Below is the first installment of our Reader Spotlight, if you’d like to have your own FEATURED post, click here, and email me your answers to the questions, as well as a photo of yourself to email@example.com. I look forward to hearing your responses!
Gang Green Nation Reader Spotlight: _Ed_Edd_Eddie_
What’s your name and/or username? Eddie Kayal / _Ed_Edd_Eddie_
What city/state do you live in? Originally Toms River NJ, then Upper Saddle River NJ, now NYC for college.
How old are you? 19 years old
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given? “Do More” -Casey Neistat
If you could grab lunch with anybody in the past, present or future—dead or alive, who would it be and why?Tom Cruise. My favorite actor by far, and it’s also my dream to be a film actor (even though I’m currently pre-med and politics) so I’d love to learn from him. Backup: Sophie Turner because she’s Sansa Stark and gorgeous.
If you were stranded on a deserted island for the rest of forever, which musical artist would you be listening to, and which television series would you be watching? Bruno Mars and Game of Thrones
The Jets Related Questions:
How did you become a Jets fan? Originally, I was an Eagles fan because I’m from South Jersey, and I once turned on the TV only to catch the last 20 seconds of an Eagles win. Then, around mid 2010 I asked my dad who his team was growing up and even though he doesn’t really follow sports that much he said he considers himself to be a Jets fan. I hopped on, and I’ve been stuck since.
What’s your favorite Jets memory? What about your most painful Jets memory? Best memory: Eric Decker putting the Pats away in 2015. Sprinted screaming around my house after that. Worst Memory: After the Steelers beat the Jets in the AFC championship. I cried in the shower (yes, I was soft in grade school, but c’mon that was heartbreaking) and was forced to wear a Polamalu jersey and dreads the next day at school. Not to mention my teachers spent the whole day laughing at me because it was a Catholic school where uniforms were required but every teacher and administrator enjoyed seeing my pain much more than adhering to the pretty strict rules.
In your humble opinion, who is the most dominant Jet to ever play and why? It’s gotta be Namath. What he did at that time was insane especially in comparison to the other top QBs. Dude is the best Jet ever.
Who is your favorite Jets player and why? I love Jamal Adams not just because he’s a great player, but also because he’s a really good dancer. I’m a dancer myself, and growing up as a guy who dances can be a bit tough sometimes. You get picked on for being being girly and weird. But when you see guys like JuJu, OBJ, and Jamal out there dancing and having fun, it changes the stigma. Not to mention that Jamal and I both have big personalities.
If Woody Johnson handed you a blank check and gave you a choice to be a part of the New York Jets organization in any capacity, which position would you choose, and why? (It could be GM, Head Coach, Quarterback, Linebacker, Head of Scouting, Waterboy—the sky is the limit). I’d want to be on the field but to be honest. I’m a pretty small dude. I’d want to be a gadget offensive player so I could play, score points, and have some fun. If I could make a decent paycheck though that would also be nice.
Mike Maccagnan and Todd Bowles get fired after the season and Woody Johnson decides to name you the next GM, giving you one very clear goal: win the Super Bowl within the next 4 years. What is your strategy to make the Jets a Super Bowl winner? What is your strategy to build this team into a perennial Super Bowl contender? FA: Le’Veon Bell, Demarcus Lawrence and/or Dee Ford, Matt Paradis, and fill out the rest of the team with a mix of 1-year low risk/high reward types and a couple of cheap JAGs for depth. Bring back Quincy, and 2nd tender Robby. Cut just about anyone with a decent cap hit with low dead money.
Regarding Leo, follow this procedure: 1. Attempt to trade him for a 1st rounder (Whether it’s #1 or #32 doesn’t matter. Just get a 1st rounder). 2. Try to sign him for between $9-11M/year. 3. If he denies that, try to trade him for a 2nd and a player (Richardson level compensation) 4. If no buyers try to trade him for a 2nd flat. 5. Let him walk at the end of his 5 years.
DRAFT: Assuming I managed to get my wish list in FA, I’d target Bosa if available and Jonah Williams as the fallback. I’d also be interested in trading back, but of course it’s always difficult to find a partner. In the 3rd, I’d target a WR like Lil’ Jordan Humphrey and whatever OL I determine to be the best at the time. 4-5th rounders I would go for players at devalued positions that could end up being quite good. Positions like safety, running back, MLB, and TE are lower value positions where you might be able to find a it you had as a 2nd round talent but position value had him plummet. 6th and 7th rounds I would shoot for physical freaks or speed demons and hope that their natural talents could help in one way or another.
One thing I would take into account each year though, is I’d always at least consider trading a 1st rounder for talented players on the back end of their rookie deals. I’d personally like to at least entertain the thought of guaranteeing a solid/ Pro Bowl player for a 1st and money.
For HC I’d love to bring in one of these four: Chris Petersen, Matt Campbell, Matt LaFleur, or John Harbaugh. If LaFleur keeps his upward trajectory he might be my first choice with Harbaugh not too far behind.
Thanks guys! If you want to follow me you can find me: Instagram: @eddie_kayal Twitter: @_Ed_Edd_Eddie_ Note: The Jets picture is about 5 years old, but still kinda funny to me. Other picture is relatively recent.