As the clock struck midnight and 18th April arrived, the NFL released the full schedule of games for the 2012 season, throwing up a host of questions, leading to significant speculation, procrastination and conspiracy theories.
Much of the talk is premature, as rosters still lie incomplete, the draft has to take place and the second wave of Free Agency is in front of us, but there are matters of fact that can be analysed which will hold true regardless of the quality of opponents lining up.Read More
Long after the ’this was dumb’ brigade malaise into ‘let’s see what happens’, long after the bi-polar Jets fan base who both love and hate the prospect of Tebow, as they both loved and hated the idea of adding Peyton Manning, take a step back and breathe our newest neophyte quarterback will take the field in the green and white and do so to a rapturous welcome.Read More
The Jets have acquired Tim Tebow in exchange for a fourth round draft pick. The teams also exchanged late-round draft choices, with Denver flipping it’s 7th round choice to New York for the Jets’ 6th round selection. It is anticipated that the Jets may be in line to recover at least a 7th, if not a 6th round choice from the Dwight Lowery trade last year and with as many as four compensatory picks to be allocated, the Jets could well have up to ten choices when draft day(s) rolls around.Read More
The Jets made their first ripples in the Free Agency last night as former Washington Redskins safety LaRon Landry put pen to paper on a one-year ‘prove it’ deal worth a reported $4million. Landry fills an apparent void at the safety spot, but whether he will partner incumbent Eric Smith or replace him alongside an as yet unidentified colleague remains to be determined. However it works out, the indications are that the Jets will be better at that spot than in 2011.Read More
Having assessed the offensive side of the ball in our first Free Agency Primer a week ago, we now turn to the defensive side of the ball and in particular to three spots of glaring need – safety, inside linebacker and outsider linebacker. In Rex Ryan’s defense it is the outside linebackers who are principally responsible for generating pressure on the passer and the team is in distinct need of a player who can do that consistently and produce strong play against the run. The Jets safeties have for a number of years come under fire for their inability to cover tight ends and with both Jim Leonhard and Brodney Pool out of contract it is likely that fresh blood will be recruited at the position. Bart Scott is another player who popular opinion suggests has come to the end of the line as a 3-down player on the inside of the defense. He remains an exceptional talent against the run, but is beyond suspect in the passing game and spent much of 2011 watching passing plays from the sidelines, to his deep frustration.Read More