Welcome to BGA Extra, where I draw a line under the previous weekend’s game by responding to your questions from Bent’s Game Analysis during the week. After the jump, I respond to your questions about the win over the Raiders. 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.

Jim IsraelWouldn't you trade right now Geno for McGloin straight up? I was really impressed with the Raider QB's play.

That's difficult to answer. Sure, McGloin is playing better right now, but to make a trade like that, you'd be thinking ahead 3-4 years, not just for this season, and it's the kind of potential trade that if we revisit this question in three years, you could look like a genius for proposing it, or we'll all be laughing at the thought.

I'm trying to think of a good and bad example of a trade that could theoretically have been proposed three years ago and how they would look in retrospect. How about this for a bad one? Offloading the disappointing Alex Smith for the promising youngster Josh Freeman. I'm not sure I can find a good one that doesn't involve dumping Mark Sanchez.

WW85One question: Geno Smith ran a spread offense in college. I thought spread QBs are good at getting the ball out quickly. Is it just because he doesn't trust this group of receivers that he is so slow?

That may have something to do with it, but I think it's more to do with the standard of the coverage. NFL players close so much faster and NFL defensive schemes have added complexity that college defenses do not.

DarrolRayFanClub On the note of trusting his receivers to go where they should, was Geno doing just that on the play where Winslow held up and didn't finish his route, and Geno's pass appeared to thrown to nobody (and almost picked off)? Not sure if you can tell from coaches film. If Winslow was supposed to complete his route, I have no problem with that pass, as you noted -- we want Geno trusting his guys and throwing without hesitation that they may screw up. INTs that are the receivers fault are obviously more acceptable in his growth.

I answered this in the comments, but I'll reiterate here: While the announcer said Winslow stopped his route, what actually happened on that play was that the cornerback jumped in front and cut him off. At the same time, Geno was getting nailed, so he just fired it out without seeing that Winslow wouldn't be able to get to the ball.

juunitWhat were people's thoughts about his celebrations after the TDs? I'm sure some people will see it as he's finally got that weight off his shoulders. But I thought he overdid it, considering how bad he's been, I don't think he has the right to celebrate much. It actually looked like he was about to pull the Superman/Cam Newton after I think it was the first TD.

I know what you mean. It was especially surprising to see him celebrate so hard after the first touchdown which just looked like a happy accident. I think an MJ-style shrug would've been far more appropriate. I guess it's tough to "act like you've done it before" when it's so long since you've actually done it.

1969JAN12thCan anybody figure out on Kerley's TD.... how Kerley & Holmes ended up in the same place with three defenders?

I still think Kerley ran the wrong route and Smith underthrew Holmes.

spindoctorI'm not sure that the TD pass was intended for Kerley --- why would Smith throw to Kerley when the safety was closer to helping rather than Holmes who clearly had single coverage?

Exactly - and Holmes had a step too. The logical answer is that Kerley's route was supposed to break to the inside, drawing the safety away, but even then the throw would have been underthrown and perhaps letting the cornerback back into the play. The only possible way I can see that Smith meant that is if he started to throw the ball and then realized Kerley would be able to catch a back shoulder throw. Even if that's what happened (which I doubt), then it was an overthrow.

GhostofBrowningNagleDid anyone else think the Kerley TD looked like it was intended for Holmes (with 3 Raiders in the area)?

Pretty much everyone thought that, as you can see.

a57seI thought it was foolish to attempt that 51 yard FG in those conditions. The Jets had a 10 point lead and if Folk missed, it would give Oakland excellent field position at their own 41. Fortunately Folk made it with a yard or two to spare. Did you think it was a risky call given the conditions?

Risky, yes. Foolish might be a step too far. It's merely a sign of how much Rex Ryan trusts Nick Folk (and his defense to maintain that lead). Maybe if they weren't up 10, they'd have made a different decision.

NYC Parking Expert in GermanyWhile you don't breakdown other teams like you do the Jets, you see at least one other team a week when you breakdown our game. Have you seen any other teams that have penalties not called against them as often as the Jets? Maybe all fans of every team feel like this, but every week I feel like I see blatant calls (mostly holding but others as well) not go our way. Simply my bias?

I also chart one non-Jets game per week, so I actually see three other teams. It's difficult for me to be objective about how many calls go in favor of the Jets, but I will say this - there are a LOT of terrible calls every week and in every game. That's true in most other sports too.

a57se"With as consistent as their run defense is, it’s curious that the Jets would employ such a boom or bust secondary."

An interesting observation from PFF and something we have discussed on this site before. Could you break down the Jets coverages for this game and their relative success?

I did talk about how the Jets varied up how often Antonio Cromartie was pressing and jamming at the line in the defensive backs BGA. What that does is allow the Jets to roll coverage away from him. Since Ed Reed has joined the team, the biggest change is that he plays deeper on average and more often than Dawan Landry used to as the free safety. Of course, another big change this week was that they ran some packages with Reed on the sideline. The announcers made reference to the fact that Reed was giving Milliner coverage support and Milliner's improved play of late might be the biggest positive to come out of that move so far.

Perhaps it was worth it after all.

a57seWas McIntyre the only guy who subbed in for the LB group?

Essentially, yes, although Richardson and Wilkerson had seven plays between them where they were standing up and you could consider Allen/Landry to be an "extra linebacker" on some packages. Jermaine Cunningham was inactive anyway, so Nick Bellore was the only other option they had. There's more than enough flexibility within the front seven though.

NYC Parking Expert in GermanyDo you think Kenrick Ellis would be as effective if he were playing the majority of snaps, or might it be a case of him being very fresh and well-rested when he does play?

I do - although I agree that the fact he is fresh could have a positive effect on how consistently he performs. There are plenty of players around the league who have done well in limited action that could benefit from getting more snaps. The key with Ellis is that (for his position) he has been far better than everyone else in the same situation (+13.5 grade in 162 snaps, whereas the highest grade for anyone else with less than 250 snaps is +5.4).

An interesting re-read here from PFF shows their "deserve more snaps" all-star team from 2010 and scanning down the list, there are some players who did thrive in a bigger role, but there are others who did not.

Ellis has been dealing with a back injury all year and that's the main reason his reps have been limited (along with Harrison's outstanding play). So, unless that's improving, it may be a situation where he can't handle more reps and would struggle, but unless it happens, we can't know that.

Ceifus Hornswoggle (aka Spent)I wonder why the Raiders took Pryor out. He looked like he was giving the Jets defense problems. They weren't ready for him and it showed. If I was the Raiders, I would've played him the rest of the game.

I touched on this in my game preview, but if you listened to Dennis Allen in the week leading up to the game, he dropped a few hints that Pryor might see action in this game. I don't think they "took him out" so much as just always intended to give him one series and that was all.

a57seThe series where Oakland started on their own 2 Yard line and turned into the Reed pick was a head scratcher to me. Pryor had been the QB on the previous drive where they marched down the field and scored a FG and I was shocked to see McGloin come back in especially with the ball so deep in their own territory! Wouldn't it of made more sense to put Pryor in and run out from your own goal line? Did you think this was weird when it happened?

I wasn't surprised at all. When Pryor entered the game early, I knew it wasn't going to be a benching for McGloin because it was too early for him to have done enough wrong. So, my initial thought was that I expected Pryor to get a series and that was proven correct. I was kinda surprised he didn't return though. Maybe they scripted a certain number of plays for him and he used them all up on that extended drive, so if he'd have had a couple of drives that stalled, he would have returned.

1969JAN12thSo we have seen the data that when Geno runs for over 20 yds or more, the team is 4-0. Of course the downside is that each time Geno takes off their is the possibility of injury. However, it seems to me that sitting in the pocket with 300 + pound DL hoping to crush you is no picnic either. Of the QBs that have been injured, is their any data that shows that QBs that take off are more vulnerable to getting hit bad and becoming injured...or do we only remember the QBs that did run and get hit (ie: RG III)? Do you think that Marty should put in more read option plays for Geno?

I like the read option for an occasional different look, but the real benefit from Geno gaining rushing yards is when he takes off and makes yardage when there's nothing on for him down the field.

As I noted before the Bills game, there was a strong correlation between the use of the wildcat and the success of the Jets, but you can't force it, just like you can't enter a game with a mindset of rushing the ball 40-50 times, because that will just force you to change your plans when they load up against it and put you in passing situations.

NYC Parking Expert in GermanyGannon said during the game that whenever Geno audibles, they run. I imagine this is hard to verify because sometimes he may fake audible, but I did notice after this that each time I thought he audibled, they ran. Any thoughts?

That has seemed to be the case, although - as you say - who knows what's an audible and what isn't? It was exactly the same with Sanchez. I wouldn't be surprised if Smith is limited in the audibles he can call (as Sanchez presumably was). Maybe he can audible from a pass to a run or a run to a different run.

djf1 (aka Disgruntled Jets Fan)What surprised you the most about this game?

I was promised there would be cake!

R_in_CTI'm curious if Geno's performance was based on him stepping up or the Raiders falling down ... or a combination of both.

It's always a combination of reasons when you get a question like this. I'm excited to get a question about falling down that didn't reference Brian Winters though.

Beamen321Why hasn't any of the beat "reporter" asked Rex or Morninwig about why Winters is still playing yet?!

(Nodding).

karlhungusHow bad must the rest of the 800 OL we have on the roster be if none of them can beat out Winters right now?

(Afraid to say anything).

BrendanIs Chris Ivory worth a 4th rounder yet?

Yup, these are my readers.

Wait...what just happened?

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That's it for this week. Thank you for your great questions and comments. I'll be back to preview the Panthers game on Sunday morning.

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(Brian Losness)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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(Jay Biggerstaff)

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

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

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

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

 

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Rashard Robinson (Geoff Burke)

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

 

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(Brad Penner)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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(Ron Chenoy)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Oh, what could have been. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Patriots predictably disposed of the Jets effortlessly in the season finale, winning 26-6. From the Jets' perspective, the game was fairly meaningless, and they used it to get another look at some of the players whose future roles with the team are uncertain.

Let's break down the offensive performance from Sunday's game...

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After finishing the season 5-11, the Jets look forward to improving over the offseason and searching for a franchise quarterback.

The Jets finished the 2017 season with a 5-11 record after Sunday's loss to the Patriots. Here's what's going on Tuesday:

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The Jets cleaned out their lockers yesterday and will now embark upon the first stages of their offseason plan. 

Tags: Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg, Josh McCown
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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)

Jets head coach Todd Bowles said the team would be interested in bringing back veteran quarterback Josh McCown for the 2018 season, he told ESPN's Rich Cimini.

"Josh had a great year," Bowles said. "It would be great to have him back. It's business in this league. He has decisions to make, we have decisions to make. Hopefully, they can meet and we'll go from there." 

The 38-year-old McCown went 5-8 in 13 games as the Jets' starting quarterback before he suffered a season-ending hand injury in Week 14 against the Denver Broncos.

Tags: Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg, Josh McCown
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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)

The Oakland Raiders could pursue current Jets offensive coordinator John Morton for the same position if they hire Jon Gruden as their head coach, according to the New York Daily News' Manish Mehta.

The Raiders are expected to go after Gruden after they fired Jack Del Rio following a 6-10 season, and he is expected to try to lure Morton, who joined the Jets for the 2017 season, to Oakland.

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