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Without further ado, I bring to you, Gang Green Nation’s Highlight Reel for the past week:
-DMAC17 does a mock draft that would greatly improve the team in 2021.
On Joe Douglas’ response to Marcus Maye’s agent:
When I was a kid I learned that if someone said something mean about you on the playground you had to laugh at it like it was a great and awesome joke! Then they wouldn’t want to say it anymore because it did not have the desired affect of upsetting you. I feel like that was the technique brilliantly deployed by JD towards Maye’s agent. Agent: Jets do not know how to take care of their best player JD: I love that agent. What a great guy. So good.
On the value of a Franchise QB:
It’s funny how NFL franchises value quarterbacks and yet fans always feel like they can do better. Lots of Cowboys fans are upset about Dak’s deal. Teams keep pouring resources on QBs and fans keep wanting them to go somewhere else. “Trade Down”, “Don’t extend Dak”, “Trade Russell Wilson”, etc. And yet teams keep going back to the well and investing more picks and more moneys on QBs. Sean McVay traded his decent starter for a better one because even with two out of the top three defensive players in the NFL they couldn’t make it past Green Bay and Aaron Rodgers. Dallas gave 40M to their guy because they couldn’t score points without him. Carolina is willing to “trade the farm” for a guy because they can’t win with a decent-but-not-spectacular Teddy Bridgewater Tampa Bay went from 7-9 to Super Bowl champions with a Hall of Fame QB. Patriots went from making the playoffs for 20 straight years (almost) to 7-9 without their franchise QB Patrick Mahomes gets his team to the AFCCG every year Houston is about to receive the largest draft capital trade ever for their guy (who they would want to keep if not for the most bizarre front office situation maybe ever) Indianapolis traded two picks (one of which is probably going to be a first rounder) for a failed QB just to try to recapture the magic he showed four years ago, because they don’t have an answer at QB Chicago is about to do something crazy to go from a mediocre team to a team that wins, because even with a good roster they can’t get over the hump. Baltimore went from not making the playoffs three years in a row (2015-2017) to making it every year after drafting Lamar Jackson. Pittsburgh went 8-8 without Ben in 2019 and after he faded down the stretch in 2020 the team crumbled. Even with all the evidence in the world that you need a QB to win consistently in the NFL, fans still think that you can win with the Sam Darnolds of the world. In reality, you need a guy with huge upside or you’ll probably not be playing in the big games. That is why if you have a Jared Goff or Teddy Bridgewater you try to improve. A “game manager” won’t do anymore, unless he is the ultimate Field General ala Tom Brady. Teams know that. This offseason more than proves how much NFL front offices value the quarterback position. You have to keep trying to find your guy. The Jets just never have after Namath.
On Russell Wilson potentially coming to the Jets:
There is a better chance I name a break out player that has a break out season than the Jets trading for Wilson.
On Joe Douglas:
• He turned a malcontent Jamal (who is still not signed to an extension) into two 1’s and 3 • Becton looks like a great pick • He traded down and still got Mims, who looks like a great pick. Davis and Hall both look promising. • He turned Leonard Williams (who the Giants have been struggling to re-sign) into a 3 & 5 The Saleh hire has been universally applauded, but jury is still out on that There’s also the Darnold situation. If he’s able to fleece another team in a trade, I will feel very confident that Joe is the right man for the job
-The Great Bambi
Joe Douglas is too rigid in his principle of not overpaying. We respect his approach too much because of Mac’s history of overspending, but there is a middle ground that JD is not finding. You overpay and double dip for key positions (WR, Oline), and your young players’ development will thank you. Browns and Bills were aggressive in FA and look how it helped them. Jets will end up being sensible, conservative, and more risk free than other teams, but they will also end up with a poor roster, a rookie class that won’t develop well because they are expected to do too much, and a big hoarded warchest that is put to no use.
waiting and talking is not a bad move at this point forJD. Pats were one of the few other teams with cap space and they are now tapped out. colts have space but they dont really use it for other teams’ FAs. Jags are still flush but not much other competition. next big move for JD should be CB and you have to believe Saleh is talking to Sherman
On comparing Sam Darnold to another certain QB:
I posted this on another thread yesterday, and with all the hubub of the first day of legal tampering I feel it did not get the notice I would have liked, so I’m adding it here. Thank you for your indulgence. I was watching a video on YouTube about the beginnings and culmination of a QBs career. I would like to share with you all what I thought was/is quite interesting. But first, who are these two QBs? These stats are from each QBs first 3 years in the league: QB1 Season 1-3 10W 17L, 29 TDs 31 INTS, 59.4% Comp, 72.9 Rating QB2 Season 1-3 13W 25L, 45 TDs 39 INTs, 59.8% Comp, 78.6 Rating If you haven’t guessed it, QB2 is Sam Darnold. Now I would like to show you QB1s stats in his 4th year in the league with the same team. QB1 Season 4 11W 4L, 27 TDs 7 INTs, 65.5% Comp, 104.8 Rating If you have not figured it out by now, QB1 is Drew Brees. Brees had the same coach, Marty Shottenheimer, and system his first four years. Brees also had some really good players with him for those 4 years. After seeing how losing two starting OTs can make the best young QB in the league, Patrick Mahomes, look like, well, Sam Darnold, I thought I would take a closer look at things to see if I could justify, to myself, my wanting to keep Sam for another year. Mind you, Mahomes had great coaching, he’s been in the same system since he arrived at KC, and has some of the most talented playmakers in the game. This is what Sam had in comparison to the QBs mentioned above: No continuity in coaching, system, or players in his first 3 years. No quality coaching at all. Yes, he had Bowls, but that was Sams rookie season. No quality players, not on the OL nor his supposed skill players. So basically, a 20-year-old Sam Darnold was drafted, given the starting QB job of an absolute mess of an organization and told, “make us a winner kid”. The Jets have what looks to be a stabilizing leader in Joe Douglas who seems to know what he wants to do and how to get it done. JD has just hired a young, exciting new head coach in Robert Saleh that has brought with him a gaggle of great young coaches to implement his vision of what he wants the Jets to be. This is a great opportunity for Sam to prove that he is what everyone thought he was when the Jets drafted him with the 3rd overall pick in the 2018 draft. Sam deserves another year. Will he get it? Only JD knows. It would be a crime if, 1, the Jets gave up on him after not even giving him a fair chance to succeed, and 2, if he goes to say WFT, Chicago or New Orleans and puts up: Season 4 11W 4L, 27 TDs 7 INTs, 65.5% Comp, 104.8 Rating Thank you all for your consideration.
On Curtis Samuel being signed for less than Corey Davis:
Wow, the guy who has one season with at least 650 yards got less than the guy who was on pace for 1,110 yards this season and missed two games due to COVID. I’m absolutely shocked.
On switching Free Agency Threads:
Me and my Guinness have just moved to one thread to another and I didn’t spill a drop.
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