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 Jags. 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.

@SimonOnSports (via twitter)Is there a way to get a % of QB Sack-Fumble ratio? It like Sanchez drops the ball on hits at a higher rate than others?

I couldn't find anyone who tracks this, so I compiled it myself. Sanchez is number six with 11 fumbles and 30 sacks. Matt Cassel is the worst, with nine fumbles in 19 sacks. Mike Vick, Robert Griffin, Nick Foles, Josh Freeman and Colin Kaepernick are also ahead of Sanchez. Most of those are guys that try to extend plays by scrambling.

This highlights one immediate limitation of the stat and that's the fact that nobody splits out fumbles that occur when running the ball and those suffered when trying to pass - although a lot of time, the scramble will come as a result of pressure. For example, only three of Sanchez's fumbles came on running plays - which would include any fumbled snaps. By contrast NINE of Griffin's 11 fumbles were on running plays, so actually his fumble per sack rate would be much lower than I calculated.

Fumbling the ball is one thing, but actually losing fumbles is another. In that category, Sanchez is fourth, with Cassel, Jake Locker and Ryan Lindley ahead of him (in that order).

I'd like to take it a step further. We already know Sanchez gives up a lot of sacks relative to how often he is under pressure. As a direct comparison, Sanchez was under pressure 175 times last year and sacked 35 times - once every five times. Eli Manning was under pressure 342 times and only sacked 42 times - once every 8.1 times...or far less often. Sanchez has the third worst sack percentage this year (behind Aaron Rodgers and Andy Dalton) and is dead last for accuracy when pressured. So, what about fumbles relative to how often you're under pressure?

That's where Sanchez finds himself comfortably in second place (for both fumbles and fumbles lost). He still can't oust Cassel from the top spot, but otherwise he's in more danger of fumbling when pressured than any other quarterback in the league right now.

As for who excels in these categories, it's exactly who you'd expect. Tom Brady hasn't lost a fumble all year and Peyton Manning has only fumbled twice, although he's also been under pressure less than almost everyone else. While it's an inexact science due to the limitations of the data source, I think these numbers are concrete enough to statistically represent what we all already knew - Sanchez's pocket presence is not good.

Led[In the image you shared] I think Lowery is in good position to make the tackle, possibly for a loss, if Greene tried to cut it outside to the left on the one play that's pictured. I can't knock Greene for that decision. With this offense, better to get a couple yards than lose 3.

The image doesn't really show this, but at the time I made the screen grab, Lowery was kind of on his heels having bluffed a blitz. Greene definitely would have been able to turn the corner and even if Lowery was able to make the open field tackle, I'm certain his momentum would have got him a couple of yards, which was never going to happen if he just ran into the pile like he did.

LedWho do you think was at fault when they gave up the 4th and 15 conversion at the end of the game? Rex was livid. I think it was probably the slot corner not getting enough depth, but I'm not sure.

Wilson was on the slot receiver. He gave Shipley a huge cushion, ran with him and then slowed up and turned around to look for the ball which ended up going over his head. The two safeties, Landry and Bell were both deep, and the receiver on each sideline ran a clear out route so they were drawn far enough out of the middle. Nobody else ran any kind of underneath route so there was no reason for Wilson to pass the receiver off to the two deep guys.

Joeyboy79Here is another truth. I am not letting the defense off the hook. Here is another unrealistic stat. The Jets are now ranked as a #6 defense but are they truly a #6?

Yes.

WillieA couple of questions, from watching the game. It so looks to me like Kyle Wilson operates so much better in zone concepts then man coverage. He also is a pretty decent tackler. Any chance the Jets could consider moving him to free safety? Second question, with the strength on the jets D being D line and secondary, do you think the Jets would consider utilizing a big nickel (3 safety look) as a base defense next year? I mean Bell and Allen look like good in the box safeties.

The three safety look is certainly something that the Jets employ often and against certain pass first teams (which are becoming increasingly popular), they could end up in nickel all the time, so that could pretty much end up being their base defense anyway. With most of their linebackers set to leave at the end of the year, that could be a good option. As for Wilson, I'm not sure about him being better in zone than man - he does seem to get confused a lot because the Jets mix up man and zone. Maybe a simpler role (like deep safety) could be something he'd handle well. Not a bad idea.

NickyboomboomDo you think Reuland should play more fullback? It seems when watching that Lex Hillard is kinda inconsistent.

You're absolutely right that Hilliard is inconsistent. However, Reuland is pretty inconsistent too. I think Reuland has more upside as a blocker and if you have a third TE that can line up in the backfield, that does save you a roster spot. I wonder where Josh Baker fits in? I like him too.

GODALLASDo you really think the Jets should mess around with Cromartie at WR like you mentioned? Seems like too big a gamble to have him go both ways when hes been doing such a good job for us.

It's a huge gamble, but it's all hands to the pump at this stage of the season. You'll also notice guys like Harris and Landry playing special teams. Cromartie has unbelievable physical gifts. He showed in the Houston game that he could get deep and with the Jets' difficulties on offense, a contribution like that could be a big deal for them.

ReprocityIf we were playing the Ravens, would Rex have Started Sanchez? Any reason you didn't mention the hospital pass to Kerley in the flat a la Pennington style?

I don't think Sanchez would have started if it was a home game either. No particular reason I didn't mention that play, but you just did to save me the job!

FloridaJetFansince67On the 36 yd completion to Cumberland what defense were Jags in? It was 3rd and 8 from the 13. They must have expected us to run the ball there. Who should have covered him (if you can tell)?

It was the most basic zone you could ever expect to see over the middle. Both safeties were pretty deep and ran even deeper as it became obvious Sanchez was going to throw. The linebackers all dropped a few yards and Cumberland initially ran down the seam then broke towards the deep post and Sanchez threw the ball in the gap over the linebacker's heads and in front of the safeties that were too deep. Maybe Pozluzsny could have dropped quicker (it went right over his head and he was slightly deeper than the two OLBs) or maybe the safeties shouldn't have been so deep. It had to be an accurate throw though - and who can blame the Jags for relying on a defense that needed an accurate throw to beat it?

dgrayThe defense has been playing better over the last several weeks, but I still worry about the run defense. While they had a truly dominant performance against the Cards - a large part of that can be attributed to the rookie QB performance, where the Jets knew that they could over commit to the run without much worry of the passing game coming back to haunt them. I was actually troubled by the Jags running game. They were using running backs so far down on their depth chart and still getting great results (24-123) ... It seems like the team is just not up to the level of run defense it has had in the past. Pouha has been fighting through injury, but too often the unit seems out of place. I wonder whether Ellis, Couples and Wilkerson have anything to do with this. Are they over zealous in trying to create pressure? Do they lose leverage early? How do you explain the difference when compared to the dominant run defense in years past (when no-name linemen seemed to have more control)? Some of it might be Scott and his deterioration, but does that explain most of it? Does the d-line coaching change have anything to do with this? It seems to me that the defensive line (while getting better over the several weeks) still isn't at the level over the last few years. Do you agree and what is the way to get back to that level?

Scott and Harris aren't playing as well as they have in the past, but I think the biggest difference from last year has been Po'uha. He's played okay, but nowhere near as good as last year, where he was consistently disruptive even when doubled. That's entirely attributable to his injuries, but I don't know whether we can expect him to get over those.

On Sunday, I did notice some of the linemen looking to generate pressure as you described and I think that was by design. They were prepared to allow the Jags to have some success running the ball, as long as they could pressure the quarterback (which they did at a higher rate than any other game all year) to limit Henne's production, which they saw as more of a threat.

I believe they can still be solid against the run, when they're not focusing more on getting pressure. Take out the 32-yard touchdown, which came about largely because Thomas got injured and McIntyre ran on the field and didn't get set before the snap and the Jets gave up less than four yards per carry the rest of the time.

'NYCPE'inGermanyIt looked to me like Eric Smith vacated his lane on the TD run and that if he'd have stayed home, it should've been stopped, maybe for a small gain, but not a TD. Do you agree? If not, what did you see? Was ridiculous to see three Jets defenders falling over each other trying to get back in position.

Well, Smith lost contain because he had to spin to get off Eugene Monroe's block as he was being driven backwards and he lost sight of Owens at the moment he made his cut. However, at the start of the play, Ellis Lankster had responsibility for outside contain and lost it because he allowed his receiver to drive him to the inside. He ended up being one of the two guys Smith got in the way of when he got off Monroe's block. If Smith just stayed on the block he would have kept contain and the run would have been bottled up, but he probably didn't realize that Lankster wasn't outside him to contain the outside and had instead been forced inside.

'NYCPE'inGermanyCoples looked good, but seems to leave his feet too early. His missed a sack once doing that and almost missed the second one the same way. Great to see him getting pressure though. You think he's on the same trajectory MO was last year at this point?

Basically, he's ascending at a faster rate in terms of his pass rushing, but isn't quite on the same curve in terms of stopping the run. Last year, Wilkerson had three sacks, four hits and eight pressures in 300 pass rush attempts (Note: this year he has 4/7/18). Coples, in 262 pass rush attempts, has three sacks, eight hits and 11 pressures.

TBWhile Cromartie has had a stellar season, I notice what looked like glimpses of his old, 'avoid-contact' pattern a couple times when the ball is reaching the receiver he's covering. On one play in particular, he seemed to assume the bracketed coverage would make the hit as the ball arrived at the receiver, and he held back. Did you notice that, and is it a returning pattern?

On the whole I'd say he's been much more physical this year, in terms of tackling, hitting and jamming at the line. There may be the occasional lapse from time to time but, overall, I haven't noticed him reverting to his previous self. He had one excellent open field tackle, for example. He did get his bell rung by Yeremiah Bell, so maybe that made him a little more tentative than usual.

leviI don't really have any football questions because your analysis covered them. But I am curious if you could see Rex's reaction to the Sanchez fumble?

He stomped away muttering to himself with this look on his face:

LIJetsFanWhat's your opinion on McIntyre? He seems to be playing ok. Do you think there is a lot of upside there?

It's hard to say. I've always thought he looked like an NFL player, but I don't really see him as a future star. I'd peg his ceiling at someone like Matt Roth, who peaked a couple of seasons ago and was not flashy, but very productive in terms of generating pressure and against the run. However, right now, McIntyre is still developing and for every good play he makes, there's also some plays where he looks overmatched. Hopefully, he's a guy whose performance will get better as his comfort level increases. He and Ricky Sapp could give the Jets some nice depth at outside linebacker next year, but unless one or both of them emerges faster than anticipated, they still probably need to replace the starters.

zedHistorically, why does this team always give me hope only to rip my guts out at the last (and worst) possible moment?

Ummm...I'm going to assume that was rhetorical.

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I'll be back on Monday with the BGA Preview for the Titans game. Have a good weekend!

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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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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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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.

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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:

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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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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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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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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?

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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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The Philadelphia Eagles would be absolutely crazy to get rid of Nick Foles now after he slayed the mighty Patriots, and was rightfully named the Super Bowl MVP. Yes, they have Carson Wentz, a legitimate MVP candidate, before he got hurt. And yes, Foles will likely be Wentz's backup again next season.

But didn't Foles just prove to everyone how valuable a backup quarterback on a contender really is?

Tags: Ryan Fitzpatrick, Ralph Vacchiano
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 (Jerome Miron)
(Jerome Miron)

In last year's draft, the Jets used their first two picks on safeties, and Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye started every game alongside one another in the secondary. Those starting roles seem settled for the next few years, but the Jets like to operate out of packages with three and even four safeties, so Todd Bowles may be keen to add some depth.

Last year, Rontez Miles and Terrance Brooks each saw regular playing time, often playing together as the Jets used a four-safety dime package in passing situations. Also, Doug Middleton, who missed the season due to injury, was expected to contribute. All three are now out of contract though, so the Jets may look to fortify their depth in the draft.

While it seems unlikely the Jets would select another safety with their top pick, Alabama's Minkah Fitzpatrick is a possible consideration due to his versatility. Could Fitzpatrick be like Jalen Ramsey -- a hybrid cornerback/safety who has developed into one of the league's better cornerbacks?

Tags: Jamal Adams, Marcus Maye, Rontez Miles
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GEICO SportsNite: Super Bowl 00:06:46
Nick Foles and the Eagles upset Tom Brady and the Patriots for the first Super Bowl win in Philadelphia's franchise history.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) As their delirious fans sang their theme song and their owner lifted the Lombardi Trophy, the Philadelphia Eagles finally could breathe freely.

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Loud Mouths on the Super Bowl 00:05:06
Chris Carlin and Jon Hein host Loud Mouths from the Mall of America to discuss the Super Bowl and how they think it will play out.

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THE GAME

The NFC Champion Philadelphia Eagles (15-3) vs. the AFC Champion New England Patriots (15-3) at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on Sunday, Feb. 4 at 6:30 p.m. ET.

THE WEATHER

Thank goodness for domes! Outside the Super Bowl stadium the temperature won't even reach double digits, with a forecast high of 9 and a low of 0. Inside it'll be fine. Hopefully it'll be nice and toasty in front of your TV, too.

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 (Brad Mills)
(Brad Mills)

With the Alex Smith trade complete, it appeared the Redskins were going to allow Kirk Cousins to look for his lucrative deal in free agency. Now, they could have a change of heart.

Washington is considering placing the franchise tag on Cousins just so they could trade him, reports ESPN's Adam Schefter. The reasoning behind this decision would be for the Redskins to get back what they dished out in the trade with the Chiefs. So, instead of getting nothing in return by allowing the hottest free-agent commodity to walk, Washington is looking for something in return. 

However, if they do make that decision to tag him, it comes with a lot of risk considering Cousins is allowed to make his own decision. First, he can wait as long as he wants to sign the franchise tag, which would have the Redskins biting their fingernails as they watch the $34.5 million stay on their books.

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