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Winning and Losing

So the Jets won and the Giants lost, and this painful and depressing NFL season is finally over... for my teams, at least.

The Giants O looked terrific against the Eagles, right up until Eli threw that final fatal interception.  Odell Beckham continues to look like a budding superstar, and Reuben Randall has started to make some great plays as well.   Next year, with Victor Cruz back, the passing attack should be as dangerous as any in the league.  But the running game still needs a lot of help.  Might be that's more the O line than the RBs.  And the defense... the defense could not stop the Eagles, and really, hasn't stopped anyone all season, which is a disgrace for a franchise with a proud history of defensive excellence.  I'd keep Tom Coughlin as head coach, and Ben McAdoo as offensive coordinator, but I think the G-Men need to replace Perry Fewell as defensive coordinator, and draft defense, defense, defense.

As for the Jets, beating the Dolphins is always a nice way to end the season, though all the victory really did was move Gang Green lower in the draft.  Geno Smith played the best game I have ever seen him play, aside from that one absolutely idiotic fumble.  Even so, I do not believe he is the answer at QB, and I hope both he and Michael Vick are somebody else's problems next year.  Tomorrow is Black Monday, wgen coaches and GMs are fired all over the league, and it is widely expected that the Jets will be cleaning house.  I certainly hope they do give John Idzik his walking papers; his two years have been a disaster, and the team today is significantly less talented than when he came in.  He started his tenure as GM by trading away Darrelle Revis, one of the team's best players and a cornerstone of Rex Ryan's defense, and it's pretty much been downhill from there.  Idzik was a salary cap guy, just like Mike Tannenbaum, his predecessor.  I really hope Woody does not make that mistake again.  The Jets need a football guy in charge.

As for coach... if it was up to me, I'd keep Rex Ryan.  Defense wins championships, and Rex has proven himself one of the best defensive minds in the NFL.  Give him some cornerbacks, and a quarterback and wideout who are at least adequate, and he can take you to the playoffs, as he proved his first two years.  Even more crucially, though... if you fire Rex, who do you bring in?  I don't see anyone out there who is going to be a sure-fired improvement.  Change for the sake of change never gets you anywhere in the NFL.  Unless the Jets have a better coach than Rex in their pocket, firing him would be a big mistake.

But these are the Jets, and big mistakes are standard operating procedure, so watch... Rex will get fired tomorrow.



Dec. 29th, 2014 08:00 am (UTC)
Line, line, line, and more line
I think where the Giants need to focus their off-season energy is in the O and D lines. They have talent (for the most part) at the other positions. They just need to tighten things up on the lines and they'll be a powerhouse for years to come.

The Jets need a bit more work but there is always potential in every NFL team, even on the heels of a terrible season. That's what makes the NFL so much fun: any given Sunday; any given season.
Dec. 29th, 2014 09:07 am (UTC)
That's okay George, my AZ Cardinals are only far enough in the Playoffs to get my hopes up. First Palmer, then Stanton down. So now our options for QB in the playoffs are a rookie, or Ryan Lindley who has thrown 2 Touchdowns (both in our game against the 49ers) and 11 interceptions. No home game Superbowl for us.
Dec. 29th, 2014 10:55 am (UTC)
So weird
American football is such a decidedly american-ish thing, it's always weird to read these posts. Like getting a report from a strange planet about how their game of gaddle-gam went badly.

Do americans feel the same way about european football?

Dec. 29th, 2014 11:28 am (UTC)
Guarantee you George...
If the Jets could somehow snatch Harbaugh away from Michigan (where reports are saying he's headed) and make him GM + coach, the next ten years would see averages of 10 wins a season, a playoff birth every year and a couple of super bowl wins.

If not, "Chucky" is certainly lurking and (I think) could absolutely be swayed out of the MNF booth to come to the Jets if given enough power within the organization. Same for Bill Cowher.

It'll be interesting to see...
Dec. 29th, 2014 01:19 pm (UTC)
Rex is not at fault in New York, IMO. The guy coached up who he was given, but as they say..."you can't make chicken salad out of chicken crap". Rex was not allowed to choose who they drafted, signed in FA, etc....and IMO is far from the blame for The Jets struggles. Unless Woody allows his Coaches to have some input in who they bring in (or a competent GM who is on the same page with the Coach), this will be an endless cycle in New York.
Brian French
Dec. 29th, 2014 01:29 pm (UTC)
Know the Feeling
Multiply this season by 15 and you know what it is to be a Browns fan. I hope your Jets don't get locked in the perpetual "fire your coach every three years" cycle.
Dec. 29th, 2014 01:51 pm (UTC)
They just fired Rex and the GM...
Blair Johnson
Dec. 29th, 2014 02:13 pm (UTC)
You called it!
He is gone today
Dec. 29th, 2014 02:52 pm (UTC)

It is hard to bring in a good GM when they dont get to choose their own coaching staff. Of course a year after that happened for my team they "earned" the #1 draft pick.

Dec. 29th, 2014 03:36 pm (UTC)
You knew it!
Jets announced the firing of both Idzik and Rex Ryan. Here's to a better future for your Jets... perhaps they should hire you as a consultant!

Edited at 2014-12-29 03:37 pm (UTC)
Dec. 29th, 2014 03:53 pm (UTC)
draft order
What do you think about the idea of determining draft order based first on order of elimination rather than final record?

Edited at 2014-12-29 03:53 pm (UTC)
Dec. 29th, 2014 06:39 pm (UTC)
Re: draft order
The present system works fine. If it's not broke, don't fix it.
Dec. 29th, 2014 04:36 pm (UTC)
Thoughts on Rex?
While I am one of evil little Bill's minions, I have also suffered through a horrendous season as a Bears fan (my family re-located from Chicago to Boston when I was a child).

Although the Jets are not at all my favorite, I have loved Rex and respect him as a top-tier defensive coordinator. I can't believe they didn't just put him in charge of the defense.

What are the chances Johnson will go after Harbaugh to replace Rex?
Dec. 29th, 2014 06:39 pm (UTC)
Re: Thoughts on Rex?
Zero to none. Harbaugh is off to Michigan.
Dec. 29th, 2014 04:40 pm (UTC)
I mostly agree with you on the Giants. Defense is the priority, but that O-line still needs some tinkering. If Justin Pugh is the longterm RT, they need to upgrade at Guard (or vise versa) so that Weston Richburg can move to center. John Jerry is nothing more than a stopgap. But with Geoff Scwartz back next year, one more piece can finally solidify the line. And I do think they need something else at RB--Jennings is good but is old and can't be trusted to stay healthy, while Andre Williams can't be trusted to provide steady production each week. He's more of a role player. So one more RB to shore up the depth here. Otherwise it's as you say--defense, defense, defense.

I also agree with you about keeping Coughlin and McAdoo, and parting ways with Perry Fewell, and wouldn't mind Tom Quinn getting the boot as well.
Dec. 29th, 2014 05:08 pm (UTC)
Here's to Rexy
Sorry to see Rex go, and I would have kept him on board as well, but it's hard to imagine Woody letting a 1-8 start slide. Here's to hoping he gets picked up again soon as a head coach, or at the very least as a DC before this season concludes.

No clue who they'll bring in now, but knowing our luck it will be a GM who would have prospered with Ryan. I'm sure it's going to make for another "interesting" offseason. Just hope we can stomach it.

PS: Please buy the Jets. This way someone with a little sense could start calling the shots.


George R.R. Martin
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