Daily Links: Around The League

  • ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. snubs Sheldon Richardson for defensive rookie of the year [NJ]
  • Jerry Jones favors expanding the playoffs [PFT]
  • Texans owner Bob McNair: Houston open to trading No. 1 pick [CBS]
  • Final playing-time breakdown: WR [ESPN NY]
  • Indications are Mike Munchak will return to Titans [NFL]



94 comments
frustjetfn
frustjetfn

Jerry Jones wants more teams in the playoffs. No way. All we need is more 8-8 or even 7-9 teams in the playoffs. And if they don't change the playoff rules we can see ,more 12-4 teams traveling to play weak 8-8 Division leaders at home. I say, fix the seating rules first to base it on record for home games.


While the NFL is at it, it can also throw out strength of schedule as tie breaker for playoffs and draft and replace it with playoff appearances in the last 5 years. That way the historic have-not franchises can have a little better shot at success than the big dogs. It'd give their fans something to root for if they somehow finish with the same record as the more dominant franchises.

djf1
djf1

If we still had Tanny, I'd almost bet he'd be trading up in this draft.  Idzik doesn't strike me as someone who'd do that in the early rounds, although there's little to go on there.  what do you guys think?

GhostofBrowningNagle
GhostofBrowningNagle

(i'm sure someone has already said this but..)


Of course j jones wants to expand the playoffs, since his team narrowly misses every year.    Personally, i don't want expansion.  The playoffs are already enough of a crapshoot.  why further marginalize the regular season?

nesboogie
nesboogie

1. Ebron/Amaro

2. Odell/Jarvis/Benjamin/Robinson/Richardson/Matthews

3. Best OL/OLB

3. BPA

4. Deanthony Thomas

nesboogie
nesboogie

S/o to Mizzou. That's my school. Winners of the cotton bowl. Kony Ealy, Michael Sam and EJ Gaines will be great in the NFL.

nesboogie
nesboogie

This draft is flooded w/ great WRs prospects

nesboogie
nesboogie

Why Amaro > Ebron? I, personally, prefer Ebron.

bob
bob

Maybe keep an Eye On Marty Mornhinweg see what colleges he going to looking at players . May get a hunch who the Jets may draft.

kevino
kevino

If possible, I'd like the Jets to get one WR through free agency and another through the draft. Maybe someone like a Maclin if he checks out medically. He's young, has been productive in the past, and is familiar with Marty and his system. If Idzik chooses to go a different route, maybe he plucks Golden Tate from Seattle. You don't need a Calvin Johnson type WR to have a good offense (though it certainly helps). If you have 4 solid WR's who run good routes, and can create separation then you'll be fine.

bradysucks
bradysucks

Trading up in the draft is how the Jets got both Revis and Keller. It is also how the Giants got Manning. There is nothing wrong with trading up if you get a player who produces. The problem is when you trade up for a guy like Stephen Hill who had no production in high school or college. That is just plain gambling - much more so than when we traded up for Revis who was dominant in college and had all the intangibles you hope for

juunit
juunit

@djf1 

I could maybe see packaging our two 3rd rounders to move up into the 2nd. Otherwise, I agree and don't expect us to trade up earlier than that. 

djf1
djf1

@GhostofBrowningNagle yeah, no thanks to expanding the playoffs. 

less playoff teams is what makes every NFL game so meaningful.

GhostofBrowningNagle
GhostofBrowningNagle

i would rather see them axe the division nonsense and just take the top 6 teams in each conference.

jetlife
jetlife

@nesboogie 

I thought Idzik's strategy was


1: BPA

2: BPA

3: BPA

3: BPA

4: BPA

bob
bob

@MarshRandy


So good to see ya  MarshRandy  we missed ya buddy

juunit
juunit

@nesboogie 

People like credit card fraud? Amaro was arrested for it last year...

Bent
Bent

@jake100  I know you'll just dispute anything I say because "analysts" say otherwise.  So...here's what Cimini says:


"The sack total (47) looks bad on paper, but it's deceiving because many of them resulted from Smith's inexperience. Truth be told, the line was solid, gaining traction in the running game over the final two months. The weakest link was rookie left guard Winters. The other four played well."


For once he's right.

djf1
djf1

@kevino I think one god FA and one early pick is what most of us are hoping for.

joemustgo
joemustgo

Drafting Hill in the second round was gambling. Trading up to do it was irresponsible.

bklyndude
bklyndude

@jaygo @djf1 The only time to trade up in the first round is for a franchise QB or a player that could put the team over the top as a true contender.

Trading up in round two or three is probably how to get the most out of the extra picks the Jets have if they want to move up in the draft.

djf1
djf1

@jaygo@djf1 yeah, but we have 12 picks, and there's no way we can realistically keep them all.

MarshRandy
MarshRandy

@djf1 @MarshRandy yea, I'm a big tweeter but didn't wanna link my account so I just created a dummy account for this

Bent
Bent

@jaygo @jake100 JayGo - What PFF do is NOT "stats".  They've literally watched every single snap and graded every player based on what happened.  Just because the end product is a number, that doesn't make it the same as sack numbers or other limited statistics, because it is based on qualitative analysis. 


Besides, if anything, the PFF numbers understate how good the individual linemen because they don't account for the knock-on impact of the two rookies at LG and QB.

Bent
Bent

@jaygo @jake100 A guard picked 18th is certainly easier to stomach than one that gets picked 9th.

djf1
djf1

@Bent@jake100 is there a breakdown of who is responsible for those sacks by position?

juunit
juunit

@Brendan@nesboogie 

I'm starting to think it might have to be Allen Robinson at 18. I'm cool with that though. He's big and can make plays.

bklyndude
bklyndude

@a57se @bklyndude  The early picks are the hardest to screw up

Yet teams do…

And I agree the rest of the draft can determine how good an evaluator the GM is,  but it usually takes a few years to know about those picks.  

At the moment Winters has started a bunch of games and has flashed some ability after a really rough beginning and Chris Ivory has shown to be a good player.

I just think when you say he could have done a lot better, you are being a pretty tough on Idzik.

bklyndude
bklyndude

@a57se @bklyndude I think if you don't make a big mistake early and come away with two potential Pro Bowl type players which I think Millner and Richardson can become,  the draft has to be considered pretty good.

And if Geno continues to improve,  not saying he will,  but he seems to have shown enough to continue as a potential answer at QB,  then he could be another decent pick, especially for a 2nd rounder.

Bent
Bent

@a57se @juunit I'd say the 5th and 6th make the most sense to trade because you have an extra pick at the start of (well, before) each of those rounds.

juunit
juunit

@a57se@juunit 

I don't honestly believe a team is going to take 6th and 7th rounders to let us move up in the 2nd or 3rd round very far. Maybe if it's the team picking immediately before us and they don't want the player we're gonna take. 

While I didn't like Tanny, he never entered a draft with an extra 3rd and four compensation picks either. 


Also, don't forget that compensation picks come at the end of the round. So basically that 4th rounder is the only one with a decent value as it's basically a 5th rounder. The two 7ths literally just guarantee two UDFAs of our choice will be in training camp.

Bent
Bent

@a57se @Bent Yes.  That's why you have to put things like PFF in the correct context.  In terms of how many sacks they gave up this year, Chris Clark is a better LT than D'Brickashaw Ferguson, but we know that's nowhere near true.

Bent
Bent

@a57se @Bent 1. Brick is terrific IMO.  He has a few years left.


2. Coverage sacks almost always are on the QB.  That's likely what most of the eight credited to Geno were classified as.


3. This is more difficult to determine.  Could be the center or just the nearest man, but yes the QB also could be at fault.  Tis better for PFF to treat those as unattributed than just guess whose fault it was though.


I'd imagine there are fewer unattributed sacks on those teams where the QB has great blitz recognition.  Not because those QBs would be at fault if it was a sack, but because they can get rid of it better.  Sure enough, Denver gave up 20 sacks and only four were unattributed.

Bent
Bent

@djf1 @Bent @jake100 Usually, you can get an unattributed coverage sack too though.  Sometimes he might have made the right decision to scramble but it would still end up being credited as a sack if he doesn't get back to the line.  

Bent
Bent

@djf1 @Bent @jake100 This is inexact because if (say) Winters gets beat and Smith steps up and Howard's man sacks him, then Howard will get "credited" with the sack and Winters a pressure.  That's why the pass blocking grades are often a better indicator because on such a play Winters would probably get the worse grade.


Anyway per PFF:


Winters 10

Brick/Geno 8

Bohanon/Howard/Ducasse 2

Colon/Powell/Ivory 1

Unattributed 11 (unblocked rusher or coverage sack)


Note: Mangold = 0

Bent
Bent

@jake100 @Bent It all hinges on Winters getting better.  If Winters continues to struggle (and the recent uptick was shown to be an aberration) then that's going to continue to bring the rest of the line down.  I would hope they wouldn't continue to start him if that was the case, because upgrading wouldn't be that difficult.


Obviously bringing back Colon and Howard is a priority.


And losing Vlad (a legitimately solid utility depth guy) would create one more need.

juunit
juunit

@Brendan@juunit 

My personal thinking is I don't really like Evans. But, yeah, wouldn't be surprised if he was also gone before 18. The Ravens are clearly in need of a WR.

Watkins and Lee are both top 10 honestly. Watkins vs. Lee is a much more credible debate than most people understand. The difference is, Lee had an off year this year and Watkins had an off year last year. So all the what have you done for me lately people put Watkins on a different level, which is wrong. NFL scouts won't though.

Brendan
Brendan

@juunit Is the thinking here that Watkins goes top-10, then Evans/Lee don't make it past Buffalo/Gmen/Baltimore/Pitt?