Nov 27, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Chris Hogan (15) throws a pass against New York Jets corner back Buster Skrine (41) during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Nov 27, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Chris Hogan (15) throws a pass against New York Jets corner back Buster Skrine (41) during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

In this week's BGA, Bent analyzes Week 12 performances by Todd Bowles, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Matt Forté and Bilal Powell, Ben Ijalana and the offensive line, Brandon Marshall and Quincy Enunwa, the team's struggles on defense, and the special teams, among others...



Quarterbacks

Bent: If nothing else, yesterday's game underlines how the Jets could actually have been competitive each week if only they had a semi-decent quarterback. Like it or not, that's what Ryan Fitzpatrick was in yesterday's game.

Does that mean I'm prepared to consider retaining Fitzpatrick as the starting quarterback into next season? Of course not. After all, the rest of this season shows that Fitzpatrick is not consistent enough to be a semi-decent quarterback on a regular basis.

In fact, semi-decent is probably Fitzpatrick's ceiling right now and the Jets only managed to get that from him by simplifying things for him with a conservative gameplan. His receivers bailed him out with some great catches on plays to extend drives that otherwise would have come to a premature end and he still couldn't avoid that back-breaking mistake to cost them the chance at a win, even if he did manage to delay that until his late fumble.

So, where does this leave the Jets? Everyone has concluded that Fitzpatrick won't be back next year and certainly won't command anywhere near the $12 million he is being paid this year, regardless of where he plays. However, as long as he remains in the line-up, he can perhaps restore some of his value and keep the Jets competitive over the last five games.

Do we want that though? Why give Fitzpatrick a chance to resurrect his career elsewhere by winning a few meaningless games with the Jets? Or would six games of semi-decent play be a large enough sample size to actually get the Jets considering bringing him back?

Running a conservative gameplan in an effort to disguise your quarterback's penchant for a costly turnover is probably not a viable long term plan. However, maybe it can enable you to restore your quarterback's confidence and establish some rhythm to give yourself a platform to gradually start taking more chances. Again, it's not like the Jets have much to gain from that, though.

I was actually okay with the decision to start Fitzpatrick, because Bill Belichick likely would have set some traps for the inexperienced Bryce Petty and if he struggled badly at home in a loss to the Patriots, any optimism for him to show what he's made of over the last five games would be severely dented.

Having said that, Jets quarterbacks have tended to have good success against Belichick's defenses over the past several years. This perhaps renders Fitzpatrick's performance somewhat less impressive. Fitzpatrick has had a quarterback rating of at least 97.7 in all three games against New England since becoming a Jet, Mark Sanchez had a quarterback rating of over 90 in six of nine games and even Geno Smith had two games out of four with a rating of over 80. All three have a career rating below 80.

Petty should get another chance soon and may even be in the line-up when the Jets face New England later in the season so that might be an interesting test for him. Don't be surprised if the Jets stick with Fitzpatrick for a game or two more while they ready him for that though.

Running Backs

Bent: After combining for almost 200 yards in the previous game, Matt Forté and Bilal Powell found the going much tougher yesterday. They combined for just 90 yards on 25 touches as neither managed a run of eight yards or longer.

Forté did not start, but still saw the bulk of the workload. He ended up with 27 yards on 13 carries and I'd mostly attribute that to a lack of running room. However, there did appear to be a couple of short yardage plays where he looked to have plenty of room to get to the marker but tried to make a cut to get a bigger gain and ended up getting stuffed.

His best contribution saw him gain 15 on a dump-off pass early in the fourth quarter. That helped set up the go-ahead touchdown.

Powell had more success in the running game, averaging 4.5 yards per carry, but was not productive in the passing game with just one short catch and a dropped pass. He had a couple of short yardage conversions and also three plays where he battled for tough yardage, coming up just short of the marker on two of them to set up first down conversions on the next play. His wildcat carry near the goal line was the first time a non-quarterback has taken a snap for the Jets all season.

CJ Spiller saw action on 10 snaps. Interesting, Powell was also in the game on each of those plays with Spiller only in the backfield on three of them. He almost made a big play on a deep throw, as he beat his man but then dropped the slightly underthrown pass. There should probably have been a pass interference call on the play, but you don't usually get that call against New England for some reason.

Offensive Line

Bent: Once again, the offensive line really struggled in the running game. There were essentially zero running plays where the running back got cleanly out to the second level and several individual mistakes led to runs being stuffed at or behind the line.

They fared better in terms of limiting pressure, although most of that was attributable to Fitzpatrick getting the ball out quickly or New England dropping extra bodies into coverage to try and force him into a mistake. The dam burst completely on the final play though, as Ben Ijalana got burned for a game-clinching strip sack with the Jets trying to drive for the winning score.

Wesley Johnson has given a solid account of himself in relief of Nick Mangold, who seems close to returning. However, there's no question he's been a downgrade and this was easily his roughest game so far. Johnson missed several run blocks, was stood up at the point of attack regularly and was badly beaten on a play where Fitzpatrick was called for intentional grounding. He also committed a holding penalty after getting beaten again in pass protection.

Once Mangold returns, he's unlikely to be at 100% so it's difficult to say how much of an improvement there will be. Right now, it's not looking certain Mangold will be back next year with a $9 million cap number, but if the Jets plan to have Johnson starting in his place, their line will take a hit. There's also the small matter of Johnson's own contract, which expires at the end of the season. The last time the Jets replaced an established starter with a reserve based on a part-season of uninspiringly promising relief work, it was Wayne Hunter replacing Damien Woody and we all know how that went.

James Carpenter is pretty much the only starter who is more than likely to return, although back-ups Brent Qvale, Dakota Dozier and Brandon Shell will still be under contract. Qvale was the only one of the three to see action yesterday, on one snap. Carpenter held up well in pass protection but lost at the point of attack on a few running plays, including one where the run was blown up.

Breno Giacomini had his most efficient game since his return in pass protection, as he was beaten for a pressure just once, although he was driven back by a couple of bull rushes. It was also probably his least effective game as a run blocker, as he had a couple of bad missed blocks. Giacomini was also called for a hold in pass protection, as he had his man controlled but seemed to drag or shove him to the ground. That one seemed a bit harsh and probably wouldn't have been called the other way.

Other than giving up the sack at the end, Ijalana was beaten a few times in pass protection but he's arguably been no worse than Ryan Clady since taking over the left tackle job full time. Clearly the Jets need an upgrade here, although Ijalana has established himself as a useful back-up that will draw some interest in free agency next year. He made a couple of good contributions in the running game, but allowed penetration a couple of times.

Brian Winters was once again the least bad of a bad bunch. He didn't make many impact blocks in the running game, but didn't have many mistakes either. He's another one out of contract at the end of the year who it will be difficult to determine a price for.

Receivers

BentBrandon Marshall and Quincy Enunwa each had their best game for several weeks, although for Marshall that's a sign of how far he's fallen because six catches and 67 yards would have been one of his least productive statlines last year. He scored his first touchdown since week five, but could he have had another if he laid out for Fitzpatrick's end zone throw rather than trying to grab it with one outstretched hand?

Enunwa delivered with the first 100-yard game of his career, spectacularly bringing down a jump ball for the go-ahead touchdown and making a few nice diving catches downfield to extend drives. It was an excellent bounce-back game for Enunwa, who had just two catches for 32 yards - on nine targets - in the previous two games.

Fitzpatrick's 40-yard hook-up with Enunwa in the first half was the first time all season he's completed a pass thrown more than 30 yards down the field (although he did have one negated by a penalty in week two). He entered the game 0-for-7 on such throws having gone 3-for-22 last year.

Robby Anderson provided a reminder that he's still a rookie with a momentum-changing fumble near midfield. After doing well to get open going across the field, Anderson tried to make some extra yardage but Malcolm Butler was able to strip the ball away from him. He ended up with just two catches.

Let's be positive about Anderson for a moment though. His rookie campaign (24 catches so far) compares very favorably with every high profile rookie receiver in recent Jets history: Jeremy Kerley ended up with 29 catches as a rookie. Laveranues Coles had 22. Stephen Hill ended up with 21. Devin Smith, Santana Moss and Jerricho Cotchery had just 17 between them.

Another rookie, Jalin Marshall, had two short catches and the officials ignored obvious pass interference on him as he was unable to haul in a third down pass downfield. That was the play before the Jets attempted a long field goal that was blocked.

Charone Peake was an unfortunate casualty of Marshall's struggles in the return game, as the Jets had to activate another return man, which meant there was no room on the active list for Peake. That's disappointing because he's the kind of player who should be getting as many reps as possible at this stage of the season.

The Jets actually targeted their tight ends four times with Brandon Bostick and Austin Seferian-Jenkins combining for three short catches. Seferian-Jenkins also contributed a good short yardage block, although Bostick fared less well on a stretch zone play.

Eric Tomlinson continues to impress in limited action as a blocking tight end. I suspect he might be a keeper. The Jets don't seem to miss Kellen Davis.

Defensive Line

Bent: There was a major change this week, as the Jets employed Leonard Williams primarily at defensive end and Muhammad Wilkerson at defensive tackle. It's something the team has gradually been shifting towards over the past few games.

Once again, Wilkerson had a depressingly unproductive game with just a couple of pressures and two run stops. He also jumped offside on third and short - although this was yet another example of the Patriots bending the rules and getting the benefit of a questionable call.

Something I kept noticing was the Wilkerson was constantly dropping off after an initial rush. Things like that are difficult to quantify but, by my count, he was in on 44 pass plays and he only penetrated more than two yards into the backfield on 23 of them. That means almost half the time he was effectively still a yard or two from the line of scrimmage when the pass was thrown.

There's obviously a strategic aspect to this, and most of the time it was a result of Wilkerson being double teamed at the line and dropping off to give everyone else room to work but it still raises questions.

Was that the gameplan or Wilkerson reacting to the fact he wasn't going to get how? If it was the gameplan, did the Jets decide to do this because they didn't feel Wilkerson would have much success getting into the backfield? Is he not getting to the quarterback because of his injuries so the Jets were scheming around that? If it was a reaction, is that smart on his part, or is it laziness? Are the Jets punishing him by forcing him to do more dirty work while others get a chance to post numbers? It would be interesting to know if Wilkerson would have been frustrated at having to drop off rather than getting the chance to "eat" or happy to follow a gameplan that seemed to work.

It's difficult not to question Wilkerson's effort and professionalism based on how the season has gone so far because he looks like a totally different player than the past few years, but let's not completely rule out the other factors that could be at play.

Williams produced well at defensive end with several pressures. He had just two tackles though, with one just short of the marker to force a punt on the first drive.

Sheldon Richardson seems more at home now that he's not playing the rush linebacker role, but his production is still falling short of what we'd have expected from him in the past. He had a couple of quarterback hits and a tackle for loss, but was also driven off the line on one running play. He created good penetration on a couple of plays.

Steve McLendon, Deon Simon and Anthony Johnson played a rotational role off the bench. Simon jumped into the neutral zone once and Johnson was driven off the line on one play.

Linebackers

BentDarron Lee returned to a starting role this week and produced an upgrade over the struggling Julian Stanford. However, he missed a chance to win the game when he was just a split second too late out into the flat on a fourth down pass to James White. That sums him up perfectly right now, as if he could have anticipate that play just a fraction of a second faster, it would have been a huge play and that's how close he is to making a consistent impact.

Lee made some good plays in coverage but was beaten for a couple of first downs and got caught inside a couple of times against the run. He also overpursued badly in space once.

David Harris made some solid plays and ended up tied with Lee as the team's leading tackler as he posted 11 tackles for the second week in a row. He made one bad mistake though, vacating his running lane and allowing the runner to cut back and into the open field for a big gain.

Lorenzo Mauldin had a couple of pressures and made some plays against the run but lost contain on an outside run and missed an open field tackle in space. He was also manhandled at the line and blocked to the ground on one running play.

Jordan Jenkins contributed four tackles and a hit, while Mike Catapano did not record a tackle, but pressured Tom Brady once.

In limited action off the bench, Josh Martin did well beating his man outside a few times to generate pressure. He's a player who Belichick praised during the week, albeit presumably based on his special teams contributions. Perhaps he deserves more time on defense.

Defensive Backs

BentDarrelle Revis had another rough game. The Patriots ignored him for most of the game, but went after him a few times on third down and in the red zone. He was beaten for two touchdowns and a couple of first downs. He also showed a disappointing effort on one third down play where a running back caught the ball in the flat and he was in a position to get in on the tackle. Instead, he kind of half-heartedly waved a shoulder at the runner and left Harris to complete the tackle. The runner dragged Harris almost to the marker and the Patriots picked up the first down on 4th-and-short.

In the starting line-up with Marcus Williams still out, Darryl Roberts also struggled, giving up a couple of first downs including one on third down. Roberts' worst play saw him called for pass interference on a deep throw where the pass was disrupted and probably could have been intercepted if he just got his head turned around.



Compounding matters, later on there was a play where he looked back for the ball too early and the receiver got behind him in the end zone and probably should have made the diving catch for a touchdown. At least he was trying to make the adjustment - and to give credit where it's due, he did get his head turned on another end zone throw to break it up. Hopefully he will show better instincts as he continues to develop, but there's plenty of room for improvement.

Roberts almost had another offensive pass interference penalty on a deep throw to Rob Gronkowski, but the officials and announcers both ignored the fact that Gronkowski blatantly pushed him off to create the initial separation from which he was forced to grab Gronkowski's arm.

Buster Skrine gave up a few first downs, including one on third down, and had a missed tackle. He was in on one stop in the flat and had one pressure as a pass rusher. On the coverage breakdown that led to the long completion to set up the winning score, it's difficult to know who was at fault, but this looked very similar to some early season plays where Skrine stayed up to cover the flat and someone ended up wide open down the field.

At safety, Marcus Gilchrist was beaten a few times in coverage, twice for a first down and once on a deep ball that was overthrown. He made a potentially big play when he prevented the back from scoring on the two-point conversion though.

Calvin Pryor came up and made a couple of nice plays in run support and had a pass break-up in coverage. However, he overpursued and missed a tackle in the flat on one play and seemed to be late getting over or slightly out of position in zone coverage a few times.

Finally, Rontez Miles made a play against the run, a good play in coverage and a third down stop, but he was cut to the ground on the edge on the run that allowed the Patriots to run out the clock.

Special teams

Bent: Once again, special teams let the Jets down as Nick Folk had a 54-yard field goal blocked just before half time. Folk had earlier made a 51-yarder, his longest of the season. The field goal was blocked because Tanner Purdum was driven back after the snap, with the officials once again ignoring the fact that the nearest guy to Purdum didn't appear to have his whole body outside the long snapper's shoulders as the ball was snapped. Qvale and Johnson were also flat-backed on the left side of the line, which didn't help.

With Jalin Marshall seemingly permanently out of a job as the return man, Jeremy Ross had an underwhelming performance in his place. He didn't get past the 25 on any of his kickoff returns and gained 10 yards on his only punt return. He made a great play to dive on the ball and rescue a possession after a punt deflected off Skrine deep in Jets' territory for a potentially costly muff, though.

Ross was involved in a controversial moment when the officials decided not to penalize the Patriots for the most blatant fair catch interference violation you could expect to see. Had they decided that Ross didn't indicate clearly enough that he was making a fair catch (he did) then they should have flagged the Jets for an invalid fair catch signal, so it's difficult to know what they saw there.

Punter Lac Edwards had another underwhelming game, averaging a 42 yards per punt net on his first three kicks. His last punt was a 27-yard net but the return was negated by a penalty so that at least meant the Patriots had to go 83 yards on the game-winning drive. Juston Burris drew that flag.

There was one illegal block in the back penalty called on the Jets but it wasn't clear whether it was Tomlinson or Miles who was flagged, as both seemed to be guilty on the same play and no number was announced.

Martin made another special teams tackle, but has dropped from first to sixth in the NFL in terms of special teams tackles over the past few weeks. Bostick also had an important stop in the open field.

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Alabama Crimson Tide defensive lineman Quinnen Williams before the 2019 College Football Playoff championship game against the Clemson Tigers at Levi's Stadium. (Matthew Emmons/USA TODAY Sports)
Alabama Crimson Tide defensive lineman Quinnen Williams before the 2019 College Football Playoff championship game against the Clemson Tigers at Levi's Stadium. (Matthew Emmons/USA TODAY Sports)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: The Jets need all the help they can get as they try to quickly rebuild in one of the most important offseasons in franchise history. So they sure could use the pick near the top of the second round that they gave to the Indianapolis Colts.

Not that the Jets would do it any differently, of course. Dealing that pick (and two others) put them in position to draft quarterback Sam Darnold, the most important piece in their rebuilding puzzle and the franchise quarterback they've been seeking for 50 years. So there are no regrets, no hindsight and no wishing they still had two selections in the first 34 picks.

The Jets do still have two picks in the first two days, though. The NFL Draft is 2 1/2 months away and they'll have to get through the combine, the Pro Days and interviews before their draft board settles down. But here's an early look at what the Jets might do on Days 1 and 2:

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Earlier this week, the Buffalo Bills announced they had signed former Jets center Spencer Long. The Jets had reportedly held out some hope of bringing Long back on a reduced salary having released him last week.

Now that Long is no longer an option, who could the Jets' starting center be in 2019?

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Aug 12, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan reacts on the field before a preseason game against the Tennessee Titans at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Aug 12, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan reacts on the field before a preseason game against the Tennessee Titans at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

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Jets CEO Christopher Johnson made his choice on Dec. 30 when he fired Todd Bowles, but not Mike Maccagnan. It was a signal that he believed in his general manager, bought into his vision, and wasn't concerned about his spotty record.

And though Johnson insisted he would never give anyone a playoff mandate ("Absolutely not," he said), the message from his actions are perfectly clear: This is Maccagnan's roster, Adam Gase is Maccagnan's coach, and this is the offseason Maccagnan has to turn the Jets from laughingstocks into a winner.

In other words, as one of the most important offseasons in Jets' history begins, the pressure on Maccagnan is high.

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Aug 26, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets acting ceo Christopher Wold Johnson (left) talks to general manager Mike Maccagnan before a preseason game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Aug 26, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets acting ceo Christopher Wold Johnson (left) talks to general manager Mike Maccagnan before a preseason game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

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The Jets are sitting in a sweet spot in the upcoming NFL Draft. They hold a high pick (No. 3) in a draft that isn't thought of as quarterback rich. That means any team that wants a quarterback should want to move up to get their first choice, rather than wait and settle for seconds.

And the Jets are just the type of team that should be very interested in trading down.

For one thing, they already have their franchise quarterback.

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Last week, the Jets decided to let C Spencer Long go, as they declined to pay his $3.5 million roster bonus. They were, however, considering bringing him back at a reduced rate for the 2019-20 season, per SNY's Ralph Vacchiano.

So much for that. 

The Bills, an AFC East rival, signed Long to a three-year deal, as he was a free agent once the Jets parted ways with him. CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports Long's deal is worth $13 million that could reach a max $15 million with incentives...

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Dec 2, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown (84) gestures at the line of scrimmage against the Los Angeles Chargers during the fourth quarter at Heinz Field. The Chargers won 33-30. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Dec 2, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown (84) gestures at the line of scrimmage against the Los Angeles Chargers during the fourth quarter at Heinz Field. The Chargers won 33-30. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown has made it pretty clear: He wants out of Pittsburgh. 

The disgruntled Pro Bowl receiver, who was found guilty for reckless driving Tuesday morning after failing to show up to court, tweeted that he is moving on. 

"Thank you Steeler Nation for a big 9 years...time to move on and forward.......#NewDemands," he wrote. 

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Dec 30, 2018; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks defensive end Frank Clark (55) pressures Arizona Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen (3) during the first quarter at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Nicholson)
Dec 30, 2018; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks defensive end Frank Clark (55) pressures Arizona Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen (3) during the first quarter at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Nicholson)

As the Jets consider how to improve their deficient pass rush, one of the biggest names set to become available might not make it to free agency.

Former NFL agent Joel Corry, who works for CBS Sports, told the Seattle Times he believes the Seahawks will use the franchise tag on Frank Clark. The 25-year-old edge rusher recorded a career-high 13 sacks for Seattle in 2018, and according to Pro Football Focus, Clark had 69 quarterback pressures.

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Nov 11, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt (27) runs the ball during the second half against the Arizona Cardinals at Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs won 26-14. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports (Denny Medley)
Nov 11, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt (27) runs the ball during the second half against the Arizona Cardinals at Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs won 26-14. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports (Denny Medley)

The Jets stuck to their word when it came to Kareem Hunt

The troubled 23-year-old running back signed with the Cleveland Browns on Monday, the team announced. He will join the Browns on a one-year deal and become a restricted free agent when the contract expires, per ESPN's Adam Schefter. 

Hunt was placed on the Commissioner's Exempt List after the Chiefs released him mid-way through last season after a video surfaced of the running back assaulting a woman in a Cleveland-area hotel last February. 

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New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold drops back to pass during the first quarter against the Green Bay Packers at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold drops back to pass during the first quarter against the Green Bay Packers at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)

The high praise continues to come in for Sam Darnold. 

Despite a rocky rookie season for the Jets quarterback, the expectations for Darnold's future are still sky-high, with the latest bit of optimism coming from former Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis

The former shutdown corner told TMZ last week that Darnold has what it takes to lead the franchise to its first Super Bowl since 1969. 

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Miami Dolphins head coach Adam Gase talks with the media during the 2018 NFL Combine at the Indianapolis Convention Center. (Trevor Ruszkowski/USA TODAY Sports)
Miami Dolphins head coach Adam Gase talks with the media during the 2018 NFL Combine at the Indianapolis Convention Center. (Trevor Ruszkowski/USA TODAY Sports)

Bent, theJetsBlog.com Follow on Twitter: The Jets finally announced their coaching staff for 2019 on Friday and, although many of the hires had already been rumored, there were still a few surprises. Let's weigh up some of the more interesting aspects of this new staff.

A mixture of connections

Although this has been introduced as Adam Gase's staff, a few coaches that have no direct connection to Gase were hired. However, in these instances there are connections that lie elsewhere.

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Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)
Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)

Jim Bob Cooter was among 11 assistants new Jets head coach Adam Gase hired as part of his staff on Friday.

Cooter, who previously spent time as Detroit Lions offensive coordinator, will be New York's running backs coach.

Shawn Jefferson will be an assistant head coach and wide receivers coach, as he previously coached players like Calvin Johnson and Jarvis Landry.

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The Giants and Jets organizations don't like each other very much, which happens when teams share a stadium and a city. The Jets have long had an inferiority complex from feeling like New York's little brother. The Giants have never hid their feelings of superiority when it comes to the Jets.

So neither franchise has ever been inclined to do anything that might even appear to help out the other, which is a huge part of the reason why the two have never made a trade.

It might be time they get over those issues and their egos, though. Because a trade of draft picks between the Giants and Jets this year makes a whole lot of sense.

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New York Jets safety Jamal Adams reacts during the second quarter against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets safety Jamal Adams reacts during the second quarter against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

The recognitions keep pouring in for Jamal Adams.

After making the Pro Bowl and being named second-team All-Pro by the Associated Press, the 23-year-old Jets safety was revealed Thursday as the No. 20 player on Pro Football Focus' list of the Top 101 players from the 2018 NFL season. 

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New York Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan looks on prior to an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) (Seth Wenig/AP)
New York Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan looks on prior to an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) (Seth Wenig/AP)

To fit Gregg Williams' new 4-3 defensive scheme, the Jets will pick a defensive end, ESPN's Todd McShay predicts.

In his second mock draft, McShay believes the Jets will draft Michigan defensive end Rashan Gary with the No. 3 pick, predicting Ohio State defensive end Nick Bosa goes No. 1 to Arizona and Kentucky linebacker Josh Allen goes No. 2 to San Francisco.

"Henry Anderson is a free agent, and Leonard Williams has one year left on his contract, so defensive end is a need for Gang Green," McShay wrote. "Gary has good size (6-foot-5, 283) and athleticism with an explosive closing burst."

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New York Jets defensive tackle Leonard Williams looks on during his game against the Atlanta Falcons at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets defensive tackle Leonard Williams looks on during his game against the Atlanta Falcons at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)

It appears as if the Jets want Leonard Williams to be a part of their future, at least for 2019. 

Per Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, the Jets do not have any plans to trade the 24-year-old defensive end as he enters his fifth-year option. 

SNY's Ralph Vacchiano also reports a trade is unlikely and that the team is not actively pursuing one.

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Feb 4, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; General overall view of the Mercedes-Benz Stadium exterior and the State Farm Arena.The venue is the home of the Atlanta Falcons and the site of Super Bowl LIII between the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)
Feb 4, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; General overall view of the Mercedes-Benz Stadium exterior and the State Farm Arena.The venue is the home of the Atlanta Falcons and the site of Super Bowl LIII between the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)

It was the first Super Bowl that people outside the state of Nevada could bet on, and New Jersey was among them. But it wasn't a profitable Sunday for the state. 

According to the Associated Press, sportsbooks operator in New Jersey saw $34.9 million in wagers, but they lost $4.6 million after having to pay out $39.5 million to winners. That means there were a lot of Patriots fans in New Jersey, who beat the Rams 13-3 with a -2.5 spread. 

Despite the pay backs, Joe Asher, CEO of William Hill US which runs three total sportsbooks in New Jersey, saw the day as a success. He said Sunday "was by far our biggest day ever in New Jersey in terms of handle. It was really good."

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Nov 4, 2018; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; New York Jets center Spencer Long (61) prior to a game against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Nov 4, 2018; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; New York Jets center Spencer Long (61) prior to a game against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

The Jets are letting Spencer Long go, but they may try to bring him back.

SNY's Ralph Vacchiano reports that the Jets are declining to pay Long's $3.5 million roster bonus, which will make the center a free agent. The move clears $6.5 million in cap space and leaves no dead money.

While the Jets are interested in bringing back Long at a reduced cost, Vacchiano reports he might first sift through the market to see if he can get more money.

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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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There are still nearly three months until the NFL Draft, which means draft boards are only in their early stages and there is much scouting left to be done. Only a blurry picture has emerged of what the Top 10 looks like. It will come into focus after the scouting combine in late February and the Pro Days throughout March.

With both the Giants and Jets picking in the Top 10, though - again - it's never too early to take a peek at what the Top 10 might look like...

1. Arizona Cardinals - DE Nick Bosa, Ohio State

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Le'Veon Bell (Charles LeClaire/USA TODAY Sports)
Le'Veon Bell (Charles LeClaire/USA TODAY Sports)

Jets safety Jamal Adams has not been shy about his recruiting efforts for Le'Veon Bell, going as far as having lunch with the running back's agent last week. 

The Pro Bowl safety has said he's tried to contact Bell himself but has not been able to reach through. 

Well, it appears Adams has gotten Bell's attention now. 

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The NFL's offseason is now underway it's going to be one of the most important in the history of the Jets' franchise. They have a new coach, they have a franchise quarterback, and they have about $100 million in salary cap room to spend on a relatively barren roster.

General Manager Mike Maccagnan can turn things around quickly. Or he could turn the Jets into an even bigger mess.

He's already begun making his plans to reshape the roster for the 2019 season, of course, and beginning Monday he can start to put that plan into action. The big day for the Jets will be the start of NFL free agency on March 13, but there will be plenty of cuts, restructured contracts and other maneuvers in the next few weeks as they get ready.

Tags: Brian Winters, Isaiah Crowell, Jamal Adams, Jermaine Kearse, Leonard Williams, Quincy Enunwa
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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady celebrates after a Patriots touchdown against the Los Angeles Rams during the fourth quarter of Super Bowl LIII at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. (Jason Getz/USA TODAY Sports)
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady celebrates after a Patriots touchdown against the Los Angeles Rams during the fourth quarter of Super Bowl LIII at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. (Jason Getz/USA TODAY Sports)

Sony Michel scored the tie-breaking touchdown with 7 minutes left in the fourth quarter to help the Patriots beat the Rams 13-3 in Super Bowl LIII, the lowest-scoring Super Bowl in NFL history, on Sunday.

Michel's 2-yard rush capped a five-play, 69-yard drive orchestrated by Tom Brady to break a 3-3 tie.

Julian Edelman totaled 10 catches for 141 yards, while Brady threw for 262 yards and an interception for his sixth championship in his career. Stephen Gostkowski's 41-yard field goal with 1:12 remaining made it a two-possession game.

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Dec 17, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell (26) celebrates a third quarter touchdown against the New England Patriots at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Philip G. Pavely-USA TODAY Sports (Philip G. Pavely)
Dec 17, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell (26) celebrates a third quarter touchdown against the New England Patriots at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Philip G. Pavely-USA TODAY Sports (Philip G. Pavely)

Armed with roughly $100 million in cap space, the Jets could make free agent RB Le'Veon Bell one of their top targets. But the Steelers are still considering doing something that could throw a wrench into things for the Jets and any other interested team.

After Bell sat out the entire 2018 season due to a contract dispute, the Steelers are still considering using the transition tag on him for the 2019 season, reports Adam Schefter of ESPN.

If the Steelers place the transition tag on Bell, it would give them the opportunity to match any offer sheet Bell signs with another team...

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NFL former player Kevin Mawae during the NFL players association press conference at the Super Bowl XLVI media center at the J.W. Marriott. (Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE)
NFL former player Kevin Mawae during the NFL players association press conference at the Super Bowl XLVI media center at the J.W. Marriott. (Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE)

Kevin Mawae thought his might be the year... and he was right.

The legendary Jets center was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday night.

"It's unreal, surreal right now," he said from The Fox Theatre in Atlanta. "We're in the green room right now, getting ready for the start of the awards show. I'm just so excited."

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AFC safety Jamal Adams poses with Genesis sedan after being named most valuable defensive player in the NFL Pro Bowl football game at Camping World Stadium. (Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports)
AFC safety Jamal Adams poses with Genesis sedan after being named most valuable defensive player in the NFL Pro Bowl football game at Camping World Stadium. (Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports)

Jets safety Jamal Adams doesn't just hope to recruit football stars to New York.

Adams believes the Knicks will land three big-name NBA superstars: Kevin DurantKyrie Irving and Anthony Davis.

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With Super Bowl LIII upon us, Ray Lucas and Ralph Vacchiano discuss how the Patriots will exploit Aaron Donald and Rams pass rush to win.

SNY's Jets analyst Ray Lucas and SNY's Jets beat reporter Ralph Vacchiano preview Super Bowl LIII ahead of the big game. 

Lucas details which Rams' pass rusher Bill Belichick will target. Vacchiano explains how the Patriots will completely eliminate Los Angeles' defensive line. 

What tactics do head coach Sean McVay and the Rams have up their sleeves to try and win their first Lombardi trophy since 2000?

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NFL former player Kevin Mawae during the NFL players association press conference at the Super Bowl XLVI media center at the J.W. Marriott. (Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE)
NFL former player Kevin Mawae during the NFL players association press conference at the Super Bowl XLVI media center at the J.W. Marriott. (Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE)

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Sometime on Saturday, Kevin Mawae, a long-time fixture at center for the Jets, will learn whether he's finally been selected for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. It'll be tough, since there are three other offensive linemen on the list of 15 finalists. But if he does get the call, the honor would be overdue.

He's not the only former Jet or Giant for whom that honor is overdue, of course. Nor is he the only one who figures to be enshrined someday soon.

Here's a look at five New York football icons who deserve their spot in Canton, and the chances of whether they'll ever actually get their bust:

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New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold runs with the ball during the first half of their game against the Green Bay Packers at MetLife Stadium. (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold runs with the ball during the first half of their game against the Green Bay Packers at MetLife Stadium. (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets have the second-best odds among AFC East teams to win Super Bowl LIV in 2020.

The Jets are at 90/1 odds to win next season's Super Bowl, according to Bet DSI Sportsbook.

It's no surprise the Patriots have the best odds among AFC East teams at 8/1. The Bills are 100/1 odds, while the Dolphins are at 300/1 odds. The Rams are the NFL favorites for next season at 15/2 odds.

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Ralph Vacchiano argues the Jets are able and will have to spend a lot of money to sign big-name free agents this offseason.

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Jamal Adams is doing his best to sell the Jets to the free agent class of 2019, talking with agents, recruiting players on social media, and making a few calls to friends. It's good that the Jets have such a passionate ambassador.

Just don't expect his sales job to work.

Here's the truth about NFL free agency: There are only two things that matter to players on the market -- money (lots of it) and a chance to win a ring. Now the Jets do have plenty of money to spend and could be the high bidders on just about any player they desire.

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Dec 23, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets strong safety Jamal Adams (33) reacts during the second half against the Green Bay Packers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Dec 23, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets strong safety Jamal Adams (33) reacts during the second half against the Green Bay Packers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

Jamal Adams hasn't been shy while calling for the Jets to trade for Antonio Brown and sign Le'Veon Bell. On Wednesday, he went into detail about it.

And while many (including one former teammate) think the Jets should shy away from Brown because of his off-field issues, Adams made it clear he doesn't really care.

"Can he help us win? That's the main thing with me," Adams said Wednesday. "That should be the main thing with the organization."

Tags: Jamal Adams, Sam Darnold
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