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‘I would do it all over again’ 10.30.20

In the latest issue of Jets Confidential Magazine, we have a interview with all-time Jets great, defensive lineman Marty Lyons, who has a new book out – “If These Walls Could Talk – New York Jets.” During the interview, we covered a ton of things, including how his body feels these days after all those years of playing football. We also asked how players dealt with injuries in the 1980’s. Here is what he had to say:
JC: How does you body feel this many years after playing?
Lyons: My back hurts, my neck hurts, my legs hurt, but I would do it all over again. I chose to go down that path. I chose to be a football player in high school, and very fortunate to experience a national championship in college with Coach (Bear) Bryant, be a #1 pick with the Jets, stay with the Jets my whole career, so if I had to do it all over again, I would.
I have no regrets at all. There are always going to be a risk no matter what you do in life. I took the risk playing football and now I’m paying the price. I look back at it and cherish all the memories and the friendships I was able to build, and unfortunately we didn’t win a Super Bowl and we didn’t get to a Super Bowl, but some of the friendships I made through the game have lasted a lifetime.
JC: It was kind of like the Wild, Wild West in the NFL back in the 1980’s with how they would deal with injuries . . .
Lyons: It was pretty simple, if you wanted to play, they gave you an option. They put a needle down with some kind of painkiller and say, “Hey, you know what, we are not going to force you to take this, it’s your option, your choice. you want to play or you don’t want to play, you can’t play without it.” I always wanted to play. When I had both shoulders shot up before a game, and then shot up at halftime, shot up after a game, that was my choice. If I have any repercussion now, it’s not on the New York Jets for doing it, that is on me.

Like I said, if I had to do anything all over again, I would still do it, the same way I did it, and hopefully I could play a little bit better than I did and give it a little better effort in some of the games, maybe we would have won a few more games.

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Is it disrespectful to ask Sam Darnold about Trevor Lawrence? 10.28.20

So much can change between now and then.

Talking about the Jets possibly landing the first pick in the 2021 draft, and picking Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence.

It’s really too early to be talking about this.

The NFL season is only seven weeks old, and there is a lot of football to be played. Who even knows what team will get the first pick?

Also, Lawrence is the middle of his junior year, and focused on helping Clemson win another national championship. That’s what he’s focusing on right now. Not the draft.

It’s also unfair to the current Jets QB, Sam Darnold, to be asking him about Lawrence. He deserves better and has enough on his plate already.

And now you can add this foolish angle, that has taken off like wildfire the last couple of days, that Lawrence might stay in school to avoid the Jets. This was made up out of whole cloth.

Lawrence was asked this week if he was going to enter the draft after this season.

“I don’t know, we’ll just have to see how things unfold. There’s a lot of factors in that,” Lawrence said.

What did you expect to say in the middle of Clemson’s season: “I’m declaring for the draft today?”

That usually happens after the season. Some people interpreted this quote as a roundabout way of him saying he wants to avoid the Jets.

Talk about jumping to conclusions.

Can we do all parties involved a favor, and put this “Lawrence to the Jets” angle to rest for a while?

It’s unfair to Darnold, Lawrence, Dabo Swinney and so forth.

We will have plenty of time to talk about this in a couple of months.

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Is it disrespectful to ask Sam Darnold about Trevor Lawrence? 10.28.20

All of this can wait, and so much can change between now and then.

Talking about the Jets possibly landing the first pick in the 2021 draft, and picking Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence.

It’s really too early to be talking about this.

The NFL season is only seven weeks old, and there is a lot of football to be played. Who even knows what team will get the first pick?

Also, Lawrence is the middle of his junior year, and focused on helping Clemson win another national championship. That’s what he’s focusing on right now. Not the draft.

It’s also unfair to the current Jets QB, Sam Darnold, to be asking him about Lawrence. He deserves better and has enough on his plate already.

And now you can add this foolish angle, that has taken off like wildfire the last couple of days, that Lawrence might stay in school to avoid the Jets. This was made up out of whole cloth.

Lawrence was asked this week if he was going to enter the draft after this season.

“I don’t know, we’ll just have to see how things unfold. There’s a lot of factors in that,” Lawrence said.

What did you expect to say in the middle of Clemson’s season: “I’m declaring for the draft today?”

That usually happens after the season. Some people interpreted this quote as a roundabout way of him saying he wants to avoid the Jets.

Talk about jumping to conclusions.

Can we do all parties involved a favor, and put this “Lawrence to the Jets” angle to rest for a while?

It’s unfair to Darnold, Lawrence, Dabo Swinney and so forth.

We will have plenty of time to talk about this in a couple of months.

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Not bad to get a sixth-round pick for a waiver claim 10.22.20

On Wednesday, NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero announced the Jets traded DE Jordan Willis, and a 2021 seventh-round pick, to the San Francisco 49ers, for a 2022 sixth-round pick.

Willis was inactive for the Jets last game, so to get a sixth-round pick for him is decent value.

Also, considering they claimed Willis on waivers last year, getting a sixth-round pick for him is not bad.

You can get talent in the sixth-round if you play your cards right.

In the 2020 draft, the Jets picked punter Braden Mann, and the year before, they landed CB Bless Austin.

Hey, Tom Brady was picked in the sixth-round.

The Jets made a similar trade on Sunday, sending nose tackle Steve McLendon to Tampa Bay, along with a 2023 seventh-round pick, in exchange for a 2022 sixth-round pick.

These two deals by Jets GM Joe Douglas make perfect sense, as he continues to compile future draft capital to help rebuild the Jets the right way, and not through reckless spending in free agency, which helped land them in their current mess.

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It’s time for the Jets to fix this! 10.21.20

The New York Jets are having major issues in this area on defense.

Talking about covering opposing tight ends.

The Jets are having a problem with tight ends sneaking off the line and being uncovered.

It happened twice in the first half against Miami.

In the first quarter, TE Adam Shaheen was wide open for a 4-yard TD pass.

In the second quarter, TE Durham Smythe was uncovered on another 4-yard TD pass.

The week before, on a fourth-and-one, Arizona tight end Darrell Daniels snuck off the line for a wide open 31-yard completion.

Jets defensive coordinator Gregg Williams and his assistants need to fix this.

Too many tight ends are flashing wide open against the Jets’ scheme.

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Gase on whether he’d give up play-calling 10.20.20

A Newsday reporter asked Adam Gase on Monday if he would consider giving up play-calling to “shake” things up. Here is that exchange:

Al Iannazzone, Newsday: Yeah Adam, I was just wondering, I’m sure you are trying to figure out what’s going to jolt this team, you talked about it last week, do you feel like it’s the right time to just say, let somebody else call the plays and see if that shakes anything up?

Adam Gase: Yeah, I mean, like I said, like every week we’re looking for what’s the right thing to do. I got a couple other things I got to really kind of sort through offensively before we make any kind of decisions whatsoever on stuff like that, we got to get some adjusted, figure out who we have available for this week. So, I mean that’s step 10 right now and we’re on step two.


Jets must make changes. Now! 10.19.20

As Albert Einstein said, “Insanity is doing the same thing, over and over again, and expecting a different result.”

The 0-6 Jets need to make some major changes this week, like perhaps letting Jim Bob Cooter call the offensive plays. Yesterday, the Jets were the NFL’s first team to be shut out this season.

And it’s not like the Miami Dolphins defense are the 1986 Chicago Bears, and they were playing without two key players – defensive lineman Davon Godchaux and linebacker Kyle Van Noy.

And speaking of defense, the Jets’ defense is struggling mightily as well, with a lot of gap integrity issues against the run, and opponents consistently coming wide open in the passing game. Maybe there is too much rotating going on.

The Jets clearly need to make major changes this week strategically, personnel-wise and perhaps with some coaching re-assignments.

The status quo is clearly unacceptable.

Or at least it shouldn’t be.

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Another example of why Jets need czar 10.15.20

It was a possibility on Monday, but then it didn’t happen, and some people might consider the reasoning a little perplexing.

On Monday, Jets coach Adam Gase was asked if he would be open to giving up offensive play-calling to change things up a little bit.

“For the last four years, I’ve toyed with the idea every once in a while,” Gase said on Monday. “I mean, I don’t think I’ve ever been opposed to trying something to try to change things up. I’d say everything is on the table at this point.”

He decided to keep the play-calling role, and explained it this way on Wednesday:

“We talked about it as a staff. None of the guys thought that was the right move to make. That was just kind of talking with those guys and seeing if we needed to make any changes in that area, nobody thought that was the reason why anything is going the way it’s going.”

Some people considered this an odd rationale, since what did you expect an assistant to say, “Adam, you should step aside and let me call the plays?”

This is yet another example of why the Jets need a football czar, one central football boss, who everybody on the football side reports do, including the coaches.

And a person in that role could have said, “Adam. I want you to give up the play-calling to Jim Bob Cooter, and take more of a 30,000 foot view of coaching the team.”

Its now clear, more than ever, that the Jets need a football czar.

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Le’Veon’s release/Gase’s future 10.14.20

The Jets released running back Le’Veon Bell on Tuesday night.

But this move has little to do with Adam Gase’s future with the team.

And has everything to do with GM Joe Douglas trying to build a strong football culture.

Who knows what the future holds for Gase. Douglas probably doesn’t even know that. Douglas isn’t Gase’s boss. Christopher Johnson is.

All Douglas can control is the players on the roster.

He needs players who are going to buy-in. Bell clearly isn’t buying in, and probably never did, and you throw in the player’s mercurial behavior on social media, it was probably time for Douglas to move on from another wasteful signing by the former regime. You always need to mindful of how disgruntled veterans can impact the mindset of young, developing players.

It’s still shocking, regardless of who the coach is, that Bell didn’t attend his first off-season program with a new team right after signing in 2019. Don’t you want to show your commitment to your new team, by working out with your new teammates, and getting comfortable in the playbook? That was bizarre, man.

WFAN’s Boomer Esiason reported that Bell was also late for meetings last year.

And he really hasn’t had much of an impact on wins and losses. The Jets should be able to function at running back with La’Mical Perine, Josh Adams, Ty Johnson and Frank Gore.

So it was perhaps time for the Jets to move on from Bell, and it has zero to do with Gase and his future with the team. People shouldn’t mix up the two issues.

This has everything to do with Douglas, who is one year into a six-year contract, trying to build a strong football culture.

Douglas can only control the roster right now. He has no say in who the coach is, though he obviously should moving forward. He clearly should be promoted to football czar and lord over the entire football operation. That is a no-brainer.

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Bell’s release and Gase’s future are different 10.13.20

The Jets released running back Le’Veon Bell on Tuesday night.

But this move has little to do with Adam Gase’s future with the team.

And has everything to do with GM Joe Douglas trying to build a strong football culture.

Who knows what the future holds for Gase. Douglas probably doesn’t even know that. Douglas isn’t Gase’s boss. Christopher Johnson is.

All Douglas can control is the players on the roster.

He needs players who are going to buy-in. Bell clearly isn’t buying in, and probably never did, and you throw in the player’s mercurial behavior on social media, it was probably time for Douglas to move on from another wasteful signing by the former regime. You always need to mindful of how disgruntled veterans can impact the mindset of young, developing players.

It’s still shocking to me, regardless of who the coach is, that Bell didn’t attend his first off-season program with a new team right after signing in 2019. Don’t you want to show your commitment to your new team, by working out with your new teammates, and getting comfortable in the playbook? That was bizarre, man.

WFAN’s Boomer Esiason reported that Bell was also late for meetings last year.

And he really hasn’t had much of an impact on wins and losses. The Jets should be able to function at running back with La’Mical Perine, Josh Adams, Ty Johnson and Frank Gore.

So it was perhaps time for the Jets to move on from Bell, and it has zero to do with Gase and his future with the team. People shouldn’t mix up the two issues.

This has everything to do with Douglas, who is one year into a six-year contract, trying to build a strong football culture.

Douglas can only control the roster right now. He has no say in who the coach is, though he obviously should moving forward. He clearly should be promoted to football czar and lord over the entire football operation. That is a no-brainer.

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Jets Statement On Releasing Le’Veon Bell 10.13.20

Statement from New York Jets
General Manager Joe Douglas
“After having conversations with Le’Veon and his agent and exploring potential trade options over the past couple of days, we have made the decision to release Le’Veon. The Jets organization appreciates Le’Veon’s efforts during his time here and we know he worked hard to make significant contributions to this team. We believe this decision is in the best interests of both parties and wish him future success.”

What about this change for the Jets? 10.11.20

Maybe change things up a little bit.

How about have running back coach Jim Bob Cooter call the offensive plays, and have Adam Gase focus on coaching the entire team?

Maybe this is something that would help the Jets’ moribund offense.

And also allow the head coach to take a 30,000 foot view of his team, and be less focused on his offensive play sheet.

Perhaps this is something that Christopher Johnson should consider, if he’s not going to make a head coaching change.

 


Jets need a football czar – right now! 10.11.20

They often don’t seem to be on the same page.

It’s almost like there are three different companies under one roof – Adam Gase’s offense, Gregg Williams’ defense and Joe Douglas’ personnel department.

And a house divided cannot stand.

Williams is making some very odd in-game personnel decisions on defense, and  you wonder if anybody is going to to talk to him about it, or does he have total autonomy over that side of the ball?

Slow guys setting the edge? Lamar Jackson on DeAndre Hopkins?

The Jets had no tall receiver active today after releasing Josh Malone. Wouldn’t you want one guy, 6-3 or above, in the mix, especially in the red zone? Who made that call? Who decided to make La’mical Perine the kick returner today? Good running back, but more an in-between-the-tackles runner, who doesn’t have the kind of 4.3-4.4 long speed you want back there returning kicks

Jets need a new power structure.

They need a football czar.

They need one central figure on the football side to bring it all together.

The sub-contracting going on at One Jets Drive is leading to a lot of losing.

 

 


New York Jets Statement: 10.09.20

“This evening, we received negative PCR COVID-19 test results for all players, coaches and personnel.  Following a presumptive positive COVID-19 test and out of an abundance of caution to ensure everyone’s health and safety, we sent all players and personnel home this morning. We also initiated all NFL mandated protocols including player isolation, subsequent testing, and contact tracing.  As we have thus far, we will continue to follow required health and safety protocols in the best interests of our coaches, players, staff and community. We look forward to our game this Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals.”


Jets need to play a lot smarter on defense and it goes beyond penalties 10.09.20

The Jets had eight defensive penalties in their recent loss to the Denver Broncos

So a big focus this week in Jets practice has been about playing more disciplined defensive football.

“Gregg (Williams) likes us to play hard, but he always says you gotta be smarter,” said Jets defensive end Jordan Jenkins. “He wants you to play hard, but don’t do dumb stuff. We had really made dumb mistakes. Like we took shots on (Broncos quarterback Brett Rypien). It was like, yeah we had the quarterback, but he gets up still playing the next play and he’s got a first down and so really it was pointless. He was like, play hard, but don’t dumb mistakes.“

But it must be pointed out that the Jets need to play smarter defensive football goes beyond the penalty issue.

They must must be more disciplined in a number areas, including their zone pass coverage and setting the edge against the run, which have been two problematic areas for them this season.

If players aren’t able to execute their assignments in these areas, they clearly need to be replaced.

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What does this have to do with Joe Flacco, a former Super Bowl MVP? 10.08.20

We’ve been reminded that the Jets have lost 11 straight games with a backup QB starting.

Okay, what does that have to do with Joe Flacco?

Every QB is different, and past seasons are totally irrelevant to what’s going on now, something Bill Belichick, and Bill Parcells before him, always reminded us.

Look, I have no idea how Flacco will do this Sunday, his first start as a Jet.

But I do know that the Jets’ previous 11 games with backups will have no bearing on his performance against Arizona.

What do Luke Falk, Trevor Siemian, Josh McCown and Bryce Petty have to do with Flacco and this Sunday’s game?

Nothing.

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