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Without further ado, I bring to you, Gang Green Nation’s Highlight Reel for the past week:
titansfanonce believes that the Jets should try to follow the Rams blueprint.
_Ed_Edd_Eddie_ offers his opinions on who to hire if we get rid of Bowles and Maccagnan.
Hankflorida is a long time fan who wants to see the Jets rise to the top.
On why you should let the rookie play:
Why putting handcuffs on a rook can be a bad thing
Another of my list of Bowles Principles that I posted after the game. The other related one is the failure to throw a pass beyond 10 yards all game. The irony is that in both failed strategies, the desire to protect the rookie QB ends up putting him in greater danger. I used to scream the same thing back in the Geno days. When you put a QB in handcuffs by not calling for a single pass beyond ten yards – even when your running game is working and would seem to set up a great opportunity for a deep bomb off of play action – the defense inevitably creeps closer to the line, thus shutting down the running game that originally was working, as well as increasing the likelihood of an INT due to the lack of a running game and the greater defensive traffic around the box. Moreover, whereas the INT you are allegedly protecting against would be 30 or 40 yards downfield and not much more than a punt, this INT is a killer INT that may even turn into a pick-6. Likewise with the simplified playbook, the defense quickly picks up what you are doing, does not have to fear all kinds of different setups, let alone misdirections and trick plays that keep them completely off balance. The defensive players almost know what’s coming as soon as the play starts, can make their cuts quickly w/o any hesitation and indecision, and can cheat towards where they think/know the play is going. So out of a desire to “protect” Darnold – a QB whose football smarts and quick knowledge and command of the playbook all the coaches raved about in preseason (as opposed to some overwhelmed Hackenberg who cannot begin to read a defense) – they make a coaching decision that ends up making it much more difficult for him to succeed, as his chances of finding an open man to throw to are significantly reduced, and his likelihood of having to force a pass into heavy coverage or throw a tipped pass (either of which can lead to a killer INT) is greatly increased.
On why waving your hands is important as a receiver:
Its also on the receiver to wave his arms and let the QB know he is that open. One of the things that bothers me about that play is that if you watch other receivers in the league, they wave to get the QB’s attention like they are catching a fair catch, Herndon needs to add this to his arsenal. He is still playing like, hey, if you look, I am here instead of like Keyshawn Johnson would have been like, HEY, Throw me the damn ball. Herndon did not help his QB on this play at all, even if he was not able to make the throw, he needs to let the QB know hey, i have 10 yards between myself and anything resembling a defensive player. This to me is the difference between someone who is playing the game and someone that wants to be the game. Mikey, great post… I love reading this stuff.
On our defensive strategy against the browns:
This was basically our defense when Baker was on the field
On why we shouldn’t be playing so much zone coverage:
My question has mostly been what’s with all the zone coverage? We invest big money in 3 corners and 1st round picks on a safety and coverage LB and another second rounder on another safety. Maybe they’re not good enough, but you’ve made your bed. Trumaine Johnson is a press man corner, being paid top bucks, why is he playing 10 yards off the ball?I get losing to superior talent, but it feels like Mac built (poorly) a Cover 1 Man blitz defense and Bowles and Rodgers are using them as a Cover 3 Zone hybrid defense that the players are not capable of executing.
On our offensive game plan:
When I rewatched the offensive snaps vs. Jacksonville, it dawned on me the entire offense is built on, “Pray Sam makes a great tight window throw as the pocket collapses.”
On an incredible feat the Jets have been able to pull off:
Its actually incredible
Of 12 graded positions, the Jets don’t have a single player in the top ten of his position. That’s statistically very difficult to pull off. I don’t want to hear anything about how the talent level was weak before Maccagnan got here, either. He’s had 4 Offseasons, 4 full drafts and has spent Hundreds of Millions if Free Agency. Entire Tams are changed over in 4 Seasons. And we have zero premium players. Zero. Ok, so you’d like to blame that on the coaching? You have a point. But a great player is a great player. A great player wins matchups. A great player doesn’t need to be “coached up”. Every single Team in the NFL has top 10 players at his position. Except the Jets.
On what a real GM looks like:
”Macc” vs Real GM
Nobody’s perfect, but here are some players drafted or acquired by John Dorsey within last the 4 years as a pro GM. Mahomes could be MVP of the league this year. Patrick Mahomes Kareem Hunt^ Tyreek Hill Baker Mayfield Jarvis Landry Marcus Peters~ Carlos Hyde Nick Chubb Dee Ford Denzel Ward ^ 2017 NFL rushing leader ~2015 Led NFL in INTs as a rookie
On why Todd Bowles deserves the anti-game ball:
Anti game ball easily goes to Bowles
He actually quit on his team! What kind of coach doesn’t give his players every possible opportunity to win? I wouldn’t want a coach like that in charge of a high school team. He’s proven he has no confidence in his team. How are the players supposed to respect and play hard for a coach like that? FIRE HIM IMMEDIATELY
-Hugh G. Rections
On what Todd Bowles has brought to the team:
I can’t think of anything.
He’s a less funny, crappier version of Rex Ryan. I don’t even get to enjoy press conferences.
On Todd Bowles’ level of ineptitude:
I didn’t think anyone could be worse at game mgmt than Rex, but we actually found him in Bowles
and like Rex, Bowles finds ways to burn through timeouts. but it is hard to fathom how someone could work their way up to HC and be this clueless. And after four years on the job, to still be this inept. Just freagin hire someone to manage these scenarios if you are too stupid to do it yourself.
So there you have it, Gang Green Nation’s Highlight Reel. Want to be featured next week? Just keep doing what you do, and more importantly, keep being who you are—after all, YOU’RE what makes Gang Green Nation so great!
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