One hot topic at the moment concerning the Jets seems to be the news that Quinton Coples has been permanently moved to outside linebacker. As BGA readers will know, this has been a proposition I've been intrigued by since the tail end of last season.

After the Jets drafted defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson last week, I wrote briefly about the option of using him there in certain packages here. However, now that they've announced this is happening, I'm going to look in more detail at what evidence there is that could indicate Coples will be productive in this role. I'll also delve into what the news that he's moving permanently actually means in practical terms.

After the jump, I'll lay out my thoughts, but before then, I'd recommend you read this recent study from ProFootballFocus into where pressure comes from and the effects that it has. My research also makes use of exclusive statistics provided by PFF which are not available to subscribers.

What is a "Rush Linebacker"?

One major problem with the complexity of Rex Ryan's defensive system is that - with all due respect - many media members don't understand how the scheme works, or at least simplify things too much when they are writing about the system to give the illusion that they don't really understand it. The scheme involves multiple fronts, personnel groups, formations, blitz packages, run fits and coverages so even when you comprehend the basics, you risk falling into a trap of over-generalizing. The Jets had five or more defensive backs on the field over half the time last year, so it's pretty rare for them to be in a base defense anyway. However, on the defensive line most of their subpackages operate under similar principles.

One of the key features of the defense is the role of the Rush Linebacker in the front seven (or sometimes six, in certain nickel packages). Since there are four players with "linebacker" in their job title, the media will often make the mistake of referring to Rex's defense as a 3-4 base and then comparing it with the other 3-4 defenses around the league, such as Pittsburgh or Houston - or Eric Mangini's 3-4 defense that the Jets ran from 2006 to 2008. In fact, the defense has more in common with teams like the Patriots and Cowboys ... and of course Baltimore, whose own version of the hybrid system evolved out of what Rex Ryan created as defensive coordinator there until he got the Jets' coaching job in 2009.

Essentially the "Rush Linebacker" is more "Rush" than "Linebacker". In fact, Karl Dunbar reportedly announced that Coples is moving to "rush" on twitter, which was the point at which this story seems to have gone public. The Rush Linebacker is primarily a weakside pass rusher that sometimes, but not necessarily the majority of the time, operates out of a standing stance. He can also play with his hand in the dirt and for certain players, that's what they will choose to do most of the time.

Since that player has the option to play with his hand in the dirt, thereby creating a situation where there are four down linemen, some people see this as a move towards a 4-3 defense, but ultimately it's the same defense, often operating with 46 principles. Most players won't see their role change regardless of whether Coples (or whoever the Rush Linebacker is) chooses to put his hand in the dirt. Of course there are certain personnel groupings that will operate better in a 4-3 than a 3-4 (and vice versa) and there will no doubt be some more conventional formations mixed in to exploit this.

What does Coples' move to Rush Linebacker actually mean?

The news that Coples is making this move - which may not prove to be permanent if it doesn't work out and probably doesn't preclude him from still getting plenty of reps on the inside - has created an interesting situation where you have people both overreacting to the news and underselling its importance.

Some people are overreacting because Coples was a down lineman last year and moving him to linebacker suggests he will have to pursue sideline to sideline and undertake coverage assignments. However, the Rush Linebacker role isn't that different to playing as a 4-3 defensive end, something Coples did on over 130 snaps last year. The role he'd be taking on is closely related to the role Terrell Suggs plays in Baltimore. Suggs dropped into coverage less than 8% of the time last year and when he did it would usually be just dropping off into an area or a passing lane, not tracking a receiver. Coples dropped into coverage 2% of the time last year, so this could well be something he does more of, but is never going to be a primary role or something easily exploitable. If he's coming off the weakside, there often won't be any receivers on his side anyway.

Despite the change in position, Coples is still going to rush the passer the majority of the time. The only change being that he will be an edge rusher more often (but not exclusively) and an interior rusher less often. We'll get into how he fares at each of those disciplines later on.

In simplistic terms, Coples is becoming an edge rusher in the Mario Williams or Julius Peppers mold, not being asked to turn into Jonathan Vilma overnight.

At the same time, a lot of people are writing this off as no big deal and suggesting that it won't mark a massive change to his role since he does so many different things anyway. To some extent that is reasonable, but there are some significant practical changes that will take place. The biggest of these is that Coples will now work primarily with the outside linebackers rather than the defensive ends in practice. We understand he did some of this last year, but was mainly under defensive line coach Karl Dunbar's supervision, whereas now he should be working with the linebacker coaches most of the time. Coples will also be referred to as a linebacker in team literature - note that they haven't changed this on the official website yet, but I'd expect that change to happen at some point soon. That shouldn't have any immediate effect though.

There may be suggestions in some circles that the Jets made this move in response to ending up with Richardson in the draft and it could be seen as something of a panic move after none of their desired OLB choices fell to them. However, based on what we've been told by multiple team sources, this was something that began before the draft. Maybe they would have moved Coples back inside had Barkevious Mingo or Dion Jordan fallen to them at the ninth pick of the draft, I don't know. However, the Coples moves was something where the wheels were already in motion.

Looking at 2012 Pass Rushing Data

I was interested by a comment made by Sackdance99 in the comments section earlier today that Coples will still get plenty of reps on the inside because he is a better interior rusher than off the edge. There are really two ways of reading "better" in that comment and rather than ask for clarification, I thought I'd just investigate both. One would be that "better" means "more productive" and the other would be that "better" means "more skilled". I'll therefore be looking at film later to see where and how he did the most damage, but let's first investigate the data in respect of his pass rushing numbers to investigate productivity.

One thing to bear in mind is that you would expect edge rushers to have better productivity anyway, so even if Coples was more productive from the edge, that wouldn't tell us too much unless the amount he was more productive by compared favorably to the usual differences between outside and interior pressure (discussed in detail in the PFF link above the jump). Also, we would need to look at per-snap or per-rush productivity rather than total productivity because, although Coples might have recorded more pressure on interior rushes, that may just be a product of the fact he rushed up the middle a lot more than off the edge.

Another PFF article commented briefly on the Coples move this morning and touches on those issues:

He played with his hand up on only 27 occasions last year and dropped in coverage a mere 10 times (none of which were from a two-point stance), but before you write it off consider that with a Pass Rush Productivity of 8.0 he had the fifth-best rating among his peers, which would have put him mid-table in the 3-4 OLB rankings despite having the clear disadvantage of rushing from the inside.

As I mentioned in my previous Coples article (linked earlier), most of those 27 snaps were from the "Amoeba" formation where there are no down linemen because the linemen and linebackers mill about at the snap to try and confuse the defense and shoot a gap. Coples was surprisingly effective at this which makes me wonder if he might choose to play standing up more often than we might expect from a defensive tackle making such a move. There were a handful of plays at the end of the year where he did line up as an outside linebacker in a standing position, including a couple where he beat the left tackle to generate pressure.

We're going to look at the pressure he generated last year and it breaks down between interior and edge rushing. However, first of all, let's look at how often he attempted to rush from each position:

4-3 Defensive End - 17%

3-4 Defensive End - 48%

Defensive Tackle - 28%

Standing - 7%

Immediately we can see that he doesn't have an enormous amount of experience rushing from the edge at the NFL level. However, we can also say that this would explain why he might have generated more interior pressure during the season. In terms of which side he rushed from, there were more reps from the right side (ie the blindside, and usually the weakside) but not significantly so.

Here's the position he was playing as he generated that pressure:

4-3 Defensive End - 13%

3-4 Defensive End - 39%

Defensive Tackle - 39%

Standing - 10%

(Note: These percentages represent the proportion of his total pressure generated from each position)

This suggests that he is more productive with an interior rush. However, a review of the film shows that often - not always - when he was lined up as a 3-4 defensive end, he was opposite and sometimes even outside an offensive tackle, so this should perhaps be treated as an edge rush attempt. So, perhaps a better way to break it down would be to see who he was matched up against:

Tackles - 42%

Guards - 23%

Centers - 13%

Coverage/Unattributed - 23%

Now we're starting to get a picture of how he actually has slightly more success on the outside. We're not going to be able to tell how that pressure was generated without looking at the film, which we'll do in the next section.

Before we move on though, let's analyze whether he generated more pressure from the right side or the left side of the defense. The easy answer is that, however you slice it, he was better from the right - going up against the left side of the offensive line.

If you treat all pressure against guards as being "up the middle" pressure came from:

Left side of the offensive line - 29%

Right side of the offensive line - 13%

Up the middle - 35%

Unattributed - 23%

However, if you treat each guard as being from the relevant side of the line, the difference is even more pronounced:

Left side of the offensive line - 45%

Right side of the offensive line - 19%

Up the middle - 13%

Unattributed - 23%

This is also backed up if we break down Coples' pressure by his position on defense at the snap:

Left Defensive End - 13%

Right Defensive End/LB - 45%

DT/NT - 36%

Amoeba - 6%

Looking at 2012 footage

You may wonder why it's necessary to break down the numbers by both offensive and defensive positions. There are two main reasons. One is that a 3-4 Defensive End could be matched up with a guard in certain fronts and a tackle in others. Similarly, although it didn't apply here, you might get an edge rusher being blocked by a tight end. The other reason is that the Jets will often run stunts, so a guy like Coples might start off matched up with a guard and generate pressure off the edge, or conversely might be matched up with a tackle, only to blitz up the middle. We can't get that from the data, so I instead went back to the footage to see if I could spot any developing trends.

Since the main thing I am looking for is pressure off the edge, we'll focus on examples of where he achieved that.

The first thing to note is that, although you would typically associate your edge rusher with speed rushing and getting around the outside, Coples did most of his damage with inside moves - or when he did get pressure to the outside, it was more of a power move than the type of speed move you can expect to see from Antwan Barnes.

Our first example comes from the first game of the season against the Bills. Coples lined up as a defensive end on the right side in a four man front. He beat the left tackle to the outside, but it wasn't a pure speed rush - he initially faked to the inside and then used his speed to get outside (actually getting called for roughing the passer on the play).

In week four against the 49ers, he created a pressure against each tackle with an inside move while lined up opposite them in a three man front. In beating the right tackle, he showed a good combination of speed and power to drive him back and then come off the block to the inside.

In week six, he had a big game, generating most of his pressure up the middle. However, one of his sacks saw him beat the left tackle around the outside (from a three man front). Again, this wasn't a speed rush, but more of a power move. He got outside leverage and drove powerfully upfield to get around the tackle's shoulder.

In the last game before the bye, against Miami, he was matched up with a tackle in a three man front and beat him with a quick inside move.

After the bye is where they started to use him standing up and he hit Russell Wilson in this situation in the first game following the bye. This was perhaps the closest thing we've seen to a pure speed rush so far, although he did it against the left guard, as the left tackle was forced to step to the outside to counter a wide edge rush. Coples blew by the guard on the outside and hit Wilson as he threw.

It was over the last four games where I really started to notice a trend towards bringing him off the edge. They did this on consecutive plays towards the end of the win over the Jaguars in Week 14. Operating from a three man front with the Jets in a prevent style defense protecting a seven point lead, the Jets lined up Coples on the left tackle's outside shoulder. He was matched up with Eugene Monroe, one of the league's better pass protecting tackles. On the first play, he faked to the inside and beat Monroe to the outside, then on the very next play he made a quick inside move and beat Monroe cleanly to force a bad throw that ended up being the clinching interception. You can see that play here (at 2:45).

The following game was the game against Tennessee where they lined him up as a weakside OLB against another top tackle, Michael Roos, and he beat him with an inside move for a hit. You've probably already seen my gif of this play.

Against San Diego, he did the same thing - beating the left tackle on the inside to hit the quarterback from a weakside OLB position. However, that was the only time he lined up there all day. Despite this fact, he showed more signs of having the skills to be a good edge rusher in that game. He had a sack on a play where he made a speed rush off the edge and then stepped inside the left tackle who was thrown off balance. He also had pressure three times on outside stunts where he lined up on the inside and ended up rushing around the edge. On one of these he ended up unblocked, but on the other two, his speed was too much for the tackle coming across and he got around them.

Finally, he beat the tackle to the outside for a pressure in the final game of the year in Buffalo - the same guy (Cordy Glenn) he beat in the first game of the year. Again, this wasn't a pure speed rush, he drove him back and then beat him outside.

Conclusions

The data analysis here does suggest Coples is capable of being productive from almost anywhere. The fact he is "moving to OLB" shouldn't prevent him from being able to do that. If anything, it will enable him to hone that part of his game and make himself all the more dangerous whenever they do employ him on the inside. The numbers certainly suggest he can do more damage on the weakside and that does correspond with what we've been hearing in terms of their plans for him.

In terms of the film analysis, while he did a lot of damage from three man fronts, there were some direct examples of him producing from the position he will be moving to. However, what's more exciting are the examples of success he showed working against tackles (including some good ones) and rushing off the edge. The fact that he showed an ability to do that is important, because that's what he'll need to do, regardless of how the other ten defensive players are aligned.

While I have focused primarily on the pass rush (and dismissed coverage as not likely to be a significant additional responsibility), there is of course the matter of how well he can play the run. I have chosen not to cover that here, but obviously that will play a huge part in how successful and permanent this experiment will be.

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Quincy Enunwa tweeted on Thursday night that he has been fined nearly $28,000 by the Jets for missing two treatment sessions.

In the Twitter thread, Enunwa claims that one of the missed sessions came when he took his wife, who is a veteran, out for lunch on Veterans Day. Enunwa attributed the second missed treatment to an emergency at this house.

Enunwa played in just one game for the Jets this season, suffering his second neck injury of his career in a Week 1 loss to Buffalo before heading to Injured Reserve.

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Darnold on Gase job security 00:01:05
Sam Darnold responds to Christopher Johnson's comments about Adam Gase's job security. The QB says he has a good relationship with Gase.

On Wednesday, Jets owner Christopher Johnson told reporters that head coach Adam Gase will be returning for the 2020-21 season, despite the team's current 2-7 record.

Many players were pleased to hear this news, especially second-year quarterback Sam Darnold, who spoke to media during Thursday's press conference.

"I think if everything works out how it's supposed to, and Adam's here again, I think that would be absolutely amazing," Darnold said. "Already going into OTA's and knowing the whole offense, and even being able to build off of things we've already done this year. It would be incredible."

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Adams on being a Jet for life 00:01:29
Jamal Adams responds to Christopher Johnson's comments about being a Jet for life and talks about being AFC Defensive Player of the Week.

Jets owner Christopher Johnson was candid when asked about S Jamal Adams on Sunday, saying "I would love to have Jamal on this team forever."

The feeling is mutual.

"S--t, I want to be a Jet for life, too," Adams told reporters on Wednesday. 

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Jan 1, 2017; Santa Clara, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) passes the football against Seattle Seahawks defensive end Frank Clark (55) during the fourth quarter at Levis Stadium Seahawks defeated the 49ers 25-23. Mandatory Credit: Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports (Neville E. Guard)
Jan 1, 2017; Santa Clara, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) passes the football against Seattle Seahawks defensive end Frank Clark (55) during the fourth quarter at Levis Stadium Seahawks defeated the 49ers 25-23. Mandatory Credit: Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports (Neville E. Guard)

All 32 NFL teams received notification Tuesday of free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick's private workout Saturday in Atlanta, and both franchises from New York are set to be on hand.

The Jets and Giants will each have a representative in attendance for Kaepernick's session, which the league helped set up, an NFL source told SNY's Ralph Vacchiano on Wednesday.

The two teams have their respective franchise signal in Jets second-year pro Sam Darnold and Giants rookie starter Daniel Jones, and they have at least one backup between the Jets' Luke Falk and the Giants' Eli Manning.

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Aug 29, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets head coach Adam Gase during the second half against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Aug 29, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets head coach Adam Gase during the second half against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

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Christopher Johnson made official what was already pretty obvious, despite the knee-jerk screams to the contrary. He has no plans to fire Jets coach Adam Gase in the middle of his first season, nor will he fire him after the season either.

And despite the pain and the agony of yet another losing season, that is absolutely the right thing to do.

Consider this a moment of sanity: It simply would've been crazy to fire a coach for the second time in a calendar year. And it would've been insane to make Gase the scapegoat for the mess this season has become.

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Nov 10, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets strong safety Jamal Adams (33) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the New York Giants during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Nov 10, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets strong safety Jamal Adams (33) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the New York Giants during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Jets fans don't want to think about this past NFL trade deadline when S Jamal Adams was reportedly almost dealt away. He wasn't traded, but it didn't create a little rift between Adams and the front office. 

Since then, the choppy waters have settled, and Jets owner Christopher Johnson may have just put them at a standstill with his comments Wednesday on the dynamic Pro Bowler.

"Jamal is a fantastic player. We saw that this Sunday. He's an extraordinary player," Johnson told reporters. "He's the kind of player you can build around -- you should be around given the chance. Absolutely amazing."

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Johnson says Gase's job is safe 00:01:44
SNY's Jeane Coakley speaks with Rich Cimini to analyze Chris Johnson's strong commitment to sticking with head coach Adam Gase.

Jets owner Christopher Johnson told reporters on Wednesday that he won't be moving on from head coach Adam Gase this season. 

In fact, he'll be returning for the 2020-21 season.

He will be trusted, along with GM Joe Douglas, to lead the Jets next season and hopefully turn things around.

"I want to assure you there will be no changes in coaches here," Johnson said. "Adam has the trust of this team. He has the trust of Sam [Darnold]. He has Joe's trust. He has my trust. He's a good man. He's a good coach."

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Nov 10, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets head coach Adam Gase and New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) shake hands after a touchdown against the New York Giants during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Nov 10, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets head coach Adam Gase and New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) shake hands after a touchdown against the New York Giants during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Jets head coach Adam Gase entering another week coming off a win at home, searching for his team's first win streak of the season. They have a good chance to make that happen against the lowly Redskins, whose only win this season came against the Dolphins. 

During his daily presser before practice, Gase was brought to the attention of some of his players saying this franchise as had a hard time sustaining success, though. Just when it looks like they've turned the corner with a big win, they end up taking a loss the next week to counteract it. 

That's why Gase is determined to focus solely on this week, and not have the win in the back of his mind. For him, the past week -- win or loss -- doesn't matter. 

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After arguably the best performance of his career and one of the best defensive performances in the NFL this season, Jets safety Jamal Adams has been rewarded.

Adams, who had nine tackles, two sacks, and two forced fumbles in Sunday's win over the Giants, has been named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week.

On one of the sacks Adams had on Sunday, he ripped the ball right out of Daniel Jones' hands and raced to the end zone for a touchdown.

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Oct 27, 2019; Jacksonville, FL, USA; New York Jets head coach Adam Gase (green hat) looks on during the second quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports (Douglas DeFelice)
Oct 27, 2019; Jacksonville, FL, USA; New York Jets head coach Adam Gase (green hat) looks on during the second quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports (Douglas DeFelice)

Adam Gase joined ESPN and YES Network's The Michael Kay Show on Tuesday to discuss the Jets' huge win over the Giants this past week.

Gase discussed the performance of his young quarterback Sam Darnold and how his play seemed different when compared to other weeks this season.

"I thought he played really well," Gase told Michael Kay. "He did a great job of controlling really the things that he could control. He did a good job of making the right decision when he was in the pocket, whether it be taking a sack, throwing the ball away, just those little tiny things instead of trying to go out there and win it by himself. He did a good job of spreading the ball around, doing what he had to do to move the ball down the field."

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Jul 25, 2019; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets tight end Chris Herndon (89) answers questions from media during New York Jets training camp at Atlantic Health Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
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It was announced by Jets head coach Adam Gase that TE Chris Herndon and G Brian Winters suffered tough injuries during the win over the Giants on Sunday. Now, it's the last game the two Jets will play this season. 

The Jets announced via Twitter that both Herndon and Winters have been placed on the season-ending IR. Herndon suffered a fractured rib, while Winters re-dislocated his shoulder and may need surgery. 

This is particularily tough for Herndon, who had the exact opposite sophomore campaign (or lack thereof) than his rookie season, where he proved to be a playmaker at the tight end position.

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The Jets need some cornerback help, and the Bucs may have just helped them out a bit with a transaction on Tuesday. 

Tampa Bay released Vernon Hargreaves III, a former first-round pick back in 2016, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Hargreaves, who was arguably the top cornerback prospect coming out of Florida in that Draft, hasn't panned out with the Bucs. And during the team's loss to the Cardinals on Sunday, a certain non-hustle play that resulted in a large gain for Arizona prompted head coach Bruce Arians to bench him for the rest of the game. 

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The Jets win over the Giants in Week 10 came as a costly one. 

Head coach Adam Gase said two starters, tight end Chris Herndon and offensive lineman Brian Winters, both suffered extensive injuries. 

Herndon, who was making his season debut, fractured a rib. Winters re-dislocated his shoulder and may need surgery. 

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Jets grades after beating Giants 00:05:07
In the Jets Post Game show Ray Lucas and Bart Scott grade the New York Jets after their 34-27 win over the Giants.

The Jets picked up their second win of the season on Sunday over the cross-town rival Giants, and the guys in the studio were pleased with the team's performance.

SNY's Ray Lucas and Bart Scott gave grades out to all aspects of the team, starting with the offense and moving on through the defense and special teams before reaching their thoughts on the coaching.

All in all, the Jets received some of their highest grades of the season from the guys after getting back on track with a win.

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Everyone can rest after Jets win 00:02:08
Ray Lucas and Bart Scott are happy after the Jets 34-27 win. It was a win the "team needed". Ray even hands out a golden football.

With both the Jets and Giants coming into Sunday's matchup on multi-game losing streaks and the New York media spinning this game up to decide who gets to call themselves the "best team in New York," you could say there was a lot riding on this matchup for both teams.

SNY's Bart Scott and Ray Lucas feel that now that the Jets have come out victorious, that outside noise will go away for now and the team can get some much needed rest.

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Crowder: Jets showed resiliency 00:00:59
Jamison Crowder talked to Jeane Coakley after the Jets win. The wide out believes the team can build on this win to start a win streak.

Jets wide receiver Jamison Crowder spoke with SNY's Jeane Coakley after the team's 34-27 win over the Giants.

"I thought we played a really good game today," Crowder said. "Like you said, started out hot, kind of stalemated a little bit. But then was able to finish at the end of the game, and that's what we needed... Some things we still got to clean up, as always, but I thought we played good overall."

Crowder had five catches for 81 yards and one touchdown in the win. He scored on a 23-yard pass from Sam Darnold in the first quarter to give the Jets an early 14-0 lead.

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Jamal Adams after Jets big win 00:02:18
Jamal Adams talks to Jeane Coakley after the Jets beat the Giants. Adams forced two fumbles and scored his second-career touchdown.

There's nothing else you can think of to say about Jamal Adams' performance against the Giants other than that he was all over the place in this game.

The third-year safety out of LSU was already having a good weekend with the Tigers beating Alabama on their home field, but he carried that into an even better performance at MetLife Stadium for the Jets.

Adams led the Jets with nine tackles, two sacks on Daniel Jones, a pass defended and forced two fumbles, including a strip sack that turned into a fumble recovery for a touchdown. Adams ripped the ball right out of Jones' hands after beating Saquon Barkley off the line of scrimmage, and took the ball to the house without it ever touching the ground.

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Nov 10, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; 
		New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) throws in the 1st quarter against the Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)
Nov 10, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) throws in the 1st quarter against the Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)

In their first game against each other at their shared home in MetLife Stadium, Daniel Jones and Sam Darnold put up some solid numbers for their respective teams. But Darnold got the last laugh as the Jets pulled out a 34-27 win over the Giants.

On paper, it seems that Jones got the best of Darnold based on individual statistics--Jones finished the game 26-of-40 for 308 yards, four touchdowns and zero interceptions, compared to Darnold's not as eye popping performance of 230 yards and one touchdown on 19-of-30 passing--Darnold also ran in for a touchdown, as well.

But the glaring issues for Jones came at a familiar spot that's been hurting him all season: holding on to the football while in the pocket.

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Jets happy after team win 00:01:32
Le'Veon Bell and Sam Darnold were content after the 34-27 win. Bell was complimentary of Sam and leading the team during the comeback.

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The season has already been embarrassing for the Giants. On Sunday they managed to make it worse.

And that's a huge problem for Giants head coach Pat Shurmur and his coaching staff after the Giants lost to the awful Jets, 34-27. Things were bad enough, but a loss to the crosstown rivals is a humiliating defeat that is sure to enrage owner John Mara. Even worse: They've now got two weeks to stew about it, thanks to an ill-timed bye.

To this point, Shurmur wasn't really on a hot seat and his coaching staff wasn't in much danger. The Giants underwent an uncharacteristic, in-season change just two years ago and don't really have an appetite to do that again. GM Dave Gettleman also genuinely seems to like Shurmur as a coach, and according to a team source, has preached patience and believes the team is headed in the right direction.

Tags: Daniel Jones, Jamal Adams, Le'Veon Bell, Robby Anderson, Sam Darnold, Saquon Barkley, Ralph Vacchiano
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The Jets lost some protection for Sam Darnold in their tight matchup with the Giants Sunday, as right guard Brian Winters has been ruled out for the remainder of the game with a shoulder injury.

On a 3rd-and-11, Darnold tried connecting with Robby Anderson for the first down, but Anderson couldn't complete the catch before being taken down hard to the ground. The receiver was shaken up on the play and seemed to hurt his shoulder/collarbone, but was able to leave the field under his own power and eventually return to the game.

Back at the line of scrimmage, Winters was hit by another member of the offensive line and went down holding his shoulder area. He too was able to leave the field on his own after trainers came to check on him while down on the field. 

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Oct 13, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Demaryius Thomas (18) runs the ball against Dallas Cowboys cornerback Byron Jones (31) during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 13, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Demaryius Thomas (18) runs the ball against Dallas Cowboys cornerback Byron Jones (31) during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Jets WR Demaryius Thomas was shaken up after taking a hit on a screen play, and left the field with trainers, according to SNY's Ralph Vacchiano.

Thomas had four receptions for 33 yards before exiting the game against the Giants.

The veteran wide receiver was acquired by the Jets in a trade with the New England Patriots on Sept. 10. Thomas has 19 receptions for 232 yards this season with the Jets.

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Why Jones turnovers the ball 00:02:54
Bart Scott and Ray Lucas demonstrate why Daniel Jones has turnover issues. They point out how the Jets can take advantage in their matchup.

Daniel Jones has showed some growing pains during his rookie season, specifically when it comes to turning the ball over.

Jones has thrown eight interceptions and fumbled the ball another eight times, now leading the league in turnovers.

SNY's Bart Scott and Ray Lucas discussed why Jones turns the ball over so much in the studio Sunday morning, and pointed out how the Jets can take advantage of the quarterback in their upcoming matchup.

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Sep 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) hands off to New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell (26) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Sep 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) hands off to New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell (26) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

The Jets host the Giants on Sunday at 1 p.m. as Sam Darnold and Daniel Jones face off for the first time in the regular season.

Click below to take a look at what the players are wearing as they arrive at MetLife Stadium...

 

Tags: Daniel Jones, Le'Veon Bell, Sam Darnold, Saquon Barkley
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The 1-7 Jets host the 2-7 Giants on Sunday at 1 p.m. on FOX. Here's what you need to know about where to watch...


DATE/TIME: Nov. 10, 2019 at 1 p.m. ET

NETWORK: FOX

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Sep 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets inside linebacker C.J. Mosley (57) celebrates after a fumble recovery during the first half against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Sep 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets inside linebacker C.J. Mosley (57) celebrates after a fumble recovery during the first half against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

C.J. Mosley is not having the year he thought he'd have in his first season with the Jets, having missed six games and on his way to missing a seventh this Sunday against the Jets.

Entering his sixth season in the NFL, Mosley had only missed three total games in his career prior to signing the with Jets in the offseason.

But in just his first game in green and white--a fantastic performance at that--Mosley injured his groin and has missed all but one game since.

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Le'Veon Bell announced on Twitter Saturday evening that he will suit up Sunday for the Jets' matchup with the Giants. 

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Jets vs Giants preview 00:01:34
SNY's Ralph Vacchiano on the extreme pressure both the struggling Jets and Giants face as the teams go head to head on Sunday

Jets owner Christopher Johnson is "expected to remain patient" with Adam Gase and not looking to make a head-coaching change, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

The Jets want to see how Gase does on the job over a longer period of time and reportedly believe the situation "will sort itself out."

While the team is 1-7 entering Sunday afternoon's matchup with the Giants, it has dealt with injuries, as well as the loss of quarterback Sam Darnold earlier this season, when he was diagnosed with mononucleosis.

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Gase talks Giants game, Darnold 00:01:43
SNY's Jeane Coakley talks with Jets Head Coach Adam Gase about the Jets-Giants rivalry while looking for improvement in Sam Darnold's play

SNY's Jeane Coakley talked to Jets head coach Adam Gase ahead of the team's rivalry game against the Giants on Sunday.

"I think we're really focused on us," Gase said. "You can feel it's a little different."

Gase also mentioned that he's impressed with how quarterback Sam Darnold has been improving at practice after a couple rough performances.

"It's probably just the way he's gone back to work," Gase said. "Finding ways to correct the mistakes that have been made. He's done a good job at practice, we just got to get it to carry over to games."

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Oct 21, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) throws a pass against the New England Patriots during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 21, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) throws a pass against the New England Patriots during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

With the Giants and Jets playing each other on Sunday at MetLife Stadium, it will be the first time that quarterbacks Daniel Jones and Sam Darnold face off in the regular season.

Both QBs are just 22-years-old -- in fact, Jones is nine days older than Darnold -- and are already leading their teams as starters since being drafted. The Giants selected Jones with the No. 6 pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, while the Jets took Darnold third overall in the 2018 NFL Draft.

ESPN analyst Dan Orlovsky and CBS analyst Rich Gannon, both former NFL quarterbacks, spoke with Steve Serby of the NY Post to debate which quarterback looks better so far in their young careers.

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There is a Quarterback Revolution going on in the NFL, with one generation taking the baton from the last. The days of Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, Ben Roethlisberger, Philip Rivers and Eli Manning are either over already, or will be soon.

And the new kids are already on the block.

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