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Without further ado, I bring to you, Gang Green Nation’s Highlight Reel for the past week:
On Mike LaFleur:
Now that we’ve seen LaFleur, show me LaCeiling next week. Go Jets
-I Am McLovin
On the Jets week 1 performance:
There will be a tonne of (justified) negativity here so let’s provide some positivity:
- Coaching: For the first time in what feels like YEARS, we have a coaching staff that made half time adjustments which mainly worked, especially on D. There were also very few drive killer penalties. I counted one. The decisions to go for it made sense, when they were made. The defense in particular looked well coached. - Quarterback: For a man who got sacked 5 times, and hit on 40% of dropbacks, Wilson did okay. He made one proper “welcome to the NFL” play for the INT, but he bounced back. In the fourth quarter he put the team on his back and got us back in the game. - Secondary: Alright, Carolina aren’t special, but the corners gave up one catch. This was supposed to be a weakness. All in all, there is lots to be negative about, and l don’t need to elaborate on that. But nothing in that game made me worry about Saleh/Wilson, or think those decisions were bad ones
Honestly though, for as bad as we had it we weren’t even close to being one of the worst teams in Week 1:
Giants were horrible Jaguars got run over by team that was expected to go 0-17 the Falcons got obliterated by a bad Eagles team Titans had no answer for the Cardinals on either side of the ball The Packers we’re so bad that they took Rodgers out of the game and let Jordan Love play now, there’s no guarantee that the Jets are going to end up better than any of those team. However, it’s worth pointing out that as bad as we had it. Other teams had it much worse and those fanbases except the Jags, all still have high expectations for the season. Just look, not a single team in the AFC East managed to put up 20 points in Week 1.
On Joe Douglas:
So let me get this straight: Becton getting hurt is JD’s fault Lawson getting hurt is JD’s fault Joyner getting hurt is JD’s fault Ashtyn Davis getting hurt is JD’s fault Jarrad Davis getting hurt is JD’s fault Curry getting hurt is JD’s fault Cole and Crowder missing the game is JD’s fault AVT missing all of preseason and being rusty is JD’s fault But for signing Corey Davis, restructuring Crowders contract, trading Adams for two 1st’s, trading Darnold for a 2nd, trading Herndon for a 4th, drafting Zach, firing Gase, hiring Saleh, finding Huff and JFM and Guidry, and drafting Hall in the 5th well.... he gets no credit. You guys need to RELAX and enjoy the season for at least a week Jesus. I’m done here for a while I’m going to enjoy the season.
On the Zach Wilson and Sam Darnold debate:
The decision Joe Douglas had this off-season wasn’t whether he wanted Darnold or Wilson. It was whether he preferred Darnold and a six pack or so of top half draft picks or Wilson. The idea that he was resetting the clock financially holds no water because those other six picks start with rookie contracts too. That’s six contracts, half first rounders. it’s hard to imagine that this team is in better position to win over the next five years by not going with Darnold and the picks. if that is ultimately the reality, it will likely take 8-10 years to fully realize. It’s just a huge pile off draft stock (most likely 3 firsts, 2 seconds, and 1 third ). Darnold would basically need to be Geno or Sanchez and Wilson would need to be Rodgers, Manholes, Russell Wilson, or Brady. I sure hope he does become one of those guys. But Joe D did not take the high percentage shot, he took a huge gamble.
-Wayne Chrebet’s Barber
On the Jets season so far:
I thought this year wasn’t going to have a ton of wins but at least would be fun. Like the Jets would be a tough team that hangs tough and keeps driving and can score and looks modern. But no. Outside of 2 or 3 drives total in 2 games this offense still looks like trash. Like, I’m so tired of being trash.
-Jeremy J. Jackson
On the Denzel Mims situation:
I think it’s a grey area.
If you take Saleh’s word on it, LaFleur basically dictates WRs 1,2,3 and Boyer dictates WRs 4,5 (since they do special teams). With the fact the LaFleur offense is supposedly focusing on the slot and the backfield more than vertical, I could see why they have room for only one big vertical guy (who also plays other positions) in their plan with Corey Davis as WR1. That would almost by default bump him down onto WR4/5 range and he’s not specialized in ST like Smith, Cole or Berrios (yuck). So it’s not that Mims is toxic or he’s the 6th best WR on this team, it’s that they have only so much room for people with his skillset and they’ve have one or maybe two dudes with those traits that are outplaying him. In actuality, Mims could even by their own measurements be the 2nd best receiver on this team but just nowhere to use him with the way they’re schemed.
The Mims thing isnt going away, predictably so. If he doesn’t fit in this offense then he was a bad pick. If he is meant to be traded how is he gonna retain any value if he’s not ever on the field? Then, also the narrative about Mims isn’t exactly buyable. If he hasnt/cant learn the route-tree how come other receivers are getting a pass for running wrong routes? I’m not hell-bent that Mims plays no matter what. What i want is for the Jets to find a winning formula. However the Mims situation is bizarre to say the least.
Mims has played 10 games in his career so the whole idea he’s good is based on college scouting, faith, and circumstantial evidence. I really don’t know how effectively he can play in the NFL. My only thing is if you’ve got no intention of ever playing him cut your losses and get something back in a trade. Somebody has to be willing to deal for him.
Once Crowder is back in the lineup I really hope this garbage of Mims needs to know all the WR spots goes away. We’ll have Crowder and Moore who could play the slot, and I’m sure Davis can be effective there as well in an emergency. Put Mims outside and tear the damn top off the defense once in a while. I think it’s a joke how we hear about how the team drafted players based on “one elite skill” they could find a use for (thanks One Jets Drive), but we can’t find a way to use this kid’s skill-set. But hey, at least we can force-feed Berrios for middling results.
On the Jets recent roster move:
“Jets Sign LB Del’Shawn Phillips” I got two words for you: Super. Bowl.
On Zach Wilson’s response to the week 2 loss:
My problem with Zach is this. There is confidence and there is arrogance and stupidity. I don’t know exactly what I expected Zach to say after the game, but what he actually said wasn’t it. I got the impression that he did not understand what he actually did wrong and how he single handedly threw away this game. That is simply not acceptable. Just my 2 cents....
On the Jets defense:
Through 2 weeks, the defensive line has been as advertised. The Jets are the only team in the NFL top-5 in pass rush win rate and run stop win rate. That has a lot to do with how well our defense has played. Top-10 in most categories through 2 weeks.
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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