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Then There Were Two

Another week, another round of NFL playoffs.

Last week in the divisional round, we got two great games and two blowouts. I was hoping that this week's conference championships would give us more exciting contests, but no such luck. The Falcons ripped right through Green Bay and the Patriots obliterated the Steelers. Neither contest was even remotely competitive.

Not much to say about either game, really. Aaron Rodgers is amazing, yes, but he doesn't play defense, and the Packer D could not even seem to slow down Matty Ice, let alone stop him. And the Patriots... yeah, yeah, Brady is good, especially when you give him weeks to sit in the pocket unmolested and don't cover his receivers. I watched him complete pass after pass that seemed to be totally uncontested, with the receiver standing all alone and not a defender within yards.

Anyway, we have our SuperBowl: Patriots against Falcons.

Nothing much to say but GO FALCONS.

Meanwhile, I am thinking about next year's draft...



Jan. 23rd, 2017 08:58 pm (UTC)
So you don't think Fournette is the next Ezekial Elliott?

A stud RB can be a difference maker, but the Giants need one more than the Jets do.

It's true that there are no sure franchise QBs in this draft, but I don't know that I am comfortable going forward with just Hack and Petty, and the veterans available in free agency scare the hell out of me. Please, no Cutler, no Romo, no Kaepernick.
Maximilian Rubell
Jan. 23rd, 2017 09:53 pm (UTC)
I think Ezekial Elliott is a wonderful player, but he also has a wonderful offensive line. Drafting an injury-prone running back without a proper offensive line just seems like a recipe for disaster to me. I think this season Forte wasn't being utilized properly (for much of the season they were using him more like Ivory: a power running back rather than a receiving back), and under-utilizing Powell. So essentially the coaching and offensive line both make me wary about taking an injury-prone running back.

I hate to say it, but I just feel that there isn't really one position that is going to be a true difference maker for the Jets. But if there is one, I think it is either cornerback or offensive tackles (I misspoke and said guards in the original comment, though I meant to say offensive tackles). Our tackles (particularly LT) are such a weak spot in our offensive line, and any RB or QB we have is going to suffer behind such a weak line, and on the reverse a mediocre RB or QB will succeed behind a strong and skilled line. Dak and Zeke are tremendous players, but Cowboys also spent many seasons cultivating a great O-Line and we saw what it did!

The reason I think Cornerback could really be game changing is that the poor coverage by Revis and Skrine is causing our safeties to need to play out of position. I believe that this has been the cause of Pryor's severe regression this year. We need to keep him out of deep coverage and instead put him in a position where all he has to worry about is what he does best — hitting people hard near the line of scrimmage. Being able to properly cover in our secondary will help all the other positions in our defense fall in place.

If Jets don't draft a QB I think there is no chance they don't bring in some veteran that is too expensive. I think Cutler might be a little bit underrated (though by no means the future of this team), or that Glennon could be an interesting choice. But ultimately, I wish Jets would just save the money, roll with Petty and Hack for a rough year, and build on other parts of the team. Mac's twofold approach of building while also staying competitive is not going to work at all if he continues to overpay free agents and veterans (the amount we just paid Winters is far, far too high for a guard), and especially won't work if we spend a lot of money on a bad FA quarterback.

Edited at 2017-01-23 09:55 pm (UTC)
Jan. 24th, 2017 02:03 am (UTC)
Agreeing the Jets should draft corners in particular, and DBs in general. Everyone who plays fantasy football looks at them as among the best people to play WRs against every. single. week.

They are one of several teams who seem absolutely hopeless at QB, so they're gonna be competing w/Houston (a great team except at QB), Denver (a very good team except at QB and RB), and... some people who are substantially worse than the Jets (St Louis and SF off the top of my head).

If the Jets just want a temporary cheap stopgap QB who has proven he can play decently when circumstances align, they could try to get Hoyer or McKown maybe? No one likes them but they are both better than a lot of regular starters (and way better than anyone on the Jets this year; what the heck happened to Fitz? He used to be decent too, and the offensive line isn't THAT bad)
Dan Burch
Jan. 24th, 2017 05:03 am (UTC)
George, I certainly hope some team takes Kapernick off our hands.
Paul Wetzstein
Jan. 24th, 2017 03:19 pm (UTC)
RE: Draft and Free Agency
Zeke is excellent, but also had the fortune of having the greatest OL in the league. That said, it doesn't look like Fournette's gonna fall all the way down to the Giants and, with Forte and Powell, I doubt the Jets pull the trigger on him. From the sound of it, the staff likes what they see in Hack and may snag a QB in the later rounds to give him competition. Looks like Revis Island is more of Revis Resort so don't be surprised if they take a CB with the 6th overall pick.

George, any player you've got your sights on for the Jets/Giants? I'm personally a Ravens fan and hope we draft a corner.

Baltimore sends its love!
Keith Barry
Jan. 25th, 2017 12:08 am (UTC)
The feeling on the ground in NY
No Romo?! Absolutely, we will take Romo. OMG.

He would never come to our circus joke of a franchise. That's the real problem.

He is a proven, at least mediocre to fair, possibly decent to goodish QB. He is a choke artist, but not nearly as bad as people make him out to be.

Watch they go hard for Kaepernick. Because Woody Johnson is a compleat moron, and that would cause the biggest train wreck.


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