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Didn’t say Flynn was going to be the Jets QB of the future.

Thing is they have to bring in some competition for Sanchez this year, on the cheap. Flynn’s a viable option, in that another competitive team gave him a decent contract, and was planning to go into the season with him. He has two years left on his contract. If he doesn’t work out, release him.

No damage.

You are correct, he is totally unproven. He competed with a rookie 3rd rounder last year, and lost. From what Wilson has shown this season, about 25 other starting QB’s would have lost out to him also


In a weak QB class it is a major risk to bring in a 2nd or 3rd rounder, and be paying him for the next 4 years, and probably have to do it again next year.

If Flynn doesn’t work, bye. If he is a starting QB he would be a major steal.

Jets don’t really have many options right now. This is a fairly cheap one with little down side

flynn might work out for us but ,...i doubt it :frown:

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Jets Pro Bowl cornerback Antonio Cromartie hopes the team does not make many changes on defense but finds some solutions on offense.“I think a lot of people look at our offense and they’re not intimidated by our offense,” Cromartie said at a Super Bowl autograph signing yesterday. “We need some guys on the outside that can be game-changers on the outside. It’s going to help having Santonio back, but I think we also need a true No. 2 guy ready to go, too.”Cromartie was the team MVP last season after fellow cornerback Darrelle Revis tore his ACL in his left knee. He spent last week in Hawaii at the Pro Bowl.

Cromartie heard the reports about the Jets entertaining the possibility of trading away Revis. Cromartie hopes the team keeps Revis and the rest of the secondary intact. Both safeties LaRon Landry and Yeremiah Bell are scheduled to be free agents in March.“I think as a team we would love to have [Revis] in the locker room this season,” Cromartie said. “I know I would love to have him back because I don’t want to mess up the tandem that we have between us. Not just having him back, I would like to get LaRon Landry back as well. We need somebody on the back end that can cause fear for the receivers and tight ends when they’re coming across the middle. Having those two guys as a unit and a whole, I think having us play together for the next couple of years would be great, if that could happen.”

The Jets defense will have a new leader this year with new coordinator Dennis Thurman, who has been Cromartie’s position coach for the past three years.“I think DT will do good,” Cromartie said. “He’s been part of this defense for 10 years now. I think he joined the Ravens back in 2002. I think he knows what to do. He knows the position. He plays in this game. I think from a play-calling standpoint he’ll know how to use his players and put them in the right position.”With Thurman being elevated to coordinator, the Jets hired Tim McDonald as the new defensive backs coach. Cromartie met with him this week in Florham Park.“He’s a lot like [Thurman],” Cromartei said. “[He’s] down to Earth. I think he’s going to be a great teacher for us. I think he’s going to try to help us out the best he can.”

Cromartie has had a month to think about the team’s 6-10 finish. He’s ready to see some changes for 2013.“To be honest with you, we had our ups and downs,” he said. “We weren’t consistent. I think the biggest thing for us is we have to focus in on what’s important, what we need to try to add to this team and go from there.”

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Rex's blind spot -- offense

Looking at the Jets and the NFL in our expanded, Super Bowl edition :

1. Tim-sanity: Since the season ended, we've come to learn that the relationship between Tony Sparano and Tim Tebow was strained, and that Sparano's lack of faith in Tebow was a big reason why he didn't play much, according to sources. This raises a larger issue: Where was Rex Ryan in this? Ryan gave autonomy to Sparano, just as he did with Brian Schottenheimer, but he's the head coach and he should decide playing time. Ryan's expertise is defense -- we get it -- but he'll never be a complete head coach until he takes control of the entire team.Former special-teams coach Mike Westhoff discussed this topic the other day on ESPN New York 98.7 FM, offering a candid (what else?) evaluation of Ryan in this area. "Maybe he has to be more forceful in getting his philosophy across," Westhoff said. "If he doesn't feel someone is doing it a particular way, he'd better step in there and say, 'This is what we have to do.' You can't keep going through coordinators."It's an excellent point. Ryan has tried in recent years to become more involved in the offense, but he has to do more than show his face in meetings. He needs to take charge and do it his way; time is running out.

2. The shadow of Revis: You're a disgruntled Jets fan, preparing to watch the 44th consecutive Super Bowl that doesn't include your favorite team. That's no fun, so you're wondering how Ravens-49ers can impact the Jets. Here's how: If the 49ers lose the game and their secondary gets torched by Joe Flacco, it will create a groundswell of sentiment for them to trade for CB Darrelle Revis. He'd be the proverbial missing piece.The 49ers are an aggressive team with the ammunition to pull off that kind of trade. They have a bargaining chip in backup QB Alex Smith, who, despite what owner Jed York said the other way, is done in San Francisco. They will try to trade him before April, when his $7.5 million salary becomes guaranteed. If they can't, they'll release him. The Jets surely would consider dealing Revis for Smith and a first-round pick (31st or 32nd). Unless they're willing to go heavy on QB salaries in 2013 -- remember, they're into Mark Sanchez for $8.25 million -- the Jets probably have to restructure Smith's contract. He has two years left on his deal. Keep this in mind if Flacco gets hot.

2a. Core of the Revis issue: Unless new GM John Idzik has a different philosophy than the previous administration, the Jets won't be willing to satisfy Revis' demand to become the highest-paid defensive player in the NFL. Their stance, shared by many teams, is that cornerbacks aren't worth as much as pass rushers. They'll make him the highest-paid corner (he's already close to it at $11.5 million per year), but it's hard to imagine them going into the $16 million-a-year neighborhood -- unless Idzik revamps the organization's value system.

3. Caponomics: Much has been said and written about the Jets' salary-cap plight. But are the problems really that bad? This year will be a struggle, no doubt, but they have only $5 million in guaranteed money committed to the 2014 cap, according to a source. That's when the Sanchez and Santonio Holmes guarantees will be off the books.

4. Mike-crophone Tannenbaum: Former GM Mike Tannenbaum spent the week in New Orleans, doing interview after interview on radio row. Clearly, he's angling for a job in the media. He gave scripted answers to all the tough questions, but there was a moment of candor in an interview with a Boston radio station. The hosts grilled about him the highly criticized Sanchez contract extension. "That's one of the reasons why I'm sitting here today," Tannenbaum cracked.

4a. Brad on the brain: I'm tired of hearing Tannenbaum drop Brad Smith's name every time he's asked about Tebow. The reason for the trade, he explains, is they wanted a replacement for Smith in the Wildcat. Wait a minute, when did Brad Smith become Emmitt Smith? In his final season with the Jets (2010), Smith carried the ball a grand total of 38 times. So what Tannenbaum is saying is, he was willing to live with the Tebow circus just to replace 38 carries. That's not what you call sound risk-reward management.

4b. Mad Mike: Tannenbaum also spent a lot of time defending the cap situation. In three weeks, he said, the entire world will see his space-clearing plan unfold. Plan? The Jets will clear $30 million by releasing Calvin Pace, Bart Scott, Eric Smith and Jason Smith. That would put them about $10 million under the cap, but then what? With less than 40 veterans under contract, they'd still be in a tight situation.

5. LT speaks (again): I know people are tired of hearing LaDainian Tomlinson take shots at his former team -- he's become the new Joe Namath -- but the man doesn't sugar-coat his opinions. On ESPN New York 98.7 FM, he was asked if Sanchez can snap out of his funk and become a winning QB again. Tomlinson: "Can he do it? Man, I don't think so."

6. Deer, Ray -- go away: Ravens LB Ray Lewis is an iconic player, but his act is wearing thin. Has there ever been such a legendary team leader so absorbed with himself? He's such a contradiction. Lewis has the rare ability to galvanize a team, yet he morphs into the ultimate "me" guy with his pregame "Squirrel" dance. He seemed to relish the attention from AntlerGate -- his reported use of a deer-antler spray that naturally produces a banned substance connected to HGH. Lewis denied the report. Forget Pinnochio; if Lewis' nose turns red and it starts glowing, we'll know if he's lying about the deer-antler stuff.

7. Hatched from the Parcells nest: The man behind the 49ers' success is GM Trent Baalke, who began his career as a Jets scout. He was about to give up on his football dream when he received a call from former Jets personnel man Dick Haley, who interviewed him and offered him a job. Baalke worked three years with the Jets (1998-2000), catching the eye of then-coach Bill Parcells, who was selected Saturday night to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.One thing about Parcells: He surrounded himself with talented people. Three members of scouting/personnel went on to become GMs and six assistant coaches became head coaches in the NFL and/or college.

8. Jet setters: Only eight players in Super Bowl XLVII have previous Super Bowl experience, and two of them are former Jets -- Ravens S James Ihedigbo and 49ers C Jonathan Goodwin (Saints).

9. Super Bowl on TV: Interesting nugget from "Sports on Television," a wonderfully informative book written by former ESPN producer and current Syracuse professor Dennis Deninger: Only 36 percent of American homes watched Jets-Colts in Super Bowl III -- the lowest-rated Super Bowl in history. Two days before the game, NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle, concerned the Super Bowl would lose its appeal because of the perceived disparity between the AFL and NFL, announced the league was considering a new postseason structure that would allow two NFL teams to meet in the Super Bowl. It was yet another insult directed toward the Jets and the AFL. Everything changed, of course, after Joe Namath got through with the Colts.

10. Enjoying the holiday: For the first time in 24 years, I'm not covering the Super Bowl. I intend to find out why America is so fascinated with Super Bowl Sunday. Pass the chicken wings, please.

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The NFL is a copycat league, but I don't think the Ravens' 34-31 win over the 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII will spark any new trends in 2013.Let's face it, the Ravens were outplayed in some respects. I don't think GMs and coaches will look at the Ravens' winning formula and say, "That's what we need to do." After all, they were outgained by 100 yards and allowed a 300-yard passer, a 100-yard rusher and two 100-yard receivers -- not recommended for consistent winning.

However, we can extract a few things from the game that can be applied to the current plight of the Jets. For instance :

nyj.gif1. All about the quarterbacks: Unlike the Jets, who have coached around Mark Sanchez for the better part of four years, the Ravens and 49ers made Joe Flacco and Colin Kaepernick the focal point of their respective offenses. They weren't game managers, they were game changers -- Flacco with his pocket passing, Kaepernick with his dual-threat skills. Kaepernick began the day with only nine career starts, but he certainly wasn't babied by coach Jim Harbaugh. On championship teams, the quarterback is the catalyst, not a complementary player. If the Jets don't feel that way about Sanchez, they need to find a new QB -- and they might.

2. Leadership matters: The Ravens were built on strong leadership, from old war horses (Ray Lewis and Ed Reed) to young, ascending stars (like Flacco). That served them well in the third quarter, when the 49ers reeled off 17 unanswered points to make it a game. Instead of panicking, the Ravens regrouped and finished the job. Every championship team has a few good men. The Jets used to have a bunch of them, but they eliminated too many leaders over the last couple of years. This should be a point of emphasis for new GM John Idzik.

3. Revis Island in the Bay area: If Darrelle Revis is put on the trading block, the 49ers should waste no time in calling the Jets. Flacco torched the 49ers' secondary for 287 yards, averaging 13 yards per completion. The secondary didn't get much help from the pass rush -- where did you go, Aldon Smith? -- and the back end wasn't up to the challenge. The 49ers did a nice job on vertical threat Torrey Smith, but they didn't have a physical corner who could bang inside with Anquan Boldin (six catches for 104 yards). He was money on third down, catching all four passes thrown to him, including a TD. Imagine if they had Revis; Harbaugh wouldn't be whining and the 49ers would be preparing for a victory parade.

4. The pistol has pop: Rex Ryan said after the season that he'd like to incorporate the "pistol" formation into the Jets' offensive repertoire. Most of the 49ers' rushing attack came out of the pistol. Unofficially, they racked up 124 of their 182 rushing yards on 20 designed rushes in which Kaepernick took a direct snap and handed off. The pistol is more unpredictable than the shotgun because the running back is directly behind the quarterback, not to his side, making it harder for the defense to anticipate which way he'll run. This would be a nice wrinkle for the Jets' ground game.

5. Defensive depth is important: Let's face it, neither team played a vintage defensive game. The Ravens and 49ers allowed a combined total of 835 yards, perhaps because fatigue was a factor. The 49ers used primarily only 13 players on defense, a remarkably low number in this era of specialization. The Ravens used 16, closer to the norm but still not an overly high number. With so many teams employing spread offenses, it's imperative that teams develop a deep defensive roster, especially on the back end.

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Insider on Joeckel : 'It does not get much better'

The following quotes are from NFL scouts, coaches and front-office personnel, speaking on the condition of anonymity.

• “(Texas A&M OT) Luke Joeckel has to get a lot stronger. He’s the safest pick in the draft, but the system helps him out a lot there. They get the ball out so fast, and when they do have pressure, the guy (Johnny Manziel) just runs all over. When you factor (Joeckel’s) movement and intangibles, though, it does not get much better.”

• “I am not sold on (Syracuse QB) Ryan Nassib’s arm strength. He has really short arms. He’s not a great runner, but he is one of the better pure passers I have seen. He’s better than Kirk Cousins.”

• “(South Carolina RB) Marcus Lattimore is tall and a little narrow-hipped. He is tough and the kind of kid you root for, but I thought he was a third-rounder before the injury. Now I don’t know if he gets drafted.”

• “(Miami FB) Mike James is a big, heavy running back — not a fullback. He played fullback as a courtesy to the kid. He’s not big or strong enough. He started at tailback but moved to fullback to keep on the field. He’s too small for a fullback.”

• “I was down on (San Diego State TE) Gavin Escobar as a blocker after watching the Boise game — he flashed and didn’t work his feet. Then I ended up watching three more and thought he did a lot better. He’s an interesting guy, especially with the way this league is trending.”

• “(USC C) Khaled Holmes has very good size like Peter Konz did last year. It wouldn’t surprise me if he were drafted to play guard. (Holmes) uses a lot of finesse. I thought he had some trouble snapping the ball in the games I saw. He didn’t get it back very quick and some (defensive linemen) got on top of him.”

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2012 depth chart : Santonio Holmes (starter/injured), Stephen Hill (starter/injured), Jeremy Kerley, Braylon Edwards, Clyde Gates, Chaz Schilens, Jordan White.

Overview : Ugh. Clearly, this was the weakest position on the team in 2012. Only one receiver met expectations -- Kerley, the only true playmaker on offense. Holmes' season-ending foot injury in Week 4 was devastating to the offense. As weird as it sounds, the Jets missed Holmes more than star CB Darrelle Revis, according to Rex Ryan. The immediate future of the position is tied to Holmes recovery from surgery and Hill's ability to rebound from a disappointing rookie year (and arthroscopic surgery on his knee). If Holmes returns to his pre-surgery form and Hill takes a major step forward, the Jets will have a decent foundation -- but those are big ifs.

Free agents : Edwards, Schilens.

2013 personnel preview : The Jets can't possibly return with the same cast, especially with new coordinator Marty Mornhinweg installing the West Coast offense. They need a proven playmaker, preferably a receiver with a background in the West Coast system. Right now, there are no receivers worth the ninth overall pick in the draft, so the immediate help will have to come in free agency. Problem is, the Jets don't have much cap room, so it'll be a case of, "Look, but can't touch." They have to find a cost-effective veteran; maybe Edwards can be that guy. Brian Hartline (Dolphins) is an interesting second-tier free agent, but even his asking price might be a bit much.

Salary-cap situation : Don't be surprised if the Jets try to get Holmes to take a pay cut on his $11 million base salary -- an exhorbitant amount for a No. 2-quality receiver coming off a serious injury. Problem is, $7.5 million of the salary is guaranteed.If they cut him, they'd take an $11.25 million cap hit and they'd also have to pay him the $7.5 million.However, unlike Mark Sanchez' guarantee, Holmes has an offset clause, meaning he can't double dip if he's released. In other words, his maxes out at $7.5 million in 2013 earnings if he's cut and signs elsewhere. Maybe, with financial motivation to stay a Jet, he'd be receptive to a restructured deal. New GM John Idzik is supposed to be a skilled negotiator; let's see if he can get Holmes to take a haircut.

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The Draft Board


2nd round
Mike Glennon, NC State (6-7, 220)
Tyler Wilson, Arkansas (6-2, 218)
3rd round
Tyler Bray, Tennessee (6-5, 215)
E.J Manuel, Florida State (6-4, 237)

Well, it turned out exactly how we all expected, huh? It was a nightmare
to say the least and there's not a ton of hope in sight. Mark Sanchez,
the starter for four years, regressed with Tim Tebow standing over his
shoulder. Surprisingly, Tebow didn't even get a chance. Greg McElroy got
his chance and handled it the way you'd expect a third-stringer to
handle it, taking 11 sacks in his only start of the season (and getting a
concussion to boot).

So, it's time to clean house, right? Well, after signing Sanchez to
an extension prior to the 2012 season, the Jets committed to him for the
2013 season, at a minimum.

Let's start there. Tebow, more than likely, won't be back and that'll
be a good thing for all involved. McElroy is inexpensive and has the
confidence to be a starter but is better served as a backup.

There are two approaches here. The "let Sanchez ride this all the way
out" option the "find the future immediately" alternative, which would
be an intelligent strategy if there was an Andrew Luck or a Robert
Griffin III or even a Jay Cutler in this draft. That's not what new GM
John Idzik has in front of him. However, Glennon and Bray can sling it;
unfortunately, they don't always sling it to the right colored jersey.
Manuel has similar issues, but he can make plays with his legs out of
the pocket in a worst case scenario. These three may have the strongest
arms in this draft class to help cut through the New York winds, but is
either one of them that much of a more better option than Sanchez? Not
at this point.

If quarterback were the only true hole on this team, it'd be logical
to think that drafting one would be a sound philosophy, but that's not
the case. There is nothing worse for a new GM than to encounter a no-win
situation at quarterback, while being hamstrung by financial woes.
Welcome to New York, John.



Running Back
The Draft Board


2nd round
Eddie Lacy, Alabama (5-10, 220)
Giovani Bernard, N.C. (5-10, 205)
Montee Ball, Wisconsin (5-11, 215)
3rd round
LeVeon Bell, Michigan State (6-2, 244)
4th round
Christine Michael, Texas A&M (5-10, 221)
Mike Gillislee, Florida (5-11, 207)
6th round
Rex Burkhead, Nebraska (5-11, 210)

The running back situation isn't any more clear than the quarterback situation. Shonn Greene
had a second consecutive 1,000-yard season, but averaged less than four
yards per carry. Oh, lest I forget, he's an unrestricted free agent.
Bilal Powell is a quality backup who I'd like to see get more action to
see if he could ever develop as a starter. Plus, he's still working on
his rookie contract ($550k in 2013). Worst case, he's a decent No. 2 to
Greene (if he re-signs). Joe McKnight has explosive tendencies, we've
all seen that, but he's not consistent enough to be The Man.

If Greene moves on, the Jets should, and will, target a back in the
second, third or fourth round. If he re-signs, a running back won't make
sense, more than likely, until the fifth.

Lacy is a full-on beast with tremendous balance and feet and he's a
significant upgrade over Greene. He had the fortunate pleasure of
running behind three potential top-50 draft picks, so life won't be as
easy at the next level. But, he runs through arm tackles and gives Rex
Ryan and company the ground-and-pound running back that Ryan covets.

The more film that I watch on Bernard, the more I like him. He's
patient, has quick feet, runs behind his pads and finishes his runs.
Think poor man's Ray Rice. He won't break a ton of big runs, but other
than Adrian Peterson, who does? Ball doesn't have "Lacy power", but he's
a complete runner who would also fit well in green and white. He'll
start and stop, turn on a dime before bursting through an open hole.
Bell is the type of back that defenses hate to see in the fourth
quarter, but he also can catch the ball well out of the backfield.

Greene has shown he can be a dependable back at this level, but these
four RBs are more gifted. Not to mention, a few years younger, too. If
Greene stays and the Jets bypass RBs in the first four rounds, Burkhead
is the perfect complementary back who can also play on special teams.



Wide Receiver

The Jets' receiving corps was doomed from the outset of the season.
Santonio Holmes was lost for the season after only four games. 2012
second-round pick Stephen Hill suffered a similar fate, playing only
eleven games dealing with a knee injury. Outside of Jeremy Kerley's 56
receptions, a pleasant surprise, Chaz Schilens led the remaining WRs
with 28 catches. Let's say both Holmes and Hill come back healthy and
Kerley produces like he did in 2012, the receiving corps is adequate.

The hope is that Holmes is healthy, Kerley plays well in the slot and
Hill returns ready to make a significant difference. A free-agent
acquisition makes more sense than another rookie from this draft.

Given the current WR situation (not the best, not the worst) and the
holes at other positions, the Jets may not target a wide receiver in
this draft. Free agency? Perhaps. But, not in the draft. Not this year



Tight End
The Draft Board


2nd round
Tyler Eifert, Notre Dame (6-5, 252)
Zach Ertz, Stanford (6-6, 252)
3rd round
Jordan Reed, Florida (6-3, 243)
Travis Kelce, Cincinnati (6-5, 260)
4th round
Gavin Escobar, San Diego State (6-5, 255)
Dion Sims, Michigan State (6-5, 285)
5th round
Vance McDonald, Rice (6-4, 262)
Ryan Otten, San Jose State (6-5, 235)
6th round
Jake Stoneburner, Ohio State (6-5, 245)
Michael Williams, Alabama (6-6, 269)

NFL teams are accumulating tight ends at a fairly rapid rate and the
Jets have one, when utilized and healthy, that could be a 70 catch/year
option. However, Dustin Keller
is an unrestricted free agent and his backup Jeff Cumberland is a
restricted free agent as well. Keller is of more value to teams that
could utilize him to the fullest, given the higher value placed on tight
ends across the league. His departure would leave the Jets with a
massive hole to fill.

Sanchez needs options, but he also needs to be protected. Signing
Keller would make sense, especially if he gives a bit of a hometown
discount, so to speak. But, if he's gone, the Jets must find an
athletic, pass catcher to give Sanchez intermediate receiving options.

The tight end class has a multitude of options. Eifert and Ertz can line
up anywhere on the field. Escobar is a great athlete who can get open
all over the field. Sims is a 285-pound pass catcher, whose blocking
must improve. Otten is a smaller version of Escobar. Williams is the
best blocking tight end in this draft.

Either way, the Jets have a ton of options up and down the board to
fit a number of needs. If the goal is to replace Keller, then Eifert,
Ertz, Reed, Escobar and Otten fit that bill. If the Jets want a more
versatile tight end, part in-line run blocker, part pass catcher, Kelce
is a good fit in the third or fourth round.



Offensive line
The Draft Board


1st round
G Chance Warmack, Alabama (6-2, 322)
G Jonathan Cooper, N.C. (6-3, 310)
2nd round
T D.J Fluker, Alabama (6-5, 355)
G Larry Warford, Kentucky (6-3, 333)
G/T Kyle Long, Oregon (6-6, 310)
3rd round
G/T Justin Pugh, Syracuse (6-5, 301)
T Dallas Thomas, Tennessee (6-5, 308)
4th round
G/T Brian Winters, Kent State (6-4, 310)
T David Quessenberry, SJSU (6-5, 294)
7th round
G Lane Taylor, Oklahoma State (6-2, 328)

The right tackle odyssey was a disaster from the day that former GM Mike
Tannenbaum decided to forego finding a free agent or a draft pick to
challenge Wayne Hunter last offseason. The downfall was predictable,
even after Hunter was sent to the Rams, opening the spot for Austin
Howard, who wasn't much better. His pass protection was suspect and
that's being nice. Howard is also a restricted free agent, but in a
perfect world he'd be the team's swing tackle, not it's starting right
tackle. The two projected starters at guard are unrestricted free
agents, so it's clear that the Jets must target offensive line help in
this draft at guard and/or tackle, perhaps looking for versatility to
play either position.

If the Jets want an instant upgrade at guard, Warmack is the perfect
fit. Powerful, quick, explosive and sudden, he steps right in and
becomes a Pro Bowl guard within the next three years. The Jets don't
have the luxury of going guard-guard in the first two rounds, but a
combination of Warmack and Warford would jump start the running game in a
heartbeat. But, it's the passing game that needs the help; luckily,
either or both of those two provide sound A/B gap protection in the
passing game.

Winters is a find in the fourth round. He was a stellar left tackle
at Kent State but he's more of a fit at right tackle or at guard. Given
the needs at those positions, he gives the Jets the versatility they
need at either position. Most of the OL listed above will get grimy and
nasty, a must for the Jets.



Defensive line
The Draft Board


6th round
DE Craig Roh, Michigan (6-4, 280)
DE Joe Kruger, Utah (6-6, 280)
DE Damion Square, Alabama (6-3, 286)
7th round
DE Mike Catapano, Princeton (6-3, 270)

Since Kris Jenkins retired a few years ago, the Jets have been void of
quality defensive line depth. Fortunately, the team recognized this and
spent consecutive first-round draft picks on DEs Muhammad Wilkerson and
Quinton Coples. NT Sione Pouha was slowed by a back injury for much of
the year. If those three are healthy for the majority of the year and
Coples makes significant progress, the front three is in good shape.

If Mike Devito is brought back, the defensive line is more than
likely set. However, if the Jets find value in the sixth or seventh
rounds, it'll make sense to add depth and cheap labor.

Roh and Kruger are extremely athletic 280-pounders and are great value
in the sixth or seventh round. One of these two would fit well in New
York backing up Muhammad, Devito and/or Coples. The Jets have more
distinct needs to think about drafting defensive line before the last
two rounds of this draft.



The Draft Board


1st round
OLB Jarvis Jones, Georgia (6-2, 242)
OLB Barkevious Mingo, LSU (6-4, 240)
OLB Ziggy Ansah, BYU (6-5, 274)
2nd round
OLB Alec Ogletree, Georgia (6-3, 234)
3rd round
OLB Sean Porter, Texas A&M (6-1, 231)
4th round
OLB Gerald Hodges, Penn St. (6-1, 239)
5th round
OLB Keith Pough, Howard (6-2, 241)
OLB Meshak Williams, Kansas St. (6-2, 245)
ILB A.J Klein, Iowa State (6-1, 246)
6th round
ILB Vince Williams, Florida St. (6-0, 247)
7th round
ILB Greg Blair, Cincinnati (6-1, 252)

At outside linebacker, Bryan Thomas is an unrestricted free agent and
his off-the-field problems could force the Jets to walk away. Calvin
Pace, on the other side, finished with only three sacks and has little
impact on the edge. The Jets will more than likely cut Pace because of
salary-cap issues.

Suffice it to say, the Jets must find some edge presence to get more
heat on the quarterback early in this draft. The Jets registered only 30
sacks on the season and there is no question that the Jets MUST draft a
pass rusher before the end of the first two rounds.

Inside, the Jets' starters, David Harris and Bart Scott, have been
mainstays, but Scott has slowed considerably, will be 33 by the time the
season starts and could use a youthful push. It's just a matter of
whether it'll be a push into retirement or just to the bench. Either
way, given the Jets' cap situation, they should take a long look at 2012
third-rounder Demario Davis to play alongside Harris.

With only 30 sacks in 2012, the Jets will have a hard time turning away
from Jones, but he's streaky. He'll have games of three or four sacks
with a bushel full of big plays and then the next you'll wonder whether
he's been on the field or not. Plus, Jones' medicals must check out as
his neck injury forced him to leave USC for Georgia back in 2010.
Regardless, he's a significant upgrade on the edge, something the Jets
desperately need.

Mingo hasn't played a ton of football and was just learning how to
play 4-3 defensive end with his hand on the ground at LSU. But, if
there's an athlete in this draft that could make that transition, it's
Mingo. Worst case, he can fly off the edge and get after the

And, no, Jets fans, he's not Vernon Gholston. Ansah is a work in
progress, as well, and might not be the right fit in New York, but if
the Jets are faced with having to select a guy his size who can run a
4.5 forty, well, heck, they'll just have to get over themselves, huh?

Ogletree plays the game with a hefty helping of nasty, but that stays
with him off the field too. With Davis likely taking over Scott's
inside spot next to Harris, the Jets' depth can be bolstered with a
productive tackling machine like Klein, who was the 2011 Big 12
Defensive Player of the Year.



The Draft Board


2nd round
CB Desmond Trufant, Wash. (5-11, 190)
CB Xavier Rhodes, Florida St. (6-1, 217)
CB Logan Ryan, Rutgers (6-0, 182)
S Matt Elam, Florida (5-10, 202)
3rd round
CB Robert Alford, SELA (5-10, 186)
S Jonathan Cyprien, FIU (6-0, 209)
S Phillip Thomas, Fresno State (6-1, 210)
S Tony Jefferson, Oklahoma (5-11, 212)
4th round
S Shawn Wiliams, Georgia (6-1, 213)
5th round
S Robert Lester, Alabama (6-1, 212)
S Duke Williams, Nevada (5-11, 201)

The Jets' secondary was like a Dickens novel…it was the best of times
(LaRon Landry's performance at safety) and the worst of times (Revis
Island shutdown). But, nothing lasts forever, especially when Landry is
staring at a potential huge payday as an unrestricted free agent. He was
second on the team with 99 tackles, but he's not married to the Jets,
which leaves a gaping hole at free safety if he leaves.

Then, there is strong safety Yeremiah Bell, who registered 89
tackles, third on the team, and is also an unrestricted free agent. Both
will command significant interest on the market, which could alter free
agent/draft strategy if the Jets lose both players.

At cornerback, if Revis is healthy and Cromartie plays like he did in
2012, the Jets are set at that position. But, the most polarizing
discussion of the offseason will be whether Revis returns to the Jets or
gets traded elsewhere. Plenty of teams will be interested, but the
question about his knee will resonate throughout.

Idzik has his work cut out trying to figure out what to do with this
unit alone. Could it be that the only Jet that returns is Cromartie?
Then what?

This is as difficult to figure out from a draft perspective as any unit
in the AFC East. If Bell and Landry walk and Revis gets moved, it
becomes priority No. 1. If Revis gets moved, the Jets would have
additional picks somewhere in this draft to allow for the opportunity to
draft youngsters at both CB and safety.

Trufant is a lockdown corner who does it with his speed, quickness
and ability to match cuts better than any other CB in this draft.
Rhodes, on the other hand, is physical and can beat receivers up at the
line of scrimmage in press man coverage.

Ryan flew under the radar much of the year, but having played at
Rutgers, the Jets personnel department should be familiar with how
smooth he backpedals, breaks on the ball and makes plays on the ball. At
safety, Elam is a ball player, pure and simple. He plays every single
play with a chip on his shoulder and will run through ball carriers in
run support. He's underrated in pass coverage but no safety has the
football instincts that he has.

Cyprien is getting a ton of attention late in the process. This guy
doesn't back off and doesn't know any other way to play the game. He'll
thrive at the combine and that could push him up into the late second
round after that Meat Market showing.

John Harris hosts The John Harris Show for Yahoo! Sports Radio.


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The cap-strapped New York Jets began their salary dump Tuesday, releasing three veterans, including high-priced linebacker Calvin Pace.In other expected moves, the Jets also cut a pair of backups, safety Eric Smith and tackle Jason Smith. Injured tight end Josh Bakerwas waived, giving the Jets a total of $24.2 million in salary-cap relief when Baker's salary is factored. The team currently is $2.027 million over the cap, ESPN.com's John Clayton reports.


As of last week, they were $23.3 million over the cap. Surprisingly, linebacker Bart Scott wasn't among the first wave of cuts, although he's expected to be released at some point. Scott's agent, Harold Lewis, said Tuesday he will meet with Jets officials this week at the scouting combine to discuss the linebacker's future. To remain on the roster, Scott, due to make $6.9 million, would have to agree to a massive pay cut.Tuesday's releases start what figures to be a tumultuous offseason under new general manager John Idzik, whose  top priority is determining the future of Darrelle Revis. The star cornerback has one year left on his contract, but the Jets may trade him instead of meeting his salary demands.Pace was an every-down linebacker, but his cap charge was prohibitive -- he was due to count $11.6 million. By cutting him, the Jets will get hit with $3.0 million in "dead" money, meaning there will be a savings of $8.6 million.


The Jets snagged Pace with a six-year, $42 million contract during free agency in 2008, one of many key additions in a blockbuster offseason. Of all the big-name acquisitions -- Alan Faneca, Kris Jenkins, Damien Woody and, later, Brett Favre -- Pace lasted the longest. didn't become the pass rusher the Jets envisioned, never eclipsing eight sacks in a season. In 2012 he played in 94 percent of the defensive snaps, recording only three sacks and 42 solo tackles (sixth on the team). His signature moment occurred in the 2010 playoffs, when he landed on the cover of Sports Illustrated, an action shot of him sacking Tom Brady in the Jets' stunning upset of the New England Patriots.In five seasons with the Jets, Pace had 28 sacksand 12 forced fumbles.He was a key member of the 2009 defense,which led the league in fewest yards allowed. He could draw interest from the Buffalo Bills, where he'd be reunited with former Jets defensive coordinator Mike Pettine. The Jets don't have an obvious replacement for Pace, but they could draft an outside linebacker with the ninth overall pick in April.


Jason Smith's ouster was a no-brainer, considering his $12 million cap figure-- which included an $11.25 million roster bonus. The Jets inherited the contract last August from the St. Louis Rams, who previously had restructured the contract to include the prohibitive bonus, virtually ensuring free agency in 2013.The entire $12 million charge is wiped off the Jets' cap, an enormous savings that will allow them to do business on the open market.Smith was acquired last August in a trade with the Rams as a straight-up swap for Wayne Hunter,another right tackle who fell out of favor. Smith, the No. 2 overall pick in 2009, was used exclusively as a backup. He played in 24 percent of the offensive snaps as an extra blocker in the "jumbo" package.Eric Smith was a valuable backup who contributed heavily on special teams.He was a situational played last season on defense, but he has started 36 games in his career. He was due to make $3 million in the final year
of his contract, all of which is cleaned off the cap.Smith, too, could be reunited with Pettine.


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NFL Network draft guru Mike Mayock held an epic conference call Monday,
answering questions about this week's scouting combine and the upcoming
draft. For the record, the Q & A session was 22,753 words, based on
the transcript provided by the network.

From a Jets perspective, here are some of my takeaways:

1. It's a bad year to have the ninth overall pick; typical Jets
luck. Said Mayock: "I wouldn't want a top-10 pick this year. I think the
fifth pick in the draft and the 25th pick in this draft are very

2. The Jets need a guard, maybe two, and there's a stud that could be available at No. 9 -- Alabama's Chance Warmack. Mayock called him "the best player I saw on tape this year," and he wouldn't hesitate to pick him in the top 10.

3. Mayock doesn't believe any quarterbacks are worth the No. 9 pick. He expects West Virginia's Geno Smith and USC's Matt Barkley will be the first two off the board, but he sees them in the 20 to 32
range. Mayock on Smith: "I see flashes of everything you want in a
top-10 quarterback. I see a lot more inconsistency, though, than I see
those flashes."

4. The Jets met with North Carolina State QB Mike Glennon
at the Senior Bowl. He "might have the best arm talent in the draft,"
according to Mayock. But he has a slow release and makes poor decisions,
Mayock said. He sees him in the second round.

5. To me, Oregon DE/OLB Dion Jordan
is one of the most intriguing players. He's 6-foot-7, but only 240
pounds. He has "frightening athletic skills," according to Mayock, who
believes Jordan can be a perennial All-Pro if he adds 20 pounds. He said
Jordan is "two years away from being an Aldon Smith-type
player." Jordan doesn't have ideal weight to be an every-down
linebacker in Rex Ryan's 3-4 scheme, but I know the Jets were high on
Smith when he came out in 2011.

6. Georgia OLB Jarvis Jones,
who has been linked to the Jets, is an "impact, explosive football
player and he's ready to play now," Mayock said. But there's a medical
concern, possible spinal stenonsis. He's a top-10 talent if he checks
out medically, per Mayock.

7. Mayock has only one running back with a first-round grade -- Alabama's Eddie Lacy. He rates Wisconsin's Montee Ball as a late 2.

8. Mayock goes against the grain with regard to his grades for three top defensive ends -- Bjoern Werner (Florida State), Damonte Moore (Texas A&M) and Barkevious Mingo (LSU). He doesn't think Werner and Moore are worth top-10 picks, and hesees Mingo (only 230 pounds) slipping to the end of the first round.
Mingo has been linked to the Jets at No. 9, but I don't think he's a
scheme fit because of his size.

9. I don't see the Jets picking controversial Notre Dame LB Manti Te'o
at No. 9, but we'll mention him here because Mayock had some
interesting comments. He said Te'o had a "plus-plus-plus intangibles
grade" before the girlfriend hoax became a national story. Now? "I think
he's lost all of that," said Mayock, who sees Te'o going in the bottom
third of the first round.


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Patriots QB Tom Brady agreed to a three-year, $27 million contract extension on Monday (through 2017).

A few quick thoughts from a  :cheer:  Jets perspective:

1. CAP ROOM: The biggest impact on the Jets is that
it gives the Patriots salary-cap flexibility -- a total of $15 million
in cap relief in 2013 and 2014. This will allow them to re-sign their
own free agents and be active in the free-agent market.

The biggest beneficiary could be WR Wes Welker,
who is due to become an unrestricted free agent. Look for the Patriots
to make an immediate play to re-up with Welker. The Jets will have to
make sure they're strong at slot-corner, because it looks like Welker
will be catching passes from Brady for a few more years.

2. HOLD THE STATUE: This contract will give Jets
fans more reason to hate Brady. He's already being lionized for
accepting a less-than-market contract, hailed as team-first star in a
world of me-first divas. Spare me. While his annual average is certainly
below the league's highest-paid quarterbacks -- namely Drew Brees and Peyton Manning -- Brady won't be hurting at all.

If the early reports are correct, the entire deal is guaranteed.
Counting the final two years of his old contract, he'll make $60 million
over the next five years, according to NFL.com -- a stunning guarantee
for a quarterback who will be 40 when the deal expires. So let's hold
the parade.

3. THE REVIS FACTOR: Cynical Jets fans, no doubt, will try to spin this against Darrelle Revis.
If one of the greatest quarterbacks in history can take one for the
team, they will ask, why should Revis demand $16 million a year? Thing
is, it's apples and oranges. This is Brady's "retirement" contract; he's
already made a few big scores in his career. Revis still is in his
prime years; his next contract could be his last big bite at the apple.

4. JUST FOR GIGGLES: A year ago, the Jets gave their starting quarterback -- Mark Sanchez
-- a three-year extension for $40 million in "new" money. Brady gets
$27 million on a three-year extension. Feel free to discuss.


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NY Jets owner Woody Johnson needs to focus on leading organization from the top, not involving

himself in every single personnel decision

You look at the Jets as presently constructed — or reconstructed — and

wonder what kind of actual leadership comes from the top of the

organization. If any. Put it another way: John Mara didn’t need to hire a

head-hunter when it was time to replace the retiring Ernie Accorsi as

his general manager.   What kind of leadership has Woody Johnson brought to the Jets ?

Certainly not the type John Mara brings to the Giants or Robert Kraft to

the Patriots - the Jets' two chief rival organizations.

The Jets keep winning news cycles, boy do they, even in the offseason

seem to be much better at that lately than winning football games. So we

are talking plenty about Darrelle Revis these days, whether he stays or

goes. There is always plenty of talk about the coach, Rex Ryan, who

doesn’t just seem to have lost all that weight, but seems to keep

shrinking in front of our eyes.

 We have seen another change at general manager, Mike Tannenbaum out and

John Idzik in. Jets fans want to know if Idzik has the chops and the

game to make the Jets a real contender again, make them good enough to

consistently win MetLife Stadium from the Giants and start winning the

AFC East from the New England Patriots.

 We know about the ownership of those teams, the best in sports, the

Maras and Tisches with the Giants, Robert Kraft with the Patriots. But

all this time after Woody Johnson bought the Jets, what do Jets fans really know about their owner, other than he seems to be really sweet on Rex Ryan?

 I asked a big-time New York businessman, one who knows Woody Johnson

and knows the world of big-time New York sports, about Johnson on

Wednesday. The guy asked that his name not be used because he likes


“Woody’s smart,” he said. “But you don’t have to be around sports for

very long to understand that doesn’t make you a smart owner.”


 Then we were talking about the Giants, and how they have such a

specific brand, one with so much history, and about the Patriots, who

have probably had the most successful brand in the NFL over the past 20



    I asked the guy about the Jets brand.

    “That’s the problem,” he said. “I’m not sure what their brand is. Do

you know what it is? And that starts at the top. It doesn’t mean Woody

should be making the personnel decisions. But ownership, in any

business, is about setting a tone for your operation, having a clear

vision and then trusting your people to execute it. And I just don’t see

that with the Jets.”

    Woody Johnson wants to win, wants to be involved, clearly was involved

when Ryan and Tannenbaum decided to move up in the first round of the

draft and go for Mark Sanchez. Clearly was involved in the wrong-headed

decision to bring Tim Tebow to the Jets. There was great jubilation at

the time, how the Jets had two quarterbacks! Now the Tebow trade turned

out to be such a stroke of genius that the Jets, at the present time,

effectively have no quarterbacks.

    Johnson’s Jets have made the playoffs under three different coaches,

three different general managers. So it is not as if Johnson has damaged

the Jets’ brand, whatever it is. But now, two seasons after the Jets

went to their second straight AFC Championship Game under the

Tannenbaum/Ryan regime, they are shopping the team’s best player, have

no quarterback, have a great big tattooed lame-duck coach.


Despite all the times they have made some kind of big splash, they don’t

just have trouble selling PSLs, they occasionally white-knuckle their

way into another sellout, and stay away from a dreaded local blackout.

Even after a year when the Giants fall apart in the second half of the

season and can’t make the playoffs as the defending Super Bowl

champions, the Jets find themselves as much the little brother as ever.


    Will Woody Johnson and Jets brass drop the ball again - this time with Darrelle Revis?


    And what is their first move after their 6-10 season, after a season

that only got worse after the embarrassment of Thanksgiving Night

against the Patriots? Johnson gives his coach a rousing vote of

confidence and says that Ryan gets to stay even after Mike Tannenbaum

was asked to leave, and then goes out and hires Idzik away from the

Seahawks, essentially starting all over again.


    Again, this is not to suggest that Johnson has wandered punch-drunk

through his ownership the way Ryan wandered punch-drunk through the last

two Decembers. The Jets have made the playoffs a total of six times

with Johnson as their owner. It is a lot more than the Mets have done in

that time, and a lot more than the Knicks have done over the last


    But forget for a moment about the decisions that must be made before

the start of next season: Who to draft; who the quarterback is going to

be, what to do about Revis. Go take another look at the decisions that

have been made since the second AFC Championship Game, and then wonder

if the Jets are starting to go the wrong way and fast, same as the Mets

did when they were a game away from the World Series six-and-a-half

years ago.

    You look at the Jets as presently constructed — or reconstructed — and

wonder what kind of actual leadership comes from the top of the

organization. If any. Put it another way: John Mara didn’t need to hire a

head-hunter when it was time to replace the retiring Ernie Accorsi as

his general manager. Woody Johnson has been at this long enough that he

should have known exactly who, and with what, he wanted to replace


    When it was all over, it was Tannenbaum who graciously took the fall on

Tebow. But whatever he says, and whatever Johnson says, that trade

can’t possibly happen without Johnson’s endorsement. And if the owner of

the team didn’t endorse it and it happened anyway, whose fault is that?

    Whose team is it, anyway?

    Now the Jets try to come back from that, from the wreckage of last

season, with a compromised coach and a new general manager. Neither one

hired himself. Again: Maybe you think owners don’t matter. Try telling

that to fans of the Giants and the Patriots, the two teams against which

Woody Johnson’s Jets constantly measure themselves.



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Question ? Phone Rex, but where's Woody ?



Rex Ryan and GM John Idzik will face an angry mob Monday -- well, kinda.

They will hold a 1 p.m. conference call with season-ticket holders,

answering football questions. The Jets do this once or twice a year, a

PR move that lets the fan base hear the state of team directly from the

decision makers. Presumably, the calls will be screened, so it probably

won't get too down and dirty, but Jets fans aren't bashful and they

believe Ryan has some 'splaining to do.

But something will be missing : Woody Johnson.

The fans deserve to hear from the owner, who is dangling the Jets' best player -- Darrelle Revis

-- in trade talks. No matter how the Jets spin it, Johnson is the man

behind the Revis situation. He started telling people around him as far

back as January, including some of the GM candidates, he was deeply

concerned about the team's ability to sign Revis to a long-term deal and

that it should explore the possibility of a trade.The fans pay outrageous prices

for PSLs, and now they have a team that has gone south faster than the

Florida snowbirds. Soon they'll be asked to renew their season tickets,

knowing there's a chance their one true star player could be sent packing.

What say you, Mr. Johnson ?

Johnson hasn't addressed the media since the day he introduced Idzik

at a news conference in January, the day after the Revis rumors broke.

That day, Johnson mostly talked in circles, neither confirming nor

denying the trade speculation.I went back and checked Johnson's

comments from September, 2010,when the Jets signed Revis to a

four-year, $46 million contract following a long holdout. The owner

was asked if he envisioned Revis finishing his career as a Jet; even

then, he wasn't overflowing with optimism.

"We'd like him to be a Jet, but I guess it takes two to tango,"

Johnson said. "I'm happy we have him for four years, which is about the

average length of a NFL player's life in the NFL. That's a long time to

be together. That will be a total of seven years with Revis. What could

be better ?"

Why not another seven ?


That's the question he should be answering now.


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Offseason Playbook : New York Jets
In a new offseason series, Insider takes an in-depth look at NFL
teams before free agency begins March 12. What is each team's philosophy
on offense and defense, biggest needs and one player who could make for
an ideal signing in free agency ?

Team philosophies
Offense -- This will be an interesting offense to watch as the season unfolds. We know
that Rex Ryan wanted to have a run-oriented offense a year ago to
complement his aggressive defense, but he did not have the personnel to
get it done. Under former coordinator Tony Sparano this offense seemed
to have little creativity and there was no flow to it. Ryan replaced
Sparano with ex-Eagles coach Marty Mornhinweg -- which is an interesting
choice because he is a West Coast proponent and Philadelphia's offense
was probably 60-40 in the pass-run ratio.

However, what a lot of people don't realize is that Mornhinweg likes
to run the ball a lot more than most West Coast offenses, so the Jets
will likely have more balance than expected. He will throw a lot of
underneath and crossing routes with occasional deep shots off
play-action and misdirection -- and screen plays will have a role in
this offense. But most importantly this will be a smarter,
assignment-oriented offense.

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During his introductory news conference as general manager of the

New York Jets, John Idzik promised he would put together a competitive

team. Then, Idzik swiftly released veteran talents Calvin Pace, Bart Scott,

Eric Smith and now defensive tackle Sione Po'uha. Star cornerback

Darrelle Revis also could be on the move from New York via a trade.

What gives  ?

The harsh truth is it will be an extreme long shot for the Jets to
field a title contending team in 2013. New York must first go through a
long and painful rebuild. Idzik is simply doing his job by putting a
good face on the situation, but the reality is there's not much to look
forward to with this year's version of the Jets.

Po'uha is a good player and a solid leader in New York's locker room,

but he was overpaid by Jets' standards. Po'uha was reportedly due
$4.9 million next season. The Jets needed the cap room more considering
all the bad contracts they agreed to in the past.

New York must hit the bottom first before it gets back to the top,
and that process will take at least two years. Po'uha was simply a
victim of circumstance.


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Quick thoughts on the Jets' decision to release longtime NT Sione Po'uha:

ny_a_pouha_d1_200.jpgSione Po'uha spent eight years with the Jets.


1. It stinks.
Po'uha is one of the most respected players in the locker room, and the
team will dearly miss his leadership. This could have an impact on the
young linemen, namely Quinton Coples and Muhammad Wilkerson, who

looks up to Po'uha. Clearly, the Jets expect Wilkerson to take on more of

a leadership role in his third year, even if Mike DeVito returns.

2. Why did the Jets do this ?

It came down to the AIS principle that triggers these types of moves :

Age. Injury. Salary. Po'uha is 34, coming off a season in which he

struggled with a bad back. Plus, he was due to make $4.9 million --

which would have become guaranteed Thursday if he were still on

the roster. The move creates $3.8 million in cap room.

3. The Jets can't possibly think Kenrick Ellis is ready to become a full-time player.
The former third-round pick has been slow to develop and is simply too
raw to anchor the defense. He played only 22 percent of the defensive
snaps last season. This tells me the Jets will be in the market for a
new nose tackle. The top interior lineman in the draft is Star Lotulelei
from Utah (Po'uha's alma mater), who could be available with the ninth
overall pick. This becomes a real possibility for the Jets.

4. Without Po'uha, the Jets have to increase their efforts to re-sign DeVito, another strong interior run defender.
If they let him hit the open market, he could end up signing with the
Bills, reunited with former Jets coordinator Mike Pettine. DeVito and
Po'uha are close friends. In essence, the Jets are trying to re-sign
DeVito with the money they saved from cutting Po'uha. What a business,
huh ?


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Will Dolphins add TE Dustin Keller ?


The Miami Dolphins, who entered free agency with more than $40 million in cap room, continue to be aggressive in Day 2 of free agency. ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Miami will host free-agent tight end Dustin Keller for a visit Wednesday.

Miami’s interest in Keller makes sense. The Dolphins lost starting tight end Anthony Fasano to the Kansas City Chiefs and whiffed on Jared Cook, who was the top-rated tight end in free agency and signed with the St. Louis Rams. Keller is the next best tight end for Miami’s West Coast scheme.

This would be a double bonus for the Dolphins: Not only does it fill
a big need for Miami, but it also dishes a blow to the division-rival New York Jets. The Jets would like to have Keller back next season but can't afford him due to a tight salary cap.

Keller has 241 career receptions and has been a reliable safety valve in New York for quarterback Mark Sanchez for five years. The Dolphins are checking to see Wednesday if Keller can do the same for second-year quarterback Ryan Tannehill.


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It was always wishful thinking for Rex Ryan to hope new general
manager John Idzik would make saving him one of his organizational goals
on top of fixing the team. But the parade of players exiting Florham
Park since free agency began Tuesday has painfully underscored how Rex's
lame-duck contract year is looking lamer by the hour.

Prepare yourself for more bad puns from the headline writers.

Today, the Rex-odus. Tomorrow, the Rex-orcism is coming.

Broadway Joe, meet the Broadway Schmoes.

It's hard to see how Ryan survives the purge of talent the New York
Jets are undergoing right now, even if there is a whole 2013 season to
play and months of roster moves yet to be made. Ryan has gone from a
Super Bowl-contending coach on arrival in 2009 to a space holder whom
the Jets might as well keep around to preside over a year of re-tooling
rather than pay him for doing nothing plus hire someone else.

Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez had a quasi-legitimate beef about not
having many playmakers to rely on last season -- though if Sanchez is being
honest, he has to include himself. But look how depleted the Jets are now on
both sides of the ball. By Wednesday, there was a good chance tight end
Dustin Keller was about to sign elsewhere by the end of the day.
Brandon Moore and Pro Bowl safety LaRon Landry are expected to follow
Eric Smith out the door.That's nine starters gone even before you dwell on
how the Darrelle Revis trade talks continue to percolate along, with just-fired
Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum weighing in from beyond the grave to say on the

(Bet that little nugget went over well at Jets headquarters. So far
the rumored packages coming back to the Jets for Revis are nothing
approaching that. Last we checked, Harvin had two healthy ACLs; Revis,
just one.) And to offset all that bad news, the Jets present you with …

David Garrard, a 35-year-old who was out of the NFL the past two years.

The longer this goes on, the more the motto of the Jets' upcoming
season looks like "Thank god for Buffalo." Once again, the Bills look
like the pillow at the bottom of the elevator shaft the Jets are falling
down. It should be a fascinating battle between the two franchises to
see which stays out of the basement of the AFC East -- or AFC
cellar-at-large. The Bills just cut their own overpaid/underperforming
quarterback, Ryan Fitzpatrick, to set up (for now, anyway) two divisional

duels between Sanchez and well-traveled Tarvaris Jackson.


Get your tickets now.

It's a drag to be so grim before the crocuses have even come up or
the NFL draft has rolled around, I know. But when it comes to the Jets,
the truth hurts. They didn't just lose talented players this week --
they also lost a ton of heart and soul, some of the best leaders and
grownups in their locker room. Once Revis goes, what they'll be left
with is a team led by, well … Sanchez, Santonio Holmes and Antonio Cromartie?
The flake-out potential is astronomical. And that includes the head
coach, who will probably throw himself on the floor if Idzik ignores his
pleas not to ship Revis.


It was always a gamble for the Jets to put win-now team together with a
just-drafted quarterback like Sanchez when Ryan first arrived. But the
Jets' Tannenbaum-Ryan-Woody Johnson brain trust deserves credit for
at least going for the Super-Bowl-or-bust dream as ambitiously as they
did and poking a sharp stick at the Patriots while they were at it.


It was fun while it lasted.


It also didn't work.

It didn't leave the Jets with many draft picks to replenish the
roster, or with a foundation built for the long haul. But the most
damaging thing of all -- aside from the salary-cap handcuffs it put them
in -- is how Sanchez's development has stalled. It used to be that
Heisman Trophy winners were snake-bitten when they made the leap to the
NFL, but who has been more cursed lately than ex-USC quarterbacks? (See
Sanchez, Matt Leinart, and Matt Cassel, with a de-valued Matt Barkley waiting

in the wings.)

As my colleague Rich Cimini has pointed out, the Jets could create a
ripple of interest by using their No. 9 pick in the draft on a
quarterback -- perhaps Geno Smith of West Virginia? -- and then hope he's

an instant sensation like Russell Wilson was for the Seahawks as a rookie.


But what are the chances of that ?

Idzik is smart to start over, even if part of the collateral damage
is Ryan looks like a dead coach walking and all those players who once
supposedly loved playing for him are rushing for the exits. So much for
being tethered to the Jets by the irresistible gravitational pull of
Rex's fabulous personality. His assistants jumped ship in droves this
offseason too.


All signs point to the Rex-odus leading to a Rex-orcism.

Kind of makes the "Hard Knocks" years look like the glory days.


> http://espn.go.com/new-york/nfl/story/_/id/9049334/new-york-jets-rex-ryan-lame-duck-contract-year-getting-lamer-hour

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... The bleeding stops

A little spin on the day what was :

1. NO NEWS, GOOD NEWS: For a change, the Jets didn't lose any players. TE Dustin Keller
completed an overnight trip with the Dolphins, but he left their
facility in the afternoon without a deal. Sources say the two sides will
stay in touch. I get the sense the Dolphins are wary of overpaying for
Keller, so they will continue to gauge interest in him. The market for
Keller isn't as robust as anticipated, and there's now some thought that
he could return to the Jets, perhaps on a one-year deal. Last season's
injuries hurt his value, but some team will get a tremendous bargain.

2. MONEY TALK: The contract numbers started to trickle in for the players that left the Jets. DT Mike DeVito (Chiefs) received a $6.2 million guarantee, S LaRon Landry (Colts) $11 million, RB Shonn Greene (Titans) $4.5 million and S Yeremiah Bell (Cards) $610,000. Total: $22.3 million, roughly equivalent to the guarantee in Santonio Holmes' last contract.

3. ON THE RECRUITING FRONT: Rams WR Brandon Gibson left the Jets without a deal and was headed to Miami to meet with Dolphins officials. Chargers OLB Antwan Barnes and Raiders RB Mike Goodson
arrived in the Florham Park area for visits. The Jets like all three
players, obviously, but it's clear that, based on deals Thursday around
the league, the money is drying up. You saw a lot of good players take
one-year deals. Such is life in a flat-cap era.

4. QUARTERBACK CLUB: There were some rumblings that Bears QB Jason Campbell was on the Jets' radar, but it's unlikely he will land with them, a source said. The name to watch is Cards QB Kevin Kolb, who probably will be released Friday.

5. PATRIOT GAMES: For the second straight day, we have Patriots' news in our recap. Former Jets RB/KR Leon Washington,
who played the last three seasons with the Seahawks, signed a one-year
deal with the Patriots. That has to sting true Jets fans. Another former
Jet, DE John Abraham,
is slated to visit with the Patriots, according to multiple reports.
Looks like Bill Belichick is trying to collect ex-Jets. Kind of ironic,
isn't it? He likes those "coach compensation" Jets. Two years ago, he
signed DE Shaun Ellis,
whom the Jets drafted in 2000 with the pick they received from the
Patriots for Belichick. In 2006, the Jets picked Washington with the
choice they received from the Chiefs for Herm Edwards.

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re some $/#'s :


~ ~  As expected, the restructuring of Santonio Holmes' contract
was made official today, according to league records. Holmes' base
salary was reduced to $7.5 million, or the amount of guaranteed money he
is owed in 2013.

The Jets also restructured the deal of Antonio Cromartie. Cromartie

was owed a $7 million base in 2013 and will now earn a base salary of
$840,000, league records show. The difference will likely be recouped in
bonuses and/or pushed into 2014.

Some other quick changes :

David Garrard is officially on a 1-year deal with a $1 million base
salary. According to Yahoo!, Garrard was also given a $100,000 signing

Josh Mauga, who also signed a 1-year deal on Friday, is slated to make

$630,000 in base salary.

According to NYJetscap, a site that tracks changes in the team's
salary cap, the Jets are roughly $15.5 million under the cap for 2013.
The alteration to Cromartie saved $4.23 million in cap space and the
Holmes move saved roughly $3.5 million.


> http://www.nj.com/jets/index.ssf/2013/03/jets_restructure_deals_for_ant.html

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A week ago, Darrelle Revis was supposedly a goner. Now there are reports

that the Bucs' interest in him is cooling. So which is it ?

The word I'm getting from the NFL meetings in Phoenix is that Jets
GM John Idzik is in no rush to make a trade and that he's willing to let
it play out until after the draft. Why wait?

The Jets are on a long-term rebuilding plan, and Idzik apparently
isn't married to the idea of having immediate draft-pick compensation --
if he decides to move his best player, which is what many expect to
happen. He's telling people he'd be content to wait for 2014
compensation, when he could use an extra No. 1 pick (and maybe other
picks) to maneuver for a quarterback.

Of course, if the Bucs make him an offer he can't refuse, Idzik
would pull the trigger now. The sense, though, is that he'll let it play
out, waiting for Revis' surgically repaired knee to heal and perhaps
hoping another team enters the fray to create a bidding war.

The risk is that the Bucs will bow out and no other serious suitors will

step up. Broncos exec John Elway said Tuesday he has no interest in

trading for Revis, and the 49ers reportedly feel the same way -- two

teams linked to a potential trade.

Right now, it's all about the Bucs. Now, this twist: There are
rumblings the Bucs are frustrated by the slow-moving Jets and losing
interest, and that they're prepared to shift their focus to free-agent
CB Brent Grimes.

Brent Grimes ? Does anybody really believe the Bucs expect Grimes to
save their league-worst pass defense? He's not even close to a healthy
Revis. The way the cornerback market has plunged, the Bucs could sign
Grimes and trade for Revis. The Grimes stuff is just a well-placed leak in

an attempt to rattle the Jets.

League sources believe the Revis camp wants to get this done ASAP.
Revis knows the Bucs are willing to pay what he wants on a new contract
(or in the neighborhood) and he sees them as a team with potential. He'd
also be only a few hours from his home in South Florida. But, really,
it's about the money. If the Bucs pull out, will anybody else step up to
satisfy Revis ?

That's the fear for Revis. And, to a lesser extent, the Jets, too.


> http://espn.go.com/blog/new-york/jets/post/_/id/21685/jets-in-no-rush-to-make-a-deal

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Jets coach Rex Ryan had some news Tuesday: He said the team isn't
actively shopping cornerback Darrelle Revis, this after months of
speculation that the Jets could enter a full rebuild mode and ship their
star out of town.But something else shocking happened here, too.

Ryan completed his transformation into the new, humble Ryan.

Ryan is a changed man at this year's NFL owners meetings in Arizona.
He is thinner, quieter and, most shockingly, subdued. He isn't spending
his time poolside telling anyone who will listen that his team is Super

In fact, Ryan hasn't offered any hyperbole all week here. Listening
to him now, he sounds nothing like the brash guy he used to be.

To illustrate just how remarkable this change has been, here is a

guide to Ryan's newfound humility and change in tone.


Ryan has flip-flopped on few players more than Revis. There is good
reason for that, since Revis bounces between unbeatable on the field to a
guy who complains about his contract a lot, and Ryan adjusts

But New Rex has relaxed the idea of trading Revis over the last month.

Feb 21: "I would say, could there be a trade? Yeah. Anybody could be
traded. But do I expect there to be a trade for Darrelle Revis? No. But
something could come up."


Will Rex Ryan (background) get to keep Darrelle Revis (right)?

Tuesday: "I know for a fact that we are not actively trying to trade Darrelle Revis."

Mark Sanchez

Ryan usually has reserved his most over-the-top praise for Sanchez,
the quarterback who started his career with two straight AFC title-game
appearances but is known more now for entering the term "buttfumble"
into America's lexicon.

Ryan's tune on Sanchez has changed dramatically. He went from tales
of high-fiving in the draft room after taking him to decidedly less bold

2011: "When you talk about elite quarterbacks, I think he's an elite quarterback

because he wins the big games."

2012: "I think Mark's going to succeed. He'll find a way one way or the other."

Tuesday: Ryan said Sanchez will take the first snap of the team's minicamp

because "Yeah, whatever, somebody's got to take it."

The Super Bowl

Ryan fell into a habit of saying his team would win it all. Those
predictions—a spring tradition—fell flat. This week, Ryan is only
predicting the Jets will do the best they can.

2010: "We believe we're going to win, so why wouldn't we say it?"

2011: "I guarantee we'll win it this year."

2012: We want what the Giants got. We want to win a Super Bowl."

Tuesday: "Guaranteeing that Super Bowl is always going to haunt me.

If I could ever have a do-over, that would be it."

Tim Tebow

When the Jets acquired quarterback Tebow last year, Ryan, not
surprisingly, talked big about the possibilities. On Tuesday the new
Ryan spoke vaguely about how he was still on the roster.

2012: "He's a football player and that's what I keep wanting to put
out there. Let's not just look at him as a quarterback…he's smart,
athletic, tough, a great competitor."

Tuesday: "We'll see how the off-season plays out, but right now

Tim is on our roster."


Historically, Ryan has loved telling everyone how much he loves
himself, his coaching abilities and his family's success. On Tuesday he
was a little less effusive in his self-praise, mostly because he was
fielding questions about his lame-duck status.

Since the Jets brought in a new general manager (John Idzik) this
year, there has been speculation that Ryan could be out if he doesn't
perform. Given a chance to defend himself on Tuesday, Ryan didn't really
take the bait and certainly didn't rekindle the cockiness of the old

2010: "I don't care if people don't like it or whatever (and say),
'Just shut up and win something.' I've won a lot more than that person
writing it. I can promise you that. I've been there."

2011: "I came here to win, to be looked at that way and to take over
not just this city, even though it's the city to take over, but also
this league."

Tuesday: "I never said it was going to be easy, but I'm excited about the challenges."


> http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323869604578370432094893150.html?mod=WSJ_topics_obama

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Ryan's bravado doused with reality
Instead of making guarantees, Jets coach just trying to save once-promising job


It's not the tattoo, or the foot fetish video, or the flipping off of
fans at a sporting event. No, Rex Ryan's biggest regret, the singular
moment he would like to have back, is promising after consecutive trips
to the AFC title game that the New York Jets would win the Super Bowl in 2011.

"Guaranteeing that Super Bowl is always going to haunt me," Ryan said on
Tuesday. "If I could ever have a do-over, that would be it."

Boy, have there been things to do over, and given Ryan's brash past and
the perilous position he finds himself in, with a new general manager
and a team that lacks talent on both sides of the ball, there
undoubtedly will be more. Last season was bad. This season could be
worse, much worse. While Ryan put on a happy face Tuesday, he certainly
seems well aware of the position he is in as one of the most scrutinized
coaches in the biggest media market in the NFL, with a team that lacks a
legitimate starter at the most crucial position on the field.

    "I'm not afraid of my situation," Ryan said on Tuesday. "I'm looking forward to my situation."

    At least there is that.

    For Ryan, guaranteeing a Super Bowl is deservedly up there on his
regrets list. Drawing unnecessary attention to a task that is already
unbelievably stressful and hard does not qualify as the smartest
decision Ryan ever made. Doing it in a year where there was no
offseason, an NFL-imposed lockout, an abbreviated free-agent period and a
shortened training camp was even dumber, even if Ryan actually believed
it, which, knowing him, he did.

Rex Ryan's days of making guarantees are over, especially with Mark Sanchez still at QB.

    But dumber still was the decision to entrust the franchise -- and thus
Ryan's own job security and future -- to a quarterback who has such
obvious flaws. Ryan excelled his first two seasons by surrounding Mark Sanchez
with a better-than-average running game, playmakers at receiver and,
most importantly, the best defense in the league. The Jets won despite
Sanchez because they were fully committed to ground and pound and
because the defense was unbelievably talented.

    Now, they must win because of Sanchez with a defense that might be losing its best player -- Darrelle Revis.
Now, Ryan is in the precarious position of needing a middle-of-the-road
quarterback to succeed so that he can hang onto his job. Given
Sanchez's body of work through four seasons, it is impossible to see a
scenario in which he can lead the Jets out of the mess they find
themselves in.

    Sanchez as the hero? That's as likely as Ryan actually keeping his job beyond this season.

    Ryan certainly seems to recognize that.

    At the NFL owners meetings in Phoenix, Ryan was uncharacteristically
subdued. Sitting at a media breakfast with his coaching brethren from
the AFC, Ryan could plainly see three men who have achieved what he has
not. Pittsburgh's Mike Tomlin, New England's Bill Belichick and
Baltimore's John Harbaugh never guaranteed a Super Bowl victory. They
never promised anything other than their teams would put forth effort
and be prepared. They never looked beyond the moment, because to do so
in this league is pure folly. Each day is too crucial. Steps cannot be

     During an hour-long session, Ryan fielded question
after question about his future with the Jets, his quarterback, his new
general manager, John Idzik, and the fate of his team's best player.
Ryan seemed almost resigned to the outcome that befell Lovie Smith, who
went 10-6 in Chicago last season and still got fired by a general
manager who had only one season under his belt.

     General managers
typically like to hire their own guys. That's what Phil Emery did after
taking a year to evaluate Smith. He looked for any reason to fire Smith
-- and the fact the Bears did not make the playoffs gave him one -- and
then hired Marc Trestman as his head coach.

    Idzik certainly could do the same thing.

    "I really don't feel different this year than I do any year," Ryan
said. "I've approached this like it's a brand new beginning, because I
believe it is."

    Maybe so, but for the first time since drafting
Sanchez with the fifth overall pick in 2009, Ryan has brought in
competition for Sanchez. Ryan said that Sanchez will take the first snap
of the Jets' first minicamp practice, but beyond that, it will be an
open competition at the position. That 35-year-old David Garrard,
who hasn't thrown a pass in an NFL game in more than two years, is part
of the open competition tells you everything you need to know about how
the organization views Sanchez.

    He is not the answer.

Ryan likely isn't, either. It is a shame, because Ryan is a likeable
guy. He is a colorful personality in a sport that often lacks them. He
is brash and funny, entertaining and confident.

    Or at least he used to be.

    On Tuesday, someone asked Ryan if he thought the Jets had to make the
playoffs this season for him to retain his job. The question was
unthinkable two years ago, but this is where Ryan is now.

    "I'm not the guy to ask that question," Ryan said. "I know one thing: My goal
is always the same, and we know what that goal is. That's what I want
to do. I don't want to be average. I don't want to be whatever. I want
to be a champion. Whenever that time comes, that's what drives me."

    That was a statement, not a guarantee. No regrets, at least not anymore.


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Revis trade : A balancing act for Idzik


New Jets GM John Idzik wouldn't trade Darrelle Revis for nothing in

return in 2013, would he ? Remember the old marketing slogan for

Fram Oil Filters ? It went like this: "You can pay me now or you can

pay me later." It applies to the current impasse between the Jets and

Bucs in the Darrelle Revis trade talks.

The Bucs would likely deal their first- and second-round picks in

2014 for the star cornerback, but the Jets want this year's first-round

pick (13th overall), according to Peter King of SI.com. Therein lies

the stalemate.

So if you're the Jets, do you want to be paid now or later ?

The idea of having two first-round picks in 2014 is intriguing for a

few reasons. It's supposed to be a good quarterback draft, and the

extra pick would give them the ability to maneuver for a top

quarterback. New GM John Idzik has time on his side, and he can afford

to be patient with regard to the rebuilding of the Jets. He'd have four

picks in the top 64 -- his two, plus two from the Bucs. Problem is,

there's no certainty as to where those picks will be.

If the Bucs make the playoffs, the '14 picks will be in the bottom

portion of the round. How would you feel if the Jets traded their best

player for the 25th and 57th picks in the draft? Sure, it could go the

other way, too, but the chances of the Bucs stinking would be a lot less

with Revis in the lineup.

You can bet that's a concern for Idzik. The bigger concern should be

this: What kind of message does it send the fan base if the team gets

NOTHING for Revis in 2013? Take an elite cornerback (if healthy) out of

the lineup and replace him with ...

Sorry, folks, wait 'till next year.

The fans already are disgruntled after a 6-10 season. You give them

no hope for 2013 if the Revis picks are on a layaway plan. Chances are,

the Jets are looking at a long year anyway, but this is the NFL --

parity, baby -- and no team should kiss off an entire year. It's bad for

business and bad for morale. When the Jets traded Keyshawn Johnson

to the Bucs in 2000, they used the first-round picks on John Abraham

and Anthony Becht, both of whom contributed as rookies.

Imagine how Rex Ryan would feel if they get no '13 return for Revis.

Heck, he might not be around in 2014 to enjoy the fruits of the trade.

He's probably already depressed, knowing his beloved corner is headed

out of town. If he doesn't get a rookie pass rusher or a receiver out of

the deal, he might go apoplectic.

Clearly, the best solution is a compromise: Get some now, get some

later. Idzik should be in no rush to make a deal. The Bucs still will

have a gaping hole in their secondary a month from now, and their

bargaining position will be weaker than now.


> http://espn.go.com/blog/new-york/jets/post/_/id/21743/revis-trade-a-balancing-act-for-idzik



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Past draft misses at cornerback make Revis sensible for Bucs


In 2008, the Vikings justified sending a first-round and third-round

pick to Kansas City for defensive end Jared Allen by looking at Allen

as the first-round pick, and the third-round pick as insurance against

the first-round pick being a bust.


That same reasoning could be driving the Buccaneers’ interest in

cornerback Darrelle Revis. Regardless of the extra pick(s) needed to

get the deal done with theJets, Revis essentially would become Tampa’s

first-round pick, and theadditional picks would be the insurance against

Revis being a bust.

A couple of different dynamics apply in this case.  Revis has some

bust potential, via his surgically-repaired ACL.  And with the

implementation of a rookie wage scale that greatly reduces the money

paid to rookies, the money it will take to make Revis happy becomes

glaring (especially with the veteran market tanking recently, too).

But it still makes sense, given the team’s failed efforts in recent

years to find cornerbacks in the draft.  As Stephen F. Holder of the

Tampa Bay Times points out, 2008 first-rounder Aqib Talib and 2010

third-rounder Myron Lewis would have been the starting cornerbacks

this year.  Neither worked out.

Revis, given his knee, may not work out.  But his potential upside

coupled with the inherent downside of a draft pick makes a decision to

essentially make Revis the Bucs’ first-round pick a good idea.


> http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/04/19/past-draft-misses-at-cornerback-make-revis-sensible-for-bucs/

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Losing Darrelle Revis hasn't made Rex Ryan any less confident in his defense.

Just hours after trading the All-Pro cornerback to the Tampa Bay
Buccaneers, the New York Jets coach once again vowed the Jets will be
stout defensively in 2013.

"We will play great defense to the New York Jets'
standard. That is how I've approached it from the day I took this job, I
knew it would happen and I'm telling you it will happen again, we will
play great defense and continue to play great defense," Ryan said on a
conference call Sunday night.


ny_u_rexrts_200.jpgJets coach Rex Ryan says Sunday's trade will benefit both teams involved.


"That's not a slight to Darrelle Revis whatsoever. Darrelle Revis is a
tremendous player, he's been a tremendous player, and I think he'll
continue to be one as well."

Jets GM John Idzik said that Ryan was heavily involved in the
discussion about trading Revis, although Ryan added that he never
directly had a conversation with another team about Revis.

Ryan, who has coached Revis since 2009, has always been one of the
cornerback's biggest advocates, as Revis allowed Ryan to utilize his
blitz-heavy scheme.

In the three full seasons Ryan had Revis, as Revis missed most of
last year due to a torn ACL, the Jets defense ranked first, third and
fifth in yards allowed per game. Last season, the Jets finished eighth.

The coach didn't answer whether he believes this trade makes the
Jets better, saying how it's difficult to prognosticate and the Jets
don't even know what players they will get with the two draft picks they
receive in the deal. Ryan did say, though, he believes it helps both

"I think this, as in all good trades,will benefit both teams," Ryan
said. "I don't take back one word that I've ever said about Darrelle
Revis. I believe he is the best corner in football without question. But
make no mistake, as I mentioned the day I took the job five years ago,
we will play great defense and the standard we've set as the New York
Jets will not diminish."

If losing Revis isn't a hard enough challenge for Ryan to overcome,
the team also lost several other defensive starters and key players this
offseason. Safeties LaRon Landry and Yeremiah Bell, and defensive end

Mike DeVito left in free agency, while defensive tackle Sione Pouha,

linebacker Bart Scott and safety Eric Smith were all cut.

With two years left on his deal, and constant questions about his
job security, Ryan's perhaps going to have to do his best coaching job
yet to get this roster to outperform expectations. Owner Woody Johnson
has confidence in Ryan and expects the defense won't miss a beat without

"I have a lot of confidence he's going to do what he says he's going
to do on defense for sure because he's done it every year he's been
here. I think he's a very, very good coach," Johnson said. "Also, he's
going to be given a lot of young players. We are going to pick up some
very, very good talent, I hope, in the draft. I think he'll make the
best use of it."


> http://espn.go.com/blog/new-york/jets/post/_/id/22496/rex-jets-will-continue-to-play-great-defense

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