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It wasn’t a lack of effort 12.07.16

“The Jets quit against Indianapolis.”

You have heard a lot of people say that about their effort in a 41-10 loss to the Colts.

“It’s an effort thing,” said Michael Irvin on Showtime. “There is something going on with that effort that is given out on this football team, or the lack thereof.”

I don’t agree. That is a cliché answer. That isn’t what happened.

I think Todd Bowles put it best when he said after watching the film on Tuesday, “Actually, I thought the effort was a lot better, but I thought we made some bonehead mistakes that cost us.”

The only thing I can point to as an effort issue is in relation to Darrelle Revis’ tackling, but that has been going on for a while.

I said it before, and I will say it again, when you get no pass rush against a quarterback as good as Andrew Luck, he will destroy you, and that is just what he did to the Jets.

The Jets outside linebacker pass rush, so essential in a 3-4 front, was no existent. This is a problem that can’t be minimized. Watch Denver and Kansas City. That is the way a 3-4 defense is supposed to look – game-wrecking outside linebackers making the opposing QB miserable.

And this lack of a pass rush, leaves a secondary, which is pedestrian, having to cover for too long, and the results are often disastrous.

Dumb penalties. That is on the coach. Blown assignments on defense. That is on the coach. He needs to get that cleaned up or the GM needs to get more disciplined players.

Lack of effort. Not on Bowles. Because in my opinion, that wasn’t the issue.

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The result of our poll 12.07.16

We ran a poll on Twitter. The question:

“Was the Jets giving up 41 points Ryan Fitzpatrick’s fault?”

38 percent responded – “Yes.”

62 percent responded – “No.”

Thanks to those who participated.

Jets switched to Petty, so when is this lineup move going to be made? 12.06.16

The Jets have made a QB change from Ryan Fitzpatrick to Bryce Petty.

But isn’t also time to make some other lineup changes, like in the secondary, which might be the Jets’ biggest issue?

Maybe it’s time for Darrelle Revis to be replaced. He’s having a substandard season and often doesn’t play the first-down sticks, which is unacceptable at the CB position. His tackling hasn’t been great either.

Maybe try Dexter McDougle, Nick Marshall, Juston Burris or Marcus Williams in his place.

Just a thought.

Another set of eyes might help 12.06.16

It can’t hurt to have another set of eyes.

When you lose the way the Jets did to a mediocre Indianapolis Colts team, clearly there are myriad problems.

The Jets could probably use a consultant to review their football program.


Because of their power structure.

Their GM, coach and team president are all equal and report to owner Woody Johnson.

Johnson is a good man, but he’s a business man, and they have some serious FOOTBALL decisions to be made.

Since the GM, coach and president are all on the same level, if they made suggestions about the another guy’s department, it would be like backstabbing. Should equals in a corporate environment be critiquing each other? Probably not, unless somebody gets promoted.

Johnson’s right-hand man, the man who has his ear the most, is Ira Akselrad, a lawyer and money manager.

Akselrad isn’t really equipped to make football decisions.

So with the Jets’ current power structure, it might be a good time to bring in a highly-regarded football consultant to review the operation and make some suggestions – a Mike Shanahan, a Tom Coughlin, a Bill Polian, somebody like that.

Sometimes when you are too close, you can’t see the forest for the trees.

So maybe an outside perspective would be helpful.

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Story behind Nick Mangold’s cleats 12.05.16



New York, NY (December 5, 2016) –New York Jets Center Nick Mangold will honor NYC fallen heroes as he competes tonight in custom cleats on behalf of Answer the Call – New York Police and Fire Widows’ and Children’s Benefit Fund.

The organization raises awareness and support for the families of New York City Police Officers, Firefighters, Port Authority Police and EMS Personnel who were killed in the line of duty. The NFL’s My Cause, My Cleats campaign allows players to wear customized cleats to represent the causes most important to them.
Back in October, Mangold illuminated the iconic tower lights of the Empire State Building in blue, white and red on behalf of Answer the Call – The New York Police & Fire Widows’ & Children’s Benefit Fund ahead of their Annual Gala. (Photos available upon request)

About The New York Police and Fire Widows’ and Children’s Benefit Fund

Answer The Call – The New York Police and Fire Widows’ and Children’s Benefit Fund provides assistance to the families of New York City Police Officers, Firefighters, Port Authority Police and EMS Personnel who have been killed in the line of duty. Since its inception in 1985 by Daniel J. “Rusty” Staub, the charity has distributed over $130 million to hundreds of families. The Benefit Fund provides immediate and ongoing financial assistance in the form of annual distributions to grieving families after they lose their loved one. In addition, the Benefit Fund provides an ongoing network of support and gatherings for these families to cope and connect after such tragedy. The Benefit Fund serves approximately 600 families, and the goal is to provide meaningful assistance to the beneficiaries for the rest of their lives.

For more information visit www.answerthecall.org

*Press Release

Todd Bowles on Leonard Williams maturation process 12.02.16

Q)How impressed are you with Leonard William’s development?

Todd Bowles: Very. He’s come along leaps and bounds. The mental part of the game is becoming slow to him, so he’s doing a very good job.

Q)What is Williams doing better this year?

Bowles: He’s understanding blocking schemes a little bit better and the game has slowed down for him. Before he was just running like a bull in a China shop. Now he understands what’s happening to him and he’s adjusting.

Q)Was there a point where the switch turned on for Williams?

Bowles: I think it’s just a natural progression. When you play as a rookie, you learn so much more after 16 games. Coming back the next year, so mentally we expect him to be a little better than he was last year.

Q)Is Williams where they expected him to be in his second season?

Bowles: I’d say he’s at the point where he’s gotten a lot better. He can get so much better, but he’s making a lot of progress. He doesn’t have a ceiling, but he doesn’t have a basement either. Right now he’s steadily ascending.

Q)How can he get more sacks?

Bowles: People are paying attention to him (and) the ball coming out quicker. He’s getting close. He’s getting hurries. It’s not always going to accumulate into sacks, but he’s getting hurries.

Easy decision for Jets – not that complicated 12.02.16

Florham Park – I read a headline this week – “Jets-face-difficult-decision-on-Revis-at-end-of-year.”

It’s not a tough decision at all. It’s time for the Jets to move on.

Deal with the $6 million salary cap hit. Don’t let that impact the decision-making process.

Revis doesn’t have the requisite quick-twitch and long speed needed to be a starting NFL cornerback anymore.

And the idea of moving him to safety doesn’t make much sense since his tackling skills have deteriorated this year. How are you going to be an effective NFL safety if you don’t want to “stick your face in the fan.”

So no, it’s not a tough decision.

Move on.

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Indianapolis Colts Thursday Injury Report 12.01.16

Practice Report

Did Not Participate In Practice

WR T.Y. Hilton (back), LB Robert Mathis (bicep), DT Hassan Ridgeway (back), CB Patrick Robinson (groin)

Limited Participation in Practice

CB Vontae Davis (groin), QB Andrew Luck (right shoulder, concussion), CB Chris Milton (foot)

Full Participation in Practice

S Clayton Geathers (concussion), T Denzelle Good (shoulder), C Ryan Kelly (shoulder)

Gailey answer questions from the Petty lobby 12.01.16

Q)How did Bryce Petty perform in the Rams’ game?

Chan Gailey – Jets offensive coordinator: He did some good things. He needs all of the work he can get. Just like every young player needs all of the work they can get. It helps to play in games.

Q)What are the differences in evaluating someone in practice compared to games?

Gailey: It’s like being able to evaluate somebody with 75-80% probability or being able to evaluate somebody with 90-95% probabilitity. The probability in games, you’ve got a lot better idea of what’s going to happen. Whereas in practice you only have a 75% probability of how they’re going to be, how they’re going to play, and how they’re going to progress.

Q)Is it valuable for a young player to get in-game experiences in order to grow?

Gailey: Every player in the National Football League that is a young player needs reps. It’s not just Bryce for quarterback. It’s every player.

Q)What did you learn about Petty from the Rams game?

Gailey: We learned some things that we felt we’re his strong suits and some things that we felt like he needed to work on. You’re going to ask me what, and I’m not going to say. Every time somebody plays, you evaluate them and you learn something about them and you go from there to try to help them become better.

Q)How comfortable is Petty under center after playing in the shotgun against the Rams?

Gailey: That was the game plan. He’s fine under center.

NFL games coming to CBS All Access 12.01.16

*DEC. 1, 2016 – NFL ON CBS games are coming to CBS All Access thanks to a new deal announced today by CBS Corporation and the National Football League. The multiyear deal begins this Sunday, Dec. 4, and continues with all NFL ON CBS coverage of regular, preseason and postseason games.

“We are very pleased that our partnership with the NFL has been expanded to include CBS All Access,” said Leslie Moonves, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the CBS Corporation. “Adding the most watched programming on television, to the most watched network on television, will be a powerful combination as we continue to grow CBS All Access into the future.”

“CBS has been one of our most trusted and valuable partners for over 50 years, and we’re happy to extend our relationship with them in new and exciting ways,” said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. “Distribution of our games on CBS All Access is a win for the millions of NFL fans across the country, especially those looking to watch our games on these emerging digital platforms.”

CBS All Access subscribers will be able to stream all NFL ON CBS games, including THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL on CBS, as well as pregame and halftime coverage live on CBS All Access platforms, including on tablets via the CBS App for iOS, Android and Windows 10, on connected device platforms, including Xbox One and Xbox 360, Roku Players, Apple TV, Chromecast, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, and PS4™, and online at CBS.com in more than 150 markets across the U.S. CBS All Access subscribers will receive all NFL ON CBS games being broadcast in their local market.

Beginning next season, the deal also provides the opportunity for CBS All Access and eligible pay TV subscribers to stream NFL ON CBS content on NFL digital properties. All NFL ON CBS games remain available on mobile devices exclusively through the NFL Mobile app for Verizon Wireless customers.

CBS All Access will also allow users to sample content from NFL Game Pass, the NFL’s digital video subscription service which makes games and other programming available on-demand.

*Press Release

Why repeat something you can’t verify? 12.01.16

Florham Park – Another unnamed person ripping a Jets player in a familiar place.

I’m not going to get into where this appeared and who it was about.

And nobody else should either.

I’m not even judging the reporter. I have no idea who he is quoting. It could be totally legit.

That isn’t my point.

My point is all these websites that reference unnamed quote stories from other media outlets are taking a leap of faith they should avoid.

You have no idea where the quote came from, and can’t verify it’s veracity, so why write about it?

Leave it alone.

Jets to give 16 military families royal treatment 12.01.16

*The Atlantic Health Jets Women’s Organization (AHJWO) will host 16 military families as identified by the United Service Organizations (USO) for a holiday themed appreciation event at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center (AHJTC).

Families will begin the day with a VIP viewing of Jets practice. Following practice children will decorate gingerbread houses and cookies in addition to creating care packages for their parent serving. Spouses of military personnel will have the opportunity to “take a break” with pampering services including manicures, massage, make-up and blowouts.

Everyone will enjoy Jets Fest inflatable rides, a tour of the AHJTC and have the opportunity to take holiday-themed photos with Santa Claus (Nick Mangold). Finally, as a surprise, parents will pick up toys to give to their children and enjoy dinner as a family in the cafeteria.

WHAT: AHJWO Military Appreciation Event

WHO: 16 Military Families identified by the USO

AHJWO Members including Betty Maccagnan, Taneka Bowles and Dana Glat

Nick Mangold as Santa Claus

Jets Flight Crew Cheerleaders

*Press Release

Todd Bowles on Wilkerson’s production 11.30.16

Q)What are your thoughts on Muhammad Wilkerson’s decline in production?

Todd Bowles: I don’t know. I guess he fought so hard to get back. He was knicked up a little early on. (He’s) trying to get in a groove. Balls aren’t coming his way. Some balls are coming out quicker. They’re paying more attention to him. A lot of things. He’s playing, he’s commanding the attention. Other guys have to start making plays.

Q)Is Wilkerson as explosive coming off of the snap as last year?

Bowles: Early in the year I saw a little bit of it. He’s still getting the kinks out of it sometimes, but he’s feeling a lot better now, so I to see a lot better Mo.

Q)Is Wilkerson’s ankle still impacting him?

Bowles: I don’t think so. I asked him and he said it wasn’t, but I don’t think so. He’ll never admit if he’s hurt or not. He’s been practicing fully, so he’s been healthy for the past week and a half or so.

Q)How he would assess Wilkerson’s play?

Bowles: I think he’s played ok. I don’t think anybody’s played great. Last time he’s played, he fit right in with the rest of the group. All of us can get better.

Former NFL QB – Whatever GM trades for Romo should be fired 11.30.16

There is a lot of speculation about where Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo will play next year with the emergence of Dak Prescott.

Some have speculated the Jets could be a landing spot.

Former Washington Redskins QB Joe Theismann thinks any GM who trades for the Romo, whose had myriad medical issues, should be fired.

“Any general manager that would make a deal for Tony Romo shouldn’t keep their job as general manager,” Theismann told Bleacher Report Radio. “It’s a bad business decision, plus what offensive line is going to be the same one he has in Dallas?

“I think Tony Romo stays a Dallas Cowboy. He’s got a $24 million cap, you negotiate that down to a number that’s palatable for the team. If Dak [Prescott] gets hurt, he goes and plays, and you put incentives in if he does play. To me, Tony Romo’s got to be a Dallas Cowboy to the end of his career.”

Colts need to win out – Can Jets throw a monkey wrench? 11.30.16

The Jets’ next opponent, the Indianapolis Colts (5-6), feel they need to win the rest of their games to make the playoffs.

“We understand that we have to run the table, point blank,” said Colts tight end Dwayne Allen. “In order to have a realistic chance, we have to run the table. You can either be intimidated by that or get excited. Because that means that the coaching staff, the coordinators, the players are going to give it everything we absolutely have to win a football game. And that’s exciting football.”

The Jets hope to turn over that table on Monday Night Football by beating the Colts, which they’re certainly capable of doing.

The Jets’ players and coaches would love to throw a monkey wrench into the Colts’ playoff aspirations.

Thoughts from Brandon Marshall 11.30.16

Q)What are you thoughts on the war of words between Dez Bryant and Josh Norman?

Brandon Marshall – Showtime’s Inside the NFL: I love those battles and I think we need more of that. And to your point, I agree. I think it needs to be clean within the lines, but we need to expose that more. This is the entertainment business. That’s fun… That’s what people want to see. People want to see that before the game, during the game, after the game but it needs to be clean…I want to see more of those battles. I want to see Julio Jones vs. Patrick Peterson. I want to see Dez Bryant vs. Josh Norman.

Q)What does Jim Caldwell bring to the table as a coach?

Marshall: I’m glad that they decided to keep him because when you’re going through a culture change, you need a guy at the top that has that type of respect. That has that type of credibility that players are going to follow.

Q)What is going to happen in the AFC West?

Marshall: It’s going to be a wild finish… Don’t be surprised if the Chiefs win that division.

Q)What are your thoughts on the job Gary Kubiak is doing?

Marshall: They call him cool for a reason. I mean, that’s what you want out of your leader. You take on the personality of your leader, and that’s a trickle-down effect.

Q)The New York Giants…

Marshall: They’re sitting at 8-3 right now. This team is playing lights out football right now. They’re going to win that division.

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