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    I was in the USMC stationed in Viet Nam, Quang Tri Province.

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  1. LIJetsFan

    Hearing Broncos will let Paradis test FA.

    I give Mac no credit since he could have gotten a FQB the year before and passed. Broken clock, blind squirrel etc.
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    I think in the future the debate will be who was worse at their job, Mac or Bowles. Jury's still out IHMO.
  3. LIJetsFan

    Butt Fumble

    One thing is for sure, it helps to have a sense of humor. It ain't easy being green.
  4. LIJetsFan

    Hearing Broncos will let Paradis test FA.

    Bent, theJetsBlog.com Follow on Twitter Earlier this week, the Buffalo Bills announced they had signed former Jets center Spencer Long. The Jets had reportedly held out some hope of bringing Long back on a reduced salary having released him last week. Now that Long is no longer an option, who could the Jets' starting center be in 2019? Incumbents The Jets don't have anyone with center experience on their current roster, although Jon Toth signed a futures deal, so he'll be with the team next season. Toth has never played in a regular season game though, so he is a longshot to make the roster, let alone compete for a starting role. There doesn't seem to be any obvious candidates to convert to center, either. Two pending free agents - Dakota Dozier and Jonotthan Harrison - have played center for the Jets in the past. In fact, Harrison started the last seven games of the 2018 season, as Long's finger injury forced him to move to guard. However, he's probably inadequate as a first choice. Dozier has played a few times as an emergency center, but the team always seemed to prefer him at guard. Either or both could be re-signed for depth, though. Free agency The top free agent center is former Bronco Matt Paradis, who has started in Denver since his rookie year in 2014. That was also Adam Gase's final year as their offensive coordinator, so there's a connection there. Paradis would provide a big upgrade in terms of pass protection, and in the running game. It was considered unlikely that the Broncos would let the 29-year old test the market, but reports earlier this week now suggest that they will. Paradis missed the second half of last season with a broken leg, and is likely to cost upwards of $10 million per year with several teams expected to make him a priority, so the move is not without risk. Other than Paradis, the free agent class is somewhat thin, although Kansas City's Mitch Morse is sure to draw interest if he hits the market. Morse is still only 27 and did a good job with the Chiefs last year, although he wasn't as effective as Paradis. The only remaining options are less attractive and may not even represent an upgrade over what a banged-up Long provided in 2018. However, at some point, it would make sense to sign a fallback option who could start if the Jets don't fill the position adequately, or if the player they bring in gets hurt or struggles. The Jets could consider bringing back Travis Swanson, who was with the team in camp but ended up starting 11 games for Gase's Dolphins. Alternatively, if the Bengals - whose 2018 offensive line coach Frank Pollack is now with the Jets - are going to persevere with Billy Price as their starter, then they might let pending restricted free agent Trey Hopkins leave. Oct 14, 2018; Foxborough, MA, USA; Kansas City Chiefs center Mitch Morse (61) at the line of scrimmage during the second quarter against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports (Greg M. Cooper) Draft If the Jets come up empty in free agency, then drafting a potential starter is not out of the question, although recent history suggests it might be difficult to find one who is going to be good right off the bat. A handful of rookie centers have stepped right into the starting lineup over the past few seasons, including Price and Mason Cole last year, both of whom struggled. In 2017, Pat Elflein did well as a full-time starter for the Vikings in his rookie year, but then struggled badly in 2018. Two rookie starters in 2016 - Ryan Kelly and Cody Whitehair - played well, but they were a first and second-rounder respectively. The Jets don't have a second-round pick so, unless they package some picks or add to their draft capital with a first-round trade down, they wouldn't be able to pick a center until the third round. Since Elflein and Cole were both third-rounders, recent history perhaps isn't that promising. However, there's an encouraging crop of center prospects this year, so perhaps one the Jets identify as pro-ready will fall to them. Top prospects include Garrett Bradbury from North Carolina State, Erik McCoy from Texas A&M and Elgton Jenkins from Mississippi State. However, based on current rankings, it's possible all three will be selected by the end of the second round. Another possibility is to draft a tackle or guard and convert them to center, which is what the Bears did with Whitehair. Some scouts think Kansas State tackle Dalton Risner is a better fit inside, so perhaps he could be a candidate. But this too is far from a sure thing. Unfortunately, if the Jets can't get Paradis or Morse in free agency, they might be stuck hoping that someone unexpected is a surprise cap casualty or made available via trade.
  5. LIJetsFan


    This is not necessarily true. Belechek brings in jags, gets them to perform, releases them and they return to being jags. Coaching mean more than most Jets fans credit.
  6. I didn't think Mayfield would be this good but I did figure either he or Rosen would be there at 6 so I didn't like the trade. We got lucky. Out twos would have helped a lot. Keeping our twos was half the reason I wanted Couples. Again we got lucky.
  7. except CLE had a much better roster than we do.....we just might need the $
  8. LIJetsFan

    Coaching Staff Round Up

    Posted Monday at 11:32 AM Jets' new coaching staff: Young, loud and potentially volatile The New York Jets' new coaching staff includes family ties, former enemies, plenty of youth and an aqua-and-orange tint. Welcome to the Adam Gase era. It won't be boring. In assembling his first staff, Gase reunited two of the central figures in the New Orleans Saints' Bountygate scandal -- Gregg Williams and Joe Vitt, who called Williams a liar and excoriated his character during his Bountygate testimony in 2012. Vitt happens to be Gase's father-in-law. Williams, too, has family on the staff -- his son, Blake. What could possibly go wrong? Three other takeaways on the new staff: Gase blew up the entire offensive staff that worked under former coach Todd Bowles. This was hardly a surprise. Gase is an offensive-minded coach, and new coaches usually bring in their own people on their side of the ball. He brought along six former assistants from his Miami Dolphins' tenure. Gase placed an emphasis on youth, as his staff includes nine coaches under 40. The average age is 43.8, compared to 49.2 under Bowles. In recent interview, Gase said he wanted young, energetic coaches to foster a competitive atmosphere at practice. He made it sound like the coaches will do more trash-talking than the players, saying, "It's probably going to start off where we're talking more than the players and they'll be going, 'What's wrong with these guys?' That's how we are. We're all competitors in the building." With some volatile personalities, led by Gase, Williams and his son, we'll have to keep our eyes fixed on the sideline. A look at the new staff: Jim Bob Cooter was fired by the Lions after more than three seasons as the team's offensive coordinator and is now the Jets' running backs coach. Leon Halip/Getty Images OFFENSE Dowell Loggains (coordinator/quarterbacks): As soon as Gase was hired, it was widely assumed he'd bring along Loggains, his coordinator with the Dolphins. They also worked together at the Chicago Bears (2015), with Gase serving as the coordinator and Loggains the quarterbacks coach. Even though Loggains has a coordinator title, he will be the No. 2 man, as Gase will steer the offense and call the plays. In five seasons as a coordinator -- Dolphins (2018), Bears (2016-2017) and Tennessee Titans (2012-2013) -- Loggains never had a top-14 offense (based on yards) and never had a top-15 quarterback (passer rating). He will have a day-to-day role in Sam Darnold's development, but the primary tutor will be Gase. Jim Bob Cooter (running backs): This is a demotion for Cooter, 34, who spent the last four seasons as the Detroit Lions' offensive coordinator. The Lions regressed badly last season, so Cooter got the booter. After routing Detroit in the season opener, some Jets players -- mainly, Darron Lee -- suggested Cooter's offense was predictable. He and Gase spent one season together (Denver Broncos, 2013), so there's the connection. One concern: Cooter never has coached running backs. Shawn Jefferson (assistant head coach offense/wide receivers): Jefferson is another member of the Gase gang from Miami; he was there from beginning to end. He's a former NFL wide receiver (470 receptions) who has coached some good ones, namely Calvin Johnson (Detroit Lions) and Jarvis Landry (Dolphins). In fact, Jefferson was Johnson's position coach when he posted his 1,964-yard season in 2012. Jefferson's responsibilities changed last season, as the Dolphins hired another receivers coach. He became the assistant head coach/offense. John Dunn (tight ends): This is a curious choice because Dunn has no NFL experience as a position coach, and this is an important job because he will be entrusted with the development of Chris Herndon. Dunn, 35, the UConn offensive coordinator last season, got the job because he worked with Loggains for two years on the Bears' staff as a low-level offensive assistant. Prior to that, he coached tight ends at Maryland, so at least he has some background with the position. Dunn was a well-respected coach at UConn. Before the Jets called, UConn head coach Randy Edsall reportedly took a $150,000 pay cut, essentially giving that money to Dunn to keep him on staff. Frank Pollack (offensive line): Pollack has no background with Gase, but he coached for the Houston Texans while general manager Mike Maccagnan was in the scouting department. Pollack is a no-nonsense technician who prefers a zone scheme over man. In one season with the Cincinnati Bengals, he helped transform their running game. They averaged 4.69 yards per carry, their best mark since 1989 and an improvement of 1.07 yards from 2017 -- the biggest one-year jump in franchise history. Prior to that, Pollack spent five seasons with the Dallas Cowboys, presiding over one of the NFL's best lines. He has a big challenge with the Jets, who are planning significant changes. Derek Frazier (assistant offensive line): He's new to the NFL, having spent his entire career in the college ranks. He was the Central Michigan line coach for the last four seasons. Bo Hardegree (offensive assistant): He has been with Gase for much of his coaching career, most recently as the Dolphins' quarterbacks coach. DEFENSE Gregg Williams (coordinator): This is a fascinating hire on many levels. The front office targeted Williams before the coaching search, which usually isn't the Jets' way. Gase signed off, obviously, but you have to wonder if he and Williams -- virtual strangers -- will be compatible. Williams is an in-your-face coach who will change the culture and scheme on defense. In short, he's the anti-Bowles/Kacy Rodgers. He's expected to replace the 3-4 system, employed by the three previous head coaches, with an attacking 4-3 scheme. He's a bombastic coach whose record doesn't measure up to his reputation, but he will make the Jets a better defensive team. Frank Bush (assistant head coach defense/inside linebackers): The former NFL linebacker is an experienced coach who won a pair of Super Bowl rings with the Broncos during the John Elway/Terrell Davis era. He was Gase's right-hand man in Miami, serving as assistant head coach and linebackers coach. Joe Vitt (senior defensive assistant/outside linebackers): At 64, Vitt is the oldest member of the staff. This is his 41st season in the NFL, which means he has seen everything. Ah, but this will be a new experience, working for his son-in-law and the man he helped take down in New Orleans. How much would you pay to be a fly on the wall in the defensive meetings? Even if everybody gets along, it'll be hard to overcome the perception of internal conflict. Dennard Wilson (passing game coordinator/defensive backs): Wilson, a holdover from Bowles' staff, caught a break when Williams was hired. He spent three seasons under Williams with the St. Louis/Los Angeles Rams, and connections mean everything in this business. In terms of personality, Wilson, 36, is closer to Williams than Bowles because he brings some fire to the job. The "coordinator" title is new. Andre Carter (defensive line): He was a heck of a player in his day, racking up 80.5 sacks in 13 seasons, but he's relatively new to the coaching scene. Carter was a graduate assistant at his alma mater, Cal, before becoming Gase's assistant defensive line coach for two seasons in Miami. This is an important job because there's a decent chance the Jets will draft a defensive lineman in the first round. Steve Jackson (assistant defensive backs): Another holdover from the old staff. He played under Gregg Williams and coached with him at the Washington Redskins. Blake Williams (defensive assistant): From all indications, he did a respectable job last season as the Cleveland Browns' linebackers coach. In fact, he called the defensive plays in the final seven games when father assumed the interim head-coaching job. The Jets didn't specify Blake's role as a defensive assistant. He's known for having an abrasive personality, so stay tuned. Eric Sanders (defensive assistant): He was a quality-control coach under Gregg Williams in Cleveland. Robby Brown (defensive assistant): Another holdover from the Bowles staff. SPECIAL TEAMS Brant Boyer (coordinator): Gase wisely retained Boyer, who did a terrific job last season under Bowles. Led by kick returner Andre Roberts and kicker Jason Myers, both Pro Bowl selections, the Jets' special teams were widely regarded as the best in the league. Boyer drew interest from other teams, including the Minnesota Vikings. The Jets kept him with a contract extension. Jeff Hammerschmidt (assistant): He returns as Boyer's right-hand man.
  9. LIJetsFan

    Spencer Long to the Bills

    maybe this has something to do with it: Frank Pollack (offensive line): Pollack has no background with Gase, but he coached for the Houston Texans while general manager Mike Maccagnan was in the scouting department. Pollack is a no-nonsense technician who prefers a zone scheme over man. In one season with the Cincinnati Bengals, he helped transform their running game. They averaged 4.69 yards per carry, their best mark since 1989 and an improvement of 1.07 yards from 2017 -- the biggest one-year jump in franchise history. Prior to that, Pollack spent five seasons with the Dallas Cowboys, presiding over one of the NFL's best lines. He has a big challenge with the Jets, who are planning significant changes.
  10. LIJetsFan

    Bargain bin veteran free agents?

    I hope and pray it does.
  11. Here's a thought: Which would be better for Sam, a top 10 OL or a top 5 Defense? We've seen that Sam can put up some points with a crap OL but not enough to overcome our bottom of the barrel defense. So perhaps an average or slightly below average OL plus (if Williams can pull it off with some help from Mac) a top tier defense might just be the way to go here in year two. So many different ways to rebuild.......opinions on which is a better bet for an entertaining year two? I'm hoping Williams is the real deal and I think our current roster is closer to the defensive side of the equation. I doubt Mac is willing/able to trade down out of #3 so it seems like defense "wins" on draft day.
  12. Jets Nut: I know I'm an outlier but that's my opinion.
  13. I hated giving up 3 twos to move up but hey......we somehow got Darnold so I no longer look back on this trade. I'm a happy camper.
  14. LIJetsFan


    Before you say only the Jets please consider the Colts/Luck, and many others who have underachieved thanks to their organizations. I'm tiring of the SOJ attitude thing.

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