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Without further ado, I bring to you, Gang Green Nation’s Highlight Reel for the past week:
Gillym1986 provides us with the 215th installment of a well-loved GGN thread.
vin.fodera recommends nicknames for the new Jets GM.
On if the Jets will sweep the Bills:
Jets are Sweeping all 3 East teams. Time to believe!
On the career trajectories of Sam Darnold and Josh Allen:
Not many QBs who put up the numbers Josh Allen did his rookie year succeed
Only two QBs in the post merger NFL have gone to have successful careers after having a completion percentage under 53% as Allen did. Those guys are Aikman and Elway. Josh Allen also threw more INTs than TDs something else that is almost always damning for rookie QBs future. His ability to escape the pocket is impressive, but a QBs ability to lead an offense with his legs is always shut down the next year when teams have more info and tape. The only examples where that isn’t the case are Russell Wilson, who has slowed down in recent years, and Mike Vick. Josh Allen is not one guys. Maybe he could do what Can Newton does, but he would need to open the field up with his passing before that can happen as Cam has a career completion percentage over 65% and forces defenses back something Allen can’t do. There are simply no markers to say that Allen will be successful NFL QB. Everything we saw in his rookie year indicates a bad QB in the future. If he develops into a franchise QB he would be a major outlier based on everything we know about stats. Darnold on the hand showed massive improvement throughout the year and ended his season by being best QB in the NFL over the final 4 weeks in PFFgrade and QBR. His 57.7% completion percentage isn’t good, but it’s good enough for a rookie QB, and numbers in that area usually lead to a career completion percentage around 62%. Doesn’t mean Sam will get there, but that’s what the average would be, and in those final 4 games Sam’s completion percentage was 64%, showing his growth as a passer his rookie year, something Josh Allen never showed. Yes Sam threw 3 more interceptions than Allen did, but he also threw for 7 more TDs. That’s due to a stretch of 7 TDs and only 1 INT in the final 4 games. Sam threw 70% of Allen’s TD total in just 4 games. Sam threw for 600 yards more than Allen, and his mark just under 3,000 yards is actually average production for rookie QBs, but his average per game rating was slightly better. Again his final 4 games showed improvement in that area and had he played on that level for a whole season he would have had thrown for 3,724 yards or very similar to Carson Wentz rookie year. This isn’t to say that Sam is going to be an NFL MVP candidate next year, but unlike Allen, Sam showed real growth and had multiple indicators of being a future franchise QB level passer. Allen ran the ball well and that’s about it. Sam struggled for a large section of his rookie year, but found his way through it returned from injury and showed amazing improvement. I don’t think Sam is going to be the best QB in football next year, but I do think that his improvement will continue and a large part of that is going to be the fact that he will have a better schemed offense going from Bates to Gase, better option to throw the ball too with Herndon in year two, Crowder, Bell, and Montgomery, and an easier slate of games for the most part. Is it a guarantee that Sam will be a franchise QB and Allen won’t be no, but if anything else happened it would be a statistical outlier.
On reasons to be excited about the Jets D:
Jenkins had 7 sacks, Ironman had 7 sacks. There was some pressure off the edge.
We were middle of the road in sacks before adding Q and Polite (16th in the league), and accomplished that despite teams having leads (4-12) and us having to scheme a little more so against the run in those situations. Having said that, stats / sacks obviously don’t tell the whole story as Kansas City led the league in sacks and lost a playoff game simply by losing a coin toss their D was so porous. (every game was a shootout so you’re throwing all the time…. more sacks). Maye will help our secondary. Even having Mosley should help our secondary. Adams being a year older will help the secondary. Poole instead of Skrine should help our secondary. Hopefully having Gregg Williams helps too. There’s hope back there! Cling to the hope! Cling like Buster when he was about to get burnt.
-Red G Green
On how the Jets should fare the first 4 games of the season:
It all falls on Darnold
If he plays like he did the last 4 weeks of ‘18, paired with the addition of Bell and an improved offensive scheme, then we’re going to be at least 2-2. I’m not thinking of these games in terms of whether our D will be able to hold the other team; I’m assuming that we give up at LEAST 24-28 pts to Browns, Eagles, and Pats. These games will hinge on Darnold putting up 28+ pts and the D forcing a turnover / making a timely stop. I’d prepare for some shootouts; this isn’t going to be the Ryan/Bowles defensive slugfest style of game that we’ve become accustomed to seeing. And, quite frankly, I can’t wait to see a different, offense-minded brand of Jets football. About time we joined the 21st century!!
-Fun With Cut Blocks
On Adams and Maybe playing together:
Adams and Maye
Honestly I’ve been dying to see what these two guys can do together. Of course Maye has been dealing with an injury and we didn’t get to see a whole lot of it their 2nd year together. I remember his first game back Maye looked somewhat rusted but the more games he played I thought he looked better. Anyway we will have to wait and see with his injuries back if he can come back 100% and think him and Adams and do wonders for this secondary.
On the Jets making the playoffs:
Story lines are important
Organic or created. The leagues job is to get fans to watch. The jets coming out as a surprise team can be sold. Let it happen or not. We all know we have a tough schedule. If the team is good enough to make the playoffs, we are good enough to win the Super Bowl.
On the Jets being slept on:
Is the NFL underestimating the Jets?
No, they aren’t. The media is underestimating the team. There have been multiple articles come out on multiple platforms where these “journalists” ask scouts and executives what they think of teams around the league and in every single one of them the “journalists” write something along these lines “to my surprise many of these scouts and executives point to the Jets as the team most likely to surprise people and make a high turn around this year. They all tell me not to sleep on the Jets.” This is a constant. Even Julian Edelman came out and said this They’ve got some new coaches and some really dynamic players and a young quarterback,” he told George Willis of The Post on Monday. “They also have a defense that for some reason does real well against us. People ask me when I’m in New York about the Giants and the Jets. Those teams have always played us well. Now the Jets have [Adam] Gase and he’s got some blueprints from Miami, where he beat us. It’s going to be a tough matchup.” That’s not the coded language New England has used in the past. It’s a direct quote that shows that they see what we did and recognize we aren’t going to roll over in past years. Yet the media continues to make it out like despite adding multiple players who are top 5 at their position this offseason that we are one of the least talented rosters in football, with PFF saying were the second worst roster in football despite us having more elite, high quality and good players than any other team in the top 25, and that doesn’t even count Lev Bell. It’s not the NFL that’s sleeping on us, it’s the media.
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