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Gang Green Nation’s Highlight Reel (October 24th-October 30th)

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Without further ado, I bring to you, Gang Green Nation’s Highlight Reel for the past week:

Top Fanposts:

When Does This Rebuilding Situation Conclude?

Mainejet1 contemplates on when we will see the fruits of this 3 year long rebuild.

Jets Offense: Keys to Victory Week 8

Fade-away discusses what needs to happen on offense to come away with a victory vs. the Bears.

Jets Defense: Keys to Victory Week 8

Fade-away discusses what needs to happen on defense to come away with a victory vs. the Bears.

Mac Should Trade Robby Anderson Before the Trade Deadline

Barnaby8787 explores the possibility of trading Robby Anderson

Top Comments:

On a team building strategy:

I think, since we have a potential franchise QB in his first year, we should be solely looking towards building a team from the ground up that can win a ring in Years 4 & 5. And hopefully being in the mix in Years 2 & 3. So nothing really makes sense if its just for this year, or even next, if it means trading away chips that would/could be the foundation picks for those upcoming years. In light of JB’s tidbit on not doubling down in any one round in the first four, and having less than 7 picks in half of Macc’s drafts, pretty sure this guy will not get it done.


On what we could get for Spencer Long:

There is no way we get a brand new full bag of fertilizer for Long. We’d be lucky to get a wheel barrow full of free Mulch from the town dump


On how injuries make it difficult to evaluate the team:

We lost our WR1, WR2, RB1 (I considered Powell our RB1), RB3, CB1, CB3, FS1, and FS2—some might come back but others definitely won’t—and we’re developing a rookie QB with a center who can’t snap straight and may be too injured to play in all events. On top of that our WR3 and RB2 are banged up, maybe our CB2 too. I get that injuries are part of the game, but this has been pretty bad luck — whole position groups have been decimated with 1st through 3rd string guys getting hurt. Hard to judge Bowles and Maccagnan under those circumstances even if the season does go south. I’ll say this though: If they finish 7-9 or better this year, I definitely would not quit on either one. It will take some serious creativity by both to figure out how to get there.


On the turnover of players on this Jets squad:

If Bilal Powell is forced to retire, guese who will be the longest-tenured Jet on the roster Answer: Brian Winters, taken in the third round of the 2013 Draft. I remember when he was just a rookie.

-Jets Mets Devils Nets 16

On why its difficult to evaluate Bates:

No talent, no wins

We have no weapons, a weak line, and a rookie QB. Our best WRs are out. So is our best RB. We can’t run the ball. No one can get open. I mean, sure Bates is unimaginative, his offense vanilla. But how is he going to scheme someone open or create space when your offense can’t do anything and literally everyone is below average at best? Screens? Tried it. Outside runs? Tried it. What good is faking a jet sweep when the opposing defense knows you can’t sweep or run it up the middle? Don’t get me wrong, Bates has done nothing to make me confident he’s the guy to bring Sam along. But this offense was thin before the injuries and now it’s completely feeble. Misdirection and going against tendencies would be great. But to misdirect you first have to success in at least one direction. Likewise, it’s hard to play off tendencies when you have none that are effective in the first place. Basically, this offense sucks at pretty much every level and we are not going to be able to beat a team with a quality defense unless the opposing team self immolates on offense or special teams. Kinda makes it hard to judge a year 1 offensive coordinator… Frankly, it’s starting to look like a miracle that we’ve won 3 games. We get Quincy back at some point, but barring a huge leap from someone elsewhere, I’ll be quite impressed if we manage to win 3 more.


On How The Jets Roster is Doing This Year:

Position Grades

QB – Incomplete. Some good, some bad, but all that matters is if Sam learns from this season (hence the incomplete; we’ll know an answer next season, hopefully). RB – C. Some good, some bad, too many injuries WR/TE – D+. Too much bad and injuries, but Herndon gives me hope OL – C. They’ve been better than I expected, even if they still stink. DL – C+. Some nice surprises, too much hidden production LB – B-. Has Lee improved? I like Avery DB – B. Adams seems like the real deal, too many injuries (and Tru needs to perform better) ST – B. Kicker and Punter are playing well, one return TD, but also some issues.


On Why Darron Lee Shouldn’t Be Adding Weight:

I’ve been saying for awhile

MLB is a cerebral position. It’s especially important for Lee because he is undersized. He has to consistently get himself in good positions to make plays, because he won’t be able to physically over-match a blocker, but has the speed to run right around one and make a lot of big plays if he takes the right angle. Lee will get better w age as long as he keeps his speed. Adding size would be a mistake


On Why The Jets Aren’t So Far Away From Competing:

I don’t find this team’s issues

to be so big anymore. The big weight holding back this franchise was/is the QB position, Darnold seems pretty awesome, and everything else is a varying level of noise. Now that Darnold is in place this season they need to add an outside pass rusher and an OT. Since Darnold’s so young and cheap – go ahead and splurge on an offensive weapon of choice to share the burden/headlines. I strongly recommend Le’Veon Bell for this job since he’s awesome and available. After that they’re more or less good to go for a half decade+, adding where the talent is


On Jeremy Bates’ Quality of Playcalling:

The play calling continues to be predictable. I called out each play each down before they ran it. If a fan can do this with little film work, the defense can sit back and lick their chops. As Sam develops, he can audible more, but the play calling and Bates continue to be terrible.


On a Potential Season Defining Game:

Welp season on the line already this week

If Mac were a better GM that had assembled a better roster with more depth, then we might not be at this point already. Fact is, he sucks, and that didn’t happen. We all know that. However, despite the way we’ve been playing, I do have this weird feeling that we’re going to win this week. Not expecting it by any means, but it does actually seem doable, mainly because the Fins are banged up just like we are. They’re either gonna have Brock, or Tannehill coming off injury. Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson are both out, I believe. We are slowly getting healthier, as Maye and Skrine are already back. TJ, Enunwa, and Robby could also return soon (correct me if I’m wrong on that). I know TJ wasn’t that good when he was on the field, but he could always turn things around. Eli McGuire will be coming off of IR. If we can even get SOME of these guys back on the field next week, a win does become doable. I also feel that Rishard Matthews will play a slightly larger role, since he will have had more time to practice with Sam. Leo had this comment yesterday about how the “atmosphere is different” this year, despite another freaking 3-5 start. We’ll see if he’s full of crap, or actually being honest. If he is in fact being honest, they will play hard as hell and leave it all out on the field. Against a division rival, a team that should not have beat us earlier, I don’t want to see another crap performance. Miami’s talent level isn’t way higher than ours, so that’s not an excuse for this game (see: Bears, Jags). We’ll see what happens, but if we do get some of these starters back, I’m actually a little optimistic. I guess I’m just trying to see the glass half full.

-I Love Bacon

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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