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Without further ado, I bring to you, Gang Green Nation’s Highlight Reel for the past week:
JetGreen2.0 talks about problems with the Jets.
The COVID Scouting Preview: Jamar Chase
GenoTime7 scouts one of the top prospects of the upcoming draft.
On Drafting Trevor Lawrence and Trading Sam Darnold
If I’m JD and I have the #1 pick, to me it’s a no brainer, you select Trevor Lawrence and trade Sam Darnold, here’s why. If you keep Darnold and trade out of the #1 pick, sure you get a bunch of quality picks in return, combined with the multiple #1s we already have, you could have 3 #1’s 2 years in a row, but you have to pay Sam. If you take Trevor, you have him for 4 years cheap in order to build the team around him and still have multiple 1st the next 2 years to do so. Either way the team needs a complete rebuild, and it will be harder if you have to pay Sam and build the team. Sure all those #1 picks are great, let’s say JD hits on all of them, then you wind up with back to back years where you just cannot pay everyone. Even with Trever, if he hits on all the #1 picks it will be difficult to keep them all. Sam also has yet to prove he can stay healthy for a full year, something that could be a huge problem regardless of having the right players and coach around him. I also feel that Trevor is a guy you simply cannot pass on.Building a team that can stay competitive is about hitting on the mid rounds in the draft, something the Jets have done so poorly over the last 2 decades that this is what we wound up with.
On Rooting for a Terrible Team:
Man, rooting for the first overall pick is almost more exhausting than just rooting for your team. Instead of just hoping your one team wins, you’re instead rooting for eight terrible teams to win. The Giants, Falcons, and Bengals all blowing late leads felt like as much of a blow as if a Jets team I wanted to win had lost.
-Feast For Cro(martie)s
All they needed to do was run out the clock and take that 10-3 lead into the locker room at the half. Instead Sam forced a duck into quadruple coverage. The Jets would go on to gain 4 total yards the rest of the game. 12 feet. They advanced the football 144 total inches in the 2nd half
-Kendrick Hills 10307
This is one of the most stressful years in my Jets fandom. Rooting for your team to lose every game to secure the #1 overall pick in the draft AND praying the generational talent at QB doesn’t read all the articles saying he should run for the hills over playing for the Jets is just bad for my health. At this point, I find myself rooting for Fields to have an insane year so that we can have a safe plan B in case Lawrence pulls a Manning.
On Adam Gase:
Asked about what changed from one half to the other, Gase said: “I really need to see the film. All of a sudden are we not executing well? Did they make better plays? It’s hard to give you that answer just watching from series to series.” This is virtually an acknowledgement by Gase that he will never, ever be a good HC. Making in-game adjustments is an essential part of the job. As we can see, you simply cannot win in the NFL if you can’t react and counter-react to what your opponent is doing during the games. Nor can you coach up your own players during the game if you cannot figure out what they are doing incorrectly without running to a film room. Gase already has half of the game completely taken off his plate. He doesn’t have to worry about the defense. Now he has handed off playcalling duties to Loggains. What else does Gase have to do during the game but watch the field and address the big picture stuff? Why is Darnold struggling? Does he need a sideline word of encouragement or is it the OL that needs to be talked to? Why weren’t the Jets targeting Mims in the second half? Were the Bills really locking him down or were the Jets foolishly going away from him? Loggains can still call the plays, but Gase can communicate on overall offensive strategy? But if Gase can’t use his own two eyes to see what is happening right in front of him then it is impossible for him to do his job.
Other QBs have OCs or HCs who walk over to the QB DURING THE GAME, discuss missed opportunities, and then run the same or similar play later in the game. There are very, very, very few QBs in this league who you can’t go through their games, play by play, and not find examples of late throws or missed receivers. The difference is that the Jets only seem to get a handful of plays a game where a player is schemed open. So if Darnold blows it, it is like “Oops! That was our open receiver this game.”
On reasons as to why the Jets are continually horrible:
Costello article that we could’ve had Mahomes if we wanted. We were in the same vicious cycle then as we have now. Nothing has changed. GM, Coach, QB, Offensive talent. All not in sync and potentially the cause of the problem for each other. By the time one rises the other is already so hated or ruined that there’s no choice but to go to the next one. Revolving doors. Idzik. Mccagnan. Douglass. Sanchez. Geno. Hackenberg. Sam. Trevor. Rex. Bowles. Gase. It’s like there’s different names for the same story. The only way to end the cycle in my opinion is to go all out building your offense until you know for sure you have your QB. If he fails with great pieces around him you draft a QB again because you KNOW it’s on the QB not anything else. And you don’t let your good offensive players walk out over money (Robbie) so you could build rapport between QB, WR and RB as well as rapport on the OL. I believe this has been the strategy of other NFL teams but we are too stupid to figure out. This is why we lost out on Mahomes. Because all the drafts for YEARS were Defensive picks (remember those days? painful). And this is why we will have lost out on Sam or Trevor or whoever else. And the coaching piece was huge because anybody can see that REX and Bowles simply couldn’t resist great defensive prospects as if it was chocolate cake. Too irresistible for those defensive identity coaches. I would’ve taken a Mccarthy TYPE over Gase and then just follow the plan outlined above. Have we just been unlucky? No . We’ve been stupid. It’s never too late to mend our idiotic ways. Let’s go Jets!
-vicious cycle jets
On Mekhi Becton manhandling defenders:
I cant wait for a highlight video of his whole 2020 season if he keeps doing this.
On Dowell Loggains’ reaction to calling plays again this week:
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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