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To say an entire team quit is silly! 11.12.18

Brilliant analysis!

Any radio, TV host or writer who claims the Jets quit as a team against Buffalo isn’t exactly a Mensa candidate.

That doesn’t make any sense.

Did safety Jamal Adams quit against the Bills?

Did linebacker Avery Williamson look like he quit, finishing with 11 tackles?

Did Jets returner Andre Roberts quit against the Bills?

Did Jets kicker Jason Myers quit against the Bills?

The way receiver Quincy Enunwa plays the sport, does he look like the quitting type to you?

Did a few Jets quit during their loss to Buffalo, probably,

Bu the Jets’ biggest problem against Buffalo was a defense that got totally out-schemed and out-coached by Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll. The Jets’ two-man defensive line scheme was an unmitigated disaster and Daboll took advantage of it repeatedly. Another huge problem was an offense line that was absolutely dominated by the Bills’ front seven.

But to say a whole team quit is an intellectually bankrupt statement.

And lazy analysis.

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Did Adam Gase dis Sam Darnold? 11.09.18

The Miami Dolphins are coming off a strong defensive performance in their 13-6 win over the New York Jets.

The Jets managed just two field goals against the Dolphins’ defense. Jets QB Sam Darnold finished with four picks and a 31.8 QB rating.

Will the Dolphins be able to sustain that level of defense in Green Bay this week?

“Aaron Rodgers is a little different than Sam Darnold,” Dolphins coach Adam Gase said this week.

Was this a shot at Darnold, or just dealing with the reality of going from facing a rookie QB, to squaring off against a future Hall-of-Famer?

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Darnold to miss Bills game. What it means. 11.07.18

Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network announced that Sam Darnold will miss the Jets’ upcoming game with the Buffalo Bills due to a foot injury.

While no injury is good news, this announcement won’t necessarily hurt the Jets on the field.

Some might argue that Josh McCown, who will start in Darnold’s place, gives them a better chance to win.

And they’re certainly in dire need of a win, currently in the midst of a three-game losing streak.

And maybe it’s a good thing for Darnold to watch for a few games from the sideline, get a different perspective, recharge his battery, get his foot healthy, and then reemerge.

After all, he might have been rushed into NFL action. He’s only 21-years-old and came out of college after his red-shirt sophomore year.

Maybe a time-out is a good thing.

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Who said Bowles is on hot-seat? Where is this coming from? 11.06.18

You read all this stuff about coaches on the hot-seat.

And you see things like, “Hot-Seat Rankings.”

Todd Bowles names appears on some of these lists.

What’s that based on?

It’s certainly not coming from anybody at One Jets Drive, like Christopher Johnson.

Johnson called the coach “quite extraordinary” last off-season and gave him a two-year contract extension.

Does that sound like “hot-seat” material?

And maybe Bowles got the go-head from higher-ups to use this season to develop Sam Darnold and not worry about his job security, in case it didn’t go well. Because usually when you start a rookie QB, it can be rough sailing.

Look, I have no idea what’s going to happen after this season. I don’t have a crystal ball.

But what I don’t get is how people discern that a coach is on the hot-seat, when none of his bosses are saying that, on-, or off-the-record.

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I disagree with Sam Darnold 11.05.18

Sam Darnold said after his four interception performance in Miami, “There’s no excuse for how I played out there.”

He’s wrong.

There is an “excuse.”

The “excuse” is he’s a rookie who seemed to be rushed into the starting lineup.

He was just a two-year college starter, and came into the league after his red-shirt sophomore season.

He’s only 21.

Maybe he wasn’t instant coffee on the NFL level.

Terrific prospect, but had a lot to work on. Remember he had a turnover issue at USC, with 20 interceptions in his last 20 games.

He probably needed to sit and learn for a year like Patrick Mahomes in Kansas City.

I understand that Darnold isn’t going to make excuses publicly.

But to me, there is an “excuse” for how he’s playing.

Perhaps he was thrown the car keys too soon.

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Does the Jets’ current football structure need to be tweaked? 11.04.18

In Florham Park, the GM doesn’t report to the head coach, and the head coach doesn’t report to the GM.

They are equal and both report to the owner.

The problem with Mike Maccagnan and Todd Bowles being on equal footing, is whose going to force changes on the scouting side, or the coaching side, if they’re needed?

With the current set-up, Maccagnan can’t tell Bowles what to do, and Bowles can’t tell Maccagnan what to do.

So where is the football oversight?

Like if somebody doesn’t like benching struggling players due to stubbornness, who is going to step in and DEMAND it?

That would have to be Christopher Johnson, but he doesn’t seem like that kind of guy, at least not yet. He’s a great guy, but always reminds us he’s not “Jerry Jones.”

So if both guys report to the owner, not to each other, whose going to oversee the decisions each is making, if the owner is pretty hands off?

The Jets should take a long, hard look at hiring a VP of football operations who oversees the coach and GM, somebody not only with great football acumen, but alpha dog leadership qualities.

Having the coach and GM on equal footing, and no football guru overseeing what they do, just doesn’t seem like an ideal way to go.

And can lead to inertia.

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Dolphins make roster move 11.02.18

*MIAMI – The Miami Dolphins today announced they have activated center Jake Brendel off injured reserve and placed cornerback Cordrea Tankersley on injured reserve.

Brendel has played in 17 career games, all with the Dolphins, during his NFL career (2016-17). He was signed to Miami’s practice squad on Oct. 11, 2016 and promoted to the active roster on Nov. 19, 2016. Brendel appeared in one regular season game and the AFC Wild Card game at the end of the 2016 season before playing in all 16 regular season games in 2017. He was placed on injured reserve on Sept. 3, 2018.

Tankersley played in six games this season and recorded four tackles (two solo) and one special teams stop. He’s played in 17 career games with 11 starts during his two-year NFL career (2017-18). Tankersley started 11 games in 2017 and made 31 tackles (24 solo) and had seven passes defensed. He originally entered the NFL as a third-round pick (97th overall) by the Dolphins in the 2017 NFL draft.

*Press release


Adam Gase’s Heated Back-And-Fourth with Some Reporters Over Tannehill 11.01.18

*Q)There are some people, whether it’s media, fans or whatever, who have made their case that they’ve seen enough of Ryan Tannehill. I want to know why you maybe don’t feel that way . . .

Adam Gase – Dolphins Head Coach: What qualifications are we talking about with the people saying that? None, so I don’t really care what anybody else thinks.

Q)I want to ask you in a different way. Why do you still believe that QB Ryan Tannehill is…

Gase: Because we’ve made a lot of strides since we started in 2016. He had some good seasons before I got here, I know that. We did some different stuff that year. We leaned on the running game and worked off the play-action stuff. He does a great job with the zone-read stuff. When you have an athletic guy that can move around as much as he can and then his arm strength has been something that I’ve never been around before, where we hit the pass like we hit against Tennessee where he throws it 50-plus yards in the air and the guy never breaks stride.

He has some rare qualities that you can’t find in a lot of guys physically. The more that he keeps playing, he keeps learning game to game. That’s something to me that puts him in position to where where’s our ceiling at? I don’t think we’re close to it. I think we just keep getting better (and) keep finding ways to maximize his skillset because it becomes a problem for the defense. It’s hard to defend him when you don’t know what he’s going to do. Is he going to do zone read? Is he going to sprint out? Is he going to run a naked (bootleg)? Is he going to go play action? Is it drop back? Are we running the ball? There’s a lot of things they’ve got to defend.”

Q)So why wasn’t it better when QB Ryan Tannehill wasn’t hurt?

Gase: It was. The first three games, we played pretty good.

Q)And then the next two . . .

Gase: Yeah, that happens. That happens sometimes in the NFL. Quarterbacks … when you play New England, that’s not easy. There’s a reason they win a lot of games every year.

Q)[Unclear question]

Gase: The first three games he played pretty good. You’re asking me that question and you don’t even know what you’re talking about. It’s hard for me to defend anything when you don’t know what you’re talking about. You don’t. I’ve watched the film. I sit there. We evaluate the scheme we’re asking him to do and he does a good job on it.

Q)I know what results are and I know that…

Gase: That’s fine. That’s how you look at things. Everything is results to you. We’re going through a process because that’s what it is. That’s what the season is. It’s about trying to get guys to trend upward. We were headed in the right direction. We hit a speed bump with New England. Then (at) Cincinnati, he was playing well and then we lose our left tackle and we make two bad decisions.

*This is from Adam Gase’s Thursday press conference in Miami.


Adam Gase on Ryan Tannehill 10.31.18

*Q)Do you have anything on the quarterbacks for us?

Adam Gase: Yeah, Ryan (Tannehill) will be out this week. Brock (Osweiler) will be starting.

Q)Are you surprised that QB Ryan Tannehill hasn’t shown more to this point?

Gase: I think it’s just unpredictability. Some days it feels a lot better and some days he doesn’t feel as good. He’s throwing. We’ll just keep working through it, keep talking with the doctors and see if we can do anything else, anything more than what he’s doing, or if we need to do less. We just have to keep going through this process.

Q)We didn’t see QB Ryan Tannehill throw anything out there today. Did he throw anything?

Gase: He has. I mean he’s been throwing when he’s with the trainers and they do certain things. He’s being monitored closely.

Q)How much does the concern grow that this can be something that either needs to be surgically repaired or could possibly impact QB Ryan Tannehill’s career?

Gase: Surgery has not been brought up to me. This is just a rest-type thing.

*This is from Gase’s press conference today in South Florida.


Jets announce partnership with MGM 10.31.18

*The New York Jets have joined with MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) in a first-of-its-kind partnership making MGM Resorts the official gaming partner of the New York Jets. The multi-year agreement marks the most comprehensive and integrated gaming partnership in the National Football League (NFL) to date, promoting the global entertainment company’s casino resorts as well as Play MGM’s online gaming platforms and mobile apps to millions of fans.

In addition to its designation as the official gaming partner of the Jets, MGM Resorts will sponsor and receive access to the Jets 360 Production Studio at Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. The Play MGM Studio will be the year-round multimedia home for Jets content across Jets 360 television, digital, and social platforms.

As part of the agreement, MGM Resorts will also provide a wide range of hospitality for Jets season ticket holders and Jets Rewards members, including premium entertainment experiences and luxury hotel rooms at its Borgata property in Atlantic City, and other MGM Resorts properties in the United States.

*Press release


Miami Dolphins place Taylor on injured reserve 10.30.18

*Miami Dolphins place Taylor on injured reserve

MIAMI – The Miami Dolphins today announced they have placed defensive tackle Vincent Taylor on injured reserve.

Taylor has played in eight games this season and has 27 tackles (15 solo), two sacks and one blocked field goal. He originally entered the NFL as a sixth-round pick (194th overall) by Miami in the 2017 NFL draft. During his career, Taylor has played in 21 games and made 45 tackles (26 solo), two sacks, one pass defensed and three blocked kicks.

*Press release


Brandon Shell on the challenge of facing Khalil Mack 10.24.18

Q)How much of a challenge is it facing (Bears OLB) Khalil Mack?

Brandon Shell – Jets right tackle: It’s really a challenge every week. You just have to go out there and play your game. No matter who lines up in front of you, that’s how you have to look at it every week.

Q)What is Mack like as a player?

Shell: He’s a great player. He has good ball get-off, strong guy, he plays hard, he’s a great athlete.

Q)And you can’t really factor in his (ankle) injury and let your guard down . . .

Shell: No, you can’t do that, because a lot of guys play hurt around this time anyways. You can’t let that fool you and think it’s going to be an [easy] game, because it’s not. He’s that type of player that can change a game on one play.

Q)You played against him before – what was that like?

Shell: I just went out there and played – did my study on him and went out there and played, because at the end of the day, that’s what you’ve got to do.

Q)What makes him so tough?

Shell: He has a knack for the ball. He’s a great pass rusher, good against the run, good ball get-off, he’s strong. He knows how to set to you up with moves to get to the quarterback easy. There are a lot of things that make him a great player, but you still have to go out there and play.

Q)Where does he mainly line up?

Shell: You watch film and he lines up on both sides – he’s on the right, he’s on the left, him and Leonard Floyd, they swap.

Q)You played against Floyd in college (Georgia). What’s he like?

Shell: He’s a speed rusher, athlete, he is good with his hands, he’s got a spin move. He’s one of those pass rushers who can do anything. That’s what Leonard Floyd is.

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Jets need to make some changes in this area 10.22.18

This needs to change – ASAP!

There are some things going on with the Jets’ run defense that need fixing.

Even during their recent two-game winning streak, it wasn’t great. Too many gaping holes.

I asked safety Jamal Adams, after the Jets’ loss to Minnesota, what they must do to fix their run defense.

“Just do our jobs,” Adams said.

I followed with a question asking for specifics on what needs to improve.

And he repeated, “Just do our jobs.”

He certainly does his job. He had nine tackles against the Vikings, including three for losses.

You know you have a run defense problem when your top three tacklers are defensive backs – Darryl Roberts, Adams and Parry Nickerson. That was the case against Minnesota. This means a lot of plays are getting past the first line of defense. That’s far from ideal.

Christopher Johnson should demand answers and changes.

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Boyer Pays Tribute to Josh Martin 10.18.18

On October 1, the Jets put linebacker Josh Martin on injured reserve with a concussion.

Martin was one of the Jets’ best special teams’ players the last couple of years, and the coordinator of that unit got a little emotional talking about his loss.

“Josh has been here with me since I’ve been here,” Brant Boyer said on Thursday in Florham Park. “He’s one of those guys that does everything right. You tell him one time, you don’t have to tell him twice. And that’s pretty rare sometimes. Josh has been a leader, he’s been fantastic to deal with, he is a professional. I think he’s been top one or two in production points for two years that I’ve been here. He was on his way to being (that again for the third time). You lose a guy like that it’s a huge loss. He’s an outstanding person and it’s a huge loss when you lose a guy like that.”

Martin’s career is likely over after suffering four concussions the last three years.


Jets giving back to Todd’s hometown of Elizabeth 10.18.18

*Over 4,000 students will begin a PLAY 60 program featuring Taneka Bowles, wife of Jets Head Coach, former Jet Tony Richardson, Flight Crew Cheerleaders and a special video from Head Coach Todd Bowles.

The New York Jets will kickoff their PLAY 60 program with over 4,000 fourth and fifth-grade students from Elizabeth Public Schools. Led by Taneka Bowles, wife of Elizabeth, N.J., native, Todd Bowles, students will be treated to a fun presentation introducing them to the PLAY 60 program. Participants will receive a Jets backpack and a game planner at their schools to track their fitness. Former Jets fullback Tony Richardson and Flight Crew Cheerleaders will also appear to discuss the importance of getting 60 minutes of activity every day. The presentation will feature a special video message from Coach Bowles encouraging students to take part in the program and strive to be their best. Top performing students from each grade will be entered in a drawing for tickets provided by Todd and Taneka to attend a Jets game this season.

*Press Release


Pepsi Tailgate Coming to MetLife 10.11.18

*The Pepsi Tailgate Tour is swinging through MetLife Stadium with a massive party ahead of the Colts vs. Jets game on 10/14.

The celebration, taking place in Lot F outside the stadium, is completely free to all fans and will include a performance from country duo LOCASH (featuring their new single, “Feels Like a Party”), a full gaming zone with classics like cornhole and ladder ball, free Pepsi drinks, snacks and more.

Tailgate opens- 8:00 AM EST

LOCASH performance- 10:30 AM EST

Kickoff- 1:00 PM EST

Where: The Tailgate Tour stop will take place in Lot F of MetLife Stadium- 1 MetLife Stadium Drive East Rutherford, NJ 07073

Additional Information: Entry to Pepsi Tailgate Tour celebrations is FREE. Please visit PepsiTailgate.com for more details and join the party on social using #PepsiTailgateTour

About LOCASH

Creating a sound that fuses modern Country and classic heartland rock with an edgy vocal blend, Wheelhouse Records’ LOCASH is the Country music duo made up of singer-songwriters Chris Lucas and Preston Brust; natives of Baltimore, Maryland, and Kokomo, Indiana, respectively. With two albums and eight charting singles to their credit, LOCASH broke out in 2015 with their gracious GOLD-certified hit, “I Love This Life,” followed by the flirtatious GOLD-certified #1 smash, “I Know Somebody” – their first trip to the top of the Country radio airplay charts – and 2017’s fun-loving romantic anthem “Ring on Every Finger.” All three singles were part of their album, THE FIGHTERS, which was released in the summer of 2016 to Top 15 success. In 2017, they earned their first round of awards show recognition, nominated at the ACM Awards for New Vocal Duo or Group of the Year, the CMT Music Awards for Duo Video of the Year (“I Know Somebody”), and the CMA Awards for Vocal Duo of the Year. Their latest single “Feels Like A Party,” is the pair’s first release with their new label, BBR Music Group/BMG.

*Press Release


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