It started as inconspicuous as it could.
“The offensively challenged New York Jets made their second trade in less than a week, acquiring well-traveled quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick on Wednesday from the Houston Texans,” is what Rich Cimini’s blog update stated.
‘Well-traveled’ is probably a nicer phrase than “journeyman” which is probably a friendlier phrase than “average” or “boring” or “never-was”, but here he was, Ryan Fitzpatrick, traded for a nondescript, conditional 7th round pick.
He wasn’t even the most exciting trade by the Jets in those 24 hours. An earlier trade of a 5th round pick to the Chicago Bears for the mercurial Brandon Marshall was seen as the real score of the offseason. A wide receiver with a host of events in his past, but also 5 seasons of 100 catch totals that would immediately benefit the Jets beleaguered roster of “offensive weapons”.
Fitzpatrick, a Harvard graduate, if you haven’t heard, was being brought in to “compete” with the potentially potential-laden, but trending towards bust, West Virginia-alum Geno Smith, for the Jets’ starting QB spot.
According to Brian Costello of the New York Post, Rex Ryan is considering taking wide receiver, Stephen Hill, out of the starting lineup when the Jets go to Baltimore to take on the Ravens, Sunday.
While it would represent a step down for the 2nd-year receiver out of Georgia Tech, it is the right move. When dealing with the project, it is important to evaluate the best use and strategy with them. Hill, who many projected would take a long time to adjust to NFL norms, is indeed struggling, but taking him out of the lineup can be a good thing for someone who still has a lot of time before being called a “bust”. Continue reading
On Friday March 17, Jets running back Mike Goodson was arrested and charged on five counts including possession of Marijuana, and possession of a loaded gun with hollow-point bullets.
He was first taken the hospital due to alcohol intoxication before being brought to jail. As of Friday, he had not made bail.
It may have been his first publicly cited criminal activity, but the result has to be the Jets releasing him, immediately. Continue reading
Woody Johnson and Rex Ryan promised a thorough search for a new General Manager, but it seems most did not realize how extensive it would be.
To make it easy on everyone who wants to know, here is a handy list of every person the Jets have brought to, or have wanted to bring to Florham Park this offseason:
49ers QB Alex Smith was carrying the 3rd best Quarterback Rating in the NFL going into their game with the St. Louis Rams on November 11. In that game, he was concussed from a hit that resulted in Smith missing the remainder of the game and the following matchup with one of the league’s top defenses, the Chicago Bears, on Monday Night Football.
In his stead came Colin Kaepernick, the potential-laden 2nd year player from Nevada. Blessed with a rocket for an arm and the ability to run anywhere on the field, many in San Francisco were excited to see him play.
After throwing for 117 yards passing and rushing for 66 with a touchdown, Kaepernick followed that up with a shockingly strong 243 yards and 2 TD performance vs. the Bears. Following the game, it became obvious during coach Jim Harbaugh’s press conference that the “hot hand” was going to remain the starter.
 A few different issues with the game process have been called out since Sunday that could have affected the result of the Jets-Patriots game. First there was the thought that Bill Belicheck had illegally thrown his challenge flag on the Aaron Hernandez goal line fumble. That was determined to be false, despite cheers from the crowd indicating he had thrown it.
Second was the questionable actions of the New England timekeeper. Barely any time was eclipsed from the start of Devin McCourty’s kick return to the moment he fumbled; the clock was conveniently stopped at 2:01, allowing the Patriots to have a mandatory timeout on their side. Again, the NFL came to the Patriots’ defense and ruled that everything was kosher.
Now yesterday, Grantland’s Bill Barnwell brings up the fact that on the game’s concluding play, Pats’ lineman Jermaine Cunningham fell at the line of scrimmage, then crawled towards Mark Sanchez and was “diving at his ankles…knocking him down.”