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Coach Bowles goal this year is the Super Bowl 09.06.18

Jets coach Todd Bowles was asked today if he’s feeling extra pressure this year since his team hasn’t made the playoffs in his first three seasons.

“Same pressure I felt when I came here,” Bowles said. “I don’t go into every season feeling any less or any more. It’s the same pressure. You get to the Super Bowl from here that’s all I’m here to do. I’m not here to collect a check, I’m not here to go 8-8. I’m here to try and get to the Super Bowl.”

He was then asked if this season is “all or nothing?”

“That’s how I coach every year,” Bowles said.

So while some people are lowering the bar for the Jets season since they are starting a rookie QB, that isn’t how their coach is looking at it.

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Jerry, Jerry, Jerry 09.05.18

The Jets signed outside linebacker Jerry “Jerry” Attaochu on Monday.

He enters the building as perhaps the Jets’ best edge-rusher.

He was cut by the San Francisco 49ers on the final cut down, but it’s unclear why they signed him in the first place. He’s a 3-4 OLB, and they play a 4-3. In San Francisco, he was a bad scheme fit.

Attaochu, a Georgia Tech-product, was drafted in the second-round of the 2014 draft by the San Diego Chargers. He is a 6-3, 252-pounder who ran a 4.58 forty at this Pro Day. Those are terrific triangle numbers for a 3-4 OLB.

He never could really gain much traction with the Chargers, due to being a backup or injuries. His last two years there he was stuck behind the dynamic duo of Melvin Ingram and Joey Bosa. It was hard for him to get on the field with that tandem in front of him.

In 2016, Attaochu also missed some time due to ankle and foot issues.

In the 2015, before Bosa’s arrival, he got 12 starts, and had six sacks.

As a senior at Georgia Tech, he had 12.5 sacks.

This signing makes a lot of sense.

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Interesting move by Jets – What it means 09.04.18

The New York Jets signed quarterback Davis Webb to their practice squad. The announcement was made by Brian Costello of the New York Post.

While Webb couldn’t get to Kyle Lauletta’s level in the eyes of the Giants’ decision-makers, he had a solid summer with the G-Men.

He’s a good insurance policy for the Jets behind Sam Darnold and Josh McCown, in case something happens to one or both of them.

But also, if McCown retires after this season, Webb could be a good backup to Darnold in 2019.

Webb has great size (6-5, 229), a strong arm and had a heck of a senior year for the Cal Bears in 2016 (4,295 yards, 37 TD, 12 INT).

Looks look a smart move by Mr. Coffee.

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Darnold named starter – The view from here . . . 09.03.18

Florham Park – Sam Darnold will be the Jets’ starting quarterback. The announcement was made last week by NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport.

What do I think?

Hard to say, since I’ve never seen Darnold play a regular season NFL game. We will all find out what he can do starting in Detroit.

I know starting him will help Jets’ ticket sales, but let’s see how he does with the real bullets flying in real games. He has tremendous potential.

But regardless of who the starter is, the Jets need to be a playoff contender this year.

They have missed the playoffs seven years in a row, and are coming off back-to-back 5-11 seasons. That’s inexcusable in a league built for parity and competitive balance.

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Bowles on the Darnold/McCown decision 08.31.18

*Q)Will QB Sam Darnold be the QB Week 1?

Bowles: I’ve never said that.

Q)Are you ready to make the starting QB decision?

Bowles: No, I’m not making that decision right now.

Q)Will you make the starting QB decision prior to Monday?

Bowles: Probably not. And if I do, I won’t tell them. I don’t need to make it right now, so I’ll go from there.

Q)When he will have to tell the QB who is starting the first game of the regular season?

Bowles: They both can take reps and I’ll give an idea when I see fit and go from there.

Q)What are your thoughts on NFL Network Reporter Ian Rapoport saying that the Jets had made a decision that Darnold will start Week 1?

Bowles: I haven’t talked to Ian, so unless he’s wearing a head coaching hat here then you can believe Ian. But I haven’t made a decision or I haven’t talked to anyone to make a decision, so until I say who the starting QB is, I have no comment on it.

Q)Have you not yet made up your mind about the starting QB for Week 1?

Bowles: If I did, I haven’t told them and I haven’t told the coaches. So I’ll make that known to them as the days go on.

Q)Have you decided in your own mind who the starting QB will be for Week 1?

Bowles: I’ll make that decision as the days go on.

Q)What was your thought process in starting QB Josh McCown?

Bowles: Same thing I did last year. Last year Josh played in the first preseason game and sat in the second and third game. He came out and played in the fourth. Same thing this year – we gave Sam the second and the third game and Josh started the first game and he came out and needed to get some reps and get some dust off and came out in the fourth preseason game.

*These questions and answers are from the post-game presser in Philadelphia.


No Marshall on ‘Inside the NFL’ this year. 08.29.18

*NEW YORK – August 29, 2018 – INSIDE THE NFL, the longest running series on cable television, begins its 11th consecutive season on SHOWTIME when it premieres on Tuesday, September 4 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Super Bowl XXI MVP and two-time Super Bowl Champion Phil Simms, 1988 NFL MVP and four-time Pro-Bowler Boomer Esiason and Hall of Fame linebacker Ray Lewis join Emmy® Award-winning host James Brown. In addition, 16-year NFL veteran Steve Smith Sr. will join the cast as a contributing analyst periodically throughout the season, debuting on the season premiere.

Smith is one of the most productive wide receivers of the 21st century. In 13 seasons with the Carolina Panthers, Smith broke every major receiving record for the franchise. A five-time Pro-Bowler, Smith led the entire NFL in catches, receiving yards and touchdowns in 2005. After finishing his run with the NFL in 2017, he started his media career as on-air talent for NFL Network. Smith is currently an analyst on GOOD MORNING FOOTBALL WEEKEND.

*Press release


Q-and-A with Jets QB John Wolford (Wake Forest), who should play a lot Thursday. 08.27.18

Q)What are your thoughts on signing with the Jets?

John Wolford: I’m just excited to be here, excited about the opportunity. You dream of playing NFL football and this is my shot. I will try to make the most of it.

Q)How much catching up do you have to do with the system in order to play in a preseason game?

Wolford: I was here for rookie minicamp so I have some familiarity with it. I have some catching up to do. The full playbook won’t be on display Thursday night.

Q)What have you been doing since your minicamp tryout until now?

Wolford: I stayed in Winston-Salem, working out at Wake Forest. I was actually about to start a part-time job two weeks from now. That is going to be on hold, hopefully, while I’m doing this now.

Q)What industry was that other job in?

Wolford: Private equity.

Q)Were you looking at the new league – The Alliance?

Wolford: Yes. They reached out to me. I was claimed by a few teams and then it goes to a draft. I’m not really sure how that works, but yes, I had some interest there.

Q)How excited are you for the opportunity. Not everyone gets this opportunity, even if it’s at the end of the summer?

Wolford: Extremely excited. Right after the Belk Bowl my senior year I’ve been working for this. I know my time is limited in what I can show, but I’m trying to make the most of it.

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Maybe Dallas Cowboys and Jets can do some business 08.23.18

The Dallas Cowboys might be without a key starter at the beginning of the season.

Center Travis Frederick might be out a while.

So the Cowboys might be looking for a center.

The Jets have three starting quality centers on the roster – Spencer Long, Jonotthan Harrison and Travis Swanson.

Obviously, Long isn’t going anywhere, but Harrison or Swanson could help the Cowboys. Harrison is a former starter with the Indianapolis Colts, and Swanson with the Detroit Lions.

Maybe the Jets and Cowboys can do some business.

Swanson is from Texas, so he would probably love to go to Dallas.

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CBS announces NFL broadcast teams 08.22.18

*Led by Jim Nantz, Tony Romo and Tracy Wolfson, THE NFL ON CBS, home of Super Bowl LIII, heads into the 2018 NFL season with the deepest NFL announcer lineup in sports television.

CBS Sports is set to once again produce and distribute many of the best games of the 2018 NFL season culminating with Super Bowl LIII on February 3, 2019 from Atlanta, Ga. Super Bowl LIII marks the Network’s 20th time broadcasting the Super Bowl in its storied history, the most of any network.

Nantz, Romo and Wolfson call CBS’ marquee game each week, along with the Super Bowl for the first time together.

CBS Sports has added former Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians as a game analyst alongside Greg Gumbel and Trent Green, as well as sideline reporter Melanie Collins also joining the announce team this season. Former 15-year NFL veteran referee Gene Steratore also joins THE NFL ON CBS as the Network’s NFL Rules Analyst for the 2018 season. Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts and Evan Washburn continue to serve as CBS Sports’ No. 2 announce team. And, Steve Tasker moves to sideline reporter with the team of Kevin Harlan and Rich Gannon.

The following are the Network’s NFL announcer pairings for the 2018 season (play-by-play/analyst//reporter):

Jim Nantz/Tony Romo//Tracy Wolfson
Ian Eagle/Dan Fouts//Evan Washburn
Greg Gumbel/Trent Green/Bruce Arians//Melanie Collins
Kevin Harlan/Rich Gannon//Steve Tasker
Andrew Catalon/James Lofton
Spero Dedes/Adam Archuleta
Tom McCarthy/Steve Beuerlein
Beth Mowins/Jay Feely

*Press release


Jets announce partnership with Marvel Entertainment 08.21.18

*The New York Jets have announced a new partnership with Marvel Entertainment. The deal will include various Marvel themed features for fans at MetLife Stadium throughout the season.

As part of the new partnership, the Jets will host a Green Out against the Minnesota Vikings on October 21st. Presented by Toyota, the Green Out will highlight the partnership with a Hulk vs. Thor theme, specifically featuring a 16-page Hulk vs. Thor comic book produced by Marvel and distributed by the Jets. The comic will be written by long-time Marvel Comics contributor Fabian Nicieza, a long-time Jets fan and New Jersey native.

The first 15,000 fans will have the opportunity to receive a limited-edition Hulk bobble head courtesy of Toyota upon entering MetLife Stadium. At the conclusion of the game, fans will receive posters of the Hulk vs. Thor comic book cover when leaving the stadium.

The Green Out presented by Toyota will include:

First 15,000 fans to enter MetLife Stadium will receive a limited-edition Hulk-themed bobble head standing on a Jets football field, courtesy of Toyota.

55,000 limited-edition posters of the comic book cover will be distributed to fans as they exit the stadium

Additionally, the Jets and Marvel will release an eight-page, digital-only comic book to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Super Bowl III in advance of their October 14th game against the Indianapolis Colts. Scheduled to be released in four chapters leading into the game, the first chapter will be available on Wednesday, October 10th, through the Official New York Jets App, newyorkjets.com and Jets social channels.

*Press release


Guy to keep an eye on in Jets’ offensive line room 08.16.18

Landover – The Jets have some injuries on their offensive line right now.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport announced on Wednesday that Brian Winters will miss the rest of the preseason with a groin issue.

Jets left tackle Kelvin Beachum is nursing a foot injury.

The Jets put backup offensive tackle Ben Ijalana on injured reserve this week with a shoulder injury.

So the Jets need some reinforcements.

One guy to keep an eye on is former Michigan Wolverine Ben Braden, who was on the Jets’ practice squad last year. He’s looked in camp so far; he can play guard or tackle.

He gets a lot of push in the running game. In Tuesday’s Jets practice against Washington, he had a play that caught my eye when he sealed the edge from his right tackle spot, and running back George Atkinson ran behind for a nice gain.

Braden has great size (6-6, 329) and has top-shelf toughness. He comes off the ball looking to punish defenders.

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Maybe Broncos and Jets can do some business 08.15.18

Denver might need something the Jets can provide.

The Broncos could be in the market for an veteran backup quarterback as insurance behind starter Case Keenum.

Right now they have two inexperienced players in Chad Kelly and Paxton Lynch.

“I’m not going to tell you we’re definitely going to stand pat, but I’m not telling you we’re going (in) that direction, either,” Broncos GM John Elway told 103.5 FM in Denver. “We’ve got to have confidence that that guy that’s going to be the backup can play and win football games,” Elway said. “And so that’s why we’re still in that process of trying to see if we’ve got that guy behind Case.”

So maybe the Broncos and Jets can make a trade involving Gang Green QB Teddy Bridgewater.

And perhaps the Jets can get a pass-rusher in return.

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Jets basically get a third roster exemption 08.12.18

When NFL teams are forced to cut down to 53 players on September 1, the Jets will be able to keep 56.

On Saturday, the NFL announced a one-game suspension for linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis.

So now the Jets have three players suspended at the beginning of the season – linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis (one game), cornerback Rashard Robinson (four games) and wide receiver ArDarius Stewart (two games).

So basically, on the final cut down, the Jets have three roster exemptions.

The can keep 53, along with Pierre-Louis, Robinson and Stewart.

And considering none of them are going to start, and are role players, in a strange way, these three suspensions help the Jets roster flexibility, and give them extra time to make certain decisions.

Also, if a player gets hurt at one of the positions these playerS man, before their suspensions are up, the Jets will have players to plug in.

So when the final cuts to 53 are made on September 1, the Jets can keep 56 players.

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Key players to watch for the Jets 08.09.18

The 2018 Jets make their preseason debut on Friday night against the Atlanta Falcons.

Before preseason games, you often see stories like, ‘5 key players to watch.”

So who do I think are the key players to watch for the Jets against Atlanta?

All 90 of them.

Well actually, more like 80 since there are several injured players who won’t play.

In my worldview, which is all about keeping the best 53 and starting the best 22, you should be focused like a laser on every Jets player on the field.

Of course it’s important to see what Sam Darnold and Teddy Bridgewater do, but if you’re truly into open competition, every player on the roster is a “key player to watch” in the Jets-Atlanta game.

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1 (of many) positive things about Darnold 08.08.18

Florham Park – Sam Darnold has a lot of things going for him, and this is one of them.

Unlike a lot of young quarterbacks who need guys open to throw, Darnold will throw guys open.

He’s not afraid to throw 50-50 balls and let the receiver go up and get the rock.

In Wednesday’s practice, in a red-zone drill, Darnold threw a fade on the right side of the end zone to wide receiver Charles Johnson (who is having a very good camp).

Rashard Robinson had tight coverage on Johnson, but Darnold had enough confidence to throw it up to an area he felt #88 could grab it, even with the cornerback in his hip pocket.

Johnson caught the ball for a touchdown.

And considering how small most NFL passing windows are, you need to be able to make these throws to be a successful NFL QB.

Many young quarterbacks are afraid to make these kind of throws because they’re petrified of throwing interceptions.

Darnold isn’t.

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Dallas Cowboys should call Jets about a trade 08.06.18

The Dallas Cowboys might be without a key starter at the beginning of the season.

Center Travis Frederick might be out a while.

So the Cowboys might be looking for a center.

The Jets have three starting quality centers on the roster – Spencer Long, Jonotthan Harrison and Travis Swanson.

Obviously, Long isn’t going anywhere, but Harrison or Swanson could help the Cowboys. Harrison is a former starter with the Indianapolis Colts, and Swanson with the Detroit Lions.

Maybe the Jets and Cowboys can do some business.

Swanson is from Texas, so he would probably love to go to Dallas.

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