Daily Links: Take a little here, add a little there

  • The Jets will “adjust” ticket prices in 2014. [NFP]
  • What are the Jets top positions of need going into the draft? [USAToday]
  • Boozer: “I know this club will get back there” [Jets Official Site]
  • In case you didn’t know, the Jets need receivers. [NJ]
  • More on the coaching additions of Eric Smith and Tony Sparano, Jr. [NFP]



38 comments
Jeff E. Guy
Jeff E. Guy

GOD D4MN JETS!!  How many times are they gonna raise ticket prices? If Woody Johnson ever worked a day, he'd have more sympathy for the average fan. 

a57se
a57se

Darn, just read that little piece on Sparano and Smith.....here I thought all Smith ever did was miss tackling Tim Tebow and get fined for illegal hits to the head!

johnnyl65
johnnyl65

I find the so called need for a top TE to be a very overrated position . Name me the top TE's then name the QB's who throw to them. We don't have that caliber QB for one and which of those top TE's has made such a difference in their team winning them a Superbowl. You just can't convince me thata top TE has any worth without a future HOF QB throwing to him. Give me a Good all around TE chosen in the third rd. or later any day.

levi
levi

While the article on Smith and Sparano is nothing earth shattering I find it funny that the Ravens beat writers get a lot of info about the Jets and they report it as if they respect us. Unlike the local media who cant write a story without taking a jab with snarky comments about the team.

a57se
a57se

@Marcus Armstrong  

 A play like this tells me that Beckham can help a team in a short timing game with heavy west coast principles or a vertical game that relies on a lot of play action. His versatility as a receiver is just as important as his versatility as a football player.

My favorite line from this piece and the main reason I like Beckham so much. He is a perfect fit for our offense.


SackDance99
SackDance99

@johnnyl65 BB considers it the most underrated position in the draft and has drafted several TEs in the first and second round during his tenure and the Pats may have drafted more TEs during the BB era than any other team.  Plus, TE is often an important safety valve for any QB.  Not that it matters, but none of the Raiders' SB-winning QBs are in the HOF (and, IMO, it's a travesty that Stabler isn't); yet, Dave Casper and then Todd Christenson were keg cogs to the Raiders' passing game.  And, Shannon Sharpe was the best receiver on both his Denver and Raven championship teams (Elway, HOF'er; Trent Dilfer, um, no).

Brendan
Brendan

@johnnyl65  My issue with your post is the QB argument. You need both, so while I agree that TEs need QB's....so do WR's. Larry Fitz put up crappy stats when he had crappy QB's throwing to him, that's the case with all players, elite to entry-level. 


I think there are some good talents in the mid-rounds (I really like Gilmore from Colorado State), but if they took Ebron in R1? I'm not exactly going to be upset. As long as they are upgrading the talent of the offense somewhere I'll be happy. 


But the QB argument can't be applied to just TE, it applies to any receiving position, and I don't see people making this argument for the WR's. 

levi
levi

@johnnyl65  Apparently a good all around TE isnt so easy to find in the third or everyone would have one. whens the last time we had a TE who could run block, pass protect and also catch the ball?

johnnyl65
johnnyl65

@jake100  Dumb idea,no way do we have a player not under contract worthy of a franchise tag salary.

Brendan
Brendan

@Johnsbodybyvi Ledo  March 11th is the start of the new league year. The team will have 3-4 days before that to negotiate with its pending UFA's (like Howard). 

Brendan
Brendan

@jake100  Who is saying that, Joey? The USA Today article? 


I know this might come as a shock to you, coming from me, but I would probably say that you know this team's needs better than Lorenzo Reyes. No offense to Mr. Reyes, but I don't think he really watches much Jets football and he doesn't really have an idea about what the team is going to do moving forward. We don't necessarily know, either, but we at least can list Holmes, Sanchez and Cro as probable cuts. We also know that Rex LOVES corners, and his defense needs man-cover corners to be successful. 


Don't just buy into everything you read, dude, you actually probably know this team better than the guy who wrote that USA Today article.

Brendan
Brendan

@levi  They didn't spend years and years assembling a case against Rex, so of course they'll report things fairly. In fact, I bet some of those guys miss good 'ol Rexy. 

johnnyl65
johnnyl65

@levi  That's why scouts matter more than the players being picked themselves. Invest more in the guys picking and evaluating  the talent and you get a better product on the field.

Brendan
Brendan

@johnnyl65 The reason I can come up with is to make sure Howard doesn't talk to other teams while they work out a longer-term contract, basically using the tag for exclusivity and nothing more. But hopefully that isn't necessary. 

levi
levi

@a57se Yup, while he wasnt spectacular he was well rounded and we havent had that in a long time.

johnnyl65
johnnyl65

@levi  The right guy knows how to spot the right guys to hire.

levi
levi

@johnnyl65  Sure, every team would love great scouts and would probably pay well for them. Im not sure where to find these guys though.

a57se
a57se

@johnnyl65  

I'm with you Johnny....a team would be very wise to invest in good scouts.

Brendan
Brendan

@johnnyl65 The issue with franchising a RT is they don't differentiate between tackles. If there was a "RT" designation for franchise tag? I'd have no issue with giving it to Howard. But paying him like a top-5 LT is just insanity, I'd agree with you there. 

johnnyl65
johnnyl65

@Brendan @johnnyl65  My first point if we're willing to use a franchise tag the player should at least be top ten at his position since we are willing to pay that and Austin is clearly not.

Brendan
Brendan

@johnnyl65 I agree in principle, but there are less than 32 quality starting RT's in the NFL, and the Jets currently have one. If it's a small headache in order to have peace of mind at the RT spot for 3-4 years? Worth it. If the guy wants to get paid like a LT or something? That's a different story. 

johnnyl65
johnnyl65

@Brendan @johnnyl65  True and  if it becomes too problematic you move on. That has always been a business philosophy of mine that if it's overly problematic before you start, move on a contentious start always leads to a problematic relationship. 

Brendan
Brendan

@johnnyl65  Oh, I absolutely think he will have that stuff packaged and arriving at 12:01 or whatever the first minute they can arrive is. Idzik will have his ducks in a row, but he still needs the other half of that negotiation to agree, and if he doesn't, well...that could be problematic. 

a57se
a57se

@Brendan @johnnyl65 

You mean they can't negotiate with Howard before that 3 day window? How did Chicago sign Slauson and Cutler?

johnnyl65
johnnyl65

@Brendan @johnnyl65  If Idzik is any good he's already got proposals and counter proposals ready to go for any of the players he wishes to get signed. 

Brendan
Brendan

@johnnyl65 They have a 3-day window of exclusive negotiations before UFA starts. That's not a lot of time, really. 

johnnyl65
johnnyl65

@Brendan @johnnyl65  A franchise tag isn't needed to work out a long term deal they have plenty of time to get that done. I like Austin and want him back on the roster but I don't see any need to use the FT to do it.It tells Austin's reps he's worth top ten salary at his position and I think we can agree he's not.

bklyndude
bklyndude

@Brendan @jake100  

Before the internet, the job was to report things about the team, which everybody would read the next day.

Now with twitter and such,  there's not much to report the next day except to repeat things.   So the need to create stuff began with the very competitive NY media.  It has become about getting clicks on websites sadly.

Brendan
Brendan

@jake100 It's just something I see many fans do, and I'm guilty of it myself at times. We just trust these guys at their word because they work for a "real" paper or website or whatever. I mean, I think you would agree that Bent does as thorough a job of analyzing the NFL as anyone you've seen on the internet, but he's at TJB. Not ESPN, NFLN, USA Today, the NYP or NYDN...and I've seen it be similar for many fan bases. 


For the record, I don't really think it's that fans are getting smarter, I think it's that we're being exposed to the truth that most beat writers are nothing more than people like us with media credentials. Very few of them have higher football IQs than fans.