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  1. http://espn.go.com/blog/new-york/jets/post/_/id/23627/more-legal-woes-for-goodson?src=mobile


    UPDATE (6:40 p.m.): The Houston woman, Ashlee Wilson, contacted ESPNNewYork.com four hours after the story was posted, claiming she never gave attorney Glenn Lilly authorization to file the suit. Wilson said she has no plans to sue Goodson for child support, adding: "We don't need a lawyer to settle it." She said she doesn't want to create any additional problems for Goodson with the Jets. Wilson also claimed no one, including Goodson, convinced her to drop the suit. Lilly, reached late Saturday, said he received "oral authorization" from Wilson to file the suit in court.

  2. Apparently, we'll still be in trouble even after Schotty is replaced by a more competent O coordinator.


    by Greg Cosell

    No one should be surprised by the relative poor play of Mark Sanchez, certainly not Rex Ryan and the Jets. Ryan knew what he was getting when he traded up to draft Sanchez in 2009. He was looking for a complementary quarterback that would fit his world view of championship NFL football: Run the ball with power and efficiency, and dominate with a turnover-based defense. The quarterback was a puzzle piece, a role player more than a foundation.

    That’s what Ryan got with Sanchez: A limited passer with above average arm strength who was at his best in a timing-and-rhythm pass game in which the ball could come out quickly to the primary read. If the Jets could stay ahead of the down, and play in manageable down and distance situations, then Sanchez could function effectively.

    In 2009, Sanchez rookie year, the Jets led the NFL in rushing attempts and yards. Defensively, they allowed both the fewest yards and the fewest points. This was football the way Ryan envisioned it.

    The Jets, despite Sanchez’s low completion percentage and AFC-high 20 interceptions, made the playoffs. In fact, they won 2 postseason games. In those wins, Sanchez totaled less than 40 attempts. In a passing league, this clearly defied the accepted methodology.

    The Jets ’09 run ended in the AFC Championship against Peyton Manning and the Colts, when Ryan’s defense could not hold up in the second half after leading 17-13 at halftime. Lost in Manning’s brilliant performance that day was the fact the Jets did not score in the final 2 quarters.

    In 2010, the Jets’ team profile remained essentially the same. They were second in the NFL in both rushing attempts and yards. Defensively, they were not quite as strong statistically, but the basic template was still in place. Sanchez was slightly more efficient, and he limited his interceptions to 13. But he was still a component piece, nothing more. He won a few games in the fourth quarter, which elevated his public perception, but that did not alter Ryan’s fundamental philosophy nor meaningfully change Sanchez’s limitations as a passer.

    The 2010 playoffs mirrored those of 2009. Sanchez threw for less than 200 yards against the Colts in the Wild Card game, as the Jets ran for 169 yards and held Manning to 54 offensive plays and 16 points. Then followed the big Divisional Playoff win against New England: 25 passes for Sanchez and less than 200 yards. A bad start in the AFC Championship doomed a Jets team not built to rally from a large deficit: after falling behind the Steelers 24-0 in the first half, New York could not come back.

    What’s happened in 2011? The twin foundations of the team have not performed at the necessary levels: the Jets rank 22nd in rushing, averaging only 104 yards per game. The defensive deterioration has been just as striking: in points allowed, they also rank 22nd. These failings have placed the burden on Sanchez to suddenly be something he was not ever expected to be: a lead quarterback who is the focal point of the offense. Sanchez was not drafted to play that role, and he’s not capable of it.

    So make no mistake, the Jets struggles are not merely surprisingly poor play. They stem from the very heart of the team and how it’s seen itself during the 3 years of the Ryan era. Nothing significant about Mark Sanchez has changed. It’s the rest of the team that has changed. That’s what has magnified their quarterback’s limitations.

  3. http://bleacherreport.com/articles/511672-schottenheimer-quickly-coaching-his-way-out-of-new-york

    By Sean Sheppard (Contributor) on November 7, 2010

    Everyone knows the Jets' identity on defense since Rex Ryan arrived in New York—blunt force trauma and blitzing from the time they get off the team bus.

    The offense's identity? Seems like each year, the Jets try to rediscover who they are all because their offensive coordinator, Marty's son, Brian Schottenheimer, is hell bent on stamping his schizophrenia on the players he oversees.

    Several weeks ago, Rex Ryan revealed to the media that he told the offense that he didn't trust them yet. Now we know why—it's hard to trust a group led by an offensive coordinator that doesn't know what he wants his unit to be from week-to-week. I personally don't think that Brian Schottenheimer is going to be on the Jets' payroll for much longer.

    If you look at his total body of work as a coordinator, he's just not good. Check the stats: until Sanchez's 336-yard overtime effort against the Lions today, Schottenheimer-led offenses hadn't generated a 300-yard passer since 2006.

    If you go back to Rex's lack of confidence in the offense (an indictment of Schottenheimer), the fact that the Jets defense played well enough to win in both losses and the fact that the head coach and the offensive coordinator differ so much from a mentality standpoint, a divorce is imminent.

    I've written several articles outlining Brian Schottenheimer's shortcomings as an OC. Aside from the 2008 season when Favre was running the offense (Jets finished 10th in the league in points scored that year), Schottenheimer-led units have never finished above the bottom half of the league in scoring offense.

    In the two Jets losses this year, the offense has generated zero touchdowns, and against the Green Bay Packers, the offense generated no points at all. Seems like when Brian has too much time to game plan (the entire summer for the Ravens and two weeks for the Packers), the offense suffers greatly.

    Against a banged up Packer defensive front, Schottenheimer's game plan called for the league's second ranked rush offense to run the ball all of 25 times, excluding Sanchez scrambles, Weatherford's fake punt, Brad Smith's wildcat runs and a pitiful Cotchery reverse that lost eight yards. Sixteen carries for Tomlinson, SIX carries for Greene. Six.

    Another interesting tid-bit: Schottenheimer's infatuation of forcing Holmes into an offense that had scored at least 28 points in three straight games before he was activated has damaged their production dramatically.

    In Holmes' first game back against the Vikings, the Jet offense scored 22 points. Against the Broncos, a game where Holmes had a huge fumble on a reverse, the offense scored 24 points. Against the Packers? Zero points. It took the Jets an extra period to score 23 against the Lions today.

    Meanwhile, an offense that was humming by setting up the pass with the run has gotten away from getting the ball to the pass catcher that seems to make the entire offense flow beautifully like a quick silver—Dustin Keller.

    The Jets are still in good shape to have a season that includes a Super Bowl appearance; however, it is clear to me that it will all depend on the offense and how they're coached. That should be a major concern for all Jet fans.

    False starts and holding calls on run plays at the most inopportune times, dropped passes and unforced fumbles are all signs that the offense is being coached by an offensive coordinator that has not instilled discipline on that side of the ball.

    Look at the talent on the offensive side of the ball. There's no excuse for their offense to not be unstoppable. Then again, there's a perfect excuse why they're not—Schottenheimer.

    Although at the end of the day, it's Rex's ship, we all know who runs the offense and who runs the defense. I'll keep the guy who runs the defense for sure, but at some point soon, the Jets will have to make a change in offensive leadership if they want to be the consistent juggernaut they should be.

    Schottenheimer's total body of work warrants him standing in the unemployment line. The Jets' offensive performance on offense against the Lions today is further proof that he needs to go.

  4. http://bleacherreport.com/articles/461903-brian-schottenheimer-led-offenses-not-one-300-yard-passer-since-2006

    New York Jets: Schottenheimer-Led O Doesn't Have One 300-Yard Passer Since 2006

    By Sean Sheppard on September 14, 2010

    Brian Schottenheimer has been the offensive coordinator of the New York Jets since 2006, making the 2010-2011 season his 5th year on the job. In his four full years, the following quarterbacks have lined up under center: Chad Pennington, Kellen Clemens, Brett Favre, Brad Smith, Brooks Bollinger and Mark Sanchez.

    Now I know there’s only one hall of famer in the bunch (Favre), but Chad Pennington enjoyed a productive career (when he wasn’t out for the season with yet another shoulder injury).

    My point in listing all these QB’s is that there is enough talent among them to have passed for several 300 yard games apiece over the years right? At least with Pennington and Favre, right? Well if you think so you’re wrong.

    Since 2006, the only Jets QB that has thrown for 300 yards in a game is Chad Pennington, and he did it 4 times, all in 2006. There hasn’t been one 300 passing game by a Jet QB since 2006. Not even by the game’s greatest gun slinger, Brett Favre.

    I personally think this stat is amazing.

    The Jets have had enough talent at the wide receiver position, at the tight end position and on the offensive line where there really is no reason why it is nearly impossible for a Jet quarterback to throw for 300 yards in a game. Well there is one reason.

    Who do you blame for the Jets' pedestrian passing game since 2006?

    Mangini and Ryan Schottenheimer Quarterbacks Wide Receivers Submit Vote vote to see results

    Brian Schottenheimer.

    When the Jets got rid of Laveranues Coles and Santana Moss, they immediately made the pro bowl with the Washington Redskins. It’s not that they didn’t have pro bowl talent while playing with the Jets; they did. It’s just that for some reason, they never reached their maximum potential playing in the Jet's offense, no matter who the O.C. was (Moss did not play in Schottenheimer's system).

    When Chad Pennington signed with the Dolphins, many questioned his ability to play quarterback at a high level. By the time he left the Jets, many fans, including myself, wanted to be rid of Pennington’s weak arm and injury prone shoulder.

    I remember Chad saying at the time (I’m paraphrasing), “people who know this game know the circumstances under which I play.” It’s as if Chad was trying to tell us all something about Schottenheimer on his way out the door. Chad Pennington, with the pop-gun arm, wound up throwing for several 300 yard games for the Dolphins during his first year with the ball club. Check the stats, it’s true. Hmmmm….pop-gun arm? Or crappy offensive system in New York?

    Fast forward to the Jets’ Monday Night game against the Ravens. If all things, good or bad, start at the top, then Rex Ryan cannot be excused for the team’s poor performance on offense, penalties etc. But a closer look at the Jets reveals something very telling.

    Rex Ryan runs the Jets’ defense. The Jets’ defense is the strongest unit on the team. If not for the defense, the Jets would have had a sub .500 record in 2009 and been blown out in tonight’s game against the Ravens. I have no problem with the man running the defense.

    Mike Westhoff runs special teams, and the Jets, under Westhoff’s dictatorship, have been one of the top special teams units in the entire NFL year after year. Against the Ravens, Steve Weatherford, the Jets’ punter, looked like a pro bowler compared to 2009, Nick Folk was perfect in field goal attempts (despite his surprisingly weak kickoffs) the coverage teams were solid and Jim Leonhard’s sparkling punt return featured crushing blocks by Dwight Lowery and John Conner. The special team units were solid as usual. I have no problem with the man running special teams.

    This takes us to Brian Schottenheimer, who oversees the Jets’ offense. The Jets’ offense, year after year, has been their Achilles heel, regardless of the quarterbacks, wide receivers, tight ends, running backs or offensive linemen on the team. Sure, the Jets have figured out how to run the ball effectively over the past couple of years. They ran it amazingly well in 2009, leading the entire NFL in rushing yards per game. When the Jets needed a yard in 2009 , they FINALLY got it against the Chargers (long suffering Jet fans know all about the team's history with 3rd &1 and 4th & 1).

    But the passing game? Well as I mentioned, the Jets have not had a 300 yard passer since 2006 despite having pro bowl talent on the offensive line, at the wide receiver position AND at QB (Favre was a pro bowler during his one year with the team). So if a team has players with talent yet continues to struggle in the passing game, who is to blame?

    When a girl keeps dating creeps, at some point she has to look in the mirror and realize it's not the creep's fault that she keeps picking them. She's the common denominator in all her relationships.

    When the only constant about the offense since 2006 has been the offensive coordinator, despite pro bowl talent at his disposal, he’s to blame. Plain and simple.

    I’m amazed that no one writes about this! NOT ONE 300 YARD PASSER SINCE 2006!!! Yes, I know Sanchez was, at times, an interception machine in 2009, but he was a rookie and that’s to be expected. But Schottenheimer has had seasoned quarterbacks (one with a hall of fame resume) to work with and it seems like the quarterbacks, when successful, are successful in spite of the system, not because of it.

    Tom Brady, it has been said, is successful in large part due to Belichick’s system. Spurrier’s college QB’s are successful due to his system. Schottenheimer’s system? Well, it appears if you’re a QB, a wide receiver or tight end in his system, it’s akin to being sent to a super max prison: you can’t break out no matter what you do.

    You won’t be throwing for 300 yards in a game any time soon if you’re a QB and you won’t be catching 80 balls in a season if you’re a wide receiver or a tight end.

    And I don’t want to hear about the Jets being a running team. Could it be that the Jets are a running team because they can’t pass with any consistency in Schottenheimer’s offense?

    Every offensive coordinator around the league seems to be adept at creating mismatches against opposing defenses. Not Schottenheimer. There have been countless times over the years when the Jets have gone against a defense with a depleted or extremely green secondary (as they did against the Ravens on Monday Night) – and have never capitalized (and they didn’t on Monday Night, once again). Mismatches in the Jets’ favor are rarely if ever exploited (Dustin Keller is a mismatch against anyone covering him), and it appears as if the Jets are fairly easy to prepare for.

    When you watch the Jets as often as I do (live or on tape), it seems as if they have 10 pass plays - total. I think Brian Schottenheimer is a nice enough person based on appearances, but the bottom line is that his unit is running anchor leg on the Jets team. The offense is an albatross around the team’s neck, and I’ll say it again: the only constant about the Jets’ offense since 2006 is – Brian Schottenheimer.

    The Jets certainly have no need to panic. They lost one game, their first game of the year, by 1 point. Their defense was great again despite the penalties and their defensive secondary play will improve with more time in the system (remember, Cromartie and Wilson are brand new and Wilson is a rookie).

    But the fact remains that Brian Schottenheimer is a seasoned veteran and a known commodity. His total body of work as an offensive coordinator has been less than stellar. Rex Ryan, in his first year running the Jets defense, produced the number 1 defense in the NFL.

    Brian Schottenheimer has been the O.C. since 2006, and although his position with the Jets is the first O.C. job of his career, he’s had 4 years to produce a top 5 offense and hasn’t come close to accomplishing that feat.

    Say whatever you want about Sanchez. He’s young and learning. He’s going to make mistakes, yet at times, has shown flashes of brilliance. I just don’t feel that Schottenheimer is doing the kid any favors. Based on his track record, I don’t see the Jets scaring anyone in the passing game as long as he is the O.C. of the NYJ.

    Not one 300 yard passer since 2006. You can’t just point to the Jets quarterback(s) anymore.

  5. Does anyone know anything about this guy?


    By Brad Biggs

    Jarron Gilbert has found a new home.

    The Bears' top pick in 2009 has been signed to the practice squad of the New York Jets, according to his agent Frank Bauer.

    Gilbert was claimed by the Jets on waivers Sunday, but the team had a higher prioritized claim on Dallas Cowboys defensive end Marcus Dixon. The Jets were awarded Dixon and Gilbert became a free agent.

    Jets coach Rex Ryan called Gilbert late Sunday to personally recruit him to the Jets and the sell job worked.

    "He liked Rex Ryan because Rex had come out to personally work him out before the draft," Bauer said. "He said, 'Come sign on my practice squad.' I thought I was going to bring Jarron out west, but he made the decision to go there and it's a good one."

    The Jets run a 3-4 scheme that might fit Gilbert better. The Bears originally asked him to be an under tackle in their 4-3 defense. Then, they asked him to slim down to play left end. He dropped to 270 pounds this year on his 6-6 frame and it didn't work out.

    "That's what Rex and I talked about," Bauer said. "The scheme might be better for him. Let's see what happens for the kid."

    Per Bauer, the Jets were considering Gilbert with the first pick of the third round last year. Instead, they took Iowa running back Shonn Greene, which turned out to be a smart move. Gilbert went three picks later to the Bears.

    The Bears did not try to bring Gilbert back to their practice squad, choosing to cut bait. The team owes him $146,500 in a future base guarantee. Baltimore, Seattle and the New York Giants also expressed interest in Gilbert.

  6. Did anyone notice that Revis' agent stated that the Jets did not offer a single dollar in guaranteed money "in writing"? It sure sounds like the Jets have talked about it, doesn't it.

    Also, Tanny mentioned that for 15 years of contract negotiations, the fundamental thing has been to agree first on total compensation, and then settle on the ancillary stuff (i.e., signing bonuses, incentives, etc.). There seems to be a major difference in total compensation between Revis and the Jets in that Revis seems to be obsessed in being the highest paid CB.

    Revis is behaving selfishly. The Jets are willing to pay him more money than his contract calls for --there is no argument there, since they've approached him in the first place.

    Revis doesn't seem to care about the Jets being able to sign Mangold, Harris, Cromartie, Braylon Edwards, Santonio Holmes next year. One player doesn't make a team.

    Am I missing something here?

  7. whether we do or not this Jets fan is ready to move on without him. We'll get to see how much was really Revis and how much of his greatness was Rex Ryan's defensive schemes. It is what it is right now jw-I will just pretend he tore an ACL and is done for the year-same mindset as that when it happened to Jenkins and Leon last year

    From what I gather the Ravens did not necessarily have the best CBs in the league, and yet they have always been a top 5 defense at the very least. Why is Revis all of a sudden the most crucial ingredient of the team. The key to making the playoffs and having success is Sanchez. If he has indeed made the leap from last year, then we are good to go, Revis or not.

  8. http://blog.newyorkjets.com/2010/08/08/pace-sees-positives-in-defense-being-pushed/

    Pace Sees Positives in Defense Being Pushed

    Posted by Eric Allen on August 8, 2010 – 12:35 pm

    It wasn’t exactly what you expected from the NFL’s best defense. After getting burned on a 70-yard scoring hookup from Mark Sanchez to LaDainian Tomlinson, the Jets’ defense was understandably subdued.

    “It was quiet. To be honest with you, our offense has really been pushing us to the limit,” said OLB Calvin Pace. “I’m not sure if they have new plays, but they’re really clicking right now and they’re making us better. That’s the beauty of this. There is no other team that has the caliber of receivers that we have, the running backs, the line and the quarterbacks — so it’s tough every day.”

    Just one play at SUNY Cortland on Aug. 7 does not make a year. After all, Tomlinson is one of the greatest receiving backs in NFL history and the Green & White’s empty formation gave the offense a favorable matchup.

    “I saw him [Tomlinson] motion out and I didn’t know Dave [Harris] went out to cover him. The D-line could have gotten more pressure to make it harder for them,” said Pace, who’s racked up 15 sacks over the past two seasons. “That’s the reason why he’s one of the best backs ever. But again, we could have been in a better situation to prepare for that. We did a pretty good job rebounding from that play.”

    Pace helped settle things down a little bit, sacking backup QB Mark Brunell on the offense’s second possession as the first-team defense wouldn’t surrender a point the rest of the night. The play was whistled down because the redshirted Brunell was off limits to the 6’4”, 265-pound Pace.

    “That’s what the preseason is for and obviously you can’t complain. Everybody saw it was there and it counts the same, basically,” said the eight-year vet. “A week from Monday, I get a chance to really get a hit on the quarterback.”

    A week into camp, the defense has done a lot of positive things and they’ll be better off after getting challenged each day by what could become a very explosive offense. The “D” has a year under its belt in the Rex Ryan/Mike Pettine system, so the familiarity is there and they’re going to be heard from by their opposition.

    “I think we’re ahead of schedule right now, but then again our offense has gotten better — a whole lot better,” said Pace. “This is training camp and we’re ironing out some kinks right now. Monday against the Giants, we can let out some frustration.”

  9. http://bleacherreport.com/articles/410265-new-york-jets-preview-will-braylon-edwards-will-have-an-off-year

    by Daniel Wolf

    New York Jets wide receiver Braylon Edwards is a bit of an anomaly seeing as how he has all the talent and ability to be a top receiver in the NFL.

    He showed this ability with the Cleveland Browns back in 2007 when he caught 80 balls for over 1,200 yards and 16 touchdowns.

    No matter what the real reason is for Edwards' issues recently, the following are reasons that could lead to Edwards' fall in 2010.

    No, Edwards is one of the last Jets' player that I'm worried about having an off year. He's been lighting it up so far in camp, he's even been winning most of his battles on Revis. He's showed up in better shape than ever and his attitudes been great with the Jets. All he does is work hard.

    Here's the reason to why he won't have an off year.

    1) Hustle. Every play last year he hustled, and early on in camp he's been amazing.

    2) Blocking ability. He's one of the best blocking receivers in the NFL, he'll stay on the field for that alone because the Jets are a run first team.

    3) Athletic ability. Yes, he is a freak athletically. He can stretch the field better than any of the other Jets receivers and he'll win more than half of his jump balls.

    4) His drops are overrated. Andre Johnson, Marques Colston, Dwayne Bowe, Randy Moss, Brandon Marshall, Donald Driver, Hines Ward, Wes Welker, both Steve Smith's, Chad Ochocinco, Derrick Mason, Roddy White, Calvin Johnson, Michael Crabtree (Even though he missed half the year), TJ Houshmanzadeh, etc all had more drops than Braylon Edwards. Edwards only had 4 drops last year. His drops are on easy passes that any WR should catch, that's why he takes a lot of heat for it. But he more than makes up for it with catches that no other receiver could make. So "Edwards has the dropsies" is completely false. No doubt he doesn't have the greatest hands in the league, but he's farrrr from the worst hands too.

    5) Mark Sanchez. There is NO chance that Mark Sanchez will be worse than last year. I don't think it's possible for a QB to be that bad two years in a row. Plus he looked so much better in the playoffs and so far in camp this year.

    6) Santonio Holmes. They don't play the same position, so no need to fight for PT. Holmes will be a good distraction giving Edwards 1 on 1 coverage a lot on the outside.

    There is no doubt in my mind that Edwards will be a lot better than last year. No, I don't think he'll be a Pro Bowl caliber season, but he'll take a big step up from last season.

  10. ...I really think that the Jets should dump Erik AInge (horrible, btw), and go out and pick up a veteran QB who can teach both Sanchez and Clemens the nuances of the position, especially given the lack of talent around them. I fear a David Carr situation with Sanchez. I really do. WHen CLemens and Sanchez aren't in the drill, they stand there talking to each other and, really, wouldn't they be better served talking to a veteran QB who can tell them what they should be looking for the next time out?

    Isn't it the job of the QB coach to do just what you are proposing?

    By the way, excellent report. Thank you & keep them coming.

  11. http://mvn.com/the****pit/2009/06/the-war-is-won-in-the-trenches.html

    June 29, 2009

    The War is Won in the Trenches

    By Ronnie Shumake

    There is much to be excited about this year with the New York Jets. There is a new head coach, key new additions via free agency and a top five pick quarterback from this year's draft. The thing that may be a bit under the radar to the casual eye, is that the offensive line is returning intact. This unit has a full year together under their belt and that is both rare and vital to success in the running game and pass protection.

    Football teams take on identities similar to that of the head coach. From Lombardi to Parcells, Walsh to Manigini. Teams play with the same energy level on the field as the coach's persona and demeanor. I mentioned Mangini because when you look at the overall body of work his teams produced here, they were as middle of the road and non-emotional as he was. Aside from the around 500 record overall in his stint, you can just look at the way the team performed on the West Coast and also down the stretch last year. The whole time he was making bland statements about approach and execution, the team played just as flat as his press conferences. Can you imagine what we would have heard from Ryan in the midst of such a collapse. I can guarantee that the team would react differently, if they were to end up in such a scenario, which is highly unlikely.

    I mention all of this because this year, the team will rely heavily on the running game. If you doubt that for any reason, look at the drafting of Shonn Greene for proof. When you look at the culture that Ryan is creating in the locker room, you can't help but think that this year, the offensive line will step up to be one of if not the best in the league. They are experienced, highly talented, extremely well coached and more familiar with each other's tendencies. When coupled with the aggressive mentality that Ryan brings, I see the potential for a nasty unit that can dominate.

    Damien Woody, Alan Faneca, Nick Mangold, D'Brickashaw Ferguson and Brandon Moore are all pretty darn big. When you factor in that the league as a whole is getting 3-4 happy, resulting in one less big tackle on the opposing defensive lines, I can easily see a season that produces two 1000 yard runners. These guys are not only big, but extremely athletic as well. You start talking about Mangold or Faneca down-field on a linebacker and it creates serious problems for the opposing defenses.

    This is becoming somewhat of a hot topic with football minds around the country right now. There is actually a great in depth article by KC Jones earlier this month comparing the Jets and the Giants offensive lines in a highly statistical manner right here http://fifthdown.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/06/15/who-has-the-best-o-line-giants-or-jets/ This shows that I am not alone in my thinking about the potential for this year. Many analysts around the league are actually expecting big things from this unit.

    Even with the emphasis on the run, the pass protection will also be a huge factor in this team's success. No matter which QB we go with, neither is a proven Dan Marino back there. Teams will be bringing the heat in passing downs. The "blind-spot" protection for the QB will be a determining factor in games. Teams will not only bring the heat, but likely be ball hungry and swiping a lot when putting the pressure on. I expect to see a huge step up in D'Brckashaw's game this year as from the comments I have heard from him thus far, he seems to have something to prove.

    There is no debating the fact that with all of the high-powered offense, if the QB has no time, the throw can't be made. The game was and still is, won in the trenches.

  12. http://mvn.com/the****pit/2009/06/ke...-gholston.html

    June 11, 2009

    Key Sophmore Jet players to watch this season pt.2-Vernon Gholston

    By Ronnie Shumake

    Since this year's coach Rex Ryan is a defensive guru with an attacking style, I chose to focus on defense this week in my sophmore player review. It's only right that after a review of Dwight Lowery with the initial story, we now focus on Vernon Gholston.

    Some may argue that Gholston should have been the first story. Taken as the number six pick in the first round, he was a much higher pick and thus received more attention overall last year. In Eric Mangini's system (former DB coach), Lowery got more playing time and had a bigger impact last year. Many argued that Gholston was a bust after one year with relatively little playing time. This year, Ryan and Mike Pettine have called out Gholston stating if they can't make him a player, then no one can. Looking at the feedback from Pettine who so far has said that "the signs are there" regarding Gholston's focus and progression from OTA workouts, you tend to think he will answer the challenge this year.

    Ryan and his staff will put the players in situations to succeed. I really don't see them asking Gholston to drop back and cover passes a whole lot this year. For additional depth with coverages, keep an eye on undrafted Jamaal Westerman out of Rutgers making the team. They are the same size and he seems more at ease dropping back in pass coverage than Gholston. Vernon Gholston has the speed skills to play either way, but his game is all about the rush and attacking the QB. He is a classic speedy defensive end in the Julius Peppers/John Abraham mold. I think Jake Long still has nightmares about him and we play Long and the Miami Dolphins twice a year. I like the thought of Gholston, Jenkins and Ellis rushing a QB with our core of LB's behind them. If you line up in a 4-3 or 4-6 with the extra tackle, it will only help create more opportunities for sacks as now teams can't double team any of the three with a Sione Piouha, Howard Green or Marques Douglas (another ex-Raven) also on the line.

    Last year, Gholston missed the early organized team activities and training camp due to a contract holdout. This hurt his development more than people realize. In Mangini's system, he was being forced into a read and react style of play. As a head coach with a highly touted first year player in a new system, this was just asking for problems. This was never his strength in Ohio State, as he was an end who lined up to cause QB pressures, sacks and hurries. The good thing about Rex Ryan aside from him talking more smack than a WWE promo, is that he is a throwback football coach. He's not all caught up in "well our philosophy is to a read and react" and trying to reinvent the wheel with his players. He recognizes his players strengths and works to implement a system that will utilize them. There are fundamental things about football that don't change no matter what year it is. In the trenches, you line up and try to knock the crap out of your opponent.

    Gholston and Lowery are two sophmore players who should benefit from the change in attitude and philosophy with this staff. I feel that the natural skill sets of each will be utilized with the new system and additions to the roster. With more experience Gholston will evolve into a more complete DE/LB. For now, the best bet is to line him up and let him loose. If they can get a minimum of five sacks out of him in situational playing time, it would be a good start to a promising career.

  13. Jets, Jenkins Loosen Up on Defense

    Posted May 24, 2009 11:00AM

    By Dan Graziano

    FLORHAM PARK, NJ -- It's not that Kris Jenkins minded the way it used to be -- a New York Jets defense with him as its massive, central focal point. It's just that the gargantuan nose tackle really likes the way it is now.

    "This is the first time in a long time where it doesn't feel like it's just a job," Jenkins said after a recent practice at the Jets' training facility here. "Football gets to where, Sunday is always fun, but Monday through Saturday, the fun can get sucked out of it. Now, though, it's a different atmosphere around here. This is the first time in a long time where I really feel like it's fun coming here every day."

    The reason is a new defense, imported from Baltimore by new coach Rex Ryan, that allows Jenkins and everybody else on it to do pretty much anything they want to do.

    "The entire key," said linebacker Bart Scott, who came from Baltimore with Ryan and knows the defense from having played in it there. "Is that they don't know what we're going to do, and we don't know what we're going to do. That's the beauty of the whole thing. We don't know what we're going to do on a given play, so how's the other team going to know?"

    Sitting at his locker after that same recent practice, Scott was reveling in the opportunity to educate reporters about the loosely organized chaos that is Ryan's defensive scheme. Scott and the other defensive players (Jim Leonhard, Marques Douglas) who journeyed up I-95 with Ryan from the Ravens have been working to educate their teammates about a defense that, Scott says, is rooted in the coaching staff's trust of its players to make good judgments on the field and within a play.

    "The coach allows you to be a football player," Scott said. "You have a job, but there are 10 different ways you can get that job done, and maybe you pick a different one every play. It doesn't matter. It's trust. He trusts you, and in return you earn the right for him to know you can make a good football decision."

    For example, there is Jenkins, who stands 6-foot-4 and weighs something in the neighborhood of 370 pounds and has been, for his entire career, an interior defensive lineman. It is what he is built, suited and trained for. He played inside on the line for seven years in the 4-3 defense in Carolina, and last year with the Jets he started all 16 games at nose tackle in the 3-4.

    This year? Well, he'll line up some at nose tackle, sure. But not on every play. In fact, once he gets used to playing in Ryan's defense, there's no telling where you'll see him on a given play. He could line up on the outside and rush the passer. To hear Scott tell it, he could drop back and play linebacker, or slide back into pass coverage. Would it look ridiculous? Sure. But in this defense, that's part of the plan.

    "Would you want to block him?" Scott asked, rhetorically. "If you're a running back or a receiver or a tight end, would you feel good about trying to block him? Just seeing him out there might be enough to put it in your head that you don't want to get hit by that. And then we've got you."

    Ryan said he remembers watching Jenkins work out when Jenkins was still in school at Maryland, and he believes his massive tackle is athletic enough to be used in different ways.

    "He's a phenomenal athlete," Ryan said. "His flexibility for a big guy, he's just like a huge cat. He really is. He can bend at his ankles, knees and hips. That's usually for a guy much smaller. So he's a rare guy. So absolutely, you're talking about standing him up and doing some of those things, I think we will probably see that a little bit. You may do it one snap a game, you may do it 20 snaps a game, you may not do it at all."

    Remember, the whole point is that nobody, on either side really, is sure what this defense is going to do on any given play. It's new for Jenkins, and he's not 100 percent sure yet how he exactly fits in. But he knows he likes it.

    "I'm going to do a little bit of everything, I guess," Jenkins said. "It kind of depends on what Rex feels like and what I'm comfortable with. But I like it because it doesn't just give me one responsibility. When you do the same thing every time, people start learning how to scheme against you."

    That may be what happened last year, when Jenkins may have been the best defensive player in the league for the first three-quarters of the season but wore down (like the rest of his team) in the final month. He was banged-up and injured, and it's entirely possible that this new defense, which won't rely as heavily on him as the old one did, will keep him fresher for all 16 games.

    Jenkins brushes off that kind of talk, of course. No athlete likes to talk about injuries or wearing down. What he does know about 2009, as he looks around his locker room, is that things are different.

    "We've got some characters in here," Jenkins said. "There's no doubt about that. But it's a different group of characters. They're all about their work. And that's what makes them able to be out there and have fun. Because they know, and we know, they're all about doing their jobs first."

    And that clears the way for them to have all this fun.

  14. I really, really like Schottenheimer at OC.

    This should be a very good year for him now that he's got 1 QB with 4 years under him and a newly drafted QB that'll only know his system.

    *Mandatory "Mangini didn't let anybody didn't do anything" line.*

    Hope you're right on Schotty. In particular, I'd like to see less gimmicky stuff, and more real packages for folks like Brad Smith and Leon Washington for example.

  15. Passed over for top spot, Schottenheimer finds same gig, bigger role

    By Thomas George | NFL.com

    Senior Columnist

    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- He has a bigger and stronger voice now, a more distinct one on how the Jets will play it, how this offense under constant construction in recent seasons can become more frank. And that gives Brian Schottenheimer effervescent energy.

    Somewhere between Eric Mangini's firing as Jets head coach and Schottenheimer's denial for the job and Rex Ryan's hiring, Schottenheimer has re-tooled his thinking and amped his approach and found a nook that every NFL offensive coordinator seeks. And he believes his fourth season in this role for the Jets can be unlike the other three, a more original reflection of his approach, his voice.

    "When you think about the fact we had Chad (Pennington) at quarterback in the first season here in 2006, then Chad was hurt and we went with Kellen (Clemens) on the fly in 2007, then Brett Favre coming in last year late, we've basically had three different offenses," Schottenheimer said. "When I interviewed and didn't get the head job here, sure, that was tough and it made it a situation where I didn't know if I'd be here at all. But Rex comes in and he was in the same situation last year in Baltimore when he didn't get the head job. We're both coach's sons, so that was common. I called around for a day before we met and talked to 12 people trying to get someone to say something bad about Rex. I couldn't find it. All you wanted to hear in that meeting we had was you can be a part of it, be you, and do what you do. After 10 minutes, it was, let's go. I have only been around him a couple of months but I love the guy.

    "You look for freedom in your job. Rex said from Day 1 here's what I want to include, but go. That is something, when someone gives you that type of responsibility, I take it with great pride. He is the head coach. It's his football team. But he truly has given me his blessings to lead this group more."

    And so he will, using a portfolio at age 35 that starts with one of the most respected head coaches by his peers in league history, his father, Marty, all the way up to Mangini, who gave him his first shot at offensive coordinator. Schottehemer's mentors are plenty after pro coaching stops in St. Louis and Kansas City, college ones at Syracuse and USC before back to the pros at Washington, San Diego and the Jets.

    It was Giants coach Tom Coughlin who told him in 1999 that "until you're in your own room, you don't know what coaching is all about." Coughlin meant coaching your own people, your own group, meeting with and disciplining that group, preparing it and being accountable for it. That happened for Schottenheimer at Syracuse when he coached wide receivers there in '99. Paul Pasqualoni was head coach. Now, Schottenheimer faces him twice a year, matching wits, since Pasqualoni is the Miami Dolphins defensive coordinator.

    Schottenheimer was a quarterback at Kansas when he decided after his freshman season that he was not good enough to have a pro playing career, but could become good enough to have a pro coaching one. He visited seven colleges in five days with his mother, Pat, and selected Florida and coach Steve Spurrier. The 12-1 Gators would win the national championship in 1997 with Danny Wuerffel at quarterback.

    "Steve was playing wide open, empty sets, flexible," Schottenheimer said. "He treated me like I was an extra coach. He let me signal in the offense. It was like a backstage pass for the greatest show in college football at that point. I studied the way he attacked coverages. How he fit his personnel groupings to get the ball to people."

    He took notes. Lots of them, all along the way. It is a joke with his players now, because he often tells them "Write this down!" when instructing them in meetings. Schottenheimer takes the blame for the Jets' 2008 offense that was part of an 8-3 start, but fizzled into a 1-4 finish including a regular-season finale loss at home to Miami that crushed playoff hopes.

    "I have to take responsibility for that," he said. "We didn't adjust as coaches. We weren't very consistent. We didn't execute well. We weren't as good on third downs. We had ball security issues. Also, this business is about momentum. We had it, we were riding high. And once it started to go down, we had a hard time getting it back."

    He has never complained that Favre was thrown into his lap late after Schotteheimer had spent an offseason building the offense to play in another fashion. He has never said that the adjustment for Favre and all involved was huge, that Favre was a West Coast quarterback entering a shifting, motion, multiple offense. He has never admitted that a coach in his third season as offensive coordinator has little chance of doing it more his way and more of what he believes in when hitched with the veteran, big personality that is Favre.

    But we can say it, because it is true.

    Now comes a new Schottenheimer voice. A bigger, stronger more distinct one.

    He wants balance. To be able to run the ball when teams know it is coming and pass it when they know it is coming. He wants to be multiple in formations and shifts and approach. He will feature what his players do well, something every offensive player asks of his coordinator: Does he know what I do well? Is he going to feature that? Schottenheimer gets that.

    He is a playcaller who looks at the huddle from the sideline and decides "I want to get the ball to this player." And he makes his calls, in part, based on that. He will give his quarterbacks some flexibility, but "you might see a stare every now and then when the ball is not going where we want it."

    Here are his views on:

    Running backs Thomas Jones and Leon Washington missing recent voluntary workouts due to contract issues:"The thing we know as coaches is those guys know the system. We also know this is May and this is voluntary, so, you move on. That means other people are getting lots of reps. It means we get to evaluate other players more and see their positives. A focus in coaching is to get the guys who are here in the building better today than they were the day before."

    On whether the quarterback competition between Kellen Clemens and Mark Sanchez is really a competition:"People do not realize the fire in Kellen Clemens' heart and soul. He has said all the right things. He totally feels this is his team. We brought Philip Rivers into San Diego to replace Drew Brees and Rivers sat for two years. Kellen has really grown as a player. When you look into his eyes, there is something different now. It says don't be too quick to count out Kellen Clemens, and we won't. It will be a competition."

    On the Jets lacking a true deep threat or No. 1 wide receiver: "I do not look at it that way. Teams that do well in this league replace players. Jerricho Cotchery is a No. 1 receiver in this league. His numbers say so. It is time he got that opportunity to be a No. 1 receiver. We've got good receivers who are developing and getting better. Brad Smith. Chansi Stuckey. David Clowney. Henry Ellard is coaching those guys well. I feel very comfortable with the guys we have there. But we all know that NFL rosters are liquid."

    Former longtime NFL coach Dan Reeves has watched the rise and maturation of Schottenheimer and sees a future NFL head coach.

    "Impressive, great job working with his people and maturity beyond his years," Reeves said. "He reminds me of when I was a rookie coach in Dallas and was coaching a lot of guys older than me. He makes sense. He is sold on what he believes in. He is flexible with his system. He does not try to blow smoke up your rear. I like that."

    Schottenheimer has a new voice. A bigger, stronger, more distinct one.

    But there was a time not long ago when he wondered if he would, literally, have one at all.

    "Out of the blue one morning in 2004 when I was coaching in San Diego, I woke up with a pain in my throat," he said. "I got it checked. There was a bump in my throat. It tested positive for thyroid cancer. The doctors said it was a very slow growing cancer and I could wait until after the season to have surgery. I wasn't going to wait. We got in touch with (Washington Redskins owner) Dan Snyder, who had experienced something similar, and he graciously got us in touch with the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Four days after finding out, I had surgery. And that Friday that followed I was at work for our preseason game against Indy. They took my thyroid completely out. I had 17 lymph nodes removed. I have to take a pill every day for the rest of my life. But I am fine.

    "I was most concerned about my voice. A coach needs to be able to talk. I didn't lose my voice."

    No, in a fascinating way, he is just finding it.

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