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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Jan 6, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick (29) during practice at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)
Jan 6, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick (29) during practice at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)

In ESPN Mel Kiper's first mock draft, the Jets select Alabam CB Minkah Fitzpatrick with the No. 6 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. 

Fitzpatrick is widely considered the best cornerback among this year's prospects, and Kiper even views him as the best secondary man who can also play safety. The Jets already have two stout safeties in rookies Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye this season, but adding another dynamic player to the bunch would only enhance an already young defense that is on the verge of breaking out. 

Bent, theJetsBlog.com Follow on Twitter: While he had a versatile role at Alabama, with plenty of reps as a slot corner or as a linebacker in dime packages, the majority of Fitzpatrick's reps were at the safety position. He has played some cornerback in the past, but it's difficult to project whether he'd be able to step in on the outside and start from day-one.

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Nov 12, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Jets quarterback coach Jeremy Batesduring the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Nov 12, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Jets quarterback coach Jeremy Batesduring the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

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John Morton is out as the Jets' offensive coordinator due to irreconcilable differences of philosophy with Todd Bowles and a loss of too much faith from his players. The Jets players -- and Bowles -- clearly believed their offense should've been a lot better than it was.

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Nov 12, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Jets offensive coordinator John Morton bumps fists with offensive tackle Kelvin Beachum (68) and offensive tackle Brandon Shell (72) prior to the game at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Nov 12, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Jets offensive coordinator John Morton bumps fists with offensive tackle Kelvin Beachum (68) and offensive tackle Brandon Shell (72) prior to the game at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

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The Jets were expected to be one of the worst offenses in the NFL last season - maybe one of the worst in NFL history. But under first-year offensive coordinator John Morton they did more offensively than anyone imagined.

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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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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. 

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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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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. 

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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...

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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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