New York Nine: The Coaches (7/23/11)

9) Peter DeBoer

DeBoer was just hired a few days ago. Let’s see if he can lead the Devils back to glory.

8) Jack Capuano

The Islanders had a nice little surge in the second half of last year, but Capuano and the Isles have proven nothing as of yet.

7) Mike D’Antoni

See Fire Mike D’Antoni.

6) Avery Johnson

He won the Coach of the Year in 2006, he made an NBA Finals appearance in 2006, and he had the guts to take over a sinking ship with the Nets. There’s not much not to like about Avery Johnson. I just wish he’d stop starting Stephen Graham.

5) Terry Collins

I really like what Terry has brought to the Mets this year, but let’s see how the Mets finish out the season. Collins’ real test will be next year, when he should theoretically have a better roster to work with, although I don’t think that will be the case at all.

4) Tom Coughlin

People are going to disagree with me for putting Coughlin this low, but I strongly feel he is the most overrated coach in New York. Under Coughlin, the Giants have often been good, but they’ve rarely been great. In seven seasons, Coughlin has only won four playoff games. Rex Ryan has won four playoff games in two years with a franchise that isn’t supposed to win anything.

Spin it any way you want, but his track record isn’t good when you’re talking about coaching what is supposed to be an elite franchise. Sure, he helped the Giants win Super Bowl 42, but he’s yet to win a playoff game any other year. Not only that, he’s let his team completely collapse over the past two seasons. Elite coaches aren’t supposed to let that happen.

Coughlin has also lost his players’ respect. His old-school style has caused players such as Kenny Phillips and Antrel Rolle to say they’d rather play for Rex Ryan. Not to mention the whole Osi Umenyiora fiasco that has gone on during the past few seasons. But perhaps Coughlin’s biggest mistake was essentially pushing Tiki Barber out the door. It’s safe to say that Tom isn’t exactly a guy that players are dying to play for.

3) Joe Girardi

Joe has been dealt a pretty easy hand in managing the greatest sports franchise in the world, but he’s done a pretty good job. Joe Torre was a pitiful manager in his last few years, and Girardi has undone his errors by doing things such as actually managing the bullpen. He also was the Manager of the Year in 2006 with the Marlins, proving he’d be great anywhere.

2) John Tortorella

Tortorella has yet to win a playoff series, but the Rangers have been an extremely competetive team the past two and a half seasons. He’s led the Blueshirts through injuries, controversies, and flat-out poor play. His fiery style makes him the perfect coach the lead the Rangers to the promised land in the near future. He’s also won a Stanley Cup in Tampa Bay, which is certainly a positive thing.

1) Rex Ryan

Rex took over a team that was supposed to be in a rebuilding mode and turned them into perennial contenders. In his first two seasons, Ryan made the playoffs twice and won a total of four playoff games. Under his guidance, the Jets should be Super Bowl contenders every year in the near future.

Did we miss anyone?  Is there someone we should have ranked higher or lower?  Leave us feedback here or on Facebook/Twitter.

Rex Ryan has turned the Jets into perennial Super Bowl contenders.


Jets Won’t Do Much to Keep Braylon Edwards

According to Jets Gab, Jason La Canfora of NFL Network is reporting that Braylon Edwards is looking at top money.

Jets free agent wide receiver Braylon Edwards said in early May that he’d take a hometown discount to remain with the Jets but Jason La Canfora of NFL Network reports Edwards is looking for the kind of big money that goes to top starting receivers.

In what could be a very shallow market, chances are he will get it. The Jets won’t fight that hard to keep him. La Canfora calls him petulant and inconsistent and has made poor decisions off the field. He will wow you with one moment of splendor then fall back into a bone-headed funk. La Canfora expects his worst traits to be exacerbated once he has that big contract.

Happy trails.  I don’t mind losing Edwards if it means the Jets can re-sign Holmes and Cromartie without a problem.  I’ll take my chances with someone like Plaxico Burress or Randy Moss (who Woody Johnson has expressed interest in) for a season.  I love Braylon and what he brings to the team, but he deserves to be paid like the secondary option he is.  It’s going to be tough losing him, but sometimes you have to make sacrifices to maintain a winning team.

With sources saying the new CBA (which could be very close to completion) will definitely include a salary cap, the Jets will likely have to pick and choose who they sign.  Braylon Edwards, Santonio Holmes, Brad Smith, and Antonio Cromartie would all be UFAs under the new CBA, so the Jets have some work ahead of them.  However, I trust in  this front office to put together a winning team for the fourth season in a row.

Plax Wants to Stay in New York?

Former Giants Super Bowl  hero wide receiver Plaxico Burress is interested in staying in New York for the 2011 season, just not with the Giants.

“Of course they are appealing,” Burress said of the Jets. “Ever since I came to New York, the fans have embraced me. It is a great city and a great town. It will always be a special place to me regardless of what happens. I can’t say the Jets or Philly or anywhere of that nature but I am going to make a decision that is best for me and my family. It may not be the best team, but put yourself as a piece to the puzzle and say what’s the best chance I have to win a championship.”

2010 Jets wide receivers Santonio Holmes, Braylon Edwards, and Brad Smith are all free agents.  The Jets may  not be able to retain all three, so they may be looking at Burress to join one of those three on the 2011 team.  I don’t believe Burress at 34 years-old will be the same player he was prior to his jail time ; however, he can likely be a solid number two receiver behind Holmes or Edwards.  It is definitely something to keep an eye on, Jets fans.

Jets 2011 NFL Draft Talking Points

Muhammad Wilkerson was picked by the Jets in the first round. I love the pick. There were other options, but none fit into the 3-4 like Wilkerson. Muhammad is an inside pass rusher, something hard to find in a 3-4. He can be what Trevor Pryce was in his prime for Baltimore. I still by my grade of a B+ for him.

Kenrick Ellis, a nose tackle, was picked in the third round. We have documented Ellis’ off the field problems, but there is no doubt this guy is a monster. If all the charges against him are dropped, this is a great pick. I’ll give the pick a B for now.

Bilal Powell, Gang Green’s fourth round pick, was the cause of much debate earlier today. Where does he fit in? It’s simple. With LT and McKnight both question marks, this is simple insurance for now and the future. Between him, Greene, and maybe McKnight, consider the running back position locked up for the future. I don’t see how that’s a bad thing. It’s a B- pick in my opinion.

Jeremy Kerley was an interesting fifth round pick. He is a kick and punt returner, something the Jets need desperately. If Brad Smith isn’t back, Kerley can play a similar role to what Smith did last season. This could end up being a very good late round pick for the Jets. I can’t complain about wide receiver depth, with three wide receiver free agents for the Jets. I give the pick a B-.

Greg McElroy came next in the seventh round. This is my favorite pick of the draft. McElroy is a National Champion quarterback from Alabama. He was projected to as high as round four in some mock drafts. There are some question marks about his arm strength, but the kid was pumped to be a Jet and looked thrilled to get a chance to play for this organization. Talk about a value pick! I give this pick an easy A.

Scotty McKnight was the Jets’ other seventh round pick. If you haven’t heard, the guy is good friends with Mark Sanchez. It’s a nice story, but there were much better prospects on the board. He could have been signed as an undrafted free agent. I’m not going to lose sleep over this pick, but I can’t give it higher than a C.

Overall Draft Grade: B+

I can’t complain about this draft. As a matter of fact, it’s my favorite in recent memory. The only comparable one would be the 2006 Draft, which I loved at the time. Obviously, that one ended up well. Who came out of it? D’Brickshaw Ferguson, Nick Mangold, and Leon Washington. I can only hope this year’s Draft will have similar results.

Could this be the next great Jets running back?

Potential 2011 New York Jets Draft Picks

Rex Ryan and the New York Jets are entering the 2011 draft with great anticipation following two consecutive trips to the AFC championship game. With lack of depth, due to injuries (Kris Jenkins) /aging players (Sione Pouha)  and disappointed performances (Vernon Gholston) along the Defensive line and not to mention pending RFA agents (Holmes, Harris and Cromartie). The New York Jets will focus more on the defensive side of the ball in the 2011 draft. On the offensive side, the Jets have one of the best  Offensive lines with Pro Bowlers Nick Mangold (center) and D’Brickashaw Ferguson (OT).  The only main question mark on the Jets offensive side of the ball is the WR positions. With Both Braylon Edwards and Santonio Holmes hitting free agency, it is doubtful that the Jets will resign both; especially since Holmes has indicated a desire to explore the FA market. In a very competitive and physical AFC conference, the New York Jets will rebuild the defensive side of the ball to become more physical (if that’s possible) than last season. Here are my draft predictions for the Jets in the 2011 draft:

Round 1: Phil Taylor (DT) : Very physical interior defensive linemen who will fit in well in Rex Ryans defensive schemes.

2nd option: If Brooks Reed (DE/OLB) or Akeem Ayers (DE/OLB) are available, the Jets could go with either one and pick a DT in the 3rd round.

Round 2: None (traded to San Diego for Cromartie)

Round 3: Kendrick Ellis (DT)- Another powerful defensive linemen who would fit in well with Rex Ryan’s defensive schemes. Although he played at a small school, many scouts are very high on him.

2nd option: If the Jets select Phil Taylor in the 1st round, Ellis will not be selected in the 3rd round. Instead look for the Jets to target Jeremy Beal (OLB) or Allen Bailey (DE) in the 3rd round.

Round 4: Denarius Moore (WR)– With pending free agents Edwards and Holmes, the Jets will need to replace at least one of them. Moore has the size and speed to compliment either player who remains.

2nd option: Greg Salas (WR) or Niles Paul (WR) would be a great value in the 4th round.

Round 5: Shiloh Keo (S)– With the injury to Leonard and the up and down play of Smith, Shiloh Keo would add depth and give the secondary that added dimension.

2nd option: Tyrod Taylor (QB)-A Brad Smith Clone and could be a replacement for Brad Smith if the Jets choose to go that route.  An exceptional athletic and an excellent pick in the 5th round

Round 6: Brian Rolle (OLB)-Another prototype player who will fit in well with Rex Ryans defense and also on the special teams.

2nd option: Lazarius Levingston (DE)- More depth to the Defensive line that will give Rex Ryan more options.

Round 7: Thomas Keiser (DE/OLB)-Ryans continues to add depth and athletics on the defensive side of the ball.

2nd option: Graig Marshall (DE)-Not much difference between Marshall or Keiser. Depends on who is still on the board when the Jets pick comes along.

Did I emphasize too much on the defensive side of the ball? Should the Jets look to add depth at the RB position? Tell me what you think and give me your predictions.

4/28/22 – Click here to listen to New York Sports Today’s last show, which included coverage of the first round of the NFL Draft.

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.


Under the Rex Ryan regime the New York Jets have certainly implemented a successful formula as the Jets have made it to the AFC Championship game the previous two years. The Jets head coach has experienced his share of controversy, from the foot fetish video to the flipping off of Miami Dolphin fans. The major bone I have to pick with Mr. Ryan is the fact that he has guaranteed that the Jets will win the Super Bowl yet again. Now lets look at this from Ryan’s perspective. The first time he predicted a Super Bowl victory the Jets shocked the NFL universe by beating the heavily favored San Diego Chargers and eventually advancing to the AFC Championship game where his Jets lost at the hands of the Indianapolis Colts. So if you are keeping score at home that’s 1 guarantee and 0 Super Bowl victories. The following year if you do not see where this going, Ryan guaranteed the Jets would win the Super Bowl expecting to improve overall as a team. Now in the regular season the Jets did look better;however the results did not change as they lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Championship game. The score at the half is Rex Ryan guarantees 2 ,Super Bowl wins 0. In the past two months Ryan has shockingly done the unthinkable and guaranteed another Super Bowl victory. At this point I trust Ryan as much as my used car salesman, who although seemingly a good man makes me feel like I’m being ripped off .  Here are some of the things I trust more than Rex Ryan’s Super Bowl guarantees.

  • Rafael Palmeiro
  • The New York Red Bulls will make major strides toward bringing a championship home to all of their 10 fans.
  • Isaiah Thomas
  • Lebron is coming to New York
  • Deron Williams is very impressed with all that Newark has to offer.
  • Bartolo Colon and Eddy Curry will someday see their feet.
  • Terry Collins will quit his addiction to B-12 shots.
  • The Buffalo Bison will switch with the Mets in around June, on the bright side Oliver Perez will be in Triple-A.