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Without further ado, I bring to you, Gang Green Nation’s Highlight Reel for the past week:
Charlie_IMHO gives his thoughts on Chris Johnson and Woody Johnson
TR Mango believes Chris Herndon represents the best value in Mike Maccagnan’s drafts.
Gillym1986 puts together the 214th installment of a beloved GGN thread.
On what happens when a member of the Vikings turn us down:
Spurned by the Vikings
Every time we get spurned by the Vikings something good happens for the Jets, Cousins played us we got Darnold, Barr played us we got Bell, Paton played us we get Douglas lol let’s keep it going
On how it will take more than just a new GM to improve the Jets:
Dysfunction Starts at the TOP!
Joe Douglas is a GREAT GM candidate, but one individual does not make a difference. Joe Douglas can be excellent at his job, but that won’t matter if Christopher Johnson is working behind his back to make decisions. It also won’t matter if Adam Gase lies, connives, and plays up to ownership to make sure he keeps his job in case the whole thing goes south. ALL OF THE KEY DECISION MAKERS NEED TO CHANGE! They must learn to work in collaboration. Dysfunction starts at the TOP! A constant carousel of new coaches and GMs won’t change anything if ownership doesn’t change too. Right now, ownership has the head coach and the GM reporting to him separately. With such a power structure, it encourages the coach and the GM to point fingers at each other when things go bad. Cleveland had the same organizational structure for several years when the Haslam family bought the team. It was nothing but shotgun marriages, coaches and GMs blaming each other for losing, coaches attacking other coaches, and the owners spontaneously making key decisions to suit their whims. And, no one needs to tell you how BAD the Browns have been for the past 2 decades. However, things have started to change in Cleveland. Most people will point to drafting Baker Mayfield or hiring John Dorsey as the reasons why, but that isn’t entirely the case. Certainly getting the QB and GM right are important, but the Browns are turning things around because the owners have empowered the GM to run the team and they are much less active. From what I understand, they sign off on some things, but otherwise, they let John Dorsey run the team. They also changed their power structure to have their head coach report directly to their GM. Owners, executives, and coaches all participate in meetings and work together to build a consensus on decisions. We will ultimately see what they will become in the future, but if they have their organization running properly, then they will succeed. That is EXACTLY what the Jets need to do! If Christopher Johnson and Adam Gase both like Joe Douglas then that’s GREAT! But, they all need to examine themselves and work together to make the Jets the best operating organization that it can be. Otherwise, we’ll all be arguing over who the next head coach or GM should be next year!
On the Outlook of the Jets:
Since finally getting rid of Mac ..
There seems to be real hope for this Jets team especially if they get Douglas. I think Gase will prove to be a good coach and welcome emphasis on offense. Darnold making a great 2nd year leap with new weapons should make this a real fun team to watch. We’ve got an improved, passionate DC with some good weapons on defense. Only real negatives at this point is cornerback, OL and edge. With new GM in place, hopefully we’ll address all those areas of need soon.
On the salaries of head coaches and GMs:
I’m a little surprised by the difference in the GM to HC salary disparity. You run of the mill first time HC, say Todd Bowles, makes $4m a year, pretty much a league wide starting point, some rare $3.5m contracts were out there. The average GM starts out at around $1m, I would say a really good GM is equally if not more important than the HC. Nothing really more to it than I found that to be a little off
On how the Jets off-season played out:
From what I’ve been able to piece together from media reports, Johnson’s own words, and stuff I’ve been told from sources it seems like a combination of things.
Johnson has pretty much admitted he didn’t have a good grasp of Maccagnan’s work quality. He could have gone either way at the end of the season, but a few reports suggested he didn’t think he was capable of handling a full organizational overhaul on his own so he kept Maccagnan who would help him run the coaching search. At some point in the process it’s my understanding he became totally starstruck with Gase. Like he thinks Gase is a genius. From what I’ve been told, Gase came in, and within the first few days he became determined to take control of the organization. He was telling people he couldn’t wait to get Maccagnan out. I’m guessing CJ’s infatuation with Gase along with his own initial ambivalence about Maccagnan was enough to finally get him to make the change.
On why it’s an exciting time to be a Jets fan:
For the first time in a long time I’m genuinely excited
Reason being, for the first time in a long time I genuinely believe the Jets can unseat the Patriots as AFCEast Champs. I know the Pats just won another SB, but Brady is 42 this year, 112 in dog years, the Pats lost some key players in free agency, and I just have a feeling they are ripe to be picked, but only if the second reason for my optimism holds true. Sam takes a big leap in year two under Gase, so does Herndon, Bell is still one of the best dual threat RB’s in the league as a runner and a receiver, Crowder becomes our Edelman, and lastly Harrison is better than people think while Osemele is still a Pro Bowl caliber OG. As for the defense, Jamal Adams pleaded for more DAWGS and we went out and got him Quinnen Williams, Jachai Polite and CJ Mosley. Mosley is a perennial all-pro in his prime and basically a more talented version of Bart Scott. Quinnen Williams is one of the most dominant college DL’s I have ever seen. Too me he’s a carbon copy of Jerome Brown, and all you have to know about JB is that when the Eagles drafted him, Parcells told Phil Simms; “Son, our lives are about to change.” Simms responded; “Is he (JB) really that good?”, to which Parcells replied; “YES” … and if we get a devoted Polite, the guy who was a consensus 1st RD Pick after the college season, then we finally found a real impact player off the edge. YES, I do believe the Patriots are ripe in 2019 and if Sam is what we think he is, this is the year we can take them down.
On the positive vibes coming from the Jets team:
I hate all this “we’re going to be good” trash talk
Might be the downcast european in me, but I’d just once, in an offseason, like to hear some pessimism. ”We’re going to suck man, we’re missing so many pieces. Fans shouldn’t get their hopes up. 4-12 will be an achievement”. You know, try something different. Because this crap hasn’t worked for the team for years.
On the most exciting revenge game of 2019:
I want Darnold to outplay Mayfield by a wide margin.
On worries of Gases’ personality and how that could bode for the Jets:
I tried to ignore the banter coming from Miami that Gase was a real problem down there
because it can happen after you get fired, people with an axe to grind start talking…so I wanted to give Gase the benefit of the doubt…but this guy has a real personality problem, he doesn’t have the resume to warrant it, and the Jets don’t have a strong enough ownership to contain it, my fear is under the current power structure and under the Johnsons, and weak ownership team which will be under its own changes once again, that regardless of Douglas being competent at his job, once again, it wont end well-unless Sam is just that good-it will be fine initially, the team always wins the first year of a new coach, but Gase wont change his stripes, and he has already been empowered
My Eagles fan friends, other AFC East teams fan friends, and I reading these reports (knocks on wood)
-Feast for Cro(martie)s
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