Posts Tagged ‘New York Jets’

bquinnI am not sure what is going on with the New York Jets. They went from a Super Bowl contender to an absolute joke in about three years. And now they have finally put on the big red nose with their latest acquisition. According to reports they have just signed Brady Quinn. Yes, THAT Brady Quinn.

I’m still trying to figure this out.

Bringing in Tim Tebow was an absolute bust. Mark Sanchez is inconsistent at best. So I don’t understand what Quinn brings to the table. The guy has been around the league more than Kim Kardashian.

Word has it that Jets QB coach, David Lee, like Quinn and that is why they are bringing him on board. But what are they really getting? If he is the replacement for Tebow then this is a lateral move. Quinn has had a lackluster career so far. He is Tebow without the religion.

And he is certainly not a replacement for Mark Sanchez. As bad as Sanchez has been, Quinn is not an upgrade. This signing, if it goes through, makes no sense. But then the whole Jets organization has not made much sense lately.

It came as no surprise to anyone yesterday when the Indianapolis Colts parted ways with Peyton Manning. After 14 years, two Super Bowl appearances and one Championship, Manning will be playing for another team.

No sooner did the tear soaked press conference end then the speculation as to where Manning will play next year began. Listening to the talking heads, it seems like EVERY SINGLE team in the NFL is in the Manning Sweepstakes.

After careful consideration there really are only four teams that make some sense and only one that seems logical.

Washington Redskins. Owner Daniel Snyder has deep pockets and has a history of bringing in big name veterans. Unfortunately, the Skins are in the same division as Peyton’s baby brother, Eli, and Peyton is not going to want to play him twice a year. And he certainly would want to be in a position where they might have to knock one another out of the playoffs. Plus the Redskins aren’t built to win now. They would have to sell Manning on “the future.”

New York Jets. After last season the Jets seem to be in a bit of disarray. While many fans would welcome Manning in place of Mark Sanchez, the Jets may be too much of a circus for Manning. Plus he would be in the same city as Eli. And no one thinks he could co-exist with head coach Rex Ryan.

Arizona Cardinals.  The Cardinals can offer Manning a superstar wide receiver in Larry Fitzgerald and they also play on turf which he is used to. Unfortunately, they don’t offer much more than that. Plus, the rumor is that Manning wants to stay in the AFC.

All this leads us to the leader in the Manning Sweepstakes, the Miami Dolphins. Forget that Peyton already has a home in Miami; the Dolphins give him the best chance to win now. Miami came on strong in the second half of last season. They have a solid defense and a pair of great receivers in Brandon Marshall and Devone Bess. They also have a solid running back in Reggie Bush. The Dolphins could also go after Reggie Wayne and Pierre Garcon to make Manning feel a little more at home. And don’t forget, Miami has the 8th pick in this year’s draft.

Everything is set for Peyton Manning to come to South Beach and when he does the Dolphins will immediately become a contender for the AFC Championship.

The NFL season is upon us and so many people are in love with the New York Jets you would think they were the Miami Heat. And like the Heat, everyone seems to want to just hand them this year’s championship. Now, I’m all for being generous and giving to others but not when it comes to titles. Those have to be earned. Just ask LeBron.

The Jets have been everywhere this off season. They even competed with Brett Favre for attention and in some cases pushed him aside. Hell, they even have their own TV show on HBO which premiers on August 11th (one day before my birthday, FYI).

Of course they still have to actually play the games first. But is should be a pretty good season all the way around.

So before the games actually start to count, let’s take a look at some questions the Jets are going to have to answer before they start planning their victory parade.

Quarterback: Mark Sanchez still needs to improve over last year. He threw 20 interception and only 12 touchdowns for a 63.0 passer rating. Let’s compare that to the Miami Dolphins’ QB Chad Henne. He also threw 12 TD’s but only 14 INT’s for a rating of 75.2. And Henne didn’t have nearly as many weapons as Sanchez. The Jets have to hope Sanchez doesn’t suffer from a Sophomore Jinx.

Defense: As of this writing, Derrelle Revis still is not signed. And I put the blame squarely on head coach Rex Ryan. When you go around telling everyone who will listen how Revis is the best cornerback in the league you cannot be surprised that he now wants to be the highest paid cornerback in the league. Even though the Jets have brought in Antonio Cromartie that is no guarantee that there is not going to be a drop off if Revis sits out part or all of the season.

Running Back: They got rid of Thomas Jones who rushed for 1,402 yards, racked up 14 touchdowns and brought in a broken down LaDainian Tomlinson. This is definitely not an upgrade. And judging by the sense of relief from Phillip Rivers and Antonio Gates to Tomlinson’s departure, the Jets may have gotten themselves a bit of a prima donna who has a propensity to get hurt and pout when he doesn’t get the ball as much as he thinks he should. I think that if there is any area where the Jets may have made a mistake its signing Tomlinson.

No doubt the Jets are a good team but they still have to make it through the entire season healthy and playing up to their potential.

They have a good shot at winning the AFC East and going far in the playoffs, maybe even getting to the Super Bowl. But they’re still going to have to deal with the Baltimore Ravens, the Indianapolis Colts, the San Diego Chargers and a few other teams. I also want to go on record here and say; Watch out for the Miami Dolphins. That’s right; I’m picking the Dolphins as my sleeper team of the season. Don’t be surprised if the Jets are looking up at the Fins at the end of the season.

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