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  1. What??

    Am I wrong?




    Sources: Patriots settle compensation grievances with Antonio Brown, Aaron Hernandez

    The New England Patriots have settled compensation grievances with Antonio Brown and Aaron Hernandez over the past week, which creates notable salary-cap space for the team, league sources told ESPN.

    The Patriots had owed wide receiver Brown $9 million, and as part of the settlement he will instead receive $5 million, per sources.

    The settlement is notable, as some experts viewed the Patriots' chances of recouping any money as low. The Patriots gave Brown a $9 million signing bonus on Sept. 7, and half of it was to be paid on Sept. 23, three days after they cut him. The other half was to be paid in January.

    In addition to that $4 million credit on the Patriots' cap, the club received a $2.55 million credit after settling a long-running compensation grievance with the late Hernandez, per sources.

    The salary-cap space is significant for the Patriots, who have been tight to the league's limit.

    Earlier this week, prior to restructuring the contract of running back Rex Burkhead, the Patriots were down to less than $500,000 in space. The club now has $7.79 million in room under the salary cap.


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  2. 23 minutes ago, bitonti said:

    Haven't you heard, Mono strikes like lightning, random, and getting it is an act of God

    you can be sitting in your home, eating a hungry man meal in a recliner, and boom, Mono.

    what about the drinking glasses? The horrible terrible drinking glasses?  

    at least, that's what the amateur divorce lawyers / incels who've never had a girlfriend claim 


    "Yeah, honey? I got mono. Calm down, i want to explain about drinking glasses."

    A girl got pregnant in my high school and tried to explain that it happened because she sat on the bleachers in the gymnasium right after some members of the football team had sat there.  Turns out, it wasn't the bleachers she had been sitting on with some members of the football team.


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  3. 2 minutes ago, Jet_Engine1 said:

    Yes, bit Quinnen was the last straw, imo. Gase literally checked out at that point. Polite was the sh*t icing on the turd cake. 

    That we didn't take Josh Allen, DE/OLB from Kentucky, will stick with me forever....or at least until QW is a Pro Bowler. :P


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  4. 10 minutes ago, Jet_Engine1 said:

    No. Drafting Quinnen Williams and Jachai Polite is why he got fired. 


    1 hour ago, Beerfish said:

    Bah, we don;t need him we took both Ardarius Stewart and Chad Hansen ahead of him.

    ...and drafting Darron Lee, and Christian Hackenberg, and overpaying free agents, and...

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  5. 12 hours ago, T0mShane said:

    Don’t get us banned, you bastard. No one will remind these skells of 6-2.

    Lots of positives in that second half of the year. Gase made some lemonade out of lemons, massaging his system into something that could work with a horrible offensive line and mediocre skill position talent. Gave Darnold options for quick throws and they executed.



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  6. 10 minutes ago, Jetsfan80 said:


    He establishes culture.  That's about it.

    With the exception of relying on Ryan Kalil a little too long, I think Gase did begin to show some elements of a culture based on meritocracy.  Meritocracy is one of my favorite management constructs.  It essentially means that those who perform well and earn playing time, promotions, etc. get those opportunities.  You don't play or get promoted simply because of who you are, how much we're paying you or how high you were drafted.  Gregg Williams exemplified this with the Defense.  Cheap, lesser known guys on the DLine like Fatukasi, Phillips, Shepherd got more and more time as the year went on.  Similarly on offense a bit....Vyncint Smith, Berrios, the decision to start playing Bilal Powell more while paying Bell a fortune, etc.

    That is a winning approach, it makes veterans and high draft picks uncomfortable because they know they have to work to keep their jobs.  There's accountability and, as a player, when you know that there truly is opportunity it makes you work harder.  You don't have that, "I'll never play no matter what I do because they have a 1st round draft pick who plays the same position I do," attitude.

    Gase isn't very relatable at press conferences, he can come off pretty obtuse and disinterested.  Although he's much more interesting to listen to in casual interviews and one-on-one discussions.  But, he's an alpha guy, a seemingly Type A personality without too much BS.  I like that.  To me, he's a bit like Parcells but without the affability and some of the soft-touch management skills that Parcells had.  There's no "Camp Cupcake" here like we've seemingly had with Herm's barbecues, Rex's loose ship, and Bowles' complete absence of a pulse.  With Gase (and Williams) this seems to be a culture of hard work and no shenanigans.  Sometimes that doesn't work if you're too much of a hard ass (like Mangini and his "process") but I haven't seen any signs of guys not wanting to play here and the team's efforts last November and December show that they were competing through the finish line.

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  7. 27 minutes ago, johnnysd said:

    My exact thought process. I am a barely on the support side, will not be surprised if he completely fails, hopeful with better players he can emerge as a good coach. I also dont want to fire Gase and have Woody hire another offense allergic "hot" DC of the day

    You go on my list of pragmatic people around here! lol

    There are definitely pros and cons with Gase.  His track record isn't good and the idea that he's some kind of offensive expert is severely lacking in evidence.  With that said, there are several valid reasons, other than coaching, as to why the Jets performed the way they did last year.  On that front, there are several reasons to be optimistic that his Year 2 will be significantly better.  And, if it isn't then I'll likely switch over to the Fire Gase crowd.  My reasons for hope are...

    • Completely upgraded OLine in Year 2.  Still not perfect and inexperience will be a challenge with guys like Becton.  But we'll have either 80% or 100% new starters on the Line and the Jets decided to keep OLine Coach Frank Pollack who is very respected.  This tells me the Jets are highly confident they had a personnel problem, not a coaching problem, and the independent observation of Joe Douglas supports this. As we know, nothing can happen on offense if the OLine is inept.  You can't develop game flow,  you can't mix run/pass the way you want to, your playbook gets chopped in half because you can't run deep route concepts without QB protection, etc.  In other words, I don't know if we got to see what Gase can really cook up with Darnold because many plays were a disaster right from the snap.
    • Year 2 in an offensive system for Sam Darnold + No Mono.  QBs typically do better in their second year of a new offensive system, they're thinking less and simply playing more comfortably. And, Darnold didn't even get a full Year 1 in the system due to Mono.  Not being physically present to play games and then coming back to play when he was likely only 80-90% healthy (Mono can take a full year or more to completely recover from) really hampered his growth.  I think we started to see the real Sam in this system during the finally games of the year.
    • Injuries.  At one point the Jets had more than $48M of their Salary Cap on Injured Reserve.  Think about that for a minute.  And, that doesn't include the $13M for CJ Mosley who was kept off IR most of the time but didn't appear in more than 2 games.  That $48M number is more than DOUBLE what 26 other NFL teams had.
    • Positive trends at the end of the year.  The team finished fairly strong and obviously never quit on the coach, which they easily could have given all of the above.  This tells me that Gase still has the locker room and that players were motivated to play and win despite nothing to play for.

    The above hint at potential for this team in 2020.  It's the glass-half-full perspective.  Now, they're a young team and I'm expecting bumps since the offensive could be counting on rookies like Becton and Mims pretty heavily.   However, the door has now been opened for Adam Gase and the Jets....but they need to actually walk through it.  This is likely Gase's last chance to turn around a track record that hasn't been particularly good in recent years.

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  8. If he's being driven by fear that his career could end in by injury then buy an insurance policy.  It's not hard to do and the premium will pale in comparison to the next contract he gets.  And, if he gets hurt and can't play, or has an injury resulting in diminished value and subpar contract, then he cashes in on the policy.  It's really a no-brainer.

    BUT, that's only if his injury and his future are truly his concerns.

  9. 18 hours ago, HawkeyeJet said:

    But they do have cheesesteaks

    And my wife is a Philadelphian.  Big Eagles fan too (season tickets in her fam since the '70's).  I've never had a problem with the Eagles primarily because they're in the NFC, I'll root for them against the Giants, Cowboys, etc.  My problem is with the Flyers and most other things from Philly besides the cheesesteaks. :D 

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