new Mile High Messiah in Denver and the old one has been exiled to New
York. Let's take a look at how Tebow's
arrival affects the Jets as we peer through the looking glass on what is surely a
definitive year in New York.
Is The Worm Turning In The Big Apple?
By: Craig Tattan
remain unanswered concerning the quarterback situation in New York. Officially, the Jets are steadfastly behind
their man Mark Sanchez and they even backed up that position with a three year
extension for the beleaguered signal caller. But, immediately thereafter they traded for Tim Tebow, and we are still
not sure what Rex Ryan has up his sleeve. Will he use Tebow only in certain situations where his ability to chew
up yardage on the ground may keep the opposition off kilter or will he platoon
with Sanchez on a case by case or even game by game basis?
Whatever the case may be, it cannot be helping
Sanchez's somewhat fragile ego. Perhaps
the Jets feel stiff competition will exact the full potential the team sees
in him and ignite more passion than he has demonstrated so far. One thing is for sure, if Sanchez falters
even a bit, the media circus in the Big Apple will be delighted to splatter the
mess all across their front pages. As
training camp approaches, many questions will be answered...or will they?
Broadway Tim Tebow
By: Craig Tattan
9, the opening day of the NFL season, the Jets will begin the
process of proving that their signing of Tim Tebow will be a boon to the franchise, not just the latest sideshow in the Rex Ryan carnival. They will be taking on, by all accounts, a
vastly improved Buffalo Bills team. If
they are to make a mark defeating AFC East opponents, they better replicate
what they did when they faced Buffalo last season.
defeated the Bills 27-11 at home and then 28-24 at home later on in the
season. They get the Bills at home in
Game 1 but they shouldn’t expect Buffalo to lie down this season as they made a
big splash in the offseason signing Mario Williams among others, and if Sanchez
gets rattled early, the boo birds will be chanting Tebow’s name very
opened as 4 ½ point NFL odds favorites but that number has faded from most shops.
will use the current average of the major offshore sports books and bet that
the Bills +4 will be a sound play.
Simms In The City
By: Craig Tattan
quarterback G.J. Kinne was signed less than an hour after the draft ended. He was to compete for the number three
quarterback spot behind Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow, but all that ended last week
when the Jets signed University of Tennessee product Matt Simms, son of
former Giants quarterback Phil Simms. Simms appeared to get the leg up on Kinne during mini-camp and is now
jockeying for the third spot in competition with Greg McElroy, who held the
clipboard last season for the Jets.
Davis turned heads during mini-camp, which is exactly why Rex Ryan wanted him in
the third round. While many
believed the former Arkansas State linebacker was a reach and could have been
had a round or two later, Ryan knew what he saw when he interviewed Davis and
wanted that determined personality on his roster.
Ryan offered the following on Davis, “I
have not been disappointed one bit. This
is what you get. He’s the first guy on the practice field, the last guy to
leave. He’s bright-eyed, he can’t wait, can’t wait to get in the classroom,
can’t wait to get on the field, be with his teammates. I think that’s why
you’re going to see this young man have a long career. There’s no doubt.”
By: Craig Tattan
The Jets 1st
round pick last season, Muhammad Wilkerson was lucky to escape a car accident
with only minor injuries early Saturday. Wilkerson attempted to change lanes
and clipped another vehicle which caused his 2011 Dodge Challenger to flip and
ultimately come to rest on its roof. Wilkerson received stitches in his forearm
as a result of the crash but will be ready to meet his teammates at training
camp on July 26th.
Rex Ryan was impressed by what he saw from Wilkerson in his
rookie season and is eager to see an even more improved player now that he has
a new mate on the defensive line, recently drafted 1st rounder
Quinton Coples. The Jets should be deep on the D-line this season and Ryan
loved what he saw from Wilkerson during minicamp.
"He's going to be
hard to ignore, that's for sure," Ryan said of Wilkerson. "The thing
that you always look for in a young man, a rookie coming into the league, a lot
of times he'll hit that wall and they'll do just the opposite. He actually got
better as the season went on. He was playing at a super high level by the end
of the season and he's actually gotten better."
Ryan Pays Tribute to LT
By: Craig Tattan>
will not be roaming the Jets’ backfield this season as the surefire first
ballot Hall of Famer has decided to exit the game on his terms, signing a one
day contract with the San Diego Chargers and retiring as a member of the Bolts.
In his two short years with the Jets and in the twilight of his career, he
nevertheless made an impact.
Head coach Rex Ryan had this to say about
Tomlinson, “I think right from when
LaDainian burst on the scene as a rookie, he had a major impact. Clearly, he’s
one of the all-time great, first-ballot Hall-of-Fame backs. This guy was so
consistent throughout his career right up until the end. He was a dominant
performer. He could play all three downs. He could do it all — a great receiver
out of the backfield, obviously a great runner inside, great runner outside and
could pass block. We were fortunate to get him at the end of his career, but he
was still outstanding. He still had that great wiggle. (He) almost gained 1,000
yards the first year he came here and he would have had we played him in that
last game. However, to his credit, he was like, ‘No, I would like to be rested
for the playoffs.’ Then he turned in a great performance in that first playoff
game in particular. He was a great guy to have, a tremendous leader, and I feel
very fortunate and blessed to have coached him.”
Keeping the Jets Grounded
By: Craig Tattan
Sparano, formerly head coach of the Miami Dolphins, is the Jets' new offensive
coordinator and he insists Gang Green will feature a ground attack despite all
the attention being paid to the two men who are in charge of throwing the ball.
Though Sparano has integrated a running back by committee approach in the past,
this season will rely heavily on one man, Shonn Greene.
the thousand yard barrier last season and is looking for an opportunity to
break it all over again. But the Jets will have to keep their fingers crossed
that Greene stays healthy. They are not deep at the position and the running
attack could be grounded before it gets started if Greene were to go down. LaDainian
Tomlinson has one foot out the door as retirement looms and Joe McKnight would
ostensibly be the backup to start the season. Terrance Ganaway is a 6th
round pick out of Baylor who may be an option if he can make the next step or
perhaps last year’s 4th round pick Bilal Powell,
formerly of Louisville, will be the Jets Plan B.
By: Craig Tattan
In the “we’re
all just one big happy family” department, Mark Sanchez has extended an
invitation to Tim Tebow to participate in his informal passing camp located in
southern California. Sanchez began
running the informal workout a few years ago for skill position players and the
attendance has grown each year.
quarterback Greg McElroy had this to say about the Sanchez sponsored get-together, “It’s just so important to spend time together as much as possible. It’s a
good opportunity for us to get out of our element and do something social as a
group with the benefit of working and great weather. It’s really a good time
for us. It’s a lot of football and a lot of fun.”
Quite right Greg so it’s even more curious that rookie
running back Terrance Ganaway, a late 6th round pick, is skipping
the voluntary workout to spend time with his wife. Really Terrance?
Sa-nchez or Te-bow?
By: Craig Tattan
The New York
Jets front office brass is taking the Sergeant Shultz approach regarding the
inevitable quarterback controversy that will erupt once Mark Sanchez throws his
first interception or records his first fumble, “I see nothing.” According to the party line, Sanchez is their
man and will continue to be while Tebow will be integrated on an as needed
basis. He will get the nod to take the
field when option plays are called or used as a decoy to toss a short pass to a
will happen when the New York masses begin to chant “Te-bow, Te-bow,
Te-bow?” Sanchez has not demonstrated
the gritty resolve to rise above the negativity and produce in spite of the loyal
legions calling for his head. As of this
moment, Mark and Timmy are playing in the sand box nicely and each knows their
roles. But say what you want about
Tebow, he is undeniably a competitor and will not be content to play second
fiddle to Sanchez forever. Whatever the
result, this Big Apple train wreck will be coming to a stadium near you. Stay tuned.
Jets Cleared For Take-Off
By: Craig Tattan
Jets head coach Rex Ryan rolled the dice in the 1st round and chose a supremely talented defensive end in Quinton Coples out of North Carolina who had an underwhelming senior campaign. Coples was slated in many mock drafts as a top five candidate heading into his senior year but looked almost disinterested at times, which caused his stock to plummet right onto Rex’s lap as the 16th pick in the draft.
In round two, the Jets selected a raw but highly skilled wide receiver in Stephen Hill. The Georgia Tech product was used in an option offense, and the Jets new toy, Tim Tebow, just happens to be an option quarterback. Coincidence? You decide. Nevertheless, Hill can stretch the field vertically and that is a weapon any quarterback can use, even the beleaguered Mark Sanchez.
Demario Davis of Arkansas State may be from a small school but he is big on talent. He’s a versatile player than can play in a 3-4 or a 4-3 and that give the Jets the flexibility they need. Time will tell, but Davis could be a gem in the 3rd round. The Jets then tabbed Josh Bush, safety from Wake Forest, running back Terrance Ganaway of Baylor and offensive guard Robert T. Griffin also of Baylor in the 6th round. Strong safety Antonio Allen of South Carolina and Jordan White, wide receiver of Western Michigan, round out the draft class.
Tebowing In The Big Apple
By: Craig Tattan
It seems everybody
hates Mark Sanchez except head coach Rex Ryan. In order to assuage his starting quarterback's fragile ego, Rex talked
management into signing the controversial QB to a contract extension to the
tune of about $40 million with roughly half of it guaranteed. This was Stuart Smalley (the old Saturday
Night Live character) money, which was essentially the Jets way of saying to
Sanchez, "you're good enough, you're smart enough and gosh darn it, people
like you." Imagine what they would
have given him if the Jets had actually made the playoffs last season?!
So now the
Jets have Mark Sanchez in a New York state of mind and all is well. His ego is placated, he's been assured the
team's lack of success has nothing to do with him *cough cough*and most of all
he's their guy. I guess if Rex is going
to be the coach for the foreseeable future then you've got to sign the guy he
has faith in, so they did. It was all lollipops
and sunshine for Sanchez because he was now certain that he was appreciated,
respected and valued if not by the fans then certainly by ownership.
But a funny
thing happened on the way to the love-in. Once it became clear that Peyton Manning was going to the Broncos, Tim
Tebow became expendable. And wonder of
all wonders, the J-E-T-S came knocking on John Elway's door with a 4th
round and 6th round pick in hand. It took some financial wrangling but the ink is just about dry and now Timmy
The Good is on his way to the Big Apple to bring some touchdown Jesus to the
great unwashed masses of New York.
So I ask you
Woody Johnson, Mike Tannenbaum and Rex Ryan...what the hell are you doing? That forty million dollar ego massage just
went right out the window. Sanchez is
already on the couch talking about his feelings to a guy with a notebook in his
hand and a pipe in his mouth. Sure green
and white Tebow jerseys are selling out and merchandising is through the roof
but was this really worth it long term?
Sanchez is the starter but let's make one thing perfectly clear, once Sanchez
throws that first pick the controversy begins. Here's the deal. The backup
quarterback has the best job in sports because he never makes a mistake. He carries a clipboard, usually walks around
with a hat on backwards and sends signals from the sidelines. He's as cool as the other side of the
pillow. No matter who your starter is,
if he's having a bad game, the fans always want to see what the other guy can
do. It's the nature of the beast. But when you have a lightning rod like Tim
Tebow roaming the sidelines you can multiply that call to action tenfold.
needs an offense designed around his running game if he is to have any shot of
long term success in this league. The
moment they pull Sanchez in favor of Tebow, the Jets have sealed their fate. Sanchez is not a bounce back kind of guy and
Tebow will have to recreate the magic he had in Denver, even if he did have
only a 45% completion ratio. There will
be more drama at the Meadowlands than in any theater on Broadway this season. Good luck Jets, you'll need it!
swift market upturn that the Broncos experienced when Manning arrived there was
no such movement in regards to the Jets prospects with Timmy T. New York rests at a solid 25-1 in most shops
to win the Super Bowl and their total wins hasn't moved either with most books
dealing 9 to 9.5 on their NFL odds board. We will monitor the
Jets progress throughout the offseason and into the regular season.
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