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

Top Fanposts:

NFL all rookie team...make your predictions:

Charlie_IMHO comes up with a fun contest for GGN to participate in.

Jets 2020 Draft Redo - Let’s See Who Won in 4 Years:

DMAC17 redoes the Jets 2020 draft.

Top Comments:

On the Jets draft:

My Grade

Rather that give Douglas one flat grade for the entire draft, I’m going to break the draft down into separate components:
Positional Value: A. A GM should understand that not all positions are created equal. You should take the premium positions early. Macc never got this. He thought that safeties and interior DLs were falling to the Jets because of magic. Um, no. Other teams just focused on more important positions. JD drafted OT and WR with the two most important picks. And he took an Edge with the second 3rd round pick. I’d like to give JD an A+… but Ashtyn Davis.
In-Draft Trades: A. Most of us would have been thrilled to get Mims at 48, so it was incredible to have him still available at 59, even if some of that is luck. But credit where it is due. JD played the odds and won. Again, I wanted to give JD an A+ but the final trade for Wilson looks like a dud.
Talent Evaluation: B+ This is the hardest to grade on, because nobody has played a single snap in the NFL. But my hot take is that JD generally took the best or nearly-best options at each position that were available at a given slot. I’ll ding him a little because I’m not sure that Zuniga was the absolute best Edge option or that Morgan was the best option for Jets as a backup QB. But this is the NFL draft! Teams do really stupid stuff. JD didn’t.
Team Needs: A- This is the least important factor. Teams should generally be drafting BPA, weighted by positional value. But sometimes you need to plug holes. Jets needed a premium OT. JD drafted one. Jets needed a potential #1 WR. JD drafted one. An Edge? Done. Another RB? Done. Backup QB? Done (even if I think Morgan was the wrong choice for this role). CB: Done (also JD signed Lamar Jackson as UDFA, so bonus points). Overall Grade: A-


My thoughts on the draft

1) I think JD values leadership and athleticism over most traits. Which is how you should draft with 9 picks. 2) I wasn’t thrilled with our trade of the 6th rounder for Wilson. The only positive is he gives you a pro ready guy if OTAs are shortened. 3) I’m really glad we took a QB with upside. You may disagree with the player, but he is way better than the Kellen Moore, Jake Fromm, and Bryce Petty mold. 4) I was disappointed in our lack of WR additions. However, Mims was my 3rd ranked we in a loaded group. He was the guy I wanted. I’m cool with the group right now. 5) Hello balanced approach. This is what I love. We added elite talent on offense. We added above average talent on defense. And we got much deeper overall.All in all I’ll give the draft a B+ . I’m also not going to knock JD for not taking more WRs. Next years class looks even better, and this is a multi year process. We got a great start though.


On Sam Darnold:

Ok, show me one QB that dragged a team as awful as the Jets squad last year to the playoffs

Aaron Rodgers went 4-12 two season ago because of a trash team. Andrew Luck was let down repeatedly by more talented teams than the Jets fielded last year. Every single QB that has ever won a super bowl has done so on a talented team, that’s what makes them a super bowl team. Sam is trying to win football games with an awful team. If he dialed it back you would certainly see less turnovers, but you would also see less scoring and a worse record. He doesn’t need a perfect situation, he just needs a workable situation which is something he has never had. I don’t care who you put under center last year, no one was winning a super bowl with that squad. It’s pure folly to think that a 22 year old is going to take a bottom 6 roster and make them competitive, the fact that he has a positive TD/INT ratio and a winning record as a starter last year in spite of the team around him is a testament to what he will be when he has even a league average team around him. Put Darnold on the Vikings last season and he looks as good if not better than Cousins, put him on the Bills and he blows Josh Allens passing stats away. You can keep cycling through QB’s and throwing them away but if you never build the team around them then you will never have a quality QB, the reason you don’t see many QB’s go on to succeed after a rough start is because winning begets winning. Early success helps build good habits, and a good team is conducive to early success. You would have the same sentiment about Mahomes, Watson, Mayfield or Allen had we taken any of them because we would look just as bad as we do now.


Fun fact time

Sam Darnold had a rocky 2019 and nobody could really argue otherwise, but things were different when he had Kelvin Beachum in the lineup. In games where the Jets had both Darnold and Beachum the team averaged 22 points per game, that’s 5 points more then what they actually averaged. They also went 7-3 in those games, including a game where the defense blew a 16 point lead in the 4th quarter and Darnold had Mono. Even more impressive are Darnold’s stats when he had his LT: 214/340 (62.9%), 2,635 yards, 16 TDs, and 5 INTs. Stretch that out over a 16 game season and Sam has 4,216 yards, 26 TDs, and 8 INTs. So how about before preparing to throw the QB in the dumpster we wait until he has a competent oline that doesn’t get him murdered on nearly every other play. The stats say when he has even an awful offensive line Darnold can be great so long as he doesn’t isn’t being consistently murdered.


On the Frank Gore signing:

This signing isn’t about Perine’s abilities. It’s about protecting Darnold in pass protection and having a vet who knows what he’s doing in a Gase offense when Bell is off the field. Rookie backs typically have trouble seeing the field because they suck at pass protection. When Perrine learns the offense and is up to speed in pass protection he’ll pass Gore on the depth chart. Might not be in 2020.

-MacGregor Wells

Mentor for Perine?

Not a primary reason to sign him, obviously, but they’re similar sorts of runners (power/patience/balance over speed/quickness), so in addition to potentially being a solid backup/short yardage back, Gore might be valuable to help Perine figure out how to maximize his talent. (Bell’s a good teammate by most accounts, but his running style is unique enough that I’m not sure he’d be much help to Perine.) Suspect this is primarily the Jets not wanting to go into the season with Perine as defacto RB2, in case he’s not ready for all the responsibilities (especially pass blocking) if Bell misses some games.


On the potential of Marcus Maye being traded:

We should keep our homegrown talent. The Maye/Adams tandem works great. Maye Should get a 3 year front loaded contract that will make him 30 at the end of it. Davis will find his spots to fit in as a safety cb and special teams and be properly groomed to step in. In 2 or 3 years he can pick up where Maye leaves off. This is the type of homegrown continuity that makes teams good. We need these situations all over the field.


On Bilal Powell:

Powell just never got the respect he deserved. Not a hall of fame player by any stretch, but he was consistently effective for us despite never getting the lead back status.


Top Gifs/Photos:

Live Look of Becton Clearing a Wall for Bell:


Aaron Rodgers watching the draft:


On Drafting Mekhi Becton:

-SP from the boogie

Gase after Gore had no choice but to re-sign with him:

-Scandalous Jack

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!


In 2020, will Sam Darnold be:

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    Top 5 QB
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