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.
Much of the Jets focus this off-season has been finding ways to surround Geno Smith (and now, Mike Vick) with playmakers for the passing game.
But in a switch of thought process, the last few weeks of rumors have surrounded not a wide receiver or tight end, but a running back.
That RB is former Tennessee Titans speedster, Chris Johnson. Continue reading
The Jets announced an agreement with Rex Ryan that surpasses the rumored one-year extension that was reported after the season.
While we still do not know the exact parameters of the deal, how does it change the lookout for the Jets going forward? Continue reading
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
The New York Jets enter the Bye Week at 5-4, a record inconceivable to even the most optimistic of fans before this season. The season has been up and down, something that could be predicted with an inconsistent rookie quarterback, but they have several wins over preseason Super Bowl favorites, such as the Falcons, Patriots, and Saints.
And while we too cannot predict how this consistently random season of win-loss-win-loss-win-loss-win-loss-win will go, we should all know one thing: It’s time to make it official and lock up Rex Ryan long term. Continue reading
The New York Jets travel to Cincinnati Sunday to take on the 5-2 Bengals.
It will be a tough task as the Bengals’ record stands at 5-2, leading the AFC North, and they are currently undefeated at home.
But on the Jets side, the focus will be on their team, and the struggle to become consistent behind a rookie quarterback. Continue reading
I don’t know if you know this, but the Jets and Patriots had a little game of football yesterday.
The Jets won. They controlled the ball for most of the game (46:13 to 23:40). They won the quarterback battle (2 touchdowns to 0 [Tom Brady had ZERO TDs]). They won the 3rd down efficiency battle (11-21 to 1-12). They outgunned the Patriots in yards (383 to 295). They even overcame their weakness for penalty yards (45 to 100).
Of course, the post game storyline has nothing to do with what some might call the dominance of the Jets; or even the possible downfall of the suddenly struggling Patriots.
No, it is a penalty in overtime, which is being played as the only reason the Patriots lost Sunday. Continue reading
It is far from a shock that Mark Sanchez is not the popular pick at QB for the New York Jets.
But if a report in the New York Daily News is true, the Jets are ready to give Geno Smith the starting job – not for any exceptional game play, but with the mere accomplishment of not stumbling in his next preseason game. Continue reading
In a summer full of questions for the Jets (Sanchez! Geno! Sanchez! Geno!), Gang Green answered one today, albeit, one which takes place off the field.
Yes, we have long wondered how the Jets would replace the beleaguered “super-fan” Fireman Ed, after his dethroning at the end of the 2012 season.
For this, the Jets have a plan. Continue reading
Well….Mark Sanchez’s headband made a return to the internet.
This time around, though, it seems the focus will be off Sanchez’s head.
Yes, Mark Sanchez is the butt of the joke once again.