It's not just the Jets players that will need to get to grips with a new system this season. The hire of Marty Mornhinweg means that after I spent last year familiarizing myself with Tony Sparano's concepts and tendencies, I've now got to get a handle on the Jets' new offensive system.

Obviously, I don't have access to the playbook (not that I'd be able to share it even if I did). Nor will I need to get anywhere close to the level of understanding as any of the players on the team (especially the quarterbacks). I just wanted to get an idea in advance of some of the approaches Mornhinweg takes and how that corresponds to our ideal of a prototypical west coast offense. It will also be interesting to cover some of the main differences between the scheme and those run by the Jets over the last few years. I've also been on the look-out for any quirky patterns or unusual aspects.

To that end, I've been watching footage of the Eagles offense from 2012 and 2011 and after the jump I'll take a look at some of the plays that are staples of Mornhinweg's offense, together with details of some of the things I noticed about his play calling and game planning.

Before I even start, I'll direct you to a piece Mike Nolan did for Turn on the Jets. Although this was written back in January before many of the personnel changes on the offense were undertaken, it still serves as an outstanding primer in terms of how the running game works and what the Eagles were looking to do in the passing game. This saves me having to go over old ground. As ever, exclusive data from PFF has been used in my article.

Coaching set-up

The first thing worth noting is that Andy Reid always had some level of involvement in the offense, so before we even start to break down what the Eagles did over the last few years, we must consider that there may be elements of that offense that will be enhanced now that Reid is out of the picture and others which might not feature as heavily, if at all. While this is one of those things that is impossible to accurately discern, the fans' perspective seems to be that the Eagles ran a more run-heavy offense when Mornhinweg was running the show, but would tend to pass more when Reid got heavily involved. Reid ceded play-calling duties to Mornhinweg during the 2006 season, but his direct involvement in offensive game planning has apparently been intermittent since then.

In many respects, this creates a similar issue to that of last year, where we were trying to evaluate Tony Sparano's offense without knowing which elements of that offense came from the offensive coordinator and which ones came from the head coach. Of course, this time, the roles are reversed and it's the coordinator that is bringing his offense to the Jets rather than the head coach. Reid and Mornhinweg do have very similar offensive philosophies in terms of scheme, but that doesn't mean they don't have different philosophies in respect of game planning and play calling.

So, we're flying blind to an extent, but just bear in mind that Mornhinweg's scheme will evolve slightly without Reid's influence. Of course, Rex Ryan may have his own offensive beliefs that will impact strategy and the personnel available to Mornhinweg is also going to become a factor in that.

Running game

Without getting too deeply into blocking schemes, I think it's safe to say that Mike Devlin's role as offensive line coach will be to implement Mornhinweg's system, so we can expect them to use the same kind of blocking schemes. Devlin - a former NFL offensive lineman who played in multiple systems - was an offensive line coach for two years at Toledo, but they ran a spread offense, so this will be somewhat different. Mornhinweg favors a zone blocking scheme, but it isn't a pure zone scheme as they do run some gap-blocking plays. You might see one or two players pulling to the outside at times.

Zone blocking, when coupled with a lot of stretch runs, dovetailed nicely with what the Eagles would do in the passing game. A lot of their runs involve all (or most) of the linemen moving in unison, so that enables them to run play action looks by creating a moving pocket. As the action flows in one direction, the angle of the handoff usually dictates whether or not the runner will have a cutback option, which is also something which features heavily. If everyone is on the move to the outside and the defense is moving laterally trying to avoid getting caught on the inside, then this can lead to a downhill surge which - if all goes to plan - causes most of the front seven to overrun the play. The runner might need to slip one tackle at the point of attack in order to get into the open field, but it's an effective misdirection play for Mornhinweg's offenses.

This reminds me of a similar misdirection play that was a staple of the Brian Schottenheimer offense, particularly in 2010. That play - termed "the swerve" - operated with similar zone blocking principles upfront. The main difference being that I wouldn't often anticipate the Eagles to have run this type of counter out of a I-formation. Here's an example of the swerve in action.

I wouldn't expect to see the "blast" play too often under Mornhinweg. That was the other staple play of the Bill Callahan running game and Sparano inherited it and made use of it last year. That play involves the left guard pulling to block a defensive end coming off the opposite edge, opening a gap over right guard. Sparano's best running play last year was probably the trap which usually involved Austin Howard pulling in behind the right guard and leading the way up the middle. Again, I didn't see the Eagles run this play.

With the risk of a counter keeping the front seven on their heels and to the inside, that should open up the possibility of runs to the outside. With that action flowing to the outside, if the tackle can get to the outside shoulder of the player with outside contain, then he can drive them to the inside and allow the running back to turn the corner. Usually you end up with a read-and-react situation where someone will maintain contain on the outside, but the blocking motion will enable one of the linemen to drive their guy out of his lane and the runner, having started off running parallel to the line of scrimmage, must anticipate and hit that hole.

One other aspect of the offensive line that the Jets have used in recent years has been an unbalanced line. I would assume that Mornhinweg sees this as unnecessarily complicated because it is not something the Eagles have tended to do. The only adjustment they made to their regular five starters was on the goal line, where they would often go with six linemen. In those situations, they used Todd Herremans - a starter at tackle - as the extra tight end and put the extra lineman in at tackle.

Passing Game

Jets fans should be familiar with a west coast offense, having watched Paul Hackett's version of one from 2001 to 2004. This was considered a dink-and-dunk offense, especially with Chad Pennington running it. However, whether Pennington adapted his game to fit that conservative style or the offense just operated better with him playing that way is unknown. No doubt Pennington's shoulder injuries - although the first of those came in Hackett's final season - and Herm Edwards' conservative nature were factors too.

Mornhinweg's west coast scheme has typically been more expansive. In fact that's another area where he apparently differs from Reid, who is thought to favor a dink and dunk approach. However, the concepts remain pretty much the same. Short, high-percentage throws spread the defense out and give the receivers a chance to make plays in the open field, with a lot of throws down the seam and deep shots down the sideline mixed in to stretch the defense vertically. Quick passing can alleviate the pressure on the quarterback, help him to get into a rhythm and make the offense slightly less predictable. However, it does require the quarterback to make decisive reads and accurate throws, two areas where Mark Sanchez lost confidence last year.

As has been widely noted, Mornhinweg's offenses have thrown a lot of screen passes. (Note: A screen pass is defined as any pass caught behind the line of scrimmage for these purposes). My previous studies on screen passes here and here revealed that the Jets don't throw the screen pass as much as most other teams and that they weren't too successful when they did. However, in 2011, they threw more and dramatically improved on how effectively they ran them for most of the season, only to then overuse the screen pass over the last few games with disappointing results, as defenses were well prepared to stop it.

To update the research for 2012, the amount of times that Sanchez threw a screen pass went back down again under Sparano, to 7% of the time - even less than in 2010. He also had miserable numbers of 65% completions and five yards per attempt. Three of Tim Tebow's seven passes were screen passes, but netted just two yards and Greg McElroy threw five screens in 31 attempts - for 58 yards. As you'd expect, the Eagles ran screen passes much more - 17% of the time in total. The Eagles completed over 90% and gained 5.7 yards per attempt.

Another key staple for the Eagles is the throw down the seam to the tight end, usually Brent Celek. I mention this mainly because I watched a lot of Kellen Winslow Jr. highlights last night and that seems to be his bread and butter. If Winslow can earn himself a contract in mini camp, then he could fit well into that stretch-the-field tight end role. If not, it's also a route Jeff Cumberland has seen plenty of success with.

As noted above, the Eagles would use a moving pocket and the fact that they get rid of a lot of quick passes to alleviate some of the pressure on their young quarterbacks. It's also worth looking into whether there was any difference between how they protected the experienced and mobile Mike Vick in contrast with the younger, more inexperienced Nick Foles.

There was one major difference - they left tight ends in to block a lot less with Foles in the game. In Vick's 10 starts, the Eagles left a tight end to block approximately once every five plays and a back in to block about the same. However, in Foles' six starts, while they again left a back in once every five plays on average, they only left a tight end in 31 times - less than once every 15 plays. In fact, in week 14 against the Bucs, backs stayed in to block 23 times and a tight end never stayed in to block. Having said that, there is a possibility that DeSean Jackon's absence was a factor in this and the Eagles wanted Brent Celek running more routes. For comparison's sake the Jets left tight ends and backs in to block about 25% less than the Eagles did last year.

Play calling tendencies

One thing I noticed about Mornhinweg - ignoring the fact that run/pass ratios might have been warped by how closely Reid had been involved with the offense in any given week - was that he seems to have a meticulous approach towards developing tendencies. The Eagles offense provides for many staple plays which can involve misdirection and the Eagles aren't afraid to run a play several times, perhaps with limited levels of success, to set something else up. For example, if the offensive line all starts moving to the right in unison, that could be a stretch run to the right side, but there's also the possibility of the quarterback faking and throwing the ball while on the move in front of a moving pocket. Also, there's the cutback option. If a runner goes to the outside three times in a row, then that's where you might get the offense anticipating a given play and the possibility of exploiting that with a tendency breaker.

Under Brian Schottenheimer, the Jets set a lot of things like this up, but there was a Wile E. Coyote-esque quality to Schottenheimer, who seemed reluctant to revisit a well-thought out plan that had previously failed. Often, it would seem like this was a play which caught out the defense and would have worked but for one person making a mistake they ordinarily wouldn't or some other example of poor execution. As for Tony Sparano, I criticized him last year for running misdirection plays impatiently - without having set them up well enough with a developed tendency first.

What I saw from Mornhinweg was a willingness to make a play (or even just a formation or some other kind of wrinkle) a key feature of an offensive game plan one week and then you might not see it again for three weeks.

Let's look in detail at such a play. An ideal tendency-breaker and referred to as Mornhinweg's favorite running play in Nolan's article linked above, the sprint draw is a perfect example, because they ran it four times in the opening game, then hid it for a few weeks, before re-visiting it later in the season to great success. Here's how they lined up:

The first key is that the two tackles, rather than moving forward, or laterally, immediate drop back into a pass protection stance, such as you might expect to find on most running plays.

Vick sprints back to hand the ball off to LeSean McCoy. That's important, because he's getting the ball further away from the line, so he has more time to make his reads than on a conventional draw play, where he'd already be on the move and it might be harder to change direction. The center, Jason Kelce, folds behind the right guard as each guard blocks a defensive tackle. Kelce's season ended after week two, which might be another reason they stopped running this play for a while.

A lot of the sprint draws the Eagles ran were designed to go right up the middle, as the ends hopefully rush the outside and get too far upfield. This enables the tackles to peel off and block someone else at the second level. However, in this case, Jabaal Sheard (#97) has inside leverage, so he gets pushed to the inside and McCoy, by virtue of the depth of the hand-off has time to make that read and take the outside lane instead. This could be a built-in read in case the end tries to shoot the gap into the backfield or by design if he is prone to doing that.

You can see Kelce emerging from behind the right guard to get into position to prevent D'Qwell Jackson (#52) from getting across to blow up the play. Had Sheard rushed outside then the run could have gone up the middle instead with Kelce getting onto Jackson earlier. As it happens, Athyba Rubin (#71) drove his man back and stretched the play out well, but not quite well enough to prevent Kelce from still being able to get to Jackson in time.

McCoy heads into the open field where he is one on one with Eric Hagg (#27). That's a mismatch and the play goes for 22.

This play creates a lot of other options. Since Vick is on the move as he makes the hand-off, he can fake the hand off and roll out effectively. In fact, the Eagles typically use a lot of these rollouts to set up the sprint draw rather than the other way around. Finally, here's an example of where they set up in a similar manner (albeit from the shotgun), but passed the ball to McCoy instead for a touchdown.

The death of the wildcat?

Something I haven't seen speculated upon is whether the Jets are still going to run a wildcat-style package this year. There was some discussion that they'd been working with some direct snap plays at OTA's and even though Tony Sparano and Tim Tebow are gone, Ryan has long been a proponent of these packages. Also, the Jets hired David Lee to be the quarterback coach and he was the offensive coordinator when Arkansas re-introduced the wildcat on a national scale and made it popular again.

First of all, when I say "Wildcat" I don't really mean the "Wildcat" per se. "Wildcat" has become a generic term to represent any formation where someone other than the quarterback takes the snap, so I'm going to look into whether Mornhinweg uses such formations, not just the classic wildcat with the second back lined up out wide and running a jet sweep.

The short answer is not very much. At least not over the last two years. However, when you have an athlete like Vick at the quarterback position, you can run designed quarterback runs and option type plays, which is something the Eagles did a lot in the red zone. So perhaps they would have used more "wildcat" if they didn't have a guy like Vick as their starter.

It's not something they've abandoned altogether though. In 2011, they signed Ronnie Brown, who was one of the main guys involved in Miami popularizing the wildcat at the NFL level. Sure enough, they went with Brown at quarterback and Vick at receiver on one early season play:

Brown went straight up the middle and the Rams were all over it, with two guys stuffing him for a two yard loss. That would be the last such play they ran with Brown receiving the snap, although he only played one more game that year anyway, so they may have planned to use it more.

The following week, they went with an actual wildcat play:

This time it was Jeremy Maclin taking the snap and LeSean McCoy did come across on a jet sweep.

However, rather than turning the corner, he pitched the ball back to Vick who was able to look downfield.

On this occasion, Vick couldn't find an open receiver and ended up scrambling for seven yards. They ran exactly the same play in 2010 and got 37 yards out of it. See that play here.

In week three they ran another gadget play with Vick at wide receiver. This time, Bryce Brown was effectively the quarterback and McCoy lined up just beside and in front of him.

However, at the snap, McCoy stepped in front of it to "intercept" it and run over the right side. The play went for a short gain and that was basically it for wildcat-style plays in 2011.

In 2012, they avoided them until Foles' second start. They then ran a similar play to the one above. This time Foles was in the shotgun and Brown "intercepted" the snap and ran outside. The Eagles ran this play four times in that game, but it was the only time all season they used it, so that's a good example of Mornhinweg working a "feature" play into his offense for a particular opponent. The first three times they ran it all gained more than five yards (32 in total), but the last one went for a loss.

It does look like Mornhinweg has experimented with some of these packages and will be amenable to working them into his game plan at times.

Conclusions

This isn't supposed to be a comprehensive look at the Mornhinweg offense, but hopefully gives some insight into certain elements and I'll leave it to you to discuss how well certain players on the Jets' new-look offense will fare in the comments.

Mornhinweg has had some good statistical success over the years, but his offenses haven't always worked as well as hoped. Last year, the Eagles beat the Ravens 24-23 early in the season, but only scored more points than that one other time. Much like Sparano last year, the main challenge for Mornhinweg is going to be to overcome weaknesses in personnel and find a way to ensure execution is better than over the past few seasons. He has a good pedigree and this could be a chance to turn his career around because he's still associated with his disastrous stint as Lions' head coach.

It may be time for Mornhinweg to empty the playbook and throw the kitchen sink at this challenge. If so, that's going to be fun to watch. As to how much success he's going to have, that remains to be seen.

That's it for this week's BGA. However, I'll be back if the Jets sign any of the mini camp tryout guys with the relevant scouting details.

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Sep 15, 2016; Orchard Park, NY, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall (15) makes a catch and tries to evade Buffalo Bills cornerback Stephon Gilmore (24) during the first half at New Era Field.  (Timothy T. Ludwig (USA Today))
Sep 15, 2016; Orchard Park, NY, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall (15) makes a catch and tries to evade Buffalo Bills cornerback Stephon Gilmore (24) during the first half at New Era Field. (Timothy T. Ludwig (USA Today))

Darrelle Revis' future with the Jets was in doubt even before he was charged with four felonies for an incident outside a Pittsburgh bar back on Feb. 12. His cost, his skills, his age were all conspiring against him, and by March 11 he was surely going to end up an ex-Jet.

But while the Jets have some young corners on their roster, they don't necessarily have Revis' heir - the next shutdown corner to help lockdown their struggling secondary. Many NFL people believe they're most likely to look to the draft for Revis' replacement. But free agency could present some intriguing possibilities.

Here is a look at a few:

CB Stephon Gilmore (Bills) - For a cap-strapped team, they probably can't dip this deep into the free agent pool, especially if they decide to spend (or overspend) for a quarterback. But if they can't get one of the top quarterbacks or decide to go through the draft at that position, a free-agent corner would be a big help. And while Gilmore, 26, is no Revis-in-his-prime, he's the best on the market. The Pro Bowler had five interceptions this season and that could land him in the range of the five-year, $62.5 million deal the Giants gave Janoris Jenkins last offseason (with $28.8 million guaranteed). Of course, that's if he hits the market. He may get franchise-tagged by the Bills.

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Darrelle Revis' next court appearance, which was scheduled for Thursday, will now take place six days after the start of NFL free agency -- complicating the Jets' decision even more.

The preliminary hearing for Revis to answer the charges he's been hit with stemming from an incident in Pittsburgh back on Feb. 12 was officially postponed on Tuesday afternoon and rescheduled for March 15. The hearing will take place at 12:30 p.m. in front of Judge Jeffrey Manning, and Revis is obligated to appear in person -- assuming that hearing takes place.

A lot can happen between now and then, including a plea deal, another continuation, or the charges being dropped altogether. For now, though, Revis remains charged with two counts of aggravated assault, one count each of making terroristic threats, robbery, and conspiracy to commit aggravated assault as a result of an apparent street fight nine days ago that left two men knocked out on a street corner around 2:30 a.m...

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Cleveland Browns free safety K'Waun Williams (36) against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. (Aaron Doster)
Cleveland Browns free safety K'Waun Williams (36) against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. (Aaron Doster)

Latest Update (Feb. 21)

8:50AM: The Jets have offered a contract to free agent CB K'Waun Williamsaccording to Darryl Slater of NJ Advance Media.

Williams reportedly has offers from three other unidentified teams, and it is unclear how New York's offer compares to the others.

The free agent visited with the Jets and Lions last week, and reportedly met with the 49ers, Vikings, and Dolphins, or at least had arrangements to make those visits, as well.

Williams is expected to make a decision later this week.

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TMZ released a video which may add new information to the Darrelle Revis assault case.

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

Darrelle Revis "absolutely" did not knock out two men on a street in Pittsburgh in the early morning hours of Feb. 12 and the voice heard bragging about it on a video of the aftermath of the incident was "NOT" Revis' voice, his attorneys said.

Their denial and defense of the Jets cornerback came on Sunday night, hours after a video was published on TMZ.com that allegedly showed the aftermath of the incident that ended with Revis facing a variety of charges from Pittsburgh police. The video shows two men on the ground, seemingly unconscious, and a voice can be heard saying "I knocked both of these m---f-ers out."

Then what sounds like the same voice can be heard saying "Shut up before I knock you're a-out next."

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New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports Images)

TMZ released footage of the aftermath of the alleged altercation New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis was involved in.

The video shows two men lying on the ground unconscious with the voice of another person saying, "I knocked both of these m-----f---ers out." It is not known whether or not the man speaking in the video is Revis. Teammate Brandon Marshall said he didn't believe it was Revis'.

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Sep 13, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans tackle Jeff Adams (70) during the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at NRG Stadium. Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 13, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans tackle Jeff Adams (70) during the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at NRG Stadium. Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Bent, theJetsBlog.com: 

Over the last few weeks, we've been looking at some of the players signed to futures deals since the end of the season. Today we wrap up with a quick look at the other additions.

 

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SNY insider Ralph Vacchiano discusses the Jets' options regarding Darrelle Revis and his recent criminal charges.

Latest Update: (Feb. 17)

10:15 p.m. 

Darrelle Revis has been arraigned and was given a non-monetary bond, reports Coley Harvey of ESPN.

According to Harvey, Revis still has to attend all hearings in the case and cannot come in contact with the alleged victims or witnesses.

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SNY insider and former Jet Willie Colon weighs in on Darrelle Revis' future after being charged with four felonies and one misdemeanor.

SNY insider and former Jet Willie Colon weighs in on Darrelle Revis' future after being charged with four felonies and one misdemeanor.


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(Danny Wild/USA Today Sports Images)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

As bad as Darrelle Revis was last season, he kept insisting he was far from finished. Several times he made it clear he wanted to keep playing and was even willing to see if that could happen with the Jets. He seemed to be embracing his role as a future elder statesman on the team. He hinted he might accept a pay cut to stay. He even admitted he was willing to switch positions.

None of that matters anymore.

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Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

The incident that has surely ended Darrelle Revis' Jets career, and could land him in jail, began with two star-struck men who seemingly couldn't believe they had run into the NFL player on the streets of Pittsburgh in the middle of the night. They asked if he was really Revis. They didn't believe his answer.

And everything escalated from there.

Much of the confrontation from early Sunday morning is on a cell phone video, too, according to the criminal complaint filed with the Pittsburgh Police and obtained by WTAE in Pittsburgh. The evidence was strong enough for Revis to be charged on Thursday with four felonies (two counts of aggravated assault and one each of criminal conspiracy and robbery) and one misdemeanor (making terroristic threats)...

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Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

Each week, SNY will put a current player, a position, or perhaps a draft or free agent target of the Jets in the spotlight as part of our regular offseason coverage. Last week we took a look at Jay Cutler, the Chicago Bears quarterback who might hit the open market in the coming weeks. This week we turn inward and look at a proud Jet who is at the center of one of the team's biggest offseason decisions:

CB Darrelle Revis.

After a miserable season in which he was a shell of his former self it seems like a pretty simple decision for the Jets to let Darrelle Revis go -- especially since he's due $15 million in salary and bonuses in 2017 and his cap number is $15.3 million...

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Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV: 

The Jets had such high hopes for their offensive line when they acquired left tackle Ryan Clady from the Broncos last April. But the experiment is over after less than a year.

The Jets have informed Clady's agent that they do not intend to pick up his option for the 2017 season, according to an NFL source. New York had until Wednesday to make a decision before the team would owe him a $1 million roster bonus. Clady also was scheduled to make a non-guaranteed salary of $10 million this year.

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Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV:

SNY's weekly look at the top players on board for the Jets as they prepare to make the sixth overall pick of the NFL draft on April 27, complete with who's rising and who's falling throughout the process and as the Jets' potential needs change:

1. CB Marshon Lattimore, Ohio State - The Jets should soon have some clarity on the Darrelle Revis situation since cuts around the NFL have already begun and he's due a $2 million roster bonus on March 11. Assuming he's not coming back - and if he does, assuming he'll come back as a safety - this position remains one of the Jets' biggest needs. Perhaps offensive line is bigger, but at the moment few scouts seem to believe there's a tackle worthy of a Top 10 pick. The big question with Lattimore? Will he even make it out of the Top 5? A strong combine or Pro Day performance could push him out of the Jets' reach. (Last week: 1).

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(Brett Rojo)

Mel Kiper's second Mock Draft for ESPN has the Jets selecting LSU running back Leonard Fournette with the sixth overall pick in the upcoming NFL Draft.

Kiper notes that while the Jets have a quarterback problem to solve and could also draft a defender with the pick, Fournette may be the best player available and the Jets would "know they can get a ton of reps from Fournette right now, and this is a team that needs to be better."

Fournette had 129 carries for 843 yards and eight touchdowns last season for LSU, adding another 146 yards on 15 receptions...

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Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

The Jets haven't begun to clear the salary cap room they need to be active in free agency, so it remains to be seen just how active they will be. But they'll have to do something when the signing period opens on March 9 because they have plenty of needs.

So what will they do? Last week, I took a look at five free agents who could (or should) be on the Jets' radar at several positions. This week, I'll focus on the most important position -- quarterback. The Jets will likely at least look for a quarterback-of-the-future on the market. Whether they sign one might depend on the price.

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New York Jets wide receiver Eric Decker is tackled by Buffalo Bills strong safety Aaron Williams after making a catch during the first half at New Era Field. (Kevin Hoffman/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets wide receiver Eric Decker is tackled by Buffalo Bills strong safety Aaron Williams after making a catch during the first half at New Era Field. (Kevin Hoffman/USA TODAY Sports)

The NFL offseason may be off to a slow start, but things are surely about to pick up with cuts and contract restructures on their way, and with the scouting combine just two weeks away.

With that in mind, here is our weekly look at some of the biggest questions facing the Jets, what's new about them, where they stand on finding an answer, and if any of the issues have changed.

1. Who is their quarterback?

They of course haven't answered this yet, but they did answer who'll be coaching the quarterbacks: new offensive coordinator John Morton and new quarterbacks coach Jeremy Bates. Neither has an extensive resume at their current positions -- or really working with quarterbacks -- which is interesting if they're going to be entrusted with developing a young quarterback.

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New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) prepares to throw the ball against the New England Patriots during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) prepares to throw the ball against the New England Patriots during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

The Ryan Fitzpatrick Era was never supposed to happen for the Jets, and it certainly never was expected to last two roller-coaster seasons. In the end, though, it was a wild ride that rescued a franchise in one of its darkest moments before leading it back into the darkness again.

For better or for worse, the Fitzpatrick Era officially ended on Friday when the contract that the 34-year-old quarterback signed last summer automatically voided. All that's left is a $5 million cap hit the Jets must endure during the 2017 season. And memories - more than a few good ones, and plenty of bad.

So was it worth it? That all depends on your perspective, how much your sights are set on the Jets' long-term future, and how much you value all the fun that was had in 2015 during the Jets' near-playoff-miss.

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Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

Each week, SNY will put a current player, a position, or perhaps a draft or free agent target of the Jets in the spotlight as part of our regular offseason coverage. This week we begin with one of the potential quarterback options for the Jets -- and one with ties to their brand new quarterbacks coach:

QB Jay Cutler.

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New York Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall (15) before the game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. (Kevin Jairaj)
New York Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall (15) before the game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. (Kevin Jairaj)

Jets WR Brandon Marshall listed JJ Watt and Deion Sanders among the players he believes could be the best of all time, but one player was notably absent from his list: Tom Brady.

Marshall told NJ Advanced Media during a charity event for his Project 375 foundation that Brady is "not the best player ever," adding that his idea of the best player would be "a guy that I can put at corner, safety, defensive end, a guy that I can put back on punt return, chase down kicks." He also mentioned Reggie White and Jerry Rice as possible contenders for the best player ever, but conceded that it "would probably be impossible [to say for sure]." 

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Denver Broncos defensive end Kenny Anunike (68) during the game against the Seattle Seahawks at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Chris Humphreys)
Denver Broncos defensive end Kenny Anunike (68) during the game against the Seattle Seahawks at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Chris Humphreys)

Bent, theJetsBlog.com

Since the end of the season, the Jets have added several players to their 90-man roster. We've been looking at each of these players to determine their strengths and weaknesses.

Today we're going to look at three additions on the defensive front seven; Kenny Anunike, Frank Beltre and Jeff Luc. All three are undrafted free agents but they have different roles. Let's compare their attributes, divided into categories.

Experience

At 27, Beltre is the oldest of the three, but actually has the least NFL experience. He played three preseason games with the Chargers in 2013 but has only played in the CFL since that time.

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(Rick Scuteri/AP)

The Jets have signed tackle Jeff Adams, the club announced on Wednesday. The 27-year-old ended this past season on the Houston Texans' practice squad after appearing in four games in 2014 and 2015. Adams has also been a part of the Cincinnati Bengals' and Miami Dolphins' practice squads.

Adams was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Dallas Cowboys in 2012 after playing collegiately at Columbia University

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Corey Griffin and Brian Bassett are back with a new podcast, and they're turning their Jets frowns upside down with some positivity. As they contemplate the future of Darrelle Revis, they turn the clock back to Revis past, with a deep dive countdown of their favorite moments in Revis / Jets history.

Click below to listen!

 

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The Jets have added four coaches to their staff for the 2017 season, hiring Jeremy Bates (quarterbacks coach), Mick Lombardi (assistant quarterbacks coach), Jason Vrable (offensive assistant) and Joe Giacobbe (strength and conditioning assistant), the team announced on Wednedsay.

Bates held the same position with the Jets in 2005 under then-head coach Herm Edwards. He was the Chicago Bears QBs coach in 2012 but was not retained and has been out of the NFL since. Lombardi was an offesnive quaity control coach with the 49ers this past season while Vrable was the assistant QBs coach for the Bills. Giacobbe was the director of player performance at Rutgers from 2012-2015.

 

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North Carolina quarterback Mitch Trubisky (10) passes as Pittsburgh's Ejuan Price (5) rushes during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Chapel Hill, N.C., Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome) (Gerry Broome/AP)
North Carolina quarterback Mitch Trubisky (10) passes as Pittsburgh's Ejuan Price (5) rushes during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Chapel Hill, N.C., Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome) (Gerry Broome/AP)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV:

As miserable as the Jets' 5-11 season was their consolation prize isn't bad. They stand to get a heck of a player with the sixth overall pick in the 2017 draft - perhaps a franchise-changing player, and maybe someone who can contribute right away.

That's no guarantee, of course, but it's a positive to focus on for a team that needs a lot of help in a lot of different areas. Maybe - just maybe - they could end up with the franchise quarterback they've been seeking for far too many years.

It's early, of course - very early - and a lot can change during free agency. But here's a look at five players the Jets might have their eyes on in the first round of the NFL draft, which takes place on April 27. SNY will be taking a weekly look at this board and charting who is rising and falling throughout the combine and Pro Day season, and as the Jets' potential needs change:

Tags: Darrelle Revis, Matt Forte, Ralph Vacchiano
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(Jim Brown)

Former Jets' running back and broadcaster Mike Adamle revealed he his battling dementia and doctors think he may have CTE, the New York Daily News reported on Wednesday. Adamle, 67, played with the Jets, Kansas City Chiefs and Chicago Bears during a six-year NFL career.

"It shook my world," Adamle said in an interview with NBC-5 in Chicago. "It just kind of a little bit worse sometimes every day."

Adamle is perhaps best known for his work as co-host of "American Gladiators" from 1989-1996.

 

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(Reinhold Matay (USA Today))

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

With one month to go until the NFL free-agent signing period opens on March 9, the Jets have some work to do. They have to make several cuts and restructure several contracts just to get under the 2017 salary cap, which figures to be somewhere around $168 million.

How active they'll be in free agency depends on how much cap room they're able to clear. It also depends on how much -- if anything -- they devote to finding a starting quarterback on the free-agent market.

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(Jim Brown)

The Jets have signed long-snapper Josh Latham, the team announced Tuesday.

Latham, who spent three years as the long-snapper for Sacramento State, has never appeared in the NFL.

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Former Green Bay Packers DL Mike Pennel (Mark Hoffman/USA Today Sports Images)
Former Green Bay Packers DL Mike Pennel (Mark Hoffman/USA Today Sports Images)

The Jets claimed former Green Bay Packers defensive tackle Mike Pennel off waivers, the team announced Tuesday.

Pennel, 25, has recorded one sack and 40 combined tackles in 37 games over the past three seasons with Green Bay. He recorded seven combined tackles in eight games last season.

Pennel was suspended four games last season for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy.

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New York Jets linebacker Darron Lee (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets linebacker Darron Lee (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

Darron Lee, the New York Jets' promising young linebacker and their first-round pick in last year's draft, says he is OK after being attacked in a bar in Columbus, Ohio, on Saturday night.

The 22-year-old explained the incident in some detail on Monday in a video posted to his Twitter account, in which he showed off a bruise under his right eye and what he said were "bumps all around my head." He insisted he was attacked without provocation and he had no idea by whom.

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New York Jets defensive end Sheldon Richardson during practice at Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets defensive end Sheldon Richardson during practice at Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

Now that the Super Bowl is over, the New York Jets can begin cleaning up the wreckage from their 5-11 season and start yet another rebuilding project. Despite being on the cusp of the playoffs a year ago, they seem farther away than ever now.

With that in mind, here are some of the biggest questions the Jets must answer this offseason. We'll check back in each week to see how they're doing, whether any of the questions have been answered, and whether any have changed:

Tags: Ben Ijalana, Brandon Marshall, Breno Giacomini, Brian Winters, Bryce Petty, Charone Peake, Christian Hackenberg, Darrelle Revis, Eric Decker, Geno Smith, James Carpenter, Leonard Williams, Muhammad Wilkerson, Nick Mangold, Quincy Enunwa, Ryan Clady, Sheldon Richardson, Wesley Johnson, Ralph Vacchiano
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Seattle Seahawks offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates during the first half against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE)
Seattle Seahawks offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates during the first half against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE)

The New York Jets are targeting former Seattle Seahawks offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates to be their new quarterbacks coach, The MMQB's Albert Breer reports.

The organization had Bates, who was the Jets' quarterbacks coach in a 4-12 2005 season which featured five different quarterbacks, including Brooks Bollinger, in mind for their offensive coordinator vacancy before they signed John Morton, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

Bates served as the Chicago Bears' quarterbacks coach in 2012 and Seahawks offensive coordinator in 2010.

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Falcons fan Sal Licata vents his frustrations after the Falcons' loss to the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LI

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

Pete Carroll and Darrell Bevell of the Seahawks may forever be known for the single dumbest play call in Super Bowl history, when they called for a pass instead of a run from the 1 yard line at the end of Super Bowl XLIX, leading to a Malcolm Butler interception and handing the Patriots a championship.

But Dan Quinn and Kyle Shanahan of the Falcons gave that inexplicable decision a run for its money on Sunday night.

Their brain-frozen play calling with four minutes left in Super Bowl LI snatched defeat from the jaws of victory and gift-wrapped a championship opportunity to the Patriots again. In a span of three mind-boggling plays, they went from being well within range of a game-sealing field goal to punting the ball away and putting it back in Tom Brady's hands...

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(AP)

The Jets have opened at 75/1 odds to win Super Bowl LII, according to a list released by Bovada sportsbook in Las Vegas.

Among the Jets' AFC East rivals, the Patriots -- at 5/1 -- have the best odds in the NFL. The Dolphins have 50/1 odds, while the Bills opened at 66/1.

Only the Bears (100/1), Browns, and 49ers (both at 150/1) have worse odds than the Jets.

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(Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

The Jets and their fans have endured 48 years of pain without a Super Bowl, made worse by 12 years without a division title and now six straight years without a trip to the playoffs. It has to hurt more that the dominant team of this era is from their own division, led by a coach (Bill Belichick) they once had for one day in 2000 and a quarterback (Tom Brady) they, like everyone else, passed over in the 2000 draft.

So watching the Patriots' epic comeback and 34-28 overtime win in Super Bowl LI on Sunday night had to be especially painful.

But don't worry: There's a good chance the pain is going to get much worse.

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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) celebrates a two-point conversion against the Atlanta Falcons in the fourth quarter during Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium. (Mark J. Rebilas)
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) celebrates a two-point conversion against the Atlanta Falcons in the fourth quarter during Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium. (Mark J. Rebilas)

Many current and former Jets took to Twitter to react to the Patriots' 34-28 overtime win over the Falcons in Super Bowl LI...

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The guys on FNNY discuss what went wrong for the Falcons in the second half of the Super Bowl, as well as Tom Brady's place in NFL history.

What went wrong for the Falcons in the second half of the Super Bowl, and what is Tom Brady's place in NFL history?

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(Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE)

Ronald Gasser, who shot and killed former Jets RB Joe McKnight, pleaded not guilty on Monday to a second-degree murder charge, according to the Associated Press.

The 55-year-old Gasser, who had initially been charged with manslaughter, was indicted last week, NBC Sports reported.

McKnight, who was 28 years old, was killed in a shooting in Louisiana in December.

A witness said an argument took place between McKnight and the shooter before the shooter opened fire multiple times.

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Former Jet Chad Cascadden joins GEICO SportsNite to discuss the Patriots' exhilarating comeback Super Bowl victory over the Atlanta Falcons.

Despite trailing 28-3 in the third quarter, Tom Brady and the Patriots scored 31 unanswered points, ending with James White's 2-yard touchdown rush in overtime as New England beat the Atlanta Falcons, 34-28, to win Super Bowl LI.

Tags: Atlanta Falcons, New England Patriots
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 (Kirby Lee)
(Kirby Lee)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

Here's a look at Super Bowl LI …

NFC Champion Atlanta Falcons (13-5) vs. AFC Champion New England Patriots (16-2)

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LaDainian Tomlinson played the 2010 and 2011 seasons with the Jets. (Robert Mayer-US PRESSWIRE)
LaDainian Tomlinson played the 2010 and 2011 seasons with the Jets. (Robert Mayer-US PRESSWIRE)

Former Jets center Kevin Mawae is passed over in this year's vote for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, but LaDanian Tomlinson and Jason Taylor, who played briefly with the Jets, made it in.

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The DNL panel debates the idea of the Jets drafting Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson after stating he would like to play for the Jets.

New Orleans Saints wide receivers coach John Morton against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. (Mark J. Rebilas)
New Orleans Saints wide receivers coach John Morton against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. (Mark J. Rebilas)

The Jets' decision to hire John Morton as the team's new offensive coordinator was endored by future Hall of Famer Drew Breesaccording to Rich Cimini of ESPN.

Brees has known Morton for over a decade, as the two spent three seasons together in New Orleans - 2006, 2015, and 2016- while Morton served as the team's receivers coach. 

Over the last two seasons, the Saints have scored more touchdowns and produced more yards than any team around the league.

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Former Jet Erik Coleman joins DNL to discuss the top storylines heading into Super Bowl LI from Houston.

Former Jet Erik Coleman joins Daily News Live to discuss the top storylines heading into Super Bowl LI.

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Former Jets linebacker Mo Lewis chats with SNY's Ralph Vacchiano at the Jets House event in Manhattan.

Former Jets linebacker Mo Lewis chats with SNY's Ralph Vacchiano at the Jets House event in Manhattan.

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Jets quarterbacks Bryce Petty (9) and Christian Hackenberg warm up before a preseason game. (Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports)
Jets quarterbacks Bryce Petty (9) and Christian Hackenberg warm up before a preseason game. (Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports)

A year after lobbying the Jets to re-sign Ryan Fitzpatrick, Brandon Marshall may be "retired" from offering his quarterback suggestions, but that doesn't mean he won't offer his thoughts on the Jets quarterbacks.

And when it comes to the two young ones on the current roster, the veteran receiver apparently likes what he's seen.

Marshall, speaking again on WFAN from the Super Bowl Media Center in Houston, Marshall had nothing but praise for second-year pro Bryce Petty and rookie Christian Hackenberg. He stopped short of endorsing either as the Jets' starter in 2017, but he made it clear he believes the potential in both is there.

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(Robert Deutsch)

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Since the end of the season, the Jets have added several players to their 90-man roster. Over the next few weeks, we'll be looking at each of these players to determine their strengths and weaknesses.

We start by looking at the three wide receivers: Deshon Foxx, Darius Jennings, and Myles White. All three are undrafted free agents with similar skill-sets. Let's compare their attributes, divided into categories.

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Former Jets wide receiver Wesley Walker speaks with SNY's Jeane Coakley at the Jets House event in Manhattan.

Former Jets wide receiver Wesley Walker speaks with SNY's Jeane Coakley at the Jets House event in Manhattan.

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Former Jets guard Willie Colon offers his Super LI predictions and discusses Brandon Marshall and the Jets.

Marshall criticizes Jets 00:03:35
The Loud Mouths discuss recent comments made by Jets WR Brandon Marshall, declaring the locker room a "toxic environment" last season.

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

\Brandon Marshall's numbers took a big dip last season and, at age 32, it looked like the beginning of a late-career decline. But the Jets receiver apparently doesn't agree with that sentiment.

In fact, he guarantees that next season, at age 33, he'll be right back up at the top of the charts.

Marshall vowed that he will be a "top-five" receiver again while making an appearance on ESPN's First Take during Super Bowl hype week in Houston on Wednesday. He acknowledged the misery of his 2016 season, in which he had just 59 catches for 788 yards. But to him, that was a blip on his radar, not a sign of diminishing skills...

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