Welcome to BGA Extra, where I draw a line under the previous weekend’s game by responding to your questions from BGA during the week. After the jump, I respond to your questions about the win over the Browns. If you would like your questions answered in future, remember to read BGA each week and leave your question in the comments section.

NYCPEinGermanyI couldn't believe the cushion Cro was giving on the browns 3rd offensive play of the game. It was 3rd and 3 (I believe) and cro was playing what - 12 yards off? If Campbell completes an easy pass that's a gimme first down. I get playing safe and bend, don't break, but still, is the plan really to play so soft in these scenarios?

In Cromartie's defense, that was a blown coverage and not necessarily by him. Before the snap, Dawan Landry - the safety on that side - was communicating with Josh Bush, the other deep safety, as to where they should each be. Landry then dropped to the middle of the field at the snap and ended up double covering the slot tight end on the other side, who Antonio Allen had jammed and the line and had covered. This left Josh Cooper open for the easy pitch and catch (which was missed), as Cromartie dropped off. After the snap, Cromartie was pointing and remonstrating with Landry, clearly indicating that he was expecting Landry to be responsible for that area.

NYCPEinGermanyIs Marv Albert going senile? I can't believe how many outright wrong things he was saying. I thought the whole on-air performance was terrible - between Albert"s constant mistakes, he and Gannon babbling incessantly - often about things other than what just happened - and some bad camerawork, it was a mess.

No. He went senile ages ago.

chrisrHow have Geno Smith's numbers compared to great rookie quarterback numbers? Are there any particular statistics that you weigh more then other when evaluating young quarterbacks?

It's always difficult to compare top level quarterbacks based on their rookie numbers. I could find some quarterbacks with (ballpark) similar numbers in their first season (Both Mannings, Elway) that went on to be good, but just as many (if not more) with similar numbers in their first year that did not (Nagle, Sanchez, Freeman). Similarly, I could find those with better numbers as a rookie that did and did not turn out to be really good. Vince Young, Sam Bradford and Robert Griffin III are all former rookie of the year winners that cannot (yet?) be considered among the game's elite. In fact, Roethlisberger, Matt Ryan and (maybe, although the jury might still be out on this) Cam Newton are the only rookie of the year winners since 1970 you could say that about, so a fast start is not always the best route to elite status.

I wouldn't look at one statistic in isolation, but I do think it's important to see ongoing progress, both from a numbers standpoint but also in terms of how confident and in control they look.

DarrolRayFanClubWhat has Geno's adjusted accuracy been week to week? The numbers, such as 55% completion for the year, or 20-36 (55%) yesterday, don't always tell the story. Drops in some recent games and his willingness to throw the ball away are 'incompletions' that are actually positives for him. Especially in situations like when he throws a ball intentionally (and calmly) at Kerley's feet on 2nd and 12 and then picks up the first down on the next play.

Note: Adjusted accuracy is a PFF metric that excludes dropped passes, deliberate throw-aways and things like that from the completion percentage calculation. If a quarterback was around 55% in terms of completion percentage all year, but they threw the ball away more often in the second half of the year (as seems to have been the case with Smith in recent weeks) or if they had more balls dropped, then their accuracy percentage would be higher.

Smith is dead last out of the 26 qualifying quarterbacks in this category, at 67.2%, but have there been signs of improvement? There certainly have, as he's been over 72% in two of the last three weeks and 63% in the other. Prior to that he hadn't surpassed 60% since before the bye week. He threw the ball away four times on Sunday, more than his average of less than twice per game.

a57seIn the WCO, timing routes are the norm and Geno does not do well on those yet. Could you tell us how many snaps Geno took under center on passing plays?

Four on Sunday, all of which were incompletions

leviI noticed Geno staring down WR's but I did see him "look off" the safety a couple times too. Does this seem to be something he is improving on?

Definitely. Several of his bigger completions came after he had scanned the field rather than just staring down one target. In fact, if you watch those plays in isolation, he looks really good. Much better footwork, good reads and a confident delivery. The most clear-cut example of him looking someone off was actually a linebacker rather than a safety, when he scanned the field and then checked down late to Winslow on the penultimate play of the first half. D'Qwell Jackson literally took a step in the other direction before he threw the pass and that clearly contributed to Winslow almost being able to get in the end zone.

djf1 (aka Disgruntled Jets Fan)Lately we seem to be breaking longer runs - is this more of a function of better blocking, or better reads by the backs? (I know, it's probably both.)

Of course it is both. However, as a general rule - and I would say that this applies to most of what the Jets have been doing - most long runs in the NFL come from a runner breaking a tackle to get in the open field, because the success or failure of so many running plays at this level comes down to one man either bringing down or at least slowing up the ball carrier in the hole, on the edge or in the open field. The Powell run just before half time was mostly good blocking, but it took a broken tackle to turn it from a 10-yarder into a 40-yarder. Ivory's two runs had more to do with good reads on his part, with again second level tackle-breaking.

djf1 (aka Disgruntled Jets Fan)If Goodson gets healthy, do they go with a 3 RB core next year? Will each RB remain effective with reduced snaps, or does someone like Ivory need semi-consistent playing time?

If I had to predict, I'd expect a three man rotation, but with Ivory's reps more or less where they have been since the bye week and it will be Powell's reps that suffer. Don't rule out John Griffin though. I expect him back in camp and in the mix for playing time next summer.

Iain BartholomewWho do I contact to complain about the horrendous Christmas puns?

I apologize for that. It was done in the spirit of a garish Christmas-themed sweater and the fact they got more and more ridiculous was quite deliberate. Just wait til you see the rejected headlines:

1. God Rex Ye Merry Gentlemen

2. Oh, Cumberland All Ye Faithful

3. Deck the Halls with Boughs of Holley Mangold's Brother

4. Santonio Claus is Coming to Town

5. Under the Missile-Cro

6. Yule Hogg

7. It'll be Colon-ly this Christmas

8. Come, they told me, Purdum pa pum pum

9. Hakim-ing of a White Christmas

10. Man-gold, Frankincense and Myrrh.

Vinny CammaratoWould anyone consider trading Ellis? He seems to be a legit NT but we have Harrison and a bunch of other great D lineman. I wonder what his value would be.

I think the Jets have been blessed to have both Harrison and Ellis available for all 16 games (although Ellis was slowed by a back injury earlier in the year and only played one snap against the Patriots). As we know from 2008-2010 where Kris Jenkins had two season ending injuries in two of the seasons and recurrent back problems in the other one, you can't rely on that. It was the same thing with Sione Po'uha who was injured throughout 2012 and broke down right at the end of the season in 2010. If the Jets had a Kenrick Ellis-level player to play in his place, they might have reached the Super Bowl that year.

hobielJets got called for an off-side when they got back on-side without making contact before the snap. The Browns OL flinched. I get the call if the flinch were immediate to the defensive jump, but it looked like is was after the DL retreated. How does that rule work?

If the offense false-starts but there's someone in the neutral zone at the time, the penalty goes against the defense because their transgression came first. This does open up the possibility of the offense false-starting deliberately to draw the flag, but that does prevent them from potentially getting a "free play". The best thing the defense can do is to make sure they never enter the neutral zone before the snap, although if they do get back in time, the offense would be penalized. Clearly the officials felt a defensive player was still in the neutral zone at the time of the flinch in your example.

BrendanThat [roughing the passer penalty on Richardson] was the worst thing I've possibly ever seen. JJ Watt hit Peyton Manning nearly a full second after he released the ball yesterday and there was no call. Richardson hits Campbell a nanosecond after the release and it's a flag?

Well, at least they didn't fine him $15,000. Oh, wait. They did. His response, via twitter: "Just read my fine letter.. 15k because I landed on the QB with my full body lbs...it says I'm suppose to cradle him with my arms. OKAY"

a57se It seemed like when Richardson went out, the Browns started having success running the ball as they didn't do much up to that point. Would you please break down the difference in rushing yards by the Browns with and without Sheldon in the game?

There were four running plays with him not in the game, netting 18 yards (one of these was a five yard touchdown and only one went for less than four yards). What's perhaps more interesting is that on the nine pass plays with Richardson out, the Browns were 0-for-6 with an interception, two sacks and a seven yard gain on a scramble. Campbell's overall rating was less than 50, but it was over 70 when Campbell (who was only sacked one other time) had to deal with Richardson on the field.

a57se There was one play where it looked like the offense jumped but then the officials got together and after taking their sweet time, ruled the Jets offsides. Have you noticed anything the opposing offense are doing to try and draw the Jets offsides?

Yes, teams have been changing up their snap counts and putting in hard counts all year to exploit the over-aggressiveness of the linemen and this is an effective way of slowing them down. We've been specifically told that by one of the players.

psi1Does PFF have the Jets ranking on how long the Opposing QBs have to throw the ball. Despite their apparent good sack numbers, it seems to the naked eye that they typically take a while to actually sack the QB.

They don't compile this for defenses, but we can look at opposing quarterback's "Time in Pocket" numbers week by week and then compare this with how long it takes Geno Smith (4.3 seconds) to get sacked on average to get some kind of feel for it. In their 15 games, the "Time to Sack" for the Jets' opposing quarterback has been more than that seven times and less than that eight times.

I'd caution that this stat can be misleading because if a QB is sacked after three seconds, that doesn't necessarily mean the rush is better when a QB is pressured after two seconds and sacked after four but that probably puts them somewhere near the middle of the pack.

a57seDid the rules change about the Kick-off being a live ball? I've seen refs blowing their whistles for touchbacks BEFORE the ball leaves the playing field and without being touched by the receiving team. On one kick off to the Jets yesterday Reynaud was actually running to the bench when the ball hit 7 yards into the end zone and you can see the ref signalling for a touchback before the ball bounced out of bounds!

No, the rules didn't change. I rewatched the four kickoffs that the Browns had and what you described didn't happen on any of them! Maybe you got confused with a different game or your eyes were playing tricks on you?

1969JAN12thOn TJB I've read a lot of comments about whether we should draft a WR,QB, TE, OL, safety...or maybe to sign a veteran QB (Cutler ?, Cousins ?) Since we have a limited amount of draft picks and the veteran QBs like Cousins or Cutler (these probably won't even be available) will cost us a lot of money and/or draft pick; where do you put the priority for the use of the money & draft picks?

Which QB is realistic to sign if we go the veteran route? What number draft pick should we use for a QB whether veteran or draft-able?...or should we not even waste a draft pick on a veteran QB?

If the right quarterback is available for a pick, then you make that move. Of course, the main difficulty comes in identifying who is the right guy and for all we know, maybe the Jets believe that guy to be Geno Smith. I wouldn't rule out using picks (and for what it's worth they are likely to have 12, although four of those can't be traded) to get a franchise quarterback. That has to be the top priority.

Carlos Panameno

Are you as scared as I am that Rex will get fired and go and get hired by a team like the Lions and win or get close to a Super Bowl and leaving Jets nation looking foolish and wondering WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN? That would make me very SAD.

Rex will take his defense with him and is going to have success. Whether that's because he'll be in a better situation overall than he would be if he stayed here will be up for debate, but he's won a Super Bowl before (as a Defensive Line coach) and I'd be very surprised if he never gets close again as a Defensive Coordinator. He's never going to be the Defensive Coordinator here though and if the front office doesn't believe he can win one as a Head Coach, he'll be gone. Yes, it would be sad and to a degree is scary. I'd root for him in that situation though, as long as it wasn't against the Jets or with one of our main rivals.

juunitWhat kind of cookie do you believe is Santa's favorite?

A double-stuffed Ore-Ho-Ho-Ho!

Ugh, that was terrible. Let's draw a line under Christmas too.

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Happy Holidays, everyone! Thank you for your great questions and comments. I'll be back to preview the Dolphins game on Sunday morning.

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New York Jets strong safety Jamal Adams (33) lines up against the Denver Broncos during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)  (Jack Dempsey/AP)
New York Jets strong safety Jamal Adams (33) lines up against the Denver Broncos during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey) (Jack Dempsey/AP)

Jets rookie S Jamal Adams was named to the Pro Football Writers of America All-Rookie Team for the 2017 season. 

The Jets' 2017 first-rounder had a stellar rookie campaign, posting 83 combined tackles, two sacks, two fumble recoveries, one forced fumble, and six passes defended. He did, however, fail to secure his first career interception this year. 

An LSU product, Adams thought he should have made the Pro Bowl this season, but vowed he would make it every season from here on out...

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The Jets and Doug Marrone 00:04:06
On Daily News Live, the crew discusses the success of Doug Marrone in Jacksonville, and wonders if the Jets missed the boat with him.

On Daily News Live, the crew discusses the success of Doug Marrone in Jacksonville, and wonders if the Jets missed the boat with him. 


New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown drops back to pass in the second quarter against the New York Jets at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Isaiah J. Downing/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown drops back to pass in the second quarter against the New York Jets at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Isaiah J. Downing/USA TODAY Sports)

For well over a year now, the Jets' top priority has been clear: They must find a solution to be their franchise quarterback. After all, it's common knowledge that all the best teams are the ones with settled situations at the quarterback position.

This weekend, however, that narrative was flipped on its head. Matt Ryan lost to Nick Foles, Ben Roethlisberger got beaten by Blake Bortles and then, in dramatic fashion, Case Keenum beat Drew Brees. In all three cases, the team with the established signal-caller was upended by a team led by a relative novice.

They say defense wins championships, and three of the four teams left standing represent the NFL's best defenses. The one exception is in New England, where the Patriots are headed to yet another AFC championship game in spite of a defense that ranks in the bottom five. Even their win this week saw Tom Brady - the ultimate argument against needing a high pick to find your franchise quarterback - leading his team past a former top-two pick in Marcus Mariota.

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(Kirby Lee)

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) - The average ticket price for a Jets game is going down.

And for some, the lower price could be available for the 2019 season, too.

More than half of MetLife Stadium's ticket prices will decrease, with the rest of the building remaining flat. No prices will increase for 2018, when the Jets have the Packers, Vikings and Broncos among visiting teams. For fans who meet the renewal deadline of March 1 and enroll in an automatic payment plan, the team will give a price freeze for 2019, when the Steelers, Cowboys and Giants will be visitors for the Jets.

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(Brian Losness)

In Bleacher Report's latest mock draft, the Jets select Wyoming QB Josh Allen with the sixth overall pick. 

Standing at 6-foot-5, 233 pounds, Allen's arm strength backs up his height and weight. He is also good with his feet as his stature doesn't hinder his mobility. 

Josh McCown may have had a career year with the Jets, but he isn't the long term solution, and neither is Bryce PettyChristian Hackenberg hasn't gotten a shot yet, but the Jets clearly don't see him as NFL ready. Allen could jump into the quarterback race this offseason, and come out on top ready for Week 1. 

Tags: Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg, Josh McCown
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(Mark J. Rebilas)

This Friday marked the 50th anniversary of the Jets' Super Bowl II victory over the Balitmore Colts, 16-7, in Miami. 

That championship still stands as the franchise's only Super Bowl win, and the last time the team has made it to the title game. 

"Broadway" Joe Namath led the Jets in the Orange Bowl, and helped New York become the first AFL team to win the Super Bowl. 

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Daily News Live: ASJ on season 00:06:46
Jonas Schwartz sits down with Jets tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins to discuss his thoughts on this past season and look ahead to 2018.

The Jets and tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins will continue contract negotiations after the 25-year-old tight end reportedly rejected a two-year, $8 million deal, according to Newsday's Calvin Watkins.

Seferian-Jenkins said he hopes he and New York could reach a deal before he hits free agency and would "absolutely" want to return.

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Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) throws the ball as New York Giants defensive tackle Jay Bromley (96) chases in the fourth quarter at FedEx Field. (Geoff Burke)
Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) throws the ball as New York Giants defensive tackle Jay Bromley (96) chases in the fourth quarter at FedEx Field. (Geoff Burke)

The Jets will reportedly be interested in quarterback Kirk Cousins when free agency begins in March, according to Newsday's Calvin Watkins.

Cousins, 29, is expected to be a hot commodity in the offseason assuming the Washington Redskins don't franchise tag him for a third straight year. 

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Aug 31, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears running back Jeremy Langford (33) runs with the ball during the first half of a game against the Cleveland Browns at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports (Kamil Krzaczynski)
Aug 31, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears running back Jeremy Langford (33) runs with the ball during the first half of a game against the Cleveland Browns at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports (Kamil Krzaczynski)

The Jets signed RB Jeremy Langford to a reserve/future contract, the club announced Wednesday.

Langford, 26, was the Bears' fourth-round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft out of Michigan State University. He appeared in 28 games -- five starts -- in his two seasons with Chicago, rushing for 737 yards and 10 touchdowns. 

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(Jay Biggerstaff)

Last week, we discussed the possibility of the Jets targeting Kirk Cousins if he hits the open market.

However, the various pros and cons connected with such a move would become moot if Cousins doesn't hit the open market. A less-attractive alternative more likely to be available is Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith. Could he be someone the Jets are monitoring?

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New York Jets' offensive coordinator John Morton talks to his team during the team's organized team activities at its NFL football training facility, Tuesday, May 23, 2017, in Florham Park, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)
New York Jets' offensive coordinator John Morton talks to his team during the team's organized team activities at its NFL football training facility, Tuesday, May 23, 2017, in Florham Park, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)

Jets offensive coordinator John Morton will remain with the team amid speculation that he was being considered for the Raiders' offensive coordinator job. 

 

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Rashard Robinson (Geoff Burke)
Rashard Robinson (Geoff Burke)

Jets CB Rashard Robinson was arrested in December after police found him in possession of edible marijuana, according to the Associated Press.

 

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(Brad Penner)

With the offseason ahead, one position on which some people may be divided is the Jets' receiving corps. Do the Jets need to upgrade, merely add some depth or are they essentially set at the position?

During the offseason last year, the Jets' receiving corps was ranked as the worst in the NFL - and this was before Eric Decker was released and Quincy Enunwa and Quinton Patton suffered season-ending injuries.

However, once the season got underway, the Jets fared better than expected in the passing game, making it difficult to know how they'll approach this position with so many other needs.

Tags: ArDarius Stewart, Brandon Marshall, Chad Hansen, Eric Decker, Quincy Enunwa, Robby Anderson
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Daily News Live: ASJ on season 00:06:46
Jonas Schwartz sits down with Jets tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins to discuss his thoughts on this past season and look ahead to 2018.

Jets TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins had his career revitalized this season, which is why he wants to stay with the team that gave him his second chance. 

The Jets took a shot on Seferian-Jenkins, who was caught up in off-the-field drama before he joined the team. He repayed them with his best year in the NFL, and he wants to continue being an asset in their offensive scheme. He is currently a restricted free agent with the Jets being the only team allowed to negotiate his terms. 

Seferian-Jenkins is hoping he gets a deal done with the Jets, and doesn't have to start contacting other teams.

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(Ron Chenoy)

In The Post's latest mock draft, the Jets select Wyoming's Josh Allen with the No. 6 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. 

The Jets have yet to see Christian Hackenberg on the field, and Bryce Petty wasn't the answer after Josh McCown went down with a season-ending injury. In turn, the Jets take Allen -- a 6-foot-5, 233 pounder who can let it fly. For his size, Allen is extremely mobile as well.

Allen didn't have the best of seasons with the Cowboys as he battled injuries. He finished with just 1,812 yards, a 56.3 completion percentage, 16 touchdowns and six interceptions. But in his sophomore season, Allen totaled 3,203 yards, 28 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. 

Allen would be another quarterback to add to the Jets' competition this offseason. The Jets have not made it clear whether or not McCown will return for another season in Green and White, which is why Allen enters the mix to vie for the starting role. 

Tags: Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg, Josh McCown
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Jonas Schwartz and Willie Colon are back for the final episode of the season as the guys welcome WFAN radio personality and huge Jets fan Joe Benigno to the show for his take on the 2017 Jets. It gets heated as Colon and Benigno debate the warrants of Todd Bowles' coaching ability, and if he deserved to be retained after another losing season.

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Nov 29, 2015; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) looks over the line of scrimmage against the New York Giants during the second half at FedEx Field. The Redskins won 20-14. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Nov 29, 2015; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) looks over the line of scrimmage against the New York Giants during the second half at FedEx Field. The Redskins won 20-14. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

Bent, theJetsBlog.com Follow on Twitter: Plenty of attention this year has been on the Jets positioning themselves to potentially select their quarterback of the future in the draft. With the sixth pick in hand and the consensus top five QB prospects all having thrown their name into the hat for April's draft, they seem to be well-placed to make this happen. However, could another viable option soon become available?

It's rare for a top quarterback to hit the open market, but it's not impossible that it could happen with Kirk Cousins. Washington currently controls his rights, but they'll have to decide whether to franchise him again, sign him to a long-term deal or let him hit the open market.

While the latter of those options might seem the least likely for a player who was third in the league in passing yards in 2016, his numbers regressed this year and the team ended up with a losing record. So far, in three years as a full-time starter, Cousins has started just one postseason game -- a 17-point loss to the Packers 12 months ago...

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New York Jets quarterback Bryce Petty prepares to take the snap against the Los Angeles Chargers during an NFL football game at MetLife Stadium. (Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets quarterback Bryce Petty prepares to take the snap against the Los Angeles Chargers during an NFL football game at MetLife Stadium. (Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports)

Jets quarterback Bryce Petty said he hopes he returns to New York during the offseason despite the odds he wouldn't be the starting quarterback in 2018.

"I try not to put too much thought into things that I can't control," Petty said, according to the New York Daily News' Daniel Popper. "Hopefully it's here. I want to be here. But if it's not, that's okay too. It's a business. Everybody understands that."

Petty, who went 0-3 in the final three games of the season as Josh McCown's replacement, will be entering the final year of his four-year rookie deal and would have a cap hit of $843,425 next season. 

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Nov 20, 2016; Santa Clara, CA, USA; New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick on the sideline during the fourth quarter against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium. The New England Patriots defeated the San Francisco 49ers 30-17. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports (Kelley L Cox)
Nov 20, 2016; Santa Clara, CA, USA; New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick on the sideline during the fourth quarter against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium. The New England Patriots defeated the San Francisco 49ers 30-17. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports (Kelley L Cox)

Eighteen years ago today, January 4, Bill Belichick resigned from his one day stint as head coach of the Jets. Before January closed that year, Belichick took the head coaching job with the Patriots. There still has been no resignation, nor firing, from that job. 

Belichick and the Patriots have been the NFL's pillar of excellence in his tenure in New England. Belichick and Tom Brady, taken in Belichick's first draft a few months later, have won five Super Bowls together and appeared in seven. 

The Jets, meanwhile, have two AFC Championship appearances to point to in that time span. 

Oh, what could have been. 

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Sep 23, 2017; Tallahassee, FL, USA; Florida State Seminoles cornerback Derwin James (3) reacts during the second half against North Carolina State Wolfpack at Doak Campbell Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports (Melina Vastola)
Sep 23, 2017; Tallahassee, FL, USA; Florida State Seminoles cornerback Derwin James (3) reacts during the second half against North Carolina State Wolfpack at Doak Campbell Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports (Melina Vastola)

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Now that the season is over, the Jets find themselves in a familiar spot with the opportunity to add a difference-maker in the draft. With the standings finalized, the Jets now know that they'll be picking sixth for the third time in the last four years as general manager Mike Maccagnan has been presented with a golden opportunity to find some cornerstone pieces to build a young nucleus.

Priority number one remains the same: The team must find a franchise quarterback. This year's class initially looked like a strong one with USC's Sam Darnold, UCLA's Josh Rosen and Josh Allen of Wyoming headlining the class. Over the course of the season, though, apparent weaknesses for each of the top three prospects' were laid bare. 

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GEICO SportsNite: Mike Maccagnan 00:02:01
SNY's Jeane Coakley catches up with Jets GM Mike Maccagnan to discuss how he intends to approach free agency in the offseason.

Nov 18, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Southern California Trojans quarterback Sam Darnold (right) and UCLA Bruins quarterback Josh Rosen (3) shake hands after their game at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports (Kelvin Kuo)
Nov 18, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Southern California Trojans quarterback Sam Darnold (right) and UCLA Bruins quarterback Josh Rosen (3) shake hands after their game at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports (Kelvin Kuo)

Quarterbacks Josh Rosen of UCLA and Sam Darnold of USC declared themselves eligible for the 2018 NFL Draft on Wednesday.

The duo are considered the two best collegiate QBs in the draft and are expected to be the first two quarterbacks taken, perhaps with the top two picks by the Cleveland Browns and Giants, who draft 1-2.

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Nov 2, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan on the sidelines before a game against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Nov 2, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan on the sidelines before a game against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Although the NFL Draft is still more than three months away, Jets GM Mike Maccagnan has already begun contemplating what he'll do on April 26 at AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Texas. That may include moving up from the Jets' current spot of No. 6 overall.

"Yeah, I would say it would actually pertain to any player you felt extremely strong about, too," Maccagnan said on ESPN Radio Wednesday. "But we've moved back a little bit in the draft and there have been situations I've tried to move up in the draft. But I would say the simple answer to that question is 'yes' and if that was a player we felt very strongly about, we would have no qualms about potentially trying to go and get him."

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New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) looks to pass during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the New York Giants Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)
New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) looks to pass during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the New York Giants Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)

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The end-of-season press conferences earlier this week predictably contained a lot of platitudes about Christian Hackenberg. A common refrain was that the book on Hackenberg is not closed and that the team still considers him to have shown improvement toward realizing his potential.

There is understandable skepticism as to whether the Jets still believe Hackenberg has a future, with some believing the team is reluctant to admit they made a mistake when they drafted the 22-year old with the 50th overall pick two years ago. Jets fans are even more skeptical, with Hackenberg seen as an object of ridicule in some circles...

Tags: Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg, Josh McCown
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GEICO SportsNite: Jets 00:02:13
Jeane Coakley chats with Jets owner Christopher Johnson, who discusses how pleased he was with the team during his first season as owner.

Jets owner Christopher Johnson, who is running the team while his brother, Woody, is serving as the United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom, spoke with SNY on Tuesday about his first year at the helm. 

"This is -- and I didn't realize this going in -- this is the best job in the world," Johnson said. "It's be the most extraordinary stretch of my life."

Johnson said it was his decision alone to extend the contracts of head coach Todd Bowles and GM Mike Maccagnan, who are now under contract through 2020.

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The Jets will select SMU WR Courtland Sutton with the No. 6 pick in the upcoming NFL Draft, predicts the Sporting News in their first Mock Draft of 2018.

The Mock, by Eric Galko, has the Broncos selecting Washington DT Vita Vea with the No. 5 pick, and the Bucs taking NC State DE Bradley Chubb with the No. 7 pick.

"The Jets are in play for Baker Mayfield and are one of the teams that could covet Lamar Jackson early in the draft," Galko writes. "But outside of quarterback, they need to upgrade at receiver. Adding Sutton to pair with Robby Anderson should make for an easier job for Josh McCown and/or their quarterback of the future."

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What is the Jets' future? 00:05:55
The DNL panel discusses how Todd Bowles and Mike Maccagnan will move toward their ideal vision for the Jets after a surprising 2017.

Jets owner Christopher Johnson said the progress he saw from the team this season played a part in offering two-year extensions to head coach Todd Bowles and GM Mike Maccagnan.

Johnson added that the decision to extend Bowles -- which he made earlier this season -- and Maccagnan was his, and that he didn't run it by his brother, Woody. 

"I did see progress," Johnson said. "I was more than happy to extend both Mike and Todd. ...I like the idea of some stability and going from year to year doesn't seem right."

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Maccagnan on Hack and cap 00:01:32
New York Jets GM Mike Maccagnan talks about the future of QB Christian Hackenberg and the team's plans for NFL free agency.

Jets GM Mike Maccagnan said on Tuesday that he's "excited" about the amount of salary cap space the team has to spend this offseason, suggesting they plan to be very active.

The Jets went 5-11 this year for a second-straight season, but Maccagnan and head coach Todd Bowles -- who have been overseeing the rebuild -- were rewarded with two-year contract extensions that run through 2020.

However, Maccagnan is not yet setting high expectations for 2018.

Tags: Christian Hackenberg
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Jan 1, 2018; Pasadena, CA, USA; Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) passes against the Georgia Bulldogs in the first quarter in the 2018 Rose Bowl college football playoff semifinal game at Rose Bowl Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)
Jan 1, 2018; Pasadena, CA, USA; Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) passes against the Georgia Bulldogs in the first quarter in the 2018 Rose Bowl college football playoff semifinal game at Rose Bowl Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)

The Jets, who finished the season 5-11, will have the No. 6 pick in the upcoming NFL Draft, which begins on April 28 at  AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

New York is slated to pick after the Broncos and before the Buccaneers.

The Draft is expected to be quarterback-rich, with Sam Darnold (USC), Josh Rosen (UCLA), Josh Allen (Wyoming), and Baker Mayfield (Oklahoma) among the players who could be available.

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New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles talks to reporters after an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers, Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. The Panthers won 35-27. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)
New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles talks to reporters after an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers, Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. The Panthers won 35-27. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)

Jets head coach Todd Bowles addressed his team for the final time this season on Monday, and his message was simple: No excuses. 

"It's just a no-excuse business," Bowles told The Post's Brian Costello. "You win games or you don't. It's not 5-11, but you played a couple of games close. It's not so-and-so got hurt or so-and-so wasn't here. You win in spite of, and that's the only thing I was trying to convey going into the offseason."

The Jets exceeded expectations this year, as many wrote them off to do what the Browns did this season and go 0-16. However, 5-11 was the Jets' actual record, and though it appeared the players liked that outcome, WR Jermaine Kearse says that's not the case. 

Tags: Kelvin Beachum
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