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  1. DoubleDown

    Joe Thomas: Darnold is a Bust

    I think it's pretty simple. The jury is still out on Sam Darnold. Has he flashed the ability to be a special player? Absolutely. But he also leads the league in interceptions and three and outs. Are the poor results a product of the system and players around him? I sure hope so but it's too early to come to any definitive conclusion. In my opinion, Darnold has regressed since the preseason and first quarter of the season. No way to sugarcoat it, and it's not a good sign. The Jets are well on their way to ruining this kid. The Jets need to do everything in their power to develop Darnold and build a team around him. The focus needs to be OL OL OL and difference makers at the skill positions. And please bring in an offensive mind who knows what it takes to win in this era of football. Give this kid a chance to succeed and turn into something special. In my estimation, the potential is certainly there, but he's not trending in the right direction at this point. Let's see how he finishes out the season. Hopefully a lame duck HC doesn't drain everything out of this team.
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    This is what we wanted, no?

    No, not what I wanted. Zero playoff appearances since 2011. 5-11 last two seasons, going on three. Completely inept on offense, leading the league in 3 and outs. RBs have nowhere to run. QBs have no time to throw. Running an archaic west coast offense. The Jets continue to play checkers while all the decent teams play chess. Worst talent on offense in the entire NFL. Two first round picks on offense in 10 years. Uninspired, undisciplined football. It's unacceptable in all ways. Clean house, bring in a fresh offensive mind, and build around Darnold. OL OL OL.
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    Bowles' ineptitude - when did it happen?

    Agree with others. It was the loss to Buffalo in the final week of 2015. Terrible game plan, and then he has the audacity to name Fitz his starter the next season when he wasn't even under contract. Bowles first season I thought he was a breath of fresh air. The team seemed genuinely more disciplined and prepared compared to Rex's teams. In retrospect I think it was a complete fluke and largely lead by a stable of veterans. Bowles has been terrible for going on 3 full seasons now.
  4. In a free agency market, I can see both players getting similar contracts in the $6 - $8 million per year range. At that price, I'd pass on both honestly. One is a good talent but can't stay on the field. The other is one dimensional and has off the field problems. They are both replaceable. I'd rather spend $12 - $16 million on a single difference maker.
  5. If I remember correctly, Morton was fired because his personality clashed with Bowles and possibly others in the locker room. It had nothing to do with "passing too much." In fact, an internal promotion for Bates points to Bowles being content with the system in place last year. I criticized the hire of Bates when it happened, and nothing I've seen has changed my opinion. The west coast offense is an outdated concept that is destined to fail in today's NFL. The sooner we fire Bates and hire someone with a more modern approach to offense, the better.
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    It won't matter.

    It makes a huge difference. Look at all the top offenses in the league. Which team has a head coach with a defensive background? Bill bellichick and that's about it.
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    It won't matter.

    It's not hopeless. Clean house and bring in an offensive mind to build around Darnold. All it takes is ownership stepping up and prioritizing what it takes to win in the NFL in 2018. The Jets have not had an offensive minded head coach since Bruce Coslet. It's embarassing.
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    Le'Veon Bell, Yes Or No?

    No, it's way too much money for a running back with a ton of miles. The smart money says draft a running back in the middle rounds and run him into the ground while on a rookie contract. It's essentially a plug and play position with little development time needed. The Jets would be smart to head into camp next season with Crowell, McGuire, Cannon, and a mid round pick. The Jets have a ton of open spots on their roster, and they should focus on more critical positions.
  9. The Jets are a middle of the road team that will look good some weeks and bad other weeks. Key injuries have pushed them toward the bad end of the spectrum in recent weeks. The team's main areas of weakness are offensive line, offensive skill positions, and coaching. This can and hopefully will get corrected in the next season or two. It doesn't take much to go from bottom third to top third in this league.
  10. Agreed. Romo is the best new color commentator in a while. I hope he sticks around.
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    Cannon or McGuire?

    It's tough to say without seeing more from each player. Based on size alone, my choice is McGuire. He's 30 pounds heavier than Cannon. It seems like he has the better size to be a more complete running back and a better pass protector. My very early impressions from each player: McGuire is an all around RB who can theoretically handle a larger workload. Cannon is more of a gadget scat back who should see 5-10 touches per game tops.
  12. Eli McGuire is coming back soon. In the meantime, Crowell will be the workhorse.
  13. I think it's pretty simple. Pryor is on a one year deal, we're halfway through the season, and he's hurt. I don't think he is a part of the Jets long term plans whereas players like Cannon and Burris may be. The Jets took a one year flier on him and have decided it's time to cut bait. I do think there is a behind the scenes, locker room factor at play here.
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    Captain Insano words of not wisdom

    This is the new NFL. You have to outgun the other team. On defense, forcing turnovers is the biggest key. Top tier quarterbacks simply can't be stopped for a full 60 minutes.
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    Browns game bulletin board material.

    It looks like I'm in the clear minority on this one, but I think the Jets are going to run away with it. Browns are going to Brown, like they always do. Revenge game for Darnold, Crowell, and Pryor.

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