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  1. What do you think about the list? http://www.interstateofgreen.com/#!Who-Should-the-Jets-Pick-at-20-Six-Names-That-Make-Sense/civp/570ece480cf21d11795998b8 In order to see a team’s biggest needs, you have to examine a roster from top to bottom. When dissecting the New York Jets roster it is clear to see that there are three big holes. These positions of need are outside linebacker, offensive line and quarterback. The order of these needs depends on the particular fan looking at the team. Let’s start with outside linebacker. The New York Jets need a pass rusher in the worst way. The last pure pass rusher the team had was John Abraham and he has not been on the roster since 2005. Looking at the current roster there is one rising star and a bunch of question marks at the outside linebacker position. The only clear cut starter is Lorenzo Mauldin who had a substantial 2015-2016 season. Behind Mauldin you have Freddie Bishop, Trevor Reily, Deion Barnes, Julian Howsare, Julian Stanford and Josh Martin in no particular order. When asking an NFL fan if they know any of these players the consensus would be a resounding “no”. Out of the six players in the NFL draft that make sense at 20, the top prospect is an outside linebacker. The most intriguing name that could tickle the Jets fancy is Leonard Floyd out of Georgia. Leonard Floyd has ideal size at 6’6”, 244 lbs. Leonard Floyd is also fast on the field and ran a 4.60 forty-yard dash. Watching Leonard Floyd at Georgia, fans could see that he has a nose for the ball and is very quick with how he changes direction on the field. Floyd is also excellent in man coverage and can cover running backs. A linebacker effectively covering a running back is not the norm for the New York Jets. The biggest weakness for Floyd is his strength. Floyd essentially is built like a wide receiver and doesn’t make any highlight tackles. Floyd needs to be a workout warrior in order to get his muscle weight up. Bottom line is Leonard Floyd has the skills to be head and shoulders above the current roster and the Jets would be lucky if he falls to 20. The next prospect that would make sense for the Jets is not an outside linebacker per say but could play the outside linebacker position if needed. The player I am referring to is one of the biggest wildcards in the draft. He is a pure talent with off the field issues. He is a high risk, high reward player known as Noah Spence out of Eastern Kentucky. Formally an Ohio State Buckeye, Spence is 6’2”, 251lbs with a motor that is undeniable. Spence was a former first-team All-Big Ten pick in 2013 as a Sophomore. Spence failed not one but two drug tests and was banned from the Big Ten. Spence got treatment for his Ecstasy addition and completely turned his life around. Spence received his degree while racking up 22.5 tackles for loss and 11.5 sacks last season. Spence has so many strengths it is hard to pass up on him at 20 if he is there. Like Floyd, Spence can cover running backs. Unlike Floyd, Spence has the strength to make solid tackles rather that drag down tackles. Spence lacks speed at times and ran a 4.80 forty-yard dash but he gains speed like no other player in the draft. Noah Spence would fit ideally into this already powerful New York Jets defense. Although Alabama’s Reggie Ragland plays inside linebacker, he is a name to watch. The Jets are thin at inside linebacker with only four players on the roster. These players are starter David Harris, split time starters Erin Henderson and Bruce Carter and depth player Taiwan Jones. Ragland measures in at 6’1”, 247lbs which is smallest out of the three linebackers listed. When they say big things come in small packages they might as well be referring to Ragland. It does not matter who the offensive player was, Ragland would hit them as hard as he could. In zone coverage Ragland was fantastic at Alabama. Although Ragland ran a 4.72 forty-yard dash his speed is in question as far as an NFL standpoint. Ragland also needs work in man to man coverage and may struggle in covering running backs which as stated before is the norm for the New York Jets defense. Ragland did get better at covering running backs as his college career went on and his missed tackles dropped dramatically. The next two players that the Jets could take at 20 go hand in hand with each other. These offensive tackles alternate positions in mock drafts on a daily basis. The problem for the New York Jets is the players usually go before the Jets pick. I am referring to Jack Conklin and Taylor Decker. Even with the signing of Ryan Clady, the Jets depth chart at offensive tackle is suspect. The starter opposite Ryan Clady is Breno Giacomini who graded out as one of the worst tackles in the NFL per Pro Football Focus, 69th out of 76 to be exact. If the Jets are lucky enough to get Decker or Conklin, they could eventually take over for the struggling Giacomini. Behind Clady and Giacomini is Brent Qvale who is getting praise from the coaching staff but needs more time. Behind Qvale is Ijalana, Hickey, Davis and Okoye. No real household names in that group. Let’s breakdown Jack Conklin and Taylor Decker. The player most likely to be gone at 20 is Jack Conklin. Conklin is 6’6” 308lbs out of Michigan State. When looking at Jack Conklin it is hard not to think of a player such as Jon Runyan. What Conklin lacks in speed and athleticism he makes up in recovery and strength. The only issue with Conklin in the NFL is the speed factor from edge rushers. The Jets have been spoiled for the past decade with D’Brickashaw Ferguson so fans may be upset when Conklin gives up a sack or two. With time to mature, Conklin should be a top 20 tackle in the league. Taylor Decker has Jack Conklin beat in both size and weight coming in at 6’7”, 310 lbs. Taylor Decker was the leader of the Ohio State offensive line which is an honor within itself. Decker was a three-year starter and has incredible strength. Decker is also very good at blocking on passing downs. The issue with Decker is his footwork and his speed. Decker is a big man who relies on his hands and seems to forget his feet on some plays. The way the NFL talent is on defense there is a good change Decker could end up on his back if this weakness is not fixed. With that being said the Jets have the staff to help him with what he needs and would be a value pick at 20. The last player on the list is a reach to some and a complete steal for others. He is referred to as the bust of the draft or the best quarterback prospect long-term. Paxton Lynch is a quarterback that has everything you would ask for in an NFL player. Standing at 6’7”, 244lbs, Paxton has the ideal size for a quarterback. Even after a knee injury that cost Paxton half his senior season he still ran a 4.86 forty-yard dash. If not for the knee injury Paxton may be fighting for the top quarterback pick in the upcoming draft. Paxton is a scrambler and he is very good at evading the defense. Paxton has a beautiful deep ball and puts a little extra on all the balls he throws. The most important thing about Lynch is he does not turn the ball over. Paxton is a true dual threat who many are comparing to Marcus Mariota. Paxton does need to improve on accuracy when receivers are on the run. He also needs to work on his spiral and running less to avoid injury. Defensive players in the NFL are not as easy to avoid as college players. Reach or not, Lynch has the look of a franchise quarterback. When ranking these players in order of importance you have to look at the biggest hole out of the three listed. A quarterback is the cornerstone of a franchise and without one your team is not moving forward. If Ryan Fitzpatrick signs with the team it would skew Paxton Lynch’s position. Currently the Jets and the Jets fan do not know the progress Geno Smith and Bryce Petty have taken which also keeps Paxton Lynch high on this list. Although quarterback is important, Lynch is not my number one prospect at 20. Out of the 6 players listed I would put Lynch at 4th. The Jets need a linebacker plain and simple. This upcoming draft is deeper with late round quarterbacks than it is with late round linebackers. For this reason, my rank is as follows. Leonard Floyd Noah Spence Jack Conklin Paxton Lynch Reggie Ragland Taylor Decker If the Jets end up with any of these players, they should have an improved team.
  2. Good article from the guys over at Interstate of Green. http://www.interstateofgreen.com/#!From-Circus-to-Success-Are-the-New-York-Jets-built-to-last/civp/5616e9cd0cf2a7ff73a9a0f7 Every time a team hires a new head coach players tend to come and go rapidly. The way a coach builds a roster depicts the longevity of their term. Todd Bowles along with Mike Maccagnan have passed the test in the first quarter of the year. On defense the Jets brought in heavy hitters such as Darrelle Revis, Antonio Cromartie, Buster Skrine, and Marcus Gilchrist to build a revamped secondary. Under the radar players such as Erin Henderson and Jamari Lattimore have also been added. On offense Brandon Marshall, Zac Stacy, James Carpenter, Devin Smith, Ryan Fitzpatrick and Stevan Ridley have been added to resurrect an offensive system that just did not work under Rex Ryan. This year the Jets have started three and one thanks mainly to the new players that have been added to the roster. The question is, are the New York Jets built to last? Let's break it down by position group. The main concern on this Jets team as far as youth is the offensive line. D'Brickashaw Ferguson (31), Nick Mangold (31) and Willie Colon (32) no longer are spring chickens when it comes to their age. The Jets have tried in the past to build depth but that has simply not happened. Brian Winters surprised everyone with his play against the Dolphins but who knows if that will last. In order for the offense to keep clicking Bowles and Maccagnan need to focus on the offensive line early and often in the 2016 draft and free agency. The next group that may be a concern is the quarterback position. Bryce Petty was drafted this year as the “quarterback of the future”, it is unclear if he can carry the torch. Geno Smith is not the answer and has appeared to not only lose his job but the locker room as well. Ryan Fitzpatrick is a game manager but he is not the kind of player who can win a game from behind for this team. Bowles and Maccagnan would be wise to add an experienced arm in the off-season. The group on this team that is carrying the weight more than any other group is the secondary. This group is the complete opposite of what it was last year. The safeties are not a concern as far as youth, but the cornerbacks are another story. Revis and Cromartie are filled with veteran experience but with experience comes regression. Revis is still hitting on all cylinders but Cromartie is not. There is a great deal of depth at cornerback based on how Bowles leads his defensive schemes. Marcus Williams will be a star in Bowles defense and eventually replace Cromartie. Under Williams on the depth chart are players such as Dee Milliner, Dexter McDougle and Darrin Walls. Milliner is a question mark with injuries and his play on the field. McDougle is young which also makes him a question mark. Darrin Walls was on the fringe of a roster spot this year, it is unclear if he can make an impact. The Jets have a few years before the secondary becomes a concern but once Revis leaves the youth better be able to step up. The next group that needs work are the tight ends. Statistically the tight ends have been nonexistent on this team. The problem is not youth but rather talent. Kellen Davis is a blocking tight end and should not be starting. Wes Saxton is young tight end who does have talent but needs time to develop. Jace Amaro has a lot of potential but as years go by it seems more and more evident that he is also not the answer. Jeff Cumberland seems to make the team every year by default and is also far from the answer. As long as Chan Gailey is Offensive Coordinator, tight end will continue to not be a featured position. The team should still revamp their tight end position with talent in case a new wrinkle is added to the offense. The wide receiver and linebacker positions are very similar on this team. Both positions have one big star with a player who is a close second on the rise behind them. Brandon Marshall has Eric Decker and David Harris has Demario Davis. Another similarity with these positions are everyone but the two starters are question marks. Jeremy Kerley seems to no longer have a role on this team and it is evident. Chris Owusu has been a bright spot but also has been injured. Devin Smith is a rookie and has a lot to learn based on his play thus far on the field. At the linebacker position you have a group that is very uncertain. Calvin Pace (34) is towards the end of his career and Quinton Coples makes more mental mistakes than anyone else on the team. If the depth on the team pans out the Jets should be fine going forwards. There needs to be more games in order to determine if these positions need to be revamped. The Jets will cross that bridge when Brandon Marshall and Calvin Pace decide to hang up the cleats. It is always good to end on a positive note. There are two groups on this team that really don't have to be changed much. These groups are running back and defensive line. Chris Ivory is a mauler on the field and should remain the starter as long as he has legs to stand on. The players behind him may change but Powell (26), Ridley (26) and Stacy (24) are a good young core. The Jets defensive line is arguably the best in the NFL. Wilkerson, Richardson, Harrison and Williams can be the new Sack Exchange if everything works out. There is talk that Muhammad Wilkerson will not receive a contract extension. That would not be best case scenario but even if that happens the position has adequate depth to build off of. If Wilkerson, Richardson, Williams and Harrison stay with this team long term there's no telling how good this defensive line could be. The question remains, are the New York Jets built to last? On paper the answer seems to be a definitive yes. This team has years before any drastic measures have to be done. This team may be on the older side on many key positions but they certainly don't play that way. There may be some youth players that come in steal some jobs in the future but as of right now the Jets are on the fast track to a playoff berth. There is a veteran presence in the locker room that has been lacking in years past. The players are hungry to win with a coach that is equally as hungry. This is a no nonsense group of guys compared to years prior when it seemed chaotic. Jets fans have never had the opportunity to be on the outside looking in on this team. Now the fans can see the drastic changes that are going on based on the coach and the GM. It seems this team has gone from circus to success. Twitter: @interstategreen
  3. Good interview I hope Geno can turn things around
  4. Haha didn't think the article would cause such a great debate. Glad I could help. I wrote the first article not the missing frontal lobe one
  5. Nice little article pointing out some minor differences that could make a big difference for the team as a whole. http://www.interstateofgreen.com/#!Tough-Love-or-Best-Friend-Bowles-vs-Rex/civp/5596d0270cf2c7ea473de578 There are many approaches to coaching in the NFL. Currently the New York Jets are seeing a drastic change in the organization based on their change in management and coaching. The coach are moving on from a coach who prided himself on publicly announcing himself to the media to a coach who is soft spoken and expects his team to follow suit. Both coaches are good at their jobs and have expertise on the defensive side of the ball. Both coaches will make their respective teams better almost immediately and both coaches will have the respect of their players in different ways. So what is the difference between these two men? They seem similar on paper, but the tiny difference are going to be paramount for the New York Jets organization. It is not simply black and white, no pun intended. There are four main differences between the Rex Ryan era and the new Todd Bowles era that will play a vital part in next season and beyond. 1) Not letting players talk without it being seen on the field- The Rex Ryan era is clearly over in New York, just ask the media. These new Jets are very tight lipped compared to the years past. There was slight talk in the beginning of the Bowles reign including mention of the Jets being the new “dream team”. Bowles quickly shut the talk down and did not understand why there was talk without production. This is vital to make this team more regimented and will help them obtain a goal they had never had, a championship. The dream team talk will not resurface in the future, I guarantee it. 2) Clear coach/player relationships- The Rex Ryan chest bump is synonymous in New York. The relationships Rex Ryan had with his players were great…while they lasted. After Rex Ryan left there were players such as Jace Amaro and Willie Colon who questioned Rex Ryan’s accountability. When a coach becomes a friend, the coach tends to let players slide on things. Bowles seems to have made a line in the sand between coach and player. 3) Playing Favorites vs. Building a 53- The next differnce conincides very well with the last difference of relationships with players. Rex Ryan was a culprit of keeping players on the roster based on his relationship with them. The same thing is happening in Buffalo. Rex Ryan added players that many view as sub par including Wayne Hunter, Matthew Mulligan, Matt Simms and John Connor. It seems that with Todd Bowles no one is completely safe. It does not matter where the player is drafted it matters what happens on the field. This rings clear based on comments regarding Dee Milliner. A player like Dexter McDougle or Marcus Williams could unseat Milliner based on performance. Bowles uses almost the entire roster in his schemes so players will have the chance to shine. If he player is on the field it is because they earned it. I expect a few surprise cuts. 4) More focus on the Offense- When is the last time a Jets fan could say the Jets were good offensively on paper? This year it seems like the team can compete if Geno Smith steps up. Bowles has come forward that he wants a balanced team. The era of ground and pound may have finally fell by the wayside. Adding talent on the offensive side of the ball is something this team is not necessarility accustomed to. Every position that was lacking seemed to get an upgrade. The offensive line is still shaky but the added attention of a head coach could make all the difference. Another aspect that proves that Bowles is invested in the offense is his banter with Chan Gailey. Bowles made it known that no position is set in stone and he will have a say in how starts for his team especially at quarterback. This team is shell shocked and ready for long term success. Are these slight differences enough to propell the team to the next level? Time will tell. Twitter: @interstategreen
  6. Team to cheer on in NFC

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  7. Hey guys just wanted to show you the interview I had with Taiwan. He is a very nice guy who many thought would go between round 4 and 5. Bowles loves this kid already. Check it out http://www.interstateofgreen.com/#!taiwan-jones/c1asw
  8. Jets announced today that TE Chris Pantale and LB Chris Young was cut. Corey Hilliard who recently signed with the team has retired. Think this move opens up the doors for Wes Saxton at TE. Diamond in the rough. The LB core was crowded so the cut makes sense.
  9. Julian Howsare OLB

    Yeah he's a big dude who loves playing special teams and can probably beat out most of old guys. He just told me he got Kyle Cliftons number 59. Big shoes to fill
  10. Julian Howsare OLB

    For some reason my links cut off when I post from my phne. Just copy and paste the link. Thanks again
  11. Hey guys thought you might want more information on Julian who recently signed a three year deal with the team and is very excited to report. I interviewed him the other day, enjoy. http://www.interstateofgreen.com/#!julian-howsare/c1k86
  12. To me he is the kind of back we don't have. He is fast and can catch.
  13. Here is a direct link to the interview. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did conducting it. http://www.interstateofgreen.com/#!interviews/c216z