This analysis is based on watching and re-watching TV footage. As such, it is not always possible to accurately determine everything that was going on. However, every effort has been made to ensure that the information below is as complete and correct as possible. For the purposes of BGA Extra (but not BGA, since that is too early in the week), I have also reviewed the coaches film, which was available for every play (whereas last year, it was only available for big plays). Statistics from PFF which are not available to subscribers were used in the completion of this article and we thank them for providing us with exclusive access to these.

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 Sunday's game against the Cardinals. If you would like your questions answered in future, remember to read my BGA game breakdowns every Monday and leave your question in the comments section.

damionWhat's the Jets record when they rush for over 150 yards? I bet it's pretty good. What's that called again? Ground and pound!!!

They are just 2-0 (Colts and Cards games). To add to your point about them giving up that many yards though, they've lost four in a row when teams run for 150 yards against them. However, they won their first two games of the year giving up that much yardage (Bills and Dolphins).

a57seThere were two penalties that greatly aided the Jets in the second half - (a) the unneccessary roughness call when McElroy scrambled for a few yards I thought was ticky tack and surprised the Jets got that call; and (b) The PI on the ball McElroy threw up for grabs and was picked off. While the CB did grab Hill for a split second, I thought Hill did a good job of selling that one...two questions for you, What did you think about the calls? And, if Hill wasn't grabbed by the defender, would the ball still have been a pick?

On the first play, while I've seen those not called before, I think most of the time you would get that call. I think the determining factor was not that he was over the sideline, but that he shoved him with force into the sideline area. You nearly always get the call in that situation, rightly or wrongly. Was it "necessary"? I say no, so that's one I definitely agree with.

As for the Hill penalty, that's a definite penalty in my view. Without question I think the defender impeded Hill's progress which by the letter of the law is holding, or even pass interference. I don't think he "sold it" at all, the stumble was directly caused by the grab from the defender. However, the call on the field was illegal contact, which I disagree with due to the fact that the contact was within five yards. Officials have been getting those mixed up all year, especially when the replacements were in.

Would it have been picked? No way. As you can see, Hill was only a step off when the ball was caught by the defender, so without stumbling, he'd have arrived first and maybe even had a good shot at contesting and coming up with the catch. You can't fault McElroy on the play because he released the pass at the exact moment the stumble occured, so he'd have thrown it exactly where he intended to. He perhaps could have done a better job of looking off the deep safety though, if you want me to nitpick.

JetsFaninNCI dunno if anyone will see this, but I wonder how physically well Sanchez has been. Besides that low back thing, I just don't like the look in his eye... just looks a little "not all there" to me. Maybe I'm imagining it. Anyone with me on that, or am I really imagining it?

I noticed last year that he didn't seem to be as enthusiastic, so that seems to have carried over. You can tell the weight of the world is on his shoulders. He's approaching Wayne Hunter territory in terms of irreparable damage.

SackDance99When McElroy came in, the Jets ran the same counter twice and it seemed to require QB footwork that G-Mac ran to perfection. Did Sanchez also limit what the Jets could do in the running game?

I don't know if I ever saw Sanchez exhibit poor footwork in terms of handing the ball off, but this was a well designed play, working off a developed tendency. At the time, I had thought that McElroy screwed up the handoff, because he handed it off in such a way that the running back did not have the option to cut to the left. However, on closer inspection, the initial fake is to the fullback up the middle, then he breaks to the outside as a lead blocker and the QB turns to hand the ball off to the running back heading off tackle. Brandon Moore pulled outside and made a kickout block, while everyone else blocked straight ahead with the guys on the right side setting the edge. The Jets have run plenty of these off-tackle runs with two guys pulling, but a FB/RG combination was a different wrinkle. The second play was the same, apart from the fact that the extra tight end was on the left this time, so Austin Howard was the primary edge-setter rather than the extra tight end.

a57seThere was one run by Powell that was blocked as well as any Jets run I've seen this season, it was on the first McElroy possesion and it went for 17 yards, they ran the same play later in the drive and Powell got 10 yards down to the Cards 4 yard line. Where has that blocking been?

Yes, that's the same one(s). The run blocking has slowly been coming along all year, but on those two plays it was Lex Hilliard who made the key lead block. He's been particularly inconsistent, so for him that's a valid question.

tsjc68I think on the second run there, kudos go to Jason Smith for a nice interior kick-out block (if I'm remembering the play correctly). He's rounding into shape, perhaps. I'm curious to see if we can bring him back on the cheap, his market has to still be pretty depressed. He's a great 6th lineman, IMO.

It was actually Moore who made the interior kick out block (both times) but Smith did set the edge really well, turning his guy back to the inside, on the first of those two runs. He's been pretty inconsistent, but that's to be expected from a guy coming into and out of the game at irregular intervals. When Hunter and Robert Turner used to have a similar role, they were just as inconsistent. I don't expect him to get much more than the minimum next season, wherever he goes.

R in CTDo you sleep?

Not very often.

Dave TNHow about a breakdown of England's destruction of the All Blacks on Saturday? Too bad it was unable to be watched on this side of the Atlantic due to greed and incompetence.

As a sign of how busy I've been, I never got to see it! That was a bizarre performance that seemed to come from nowhere.

NickAre you sure it wasn't watchable on this side of the Atlantic out of, you know, non-existent interest?

Ouch.

Jason FitzgeraldOn Vlad- Check last weeks tape if you can. I thought last week they actually moved into the every 4th series deal but then it was thrown off when Moore went out. I could have sworn he didn't enter until series 4 against New England.

Last week was completely different, as I noted in BGA - "They had a slightly different rotation for Ducasse this week. He didn’t play at all in the first half, but entered the game on the second possession of the second half at left guard (as the Jets drove down to the one and then failed to punch it in). The starters returned for the next series, but then Ducasse replaced Moore at right guard for the rest of the game, including one of the touchdown drives."

I had assumed that this was a one-off adjustment in response to how the game was spiraling out of control, but we'll have to keep an eye on it.

tishA few quickies: (1) Has the overall quality of Davis shown any real improvement? (2) How can Ellis show any improvement when he is in for a handful of plays? (3) Even though McElroy threw only a few passes, none of them looked like they were thrown with a noodle arm? He obviously lacks the zip of the real gunners, but does Sanchez' arm strength appear that much stronger? (4) How much of the Jets low sack total is attributable to the scheme rather than a lack of players who generate that special pressure?

(1) As I wrote in BGA, his playing time and performances have been so irregular that he's hard to evaluate, but he's shown flashes. He's always looked good as a pass rusher, looks better than he did in preseason in the running game and while he hasn't been great in coverage, I'd expect that to be something that improves as he gets more comfortable. He's still not nearly as good as Bart Scott though, so he needs to ascend more quickly to be ready for next year. (2) I was impressed with Ellis earlier in the year, but right now (especially if he's still limited by his knee issue), the veterans are more reliable than he is and for a head coach whose continued employment might depend on his end of year record, winning games is a priority over developing youngsters right now. (3) He had adequate zip on each of his throws, but wasn't really under pressure, so it's difficult to compare those throws where he steps into the throw or throws it on the run to some of Sanchez's throws, like his initial interception off his back foot. (4) Part of it is that teams know that pressure is coming, so getting rid of the ball quickly is more of a focus than it would be for a team with a vanilla pass rush that didn't blitz often. That still means it's having a positive effect because you can set trap coverages or benefit from the ball being thrown away before a route can develop, but we'd all like to see more sacks and that requires people to win one-on-one matchups when they don't blitz.

damionThe special teams has been anything but special over the last half a dozen games in fact since Joe McKnight took it to the house on Monday night against the Texans. This unit has been awful. Is it due to Westy being on his victory lap is he doing too much or not enough has he given the reigns over to Kotwica and we are seeing what life is gonna be like without him? Is it practice time, injuries, inexperience, or just plain stupidity?

I think injuries are a key factor, because every unit has a couple of guys that haven't been with the team all year, so the unit isn't as well-drilled as Westhoff would like. Some of the breakdowns have definitely been attributable to stupidity, though. I can't argue with that. In the past, you could take for granted that such breakdowns were an aberration, but this year, it's happening every single week.

Why MeWhat's the chance we switch to a 4-3 base D next year? It's proven difficult for them to find quality 3-4 OLB's ever since Mangini came to town and continues to be a problem. With the high price of good 3-4 FA OLB's and a rather high rate for bust on OLB's by way of the draft why not move on? We look rather loaded with young talent across the DL now and this draft is pretty full of true 4-3 DE's it seems like the perfect time to make the switch. Davis, Harris and 1 of the current backup LBs should be able to handle the LB duties in a 4-3 while adding some mid round insurance in the upcoming draft.

If Rex stays, there's no chance whatsoever that the Jets switch to a basic 4-3, because he's going to run his hybrid defense no matter what. However, there is plenty of flexibility within that to run 4-3 looks (as they already do) and I would agree that the personnel seems better suited to that right now.

FloridaJetFansince67I thought I saw where Hill was targeted 8 times and we know he caught 5. I don't remember him dropping any. Can you confirm yeah or nay?

He didn't drop any - the incompletions were a miscommunication where Hill ran a slant and Sanchez threw a bubble screen and McElroy's first pass over the top that was incomplete. The other one was a mistake by NFL.com because Sanchez's very last pass was batted down at the line, but it was clearly intended for Jeremy Kerley. Hill was also targeted on that play where he drew a penalty, but that doesn't count officially.

metsman"I don’t know if there will be any more games that I’ll enjoy as much as I did this one" This was a joke right?

Not at all. I just love low-scoring football games plus this had the added bonus of a fun second half comeback.

Marcus I noticed that Coples seemed to be playing a disproportionately low number of snaps. Any idea why that would be the case? It seemed to me like the Arizona OL would be a good matchup to build up his confidence a little.

As I noted above with reference to Ellis, they're putting the best guys on the field right now. It actually wasn't a good game for guys like Coples and McIntyre to build their confidence because Ryan Lindley was getting rid of the ball so prematurely, it was almost impossible to get to him. Had they faced the Cardinals a month ago when their line was giving up bucketloads of pressure, I'd have agreed with you. Coples isn't disgracing himself out there and shows one or two flashes every week, but it doesn't look like his rookie year is going to be particularly productive from a statistical standpoint.

His snap count wasn't really disproportionately low, he was just in on the units that played on passing downs and the Cardinals' inability to sustain drives limited how many such downs arose.

Phil T.Has Po'uha had back problems in the past? I'm glad to hear he is producing again and seems to be trending upwards, but it's disconcerting that we haven't seen the same consistent level of dominance from him as last year. Especially after he got his new contract.

Po'uha had back issues right at the end of the 2010 season and they definitely affected his play. In fact, with a healthy Po'uha, the Jets would probably have stopped the Steelers' running game much better in the AFC Title Game and had a much better chance to win. In 2011, he was healthy throughout and was outstanding. It's clear that the back issue (which I have it on good authority is really limiting him, even though he's back in the lineup) is the only difference between him being outstanding and run-of-the-mill. The trouble is that back issues can linger and, for a player of Po'uha's age, you're taking a risk if you bring him back next year, because he might never be the same again.

a57se Based on Cimini's playing time numbers for the Jets defense, they averaged ~ 2.6 defensive linemen per snap...that seems rather low to me. Mo played 47 out of 54 snaps while DeVito played 33 out of 54 and no other linemen had more then 19...I wonder how much this has to do with injuries (Po'uha and Ellis) or just Rex and his crazy schemes?

It's because Pace and Thomas played a lot of snaps as defensive ends. Most of the time, that was in 4-3 formations, but Thomas did also get some reps in a three man front. I do believe Po'uha and Ellis are having their reps monitored, but it's just a product of them only having two (and sometimes one) interior linemen out there on a lot of the plays.

a57seDo you think given the game situation, that Westhoff was too aggressive on the fake punt? The overload formation was an invitation to run to the right side of the offense...

Yes, although that was an insane risk from the Cardinals - 4th and seven at their own 25 in the last minute or so of the half with the scores tied at 0-0? If they fail there, that could easily have been the deciding factor. I guess Westhoff figured they'd never take that risk and decided to go for a block because the Jets had no intention of trying to score on offense in the last minute. However, that was pretty predictable based on what's happened in similar situations this year and that's probably why the Cardinals knew they could afford to take that risk.

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BGA will be back on Sunday with a pre-game experiment. Have a good weekend!

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The Jets have seen Sheldon Richardon, Damon Harrison, and Quinton Coples depart within the past few seasons. With the departure of Muhammad Wilkerson thought to be imminent, they suddenly find themselves in a position where they lack depth on the defensive interior.

In addition, a potentially promising pipeline of young depth hasn't really materialized. Deon Simon and Claude Pelon couldn't crack the rotation, and spent most of the year on the practice squad, while Lawrence Thomas became a full back. Leonard Williams will be back, but his 2017 season was arguably just as disappointing as Wilkerson's, and he might find that teams can more readily gameplan around him if he's not surrounded with the same kind of talent...

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Daily News Live: NFL Combine 00:03:50
The Daily News Live panel breaks down which quarterbacks have the most to prove at the upcoming NFL Combine.

The Daily News Live panel breaks down which quarterbacks have the most to prove at the upcoming NFL Combine.

Baker Mayfield, Josh Rosen, Josh Allen, Sam Darnold, and Lamar Jackson are among the top prospects.

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Oct 30, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Jets offensive guard Wesley Johnson (76) during the second half against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Jets won 31-28. Mandatory Credit: Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 30, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Jets offensive guard Wesley Johnson (76) during the second half against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Jets won 31-28. Mandatory Credit: Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: When the Jets start their sales pitch to Kirk Cousins, he's going to want to know about more than just the size of their check. He's going to want to know, among other things, how they plan to protect him.

That's a project they can get started on right now.

The Jets should begin by re-signing center Wesley Johnson before the free-agent market opens on March 14, and solidify what was a young and better-than-you-think offensive line last season. Together with right guard Brian Winters and right tackle Brandon Shell, it would give the Jets a strong young corps on the line to build around. And with two solid veterans on the left side -- tackle Kelvin Beachum and guard James Carpenter -- it's a line that could actually be pretty good.

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Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield drops back to pass against Ohio State during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete) (Jay LaPrete/AP)
Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield drops back to pass against Ohio State during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete) (Jay LaPrete/AP)

In ESPN Insider Mel Kiper's eyes, "Broadway Baker" will find his way to the Jets in his latest mock draft. 

Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield, the reigning Heisman Trophy winner, has seen his draft stock significantly rise all season. After leading his Sooners team to the College Footbal Playoff with gutsy drives and precision passing all season long, Kiper thinks he is the starter -- and leader -- the Jets need under center. 

READ KIPER'S ANALYSIS BELOW

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GEICO SportsNite: Cousins 00:02:18
The Jets hope to be in the mix to land highly touted free-agent quarterback Kirk Cousins in order to provide stability at the QB position.

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The entire Jets offseason will be played out in the shadow of Kirk Cousins -- the biggest name on the free-agent market, and the franchise quarterback they so desperately need. And that's even true right now, as the NFL's 15-day "franchise tag" window opens on Tuesday.

The Jets aren't likely to use the tag, but the Washington Redskins are reportedly considering using it on Cousins.

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Sep 4, 2016; Austin, TX, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish offensive lineman Quenton Nelson (56) during the game against the Texas Longhorns at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports  (Kevin Jairaj)
Sep 4, 2016; Austin, TX, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish offensive lineman Quenton Nelson (56) during the game against the Texas Longhorns at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports (Kevin Jairaj)

The offensive line was a huge disappointment for the Jets in 2017, especially on the interior. In 2016, Wesley Johnson started eight games for the injured Nick Mangold, and the line didn't seem to suffer too badly. However, he struggled throughout the 2017 season after moving into the full-time starter role.

Guards Brian Winters and James Carpenter also failed to play as well as they had in 2016, although that may partly have been caused by Johnson struggling on their inside shoulder.   Injuries were also an issue here, with Winters in particular playing most of the season hurt, and eventually requiring surgery on an abdominal issue.

Dakota Dozier's performances in relief of Winters over the past few years have some people wondering if it was really wise to give Winters a big money extension, when Dozier doesn't appear to be much of a downgrade. However, he's out of contract now, so the Jets may need to replenish their depth.

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Jets defensive tackle Steve McLendon (99) sacks Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium.  (Brad Penner (USA Today))
Jets defensive tackle Steve McLendon (99) sacks Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner (USA Today))

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: The Jets exercised their options on two defensive starters on Tuesday, ensuring that defensive tackle Steve McLendon and linebacker Josh Martin will both be back for the 2018 season.

The Jets were facing a deadline of Tuesday on both players, but the decision likely wasn't difficult, especially with the team likely to have nearly $100 million in salary cap space to spend this offseason. McLendon is due a salary of $3.125 million this year and has a salary cap number of $4.25 million. Martin is due a salary of $1.8 million, with a cap number of $2.1 million.

The moves come one day after the Jets declined their 2018 option on tackle Ben Ijalana, making him an unrestricted free agent...

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It is no secret the Jets wants top free-agent QB Kirk Cousins on their roster next season, and it came out Monday that they are "willing to pay whatever it takes." But what if Cousins decides to sing elsewhere? What is the Jets' next move from there?

According to SI's Peter King, the Jets should be high on bringing back Josh McCown, and drafting Heisman Trophy Award winner Baker Mayfield ahead of next season. Though the jets are expected to have a pretty healthy cap situation, McCown could come back for cheap, and Mayfield will obviously be on a rookie contract. 

King doesn't deny that Cousins could certainly be a Jet, but this situation could also work with McCown mentoring Mayfield as he did Johnny Manziel back in 2014. 

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New York Jets tackle Ben Ijalana blocks during the second half of the preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets tackle Ben Ijalana blocks during the second half of the preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA Today Sports Images)

The Jets made offensive tackle Ben Ijalana a free agent on Monday after they failed to exercise his player option.

New York did not exercise Ijalana's $500,000 option bonus that would have activated his $4.5 million base salary for the 2018 season. By doing so, the Jets will save a total of $4.6 million.

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Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) throws a pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the New York Giants Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)
Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) throws a pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the New York Giants Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)

The Jets know they need a quarterback, and in particular, free-agent QB Kirk Cousins. That is why the team is "willing to pay whatever it takes" to employ him next season, per ESPN's Rich Cimini

New York has failed to find their franchise quarterback for years now, as fill-ins, so to speak, continue to come to town with Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg failing to show they are the guy the Jets need. Josh McCowwas the latest of those rentals, and he had a career year before an injury unfortunately ended his season. 

This offseason, though, GM Mike Maccagnan has no excuse in Cimini's eyes. He currently has over $70 million in cap space, and could have more than that by the time they can grab Cousins. The Redskins can still franchise tag him, so they could use him in a trade, but that is unlikely. 

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In 2017, the Jets' running game struggles probably had more to do with the offensive line being overmatched than the performance of the backs.

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Cincinnati Bengals quarterback AJ McCarron throws against the Chicago Bears during the second half at Paul Brown Stadium. (David Kohl/USA TODAY Sports)
Cincinnati Bengals quarterback AJ McCarron throws against the Chicago Bears during the second half at Paul Brown Stadium. (David Kohl/USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets reportedly turned down a Cincinnati Bengals trade proposal that would have sent quarterback AJ McCarron to New York last season, according to ESPN's Rich Cimini.

Cincinnati, according to Cimini, called the Jets organization at the start of free agency and offered McCarron in a trade, however the Jets turned it down to focus on free agency. It is unclear what Cincinnati requested in the deal.

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Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: The Jets started over last offseason and actually built themselves a nice core of talent. They have many young, inexpensive players they can build around this spring.

They certainly have the tools to build around them - perhaps as much as $100 million in cap room, the sixth overall pick in the draft, and some extra picks too. And that's good, because even though the Jets exceeded expectations last season, they were still 5-11, and have plenty of holes to fill.

Now, as they get ready to begin Phase 2 of their rebuilding project, here's a look at their biggest needs.

Tags: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Brian Winters, James Carpenter, Juston Burris, Leonard Williams, Morris Claiborne, Muhammad Wilkerson, Quincy Enunwa, Robby Anderson, Sheldon Richardson, Ralph Vacchiano
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Bent, theJetsBlog.com Follow on Twitter: Cornerback is one position where the Jets obviously need to upgrade.

They opted not to pick up a corner from last year's deep draft class until they took two project players - Jeremy Clark and Derrick Jones - in the sixth round. The coaching staff claimed to like the upside of these players along with Juston Burris and Darryl Roberts as well as Rashard Robinson, who was added via trade at the deadline.

However, none of these players stepped up as hoped.

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"Broadway Baker" has a nice ring to top prospect QB Baker Mayfield

The 2017 Heisman Trophy Award winner sat down with The Post's Steve Serby to talk about the prospect of playing in the Big Apple, and if he has what it takes to succeed in a market that isn't friendly to anyone. 

Simply put: Mayfield loves the spotlight...

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New York Jets quarterback coach Jeremy Bates during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets quarterback coach Jeremy Bates during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets have officially announced the hiring of Jeremy Bates as offensive coordinator/QB Coach, and announced the hirings of Rick Dennison as offensive line coac/run game coordinator and Steve Jackson as assistant defensive backs coach.

"Jeremy is a talented coach who has a sound understanding of what it takes to build a successful offense," head coach Todd Bowles said in a press release. "Having spent last season with us, he offers continuity and has a good sense of what we need to do to improve. I look forward to him working together with our offensive coaches."

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: When Todd Bowles decided to fire offensive coordinator John Morton, he always had quarterbacks coach Jeremy Bates in mind as a replacement...

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The Jets have been a team whose defense has been built around their interior linemen for a long time, but Muhammad Wilkerson's anticipated departure could be an opportunity to reinvent themselves by finding a difference-maker who can create constant pressure off the edge.

The Jets haven't really had an elite edge rusher since John Abraham, who was traded before the 2006 draft. They've tried drafting one high (Vernon Gholston), converting an interior lineman into one (Quinton Coples), and bringing in an established veteran (Jason Taylor). But none of these have been successful. None of their low-cost free agents, reclamation projects, or later draft picks have stepped up either.

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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)

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The Jets are in position to be the kings of free agency, with potentially more salary cap room to spend than any team except for the Cleveland Browns. They are already projected to have about $75 million in salary cap space, and that's if they don't make another move.

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New York Jets cornerback Morris Claiborne breaks up a touchdown attempt to Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jarvis Landry in the second half at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets cornerback Morris Claiborne breaks up a touchdown attempt to Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jarvis Landry in the second half at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)

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When the free agency frenzy finally begins, the Jets figure to be at the center of the storm. And all eyes will be on how hard they go after the quarterback they so desperately need.

But they have a ton of salary cap space to spend in other areas, including maybe on the 24 players they have on their roster who are approaching free agency. Here's a look at all their free agents-to-be, and their prospects of returning or finding potential riches somewhere else around the league:

Tags: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Brent Qvale, Chandler Catanzaro, Dakota Dozier, Demario Davis, Josh McCown, Morris Claiborne, Muhammad Wilkerson, Quincy Enunwa, Rontez Miles, Wesley Johnson, Ralph Vacchiano
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There are always plenty of receiver prospects who make an immediate impact as a rookie, even in the later rounds. However, the Jets haven't had much success in recent years despite selecting seven wideouts in the last four drafts.

While four of those seven are under contract for 2018 and a fifth -- restricted free agent Quincy Enunwa -- also figures to be back, the Jets got just 15 catches of production from that group in 2017.

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Daily News Live: Jimmy Garoppolo 00:03:54
The Daily News Live crew discusses the impact Jimmy Garoppolo's new contract will have on the deal Kirk Cousins will want.

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Jimmy Garoppolo just became the NFL's highest paid player, even though he's only started seven NFL games and thrown 12 touchdown passes in four seasons. He reportedly agreed to a monster, five-year, $137.5 million deal with the San Francisco 49ers -- a record average of $27.5 million per season. That record will be very short-lived.

It's a simple fact of the NFL that the price of franchise quarterbacks only goes up, and in less than five weeks another one will be on the open market. And when Kirk Cousins officially becomes free on March 14 you can bet his deal will eclipse what Garoppolo just got...

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In NFL.com's latest mock draft, Chad Reuter forecasted the first three rounds for all teams. With the Jets first selection at no. 6 overall, Reuter has them taking Wyoming QB Josh Allen.

The Jets take Allen over Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield, who fell to the Cardinals at no. 15. USC QB Sam Darnold went no. 1 to the Browns and UCLA QB Josh Rosen went no. 2 to the Giants.

Allen threw for 3,202 yards with 28 touchdowns and 15 interceptions in his sophomore season. However, his production dropped this season to 1,812 yards and 16 touchdowns. He also suffered a shoulder injury, and was forced to miss the final two regular-season games this year...

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(Chuck Cook)

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Most of the draft discussions surrounding quarterback prospects have been focused on the consensus top five prospects: UCLA's Josh Rosen, USC's Sam Darnold, Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield, Wyoming's Josh Allen and Lamar Jackson from Louisville.

However, depending how the offseason goes, the Jets might end up in a situation where they're not in the market for one of the top prospects.

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Nov 26, 2017; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Darrelle Revis (24) (Jay Biggerstaff)
Nov 26, 2017; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Darrelle Revis (24) (Jay Biggerstaff)

The Chiefs have released former Jet Darrelle Revis, the team announced. 

Revis, 32, would have been owed a $10 million contract guarantee if he was still on the roster on March 18. He was signed by Chiefs in November, playing five games, including two starts. 

After the Chiefs' season ended, Revis admitted he wasn't at his best.

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New York Jets defensive coordinator Kacy Rodgers responds to questions from media during OTA at Atlantic Health Training Center. (Noah K. Murray)
New York Jets defensive coordinator Kacy Rodgers responds to questions from media during OTA at Atlantic Health Training Center. (Noah K. Murray)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: Kacy Rodgers never got a chance to play in the NFL before he turned to coaching. But now he might be able to give his son the shot that he never had.

The Jets will be signing Kacy Rodgers II, the son of their current defensive coordinator, according to his agent, David Canter. Rodgers II will join the Jets for their offseason program, at least, after two years with the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League.

Rodgers II is a 6-2, 208-pound defensive back out of the University of Miami. In 2014 he was a tryout player at the Kansas City Chiefs rookie minicamp, but didn't stick. He then signed with the CFL's Edmonton Eskimos and spent a year on their practice squad before joining the Roughriders...

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Former Jets C Nick Mangold was thinking about starting his political career, and running in his local GOP primary, according to Politico's Matt Friedman.

However, Mangold said Thursday that he will not be running.

Mangold would've been running to replace the retiring Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, who represents the 11th District of New Jersey. Essex County Republican Chairman Al Barlas has spoken with Mangold, and he appears to be serious about running for the position.

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Jan 14, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell (26) rushes the ball against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the fourth quarter in the AFC Divisional Playoff game at Heinz Field. Jacksonville won 45-42. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Jan 14, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell (26) rushes the ball against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the fourth quarter in the AFC Divisional Playoff game at Heinz Field. Jacksonville won 45-42. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

After saying he wouldn't join the Jets for $60 million, Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell, a pending free agent, told TMZ exactly what it would take to secure his services.

"A hundred Ms," Bell said, referring to $100 million. "Hey, listen to me: I play running back, but they've got to respect me like I am, man." 

Bell, 25, responded to a fan's tweet last week asking what amount of money it would take for him to join the Jets.

 

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(Brad Penner)

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Another year has come and gone without the Jets winning the Super Bowl. Even the Philadelphia Eagles now have ended their forever Super Bowl drought. If you're counting, that's 49 straight Super Bowls that have been played without the Jets.

Can the 50th time be their charm?

Tags: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Bilal Powell, Elijah McGuire, Leonard Williams, Matt Forte, Muhammad Wilkerson, Quincy Enunwa, Robby Anderson, Sheldon Richardson, Ralph Vacchiano
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(Kirby Lee)

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Two years ago, the Jets drafted Darron Lee with their first pick, hoping to shore up one of their inside linebacker positions for the foreseeable future. Over the course of his first two seasons, he's been up and down, but he has retained an every-down role.

Last year, he struggled initially, then played the best football of his career in the middle of the season, only to regress down the stretch. However, there are no indications that the Jets intend to move on from Lee.

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Jan 27, 2018; Mobile, AL, USA; North Squad quarterback Josh Allen of Wyoming (17) throw a pass during the second quarter of the 2018 Senior Bowl against the South Squad at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Glenn Andrews-USA TODAY Sports (Glenn Andrews)
Jan 27, 2018; Mobile, AL, USA; North Squad quarterback Josh Allen of Wyoming (17) throw a pass during the second quarter of the 2018 Senior Bowl against the South Squad at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Glenn Andrews-USA TODAY Sports (Glenn Andrews)

In his latest mock draft, Todd McShay changed his pick for the Jets, and has them taking Wyoming QB Josh Allen with the sixth overall pick. 

McShay originally had New York taking LSU DE Arden Key. However, he had a change of heart as the Jets desperately need to find their franchise quarterback. But he warns not to forget about free agency, where GM Mike Maccagnan will have about $100 million to go after high-profile QB Kirk Cousins.

"Yes, it's a running theme -- this is another landing spot for Cousins," McShay writes. "If the Jets don't sign him in free agency, Allen makes a lot of sense if Mayfield is off the board. There is a significant drop-off in talent after the first four QBs in this draft, so the Jets need to make sure they grab one here. Allen had an impressive performance at the Senior Bowl, showing off his arm and his mobility. There are still concerns about his accuracy and ability to make multidimensional throws consistently, but all the tools are there. And he has the prototypical QB build (6-foot-4 7/8, 237 pounds)."

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