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  1. I don’t think that it is possible to evaluate Sam yet. He had the worst offensive line in the league. His lead running back was hit behind the line of scrimmage more than any other runner in the league. Did he all of a sudden become a bum? What qb in the history of the league would have succeeded behind the Jets line? As for making those around him better, how was he supposed to do that? Was he supposed to block for himself? Was he supposed to throw the ball to receivers who were not open? Incidentally, I was not a big fan of Robby Anderson. Context is everything. IF The offensive line gives him time and if his new receivers can get open and Sam does not improve, only then is it fair to say that Sam might not be the franchise qb. One other point: Every draft guru that I Have ever heard has stated that what matters most in determining the success of a qb is the situation into which he is drafted. How good is the coach? How good is his offensive line? How good is the front office when he is drafted? How is ownership? I am not saying that Sam is Mahomes, but does anyone think that there would be any doubts about Sam if he were playing with the coach and offensive players that Mahomes has? As an earlier poster stated, even with the terrible offensive roster, a questionable coach, and with mono, Sam improved last year! Context, everyone! Tell us what qb in the league would have succeeded with last year’s Jets?
  2. I loved Mike when he was with Mad Dog. Couldn’t stand him since. It’s one thing to interrupt callers. It’s another thing to interrupt guests. The last straw for me was on his Sunday show when he constantly interrupted Phil Simms every time he tried to speak. WFAN let go the best guy they had, Chris Carlin. They truly are boring now. I think that Tierney will be on from 10-12:00 with Tiki Barber. Not a fan of Tiki. My favorite show in recent years was Mike & Mike on ESPN until that show ended. Loved their interaction with each other and the fact that they had access to all of ESPN’s analysts. Greeny will have a new show starting on the 17th, but only one hour will air here. Keyshawn Johnson will be on the new morning show. Didn’t like hearing him talk when he was a Jet and doubt that I will like him now.
  3. Benigno’s act is tired and so is he. Brandon Tierney is coming soon, and I like him a lot. He has an edge to him, but is usually quite fair in his analysis. You have to be opinionated to be interesting, and Tierney is. Unlike Benigno, B.T. Will lambaste the Jets when they deserve it, but won’t *assume* that the Jets will always stink, always make the wrong moves, etc.
  4. SAR, you are obviously entitled to your opinion, but let’s ditch distorting facts. In another thread, you talked about our schedule in the first half of last year while conveniently listing only 5 games. In this thread you falsely stated that we beat the Bills twice. You would have much more credibility and would be amusing if you backed up your opinions with fact, not distortions or outright lies. For those of you who don’t know me yet, I am a moderate concerning the Jets. I don’t buy into the Same Old Jets song, although I saw Gastineau’s late hit, the missed field goals by Brien, and decades of horrific drafting. However, I do have a great deal of confidence in Joe Douglas, and firmly believe that he will turn the team around. I also think that it is absurd to blame the current regime for past mistakes. However, to me it is delusional to expect the team to turn everything around in Douglas’ first year. We still have holes on this team. I place myself on the rational list.
  5. You mentioned 5 teams in the first half. What were the other 3? I do like the scheduling fun facts that you mention for this year. Hey, I hope that you’re right about this year. I’m not a doom and gloom guy, but I do think that you are being unrealistically optimistic.
  6. In my opinion, we started 1-7 last year due to Sam’s mono, poor talent, and a brutal schedule. In my opinion, we finished 6-2 due to sam’s return and a much easier schedule. The scheduling dynamics cannot be ignored when assessing the team or the coach. I can easily see us as having a worse record this year because we have a tougher schedule overall than we did last year. Look at our road games.
  7. My take is half way between the Joe Benigno same old Jets gloom and doom and the “We should win the division” take. In my opinion, we have a much better roster than we did last year, but we may have a worse record. On the plus side, Douglas vastly improved the players on the offensive line. Any change in that unit would have to be a plus, as by any metric we had the worst line in the league. Even in the one preseason game in which Sam played last year, I noted in a different forum that Sam hade to make every throw off of his back foot. Obviously, that issue throughout the regular season. As a side note, this issue is why I disagree with people who have questioned whether or not Sam is the real deal. No qb in the history of the league has succeeded when he cannot step into his throws. Did he make some boneheaded decisions, especially the flip near the left side of the end zone? Yes, but he made much fewer poor decisions in the second half of the year. He started throwing the ball away more often, as he should have Back to the offensive line: we now have a much better center than we have had since Mangold retired. I believe that all of the other replacements are better than what we had. I think that Bechton will be a stud, but not right away! That is the problem. As others have mentioned, on offensive line needs time to gel, which it won’t have without preseason games. Everything with me is “Yes, but...” I think that Perriman may actually be an improvement over Anderson, who rarely made contested catches, but we can’t be sure. I think that Mims will be great, but he is a rookie. I think that the corner that we stole in the 6th round will be great, but how is his ankle? And so on. In general, I think that the naysayers, including most of the national media, fail to give credit to the upgrades that we made in free agency and the draft. On the other hand, some people expect everything to fall into place because they want to believe that it will. I will conclude with this: I guarantee that Douglas does not see this as a one year rebuild. We had too many holes in our roster to fill, and that couldn’t be accomplished in one year. But, I strongly believe that we are on the right track.. My only reservation concerns Gase, but that’s for a separate post.
  8. The #1 troll is supposed to come on with Anita Marks sometime after 8:15. She said during the 8:00 hour, but she has Rob Dibble on now about baseball. I caught the tail end of Joe Douglas being interviewed by Michael Kay earlier. Apparently, he stated that he had not promised Jamal that his contract would be renegotiated this year.
  9. I had generally liked Canty on DCR until this week. This week Canty talked as if there were no salary cap and as if everything revolved around what Adams wants. Weak. I’m not sold on Gase as a coach, but I always disregard anything that Manish writes. He has made up sources throughout his career to drive his numerous vendettas. He also kisses up to some players, ad nauseum.
  10. I was tired of Jamal’s act before his self-absorbed trade request. Last year, he was a much better player than he was in his first two years. However, even last year, he frequently took himself out of position by trying to make hero plays. I lost respect from him during one of his many tearful post-game interviews. One of the reporters (thankfully not Mehta, who is a troll) asked Adams what happened on a long touchdown run against the Jets. Jamal responded that *someone* missed an assignment. When the play was shown on the highlights, it was obvious that it was Jamal who had missed his assignment. So much for his leadership. I do think that Jamal is a very good player, but he is not half as good as he thinks he is. In my opinion, he is an ok pass defender, certainly not a great one. Yes, he is a good pass rusher, but I would prefer that we finally develop an edge rusher so that our strong safety can actually, you know, play safety. Maybe he can then intercept more than one pass in three seasons. In my opinion, we would only revert to acting like the Same Old Jets if we traded him for a poor package. Unless we get overwhelmed with an offer, I say that we should keep Adams this year. The fact that Jamal presented his wish list of teams to which he would like to be traded is arrogant to the extreme. If we get great offers from bad teams, I would take one of the offers because we would get earlier draft picks. Why accept an offer that might result in getting the 28th pick, rather than, let’s say the 3rd pick in the 1st round? Actually, I’d love to snatch the edge rusher from the Jags, whose name I can’t spell. Edge rusher is a position where it actually makes sense to extend someone. Not box safety! Another point that many people overlook is that the salary cap is a pie that gets divided among all of the players. It’s all well and good to say that Jamal has out-played his contract. But, if we raise his pay early, every dollar that goes to Adams is a dollar that can’t go to someone who plays a more important position. You can’t just say “Jamal deserves more” and look at it in a vacuum. Also, no one knows what next year’s salary cap will be, so it would be crazy to extend anyone now Are you listening, Carolina? I think that Douglas is off to an excellent start in building the team. The only area where I would fault him would be his non-communication with Adams once the draft ended. I do think that it would have been better if he had had a sit-down with Jamal to lay out the team’s thought process.
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