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    Presently in NYC, Formerly attending Syracuse
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    Sports Journalism and conversations about whether the coverage of football and basketball can be elevated to match the coverage of Tennis and Golf.

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    I was attending sports journalism school but decided to take some time off to focus on my own growth
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    NYC
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    I was a competitive tennis player during HS but did not have the discipline to realize my potential
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    I currently do freelance journalism but mostly support myself as a paralegal

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  • What is your favorite Jets related memory?
    I had the opportunity to visit with several of the faithful beat reporters of the New York Jets at a happy hour and was regaled by their war stories. After hearing their stories, nothing I have really compares. Hopefully one day I will have memories that are worth mentioning.
  • Do you have season tickets?
    I have never been a season ticket holder
  • What Jets memory broke your heart?
    I try to look at sporting events dispassionately and avoid letting the outcome of sporting events impact my mood, much less break my heart.
  • Who is your favorite member of the NY Jets flight crew?
    I personally think that the flight crew members looks kind of fake and they are not really my type
  • Where you alive for Super Bowl III?
    I was not

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  1. Not to overstate this point, but Connor McGovern and GVR are actually two of Zach Wilson's closest friends in the locker according to my mentor who is a member of the Jets beat. Among other things, they are ideologically similar and were raised with similar values. Don't be surprised if you read stories in off-season about joint vacations with Wilson and their families.
  2. I had a conversation with my mentor after the recent loss, and he was noting that the hype about friction in the locker room and among coaching staff is wildly overblown. GVR is actually one of Zach's closest friends in the locker room as they are both ideologically pretty similar despite the slight age gap. Among other things, GVR has been pitching Zach on buying a place in Suffolk County. The rest of what he said was pretty banal or I already said it in another forum (e.g., that staff worried about Moore's ability to translate practice performance to game day performance). Also I wouldn't be too worried about LaFleur for now. Sure the offense looks awful, but they are still installing new stuff and play calling probably improves by week 10.
  3. "Intransigence" - its when you are into "trans gents" or transgender gentlemen. As a member of Gen Z, this term has become increasingly common among my generation but I don't believe it was as common for Boomers on this forum.
  4. As a new member of the JetsNation forums and an aspiring journalist, I am wondering whether there's any way I (or others) can assist in preserving the memories of the Jets faithful like Savage 69, may he rest in peace. It seems to me that when you think about our collective memory as fans, we are increasingly approaching a time when those who were old enough to remember the Jets golden years are in their golden years. If we don't do something to preserve their accounts we may irrevocably lose part of the community. I may not be the person to lead this, but we really should do a historical preservation mission of interviewing some of our oldest fans so that those memories are not lost forever. NFL archival footage only records what happened on the field, not the tailgate.
  5. I think your analysis slightly understates the degree to which Eric Mangini set the stage for success between 2008 and 2011. His role in the roster construction and disciplined approach to the game was important independent of anything Bill Parcells did almost a decade earlier. Of course, he outsmarted himself with play-calling, but it seems to me that he was nearly as important as Rex Ryan or Tannenbaum in setting a foundation for the New York Jets to be competitive.
  6. All fair observations but, if I recall correctly, Bill Parcells tended to develop teams quickly by relying heavily on veteran talent. The current iteration of rebuilding the New York Jets is operating through a youth movement. I am not aware of any team as young throughout the roster winning quickly. That may be a reason to doubt the roster construction approach, but it may also mean that this is going to (justifiably) take a bit longer (insofar as the youth movement bears fruit). That's not to say that there is no grounds for criticizing the manner in which the team develops over the coming weeks. Its just to say that I would hold out until end of the season (or at least the bye week) to assume that there will be no progress or foundation for future success. All the being said, I would not be surprised if the whole youth movement is scrapped next season and it is more commonly questioned on the Jets Nation Forum why we decided to engage in roster construction like a drunk gambler thinking that we're going to hit 100% on rookies at key positions including QB, WR, RB, OL, LB, and CB starting their first year.
  7. The New York Jets PR Team is a joke, and someone in the C-Suite needs to realize that fans of sports teams do not view an engaging social media page as a 1:1 substitute for a winning product on Sundays. Nonetheless, the banal statement that you need to have goals that are not just winning games is not terribly unique and even Bill Parcells embraced a similar outlook. I recalled reading an article Bill Parcells wrote in the Harvard Business Review for a sports journalism course and it (while much more sophisticated) discussed the need to have goals such as improving and defining your team and that winning comes after you establish that foundation. For example, he stated: "In training camp, therefore, we don't focus on the ultimate goal--getting to the Super Bowl. We establish a clear set of goals that are within immediate reach: we're going to be a well-conditioned team; we're going to be a team that plays hard; we're going to be a team that has pride; we're going to be a team that wants to win collectively; we're going to be a team that doesn't criticize one another. When we start acting in ways that fulfill these goals, I make sure everybody knows it. I accentuate the positive at every possible opportunity, and at the same time I emphasize the next goal that we have to fulfill. If we have a particularly good practice, then I call the team together and say 'We got something done today; we executed real work. If you accomplish that, then we'll be ready for the game on Sunday." https://coachwootten.com/site/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/Turn-Around-a-TEAM-dave-prehiem.pdf So I agree with you, and found your posts amusing, but its a bit of an overstatement to suggest that Bill Parcells never embraced the goal of getting better as a means of accomplishing the goal of winning.
  8. Its like half the posters here think that the only way to make an organization successful is to bring in someone with past success with the hopes that he can recreate that success using a dated formula and the other half of the posters here think that you need to stick with the current C-suite because the only way for the team to develop is by riding out the lean years and hoping to gain institutional competency in the long term. The truth is somewhere in between - maybe the New York Jets get lucky in 2023 sticking with same management by somehow avoiding crazy injuries, getting a cupcake schedule, and adjusting the scheme in a way that takes league by surprise. Maybe the New York Jets will get lucky in 2027 bringing in a seasoned management team that retools the team and for some reason their dated vision for the league doesn't flame out. Maybe the New York Jets just need to catch a lucky break and remain reasonably competent in the interim so they are in a position to capitalize on luck.
  9. "Source" is a bit of a stretch here. I was speaking to a guy that has sources (and I can't say whether he was relaying his own analysis or something he heard from sources or just rumors going around the beat). I was probably a bit over-excited and a bit tipsy when I posted earlier after day-drinking with my mentor. It really wasn't like any earth shattering news I heard. Also, I assume you were making a joke, but I was not visiting with Manish Mehta.
  10. To be honest, lately I've been thinking that I don't have what it takes to be a sports journalist. Posting here has sort of helped with the (difficult) acceptance that it might not be the path forward for me. I get the impression that I'm a bit too earnest and do not have the ability to (at the risk of sounding arrogant, it is genuinely not my intention) simplify my assessment of things in order to bring home an enjoyable and concise insight that is useful to fans and consumers of sports media. I guess I'm just asking myself is it sunk-cost fallacy driving me forward and, if I am having questions now won't it be worse if I ever get a gig and have deadlines and real challenges rather than challenges of confidence? In any event, I get that you guys might not be fans of the Jets beat reporters, and I remember not too long ago being incensed by Mike Francesa trolling Jets fans. But at least a few of the Jets beat (and reporters in other sports) have been kind to me about my aspirations.
  11. I like Airplane but, at the risk of sounding insecure about my own sexuality, I am going to have to rebuff your (comical?) advances.
  12. I can't guess at what takes priority with posts and this was a pretty casual brunch conversation without anything being expressly described as "off-the-record". I obviously won't disclose who my mentor is, or try to guess at the contents of his upcoming blogs or articles. It could be that there wasn't enough sourcing to merit an article at this point. In any event, I think I've emphasized that this was casual and haven't tried to convince anyone that I have first hand "scoops" here. I'm not trying to do an IncarcertatedBob thing. Even at the reporter level you have to suss out noise, right? So for all I know he got the information from a players' agent that is trying to make noise for different talent. Separately, an ethos that was instilled in me by my mentor is that, as a journalist, your first obligation is to the truth. So I (truthfully) relayed bits of what I was told and included caveats where appropriate to avoid seeming incendiary. Honestly, I am sure that my mentor has access to much more confidential materials that he simply wouldn't tell me because you don't become one of the longest tenured beat reporters being a gossip to unimportant (former) students like me... Edit: I think you might be overstating the importance of "monster clicks" to real journalists. You want to have consistent traffic by being a reliable source of news, that is how you maintain longevity and credibility in this industry. We've seen people flame out chasing the dragon of monster clicks.
  13. I probably did not adequately articulate what I heard (second hand in first place). My guess is they think he's more of a project than when they initially drafted him. Like the talk about OROY might have been premature is all...
  14. I was fortunate to have an extended conversation with my mentor, a seasoned member of the New York Jets beat reporters, earlier today. The impression that I gleaned from his remarks is that the Jets are not going to win many games during the first eight weeks (including tomorrow) primarily because there are too many moving parts and the team has not installed enough on offense or defense to keep up with the multiple and varied looks they can expect to see from teams like the Patriots. It is unclear whether there is enough "buy-in" to New York Jets Head Coach Robert Saleh's "message." It might be that they just have not had enough time to install and will be more prepared for teams like the Patriots later in the season, or it might be that players are simply not accustomed to the demands of a more professional coaching staff. Hard to underestimate the degree to which the old guard created a culture of complacency. It will be telling if the Offensive Line continues to struggle communicating basic reads at the line and we see a bunch of missed assignments. Also, and this will disappoint a lot of people here, but as much as the team loves Elijah Moore, there was a bit of shock about how much worse he was during an actual game. There's a growing fear that he may be a Monday-Friday warrior and a Sunday schlub. Separately, keep an eye out for articles in the next few weeks about McGovern and AVT not seeing eye-to-eye. Edit: I didn't mean to be vague, just didn't want to out too much from what I heard. To avoid making this seem like a bigger deal than it is, McGovern and AVT are putting differences aside and working together effectively but they have political differences. Probably won't be an article (my mentor wouldn't write an article about it) but who can say what some reporters consider newsworthy.
  15. When I speak to Jets fans that are at least 25 years old, there seems to be a nostalgia for the drafting prowess of the Jets in the mid-2000s under Head Coach Eric Mangini and General Manager Mike Tannenbaum. To some degree this is understandable as there were several early round successes that formed the foundation of successful playoff teams like Darrelle Revis, Nick Mangold, and D'Brickashaw Ferguson, and there were later round players that were at least decent contributors like Eric Smith. By contrast, the team's drafting seemed to go downhill since Rex Ryan took over as head coach with swings and misses like Quinton Coples and Kyle Wilson as examples. From speaking with some of the New York Jets beat reporters, the distinct impression I have gotten is that the drafts since 2009 have been below average in terms of identifying talent, but the coaching staff has also been well below average in terms of developing talent. I do not think there is a clean way to disaggregate the poor talent evaluation and poor talent development. So, its difficult to confidently say that Joe Douglas and the talent evaluation side is miserable based on the swings and misses over the past two drafts. Sure he's had misses but, missing on draft picks is a statistical inevitability. I guess what worries me is the consistently similar types of misses - e.g., he seems to heavily discount injury risk and, after the first few rounds, drafts players that were not on anybody's draft board and may well have been UDFAs if he didn't pick them in the 5th round. So, you see a tendency to swing for the fences with his drafting strategy. If he wants to keep swinging for the fences rather than trying to get singles, he better be self-reflective and capable of moving on from his strikeouts rather than tie this team to the performance of busts.
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