The Jets......(A thread of laughs!)

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        The team that never stops yapping is at it again. This time, it's RB Chris Johnson, proclaiming that, " and Adrian Peterson are the best (RBs in the NFL)".

        To review, according to themselves, Rex Ryan is the game's best coach, QB Geno Smith is a top 5 NFL QB, CB Dee Milliner is the game's best CB, and DE Muhammad Wilkerson is the game's top defensive lineman. 

        I guess the NFL should dispense with the 2014 season, and just hand the Lombardi over to the Gotham Goblins...LOL!!!            


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    The Jets’ iPad passcode is 1969; yeah, they’re dreaming big

    By Brian CostelloAugust 5, 2014 | 12:08am

    CORTLAND — The Super Bowl guarantees no longer flow freely from the Jets. The talk of Rose Garden visits and Lombardi Trophies has quieted over the past few years.

    But that does not mean the Super Bowl is not on this team’s mind. Every time the players look at their playbooks, they get a reminder.

    Like many teams, the Jets have switched to digital playbooks on their iPads. Players must enter a passcode to gain access.

    The passcode? 1-9-6-9. As in 1969, the last time the Jets won it all.
    “It’s just something to remember — 1969 is the last time this team was perfect,” defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson said. “That’s a long time ago.”

    It was Jan. 12, 1969, or 16,641 days ago to be precise, that Joe Namath jogged off the Orange Bowl field with his index finger pointed to the sky. Jets coach Rex Ryan was just 6 years old. Heck, the game was not even called the Super Bowl at that point, and it would be two years until the championship trophy was renamed for Vince Lombardi.
    “It’s been a long time,” guard Willie Colon said.

    As chatty as the current team can be, no Jets are predicting they will finish the season in Arizona at this season’s Super Bowl. Instead, the iPad code serves as a reminder of what the ultimate goal is. Tim Tubito, the team’s director of football video, is the one who came up with the passcode idea.

    “If you don’t want to be a champion, you’re not going to be,” Ryan said. “It’s safe to say no one’s going to be a champion if they’re going to be like, ‘Eh, maybe I’d like to’ or whatever. That has to be why you play the game because you do want to be the best. Certainly I want to be the best and I know everybody in this organization feels the same way I do.”
    Only two players on the Jets know what it feels like to wear a Super Bowl ring and both reside on the offensive line. Colon was part of the 2008 championship Steelers team, and right tackle Breno Giacomini won it all with the Seahawks last season.

    “There’s no greater feeling than winning it,” Colon said. “You have bragging rights forever. No one can take a championship away from you. You go anywhere in this country, you get the front-door treatment.”
    The Jets came close in Ryan’s first two years, losing in the AFC Championship, but that’s a distant memory now. There are only eight players left from the team that lost to the Steelers in January 2011. The organization has gone through major turnover since with three non-winning seasons, a change at general manager and a new starting quarterback.
    This year’s Jets know not much is expected of them, but they remain encouraged by last year’s 3-1 finish and the new pieces they added this offseason. Colon said no one can question the Jets’ toughness, but it is time they add smarts, which he felt they lacked at times last year.

    “Not every team is scared of the Jets — very few are,” Colon said. “They know we have a big mouth and we like to talk, but we’ve got to start backing it up. We have to do it with our play and our attitude and enthusiasm.”
    For the Jets, erasing the ghosts of the last 45 years starts with overcoming the monster of the last 13 years — the Patriots. Bill Belichick and Tom Brady have won the AFC East in 11 of the last 13 years and every year since Ryan became Jets coach. The last time the Jets won the division and had a home playoff game was 2002.
    “For me, I try to set realistic goals,” Colon said. “Is winning the division a realistic goal to me, personally? Yes, it is. I believe we can do it, but only if we play the brand of football we need to play.”

    That brand of football has only made rare appearances with the Jets in the past 45 years. Instead, the stronger memories are of Mud Bowls, Fake Spikes and Buttfumbles.
    These Jets are trying to change all that, and maybe next year’s passcode can be 2014.



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         The team that never stops yapping is at it again:

    CORTLAND — Dee Milliner has earned himself a new nickname.

    It was started by linebacker Demario Davis and has spread to some members of the secondary. They call the second-year cornerback “Franchise.”

    Milliner laughed at the mention of his new title and said he has no choice but to embrace it. But while it may seem like all fun, Davis is completely serious.

    “He’s the franchise player. Him not showing up is like KD not showing up,” Davis said, referring to Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant. “If he shows up, we’re going to have a great night. If he doesn’t, we’re going to struggle. But that’s just the nature of the beast and that’s why I call him the Franchise.”

    No pressure, huh?

    But instead of pretending that pressure on Milliner doesn’t exist, the cornerback and his teammates are trying to use it as motivation. The former first-round pick himself agreed that the success of the defense hinges on his own performance more than anyone.

    “I know I’m going to be on the top receivers, the best receivers on the team,” Milliner said. “If I can stop the best guy, I know they’re going to try to get the ball to him. If I can prevent some big plays from happening we can be a great defense and a great team.”

    Defensive backs coach Tim McDonald stressed that Milliner needs to focus on the technical aspects of the job.

    “If your technique slacks off, you’re going to get beat so he understands that,” McDonald said. “Is there pressure? Damn right there’s pressure. You’ve got to be up for the challenge each and every day.”

    The same can be said for all the Jets, especially the way they’re boasting in camp.

    Milliner told the Daily News he is the best cornerback in the league. Calvin Pace said the Jets have the best defense in the NFL. If the Jets are going to fulfill Pace’s prophecy, Milliner will have to lead the way.

    “It’s going to be great because it starts with him,” Davis, a leader on the defense, added. “I made him aware: there are responsibilities in your hands, but I wouldn’t want it in nobody else’s hands.”

    While the Jets’ front-seven is unquestionably strong, Milliner is the critical figure in the biggest unknown of the defense: the secondary. After a rough rookie season — “He was thrown to the wolves,” Rex Ryan said — Milliner’s responsibility increased after the team cut Antonio Cromartie. After being humbled by the NFL last year, Milliner said he has been doing more film preparation. According to his position coach, it’s paying off.

    McDonald said he’s seen improvements in how conscious Milliner is of his teammates’ positions and is being more physical by getting his hands on receivers.

    The real test of Milliner's preparation, however, will come in Week 1.

    “The pressure is on. But pressure is what makes a diamond of coal,” Davis said. “Does he rise to the occasion is what the question is going to be. And I say yes.”

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         After all his talking, and his lackluster rookie season, Milliner, a/k/a "The Franchise", had better produce this season.  

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         Yet more tomfoolery from the Kings of NFL comedy, as, a year later, Rex Ryan is still trying to explain why he chose to throw QB Mark Sanchez behind a scrub OL in the 4th quarter, of the meaningless final preseason game of 2013, dubbed as the "Snoopy Bowl", against the NY Giants. See my added comments, in bold black:

    It’s been almost a year since the Snoopy Bowl debacle that cost Mark Sanchez last season, but Rex Ryan offered a new explanation Monday for why his former quarterback was in that preseason game in the first place.“My opinion was that nobody had done enough to win the job at that time, that’s why Mark was in there,” Ryan said Monday.

    RESPONSE: A "new" explanation, Rexie? If this "new explanation" was true, why didn't you say that a year ago? Your explanation then was that you wanted to win the preseason you inserted Mr. Buttfumble. 

    Geno Smith had put in a horrid performance in that third preseason game against the Giants when Ryan surprisingly inserted Sanchez late in the game behind a backup offensive line. On a hit by Marvin Austin, Sanchez injured his shoulder. Ryan previously had said he wanted to win the meaningless game.

    Certainly, Sanchez disagrees with Ryan’s new take -- the current Eagles backup believes he was beating out Smith for the starting job a year ago when he was hurt.

    “I don’t think anybody who watched practice and knew what they were looking at had any question about that,” Sanchez told the News last week at Eagles camp.

    RESPONSE: Hey Mark, I can't give you a whole lot of credit for beating out Geno, but I do agree with you. You were/are a better QB then he, notwithstanding the buttfumble.

    Sanchez had been OK in the first two preseason games, but compared to Smith, who threw three interceptions earlier in that Giants game, he had been the better quarterback.

    RESPONSE: Yes, and everyone watching knew it. But, there was no way that the Goblins were going to start Sanchez in 2013. After the Buttfumble , he was, for all intents and purposes, through in NY...much like Matt Schaub was through in Houston, after his unprecedented string of pick-sixes.  

    Ryan’s answer was prompted by a question asking if he would consider putting Smith behind a backup offensive line this preseason after what happened a year ago. Ryan was noncommittal.

    RESPONSE: What? Cat got your tongue, Rexie? I wonder why?? LOL!!! 

    “Well again, we’ll see,” Ryan said. “That situation was, that was a tough situation obviously. If could go back and change things, of course you would.”

    RESPONSE: Yes, we understand. LOL!!!

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    There is much about the NY Jets to detest (the style of management and ownership etc.) but winning can change everything. Winning for the Jets depends most on the QB position. And that depends on Geno Smith. Smith has been lampooned on this board, most recently for declaring that he will quickly be a top 5 QB but Smith does not need to be a top 5 for the Jets to get to the playoffs, he just needs to be adequate. What would that mean for Smith?

    Smith displayed a good arm and good escape-ability during his first season. He tied Cam Newton for most rushing TD's with 6. The biggest problem for Smith was his decision-making. He held the ball too long, went through his progressions too slowly, thus he took too many sacks or tried to force the ball into difficult situations resulting in more than twice as many interceptions as TD's. Smith has the skills, he needs to simply make better decisions. This could mean getting rid of the ball out of bounds if no one is open. Some of this may be attributable to rookie jitters and some of this was likely due to the lack of good receivers who could get open. I think we will begin to see this year (and maybe next year) what his future is in the NFL. What will be crucial in this are his fundamentals: setting his feet, being comfortable in the pocket, releasing quickly.

    If Smith progresses, the Jets will progress and Ryan's bluster may become reality. This is a lot of pressure for anyone, let alone a 23 year old who played at West Virginia. How Smith handles this pressure will determine how well he handles mastering the fundamentals. The NFL is a big stage. It is not for everyone.


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