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Without further ado, I bring to you, Gang Green Nation’s Highlight Reel for the past week:
Erik23 details who he wants the Jets to obtain to turn the team around.
FL LabRat ponders whether or not the Jets should trade the #1 pick (if they end up with it).
I Love Bacon discusses ideas to make the Jets better next years.
On when the jets should expect to make the playoffs again:
There isn’t a team in the NFL that shouldn’t be able to be a playoff team within 3 years. With a competent HC and GM, three off-season FA signings and three drafts, any team should be able to go 9-7 within 3 years. So there is no reason to assume that the draught will last longer than that unless (a) the Jets keep Gase, (b) the Jets screw up the HC replacement, and/or (c) JD turns out to be a bust as a GM.
On Mekhi Becton:
Mekhi Becton is the only LT this season to go up against both Melvin Ingram and Joey Bosa in a single game and allow 0 pressures.
Mekhi Becton has faced Emmanuel Ogbah/Kyle Van Noy, Joey Bosa/Melvin Ingram, Frank Clark, and Chase Winovich/Deatrich Wise over the last 4 games. That’s some of the elite rushers in the NFL, Ogbah has 8 sacks on the year. Becton has allowed just 4 pressures combined in those 4 games, no sacks and no QB hits attributed to him during that span. To say this kid is special seems like an understatement at this point. He’s dominating some of the elite players in the NFL and he’s played 9 games in his rookie season. We may have an All-Pro LT on our hands if he can stay healthy.
On why we should have hope for the future:
Not an excuse or anything and every team has to deal with injuries, but you may wonder what the year would have been like had the team stayed healthy. Quite a few guys who missed significant time are making a difference. I don’t think the Jets would have been good, but they may have been run of the mill mediocre. Again, this is is a good indication of better things terms of the future. I mean, look, its a historically bad year, of course. But there are still some things to take out of it going forward.
For the first time, I can say that I feel pretty good about JD’s first draft. Becton rag dolled Bosa on a couple of occasions yesterday. This kid is a stud. Mims looks the part to me. Excited to see what he can become. Davis is a work in progress, but can become a solid, in the box safety. Mann hasn’t been as dominant as I’d hoped yet, but looks like he’ll be a solid punter for a long time. For all that Bryce Hall has been through this year, he looks like he’s got the skills to be a good corner at some point. Would be great to see Clarke at some point. Even if Zuniga and Morgan end up being what they appear to be, I’d still consider that a successful first draft for JD. The key for Joe will obviously be next years draft and a free agency where he has to improve on what he did this year. Even saying that, he didn’t use free agency this year to build the team for the long term. He used it to plug gaps with one year deals to set up next year with a ton of cap space. Now if Gase is still here next year, pretty sure none of this matters. Even if he doesn’t have the authority to fire the guy, he has to have enough juice in the organization to convince the Johnsons that this backyard tire fire of a coach needs to be shown the door. Any door. As long as it has an exit sign above it. Hated listening to the nimrod announcers talking about how much better the play calling was because Gase took it over again in the second half.
-Lord of LefCoast
Q and Becton: two potential perennial pro-bowlers in the trenches. Mims emerging. My attitude towards this season has gone to full positive. I feel good about JD, and I am thrilled we found out right away about Sam and Gase without years of suffering through mediocrity. If the Johnsons can just get out of the way of the next coaching hire, this year may turn out to be a huge turning point for the franchise. Draft the right QB, hire a better coach, and this ship can turn in a hurry.
On Adam Gase’s time management:
Not sure if people talked about this yesterday but the time management at the end of the first half was truly woeful Jets had 2 minutes and the ball at the 50 with 3 timeouts. There is absolutely no chance that they should ever have to rush at the end of this drive. Gase ran it, which wasn’t a terrible idea given how much time they had left. But then he ran it again. And again. Suddenly there’s like 20 seconds left in the half and we have 2 timeouts outside the redzone iirc. That is awful. We can’t even dial up a real touchdown attempt at the end of the drive because there isn’t enough time left. We end up giving the ball to our kicker – who by the way has been in the NFL for a month – and he misses. Gase is so worried about Miami getting the ball back with time that he forgets to even get points in the first place. That was the horribly done by Gase and one of the worst time management sequences i’ve seen
On the Difference between Lawrence and Fields:
We were talking the other day about what separates Lawrence and Fields. Both have crazy high ceilings. Both have the arm and the athleticism. Both have put up some crazy stats. So I went back and watched a few games of each. I came away with one main difference. One thing that lawrence have shown more of. Lawrence has showed more evidence of getting the ball out in a timely fashion right after hitting the end of his drop. Fields has done it here and there, but he so often just drops back and waits forever. It’s hard to ding him on it too much because he has all day back there, and it doesn’t look like the offense is asking him to get the ball out quickly. Fields could have the ability to do it amazingly right now, but without the evidence it’s tough to just assume. And he won’t have the luxury to sit there all day in the nfl
On Pro Football not thinking the Jets are the worst team in the league:
Just when I think the Jets might take flight and I can watch a win...it comes back to hit me in the face:
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