With this weekend's Super Bowl being played at Metlife Stadium, the focus of the New York media has been shifted onto the Seahawks and Broncos, which has actually led to a refreshing change of perspective.

One angle that's been touched on several times is the fact that there are many similarities between the Seahawks and the Jets, whether that be in terms of the way the teams are currently constituted, or in the ways John Idzik is setting up the team with the intention of building them in the Seahawks' image. Rich Cimini wrote a thoughtful piece on that here.

After the jump, a breakdown of the main similarities that have been identified and a consideration of how accurate the comparisons are, as well as an analysis of whether there are any similarities that have been overlooked.

Direct connections

Clearly the most influential connection between the teams is the fact that Idzik is now the Jets general manager having been Seattle's vice president of football administration from 2007 to 2012 as they built the team which would win the NFC this year. The simplest narrative would be that Idzik was going to follow the Seahawks' blueprint to the letter, but as he says in Cimini's articles, while there are parallels, that's an over-simplified outlook on their approach.

There are some direct connections on the Seahawks coaching staff. Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll was the Jets head coach in 1994 having been on Bruce Coslet's staff as defensive coordinator for four years prior to that. While that connection has been the focus on much media attention in retrospective articles this week, it's such a long time ago that it doesn't realistically have any impact today. Similarly, Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn coached with the Jets in 2007 and 2008 as a defensive line coach under Eric Mangini, but they've changed systems since then. He did coach while David Harris and Calvin Pace were on the team, but they won't have worked with him directly very often.

Surprisingly, there are no direct Jets connections on the Seahawks roster. However, it's worth noting that they have two key players - Quarterback Russell Wilson and Wide Receiver Percy Harvin - who we know the Jets were high on in the draft. Then-senior personnel executive Terry Bradway was said to be so high on Wilson that they referred to the quarterback as "Russell Bradway" behind the scenes. Also, the Jets were rumored to have tried to trade up for Harvin in 2009. Harvin ended up getting drafted by the Vikings and was traded to Seattle this season, although he has missed most of the season through injury. Another offensive player - Tight End Kellen Davis - was a Jets free agency target back in March.

Despite Idzik's arrival, he didn't get much production from any of the guys he brought over that he would have known from his Seahawks days. He did bring four former Seahawks - Brady Quinn, Braylon Edwards, Ben Obomanu and Kellen Winslow Jr. - but only one (Winslow, who ironically never contributed for Seattle) made any meaningful contributions and he isn't expected to remain with the team beyond this year.

Personnel

One comparison the media has made is that each team's coach would be characterized as a "player's coach". It's certainly interesting to see Carroll lead his team to the big game in light of how critical the media has been of Rex Ryan's coaching style in recent years. Perhaps this has some people rethinking their stance on whether it's possible to be successful if that's your style.

Another obvious comparison is the quarterbacks. Both Russell Wilson and Geno Smith are dual-threat quarterbacks with good athleticism. Of course, Wilson had a much better rookie season, although he was pretty inconsistent until midseason. While emulating Wilson might be an absolute best-case scenario for Smith in the short term and expecting that to happen would be seen as overly optimistic, there's no denying there are some similarities in their playing style.

Also of note is the fact that, as is the case with the Jets, many people point to the Seahawks' receiving corps as a weakness, something which they've been protesting is unfair during media week. However, the stats say that their leading receiver (Golden Tate) was only 46th in the NFL in receptions and 31st in yards so maybe Wilson deserves extra credit for producing when his best receiver isn't in the top 45 in receptions or the top 30 in yards. The reality with the Seahawks is that the injury to Harvin (and an injury to Rice later in the year) limited the production of two key players and moved some other players into more prominent roles than originally planned for. Ultimately, however, using the numbers of the leading receiver is a flawed method of evaluating a quarterback because injuries can cause targets to be spread around more thinly and also because if the quarterback played better, then the best receiver would have had better numbers.

The defensive personnel is one similarity that Idzik pointed out in the quotes included in Cimini's article. He talked about both teams being physical, fast and athletic on defense. However, they don't really compare directly. The Seahawks' strength is in their secondary, whereas their defensive line is founded more on strength in depth rather than impact play. Seven different players played more than 480 snaps and five more reserves combined for approximately another 300. Even if you count Quinton Coples as a defensive lineman, the Jets only used six defensive linemen all year. To make this comparison you have to get more into the strategic side of things.

Strategy

Much has been made of the Seahawks' use of the "4-3 under" defense under Carroll. Totally at odds with the Jets "3-4 base defense" of course...right? Not at all. As I wrote back in July, the Jets base defense actually has more in common with the 4-3 over/under defenses than the more vanilla Mangini 3-4 that some corners of the media still seems to think the team employs. Even when the Jets have four linebackers standing up, their alignment is often identical to a 4-3 over/under defense, just with the open side defensive end standing. The Jets regularly open the game in this look and actively use pre-snap shifts to vacillate between the over and under looks, adding a further hybrid element to the defense. This involves the defensive tackles shifting, often so that the nose tackle ends up in a two-gapping role.

Drafting Sheldon Richardson and tweaking Quinton Coples' role so that he was almost exclusively on the outside provided the Jets with ideal personnel to employ this look and the easy narrative would be that Idzik brought it with him from Seattle, but the reality is that the Jets have been using these packages throughout the Rex Ryan era.

On the offensive side of the ball, Idzik made note of the fact that the teams are both strong up front and it's true that they each employ a solid running game led by a back capable of making yards after contact. The Seahawks beat the Saints in the first round of this year's playoffs while Wilson completed just two-of-nine passes in the second half. There aren't many teams that could win a game against a playoff team with numbers like that, but the Jets are arguably one of the others.

One major difference, though, was the fact that the Seahawks maintained this solid running game despite all their lost man-hours on the offensive line. The Jets' linemen didn't miss a single game due to injury, whereas none of the Seahawks started every game and they had to change their alignment several times. We don't know for certain that the Jets would have struggled with guys like Oday Aboushi and Caleb Schlauderaff forced into significant spot duty, but it does seem probable.

Building a contender

The Seahawks were 11-5 last year and then went 13-3 this year as they made the Super Bowl. However, looking back to the three years prior to that, they had to endure some futility. They won five, seven and seven games over the three previous seasons - although in the middle of those three seasons, they did win a division title and a first round playoff matchup.

The Jets will enter next year with eight, six and eight wins over their previous three seasons and will be hoping next year is where they can start to take things up a notch as the Seahawks did last year. The Jets are definitely a team in a position to invest in some talent (whether that be in terms of extending and retaining their own guys or via the draft and free agency), rather than being in a position where they need to consolidate their position and try to maintain continuity without compromising their cap situation.

The key to the Seahawks' rebuilding process has been building through the draft. Scoring major contributors like Richard Sherman and Russell Wilson in the middle rounds is a surefire way to bolster your talent, but the Seahawks also had some good depth from their recent drafts. Like the Colts, their 2012 improvement came about with several rookies starting and contributing which obviously affords them the financial flexibility to make other moves. For the Jets, while it perhaps won't be reflected in the win-loss column until next season - and there were undeniable teething troubles across the board - they did get significant contributions in terms of playing time from five of their 2013 picks, and should have plenty of picks this year too.

Cap situation

That brings us to the cap situation for each team. As you'd expect, with the Jets just getting started in the retooling process, they have much more cap room than the Seahawks. According to OverTheCap.com, only six teams have fewer cap dollars committed to 2014 than the Jets, whereas only six teams have more cap commitments for 2014 than the Seahawks. That doesn't tell the full story, because the Jets have a few contracts they'll be purging to create additional space and the Seahawks have a few key guys who will need to be extended soon.

For the Seahawks, it will be interesting to see whether the media overreacts to their upcoming cap situation, because it's analogous to what the Jets went through over the past few seasons. They're actually in a pretty similar situation to the Jets from 2010 to 2012, but should be absolutely fine for at least a few more years because (a) they don't have many needs, (b) they have a few bigger deals that can be purged with younger and cheaper guys capable of replacing those players and (c) they have some scope to restructure deals to create more space and extend their window if required. Add to that the fact that Wilson cannot (by rule) get an extension until after next season and the Seahawks have plenty of scope to keep their roster loaded for years to come, especially if they keep hitting on draft choices which will make their more higher priced talent expendable down the road.

Idzik will get a lot of praise from the media for "fixing" the Jets' cap situation and will likely get credit for following the sort of measured approach that the Seahawks are admired for, but in reality most of the moves the Jets made in 2013 were moves that Tannenbaum was destined to make anyway, due to the in-built flexibility in most of his contracts. The biggest difference here is nothing to do with cap management, but rather everything to do with personnel evaluation. Even with a cap structure in place, if you waste significant cap room on a player who under-performs - or cap room is wasted because a high-priced player misses a ton of time with injuries - then your roster flexibility might struggle to recover. Each of those things happened to the Jets too often over the last couple of years.

What about Denver?

Due to the Idzik connection, the comparisons between the Seahawks and Jets are inevitable, but what about the Broncos? If things went slightly differently, could the Jets have ended up more like the Broncos than the Seahawks by 2014? We can only speculate on how seriously the Jets considered trying to acquire Peyton Manning when he became available a few years ago. Most people seem to think he wouldn't have wanted to play for Ryan, but that's total speculation too. Who's to say he wouldn't have relished the challenge of playing across town (sort of) from his brother? It's a major "what if?" but although it's an over-simplification to suggest that Manning IS the Denver Broncos, there's no denying the influence he has on his offensive line, his receivers and the perception of the organization as a place free agents would want to be - and it's now obvious the Jets could have afforded to pay him if they got rid of Mark Sanchez, as I wrote at the time.

There are other similarities too. The Broncos employed the 4-3 under extensively over the last two seasons when Von Miller was available and he has produced incredible numbers, mostly from the strongside linebacker position that Calvin Pace plays, not - as you might expect - from the weakside edge rusher spot played by Coples.

Conclusions

It's interesting to look at the parallels between the Jets and Seahawks. Obviously, Seattle must be doing something right and the fact that the Jets are doing some similar things is a positive sign - as is the fact that the man now in charge of the Jets played an influential role with Seattle.

The biggest difference between the teams right now, other than how far along they are in their efforts to build a contender, is the fact that Seattle's roster is much deeper due to the success they've enjoyed in the draft in recent years. With up to 12 picks coming up this year, along with a favorable cap situation to try and fill some needs, the Jets have a good chance to start to make up some ground in that area.

Also critical is the fact that Seattle is getting consistently good play from the vital quarterback position. One way or another, the Jets will be hoping to close that gap too next season, but as we've seen in recent years, that's easier said than done.

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New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles talks to linebacker Demario Davis in the first quarter of the game against the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. (Chuck Cook/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles talks to linebacker Demario Davis in the first quarter of the game against the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. (Chuck Cook/USA TODAY Sports)

After the Jets were eliminated from playoff contention with Sunday's 31-19 loss to the New Orleans Saints, several players said they believe head coach Todd Bowles should return next season.

"He does a good job as a head coach," veteran running back Matt Forte said, according to Newsday's Calvin Watkins. "People are going to criticize you. If you're 9-4 or 10-3 then you would be the greatest thing since slice bread. But [since] we're mathematically out of the playoffs and lost a couple of games in a row, then everything is worse."

New York has lost seven of its last nine games since a 3-2 start, however the fact the Jets have five wins this season is a sign they have already exceeded expectations given many analysts predicted New York would win a maximum of four games or have a historically bad season.

"He's the Jets' head coach," rookie safety Jamal Adams told Watkins. "He's my head coach and he's the team head coach. There shouldn't be any discussion who is going to be the head coach. It should be Todd Bowles. There shouldn't be any indecision about how our coach is coaching us. We got to finish ballgames."

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Jets Post Game Overtime: 12/17 00:07:55
The Jets Post Game crew hands out its report cards after the Jets' defeat at the hands of the New Orleans Saints, 31-19, on Sunday.

New York Jets quarterback Bryce Petty stretches before Sunday's game against the against the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. (Chuck Cook/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets quarterback Bryce Petty stretches before Sunday's game against the against the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. (Chuck Cook/USA TODAY Sports)

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Bryce Petty has already been named the Jets starting quarterback for their game against the Los Angeles Chargers next Sunday.

Pencil him in for the start in the Jets' finale on New Year's Eve in New England, too.

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New York Jets quarterback Bryce Petty throws against the New Orleans Saints during the first quarter at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. (Derick E. Hingle/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets quarterback Bryce Petty throws against the New Orleans Saints during the first quarter at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. (Derick E. Hingle/USA TODAY Sports)

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Bryce Petty has now had five chances over the last 13 months to prove he can be the Jets' Quarterback of the Future.

He hasn't. And he's not.

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Bowles, Petty on loss to Saints 00:02:05
Jets head coach Todd Bowles and QB Bryce Petty discuss their inability to convert on big plays and capitalize on three forced turnovers.

In Bryce Petty's first start of the season after Josh McCown's season-ending injury, the Jets lost to the Saints 30-19. The defense played admirably against the league's offense, but struggled in covering the dynamic backfield of Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara.

Petty completed 18 of 37 passes for 171 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Elijah McGuire led the team in receiving with three catches for 48 yards and a touchdown. 

Bilal Powell led the team in rushing with 44 yards on 13 attempts with a touchdown...

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New York Jets defensive end Leonard Williams on the sidelines during the third quarter against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets defensive end Leonard Williams on the sidelines during the third quarter against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets announced that Leonard Williams suffered a concussion in their 30-19 loss to the Saints. 

Williams had enjoyed an active game with five tackles and an interception. 

The Jets will continue to evaluate Williams ahead of their next game on Christmas Eve against the Chargers. 

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Anderson plays Pick Six 00:02:29
Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson plays Pick Six with SNY's Jeane Coakley.

New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson (96) warms up before an NFL football game against the New England Patriots Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) (Seth Wenig/AP)
New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson (96) warms up before an NFL football game against the New England Patriots Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) (Seth Wenig/AP)

Mo Wilkerson won't play for the Jets on Sunday afternoon, and it's possible he'll never play for the Jets again.

Jets coach Todd Bowles is considering turning Wilkerson's one-week punishment into something more, according to a team source, including possibly sitting him for the final two games of the season, too. And with Wilkerson now a virtual lock to be cut in March before his 2018 salary becomes guaranteed, that means he may have played the final game of his Jets career...

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New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson gestures after a play against the Buffalo Bills during the second half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)
New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson gestures after a play against the Buffalo Bills during the second half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)

As Todd Bowles announced earlier in the week, Muhammad Wilkerson is inactive, the team announced.

The rest of the Jets inactives are: CB Derrick Jones, CB Jeremy Clark, RB Akeem Judd, LB Freddie Bishop, OT Ben Ijalana and C Jonotthan Harrison.

The Jets take on the Saints in New Orleans at 1 p.m.

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Sep 10, 2017; Orchard Park, NY, USA; New York Jets tight end Eric Tomlinson (83) warms up before the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports (Timothy T. Ludwig)
Sep 10, 2017; Orchard Park, NY, USA; New York Jets tight end Eric Tomlinson (83) warms up before the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports (Timothy T. Ludwig)

One of the few positives to emanate from the Jets 23-0 loss to the Broncos was TE Eric Tomlinson's competence as a long snapper. Tomlinson was forced into action after regular long snapper Thomas Hennessy went out injured.

"It's funny because when I walked up to him I said, 'Hey, man, you're up,'" Jets special teams coordinator Brant Boyer said, via Associated Press. "And typical Tomlinson, he looked up at me and said, 'I got you Boyer,' and gives me knuckles. He's that kind of guy, though, so he was great..."

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Aug 19, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown (15) quarterback Bryce Petty (9) and quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) during the second quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Fuller)
Aug 19, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown (15) quarterback Bryce Petty (9) and quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) during the second quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Fuller)

THE GAME: The Jets (5-9) at the New Orleans Saints (9-4) at the Superdome in New Orleans on Sunday, Dec. 17 at 1 p.m. ET.

THE WEATHER: It's a dome, so I wouldn't worry about it.

WHAT IT MEANS: Well, technically the Jets are alive...

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Jonas Schwartz and Willie Colon are frustrated after another loss in a game they were supposed to win. The guys discuss Josh McCown's broken left hand, and how it impacts the team going forward. Later, Jets linebacker Demario Davis joins the show to talk about his leadership as team captain, McCown's impact, and the rise of the team's young linebackers - Darron Lee and Jordan Jenkins.

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New York Jets wide receiver Jermaine Kearse catches a pass during the second half against the Kansas City Chiefs at MetLife Stadium. (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets wide receiver Jermaine Kearse catches a pass during the second half against the Kansas City Chiefs at MetLife Stadium. (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)

Richard Sherman has kept tabs on former teammate Jermaine Kearse and went out of his way to praise the receiver. Sherman scribed a piece for The Players' Tribune called "Underrated Wide Receivers 101", highlighting who he believes to be underrated receivers in the league. He led with Kearse. 

The Jets acquired Kearse from the Seahawks, along with a second-round pick, for Sheldon Richardson just before the season started. Kearse has made 52 catches for 681 yards and 5 touchdowns this season-- all already career highs or on pace to set career highs. 

"It's safe to say that Jermaine is clutch," Sherman said. "And ridiculously underrated..."

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Vacc's 3 keys to Jets win 00:01:36
SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano gives his three keys to a Jets victory over the New Orleans Saints on Sunday.

SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano gives his three keys to a Jets victory over the New Orleans Saints on Sunday.

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Wilkerson not playing at Saints 00:02:19
Jeane Coakley and Ralph Vacchiano report from Jets practice where the team announced that Muhammad Wilkerson will not play this Sunday.
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New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson (96) celebrates after intercepting the ball, during the first half of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins, Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) (Lynne Sladky/AP)
New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson (96) celebrates after intercepting the ball, during the first half of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins, Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) (Lynne Sladky/AP)

Jets DE Muhammad Wilkerson is out for Sunday's game against the game after he was benched for showing up late to the team facility Friday. 

Wilkerson will not travel with the team to New Orleans as it was a 'coaching decision,' according to head coach Todd Bowles. Wilkerson supposedly showed up to the facility "very late," a source told SNY's Ralph Vacchiano. This is the third straight year the 28-year-old has been benched for being late. 

This season, Wilkerson has been underperforming with only 3.5 sacks and 46 combined tackles. 

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Wilkerson will not play Sunday 00:03:02
The Daily News Live crew discusses Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson not traveling to play in New Orleans this Sunday due to tardiness.

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - Muhammad Wilkerson has no future with the Jets. He knows it and they know it. He'll be released long before his 2018 salary is guaranteed on March 16.

And really, there's no reason to wait that long anymore.

Wilkerson was punished by Jets coach Todd Bowles on Friday, after he showed up late -- very late -- to the team facility, according to a team source. Bowles immediately told the 28-year-old malcontent he wouldn't be traveling to New Orleans with the team for the game on Sunday. And according to one team source, his pseudo-suspension could last longer than that.

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New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson gestures after a play against the Buffalo Bills during the second half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)
New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson gestures after a play against the Buffalo Bills during the second half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)

Jets DE Muhammad Wilkerson will not travel with the team to New Orleans to face the Saints on Sunday, head coach Todd Bowles said on Friday, saying it was a 'coaching decision' -- not injury-related.

Wilkerson was very late to the Jets' facility today, which is why he was benched, a source told SNY's Ralph Vacchiano, who says it wouldn't be a surprise if this isn't just a one-game punishment, either.

Earlier this month, a day after he benched Wilkerson for most of the first quarter because he showed up late to a team meeting, Bowles said he still considers the 28-year-old defensive end a team leader.

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Aug 26, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Bryce Petty (9) calls a play at the line during the third quarter of 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 quarterback Bryce Petty (9) calls a play at the line during the third quarter of a preseason game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Jets (5-8) face the Saints (9-4) on Sunday in New Orleans. Here's what's going on today…

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The Jets practice today at Florham Park and Todd Bowles should be providing an injury update later. SNY's Ralph Vacchiano will be attending practice this week. Follow @RVacchianoSNY on Twitter to keep up with all the latest Jets news and rumors…

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John Morton on quitting vs. DEN 00:00:31
Jets offensive coordinator John Morton admits to calling it quits in Sunday's loss to the Denver Broncos.

Jets OC John Morton said his team waved the white flag last Sunday against the Broncos, with his team trailing, 23-0, in the fourth quarter.

"Listen, the game was out of hand and I didn't want to let some bad stuff happen," Morton said. "At that time, I don't like to say, 'No mas,' but it was time to get out of there. They kicked our butts, they kicked our butts. Sometimes that happens in the National Football League."

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | ArchiveI know there are some people bothered by this, but I don't get it at all. Jets offensive coordinator John Morton gave an honest and reasonable answer to a question about why he wasn't being more aggressive with his play calling in the fourth quarter...

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Kerley blames ghost for PED's 00:05:09
On Loud Mouths, the guys fill in the blanks on hot topics including Manny Machado, Ian Kinsler, Jeremy Kerley's ghost and Star Wars.

Jets wide receiver Jeremy Kerley said he still wasn't sure how a banned substance in his system led to a four-game suspension and suggested it was because of a ghost.

"I don't know, a lot of ghosts around here," Kerley said, according to Newsday's Calvin Watkins. "Ghost put it in. You know the ghost of Christmas past."

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Alabama Crimson Tide offensive lineman Korren Kirven (Jason Getz/USA TODAY Sports)
Alabama Crimson Tide offensive lineman Korren Kirven (Jason Getz/USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets signed offensive tackle Korren Kirven to the practice squad and released tight end Zach Conque, the team announced Friday.

Kirven, an undrafted rookie out of Alabama, had signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after the 2017 draft.

Conque was with the Jets' practice squad for three weeks after the Houston Texans waived/injured him in August.

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GEICO SportsNite: Jets' plan 00:02:06
On GEICO SportsNite, Ralph Vacchiano discusses how the Jets are preparing to face Drew Brees and the formidable New Orleans Saints.

After Josh McCown's season-ending injury, Bryce Petty has been pushed to center stage for the Jets and will be starting this Sunday in New Orleans. The Saints won't take the Jets' backup lightly, citing a lack of film on the former Baylor quarterback.

Publically, multiple members of the Saints' secondary have been respectful of Petty's ability.

"For me having been in this league for a while, it's actually scarier going against a guy you don't have a lot of film on..."

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4 Keys to beating the Saints 00:04:30
On Jets Game Plan, the crew discusses the keys to stopping Drew Brees and the red-hot New Orleans Saints this week.

On Jets Game Plan, the crew discusses the keys to stopping Drew Brees and the red-hot New Orleans Saints this week.


Aug 31, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) (Ed Mulholland)
Aug 31, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) (Ed Mulholland)

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - Bryce Petty will make his fifth career start for the Jets on Sunday in New Orleans because Josh McCown has a broken left hand and because, as Todd Bowles said, "Bryce is the next man up."

That's a nice, tidy coach-speak way of avoiding the obvious truth about that decision: Starting Petty makes very little sense at this point for the 5-8 Jets. They need to see Christian Hackenberg play...

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Aug 19, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown (15) quarterback Bryce Petty (9) and quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) during the second quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Fuller)
Aug 19, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown (15) quarterback Bryce Petty (9) and quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) during the second quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Fuller)

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - Josh McCown may be out for the season and unsigned for 2018, but he's not done helping the Jets young players just yet.

The 38-year-old quarterback was back on the practice field on Thursday, just two days after undergoing surgery on his broken left hand, and he will travel with the Jets to New Orleans this weekend for their game against the Saints on Sunday afternoon. There, according to Jets coach Todd Bowles, McCown will serve as a "player-coach" as quarterback Bryce Petty makes his first start of the year...

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Nov 2, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Matt Forte (22) celebrates his touchdown against the Buffalo Bills during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Nov 2, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Matt Forte (22) celebrates his touchdown against the Buffalo Bills during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

Matt Forte (knee) missed practice again Thursday. The good news, though, is he was the only player who missed Wednesday's practice to sit out Thursday's as well.

All of CB Morris Claiborne (foot), RB Elijah McGuire (ankle), S Rontez Miles (hamstring), CB Rashard Robinson (not injury related) and G Brian Winters (abdomen, ankle) were limited participants Thursday after being unable to go on Wednesday. 

LB Bruce Carter (groin) and LS Thomas Hennessy (concussion) were also limited participants. 

The Jets travel to New Orleans to play the Saints this Sunday in Bryce Petty's  first start of the season.

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GEICO SportsNite: Petty to start 00:01:59
With Josh McCown sidelined due to a broken hand, Bryce Petty is motivated to prove his worth in the final three games of the season.

The Jets (5-8) face the Saints (9-4) on Sunday in New Orleans. Here's what's going on today…

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The Jets practice today at Florham Park and Todd Bowles should be providing an injury update later. SNY's Ralph Vacchiano will be attending practice this week. Follow @RVacchianoSNY on Twitter to keep up with all the latest Jets news and rumors…

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Dec 3, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Matt Forte (22) runs the ball against Kansas City Chiefs corner back Darrelle Revis (24) during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Dec 3, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Matt Forte (22) runs the ball against Kansas City Chiefs corner back Darrelle Revis (24) during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

As he has done for the last month, RB Matt Forte (knee) was on the sidelines during the Jets' practice on Wednesday. 

LB Mo Claiborne (foot), RB Eli McGuire (ankle), DB Rontez Miles (hamstring), OL Brian Winters (abdomen/ankle) and DB Rashard Robinson (excused) joined Forte as inactives.

LB Bruce Carter (groin) and LS Tom Hennessy (concussion) were limited.

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Jets LB Demario Davis has been a cornerstone of the team's defense this season, but it wasn't always that way. 

When returning to the Jets this offseason after a season with the Browns, fans and media crushed Davis, saying he wasn't worth bringing back after serving four previous season in Green & White. Davis didn't prove them wrong in the first two weeks of the season either as he struggled mightily on the field. 

Davis spoke with SNY's Jonas Schwartz and Willie Colon on "The Jet Stream Podcast" to talk about how he dealt with the pressure, and turned around his season...

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