless they have sub down, which is basically for them to create a short edge for an outside blitzer.” Scott said, “So the fact that Calvin got 10 sacks is amazing, because when Adalius (Thomas) was having 13 (sacks) and leading the league his were from blitzing. His were from standing up and running blitzes. “So, that position isn’t meant to get a lot of sacks unless he’s blitzing, Calvin doesn’t do a lot of blitzing. Adalius used to line up at safety and blitz, Adalius used to line up in certain positions where he had a free rush, where he could have liberty to go inside or outside. And a lot of these people know that within that system, because so many people have come from that system, they know his job is to contain so they play to that fact. That allows the tackles to sit inside because they know he’s not coming underneath, because he can’t.” Of course it’s still Ryan’s defensive system, but Scott said the system has changed a bit because the strength of the team is the defensive line now and that gives Pace more freedom to just make plays because the defensive line is occupying so much of the offensive line’s attention. “I think last year, because the strength was the d-line, he has more ability and more freedom to rush the passer. Where he can rush and not have any regard for contain, his job was just to get to the rusher, that’s few and far between in that position. People have to understand the system, if you think about the system Tamba Hali and Justin Houston (in Kansa City), they play more of a switch WILL position, where they allow them to blitz and the inside linebackers do a lot of the dropping and Eric Berry drops down.” Scott said, “So, within Rex’s system, the way he interprets it, he uses Calvin, that’s why it was so vital for them to sign him back. Not because of his pass rushing, but they signed him back because he’s the only one who can do the athletic things, draw two blockers and then drop for a three receiver hook or go slash in-between the slot receiver and play the outside, if he runs a press out which allows a guy coming into the box to take the in-cut.” Scott doesn’t think the Jets need to draft a young outside linebacker to start grooming saying, “Well they don’t have to because they’re pretty much set at that spot. You got Coples, you got him (Pace) and you got Barnes coming back.” When asked if he thinks Pace has another two years left in the tank he said, “Oh yeah, Calvin takes care of his body very well. Calvin eats cauliflower and all that, he’s like a rabbit. You’ll never see Calvin eating anything bad so, two years, the thing about that job is at worst all he has to do is set the edge and stay outside and when his guy blocks down, hit the pulling guard. Those types of jobs you can do forever, because they’ll use Barnes and the other guys to do the athletic stuff because no matter what, no matter how old he gets, he can always be athletic for that position. It’s not like he’s Demarcus Ware trying to drop down in space or something like that so, it’s not that hard of an adjustment because Calvin’s actually a skinny guy. Even though he’s like 250-255, he’s skinny. His weight is high, but that’s because he’s tall. So he’ll always be able to run, like Jason Taylor no matter how old he got he’ll always be able to run.” We’ll have much more from the conversation with Scott in the next couple of days (going to have to draw up some diagrams to be able to really get into all the X’s and O’s of what he talked about), but as a former linebacker who was asked to do the heavy-lifting for the good of his teammates despite it not being good for his numbers he knows not only is that role extremely important and harder to find a fit for, but it’s also a role where the player’s true impact gets lost on the average fan. Pace is 33-years-old, but getting to play behind this defensive line is his fountain-of-youth so, don’t expect his play to suddenly drop off. “But a guy like Calvin because he’s so light and limber he’ll always be able to do stuff like that.” Scott said, “Calvin could play that position forever.”
  2. From the NY Times http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/18/sports/football/third-pick-gives-jets-an-unofficial-coach.html?partner=rssnyt&emc=rss&_r=2&utm_content=buffera6e58&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer Third Pick Gives Jets an Unofficial Coach By BEN SHPIGEL MAY 17, 2014 Photo From left, Calvin Pryor, the Jets’ No. 1 pick in the draft, Dexter McDougle and Jeremy Reeves during rookie camp on Friday. Credit Julie Jacobson/Associated Press Continue reading the main story Continue reading the main story Share This Page email facebook twitter save more Continue reading the main story FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — The play that ruined Dexter McDougle’s senior season at Maryland did not ruin his life. It dislocated his right shoulder and fractured his scapula and ended his collegiate career and, for a few hours, sent his world tumbling down, as he put it. But he did not pout, and he did not sulk, and he did not withdraw from his teammates, who needed him as much he needed them. The Jets decided to select McDougle, a cornerback, in the third round of the N.F.L. draft for several reasons — his speed, his ball skills, his versatility — but also, in part, because of the events set in motion by that play, a diving tackle last Sept. 14 at Connecticut. They praised his instincts, how at the snap of the ball, McDougle knew to abandon his receiver and zip toward the right flat, where he upended the tight end for a minimal gain. Terry Bradway, the senior director of college scouting, said that McDougle rated the smartest among the cornerbacks who visited the team before the draft. Photo McDougle sustained a season-ending injury in Maryland’s third game of 2013. Credit Patrick Semansky/Associated Press The Jets also admired McDougle’s reaction to the aftermath, how he spent the next three and a half months, his arm in a sling, acting as a player-coach. He attended every practice, where he would demonstrate proper technique to his replacements. He attended every film session, where he would offer tips to his fellow defensive backs. He attended every game, where he would sit in the coaches’ booth, wearing a headset and with binoculars at the ready, to chart plays and relay observations to the sideline. “He was still playing every play in the games,” Maryland Coach Randy Edsall said in a telephone interview. “He just wasn’t out there physically doing it.” To McDougle, doing anything else felt unnatural, and wrong. Since his freshman year at Stafford High School in Falmouth, Va., he had been policing teammates, demanding excellence and accountability, and acting otherwise would have been insincere. If they complained about doing wind sprints, he would admonish them — and then finish first every time, backing up his words. In the weight room, he would chide anyone sitting down. Those who blew a coverage, or showed up tardy, or dared not work as hard, and for as long, risked a rebuke from McDougle. “We’re here to work,” McDougle said Friday, when the Jets opened their rookie minicamp. “I’ve never had any other mind-set.” One day at Maryland, after some teammates failed to make it through a conditioning session, he addressed them. “You want to win the A.C.C.?” he said to them. “How do you expect to be champions if you can’t finish a workout?” He expected so much, of his teammates and of himself, because he knew what it felt like not to play, and he hated it. A hand injury cut short McDougle’s junior season at Stafford, limiting the game film that prospective colleges could view. He played cornerback and safety, running back and receiver, even quarterback in the Wildcat formation, and then, all of a sudden, he could play none. Many programs stopped chasing him, but others maintained their pursuit. South Carolina and Virginia Tech viewed him as a slot receiver, and every now and then, McDougle said he wished he still played on offense, only because he loves running with the ball so much. Continue reading the main story Continue reading the main story Advertisement A former teammate of his at Stafford, Christian Woelfel-Monsivais, said McDougle was as elusive on the field as he was in the gym, where on Thursdays, they played what their coach, Chad Lewis, called trash-can football. The objective for each side was to toss the ball in a can without being tagged by an opponent. It got physical, heated, nasty. “He wasn’t the one who checked people,” Woelfel-Monsivais said. “He was the one who got away from everybody, like a little rabbit.” Only one college, though, recruited him as a cornerback, McDougle said: Maryland. As a redshirt freshman, he missed the Terrapins’ bowl game after breaking his clavicle in a motor-scooter accident. By his senior year, he was thriving again, intercepting three passes in his first three games, returning one 49 yards for a touchdown at Connecticut. On the next series, McDougle lay writhing at the Maryland 37. Edsall said to himself, “Things like this shouldn’t happen to a guy like that.” For the rest of the season, McDougle was perhaps the most vocal member of the team. Because, he said, he did not want his teammates to think he felt deflated, or to feel bad for him. In 15 years as a head coach, Edsall had never seen a player of his act so selflessly, and so he wanted to honor him. But how? On the night of the football banquet last December, only Edsall and the program’s director of operations, Fran Foley, knew how that honor would be bestowed. As the awards were presented, McDougle was a little disappointed because there were a few he thought he deserved. And then Edsall, without mentioning the name of the recipient, started speaking about a player who devoted himself to his team and his teammates. Edsall started to cry. So did McDougle. The crowd — players, coaches, family members, about 350 people in all — rose as one. The crowd stood to applaud the winner of the inaugural Dexter McDougle Ultimate Team Player Award. Hard to not like our draft. When have we seen so much character drafted with so much potential for the Jets. I cannot wait for the season to begin...
  3. Chad Young. Watch this video. Maybe he could be our fullback.
  4. East to root for a man chasing his dreams!!! http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nfl-shutdown-corner/nfl-hopeful-rashid-williams-gives-job-lives-van-153254664--nfl.html?soc_src=mediacontentstory . (Photo by Kristian Dyer) At a time when most draft prospects are trading up their cars, NFL hopeful Rashid Williams recently traded in his luxury sedan for a minivan. He's heard the jokes and the zingers from the other players training at TEST Parisi Football Academy in Martinsville, N.J., including that he drives a “soccer mom mobile.” But his minivan is more than a set of wheels to take him to his combine training every day. He also lives in it. Williams is homeless by choice. For most NFL draft prospects, sacrifices are to be expected as they ready for the combine and their individual Pro Days; for Williams, his ambition has taken him so far as to empty his life savings to train for the NFL draft. This decision now means that he lives out of his van to pursue this goal. He is far from your typical athlete readying for a shot at an NFL payday. He ran track at Division II Holy Family in Philadelphia and never played college football. Then after college, he went through a series of jobs before he enrolled at Penn State to get his MBA. He's smart with a good sense of humor and a tremendous belief in himself, very much an All-American type. When he smiles, so does everyone else in the room. This past fall at 26 years old, he decided to be gung-ho for his NFL dream after two tryouts with indoor football teams. He believes through hard work he can make it. But that belief that he can change himself from a track standout into an NFL player meant leaving his comfortable job as a sales representative at Frito Lay, a decision he said “wasn't easy because I enjoyed working there.” He moved out of his apartment in the Harrisburg, PA area and emptied his life savings that he had earmarked for a down payment on his first house. On the surface, it all seems incredibly risky and perhaps a bit crazy, especially since he last played competitive football in high school. He enrolled at the TEST Parisi Football Academy in northern New Jersey for their combine prep program. With his life packed in his trunk, the three-hour drive from central Pennsylvania took him to a facility that has produced the likes of Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco, Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson and New York Jets linebacker Demario Davis among dozens of other NFL players. Unlike the other players prepping for the draft, there is no agent to pay for his combine training and all expenses come out of his pocket. With his life savings “pretty much” cleared out, he sold his new car to buy a used minivan. It is in that minivan where he now sleeps at night. “It is a sacrifice for sure, but I knew that putting myself through this program would be worth it in the end. Housing wasn't included in the fee I paid,” Williams told Yahoo Sports. “So I traded in my car for this minivan. I eat in it, sleep in it. I park it overnight at nearby hotel so that I am safe. "No one has bothered me yet. I've stayed in a hotel parking lot, a Walmart parking lot, a gym parking lot. I've gotten used to it.” The northeast has been struck by a deep-freeze this new year, with night temperatures routinely dropping into the single digits and 18 inches of snow expected this week in Martinsville. Williams sleeps in the back seat of his van with multiple layers of sweatpants and sweatshirts on. He huddles underneath three blankets to stay warm. He reads at night to keep his mind off the cold. His body has acclimated to the cold temperatures he says; after six weeks of the lifestyle it has become his new norm. He eats a lot of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches as well as consuming protein drinks. As for creature comforts, there are none. He just wants to not freeze at night. A wet towel from his shower at the gym last night hangs over the seat and snacks are piled up in a container on his passenger seat. A book on personal training sits on the seat. A duffle bag filled with his recent laundry is on the floor in the storage area. He stays at a local Panera or a library sometimes until closing time, just to soak up the warmth and access to electricity. Then when their lights go off, he slides open the door of the minivan to try and get some sleep. It is a long way's away from a promising career in the business world, but it is a sacrifice he is willing to make. There's always the threat of someone trying to rob him, so he tries to stay under the covers and do his best at getting some sleep. One of eight children, Williams is hoping to support his mother – his father passed away a couple years ago - and his siblings with an NFL contract. He knows that on the surface it all sounds silly, a bit Quixotic in a way. He didn't play college football and while he has worked out regularly the last few years, he doesn't have the game-tape many of the other prospects at the TEST facility can claim. In early November, he asked himself the question “Why not?” with regards to pursuing this dream of being in the NFL. A month later, he was in New Jersey to check out the program at TEST Sports Clubs and sign up for it. A month after that, the funds for what was supposed to be part of his down payment on a future home were sunk into the combine program. By day, he's learning the game. Not surprising, he's among one of the first ones at the TEST facility in the morning, perhaps to escape the cold of a long night in the minivan. He has gotten bigger and stronger during this whole process and he spends his lunch break with the other players, learning the basics of a game he hasn't played since high school. If someone is willing to play catch with him and have him run routes, he's out there with them. Every moment he hopes, brings him a step closer to being able to support his family. He said that the facility has helped him grow as a player and he has already put on muscle during his few weeks in New Jersey. “I would never say that it wasn't worth it. Whenever I have doubts, I try to keep a positive mind. I don't want this to all go to waste. I try to stay positive,” Williams said. “I haven't thought about asking for help because I don't want this to be wasted. I appreciate the opportunity just to do this. I ask myself, 'Why not?' and I know someday it will be worth it.” View gallery . (Photo by Kristian Dyer) - - - Kristian R. Dyer covers the Jets for Metro New York and also contributes to Yahoo Sports. He can be followed for news and random tweetings on Twitter @KristianRDyer
  5. http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/01/25/revis-now-100-percent-expects-2014-to-be-better-than-2013/ Revis now 100 percent, expects 2014 to be better than 2013 Posted by Michael David Smith on January 25, 2014, 10:51 AM EST AP Buccaneers cornerback Darrelle Revis expects to be better in 2014 than he was in 2013. Although Revis started all 16 games last season, he wasn’t completely healthy after missing most of 2012 with a torn ACL. But Revis says he is completely healthy now, and he thinks he’ll look this year like he did the last time he made it through a season healthy, in 2011. “I’m 100 percent, man,” Revis told JoeBucsFan.com. “I feel real great. You know, through the course of the year it got stronger week to week. And I’m just trying to continue to improve and get back to where I used to play great ball.” Asked if Buccaneers fans can expect him to be better this year, Revis answered, “Yes they can. Yes they can.” If Revis really is all the way back in 2014, then new coach Lovie Smith may have inherited the best cornerback in the NFL. The good news is we may be getting a thrid round pick...
  6. Finally something good Jason La Canfora @JasonLaCanfora Jets have signed Josh Cribbs, who worked out for them a few weeks back 2m TV / Radio Personality Reply Retweet Favorite
  7. K Brett Maher, Nebraska: His agent says the Jets signed him to a 3 year contract, maybe he is more than a tryout player. Maher’s agent, Robert Roche, told PFT that Maher has signed a three-year deal with the Jets. Brett Maher continued Nebraska's long line of outstanding kickers and punters over the past two seasons. Maher completed his Husker career in 2012, and he left a significant mark in the NU record book with his performance the past two seasons. A Kearney native, Maher was one of five former walk-ons who were awarded a scholarship for the 2012 season. Maher made 20-of-27 field goals, while connecting on all 59 of his PAT attempts. His 20 field goals as a senior are second on the NU season chart, bettering his 2011 total by one. Maher scored 119 points to set a Nebraska record for most points scored in a season by a kicker. He ranked third overall in the Big Ten in scoring and first among kickers. In 2012, Maher had four games with three field goals, giving him six games with three or more field goals in his career. He also connected on three field goals beyond 50 yards this season, giving him six career field goals of at least 50 yards. Maher's efforts as a kicker earned him first-team All-Big Ten honors for the second straight season and also the Bakken-Andersen Big Ten Kicker-of-the-Year Award for the second straight season. Maher also handled the punting duties the past two seasons and averaged 41.8 yards per punt in 2012. He placed 18 punts inside the opponent 20, while also booming 17 punts of at least 50 yards. He was a second-team All-Big Ten choice as a punter by the coaches. Maher also handled kickoff duties and had 57 touchbacks in 96 kickoffs in 2012. Saw this from tweets, @danhoppen : Former #Huskers kicker Brett Maher made 14 of his 15 kicks at the NFL Combine. Nice showing by him, should be one of the first kickers taken 2 months 17 days ago
  8. Didn´t Rex make a negative comment about Norv this season? Seems like I remember that. Norv can go to Dallas, Why would he want to come Ny withour QB situation? Now if the new GM could bring him here with him, I would be all for that, as long as we find a QB
  9. Manish Mehta ‏@MMehtaNYDN LaRon Landry just popped Bilal Powell. Ouch nish Mehta ‏@MMehtaNYDN Antonio Cromartie looks at fan holding poster "Cromartie 2nd best receiver" and laughs. "I like the poster!" he screams. #nyj 19m Manish Mehta ‏@MMehtaNYDN Love Laron Landry's feistiness. He's giving Chaz Schilens an earful. #nyj
  10. Jenny Vrentas ‏@JennyVrentas RT: @JasonLaCanfora: Free agent S Jim Leonhard has agreed on a 1-year deal w/Denver.
  11. Here are twitter links that I have been following today. Writers Jane McManus, ESPN - @janesports Rich Cimini, ESPN - @RichCimini Manish Mehta, NY Daily News- @MMehtaNYDN Jenny Vrentas, Star-Ledger- @JennyVrentas Denis Waszak Jr, AP- @DWAZ73 Kimberley A. Martin, Newsday - @KMart_Li Bart Hubbuch, New York Post - @HubbuchNYP The Jets Blog
  12. Imagine Santonio, Edwards, and Hill lined up, Edwards and Hill can beat you deep, plus they are very good blockers if you run. Hard to gameplan for that. If they get Edwards, someone is traded or gone, I would think. Provided Edwards is actually in shape. If Edwards is healthy and does good this year, get rid of Homes via trade and keep Edwards. Of course, it may be Edwards agent trying to drive up the price for Cinn
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