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  1. "Because the Jets got Santonio Holmes, I decided to give them twenty thousand dollars." - No One.

    That is a ridiculous pov. But say if we didn't sign Cro, LT, and Holmes, and instead picked up lower profile role guys (Poole, Folk, et al).

    The average jet fan (not people on this board, our decision about PSL's were decided months ago), would feel that the team isn't getting it done to put the best product and may not consider PSL's if they have it.

    Instead when these fans here the names of Cromartie, Tomlinson, and Holmes, especially coming off of this year, it makes it that much more attractive than finding suitable alternatives at each position.

    Moves like this do not get the diehard blogosphere Jet Fan. It is to get the slightly above average Jet fan who is easily distracted with shiny things and pretty colors (or big name players).

  2. I'd like to think that the Jets are doing all of this to improve (and in my opinion I love all of this offseason action, definitely keeps its interesting).

    But generally there is a difference between signing big names and signing players that can help your team win.

    Woody and Tanny have proven that they can do the first, which makes me happy to be a Jet fan. Glad to see they are willing to make those moves, but I'd be blind to think it is just to improve the team. It's hard to be that naive.

    Since I'm not able to get tickets, I can't complain either way!!! :cheers:

  3. Rex requires one thing and one thing only out of his corners: be able to cover your man in one-on-one coverage, allowing enough time for the pass-rush to get to the QB before he can hit on one of his alternative targets. Antonio Cromartie fits this role, and Rex would NOT have agreed to him joining the Jet roster if he he felt he couldn't help our defense succeed.

    When it comes to free safeties, Rex requires something different, which Jim Leonhard, Eric Smith and even James Ihedigbo provide significantly better than Rhodes ever did: Punish receivers coming over the middle and help with the run. Being able to cover is not nearly as important for the FS than the CB for Rex.

    2) Draft Pick Management. Tannenbaum did a SUPERB job in shipping out Rhodes and acquiring Cromartie by giving up a future draft choice while earning a current pick and losing none of the other 2010 picks.

    With little to no ability to sign quality UFA's, few draft picks to work with for 2010, already being labeled one of the deepest ever, and an uncertain NFL future, 2010 picks are MUCH more valuable than 2011 picks, even moreso than would usually be the case. They are like liquid gold, especially when you can use them to bring in RFA's, something I'm SURE Tannenbaum is looking into aggressively.

    By securing a 4th rounder in THIS draft for Rhodes, which is where we got Rhodes in the first place in 2005 and has been a successful round for us in the past, we got very good value for our 27-year old locker-room cancer. Sure, a 3rd would have been great, but who are we kidding to believe that were in the best place to be picky? As I said, draft picks in 2010 are more valuable than most other drafts, and we just wanted to get rid of Kerry, PERIOD.

    As for what we gave up for Cromartie, you have to love that we could not only avoid giving up any 2010 picks, but that we could get San Diego to take a CONDITIONAL 2011 draft choice. If 2009 was any indication, we're going to be a damn good team again next season or "die trying", so the worst we're looking at giving up is, say, an overall pick # in the late 40's. This is a far cry from the # 19 overall pick San Diego had to use to draft Cromartie originally, and we have a year before we have to cough it up, when there may not even BE an NFL season to use it.

    Sure, San Diego fans are happy to be rid of Cromartie about as much as we are glad to be rid of Rhodes. But for all the reasons I've mentioned, we should be happy with the means by which these deals happened, and how they'll benefit us. Tannenbaum is further proving to be as savvy an NFL GM as they come, and already we're looking better off for 2010 than we did 72 hours ago.

    I am EXTREMELY excited to see what we do with the picks we have, whether we burn some in the RFA route or use them all in the deep 2010 draft class.

    POTW -- nice analysis of the trades that many of us could question. The part I bolded though indicates my feeling that Rex could take Kyle Wilson (CB Boise State) if he's there, and experiment Lowery to move into the vacated safety position. I know many here will question why we'll be investing ample money in to our secondary (most specifically to the CB position) but will protect us god forbid Cromartie doesn't pan out in NY.

    This year's draft is loaded with talent all around, and would not mind us keeping as many picks as possible to fill our needs, (DE, WR #2, RB #3, OL) but our first selection needs to be a splash that can play from day one and not be a project.

  4. Smith has the physicality to cover within the first 10 yards, where he can create contact off the line. Rhodes does not do well in bump and run, and is no faster than Smith. He is taller which is a plus for a safety.

    And I know its not bad to be beat by a 6th or 7th option, especially if it only happens twice in a game, but if its something that I noticed looking at last games gametape, I wouldnt' be shocked to see the Colts try that as well.

  5. Scott made bad reads on TWO plays that game.

    The touchdown is Scotts Fault. Rhodes is playin the seam to the sideline as a deep safety to the two receivers. Scott got caught looking in the backfield and didn't go back in coverage to cover the middle of the field.

    There was another play (Pass to Jacob Hester), where he got caught rushing on the inside (you would think he was going to try a stunt), but his responsibility was to cover the back on the play. He pulled himself too close to the line Hester blew by him in the open for a decent gain.

    Hester had 3 catches during the year. Wilson had 4 catches during the year. Bart Scott was out of position on both.

    This is a concern, as a 2nd TE or FB (especially one that is rarely used and would not be planned for) could possibly get in the open on a play where it is his responsibilty to cover.

    AS FOR RHODES:

    Even as a deep safety, he plays too deep.

    Does it limit the HUGE play, yes.

    Does it help cover his average at best speed, yes.

    On one play in the first quarter this is seen:

    A good safety would understand that on that play, when LT went in motion outside (drawing Revis out to cover him as well), and Leonhard playing outside technique, 1v1 on Jackson in the slot, that Rhodes doesn't need to play deep safety over the top (and help Revis on LT, or the zone coverage on the 2 WR's on the other side covered by 2 db's and a LB), but needs to help the 1 v 1 mismatch of a 6'5'' Jackson against a 5'8'' Leonhard, who was playing him to the inside.

    When the ball was snapped, not only did he not help that coverage but he dropped FURTHER back in coverage giving the receiver (and QB) more space to put a ball over the top of the covering safety (Leonhard was covering Jackson in a mismatch).

    He does not have aggressive ballhawking skills because he doesn't have the sideline to sideline speed necessary to cover ground, and doesn't have the football smarts to understand matchups (especially obvious ones which is any 1v1 of safety on wr, on the same side as Revis).

    Rhodes is OVERRATED! Eric Smith will serve his purpose well, bump and run decent coverage for 10 yards on a TE. That's it. Idehegbo can blitz (had 8 tackles last week as well), and Rhodes can be traded to the Raiders for all I care.

  6. Two things:

    Firstly, the idea of making a JETNATION Indy bar isn't too bad of an idea. Instead of being drunken idiots seperate, we should be drunken idiots together.

    Secondly,

    I have 2 extra spots for a 4:45 reservation at St. Elmo's on Saturday night if anyone wants to jump in. If you want to go to that place there are only times before that (for lunch) or after 10 pm. Sunday there are only times that are during the game or really late as well. I'll be with my buddy another Jet fan, and it would be a good place to eat something quality before I waste my life away bar hopping. If you want to jump in PM me, and we could figure it out.

    Also indyjetsgirl, when do the bars close? Is it 2am, 4am?

  7. I figured we should consolidate this part for Sunday here, since it will not be easy to coordinate much once people get to Indy.

    I know Max mentioned about piggybacking on the back of the bus trip tailgate, which could be, if there are no other options, the way to go. From the other thread that was $25 for food/drink, but I do not know if that includes alcohol (MAX, please confirm, otherwise you'll get angry jet fans on Sunday!)

    If anyone else has a JETS tailgate already planned or more details about tailgating and times, just throw it in this thread and we can work from there.

    Let's do what we can to get a big group together for this big game.

  8. Edwards does three big things besides catching the ball (or not catching, but let's not argue that now)

    1. Draws one less safety into the box for the run. Since most teams will not allow 1v1 coverage on him, although that safety may then commit to the run after the handoff, him being outside allows for the safety to not be all the way in the box to stuff the run.

    2. He has proven to be a good blocker on the outside and has used his size effectively.

    3. He is a team player and a good guy in the locker room. There has been no reports of any issues with him up to this point, and it is clear he has been a "team guy" through his work ethic and helping of Sanchez and other players.

    He is worth a one year flyer, which will give the league time to get its collective bargaining situation fixed, and the Jets 1 more year to re-evaluate his value.

  9. I got mine off of Stubhub for 235 per section 638 row 15 Basically uppers on the 45 yd line...Had to get them right after the Jets beat chargers to make sure I could get flights before prices went up.

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