Daily Links: Been there, done that

  • Decker knows about QB controversies [Daily News]
  • UDFA market was an afterthought [ESPN New York]
  • Market for guys like Keller and Finley (and Reed?) set to pick up? [ESPN NFL Nation]
  • Andy Reid calls Marty Mornhinweg “a heck of a coach” [Yahoo!]
  • Second year spotlight: Geno Smith [NFP]



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tsjc68
tsjc68

Q: With everyone engaged in a semantic debate on whether the Jets' quarterback competition is open or closed (let's call it semi-closed), let me pose this question: Why not make it a truly open competition and bill it as such?


A:  Because we're not stupid, Rich.


Yes, Geno Smith showed promise at the end of last season, but he doesn't have enough pelts on the wall to be granted front-runner status. 


What he does have is youth, upside, and talent.  That matters more than "pelts", and youth/talent/upside is more than enough to grant front-runner status.


True, Michael Vick arrived in town with baggage (age, durability and turnover concerns), but his body of work warrants a 50-50 shot at the starting job. 


No, it warrants a roster spot and first-crack at replacing Smith if/when Smith falters, nothing more.  Especially since when he was brought in, it was made clear to him that "You're not going to get a 50-50 shot at the starting job" and he was good with that condition (or he wouldn't have signed here, he would have waited out for a better opportunity like Houston or Oakland).


Not only would an open competition eliminate confusion, but it would create a "best-man-wins" scenario. 


Which isn't something that is in the best interests of the team.  The best interests of the team is to develop Geno Smith into a top-shelf NFL QB, and the team is committed to doing that.  Vick isn't here to supplant Geno, he's here to hedge the Geno bet.


And, for the record, the only person still "confused" by this situation is you, Richard.

The Jets are traveling down a slippery slope by tilting it in Smith's favor, because there's a good possibility Vick will outplay him in the preseason. Then what? 


Then we'll have the security of knowing we have a perfectly capable NFL QB at the ready to insert midseason if/when Geno struggles in real-game conditions and we're ready to finally pull the plug and focus on winning now/finding a new QBOTF.  Sounds nice, doesn't it?


Everybody knows the expression, "You can't have your cake and eat it, too." It applies to the Jets' quarterback situation. In their case, you can't have your competition and have a predetermined favorite, especially when the other guy might be better. You're just asking for trouble. 


Trouble from you, Rich, sure.  The team doesn't really give a crap about what you think, though, Oh Great Sage of Capology.


The team would have an actual problem on their hands (and not just one of your made-up ones like "how can they afford all these rookies?!?) if Vick the veteran was actually one to make a stink about being the backup (even if he's nominally better), but he's on board with the good soldier routine, and the rest of the team seems on board as well.  You can't have a much of a QB controversy if the backup knows he's supposed to be the backup and is okay with being the backup and knows part of his job responsibility is helping the young guy get better.

bonozoffa
bonozoffa

I love how the NY Daily News both continues it's "QB mess" narrative and gets to mention Tim Tebow. In muckraking, trash journalism, that's a double score.

jaygo
jaygo

Today's Chrome-ent (thanks Bent):


Nothing new today after yesterday's thrilling gallop, so let's go back in time and get the goosebumps watching Secretariat take the Triple Crown back in 1973:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vfCMtaNiMDM


Says here we get the next Miracle On Dirt next Saturday.

levi
levi

C'mon Bent I want that BGA. I can see it on Facebook but cant read it!!

bradysucks
bradysucks

The Patriots have some excellent cornerbacks (Revis, Browner, McCourty). The Jets were wise to draft Jace Amaro at TE. Back when the Jets had the best cornerbacks in the NFL the Patriots would win by throwing to the TE's and avoiding Revis and Cromartie as much as possible. When the Jets play the Pats I'd be throwing most of my passes to Amaro, Cumberland, Chris Johnson, and Jalen Saunders (who is a speed mismatch in the slot)

kniff
kniff

If Keller goes to New England, I just won't be able to stand it...

Revis/Keller as Pats? 

Yuck!

mrblint
mrblint

The patriot article was actually quite interesting. Particularly how the pats keep promoting offensives coordinators from within. Basically the offense remains the same even if the coaches change. Continuity is a QBs best friend. This is how a defensive minded head coach has managed to maintain consistent excellence from his star QB through all these coaching changes. Now that Rex has a good offensive coordinator he would be wise the groom his eventual replacement from within.

r_in_ct
r_in_ct

@jaygo This is my all-time favorite sports clip! "He's moving like ... a TREMENDOUS MACHINE." Great call ... I get goosebumps every time I watch this.

When people talk about great sports performances, for me, this is always in the discussion. Not only does Secretariat rise up at the most important moment of his career, but just absolutely crushes every competitor—he set a world record and was even still pulling away at the end! You felt as though he could've kept running forever. Crazy awesome. 

Just absolute and utter dominance.

Brendan
Brendan

@levi I dunno, but I saw the link on Twitter and thought I had some great Sunday morning coffee reading. HMPH, I say. 

levi
levi

@bradysucks  Is McCourtny still playing Safety? Revis will shut down Decker but Browner cant cover Hill. Amaro and Kerley should be able to get open too.

Bent
Bent moderator

@jake100 I'll give you 14 guesses how many regular season snaps Matt Slauson had before moving into the starting lineup in his second season.

kniff
kniff

@jake100 We've both been sounding the alarm on here for months!! I'm more concerned now than before for our O line!!

levi
levi

@Brendan Im really looking forward to this new series.

MarshRandy
MarshRandy

@levi @bradysucks yea McCourty is a safety. A good one. Guys like Kerley/hopefully Saunders are tough covers for any corner

bradysucks
bradysucks

@jake100 @kniff


Keller was great with Favre before Favre got injured in 2008................


Keller had a few okay seasons with Mark Sanchez who was (and is) one of the worst QB's in NFL history.....Don't believe me? Check his stats......Sanchez just lucked out getting drafted by a Jets team that was talented enough to win a few superbowls.......(which perhaps they would have done with a few home field playoff gamess and a better passing game)...


Keller and Brady and Gronk would be scary if Keller is truly healthy

Brendan
Brendan

@kniff You realize Colon will be ready well before TC, right? 

kniff
kniff

@jake100 What was your quote last year? Something like "As your O line goes, so goes your Offense."

Brendan
Brendan

@levi Looks like it's up on the main page now. 

levi
levi

@MarshRandy  The Pats are looking pretty well stacked. Definitely gonna be tough games.

kniff
kniff

@bradysucks @jake100 @kniff Still with ya' on that one bro...


Sometimes I feel like requesting that you change your handle to "Sanchez Sucks" lol

williamg1
williamg1

@Brendan @kniff But will he stay healthy. Betting he can make it through 16 games isn't a bet I'd take. 

Brendan
Brendan

@williamg1 I wouldn't, either. But Colon going down midseason would at least give the backup (Dozier, hopefully) a chance to get acclimated. Practicing against the Jets' DL is the best prep you could hope for, so if someone shows it in practice I have faith they can in the games against other teams. 


If this injury took place during the season I could see Colon playing through it. It doesn't seem like it was serious at all. 

kniff
kniff

@jake100 @kniff Never thought we'd be crying for Vlad back...yikes!


And to think the Giants even found a way to lock down Geoff Schwartz...sigh