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Without further ado, I bring to you, Gang Green Nation’s Highlight Reel for the past week:
Hankflorida looks to the past for a reason as to why McCarthy would be a good fit.
Erik23 ranks some of the drafts biggest prospects.
CornerKick offers up two candidates to lead our team next season.
vin.fodera breaks down which OTHER teams than the Jets should be rooting for this week.
On a truly bold prediction:
We only really need one super-bold prediction
And here it is: The Jets win.
On the Importance of the Jets win:
Yea win that doesn’t benefit us in draft position today but I don’t care cuz it’s a Sam Darnold comeback win. Games like that can only help him build for the future and that’s worth it.
On the Jets’ coaching strategy:
Bowles and Bates had a plan all along. And we doubted them. Shame on us.
On the results from Sunday:
Jets win, Pats lose
Best birthday present. Time to get drunk and enjoy it!
On why Darnold’s development is more important than the Jets tanking for a high draft pick:
I will take Sam’s development over ANY Tank, Period.
The only reason to Tank in the past was in order to try and get a FRANCHISE QB. Guess what? We got one. Now we don’t have to tank and let him develop, and whatever Top 10 Draft pick we get(and we will get that), we will use it to improve the offense to help our QB.
On the recent track record of #1 picks:
Our rookie QB looked good. I mean… whatever. We won. I hate losing. The first overall pick is for total losers. What team has been totally changed by the number 1 overall pick in the last decade or two? Indianapolis—twice? 2018 Baker Mayfield (QB) 2017 Myles Garrett (DE) 2016 Jared Goff (QB) 2015 Jameis Winston (QB) 2014 Jadeveon Clowney (DE) 2013 Eric Fisher (OT) 2012 Andrew Luck (QB) 2011 Cam Newton (QB) 2010 Sam Bradford (QB) 2009 Matthew Stafford (QB) 2008 Jake Long (OT) 2007 JaMarcus Russell (QB) 2006 Mario Williams (DE) 2005 Alex Smith (QB) 2004 Eli Manning QB 2003 Carson Palmer (QB) 2002 David Carr (QB) 2001 Michael Vick (QB) 2000 Courtney Brown (DE) 1999 Tim Couch (QB) 1998 Peyton Manning (QB) That’s not a particularly impressive list. It’s a lot of mediocre and failed QBs aside from Peyton Manning and Andrew Luck (and I think he’s overrated). Too early to tell on Mayfield and Garret but who else on that list is a “must have” player? Mario Williams would be nice. Jack Long would be nice. But transformative? A top 3 pick with no need to reach for a QB means you can find a really, really good player. And Bosa… if the Raiders are picking first, I dunno. (We should trade down anyway.)
On the importance of quality coaching:
Sound scientific methodology suggests a control experiment. Target a single variable, not several variables.
Take the 2016 Jeff Fisher Rams as an example. This team went 4-12 after starting the season 3-1. The final 3 losses were under John Fassel. It was the Rams 12th straight season missing the playoffs, and their 13th straight season with a losing record. Rookie QB Jared Goff started the last 7 games and put up the following numbers: 5TD, 7INT, 54.6% completion percentage, and a 63.6 rating. Take a moment for those numbers to sink in. 13 straight losing seasons. Are you kidding me? Even a perennial optimist could be forgiven for thinking that this was a terrible football team. Goff was labelled a bust. I can almost hear the shrieks of the GGN faithful had this been the Jets. Well, we all know what happened next. In 2017, this same team went 11-5. Goff put up these numbers: 28TD, 7INT, 62.1% completion percentage, and a 100.5 rating. This year, the team has one loss and is widely considered the best in the league, and Goff’s numbers are even better. There was very little roster turnover. The QB was the same, but now he had a taste of the NFL under his belt. The GM was the same. So what changed? Sean McVay became the new head coach. Wade Phillips became the new DC, and Matt LaFleur became the new DC. Suddenly, the same players look a lot better. The parallels to a certain other team are eerie, although to be fair, the Jets haven’t been nearly as bad as the pre-McVay Rams. I’m not saying that a new coaching staff will turn the Jets into the Rams. In fact, I’m quite sure that it won’t. Neither am I saying finding a coach like Sean McVay is likely. I’m just saying that there is recent, striking evidence that coaching and scheme can make a huge difference in the perception of a team’s talent. Does this mean the Jets players are good? No, it doesn’t. But neither does it mean they are as bad as the optics would suggest. My point is, it’s hard to know for sure.
On the pros and cons of Sunday’s win:
I can start that debate
Yeah, it hurt us. But winning how we did helped Sam Darnold more than it hurt us. His development is priority #1 and a come from behind win where he carried the team on his back is HUGE for his confidence and progression. Also:With GB, the Pats and HOU – we aren’t winning another game.Falcons play the Cardinals – So one of them is going to win… unless they tie.Raiders play the Bengals, and they play the Chiefs in Week 17 when Chiefs might be resting players.49ers… well.. we can hope the Rams are resting week 17 too. I still see us moving up to the 2-4 range.
On the inexact science of the NFL draft:
Jadaveon Clowney went before Khalil Mack AND Aaron Donald. Sammy Watkins went before Odell. Position helps, but when was the last time the 1st pick was the best pick?
On the Jets lack of Game Changing Talent:
Game changing talent
It’s been so long since we’ve had that. People think I’m crazy for wanting to take a wr even at number 1 overall. We don’t have a single player that can take over a game. Nobody that, in the 4th quarter, sam darnold can look at and say “hey you and I are scoring and we are going to win.” Enunwa is a good wr2. Robby is an average deep threat. Mcguire, cannon, and Herndon possibly have enough to he good players, but they need to step it up. I don’t even know if we have a 3rd wr on the team. I haven’t heard their name much. That’s a sad state that the offense is in.
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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