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Gang Green Nation Highlight Reel (March 20th-March 26th)

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Our readers’ and writers’ contributions to this site are a major reason why Gang Green Nation is the best Jets blog in the history of Jets blogs. No contribution, big or small, should go unnoticed. That’s why we’ll highlight some of the best comments and FanPosts on a weekly basis.

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

Top Fanposts:

Maccagnan and the Offensive line in the draft

Traveling Man provides an in depth look of the offensive linemen surrounding the Jets’ early picks.

Have the Jets improved that much that they can beat the teams with losing records last year?

Hankflorida lists all of the teams with losing records from last year.

GGN thread about nothing #211: what happened to the sky!?...

SioneBaaaoooha is back with another classic TAN thread.

Top Comments:

On the need for chemistry:

Jets have signed some quality players, but with the new coaching, team has to build chemistry before the play offs are considered


On the need for the playoffs this year:

I think if we are not in the playoffs this year

Then macc needs to go. The new gm can interview and decide if he wants to keep Gase as a coach. Macc has made some decent moves, but hes also made a laundry list of bad ones. A ton of 2nd year rookie QBs make the playoffs. If we don’t it’s a direct result of poor draft by macc

On the nature of the NFL draft:

See this is absolute nonsense

Yes, elite talent can be found all over the draft. The fact of the matter is thought that you basically have a 50-50 shot at an all-pro level player when your picking top 3, that drops to something like 25 percent in the top 5 and only 12 percent in the top 10 by the end of round one your down to like 5 percent and after that four searching for a needle in a haystack. The draft after round 1 is more or less a game of getting lucky especially on day 3. Not to talent evaluation. You think the Steelers took Antonio Brown in round 6 and thought they were getting anything more than a potential 3rd receiver and special teams player. You think the Lats thought Brady was anything more than a backup, or that the Seahawks thought Sherman with his 4.6+ speed was going to be anything other than a 4th CB and special teamer. It’s all luck. The draft is playing the lottery and sometimes you pull the right number. The closer to the top you are the better your odds. Acting like it’s as easy to find elite talent at 10 as it is at 3 is plain ridiculous.


On the Jets’ new Jerseys:

I have the feeling the new uniforms will either be bad, or ass, but not bad ass.


On the thought of trading down:

I would hate a trade down

This year is our first shot at a legit high end edge rusher in forever. You can’t find them in free agency, so having the 3 pick is the only way to get them. Take the edge rusher while we can… Another 2nd rounder or 2 is not worth it.


On the idea of getting a 2nd round pick:

Trading back into round 2 after drafting Allen

Been playing out a bunch of different scenarios in my head. Let’s say we sit at 3 and take Allen (which I think is the move, outside of a trade down / Bosa). At that point, we’d need to trade back into end of round 1/front of round 2 to get a quality center (which I think at this point is a position of utmost need where we absolutely have to reach/trade up to ensure we get a quality prospect). I see these as our options for trading back up: (1) Find some team willing to overvalue Leo (throw in a low round pick to sweeten the deal if need be), and hopefully Mac can pull off something akin to the Anderson trade last year to find Leo’s replacement. I don’t think it would honestly be that hard to find someone who could replace Leo’s production. (2) Trade our two third round picks (this would be the simplest, sweetest way to take care of it; keep Leo and hopefully the presence of Allen will help unlock Leo’s potential. If not, let Leo go next year for a comp pick) (3) Trade next year’s 2 and our high 3 (or low 3 if we can get a team to bite) (4) Trade our high three, fourth, and Lee (if we can find a team dumb enough to take that) Just spitballing. Thoughts?

-Fun with Cut Blocks

On the possibility of drafting Devin White:

A fool’s dream

Despite some improvements by Darron Lee, if the Jets really want to get crazy and super improve their linebacker group to an elite level, they could trade Darron Lee (some rumors of that going around) and make the super controversial and ill-advised pick of Devin White in the first round (after a small trade down of course). Again, not a smart move nor does it address any of the pressing positional concerns but Devin White is arguably one of the top 3 best players in the upcoming draft period. Regardless of whether it’s a 3-4 or 4-3, combining CJ Mosely, Avery Williamson, and Devin White rank the Jets LB groups as the best for the next several years. After this really awesome and detailed report on CJ Mosely, I am looking forward to seeing him lead the Jets defense. I just would also love that defense to include possibly the best linebacker prospect in the draft.


On the Mosley contract:

It’s an expensive deal, but I’d rather have an overpaid Mosley than a mediocre alternative. The deal Alexander got in SF is twice as risky.


On the Mosley contract:


C.J. Mosley is a GREAT player. He is a sure tackler and a team leader. However, the Jets MASSIVELY overpaid him! Right now, Von Miller makes about $19 million per year and he is an ELITE Edge Rusher. Likewise, right now, Odell Beckham Jr. makes about $18 million per season and he is a threat to score every time he touches the ball. C.J. Mosley makes $17 million per season, is he going to have the same impact that an elite Edge Rusher or a true #1 WR has? The answer to that is a resounding NO! Again, C.J. Mosley is a great player, but you can draft a LB who can tackle in the middle of the draft and teams should really spend their money on DIFFERENCE MAKERS instead!


On Darnold and Crowder playing together:

Let’s have fun watching Sam and Crowder developing a feel for each other

I can see Sam buying time rolling out while Crowder finds the seam, comes back on a route etc. Good luck sticking with this kid if Sam can buy 3 or 4 seconds


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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