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Our readers’ and writers’ contributions to this site are a major reason why Gang Green Nation is the best Jets blog in the history of Jets blogs. No contribution, big or small, should go unnoticed. That’s why we’ll highlight some of the best comments and FanPosts on a weekly basis.

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

Top Fanposts:

Jets Position Review: Offensive Line

LI_JETS gives an overview of the Offensive Line for the 2021 season.

Jets Position Review: Wide Receiver

LI_JETS gives an overview of the Wide Receiver group for the 2021 season.

Top Comments:

On Zach Wilson’s Potential:

I truly don’t think there’s a chance Zach won’t be great - IF he can stay on the field. This is the frustrating part of being around armchair GMs. If a career is derailed by injuries, kid was a horrible pick and thousands are yelling “I knew that would happen! Fire the GM!”. It’s an impossibly high bar - except perhaps in some cases (Dee Milliner) where there was a) cause to suspect they wouldn’t hold up, b) it’s early in the draft, at c) a position of dire need/without depth. In such a case a GM still can’t accurately predict future injury severities but should at least be extremely risk-averse. Which brings us back to Zach. This is not some flyer on a LB/S hybrid in R6. Zach has a legit injury history, we picked him real early and desperately need him on the field. The stakes are crazy high and I’ll be holding my breath every damn time the kid winces or gets hit, probably just like JD..

-Ball Zach

There’s something about this kid ... I may be imbibing too much green coolaid ... but when he speaks he’s well spoken, seems like a nice kid but, and this is something I don’t think I ever saw in Sanchez or Darnold, Wilson seems to have a glint in his eye, a bit of energy, even an edge that his predecessors lacked. There’s a sort of bridled fierceness lurking behind his eyes. Like I said, it could just be my coolaid habit ... but have a good feeling about the future of the Jets.


On the Jets front office:

This front office has me downright giddy with excitement. In past years, we had to overpay for old talent and then got no effort from them, combined with horrible game planning. It led to the toxic football that defined the jets for a decade. Always old, with a few aging “stars” surrounded by scrubs and me trying to convince myself that Cromartie and Revis hadn’t really fallen off a cliff in production. Now we have a front office where players are coming here because of our staff, an investment in keeping those players healthy, a modern coaching scheme, and a fantastic nucleus of young talent, with the coaching designing the system to maximize their talents. This is the first off-season in a long long time where I am genuinely excited for games to start.


Who are these magical players that people think we could have signed that would have drastically improved the cb or offensive lines (outside of thuney who went to the sb contenders)? In fa, we beefed up the receiving core heavily and the edge position where we had nothing. In the draft we addressed most every other need (outside of kicker). The team has a great young core, a ton of picks and cash saved for future growth, and is in a better position than the past decade. This constant beefing about how every jet is terrible and fat and injured, and if we don’t sign steven Nelson or juju Schuster or Richard Sherman, the team will be awful...its just so wrong that it’s hard to rebut. Let’s let the coaches evaluate the kids and, if they need help, sign a vet at that time. No one else really has cash, so it is a buyers market whenever we want to. And, some of these kids seem good in the right system. Relax and trust the process. It’s moving along well.


On the Flight 2021 documentary:

Flight 2021 was very well done. Pretty incredible the access they were able to get to scouting, Saleh’s interview, war room, etc. That was one of the few advantages of zoom. Cool to see the coaches break down film too. I forget who it was, but one of the coaches mentioned playing Crowder in the slot, and on the outside which I was happy to hear. I said all offseason, find a way to get good players on the field, and it sounds like they are doing that.

-Sam Darnold

On the Nature of the NFL Draft:

Well I’m pretty sure the original plan was trade up for Vera-Tucker and then trade down at 34 to recoup the cost. A smart plan for sure that would make sense given Douglas’ history of trade downs. However, with Elijah Moore, their 16th overall player still on the board, they had an option they likely didn’t even think possible, taking an elite WR for their young QB. An opportunity presented itself and the Jets took advantage. As for Carter, running backs in this scheme, even the top running back, isn’t likely to see more than 10 carries a game. The nature of the offense makes it difficult to put a premium on the position. So sure, they may have loved Carter, but if he wasn’t on the board there was nothing stopping them from taking someone like Kenny Gainwell who would fit a similar role. Point being, there was no reason to water capital for a player who’s going to be limited by design in this offense. Lastly, I think it’s always unwise to say a team got lucky when players fall to them in the draft. They may not know what other team’s board look like, but they usually have a pretty good idea of what teams are looking for. For example, in Flight 2021 Rex Hogan specifically talks about this with Carter. He says well if he gets past this team we know we got a real shot at him. So, it’s unlikely luck really had anything to do with it. The Jets probably knew those teams picking late weren’t taking Moore or Carter, so they could sit still and get them. Remember they’re talking to these players and their agents to gage who else is interested in them. Heading into the draft they have a pretty good idea of what they need to do to get their guys. The perfect example is the Broncos and Dolphins with Javonte Williams. When the Broncos traded up 1 pick in front of the Dolphins to get him, a Dolphins scout texted the Broncos, to let them know they had just sniped their pick. The Broncos knew exactly that, which is why they moved up to that spot to get him. The draft is an information game. Not just information on players, but information on every other team. Who are they targeting at what positions? What does that allow us to do? There’s a reason that many who cover the draft call it The Great Information War.


On Trevon Wesco:

Love that Wesco is “embracing” the move to fullback in LaFleur’s offense. He’d be embracing the move to Home Depot if he said no.

-Lord of LefCoast

On Robert Saleh:

Saleh was brought in to change the culture of the team. So far, he has been a smashing success. Now, all he has to do is win games, to change the mindset, from loveable losers, to daunting winners.


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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