Brandon Marshall told reporters he switched off Thursday night's Texans-Patriots game because it was "disgusting." If he relives the film from Sunday's 24-3 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, he's probably going to end up throwing his TV set in the trash.

Let's get into our position-by-position review of what went wrong with the team's offense...

Quarterback: Fitzpatrick's double hat-trick sinks Jets



Speaking of garbage throws, look no further than Ryan Fitzpatrick. His shocking lack of self-awareness led him to keep forcing throws over and over again in the second half, with each of the final five Jets' possessions ending with a Fitzpatrick interception, giving him six overall.

It didn't even need to come down to that. Fitzpatrick didn't need to keep trying to force throws into tight windows, which was basically the reason for nearly all of those interceptions and a couple more that easily could have also been picked. The Jets were in a position to score on several occasions, and the gameplan every time seemed to be to force a throw into tight coverage and hope that a wide receiver would make a play on the ball. They didn't.

Take a checkdown every once in a while. Nobody's open? Take off and run for five yards. Eat the ball and take a sack if you have to. Or throw the ball away. Settle for a field goal, perhaps. And would it kill you to run the ball when you get down inside the 10-yard line? The Jets were the NFL equivalent of an NBA team that tries to get back into a game by taking 10 contested 3-pointers in a row. It's generally never a winning gameplan unless you're hot, but Fitzpatrick was firing away like a 25-year old Kobe Bryant -- and getting 35-year old Kobe results.

If the Jets had just been a little smarter, they easily could have ended up in a situation in which they could have overcome their inefficiencies and escaped with a win because they had so many chances to get back into the game. Even if drives had kept stalling, settling for a couple of field goals rather than risking interceptions would have soon made it a one-possession game and perhaps removed some of the offense's desperation.

However, Fitzpatrick's worst tendency is that he tries to force things when his team is trailing. Seventeen of his 22 interceptions as a Jet have been when the team is losing. Thirteen have been in the fourth quarter. This was the third time he's thrown more than two interceptions as a Jet and each of the others -- against the Eagles and in Buffalo -- was just like this one, as he tried to lead the team back from a deficit and came up short. That's not to say his early inefficiencies weren't also a factor in that deficit though.

While this ended up being one of the worst Jets quarterbacking performances in recent years, Fitzpatrick didn't just become the worst quarterback in the league overnight, just as his already-forgotten performance in Buffalo 10 days ago didn't make him one of the best. He'll likely be better than this in every other game this season, but the team and Fitzpatrick himself need to be more aware of his limitations and come up with a less predictable approach than consistently forcing the ball into coverage and relying on the receivers to bail you out.

Strategically, the Chiefs deserve some credit for baiting the Jets into mistakes, but their entire defensive gameplan leaned heavily on two sensational performances by Eric Berry and Derrick Johnson.

Berry's range, positional sense and reading of the game was the primary factor in those tight-window throws not being the kind of routine throws that Fitzpatrick usually excels at. For their own part, the Jets failed to adjust to the Chiefs corners playing with outside leverage knowing they had Berry in support on the inside. They failed to complete a single pass outside the numbers on the right side, for example.

As for Johnson, he keyed the backs coming out of the backfield, almost single-handedly removing the short passing game aspect of the Jets offense from their arsenal with his reading of the game and ability to stay clean and avoid traffic. Sometimes you just have to tip your cap.

Running Backs: Why the rush?



Returning to the issue of not running the ball in the red zone, the Jets ran 14 plays in the red zone, running just three times for seven yards. In fact, Jets actually ran six plays inside the Chiefs 10-yard line, opting to throw every single time. Fitzpatrick was 0 for 6 with two interceptions.

So, three games into the season, the Jets have had one game when they ran the ball when they got down in the red zone and piled up 37 points, and two games where they stubbornly refused to and ended up leaving a ton of points on the field. I like to pride myself on finding trends and patterns within these analyses, but you don't have to look too hard to see the problem here.

Matt Forte had to grind out some tough yardage in the first half, but he was picking up some nice yardage in the second half, with 30 yards on five carries. Bilal Powell was also having some success, with 30 yards on four carries, all in the second half. Forte has an impressive knack for picking up positive yardage even on plays when the run blocking is less than perfect, so he probably could have built on his three-touchdown performance in Buffalo by making some important red zone contributions.

Surprisingly, Forte has generated just eight yards in the passing game over the past two games. After the first week, it looked like that was going to be a key dimension of the Jets offense this year. He has run the ball well, but on plays where they tried to get him the ball in space, the Chiefs were consistently ready, led by Johnson.

Powell had a lot more success in the passing game, albeit mostly out of the slot, including one spectacular diving catch. He ultimately contributed 71 yards on 10 touches, most of which came after half time. If that's what was working, maybe that's where they should be forcing the ball, not into downfield coverage where they had no success whatsoever.

Powell's change-of-pace contributions were welcome, but he also lost a fumble after coming up short of the first down marker.

The Jets' lack of a fullback was a non-factor, as they employed Kellen Davis in that role. He opened up with a solid lead block, but later on had a couple of whiffs.

Receivers: Jets not playing with a full Deck



Marshall was clearly limited by his injury and, while he did gut it out and make some positive contributions, it clearly passed the point where it was smart for him to be out there at less than 100 percent. On the worst of Fitzpatrick's interceptions, you can see they tried to pick up the first down with a short pass to the flat on 2nd-and-2, but Johnson steps in front of Forte, who doesn't even seem to be expecting the pass.

Marshall's contribution here spoke volumes. After taking a long time to limp back to the line of scrimmage with the Jets trying to up the tempo, Marshall's half-hearted effort at a rub route was completely ineffective, and while he initially made an effort to chase down Johnson on the return, he had given up on the play by the time Quincy Enunwa let Johnson slip out of his tackle to get into the end zone.

Marshall had also struggled to get much separation, was unable to get away from the defense in the open field and wasn't getting much help from the officials. On a couple of occasions, he was so clearly banged up that he simply wasn't able to run a proper route, making the Jets' offense even more predictable than it already was.

The thing is, Marshall doesn't even need to gut it out like this. It's not like he is the only option they have in the passing game and we've already seen in the past that his presence will at times cause Fitzpatrick to try and force the ball to him when other options are available.

A guy like Robbie Anderson might lack experience, but if he's at 100 percent then surely he presents a more significant challenge for an opposing secondary than a hobbled Marshall. Indeed, he entered the game for Marshall on the only two plays he missed and instantly made a catch, including a 26-yarder down the seam that represented the second-longest play of the game for the Jets. Even if there's a downgrade in production, then it's still arguably the right move because if Marshall continues to play hurt, it could take longer for him to fully recover.

The wide receiver that led the Jets in receptions was once again Enunwa, whose four catches included a nice leaping grab over the middle and two clutch conversions. However, he was also credited with three drops including a potential touchdown. None of them were easy, but they're the sort of plays he was making in the first two games.

Where was Eric Decker? He played every snap and was targeted six times, but his only catch was a 31-yarder down the middle which saw him brought down in the open field. He also missed a chance to spring Marshall for a first down when he failed to make a block downfield. While he was listed on the injury report with a shoulder injury, it seems surprising that he would also have been limited, especially following a 10-day break.

Jalin Marshall had a couple of receptions, including one where he did well to get to the first down marker, but he also failed to come up with a diving attempt at another catch. Charone Peake played a few snaps for the first time but was not targeted.

Aside from his blocking when playing at fullback, Davis had one ineffective pulling block from tight end that saw the run blown up in the backfield. Brandon Bostick failed to impress with his blocking in preseason but had a couple of good kick-out blocks here. However, he had one really bad whiff at the point of attack leading to a short-yardage run being stuffed. Once again, neither tight end was targeted in the passing game.

Offensive line: Battle upfront a Chief concern



Last week, I suggested Ben Ijalana had taken the lead for the starting right tackle job over Brent Qvale. But Qvale battled back this week. As the Jets' line held the Chiefs without a sack, Qvale mostly held up in protection, other than on one play where he blew his block at the line and then had to bat the ball away after it was deflected into the air.

Ijalana didn't fare too badly either, although he did have a couple more breakdowns in pass protection. He was beaten for a hit on one play and gave up a pressure on another when he seemed to make a half-hearted attempt to push his man upfield on the assumption that Fitzpatrick was about to get the throw off. When Fitzpatrick hesitated, that meant he was forced to throw under pressure. There was also a play where the protection up front was screwed up and Tamba Hali came unblocked off the edge, leading to Fitzpatrick throwing an interception under pressure. (Of course, it may have been Fitzpatrick and not Ijalana who was at fault for the protection screw-up.)

The pass protection otherwise held up well, although veterans James Carpenter, Ryan Clady and Nick Mangold each gave up a pressure on a play that ended up with Fitzpatrick throwing an interception.

The underrated aspect of this offensive line performance was the fact that the Jets seemed to struggle to get anyone out to the second level or out in front of a screen pass. Could this be down to the Chiefs linemen doing such a good job of occupying at the point of attack, perhaps? That's difficult to measure and apportion blame, but it was undoubtedly a major factor in Johnson being able to make plays in space so often. Mangold certainly had his hands full with Dontari Poe, who often stood him up at the line when single-blocked.

There were mixed results for all in the running game, although the Jets were perhaps guilty of not running the ball enough in the second half, especially coming off a game in which the running game stalled in the first half but took over the game late.

Brian Winters made a few good blocks at the point of attack and avoided getting badly beaten in pass protection. He still made some mistakes, though, with two missed blocks allowing his man to blow up a run. Carpenter had some good contributions in the running game, but he had three poor blocks in space, perhaps because his mobility is compromised due to his calf injury. As for Clady, he had some nice blocks on the edge, but one bad whiff at the point of attack.

Tags: Ben Ijalana, BGA, Bilal Powell, Brandon Marshall, Brent Qvale, Brian Winters, Charone Peake, Eric Decker, James Carpenter, Kansas City Chiefs, Kellen Davis, Matt Forte, Nick Mangold, Quincy Enunwa, Ryan Fitzpatrick

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tags: Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg, Josh McCown
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In 2017, the Jets' running game struggles probably had more to do with the offensive line being overmatched than the performance of the backs.

Tags: Bilal Powell, Elijah McGuire, Matt Forte
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Cincinnati Bengals quarterback AJ McCarron throws against the Chicago Bears during the second half at Paul Brown Stadium. (David Kohl/USA TODAY Sports)
Cincinnati Bengals quarterback AJ McCarron throws against the Chicago Bears during the second half at Paul Brown Stadium. (David Kohl/USA TODAY Sports)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

However, none of these players stepped up as hoped.

Tags: Derrick Jones, Jeremy Clark, Juston Burris, Morris Claiborne
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"Broadway Baker" has a nice ring to top prospect QB Baker Mayfield

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

Simply put: Mayfield loves the spotlight...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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(Glenn Andrews)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Can the 50th time be their charm?

Tags: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Bilal Powell, Elijah McGuire, Leonard Williams, Matt Forte, Muhammad Wilkerson, Quincy Enunwa, Robby Anderson, Sheldon Richardson, Ralph Vacchiano
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Two years ago, the Jets drafted Darron Lee with their first pick, hoping to shore up one of their inside linebacker positions for the foreseeable future. Over the course of his first two seasons, he's been up and down, but he has retained an every-down role.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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(Jerome Miron)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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THE GAME

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

THE WEATHER

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

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(Brad Mills)

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

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

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

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(Jim Brown)

Former Jets C Kevin Mawae was not among the players selected on Saturday for the Pro Football Hall of Fame's class of 2018.

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Retired NFL football coach Bill Parcells chats with New York Mets manager Terry Collins, not pictured, before a spring training baseball game between the Mets and the St. Louis Cardinals in Jupiter, Fla., Friday, March 30, 2012. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) (Patrick Semansky/AP)
Retired NFL football coach Bill Parcells chats with New York Mets manager Terry Collins, not pictured, before a spring training baseball game between the Mets and the St. Louis Cardinals in Jupiter, Fla., Friday, March 30, 2012. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) (Patrick Semansky/AP)

On Thursday night, ESPN aired their newest documentary "The Two Bills", which chronicled the relationship between Bill Parcells and Bill Belichick. Most of the filming took place at MetLife Stadium, but both Bills refused a request to do an interview in the Jets locker room. 

Belichick infamously left the Jets after one day as head coach and is the current head coach of division rival Patriots, so that was understandable. But why Parcells? Does he hold animosity towards the Jets? 

Well, Parcells clarified that it was not that he has ill will towards the Jets, it was just time to go that day...

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