Below is the next 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to hearing your responses!
Gang Green Nation Reader Spotlight: Arun Krishnan
What’s your name and/or username? My name is Arun Krishnan, and no fun username for me; I never was a creative sort
What city/state do you live in? London, UK; future home of an NFL franchise. If there are any GGN’ers in town give me a shout
How old are you? 29 years old
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given? Always speak your mind. Especially if it will lead to disagreement, better to discuss it now, than regret keeping your mouth shut.
If you could grab lunch with anybody in the past, present or future—dead or alive, who would it be and why? Sir Isaac Newton. I’d ask him about mathematics, Laws of Motion, and if he ate that apple.
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? Mix of Oasis, and Coldplay. And I’d grab a box set of the West Wing
The Jets Related Questions:
How did you become a Jets fan? Right, so I was a Yankee fan from when I was very young, as a kid growing up in Malaysia they’d only show Yankee games and I got into it. When I moved to London to study, I started a baseball team with fellow American sports fans here, and they got me watching American football as well. I loved it, needed a team to root for and figured I’d go with another NY team; I didn’t want to be a typical Yankees-Giants fan, though, and the Jets were struggling to a 4-12 season under Mangini so I thought this was an underdog I could get behind.
What’s your favorite Jets memory? What about your most painful Jets memory? Favourite is the “Can’t Wait” game, knocking out the favoured Pats in that magical season. Least favourite memory in the same playoffs, against the Steelers. I really thought that was our year, and after that comeback, to get stalled on the 1-yard line was brutal.
In your humble opinion, who is the most dominant Jet to ever play and why? Revis. In his prime he was as good as any corner to have ever played the game. That 2009 season was one for the ages.
Who is your favorite Jets player and why? Of the current lot, Jamal Adams is the standout, although I do find myself particularly rooting for Henry “Ironman” Anderson as well.
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). QB. I have fantasies of being an anchor for a generation and winning 6+ Superbowls with the Jets. Hopefully Sam Darnold lives out this fantasy on my behalf.
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?
1) Get the best coach we can (e.g. Harbaugh), and involve him in all decisions.
2) Invest in the coaching team, and the scouts. Going forward this organisation will prioritise the draft and developing players so we need to staff the best people we can get.
3) Draft or sign the best pass rusher we can get our hands on. This is an anchor piece, arguably the most important after Darnold
4) Invest multiple high picks in the offensive line over the next 2-3 years. Keep reinforcing this unit every year going forward, ideally we move towards a pipeline of young players replacing guys heading into free agency everywhere on the field, but nowhere is this more important than the OL.
5) Stay in the conversation on premium free agents (e.g. Bell) but don’t spend too much, skill positions are where we have some talent already, and can add on as we go.
6) Roll over the remaining cap space to pay Darnold, and the top guys we already have (e.g. Adams). Hopefully more and more money will be needed to re-sign our players in coming years.