Late Reflecton on the Jets 2010 Season

The 2010 season was one to remember for the Jets and their fans. It was a season of exhilarating ups and depressing downs. General Manager Mike Tennenbuam assembled a team of stars by adding Ladanien Tomlinson, Antonio Cromartie, Santonio Holmes, Jason Taylor, and many more players to an already talented group that had reached the AFC championship game the year before.

It all started with the Jets training camp. The Jets had been chosen this year to be featured on HBO’s Hard Knocks. Hard Knocks is an HBO program that follows a different individual team each year during training camp. Through Hard Knocks, the Jets announced their intentions of winning the Super Bowl to the entire world. Viewers got an inside look at how confident Rex Ryan and his players were about the upcoming season.  Although everything seemed positive early on, it wasn’t. Star cornerback Darrelle Revis was holding out of training camp until he got a new contract. Revis, who had been a crucial piece to the Jets’ run in 2009, wanted to be the highest paid cornerback in the National Football League. Negotiations would continue all summer and eventually Revis would sign a new contract with the Jets.

With all the hype building up around the Jets, players and fans could not wait until week one of the National Football League season. The Jets played the Baltimore Ravens in week one, and the results were not what the Jets and their fans had expected. Sophomore quarterback Mark Sanchez struggled mightily in a 10-9 loss to the Ravens. It was a rough way to start the season, but it would only serve as a minor road bump for Sanchez and the Jets. The Jets would go on to win seven of their next eight games, including some fourth quarter, in one case overtime, dramatic victories over the Broncos, Browns, Lions, and Texans. The Jets were on a roll and it looked like they could not be stopped; that was until week 13 against the hated New England Patriots.

The Jets and Patriots were two of the hottest teams in the NFL when week 13 rolled around. Many experts and fans agreed that this matchup would determine who would win the AFC East division crown. The Jets, who had beaten the Patriots back in week two, were confident they could reverse the misfortune that has plagued them against their heated rivals in the past; they were dead wrong. The Jets would go on to lose the game 45 to 3. The Jets and their fans quickly lost the confidence and swagger they had had since summer training camp. The Jets went on to only win two of their remaining four games, and things looked bleak going into the playoffs.
Perhaps most tolling on the Jets’ regular season was the numerous off the field issues. Braylon Edwards had been charged with a DUI during the season, but probably the strangest of the off-field issues was Rex Ryan’s alleged foot-fetish. Late in the season, videos surfaced allegedly of Rex Ryan and his wife. In these videos, a male has a fetish for the feet of his female counterpart. Although having to constantly answer questions regarding the off the field issues, the Jets handled it well throughout the course of the season.
The Jets faced the Indianapolis Colts in the first round of the playoffs. The Colts had eliminated the Jets in the AFC Championship Game the previous season. Despite this, the Jets seemed pretty confident going into the game. The Jets would go on to win the game 17 to 16 on Nick Folk’s game winning field goal. With this win the Jets advanced to the divisional round of the playoffs, where the New England Patriots were waiting for them.
Nobody, not even Jets fans, gave the Jets any chance of beating the Patriots after the 45-3 debacle of week 13; yet the Jets were strangely confident. Both Jets players and Patriots players used the media as a way of criticizing their opponent. Players like Antonito Cromartie and Bart Scott continually called out and criticized the Patriots in the week before the ensuing battle began. Finally, it was game time. After a great battle between these two phenomenal teams, the Jets shocked the world: the Jets defeated the Patriots 28 to 21.
The Jets and their fans expected the Jets to ride the momentum of this tremendous win over the Patriots all the way to the Super Bowl, but it simply was not to be. The Jets would lose to the Steelers in the AFC Championship Game in a game the Jets were never really in a position to win.

The Jets’ 2010 season was one of great highs and devastating lows. It was marked by many off the field distractions and at times by phenomenal play on the field. Many key Jets are now free agents and the Jets will have to work to bring them back. Although 2010 did not end the way the Jets had wanted, the future is bright for this organization. If the NFL lockout ends and there is indeed a 2011 NFL season, I am confident that the Jets will once again be contenders for the Lombardi Trophy.

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Week 4 NFL Preview

It’s that time of week again.  Are you ready for some football?  The Jets and Giants both have very important games this week.  A win or a loss could set either team on the  right or wrong path to the playoffs.  Let’s get started.

The Jets enter their game against the Bills at 2-1.   The key for the Jets in this game is to protect the football.  If Mark Sanchez limits his mistakes, the Jets should have this game wrapped up by halftime.

Even with both Calvin Pace and Darrelle Revis out, the Jets defense should have no problem handling Buffalo.  If the Bills score more than two touchdowns, it will be a huge accomplishment for them.  I can’t see this game not becoming a one-sided affair.

Final Score Prediction: 34-7 Jets

The Giants are a little more desperate than the Jets.  Sitting at 1-2, this game is a must win.  The Giants will have to establish the run early against Chicago.  If they can’t, it will be a long day.  The Bears don’t have a great secondary, but Julius Peppers will get the quarterback in the pass rush.  If Eli gets banged up early, this game could take a turn for the worse for the G-Men.

The Giants defense may be the biggest question mark in the NFL right now.  For a defense that was so overhyped coming into the season, you’d expect much more out of them.  If they play well, the Giants will win.  If they don’t, the Giants will lose.  It’s that simple.

I see this game being close early, but I don’t think the Giants have the discipline right now to close out games.  A few late scores should help the Bears win this game.  Look for Jay Cutler to light up the Giants secondary.

Final Score Prediction: 31-10 Bears

Sunday Night Football Preview

It’s that time of year again.  Rival vs rival.  1-1 vs 2-0.  Jets vs Dolphins.  Is it Sunday night yet?

This is a huge game for both the Jets and the Dolphins.  With the competitive AFC East, both teams need as many divisional wins as possible.  The Jets must win this game if they want to win the division, and the Dolphins will have a tough time keeping pace with the Jets and Patriots if they lose this one.

Of course the big news of this week was concerning Braylon Edwards.  Edwards will not start, but he will play tomorrow night.  We don’t know how long he’ll play for, but he will dress for the game.

So what are the keys to this game?  I honestly believe this game will come down to who controls the line of scrimmage.  The passing game for both teams is probably a wash, so this game will come down to ground and pound.  If the Dolphins can use their wildcat effectively, they will win this game.  If the Jets can stop it and form their own running attack, they will win this game.

I personally think the Jets have enough on defense to stop the wildcat.  It’s just about excecuting their gameplan and making smart decisions on the field.  If you know what is coming, the wildcat is no threat.  If you are unaware of what is being thrown at you, the wildcat will eat you alive.  Hopefully Rex Ryan has figured out how to stop the wildcat, and will beat the Dolphins in his third attempt as a head coach.

With Darrelle Revis out, the Jets will use Antonio Cromartie to cover Brandon Marshall.  Cromartie will likely have help from a safety in coverage.  Kyle Wilson will cover the other side of the field.  In other injury news, Calvin Pace is out, Jason Taylor is probable, and Nick Mangold is probable.

Final Score Prediction:  24-14 Jets

Week 2 Football Wrap Up

The football day started with a win for the Miami Dolphins, putting pressure on the Jets to win their division game against New England.  Tom Brady and the Patriots are never easy foes, especially when the Jets play them at the Meadowlands.  Luckily, today we saw the evolution of the Jets from a sloppy team to a Super Bowwl contender.

Down 14-10 at the half, Darrelle Revis’s return was called questionable.  While many fans thought this to be the end of the game, the Jets battled back with a quick touchdown and two-point conversion.  After an interception, the Jets put another touchdown on the board to extend their lead to 28-14.  On the next drive, Jason Taylor sealed the deal with a strip sack that was recovered by Gang Green.  An L.T. fourth down conversion on the next drive put the nail in the coffin.

Jets
Sanchez: 21/30, 220 yds, 3 TD
Tomlinson: 11 carries, 76 yards (102 APY)
Greene:  15 carried, 52 yards
Keller:  7 catches, 115 yards, 1 TD
Edwards: 5 catches, 45 yards, 1 TD

Patriots
Brady: 20/36, 248 yards, 2 TD, 2 INT
Moss:  2 catches, 38 yards, 1 TD
Welker: 6 catches, 38 yards, 1 TD
Hernandez:  6 catches, 101 yards

Maybe the best game of Sanchez’s career. A huge win for Gang Green today. How about that for a Jets victory?

Final Score:  Jets 28, Patriots 14

The Giants didn’t have as much luck as the Jets had. The Manning Bowl turned out to be a blowout in Peyton’s favor. The Colts manhandled the Giants en route to an easy victory. While the Giants have many issues to address, it is important to remember that the Colts are an elite team. The Giants need a good game next week at home against the Titans to get back on track.

Giants
Eli Manning: 13/24, 161 yds, 2 TD, 1 INT
Ahmad Bradshaw:  12 carries, 89 yards
Steve Smith:  4 catches, 35 yards
Mario Manningham:  4 catches, 75 yards, 1 TD
Hakeem Nicks: 2 catches, 38 yards, 1 TD

Colts
Peyton Manning: 20/26, 225 yds, 3 TD
Joseph Addai: 20 carries, 92 yards
Reggie Wayne: 7 catches, 96 yards, 1 TD
Austin Collie: 4 catches, 25 yards, 1 TD
Dallas Clark: 5 catches, 83 yards, 1 TD

An overall pathetic performance by the G-Men. No real positives to come out of this game besides Matt Dodge. An interesting storyline to this game was Brandon Jacobs throwing his helmet into the stands. We’ll keep you updated on any fines or suspensions given out. It’s been a fun day, see you next week.

Final Score: Colts 38, Giants 14

Week 3
Jets @ Dolphins, Sunday, 8:00 PM
Titans @ Giants, Sunday, 1:00 PM

Jets to Add Another Defensive Piece?

According to incarceratedbob the Jets are in the hunt for another defensive player.  Since he was one of the first ones to break the Revis news, I consider this guy a trustworthy source.

Who could it be?  Hopefully not Albert Haynesworth.  I can’t really think of any other starters on defense available right now.

EDIT: That player now appears to be Jarvis Green.

Could Mike Pettine have a new toy on defense?

REVIS ISLAND IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS

Let’s do some damage.

EDIT: Multiple sources are reporting that the deal is 4 years, $46 million with $32 million guarenteed.  

Signed, sealed, delivered, he's ours for life.

Arguing With Idiots Volume IX: Jason Cole

I’ve been following sports long enough to realize that the media is extremely corrupt and biased.  I know that there are some really bad writers out there, but this article is an absolute disgrace to football.  It’s time to show why Dolphins fans shouldn’t be allowed to touch a pen or paper.

First, let’s look at Jason Cole’s profile on Yahoo:

Jason Cole is an award-winning writer who covered the Miami Dolphins for 15 years at The Miami Herald and the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. A member of the Pro Football Writers Association, he also has experience covering the NBA. Jason graduated from Stanford with a degree in communication.

Not exactly the guy you want to be writing a Jets article.  Nonetheless, Yahoo Sports decided to let him write a Darrelle Revis article.  That would be like ESPN letting me write a piece on Tom Brady.  The result was possibly the worst article I’ve ever read.  Enjoy.

At one point during the latest episode of HBO’s “Hard Knocks,” Jets coach Rex Ryan explained to veteran wide receiver Laveranues Coles(notes) why the team had to cut him. It was over salary reasons, but Ryan said the team hoped to bring back Coles in the second week of the season when his contract won’t be fully guaranteed.

Ultimately, Ryan told Coles that the team had to make the move “in case [cornerback Darrelle Revis(notes)] shows up without a new contract.”

Yes, a proposed $160 million contract would cause financial stress on a team who has given out multiple lucrative extensions to star players this year.  I don’t see the problem here.  I’m sorry our front office isn’t as brilliant as Miami’s, which traded Wes Welker for a fifth round draft pick.

Here’s a little piece of information for Ryan and the rest of the New York Jets: If Revis doesn’t get a new contract soon, New York doesn’t have to worry about the star cornerback showing up. Ever.

Here’s a little piece of information for you and the rest of the Miami Dolphins.  If Revis doesn’t accept our offer, he doesn’t play for three seasons.  Do you realize that it’s not a contract year for Revis?

As the clock ticks to the beginning of the NFL season, the relationship between the Jets and Revis is ticking toward an end. A divorce, really. That might sound like hysteria to some but it’s reality.

Again, Revis has three years left on his contract.  The Jets aren’t trading him either.  I also love how Cole now begins to just speculate what is going on.  Notice throughout the whole article he pretends that he has the inside scoop on the negotiations.

You can hear the agitation in Ryan’s voice when he talks about the overall state of his team. During one moment in “Hard Knocks,” Ryan chewed the Jets out for not playing with urgency, a bad sign for any team, particularly for one that hasn’t won a championship in more than four decades.

Jets fans can pump their chest about allowing only one touchdown in the first three games of preseason, but that means nothing. If the Jets are really going to run Ryan’s high-risk, blitz-heavy defense, they have to have Revis. As gifted as cornerback Antonio Cromartie(notes) is, he’s not tough enough to emulate Revis.

Cromartie is still better than any cornerback the Dolphins have, and the only corner better than Kyle Wilson for Miami is Vontae Davis.  If Cromartie can just be what Revis was in 2008, the Jets will still have a very successful defense.

If the Jets can’t bridge the gap between what they are offering Revis and what he believes they promised him at the end of last season, he’s not showing up, period.

Jason, it’s nice to know that you know exactly what will happen if the Jets can’t bridge the gap.  You should work for ESPN’s Rumor Central.

The problem is that love in the NFL is expressed in dollars and the Jets didn’t think this one through. In fact, when the idea of a long-term contract for Revis (10 years) was broached with this reporter months ago, I took all of about 30 seconds to figure out that the approximate number Revis would be looking for was roughly $160 million.

The Jets didn’t think this through?  What if there is a salary cap next season?  If the Jets keep giving out huge contracts, they will be in cap hell if there is a new cap next season.  Even if there is no cap, Revis isn’t worth $160 million with $65-$75 millin guaranteed.

And I’m not exactly a contract negotiator.

Yeah, we sort of figured that out by now.

More important, Revis has principles, too. If you were Revis and had a pretty good idea that your value isn’t going down anytime soon (there’s plenty of proof of that around the NFL) and you no longer had faith in the Jets, would you ever play for them again? Is that the kind of professional, working marriage you’d want to get into?

He signed a contract.  When he held out for his first deal, the Jets took a huge chance by giving him his contract.  The contract has turned into one that benefits the team, but that’s no reason to hold out again and destroy what could be a Super Bowl season for the Jets.  You really can’t defend Revis hear, especially when the Jets are offering $140 million.

His uncle, Sean Gilbert, once sat out an entire year with Washington when he wanted between $4 million and $5 million a year and the Redskins were offering $3.2 million.

After a year away, Gilbert got $7 million a year from Carolina.

Well guess what, genius.  Revis will have to sit out three years.  It’s not that complicated of a scenario to understand.  The Jets have all the leverage here.  After three years without football, no one will pay Revis $160 million.

Revis won’t want to miss three years of his prime either.  He would be 29 when he becomes a free agent in 2013.  He won’t get even close to the $140 million he is being offered now.

But more important than any of that is a simple fact: Either the Jets get this done or they never have Revis again.

And Revis doesn’t see a football field for three years.  How was this article allowed to be written?  Is this not the most biased piece of rubbish ever produced?