Time to deal with reality

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They keep saying it, and I continue not to buy it.

The Jets continue to promote that the fact that they have a lot young talent.

There was a tweet today promoting an interview on their website – “A lot of youth. A lot of talent. Brian Winters is excited to be a part of it.”

Where is all this talent?

They need to stop with the propaganda and deal with reality.

They have a few good young players, but this “extraordinary core” as one high-ranking Jets official put it, isn’t any more special than another other team.

They need to stop believing their own hype.

The two young safeties are pretty good, but there is certainly room for improvement. But I do think they can be good core players for the Jets moving forward

Honestly, who else are we talking about?

Look man, I’m a realist. I try to deal with reality and not hype.

I just don’t see it.

Darron Lee is a linebacker with 4.6 speed picked to help them in pass coverage and he hasn’t done it. He has six passes defensed (TOTAL) in two NFL seasons, and no interceptions. He has done some decent things in the box, close to the line, in run support (when protected) and as a blitzer, but he’s pedestrian in coverage and his cover instincts seem to be a little off, and is often a tick late reacting.

Jordan Jenkins is a decent run-stuffer but isn’t great in coverage and is an average pass rusher.

Justin Burris is a nice young man, but he should have been cut last summer. He has stiff hips and lacks long speed. He should be a safety.

Leonard Williams was okay this year, but not consistently special.

The best young player on offense for the Jets is Robby Anderson who had a terrific season, but has temper issues on the field, and was arrested twice in a year.

Look, I’m not looking to be super-negative, but these people need to stop the propaganda, and roll-up their sleeves and hit this off-season out of the park, with three draft picks in the first two rounds, and between $80-100 million in cap space.

The Jets need a lot more difference-makers on both sides of the ball.

And they need to stop overrating their core.

The GM kept every draft pick from the last two drafts. Some people act like that is some kind of positive thing.

All that means is that there are politics going on. Usually when a GM keeps all his picks it’s a more a self-fulfilling proficy than a great accomplishment.

And the proof is in the pudding. The Jets kept all their picks from the last two drafts, and went 5-11 each of the last two years.

Look, this has nothing to do with Brian Winters. He was just doing the team a favor by agreeing to do an interview with their website.

My issue is with people in the Jets building who think they have this wonderful young core.

Knock it off.

It’s not true.

Now get to work and truly put together a great young core.

February 6, 2018

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Dan Leberfeld
Dan Leberfeldhttps://www.jetsconfidential.com
Publisher of Jets Confidential Magazine. Call 1-800-932-4557 (M-F, 12-4) to subscribe. Co-host of Press Coverage every Saturday on SiriusXM NFL Radio from 11-2.

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