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  1. What Todd Bowles needs to do to secure his job for 2018 Todd Bowles celebrates his 54th birthday on Saturday and will be back in the office Monday morning, coming off a bye week, to begin the homestretch -- six pivotal games that probably will determine if he's coaching the New York Jets when he's 55. Bowles is 19-23, with no playoff appearances. It's not the kind of résumé that screams, "Contract extension!" In this case, there are mitigating circumstances. This is Year 1 of a major rebuild, with ownership on record as saying he won't be judged by wins and losses. Johnson & Johnson -- brothers Woody and Christopher -- want to end the season with a good vibe about the team, feeling optimistic about the future. Last week's lackluster loss was a hiccup, no doubt, but acting owner Christopher Johnson has told people he's encouraged by the direction. In September, he told reporters, "I think it’s going to be obvious to all if this team is progressing." So far, yes, the Jets (4-6) are ahead of where many experts expected -- read: in contention for the No. 1 pick in the 2018 draft -- but they're about to embark on a brutally tough stretch run. Todd Bowles has some work to do to secure his future, and the final six games are daunting. AP Photo/Bill Kostroun The Jets face four of the top 10 teams in ESPN's latest power rankings -- the Carolina Panthers (10th), Kansas City Chiefs (fifth), New Orleans Saints (third) and New England Patriots (second). The Jets are projected to finish with 5.4 wins, according to ESPN analytics. If Bowles gets this team to six wins, he'd absolutely deserve to return with a contract extension (he's signed through 2018 and ownership won't make him coach as a lame duck). A 6-10 mark would constitute progress on every level, especially when you consider last season's 5-11 record. You could make the argument he's already done enough, but ownership will make its decision based on the full 16. Beyond wins and losses, there are a few key areas in which progress can be measured over the next six weeks: Competitiveness: This is critical. Blowouts won't be tolerated. So far, so good. Their past four losses were decided by seven points or fewer, an indication they're hanging tough against superior teams. (The loss in Tampa was the outlier.) In 10 games, the Jets have trailed by more than one possession for only 47 minutes, much of that coming in the Week 2 loss to the Oakland Raiders. But now comes the tough part, as they face some of the hottest teams in the league. Problem solving: The mark of a good coaching staff is its ability to fix things on the fly. Example: Remember the Patriots' porous defense in the beginning of the year? You don't hear much about that anymore, do you? The Jets have made a similar improvement with their run defense, which went from 143 yards per game (first five games) to 93 (past five). But they still have a couple of leaks that need to be plugged. The rushing offense has declined (111 yards to 92) and the penalties -- oh, the penalties. It has been a season-long issue, and it needs to change because it's a bad look. Player development:Veterans such as Josh McCown, Demario Davis, Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Jermaine Kearse are having career years, statistically. At the same time, Jamal Adams, Marcus Maye, Darron Lee, Robby Anderson and Jordan Jenkins have established a young core. This illustrates that Bowles, who showed in 2015 he can coach an old team (10-6), is capable of developing young talent. It hasn't happened at quarterback, but that can't be pinned on coaching. You'd like to see more from the young players over the final six games. Because of injuries, rookies Chad Hansen, ArDarius Stewart and Elijah McGuire will be asked to contribute off the bench. Can they make an impact? And what about Rashard Robinson, whom they acquired at the trade deadline? The personnel department loves his upside, but he has yet to play a down on defense. Team chemistry: They just have to keep doing what they're doing. Or let's put it another way: Don't be the 2016 Jets or the 2017 New York Giants.
  2. Jets on historic pace for penalties, which explains the tennis balls Coach Todd Bowles is willing to try just about anything to help cure his team's penalty epidemic. In recent weeks, the New York Jets' defensive backs have been holding tennis balls during practice drills. "Sometimes defensive backs, when they get handsy, you put tennis balls in their hands so they don’t get as handsy," Bowles said. "It’s just a normal defensive-back technique." If the Jets used a prop to combat each type of penalty problem, they'd be carrying around a lot of weird stuff in practice. With 81 accepted penalties for 739 yards, the Jets are on pace to shatter the franchise record for most penalty yardage in a season. After 10 games, they're projected at 1,182 yards. The record is 1,078 yards in 1995, Rich Kotite's first season as coach. As I've said many times, you never want to be associated with anything from the Kotite era. With 81 penalties, the Jets are on a 130-penalty pace, which would fall just shy of the franchise record (135 in 1987). This, too, is an insulting comparison because '87 was the strike year, when replacement players were used for three games. "The penalties are definitely a frustrating thing," defensive end Leonard Williams said. "We've been putting ourselves in some bad situations with penalties, getting backed up on offense or giving up third-down situations on defense." Let's take a closer look at the penalty crisis with some not-so-fun facts: The main culprit: Cornerback Buster Skrine has been flagged 11 times for 96 yards, both of which are the second-most in the league among individual players. His most frequently-called penalty is defensive holding (three times). The tennis-ball drill probably was designed for him. Main culprits on offense: Guard Brian Winters has accumulated eight calls, a high number for an interior lineman. Tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins has seven, including five holding calls. Truly a team effort: You can't blame the offense or the defense; the problem belongs to every unit. Of the 96 penalties (including those declined), the offense has 45, the defense 44 and special teams seven. By the way, 96 is the second-most in the league, trailing the Seattle Seahawks(112). Ouch: When the Jets get flagged, it usually stings. Why? Because they lead the league in penalties that result in first downs for the opponent (35). Lousy timing: The only thing worse than a penalty is a penalty in a bad situation. The Jets know this all too well because they have 31 on third down (second-most) and 13 in the final two minutes of a half (third-most). Some good news: The Jets haven't committed a lot of pre-snap penalties -- only 20 (18th-most). This indicates that focus isn't a problem. Hey, it's something.
  3. fixed. I'm playing his stand-up on Netflix (articles stated they were all taken down) in the background and 1/2 of his comedy, which was always kinda creepy and TMI for my taste, just makes SO much more sense now with all this dirt coming out. Sadly all his material is eerily true. But yes, T0mShane has the Ebert syndrome.
  4. Jets Place Leggett on IR

    TE Jordan Leggett: He was already on season-ending injured reserve, but on Thursday, he underwent knee surgery. So what was the issue with his knee? The rookie didn't play in any games this season. "I don't know what he had," said Bowles. "It was supposed to be a one- or two-week thing. It just kept getting worse and lingering on." Not looking good for Leggett and further substantiates (poor blocker/effort) why he possibly fell to the 5th round. Hope it's not some degenerative knee issue like Dwayne Robertson that only gets worse, not better, over time.
  5. Jets' Jamal Adams hopes history against 'phenomenal' Bucs TE O.J. Howard pays off New York Jets strong safety Jamal Adams is excited for his matchup with O.J. Howard. (AP Photo | Kathy Willens) FLORHAM PARK -- Throughout the season so far, Jets safety Jamal Adams has exchanged text messages with O.J. Howard, the Buccaneers' prodigious tight end. The two rookies, both first-round draft picks, got to know each other while playing at LSU (Adams) and Alabama (Howard) -- bitter rivals in the Southeastern Conference. Adams considers Howard a friend from all their collegiate matchups and their pre-draft training together in Arizona earlier this year. During their first half of their rookie seasons, Adams and Howard have encouraged each other from afar, as both have performed well. "He knows it's all love on this side," Adams told NJ Advance Media on Thursday. This week, though, Adams and Howard won't be texting, as Adams prepares to cover Howard on Sunday, when the Jets play at Tampa Bay. Adams, better than most, knows the challenge ahead for him, and the attention it requires. "He's a phenomenal player, man," Adams said. "He has the potential to be one of the top tight ends in the league. We've got to keep our eyes on him and hopefully stop him this week." Howard this season has been targeted 22 times and has 14 catches for 227 yards (16.2 yards per catch) and three touchdowns. He figures to get more targets this week, because the Bucs' top wide receiver, Mike Evans, is suspended. Ditto for the Bucs' other tight end, Cameron Brate, who has 32 catches for 414 yards and four touchdowns. Brate and Howard will test the Jets' secondary. Not only does Adams have experience against Howard, but so does the Jets' other rookie safety, Marcus Maye, who played at Florida. The Jets drafted Maye in Round 2, after they took Adams sixth overall, and after Howard went 19th overall to the Bucs. "We know him," Maye told NJ Advance Media. "We know who he is, the type of player he is, what he can do, what he can't do. So it definitely helps us, to use his weaknesses to our advantage. He's understanding how to get open. He's doing a great job. He's learning, just like all of us are learning each week." Though Adams has acquitted himself well this season, he has experienced his share of rookie hiccups in coverage, particularly against likely Hall of Fame tight end Rob Gronkowski. "I've been criticized already about giving up five touchdowns, as they say I gave up," Adams said. "I don't know where that came from. I pride myself on covering. I really consider three touchdowns on me. But hey, I'll take it." Jets defensive coordinator Kacy Rodgers said Adams' coverage technique "is only going to get better. Some of the tight ends he's covered thus far this year are extremely talented. For where he is right now, we're extremely pleased." One issue for Adams in coverage, according to Jets coach Todd Bowles: "His eyes get off track, and he doesn't understand that he has to leave his hands alone after five yards. But we don't have a problem with him covering. For the most part, he's fine." Adams knows that undisciplined eyes can be an issue for him in coverage, though he never bought into the pre-draft notion that he was a liability in coverage. "I think it's just the focus, man," he said. "Locking in at the moment. The plays that I do give up -- catches or five touchdowns, as they say -- it's all about eyes. It's all about what I could've done. It's not necessarily what they've done to me. It's all on myself. I'm really critical on what I do on the field, as far as anything negative that happens." In particular, Adams said he sometimes must do a better job of noticing the break points in a wide receiver or tight end's route -- and also avoid looking back at the quarterback too early, while attempting to get a jump on the pass. This is all part of Adams' rookie learning curve. "It's little split seconds that can get you in trouble," Adams said.
  6. Predicting every NFL team's 2020 QB

    Says, "Snippy," the pompous tool who thinks his opinion reigns supreme but merely indicates the typical ramblings of a sophist who stares at a screen all day. No, it's not passible, just shows your density and inability to discern the difference. 2 others got the joke with no issue. But it's very noble that you take the time to explain the difference between a website and a Jets fans' nickname to the simple minded that are of your ilk. You're welcome and thanks for providing proof that there still maybe a missing link out there. PS - Nation, not NatUon & more than, not more that. looks like those tubby digits of yours are causing too many typos in your posts. Go workout and get away from the computer for 20 mins.
  7. Predicting every NFL team's 2020 QB

    No $hit Sherlock. Way to point out the obvious In what was a joke. And if some readers here really believe it was a direct reference to here by an ESPN Mag writer, then they're naive apes.
  8. You know, before he was sacking QBs he was known as BABY POWDER, tha BADDEST Pimp since Pimpin's been Pimpin'! Hit me NOW!
  9. Predicting every NFL team's 2020 QB Dan GrazianoESPN Staff Writer This story appears in ESPN The Magazine's Nov. 13 QB Crossroads Issue. Subscribe today! Some NFL teams don't know who their quarterback will be in three weeks, let alone three years. Lucky for them, NFL Insider Dan Graziano has seen the future of quarterbacks, and the quarterbacks of the future. Here are his predictions on all 32 QBs in 2020 presented in tiers: 1. Teams with ... no plan 2. Teams with a plan 3. Teams with a good plan TEAMS WITH ... NO PLAN Arizona Cardinals 2020 QB: Blake Bortles Primary QB from 2014-16: Carson Palmer Total team QBR 2014: 50.7 | 2015: 75.5 | 2016: 53.1 Having signed with the Cardinals in 2018 after Palmer's retirement, Bortles somehow beats out first-round pick Lamar Jackson in training camp to win the starting job -- and maintains a tenuous hold on it through 2020. Buffalo Bills 2020 QB: Sam Bradford Primary QB from 2014-16: Tyrod Taylor Total team QBR 2014: 39.8 | 2015: 61.4 | 2016: 56.6 After jettisoning Taylor post-2017 and then muddling through 2018 as the likes of Brock Osweiler and AJ McCarron refuse to beat each other out for the job, the Bills scoop up Bradford in 2019 and are at least happy enough to bring him back for 2020. Cleveland Browns 2020 QB: Jake Fromm Primary QB from 2014-16: Johnny Manziel/Brian Hoyer Total team QBR 2014: 35.5 | 2015: 51.9 | 2016: 38.3 It's 2020, and the list of failed Browns QBs has grown by five, including 2017 starters DeShone Kizer and Kevin Hogan. So the Browns take Georgia standout Fromm with the first pick in that year's draft. Because of course they have the first pick. Denver Broncos 2020 QB: Alex Smith Primary QB from 2014-16: Peyton Manning Total team QBR 2014: 72.1 | 2015: 49.0 | 2016: 46.0 When the Chiefs let Smith walk after 2019, the Broncos (still vainly attempting to replace Peyton Manning with Trevor Siemian, Brock Osweiler, Paxton Lynch and 2018 draft pick Luke Falk) snatch him up to see what he has left at age 36. (London) Jaguars 2020 QB: Jimmy Garoppolo Primary QB from 2014-16: Blake Bortles Total team QBR 2014: 28.2 | 2015: 51.2 | 2016: 43.1 His late-2017 audition with the 49ers didn't work out the way they'd hoped, and San Francisco turned its attention elsewhere in the 2018 free-agent market. That allowed the QB-needy Jaguars to pounce and throw a pile of money at Jimmy G. Los Angeles Chargers 2020 QB: Tyrod Taylor Primary QB from 2014-16: Philip Rivers Total team QBR 2014: 64.9 | 2015: 57.7 | 2016: 58.4 In 2017, when Buffalo waives the ever-underrated Taylor, former Bills coach Anthony Lynn nabs him to back up Rivers in Los Angeles. Rivers, sick of the commute from San Diego, retires in 2018, and Taylor beats out Cardale Jones for the 2020 starting job Miami Dolphins 2020 QB: Jalen Hurts Primary QB from 2014-16: Ryan Tannehill Total team QBR 2014: 60.5 | 2015: 45.8 | 2016: 54.2 Tannehill is still around, but he's hurt again to start the 2020 season -- and his hurt begets Hurts, the college champ from Alabama and rookie who gets the shot to show what he can do. TEAMS WITH A PLAN Baltimore Ravens 2020 QB: Joe Flacco Primary QB from 2014-16: Joe Flacco Total team QBR 2014: 68.6 | 2015: 51.2 | 2016: 52.2 He has never lived up to how he performed in the 2012 Super Bowl run, and the team hasn't made the playoffs since 2014. But Baltimore is stuck with Flacco. Cutting him in 2019 would've saved $10.5 million in cap space -- but also cost $16 million in dead money. Cincinnati Bengals 2020 QB: Andy Dalton Primary QB from 2014-16: Andy Dalton Total team QBR 2014: 48.9 | 2015: 69.2 | 2016: 52.3 Having staved off a 2017 challenge from backup AJ McCarron and one in 2019 from backup Baker Mayfield, Dalton remains the Bengals' best hope. He's back in 2020, having secured a midlevel extension after the 2019 season. Kansas City Chiefs 2020 QB: Patrick Mahomes II Primary QB from 2014-16: Alex Smith Total team QBR 2014: 50.1 | 2015: 60.8 | 2016: 58.0 The Chiefs keep Smith after he leads them to a Super Bowl LII win over Philly, but Mahomes takes over midway through 2018 when the Smith magic fades. Mahomes dazzles with big plays and frustrates with big INTs. As for Smith? Read on! New York Giants 2020 QB: Josh Rosen Primary QB from 2014-16: Eli Manning Total team QBR 2014: 60.4 | 2015: 58.1 | 2016: 45.5 The Giants get lucky, as the one season they totally bottom out turns out to be the year to totally do that. They jump at Rosen in 2018; he sits for two years behind Manning, beats out Davis Webb for the backup job in 2019 and assumes the starter's job in 2020. New York Jets 2020 QB: Sam Darnold Primary QB (2014-16) Ryan Fitzpatrick Total team QBR 2014: 44.8 | 2015: 61.8 | 2016: 32.5 The Jets don't finish 2017 as badly as fans who dreamed of Darnold might have wanted. But Darnold's subpar sophomore season, and the extra second-rounder they get in the Sheldon Richardson trade, put them in position to get him anyway. Darnold's reward? The crushing scrutiny of Jets Nation. ( @Maxman, Looks like ESPN is aware of the acerbic tone your fan site has for the NY Jets, LOL ) Pittsburgh Steelers 2020 QB: Joshua Dobbs Primary QB from 2014-16: Ben Roethlisberger Total team QBR 2014: 70.4 | 2015: 64.0 | 2016: 57.0 In 2018, Roethlisberger finally follows through on that retirement threat. Dobbs, a former student of rocket science at Tennessee who spent two years backing up Big Ben, grabs the controls in 2019. Headline writers fire up their rocket puns. Washington Redskins 2020 QB: Josh Allen Primary QB from 2014-16: Kirk Cousins Total team QBR 2014: 38.9 | 2015: 67.3 | 2016: 66.3 In 2018, Washington drafts big ol' Wyoming prospect Allen after Cousins bolts in free agency and the team makes the ill-fated call to sign Sam Bradford. Bradford is Bradford; Allen gets a start in November; the rest is the stuff of farmhand legend. TEAMS WITH A GOOD PLAN Atlanta Falcons 2020 QB: Matt Ryan 
Primary QB from 2014-16: Matt Ryan Total team QBR 2014: 66.8 | 2015: 63.5 | 2016: 79.5 Ryan scores a record extension in the summer of 2018, despite a disappointing follow-up to the Falcons' Super Bowl season. By 2020, as he hits age 35, some observers begin to see 2016 as a missed opportunity. Among those observers: Matt Ryan. Carolina Panthers 2020 QB: Cam Newton 
Primary QB from 2014-16: Cam Newton Total team QBR 2014: 58.7 | 2015: 60.9 | 2016: 44.2 A season-ending ankle injury late in 2019 leads to a contract dispute that results in Newton entering the final year of his deal sans extension. Signed only through 2020, Newton knows he has to perform to hold off the calls for backup Jacoby Brissett. Chicago Bears 2020 QB: Mitchell Trubisky 
Primary QB from 2014-16: Jay Cutler Total team QBR 2014: 50.6 | 2015: 55.4 | 2016: 39.7 Trubisky blooms in 2018, Jim Harbaugh's first year as coach of the Bears, leading the team to the 2019 playoffs. And though Harbaugh still seems to lose that one game every year that costs him a title shot, iron-jawed Trubisky at least matches him scowl for scowl. Dallas Cowboys 
2020 QB: Dak Prescott Primary QB from 2014-16: Dak Prescott/Tony Romo Total team QBR 2014: 73.0 | 2015: 36.8 | 2016: 75.4 Having survived a contentious negotiation with owner Jerry Jones and beaten the July 15 franchise-tag deadline with a long-term deal to pay him more than any QB not named Aaron Rodgers, Prescott becomes the face of the Cowboys for years to come. Detroit Lions 2020 QB: Matthew Stafford 
Primary QB from 2014-16: Matthew Stafford Total team QBR: 2014 44.7 | 2015: 58.3 | 2016: 65.2 Stafford's 2020 season is Year 3 of the extension he signed in 2017. And because no one has risen to challenge him by then, it has earned him all of two more offensive coordinators, a first-round playoff loss in 2018 and a second-round loss in '19. Green Bay Packers 2020 QB: Aaron Rodgers 
Primary QB from 2014-16: Aaron Rodgers Total team QBR 2014: 76.9 | 2015: 59.8 | 2016: 72.0 Rodgers rebounds from a season-ending 2017 injury with a brilliant 2018 campaign that nets him a record extension in 2019. He leads the Pack to a Super Bowl LIII win that cements his spot among the greats. Also: His beard game remains strong. Houston Texans 2020 QB: Deshaun Watson Primary QB from 2014-16: Brock Osweiler Total team QBR 2014: 55.9 | 2015: 53.6 | 2016: 50.1 Watson, the MVP of the 2019 regular season, has by 2020 established himself as the game's top all-around talent. Also: He owns the NFL's top-selling jersey. A winner in high school and college, he's a winner in the pros, too. Next step, Super Bowl? Indianapolis Colts 2020 QB: Andrew Luck 
Primary QB from 2014-16: Andrew Luck 
Total team QBR 2014: 63.8 | 2015: 48.4 | 2016: 63.4 A 2018 surprise run to Super Bowl LIII rejuvenates Luck's early-career hype and reminds observers why he was always so highly regarded (winning helps). After a strong 2019 follow-up, the Colts and head coach Josh McDaniels open the 2020 season as Super Bowl favorites. Los Angeles Rams 2020 QB: Jared Goff 
Primary QB from 2014-16: Nick Foles Total team QBR 2014: 43.6 | 2015: 31.2 | 2016: 28.4 By 2020, grizzled 34-year-old coach Sean McVay continues to build a career on Goff, who succeeds despite the long-forgotten mess that was his 2016 rookie season. Better yet: The Rams (and Chargers) finally open their new L.A. stadium. Minnesota Vikings 2020 QB: Teddy Bridgewater 
Primary QB from 2014-16: Teddy Bridgewater Total team QBR 2014: 47.5 | 2015: 56.2 | 2016: 53.1 Bridgewater returns from a brutal knee injury and subs for an injured Case Keenum in 2017. When he plays well enough to get the Vikings to the NFC title game -- which they lose to the Eagles -- they sign him to be their QB of the future. New England Patriots 2020 QB: Tom Brady Primary QB from 2014-16: Tom Brady Total team QBR 2014: 75.0 | 2015: 68.1 | 2016: 76.7 Brady told everybody he'd play until 45. He even wrote books about it. Sure enough, by 2020, the threat of Jimmy Garoppolo is a distant memory and no one has risen to challenge Brady. And he's still, improbably, slinging it at age 43. New Orleans Saints 2020 QB: Drew Brees 
Primary QB from 2014-16: Drew Brees Total team QBR 2014: 73.2 | 2015: 69.2 | 2016: 67.0 After signing one-year extensions after the 2017, '18 and '19 seasons, Brees, by 2020, is only 41, which means he's not the oldest quarterback in the league. Determined to outlast Brady in every arena, Brees writes not one but two health-and-wellness books. Oakland Raiders 
2020 QB: Derek Carr Primary QB from 2014-16: Derek Carr Total team QBR 2014: 40.5 | 2015: 43.0 | 2016: 54.0 They didn't get that Super Bowl they wanted before they left Oakland, but the Raiders begin Year 2 in Vegas with great expectations after Carr leads the NFL in passing in 2019. Free-agent pickup Odell Beckham Jr. has Carr and the "home" crowds fired up. Philadelphia Eagles 2020 QB: Carson Wentz Primary QB from 2014-16: Carson Wentz Total team QBR 2014: 59.6 | 2015: 37.8 | 2016: 46.7 A Super Bowl LII loss to the Chiefs stinks for Philly but works out well for Wentz, who blossoms at age 27. After three straight division titles, the team grants him an extension to avoid his having to play on his 2020 fifth-year option. Everybody's happy. San Francisco 49ers 
2020 QB: Kirk Cousins Primary QB from 2014-16: Colin Kaepernick Total team QBR 2014: 57.4 | 2015: 40.4 | 2016: 50.6 Sometimes the obvious is the obvious for a reason. After Jimmy Garoppolo flops, Cousins gets $35 million a year to sign with the 49ers after 2017. He and former coordinator Kyle Shanahan hum along for the next three seasons, pacing the NFL's top offense year after year. Seattle Seahawks 2020 QB: Russell Wilson 
Primary QB from 2014-16: Russell Wilson Total team QBR 2014: 69.9 | 2015: 68.6 | 2016: 58.0 Wilson signs a fully guaranteed four-year extension with Seattle in 2019. And while the Seahawks haven't won a Super Bowl since Wilson's second year, he finally has an offensive line to protect him. Bummer note: Now the defense kind of stinks. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2020 QB: Jameis Winston 
Primary QB from 2014-16: Jameis Winston Total team QBR 2014: 39.8 | 2015: 57.2 | 2016: 59.8 Winston, still paired with top wideout Mike Evans, is coming off a second straight Pro Bowl in 2020 and peaking at age 26. Hopes are high for second-year Bucs coach Frank Reich and Winston, who has increased his QBR and passing TDs for six straight years. Tennessee Titans 2020 QB: Marcus Mariota 
Primary QB from 2014-16: Marcus Mariota Total team QBR 2014: 40.9 | 2015: 40.8 | 2016: 60.0 Early-career injury woes behind him, Mariota leads Taylor Lewan, Corey Davis & Co. to a Super Bowl LIV title -- and is looking for an encore in 2020 as Jameis Winston looks on in jealousy.
  10. Jets' coordinator 'cool' with players who question play calls Jets offensive coordinator John Morton said he supports open communication with players, saying, "At the end of the day, all we want to do is win." Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- If a player questions the play caller, that's OK. So says the play caller. "Listen, after the game, players are emotional, coaches are emotional and sometimes they say things maybe they shouldn't say," New York Jets offensive coordinator John Morton said Thursday. "Hey, listen, I'm cool with that. I don't have a problem with that at all. We all talked about it and life goes on. I listened." He was alluding to the Matt Forte comments from Oct. 29, when the veteran running back said Morton "strayed from the game plan" in the rain-soaked loss to the Atlanta Falcons -- i.e. he should've called more running plays than he did. The next day, Forte and other players voiced their concerns to Morton. They felt he was too pass-reliant, and that the best formula for the offense over the second half of the season would be to feature the running game. Morton was unavailable to the media last week because the Jets played Thursday night, so Thursday was his first opportunity to address the situation -- his first taste of controversy as an offensive coordinator. "I listen to everybody," he said. "I listen to the quarterback, I listen to all the coaches, any players, especially the players who have played in this league for a long time"-- like Forte. "I'm listening." Morton said he doesn't mind when players speak up. He called it "open communication." There's a delicate balance, of course. A coach will lose his players if he's close-minded and shuts them out, but he also must maintain his authority. He said it would be "stupid" not to listen to his players. "At the end of the day, all we want to do is win," Morton said. "Whatever we want to do, whatever they want to do, as long as it helps us win games, we'll do it." Perhaps not coincidentally, the Jets opened the last game with three straight runs and wound up running 41 times for 194 yards in the 34-21 win over the Buffalo Bills. It also happened to be Forte's best game -- 77 yards and his first two touchdowns of the season. Morton said Forte's comments didn't influence his play calling; obviously, players felt it did. "No," Morton said. "I'm going to do whatever is working and (the run game) was working."
  11. Another potential building block for Jets defense is emerging When the Jets’ defense spontaneously broke into dance during a 34-21 win over the Bills last Thursday night, only one player wasn’t in on the act. “I didn’t think the break was going to be that long,” outside linebacker Jordan Jenkins said this week. “I just tried to focus.” But with the way he played, and the potential he flashed, Jenkins deserved to be front and center. The 23-year-old finished the game with two sacks — his first multi-sack outing of his career — two quarterback hits, and a forced fumble. He was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week. So far this season, most of the focus has been on the development of rookie safeties Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye. The progression of second-year linebacker, and former first-round pick, Darron Lee, has also been closely monitored. The Jets are banking on that trio to be cornerstones of the defense for seasons to come. Yet Jenkins, selected 83rd in the 2016 draft out of Georgia, could be another piece of the future puzzle. And for the moment, he has earned his right to dance in the spotlight. Jenkins earned AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors.Paul J. Bereswill “Jordan — player of the week. I keep telling him congrats every day,” teammate Leonard Williams, who has known Jenkins since high school when the two appeared in the same All-American game, said. “It’s awesome to see him progressing in his second year and doing so well.” “Just understanding the techniques that [linebackers] coach [Kevin] Greene is trying to teach him,” head coach Todd Bowles said. “He got better that way. Looks like he’s been getting a grasp of it the past couple weeks. I think from a learning standpoint he’s gotten better.” Asked what part of his game he believes has improved the most, Jenkins didn’t emphasize technique. “Being relentless out there. Not giving up on plays,” he said, adding giving sustained effort was a problem in his rookie campaign. “I’m hunting more this year than I was in the past. … In order to play outside backer, you got to be mean, you got to be nasty, you got to be dominant out there. That’s the mentality we all carry.” Though the entire defense has been showered in praise lately, Jenkins hasn’t forgotten all the criticism the unit received before the season. It has been stored away, and it continues to drive him. “Everyone who is talking us up now, talking about how good we’ve been playing, were the same people who were laughing at us in the offseason, saying, ‘I don’t know how the Jets are going to get one win this season. They probably can’t even win the bye week,’ ” Jenkins told The Post. Jenkins was pretty good at chasing down QBs at Georgia, too. Getty Images One particular comment caught his attention — something along the lines of “There’s not one great player on that team at any position.” Jenkins said he thinks about that statement before every game. Combine the heightened motivation, the improved technique under Greene, and an added level of comfort out on the field, and you’re left with eye-opening performances like against the Bills. “I’m not as stressed when I’m out there. I’m not second-guessing myself,” Jenkins said. “I feel like I belong. I feel like I can hang with these guys.” As an often-overlooked piece of a young unit that is exceeding expectations, Jenkins certainly looks like he belongs. “It’s definitely something that is great to be a part of,” he said. “I knew we were going to be a young bunch. That’s what I love.”
  12. Josh McCown looking forward to matchup with old squad as a Jet - NY Daily News Josh McCown has seen a lot during his NFL career. The veteran is now with his eighth franchise, but his Jets tenure has been somewhat different: there’s actually a decent amount of winning involved. In fact, McCown’s four wins in 2017 are already the second-most of his career, behind only the six victories he accumulated with the Cardinals back in 2004. But from 2005 through 2016, the 38-year-old was known far more for his struggles, especially in Tampa Bay. Time is coming for Jets to move on from Josh McCown “Well, that was a really rough year,” McCown said during a conference call Monday, referring to his 1-10 season with the Bucs in 2014. But now he’ll get a chance to go up against one of his many former teams, squaring off against the Ryan Fitzpatrick-led Buccaneers this Sunday. “For me, it'll be like just another trip,” McCown said. “I've moved on past that at this point, and obviously I've done that with different stops and different places in my career. (Al Bello/Getty Images) “I've kind of had some practice at it, so it'll just be another game. I'm looking forward to competing against (them). I know some of those guys and I appreciate those guys and that friendship and the kind of men that they are.” And this reunion comes rather surprisingly near the peak of McCown’s NFL career. The veteran wasn’t sold on calling this year his best, but it certainly is up there with his 2013 season in Chicago. “I don't know. It's two different years. It's the best to me because it's right now, and that's all that matters,” McCown said of his Jets success. “I think there are some similarities, but there were three seasons since then and this is the fourth, and so I would like to think that I'm a better player, that the year in Tampa and the two in Cleveland weren't for naught, that I grew during that time. “So I would say yeah, I'm playing better ball now than I was then, but that's the thing I face is just growing as a player and getting better, and so hopefully I can continue to do that.” And now McCown is aiming to continue that growth with the Jets, both individually and team-wide with the offense. “I think we can do better. It's just continuing to improve in the areas that we're not playing as well, and maintain what we're playing well in,” he said. “We've done good things, the thing we've been striving for is putting a complete game together, and I think we've done that to a degree at different times. We just have to shop for better consistency.” Josh McCown still thinks he and the Jets offense can improve. (Elsa/Getty Images) And sure, the team’s 4-5 record isn’t spectacular by any means. But considering the preseason expectations of both the Jets and their quarterback, it’s better than anticipated. Now, McCown is trying to figure out how to guide his team to an even more impressive finish while enjoying the process. “I enjoy it just because I get to be part of our team and function as part of the offense within a good system,” McCown said. “And so that's the thing I enjoy is just teambuilding and working with these guys to do put together good offensive football on tape. “I think we've done that, but like I said, we're not done yet.”
  13. Jets have flipped the tank, thanks to old quarterback and young defense Here's a look at the first half of the season for the New York Jets and a preview of what to expect in the second half: First-half snapshot: Surprise! The Jets don't stink. Projected by many to be the worst team in the NFL, they've already won more games (four) than anyone could've expected. They convinced their harshest critics they're not tanking, which seemed to be the game plan after an offseason in which they blew up the roster. They still have personnel deficiencies, but this is a highly competitive team -- a credit to Todd Bowles and his coaching staff. They lost three games by seven points or fewer, with only one blowout defeat. If they hadn't lost their poise in a couple of fourth quarters, they could be 6-3 instead of 4-5. They're getting strong play from their young building blocks, namely Darron Lee, Jamal Adams, Marcus Maye and Robby Anderson. The downside: They've hurt their 2018 draft position, perhaps costing themselves a shot at a top quarterback. Grade: Average. Josh McCown has exceeded expectations, but the 38-year-old quarterback has struggled in the fourth quarter. Al Bello/Getty Images Midseason MVP: When Josh McCown signed last March, he was slapped with a label that no player wants -- bridge quarterback. He has proven that all bridges aren't created equal. Everybody's favorite journeyman has exceeded expectations. He's an ideal fit in coordinator John Morton's short-pass attack, having completed at least 60 percent of his passes in nine games. He already has six games with a 100-plus passer rating, which is kind of amazing when you consider he had only 16 in his first 14 seasons. Maybe 38 is the new 28. Best moment: It was last Thursday's win over the Buffalo Bills. In their only prime-time game, the Jets dominated the so-called darlings of the AFC East, recording seven sacks and rushing for 194 yards. They played fast and physical, and they had fun doing it. They snapped a three-game losing streak, showing they weren't ready to fade into irrelevancy. Worst moment: The meltdown in Miami. The Jets blew a 14-point lead in the final 12 minutes and lost 31-28. Brutal. McCown was intercepted in the final minute on an overly aggressive pass, setting up the game-winning field goal. McCown said he felt "sick" after the game. The play typified a problem for the team -- the inability to perform in clutch situations. Second-half outlook: The prevailing theme will be job security. Acting owner Christopher Johnson, calling the shots while older brother Woody serves an ambassadorship in England, says Bowles and general manager Mike Maccagnan will be evaluated based on the progress of the team, not wins and losses. Barring a collapse, it seems likely both will return. If they finish 6-10 or better, it's hard to imagine ownership pulling the plug. McCown's job also will be a hot topic. If they fall out of contention, the "play-the-kids" chorus will start chirping. Bowles is in no rush to make that move, which would be akin to waving the white flag. Neither Bryce Petty nor Christian Hackenberg is considered the future starter, so anything more than a one- or two-game audition would be pointless.
  14. Grading the Jets: A breakdown of their surprising first half Josh McCown and Austin Seferian-Jenkins have been bright spots for the Jets this season. Al Bello/Getty Images It's that time of the year -- midseason analysis. Let's start with a report card for the New York Jets (4-5): Quarterback: B+ Many observers (including me) figured Josh McCown would be injured or benched by now, but he has exceeded expectations. With a 70.4-percent completion mark, he's on pace to set the franchise record for a season. The Jets knew he had it in him, but they weren't sure if the 38-year-old would be able to stay healthy. He ranks 19th with a 51.0 Total QBR, ahead of quarterbacks such as Cam Newton, Eli Manning and Philip Rivers. He also leads the team with three rushing touchdowns. The biggest negative is that he hasn't played well in the fourth quarter. Running back: B- The Jets are a middle-of-the-pack team in most of the major rushing categories. They have only six runs of at least 20 yards, including four by Bilal Powell, who has 75- and 51-yarders. It's not the flashiest backfield, but Powell, Matt Forte and Elijah McGuire are grinders. The trio is among the top 24 in yards after contact per rush. Forte isn't as elusive as he once was, but he's making an impact as a receiver with 29 catches, only one shy of last season's total. They have a coordinator, John Morton, who knows how to utilize his strengths. McGuire opened eyes with a 69-yard touchdown run, but he hasn't been able to recapture that magic. Wide receiver: B Jermaine Kearse, Robby Anderson and Jeremy Kerley have combined for 1,080 receiving yards and nine touchdowns, more than anybody could've expected from the receivers coming out of camp. There haven't been a lot of chunk plays (12.7 yards per catch, 18th), but they don't beat themselves. In fact, the Jets' receiving corps has the fewest drops in the league -- one (Anderson), according to ESPN Stats & Information. Anderson has a chance to be special if he stays focused. Rookies ArDarius Stewart and Chad Hansen haven't contributed, and that's disappointing. Tight end: B+ Eureka! The Jets have re-discovered the tight-end position. The team that ranked dead last in receptions over the previous two seasons has jumped to 10th (44 catches). Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Eric Tomlinson complement each other nicely, with Seferian-Jenkins used as a receiver, Tomlinson a blocker. This has been a breakout year for Seferian-Jenkins, who turned around his life and his game. He's on pace for 66 receptions. Tomlinson is one of the most under-rated players on the team. Offensive line: C The overall grade takes a hit because the pass protection hasn't been good. The Jets rank 23rd in pressure percentage and 28th in sacks per drop back, a deficiency that tends to show up at the worst possible time -- the fourth quarter. McCown doesn't hold the ball too long (his release time ranks 13th), so the line has to own most of it. The rushing totals are solid, but there needs to be more consistency. The ground game was dominant in wins over the Buffalo Bills and Jacksonville Jaguars, but there also was a four-game stretch where it failed to crack 100 yards. Penalties have been an issues, especially for guard Brian Winters (six). Defensive line: C If we were grading based only on the last game, it would be an A, but we can't forget the defensive line underachieved in many of the first eight games. Facts are facts: The Jets are 23rd in run defense and 23rd in sacks per attempt. The pass rush isn't dormant -- after all, they're eighth in pressure percentage -- but there should be more production, especially from Muhammad Wilkerson (two sacks) and Leonard Williams (half-sack). Kony Ealy tends to freelance at times, but he has emerged as a premier shot blocker, so to speak -- eight batted passes. Look for a big jump from this group over the second half. Linebacker: C+ The Jets are getting nice production out of their inside linebackers, Demario Davis(team-high 3.5 sacks) and Darron Lee, who rebounded after a shaky start. Davis, who replaced longtime middle linebacker David Harris, has brought more athleticism to the position. It really shows up when he's blitzing; he's also the leading tackler. The problem is outside linebacker. Jordan Jenkins is doing a decent job as a first- and second-down edge setter, but season-ending injuries to Lorenzo Mauldin and Dylan Donahue have hurt the pass rush -- only 5.5 sacks for the outside 'backers. Secondary: B- This is one of the most improved areas from last year, and most of the credit goes to the newcomers -- cornerback Morris Claiborne and rookie safeties Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye. It's a faster, more cohesive unit than a year ago, resulting in fewer busted coverages and more takeaways -- 16, tied for third in the league. They've already surpassed last year's total (14), which is crazy. Maye has created three, with two interceptions and a forced fumble. Adams has two fumble recoveries and two sacks. On the downside, cornerback Buster Skrine has struggled, especially with penalties (a team-high 10). Special teams: B- The Jets are ranked 13th in expected points added by special teams, per ESPN data. Punter Lachlan Edwards has improved significantly, kicker Chandler Catanzaro has been better than expected (except for one miserable day in the rain) and the coverage units have been solid. Unfortunately, two muffed punts (Kalif Raymond and Jeremy Kerley) were huge plays in two losses.
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