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Occasionally, Jets fan David Aitken will contribute to the site or write an article for TheJetsBlog. ?In his latest piece below,?Aitken explores the conflicted notions of what the Jets ought to do with head coach Rex Ryan.

If the game in San Diego was the nail in the coffin for any thought this Jets team could turn their season around, this Sunday?s debacle versus Buffalo felt like the final straw for Rex Ryan?s chances of walking into next September still coaching the New York Jets. Fooling fans into thinking the Jets could beat a decent Buffalo team after dominating New England on the road in a close loss, the Jets, instead, reverted to the all-too-familiar pastime of playing down to an opponent after (nearly) rising to a big occasion. Ryan, who has seen his job come under close scrutiny on more than one occasion over the past six seasons, seems to have finally found a hole out of which he can?t dig himself.

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Dear Mr. Idzik,

Consider this an open letter from a concerned fan. Not because I lack confidence in your decision-making skills or your leadership ? you?ve proven yourself quite adept in the past 13 months ? but because I?m fearful of history repeating itself.

For the past five years, we Jets fans have sat idly by ? Do fans sit any other way during free agency? Pensively, perhaps ? as this coaching staff has devalued two of the true impact positions in today?s NFL.

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Columnist and TheJetsBlog podcast co-host?Corey Griffin?takes a look at the Rex Ryan contract extension from Thursday.

Take a bow, John Idzik. You deserve it.

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Got a?Case of the Mondays? Fear not!?Columnist and TheJetsBlog Podcast co-host?Corey Griffin?has you covered every?Monday?morning with thoughts, ideas and opinions about all things Jets.

General manager John Idzik helped owner Woody Johnson make the right decision in retaining Rex Ryan as coach. Now, it?s time for Idzik to show he meant it.

Tags: Case of the Mondays, Geno Smith, jets, New York Jets, nfl, Opinion, Rex Ryan, woody johnson, Brian Bassett
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Got a?Case of the Mondays? Fear not!?Columnist and TheJetsBlog Podcast co-host?Corey Griffin?has you covered every?Monday?morning with thoughts, ideas and opinions about all things Jets.

After Sunday?s loss in Carolina, the time for a green and white playoff pipe dream has all but come and gone. What was once a roaring fire after the upset win over New Orleans is now a collection of smoldering kindling waiting to be mathematically eliminated

Tags: Dee Milliner, Geno Smith, Muhammad Wilkerson, New York Jets, nfl, Opinion, Rex Ryan, santonio holmes, Sheldon Richardson, Brian Bassett
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Got a?Case of the Mondays? Fear not!?Columnist and TheJetsBlog Podcast co-host?Corey Griffin?has you covered every?Monday?morning with thoughts, ideas and opinions about all things Jets.

The Jets? victory over the hapless Raiders Sunday was more about postponing the ending than defining the tale.

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I intended to do a "Thank You" post on Thanksgiving. My mother always told me it's better late than never (well, about some things) so in that case, allow me to offer you a belated thank you for stopping by and visiting Metsminorleagueblog.com.

I'm thankful that this blog exists, that it gives me a place to write about baseball, Mets baseball and Mets prospects. It's extremely gratifying that others spend some time everyday here.

 

Tags: Off-Topic, Opinion, Toby Hyde

Got a?Case of the Mondays? Fear not!?Columnist and TheJetsBlog Podcast co-host?Corey Griffin?has you covered every?Monday?morning with thoughts, ideas and opinions about all things Jets.

It?s the worst time of every NFL fan?s winter. The weather turns from chilly to cold, rain becomes snow and playoff hopes disappear, replaced by offseason plans and draft prospects.

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Got a?Case of the Mondays? Fear not!?Columnist and TheJetsBlog Podcast co-host?Corey Griffin?has you covered every?Monday?morning with thoughts, ideas and opinions about all things Jets.

Geno Smith was set up to fail from the moment he stepped on the field Sunday afternoon.

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Got a?Case of the Mondays? Fear not!?Columnist and TheJetsBlog Podcast co-host?Corey Griffin?has you covered every?Monday?morning this Tuesday with thoughts, ideas and opinions about all things Jets.

There?s nothing quite like watching your team get its ass kicked in person.

Tags: Ed Reed, Geno Smith, jets, Jets Defense, Muhammad Wilkerson, nfl, NYJets, Opinion, Rex Ryan, Brian Bassett
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Based on Rex's press conference on Thursday, the Jets coaching staff is quite excited to have Ed Reed in the building, but they aren't the only ones that are thrilled to have Reed in the fold.

Dawan Landry, who has credited Reed with teaching him the work ethic of a pro, was happy to have Reed come full circle and?help the Jets make a playoff push.

?We?re just trying to take that next step,? said safety Dawan Landry, who played with Reed in Baltimore. ?The playoff run is on our mind.?
From veteran to youngster, this seems to be true. ?Kristian Dyer writes for Metro that?Josh Bush was pretty stoked.

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Standing at the podium after practice today, Rex Ryan was obviously feeling a little frisky. ?After announcing the acquisition of "a guy named Ed Reed" the Jets head coach dared his upcoming opponents over the next two months to try their newest acquisition and see what came of it.

"We've had some issues with the deep ball," Ryan told reporters Thursday regarding the team's troubles with opponents deep passes. "Let them throw it now."

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Got a?Case of the Mondays? Fear not! Columnist and TheJetsBlog Podcast co-host?Corey Griffin?has you covered every?Monday?morning with thoughts, ideas and opinions about all things Jets.Evaluating the AFC playoff picture through only 10 weeks is akin to watching an 87-year-old put together a puzzle without his glasses. It looks a little jumbled, there?s definitely some pieces missing and it?ll probably be a while before the picture looks coherent.

For all their dominance, the Broncos are buoyed by a 38-year-old quarterback with failing legs. Their chief rival for the No. 1 seed, undefeated Kansas City, is not nearly as imposing as their record, despite a No. 1 scoring defense and Jamaal Charles? MVP campaign. The Patriots, when healthy, look like the AFC?s best team, but they won?t be 100 percent any time this season. Meanwhile, the Colts were just worked in their own building by a Brian Schottenheimer and Kellen Clemens-led offense and the Bengals continue to ebb and flow on Andy Dalton?s schizophrenic arm (and head).

Tags: Baltimore Ravens, Buffalo Bills, Case of the Mondays, Corey Griffin, Geno Smith, jets, Muhammad Wilkerson, New York Jets, nfl, NFL playoffs, Ny Jets, Oakland Raiders, Opinion, Rex Ryan, san diego chargers, Tennessee Titans, Wildcard, Brian Bassett
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We continue our salary cap Q&A with Jason Fitzgerald (read Part One from yesterday) from OverTheCap.com. ?We asked Jason some questions about how the team is faring under John Idzik and what lies ahead in this two part article. Today, overall thoughts on John Idzik and?will the Jets get that third rounder from Tampa?

TJB: Revis is getting his $16 million in Tampa and that ship is sinking quickly. ?We don't expect that Revis will be back with the Jets in 2014, but how likely is it that the Bucs would cut and then re-sign Revis to save themselves a round on the 2014 draft pick they owe the Jets?

Jason Fitzgerald (OverTheCap.com):?I think the Bucs could cut Revis but it will not be to re-sign him. If they release him its them admitting he is way overpriced and isn?t bringing enough value to the team. I think it will be an interesting situation there because I can almost guarantee that by late December or early January Revis? side is going to the Tampa front office and asking them to prorate some of his salary to give him more job security. Tampa did this with two players last year, including Vincent Jackson who is repped by the same guys who represent Revis. However that was done in preparation to make a run at Revis in 2013. I?m not sure how they would take that kind of request now when their team is in shambles.

Tags: cap, cap space, Darrelle Revis, Jets cap space, John Idzik, New York Jets, nfl, Opinion, salary cap, Tampa, Brian Bassett
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With the Jets on the bye, we thought it would be a good time to look ahead at the Jets upcoming offseason and get an early look at what we can expect in terms of direction and plans. ?In the NFL, the salary cap drives those plans and there's no better person to talk to than Jason Fitzgerald from OverTheCap.com. ?Jason started tracking the Jets cap in 2008 and turned NYJetsCap.com into a respected portrayal of the Jets cap. ?Eventually Jason decided to cover the entire AFC East and then the entire NFL last year under the banner of Over The Cap.

We asked Jason some questions about how the team is faring under John Idzik and what lies ahead in this two part article. First up, how do we grade the 2013 offseason and how much space can the Jets expect to spend on free agents?

TJB: Since there's not much left to do when it comes to the Jets current cap year, how do you think new GM John Idzik did in navigating his first offseason?

Tags: Antonio Cromartie, Austin Howard, cap, cap space, Jets salary cap, John Idzik, Mark Sanchez, Muhammad Wilkerson, nfl, Nick Folk, Opinion, salary cap, santonio holmes, Brian Bassett
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Got a?Case of the Mondays? Fear not!?Columnist and TheJetsBlog Podcast co-host?Corey Griffin?has you covered every?Monday?morning with thoughts, ideas and opinions about all things Jets.

The Jets turned the clock back Sunday afternoon, bullying the heavily-favored Saints from start to finish and once again confounded the football-viewing public.

Tags: Bilal Powell, chris ivory, Geno Smith, jets, Muhammad Wilkerson, New York Jets, nfl, NYJets, Opinion, Quinton Coples, Rex Ryan, Bent Double
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Got a?Case of the Mondays? Fear not!?Columnist and TheJetsBlog Podcast co-host?Corey Griffin?has you covered every?Monday?morning with thoughts, ideas and opinions about all things Jets.

Unless you?re a member of Nick Folk?s immediate family, the Jets? loss to the Bengals on Sunday was as embarrassing as professional defeats come.

Tags: Dee Milliner, Geno Smith, Muhammad Wilkerson, New York Jets, nfl, Opinion, Rex Ryan, santonio holmes, Sheldon Richardson, Bent Double
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Got a?Case of the Mondays? Fear not!?Columnist and TheJetsBlog Podcast co-host?Corey Griffin?has you covered every?Monday?morning with thoughts, ideas and opinions about all things Jets.

The narrative of the 2013 New York Jets turned on a series of five defensive plays Sunday.

Tags: Bill Belichick, Geno Smith, Jeremy Kerley, jets, Jets Defense, Muhammad Wilkerson, nfl, NYJets, Opinion, Patriots, Rex Ryan, Rob Gronkowski, Sheldon Richardson, Tom Brady, Brian Bassett
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No baby yet ...?Here's some things to watch in today's matchup with the Patriots. ?

Up the Gut -- In typical Belichick fashion, he's been cagey about who will fill in for Jerod Mayo, but expect Jamie Collins or Dane Fletcher in that role. ?Both have some skill and athleticism, but this is a new role for them made harder by the fact that the defense's best player Vince Wilfork is similarly out for the season. ?Look to see if the Jets don't try to outmatch the replacement with Ivory and Powell. ?I'd expect that the replacement will serve, but I wouldn't be surprised to see the Jets break a few right through the middle of the defense.

Secondary Chance -- Brady had one of his worst career games the last time these two teams played. ?Credit the Jets defense, but a major part was the receivers on the Patriots side. ?Cromartie has been dealing with some injuries in the last few games and hasn't had the season he expected for himself. ?The Jets look to have Kyle Wilson and Dee Milliner back for this game ... can this triumverate help to stop Brady?

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Sometimes, we like to throw out some crazy predictions. ?Sometimes they work, most times they don't. ?You can fully expect us to crow about the ones we get right while never mentioning the ones we totally blew. ?Add your bold predictions in the comments!

Stevan Ridley Won't Gain 50 Yards -- Listen to the national media and many are gushing about the sudden emergence of the Patriots running game. ?Ridley just ran for 96 yards againt the Saints. ?The Saints are the league's worst run defense in the league. ?In Ridley's last game, Ridley ran well against the Falcons (21st) and posted a 4.8 YPC average. - the same as the Saints game ?Sorry, but none of that is happening for Ridley against the Jets defensive line - ?even if they gave Ridley base personnel and never stuffed the box once all game.

Bilal Powell Will Have His Second Ever 100+ Yard Rush Game?-- The Patriots were not playing great run-stopping football to begin with, but with Wilfork and Jerod Mayo both out in this game the Jets would be wise to take advantage of such an opportunity to stuff the ball up the middle of their defense. ?Combine that with Geno's inconsistency in the passing game and this would lead one to believe that the Jets should run the ball and be able to do so quite effectively to take pressure off Geno and afford him better looks when he does in fact pass the ball.

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Got a?Case of the Mondays? Fear not!?Columnist and TheJetsBlog Podcast co-host?Corey Griffin?has you covered every?Monday?morning with thoughts, ideas and opinions about all things Jets.

The Jets? see-saw of a season dipped low enough to scrape the ground for three straight hours Sunday afternoon.

Tags: Bilal Powell, Geno Smith, Jeremy Kerley, Marty Mornhinweg, New York Jets, Opinion, penalties, Rex Ryan, santonio holmes, Stephen Hill, Vlad Ducasse, Brian Bassett
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The Jets had 20 penalties yesterday and we fully anticipate that story will dominate much of the narrative this week. ?That said, few seem to be talking about the drops, or lack thereof, after yesterday's game. ?What a difference a week makes? ?Let's discuss some of the factors that might have allowed the Jets to make such gains in a short period of time.

Focus -- The Jets receivers focused on drops all week and knew this had to be a point of emphasis in helping out the team. ?The Jets receivers were much better in this area, but Geno Smith showed some improvement in his ball placement on a majority of his passes on the day. ?Those two things in concert have to help.

Body Shop -- It has to be noted that the Bills secondary was pretty banged up. ?Leodis McKelvin was lost to the Bills during the game, but the Bills also were without a number of players like?S Jairus Byrd, DB Stephon Gilmore and DB Ron Brooks who didn't suit up. ?With a number of replacements in the game, the defensive backs were not contesting the ball as much as a Gilmore, Byrd or McKelvin might have been able to given the same circumstances.

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Got a?Case of the Mondays? Fear not!?Columnist and TheJetsBlog Podcast co-host?Corey Griffin?has you covered every?Monday?morning with thoughts, ideas and opinions about all things Jets.

The Jets? defense was good enough Sunday afternoon to win by three touchdowns ? if not for Rex Ryan?s ill-advised coach's challenges, the team's 20 penalties and a pair of Geno Smith interceptions.

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Three things to watch today in the Jets Week One matchup with the Bucs:

The Quarterbacks: Whether it is the rookie on the Jets side or the inconsistent vet on the other, like most games, the quarterback play is going to be key to how the teams fare. ?Geno Smith will make his first start against a Bucs defense that is lights out against the run and got a lot better against the pass this offseason, so threading the needle today for him will be no small feat. ?As for Josh Freeman, Mo & Co. need to rattle him and get him off his spot to get him reacting to the Jets defense and throwing the ball hastily or get him to make poor decisions on which to capitalize.

Breakout Receivers: Clyde Gates, Stephen Hill and Jeremy Kerley? ?This is the chance to shake up the world. ?Who knows what the plan for Tone is, but the rest of the Jets receivers need to show the world what they showed the Jets faithful this summer, that they are better than everyone expects. ?While the run defense is the historically stroing point of this Tampa D, the Jets need to pick on CB2 Leonard Johnson and SS Mark Barron whenever they can. ?The Jets should also look into bubble screens and RB screens to find the weak points in this defense ... oh and don't forget that Kellen Winslow and Cumby could be a key to using the pass in this gameplan.

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Many analysts have already written the Jets off before the season starts, but before we plunge into the first game of the season, I wanted to take one last look back at the preseason to see what players might surprise some of those same analysts before the season is over. ?

With the help of Pro Football Focus, here's some things that might not be apparent on the Jets roster, based on the team's preseason play.

Vlad Ducasse -- Ducasse had a solid preseason, overall playing well against the run and the pass and being used in a number of locations on the line. ?His worst moments came in that fourth preseason game when he was playing next to Jason Smith, but I think we can all agree that had more to do with Smith's play than Ducasse's. ?Over the summer, we've seen a feisty, play-to-the-whistle lineman who has some power in his blocks and quick feet when in space. ?When placed between Brick & Nick, he'll be fine.

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Here's my breakdown of what the Jets need to do against a young and surging Bucs defense and a talented, but erratic offense.

When Running the FootballIn the last three seasons, Tampa has been slowly adding pieces through the draft to turn one of the league's worst run defense groups into one of the league's best. In 2010, Tampa Bay drafted DT Gerald McCoy, LB Mason Foster and DL Adrian Clayborn, then in 2011 took Da?Quan Bowers, and in 2012 took OLB Lavonte David as well as first-rounder SS Mark Barron, who was one of the 2012 class's best run-stopping safeties. The result? A unit who stood with some of the all-time great run defense units in history and logged an eye-popping no gain on almost a third of all run plays by opponents. While 2012's improvement against the run seemed like an overnight success, it was a move that was a long time in coming. While they lost veteran Michael Bennett to Seattle, some regression is likely, but they still will play at a high enough level.

That of course is bad news for a Jets offense looking to mitigate the risk of starting a rookie quarterback who many think is the team's best option, but still raw. So what are the Jets to do? One of the staple running plays of the Mornhinweg offense is the Mid-Zone or Stretch play, in which the running back gets moving sideways and the QB sprints to hand the ball off to the back in stride. The offensive line moves in unison in one direction and seeks to cut or block the defenders to incapacitate them from making a tackle. In the modern speedy NFL, it is then the running back's job to have the vision to know when the crease is developing and the back cuts (or "bends") the ball back towards the line and eventually in the opposite direction the line is moving. As Tony Richardson told us yesterday on the podcast, this is a play that needs repetition over the course of the game to make the large rips later on in the game. Against a stout run defense, this could be bad news because it might put the Jets in longer down and distance situations, depending on how much they run it early on, thus stalling drives or putting more reliance on the quarterback to throw them out of danger while the Jets establish this play early in the game.

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Got a?Case of the Mondays? Fear not!?Columnist and TheJetsBlog Podcast co-host Corey Griffin has you covered every?Monday?morning with thoughts, ideas and opinions about all things Jets.

This is probably not the 53-man roster John Idzik envisioned when he first came to New York.

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So far this week, the governor of New Jersey has publicly belittled a Jets columnist, Keith Olbermann returned to ESPN in a hail of gunfire and a Twitter war erupted between a national new-gatherer and a tabloid columnist ...

What the $*&@ is going on in Jets-land this week?!?

Most fans would tell you that the Jets beat has become a one-way mission into the jungle. ?Better yet, a black hole from which no one can escape. ?All matter, all light, all knowledge, once crossing over that mathematically defined astral plane gets locked forever inside -- never to return.????No matter how many sensational stories with poor sourcing one writes, no matter how "clever" one's Twitter comedy routine gets, no matter how cutting one can be at the expense of the organization, there's no coming back. ?Running with that metaphor, Jenny Vrentas never crossed the event horizon and probably explains why?she is now at SI.

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Got a?Case of the Mondays? Fear not!?Corey Griffin?continues his Monday morning column for the 2013 season. Corey has been a season ticketholder for more than 20 years and works for NBC Sports in their newsroom. This week, the coaching catastophe.

When we look back on Saturday night, Jets fans won?t think of Matt Simms, Geno Smith or Mark Sanchez. We won?t think about the missed field goals, the unnecessary overtime or Tom Coughlin?s affinity for timeouts.

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Got a Case of the Mondays? Fear not! Corey Griffin continues his Monday morning column for the 2013 season. Corey has been a season ticketholder for more than 20 years and has worked as a desker for ESPN New York. This week, the topic is defense.Geno or Mark? Mark or Geno?

Everyone wants to know who will start at quarterback Week 1, but the 2013 New York Jets will not be wholly defined by their signal caller. Sure, the QB will be worth two to three wins (or losses), but in the end, this will be a team defined by the very thing Rex Ryan wants to be judged by.

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Got a Case of the Mondays? Fear not!?Starting today, writer and podcast co-host Corey Griffin is kicking off his season-long Monday morning column for the 2013 season. ?Corey's family are season ticketholders for more than 20 years and Corey has worked as an editor for ESPN New York. ?In his first offering, Corey discusses the decision the Jets should make at the Jets quarterback spot. Agree or disagree, but Corey wants this Monday morning column be a starting point for further discussion in the comments below!

If there?s one thing I hope to create with this space, it?s a conversation. You might not always agree with me and I know I won?t always agree with you, but I can promise you I will always tell you how I feel. There will be no hiding, no opinions because they?re popular or because they satiate the vocal minority.

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There will come a time when we look back on the John Idzik era and map out a pattern of behavior. It might take a year or two -- or maybe even three or four -- but eventually, there will be an obvious road map for how he handles troublesome decisions.

Unfortunately for Jets fans and the ravenous mainstream media, Idzik?s tire tracks are far too light right now to spell out Mike Goodson?s fate.

One thing is certain: Goodson, one of Idzik?s first budget-conscious signings as Jets general manager, put his new boss in a highly-unenviable position after being arrested on drug and weapon charges late last week.

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This will assuredly be among the seemingly interminable stream of Revis-related articles but this is a pretty momentous day in Jets history that will undoubtedly define John Idzik's tenure as General Manager and the identity of this team going forward. The Revis departure, as crushing as it may be to a lot of fans, was inevitable and although he will be missed, this move has the potential to make the Jets contenders. I could only imagine what many of you are thinking at this juncture: "This guy must be an idiot, how do you lose possibly the best cornerback of all-time and say that it makes the team better?"

Well, since you asked the answer is that it does and it doesn't. The acquisition of the Bucs' First-Round picks gives the Jets two high picks in close proximity to each other, which gives them the ability to fill holes at two key positions of which there are many. It may just be one man's humble opinion but if the Jets select a Guard and a pass-rushing Outside Linebacker that they can pencil in as starters with their two First-Rounders then the Revis trade has already made the team better. For all of his greatness, Revis is only one player, albeit one hell of a player, but still one guy does not a team make and the Jets realized they were likely a losing team with or without him given Swiss Cheese-esque state of the the roster.

Of course, draft picks are only valuable if they turn into productive players and the selection of said players will be on John Idzik and his crack team of scouts and advisers, which ironically enough is pretty much the same think-tank that former GM, Mike Tannenbaum used to lean on. There is no telling what will happen or who the Jets will select with their pair of first rounders as this is the one of the most unpredictable drafts in recent memory.

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Some quick thoughts about the Revis trade ...?

That Escalated Rather Quickly?-- The irony of the whole farce that has been the last three months is the URGENCY with which the deal needed to happen. We were told over and over again by reporters that it had to happen during the Combine, that it had to happen at free agency, that it had to happen with at least a week prior to the draft ... over and over and over again. ?What did it ultimately take? ?It took the Jets acceding to the deal that was on the table from the Bucs and a day to fly the star corner to Tampa for less than three hours worth of exams and meetings.

Due Compensation -- Many smarter people will write about Revis's new contract and what it portends. ?And personally now that he's traded I don't really care anymore. ?As far as what the Jets got, I expect that there will be a backlash from the public about the Jets gaining the 2013 pick and only a 2014 fourth rounder that could turn into a third. ?Could is really should, as Revis just need be on the Bucs roster on the third day of the 2014 league year for the Jets to get that escalator. ?But with zero money guaranteed, the Bucs and Revis might come to a handshake deal next offseason to save them the escalator and essentially just resume as is ... but that still seems unlikely. ?I understand that it doesn't match the compensation that the Vikings got for Harvin, and I understand why that's going to get brought up as a comparison. ?To me, the biggest difference is the money associated with paying the player. ?Harvin received 6yr/$67M from the Seahawks while the Bucs gave 6yr/$96M. ?That's a huge difference and at some point the money plus the injury plus the lack of other teams willing to make a trade worked to the Jets favor. ?I think the Harvin deal was a mistake, but Pete Carroll has a very long history dating back to Harvin's days in high school and that might have influenced the deal that Seattle cut. ?It's not the same situation in Tampa Bay. ?As far as a third pick,?a fifth rounder was always window dressing. ?First round draft picks, especially top 20 picks are extremely valuable commodities to teams and treated as such more more than they were ten years ago and the new CBA based?rookie contract system has only made them more valuable. ?I get that people want to see the Jets get more for Revis and I fully believe that if they could, they would have, but it was this or let Revis play on the Jets in 2013 and walk next season.

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What can I say? I love that the Jets are interested in Chris Ivory, but it goes much further than just adding another running back to this roster and I will get to that in a little bit. While nothing is done as of yet with the Saints running back, according to multiple reports it seems as if a deal with the Saints is an expected outcome and if so, it's an outcome that is a sign of good things to come in the next week for the Jets and their fans when the NFL Draft starts next Thursday night.

Everyone knew that the Jets were going to have a lot of changes to make to their roster this offseason and the big question was whether or not the Jets could fill all the holes adequately before the season starts. To me, the move to add Chris Ivory is a perfect microcosm of the good and sensible moves the Jets have been making over the last two months.

Chris Ivory

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The Santonio Holmes/Shonn Greene Conundrum -- Sources have claimed the Jets are expected to approach Santonio Holmes to try and restructure his cumbersome contract following a foot injury that required a final surgery this month. Holmes' tenure with the Jets has been nothing short of enigmatic with up and down performances, meltdowns and now injury. Aside from David Harris and Mark Sanchez, Holmes enters 2013 with the third highest cap value on a top-heavy roster, per NY Jets Cap, and with the Jets a mere $7 million under the cap, they need additional room just to sign the draft class never mind any available free agents, including their own. The immediate concern is Holmes' willingness to cooperate. Coming off a Lisfranc injury, Holmes may be inclined to stick to his current deal which guarantees he will see $7.5 million come his way in 2013. In that case, the Jets can either ride it out or cut him with an $11 million dead money hit and an approximate $1 million cap savings. The good news is if he does sign elsewhere, Holmes could only earn up to $7.5 million leaving the Jets responsible for the difference between his maximum earnings and his new salary which is more than likely to be low with teams concerned about his health. Granted, the Jets could avoid all of this and convince Holmes to restructure. It's pretty clear he plays to win and the Jets could put their cards on the table and tell him that the only way they can win is to compete and the only way to compete is if they upgrade the roster and the only way they can upgrade the roster is by freeing up cap space.

As for Shonn Greene, while he rushed for 1,000 yards again this past season, it was another underwhelming performance for the former Iowa running back. Slow starts, injuries, lack of explosion and occasionally awareness have hampered the Jets' plans for Greene to become the feature back they hoped to mold him into when they drafted their one-two punch at quarterback and running back in 2009. The Jets have heir apparents in waiting in Bilal Powell and Joe McKnight both of whom have game changing ability. They're certainly not the end all to be all and are likely a temporary solution for the Jets' running game but it's time for everyone to move on. Whatever the asking price, the Jets seem unwilling to pay Greene based not only on results but their current cap structure. They need to economize in 2013 and only be prepared to dole out cash towards what is absolutely necessary and while Greene and the ?Jets have had memorable moments in the past, his time as a Jet is over.

Cuts and What's to Come -- I leave the computer screen for a good two hours and come back to find the Jets initiated Phase I of their Tannenbaum-credited plan by releasing Calvin Pace, Bart Scott, Eric Smith, Jason Smith, and Josh Baker. They all had their moments but this was about getting under the cap by March 12 and the production of four out of these five guys by no means justified their contracts. Returns are not precluded from this conversation as Scott, Jason Smith and Baker could potentially come back. The hard part for John Idzik now is figuring out what to do with the remaining pieces. While shopping Tebow at the Combine is a cute idea, it's more a formality to gauge interest than anything else. Everyone knows he's getting the boot at some point and it's plain to see the lack of bait on the fishing pole. Whenever Tebow is cast off the team, there is unlikely to be an overwhelming interest even without having to move assets via trade.?The Jets also have some lower-level players on the roster and their departures would create a small amount of savings but, that will only go so far.?Consequently, that leaves New York with little to do except restructure contracts namely those of Mark Sanchez, David Harris, and the aforementioned Santonio Holmes. The Jets also have the option of restructuring Po'uha's contract or outright releasing him if they feel comfortable moving forward with Kenrick Ellis and Damon Harrison, whom they are very high on. In theory, they could reach out to Cromartie though of all the players mentioned, he seems to be the least likely to be asked for a restructure. Obviously the elephant in the room is Darrelle Revis. His return or departure will ultimately dictate how the Jets address the remainder of the roster and their future.

Tags: NYJets, Opinion, Editorial Aside
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Over the next few weeks, we'll take a look at each position on the Jets roster and take a look ahead at what the Jets might expect and might need to address this coming offseason. ?Now? The defensive line!

Coming Off The Books

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Yesterday John Idzik joined WFAN and everyone got their panties in a twist about a comment that new Jets GM?made about the millstone around the team's neck?team's top quarterback Mark Sanchez.

?Yeah, I?m comfortable with Mark being a Jet. I told him as well, we?re going to add competition. [?] It?s going to help make Mark and everybody else better,? Idzik told WFAN. ?I think he?s chomping at the bit. And he wants to get going with his new coordinator [Marty Mornhinweg]. He?s all about competing. I got a really good feeling from Mark.?

I think at this point people started freaking out a bit. ?Comfortable with Sanchez? What does that mean? Are we going to have to deal with another season of his atrocious play?

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LOS ANGELES -- Today in sunny Southern California, the NFL Players association will host their second annual Collegiate Bowl at the Home Depot Center in Carson, set for 6PM ET and airing live on ESPN2.

While the event is still building it's brand, the league is paying attention. ?Many NFL teams had scouts represented and watching practices this week while draft luminaries like ESPN's Todd McShay were in attendance as well. ?To help the players get some critical tips on their technique, the NFLPA brought in a host of former players like Priest Holmes, Kevin Mawae and Isaac Bruce among many others to act as assistant coaches.

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Over the next few days, we'll take a look at each position on the Jets roster and take a look ahead at what the Jets might expect and might need to address this coming offseason. ?Up next, the Offensive Line.

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Over the past few months we've seen a lot of buzz among Jets fans about looking to the draft to solve some of the Jets inside linebacker problems. ?With the Irish having a great year and Manti Teo having a great year for the Irish, his name seemed to come up over and over again.

Now after the collapse of Notre Dame on Monday night, Manti Te'o's draft stock is tumbling, and over on the NFL Draft Blog on ESPN, Steve Muench shared his notes from the BCS title game and we wanted to pass them on.

ILB?Manti Te'o?(95; 6-1, 248)There's no sugarcoating it: Te'o struggled in this game. For starters, he didn't show great instincts. He was late locating the ball and didn't recover in time to make the tackle on Lacy's first touchdown run. He also bit on play-action and was beaten on Williams' first-quarter touchdown catch. Finally, Te'o failed to wrap up as a tackler, and I counted at least three notable missed tackles in the first half.

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Over the next few days, we'll take a look at each position on the Jets roster and take a look ahead at what the Jets might expect and might need to address this coming offseason. ?Up next, the Tight Ends.

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I apologize in advance if you feel as though this post should be filed under "duh" but it is worth talking about.?A midst the media-driven caricature of the Jets as a "circus" and granted they are not doing much dispel that perception, there is something that seems to have gotten lost in the mix when it comes to what this team needs to do in order to once again compete for a Super Bowl.

Let me start by saying that the Jets problems are 100% fixable and this team does not have to be a multi-year rebuilding project as many are speculating but the goal has to be a little smaller. In lieu of declaring winning the Super Bowl as his annual mission statement, Rex Ryan would better be served by establishing slightly smaller but equally important goals. The first of which MUST be to win the division, which the Jets have not only done a handful of times over the course of their history and only once in the past decade. As we know, the road to the Super Bowl is much easier if you have the ability to play one or more of those games at home. If the Jets two AFC Championship Game runs have taught us anything, it's that winning three consecutive games on the road is not the ideal or easiest way to reach the Super Bowl.

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Change can be a scary thing (hold me!) but?one way or another there's some serious change about to come to the Jets through a new General Manager. ?Here's our list of candidates in the stereotypically lazy power ranking style. ?All rankings subjective and only intended to cause controversy among readers and commenters. ?Use at your own discretion!

1. Tom Gamble -- He seems to be the hot option for the Jets for a number of good reasons. ?Gamble has history with Rex from their fathers days in Philly. ?Gamble is an outsider, but one with longstanding tradition and stability with an organization. ?He's a man who has watched a team ?turn over, but ultimately seen them do it in a way that focuses on harnessing the talent already on the roster while emphasizing the draft. ?That and their offense resembles something that Rex would like to run in New York ... a pounding offense that is doing so largely on the back of a fantastic third round running back ... some dude named Frank Gore. ?Beyond Gore though, the Niners prove how deep an organization they run with some other incredible depth at that one spot. ?The wildcard here is how willing is Gamble to take a job and do so without bringing in his own coach in year one?

2. David Caldwell -- Caldwell might be one of the guys who seems to be one of the least known about, but might be one of the team's top candidates for the job. ?Caldwell has an interesting blend of both old guard and new guard; Polian is one of his big influences, as is Thomas Dmitroff. ?Word is that Polian spoke glowingly about Caldwell to the Jets and the Jets were keen to know Polian's thoughts as they headed into this process.

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Ummmmmmmmmmmm

So by now, you've likely seen this tattoo on Rex's arm in the Daily News.

A part of me wants to say that this is just Gary Myers' ?TROLL SO HARD University schtick. ?Part of me wants to say?it's Rex's body, that it's his prerogative to do with as he wants. ?Part of me wants to ask if this is just a gag he did on a dare during a rolicking drunken night with his wife. ?Part of me wants to know if he did for the sake of Mark as a way to buoy his beleagured quarterback. ??Part of me wants to know if it's some sort of short term memory kickstarter ... if you will, a Memento-esque way for him to never forget the trauma and lessons of the 2012 season in his never ending quest to find out how his career was murdered. ?Part?of me wants to say it's sort of noble ... even if it is a tragically inbred and?dimwitted sort of nobility ...

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While it was unclear what was going to be made, this was a change that seemed inevitable all the way back to Woody Johnson's impromptu availability to the press in November. ?Johnson fiercely defended himself and his intents of owning an NFL team. ?You could smell it in the air with Ryan's brazen refusal to use Tebow as a quarterback ... something was happening ... now something has actually happened .. let's talk it over.

We'll always have CSI:NY ...

Protect Ya Rex -- Rex was, in all intents and purposes a hire by the team's owner. ?The recipe that he and Tannenbaum concocted brought us to this. ?Blame might be a whole other issue, but it was Rex's?incompatibility?with Tannenbaum that brought the team to this place. ?When push came to shove, Woody's loyalty to Rex was more recent and/or more pronounced than that to Tannenbaum. ?His affinity for the coach and the results trumped whatever decision Woody had made prior to giving Tannenbaum the GM job in 2006. ?Woody needs help to run the organization, and abstracting himself from the situation by hiring Korn/Ferry might be the right call.

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With the news that Mike Westhoff is honest-to-goodness retiring, we asked our old friend and former TJB regular writer R in CT to write an homage to one of his favorite coaches Mike Westhoff. Enjoy!

So as some of you old-timers on the site know, I've long been a big fan of Mike Westhoff, and have greatly enjoyed watching him roam the Jets sidelines since he joined the team in 2001.

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Over the next few days, we'll take a look at each position on the Jets roster and take a look ahead at what the Jets might expect and might need to address this coming offseason. Up next, the running backs.

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The Jets announced today that Greg McElroy won't be suiting up for the Jets this week due to a concussion Mac sustained during the course of the Chargers game.

So who does this mean will be starting this weekend against the Bills?

You can't make it up ... but of course ... it's Mark Sanchez.

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