The Rundown: From boos to boss

I have a confession. Back on Draftmas 2013, I panicked.

When Roger Goodell announced the Jets thirteenth selection of Sheldon Richardson, I had done almost no research on defensive line players because … well? Um, they just drafted two D-linemen in the last two first rounds of the draft!

Surely they wouldn’t go back there again?!?

Offensive linemen, receivers, outside linebackers, running backs, cornerbacks, tight ends … I knew them all. But if the last name wasn’t Lotulelei, you could have counted me out.

And as I usually do, I filmed the moment in Radio City Music Hall for posterity.

As I listened to the howls and boos through the screen of my iPhone, my worry didn’t fade. Fans didn’t seem fond of the selection and I obviously didn’t know what to think. With needs almost everywhere else on the team besides defensive line, the pick of Sheldon Richardson caused me to look for answers from anyone willing to offer them.

I sat back down at my desk on the floor of Radio City Music Hall stunned. I blurted out to the media folks on my row, “someone help me know what to think of this pick.”

I got some smirks, but Eric Galko of Optimum Scouting sat to my left and didn’t skip a beat.

Sheldon Richardson, Roger Goodell

“Fantastic college player … he’s an athletic freak,” Galko said evenly. “He was the number one defensive play maker on our board. He’s going to be a great fit for Rex Ryan and that defense.”

I got some more details from Galko (read his full report here) that made me feel more at ease, but I still felt like the Jets might have been wise to use that pick to bolster real areas of deficiency. My concerns began to ebb, but there was still some dubiousness. It was good to hear the enthusiasm about the pick, Eric is a guy who dedicates his time to studying the college game and how that transition to the NFL works. But with a host of unanswered question marks on the team, here’s what I wrote about the Richardson within 24 hours of the selection, leaning immediately to the practical applications:

Will the Jets play more four man fronts with a guy like Richardson?  You’d think so.  Will he play three downs in year one?  Maybe not, but the idea of having a high motor one-gapper who can play all over the line coming off the bench on passing downs — at a minimum in 2013 — is a frightening notion.  Defensive lines routinely shuttle players in and out and having a rip-roaring player like Richardson is going to suit them well.  Do I still think the Jets should consider an edge rusher?  Absolutely, but at the same time grabbing a player like Richardson was a value pick for a team like the Jets.  I think there’s a sense of disappointment that the Jets have yet to upgrade their offense, but I see that coming today for the Jets.  

Hours later, across the street at the SNY studios, Corey and I were able to interview Richardson for the podcast later that night. Richardson was affable, confident and eager to play for Rex Ryan. With a massive extended family in tow, he was almost impossible to not immediately like. We dubbed the Jets DL the ill-fated moniker of “Truck Series” (which lost by a wide margin to the more zeitgeisty Sons of Anarchy) and as camps picked up Sheldon started to adjust to the NFL by playing in multiple roles for Ryan. He honed two-gapping techniques. As he told us during training camp, he learned lots from Muhammad Wilkerson, Quinton Coples and Coach Dunbar.

Nowadays? Any concerns about Sheldon Richardson have been removed by a dominant rookie performance. The only boos from Jets fans regarding Richardson would be those if he doesn’t win the rookie of the year award.  

Erik Manassy did a great job pointing out, on Jets Twit, how much the national perspective on Richardson’s season has changed in just eight months.

Ryan Alfieri wrote on The Sports Daily that Richardson deserves the honor over other players:

There were a handful of quality rookie defenders this season, including Buffalo Bills linebacker Kiko Alonso and Atlanta Falcons cornerback Marcus Trufant. They were impact players for their respective teams and deserve recognition for their play.

Richardson, however, was more than just an “impact” player—he set a new standard for 3-4 defensive end play for rookies. His teammate, Muhammad Wilkerson, is known as one of the best at stopping the run from the 3-4 defensive end position, but Richardson actually outplayed him in that area. What he has been able to do in just one season has not been matched since J.J. Watt in 2011, (who coincidentally plays the same position as Richardson).

Alfieri also includes some excellent Vines that we had to include for their sheer awesomeness.

In this play, he throws first year center Peter Konz (66) of the Falcons out of the way to get into the backfield to help stuff the ballcarrier.

First year player? Big deal! How about against a seasoned veteran who just signed a $48 million deal as a free agent with the Titans, like say Andy Levitre?

Also, here’s a nice one of him from a post we did in September of Sheldon chasing down a Patriots ballcarrier from behind after streaking through the line.

Does Sheldon Richardson deserve the award? Jets fans would say yes, but even independent observers like the NFL.com Around the League crew feel like he was a worthy candidate.

After Richardson said in December he thought he deserved to be re-drafted number one overall, one of the NFL’s toughest critics Doug Farrar wrote a glowing report that backed up the rookie’s claim on SI.com.

… the tape is where Richardson’s outstanding play really comes into focus. And as good as Lotulelei and Floyd may be throughout their careers, I’d argue that in Richardson, the Jets got the league’s best rookie in 2013, regardless of position. He’s currently SI.com’s front-runner for DROY, where he’s been most of the season.

The Jets have a history of DROY winners. Erik McMillan won it back in 1988, Hugh Douglas won it in 1995 and then Jonathan Vilma did it the last time in 2004. Richardson knows the award is out of his hands and in the end it doesn’t really matter because he is the DROY regardless of what a cabal of nebbish reporters place on paper ballots.

Asked if he would tip himself to be named the NFL’s top defensive rookie, Richardson said, “I don’t care, I am that. Even if I don’t win it, I am that. You can’t tell me anything different.”

Winning the award would be a nice feather in the cap of an 8-8 season filled with ups and downs, but the truth is that whether Richardson wins the award, the Jets and Richardson are the winners. The dynamic playmaker is going to be on this team causing chaos for the Jets for at least three more years — and hopefully far beyond that.

So, even if another name surfaces when the award is announced, we instead will take a cue from the Jets rookie. We want to be the first to congratulate Sheldon Richardson on winning the Sheldon Richardson Rookie of the Year award.

It is the only one that we can be sure actually matters.

99 comments
here2win
here2win

this is why u dont go nuts at the draft....good or bad.

rstysanchz
rstysanchz

the gif of sheldon running across the line to tackle the patriots back behind LOS is scary how fast he is

Skels Ton
Skels Ton

does it not feel like media pundits always blow the jets off, thats because when you have certain reporters that are more critical and negitive written for the team compounded with outside media pundits dwarfing the team everything is overlooked. revis had a caliber year as a jet in 2009, no he did not win defensive m.v.p. rex will never win coach of the year, not even in 2009 as a rookie coach, leading the best defense and a rookie rb,rookie qb. you think idzik wins gm of the year. despite that draft. in 2 years we will look like seattle. just like kermit the frog said it aint easy being GREEN

a57se
a57se

Since this is about Draftmas 2013, it is only appropriate to put a 2014 Draft wish mock up for the Jets!

Here Goes:


Round 1 Marquise Lee WR, USC

Round 2 Kyle Van Noy OLB, BYU

Round 3 (TB) CJ Fiedorowicz TE, Iowa

Round 3 Paul Richardson, WR Colorado

Round 4 Marion Grice, RB Ariz. St.

Round 4 Comp Donte Montcrief, WR Ole Miss

Round 5 Terrence Brooks, FS, Fla. St.

Round 5 Comp Colt Lyerla, TE Ore.

Round 6 Preston Brown, ILB Lousville

Round 7 Carrington Byndom, CB Texas

Round 7 COMP Jeff Matthews, QB Cornell

Round 7 COMP Kadeem Edwards, OG Tenn. St.

djf1
djf1

How do you write an extremely first person piece and not sign your name??

C'mon, man.


jake100
jake100

I feel he deserves rookie of the year, but it will not be the end of the world if he does not get it. We all know what a team player he is and the massive force he is out there on the line. I am after wins and a real run. We all know certain things are biased, and the real fans know the true deal. I view him already as the top rookie.

williamg1
williamg1

Bosshog didn't deserve Rookie of the Year Award because he didn't look, play or carry himself like a rookie. 

a57se
a57se

Love the GIF's but would really love to see someone put together a Highlight reel for the D'line! That would be a lot of fun to watch!

C.B.Cooper
C.B.Cooper

Great post, Bassett.  I can't wait for May.

levi
levi

Awesome GIFs.

NYCPEinGermany
NYCPEinGermany

Nice post - nothing beats your videod reaction to Sanchez being picked, though

__fense
__fense

 The beat writers for every other team in the league (with very few exceptions) are fans of the team they cover, and are writing for fans of the teams they cover. This leads to a bias towards the team in everything they write. Then the national media takes it's cues from the beat writers who spend every day with the team, but the national media knows that there's a bias there, and so it puts a slightly negative spin on it, to cancel out the positive spin the beat writers are giving out. 


Unfortunately, with the Jets, the beat writers are largely Giants fans, and are writing to an audience that's mainly Giants fans. In most cities, if you're negative, you get run out of town, but here, you don't get any page views unless you're being negative. Then the national media sees all of the Jets beat writers bashing the Jets all the time and assume that the truth is even worse, because almost every other team's beat writers are positive, so the nation media makes the story sound even worse. 


That's how you get ranked last in power rankings, get players snubbed for every award, and get officials throwing flags at every opportunity. It all lines up with the existing narrative, so no one ever thinks to question it.

levi
levi

 dude, you have no name?

here2win
here2win

@a57se

Colt Lyerla is this years Vontaze Burfict....in fact Lyerla might have a worse image then Burfict i dont think he gets drafted.

dabronx
dabronx

@a57se I really like Van Noy. However, I think he'll be a first rounder. Also, I really like the WR from Wisconsin, Jarred Abbrederis. Good selections, Colt Lyerla is a sleeper. Worth a shot - first round talent with baggage. I would throw in Jimmy Garropollo and Billy Tuner into the mix. 

Zartan
Zartan

Ill, that's all u can muster.

djf1
djf1

looks like it was Bassett - it just doesn't say that anywhere, at least on the mobile view.

bklyndude
bklyndude

@williamg1

I thought it was because of his low TD numbers, which for a Defensive Lineman wasn't too bad.

Bent
Bent moderator

@a57se Did you see the Harrison highlight reel yet?

Brian Bassett
Brian Bassett moderator

@NYCPEinGermany haha ... ah man ... I wish that Anthony DeRosa still had a copy and YouTube didn't scrub his account for copyright violations ... sigh ... 

Bent
Bent moderator

@jake100 So leave a comment there saying that then.

a57se
a57se

@__fense 

You had me nodding in agreement until you mentioned officials throwing flags at every opportunity........

a57se
a57se

@djf1 

I knew it was Bassett.

Bent even said it was Bassett in the comments.

levi
levi

@brendan Maybe its Cory incognito. No relation to Richie.

levi
levi

@Brendan I was thinking Thunderdome..."Its...Its the man with no name."

djf1
djf1

yes, I realize it's not much of a mystery, 

just saying the post should have BB's name on it.  Not everyone here is a regular.

djf1
djf1

@levi@Bent  Jets DL aren't allowed to fall on the QB.

 - NFL


a57se
a57se

@levi@Bent 

If 68 was here this would turn into a full blown Snack-fest!

levi
levi

@Bent I like it, well almost. I think that move where he grabs a guy and falls forward with all his weight on them should be called "snackcaking". If he got ahold of Brady it would have been a "Snackbreaking" play for the Pats.

a57se
a57se

@Bent 

Snack Cake is just fine.

Great Video!

BTW, Brady did that a few times that game.....

Bent
Bent moderator

@levi @Bent Would that be a snacky cake?

levi
levi

@Bent Brady was wise to take a dive. Snacks was gonna "pancake" him.

Zartan
Zartan

To add to that, I'm one who does it at times but im mire interested in Boss Hog and the coments on him , not thinking if a 2nd link. Had it been a lacking post, may have linked up.

Bent
Bent moderator

@a57se Ivory's big run from his endzone against the Saints.


Winters made some much more effective blocks down the stretch.

Bent
Bent moderator

@bklyndude @Bent @bradysucks 


I don't know that it was more, you just probably noticed him more than Vlad because early in the year he was screwing it up every time and later in the year it was one area where he had a bit of success.

a57se
a57se

@bklyndude@Bent@bradysucks 

Yeah, he missed most of those blocks as well......

The best was a play where he pulled and did manage to get in the way a little bit and the runner went for a big gain and the TV crew was praising Winters for his block while the replay was being shown yet you can see that Winters is turned the wrong way, stumbling and late.

Bent will remember this one as we commented on it in the BGA.

bklyndude
bklyndude

@Bent @bradysucks Winters had a tough time when he wasn't getting help from Mangold.

I thought they pulled more with Winters.. 

Did that have any significant effect on the running game.

Bent
Bent moderator

@bradysucks I love John B but I couldn't have disagreed more strongly with the article.  The basis for saying Winters was a better run blocker than Vlad was that the yards per carry went up.  However, that was almost entirely down to Ivory (Powell's went DOWN significantly until the last few weeks) and most of Ivory's long runs involved him breaking a tackle, usually from Winters' man after he missed his block.


That missed the mark entirely in respect of cause and effect.  Winter was absolutely terrible as a run blocker this year, with play after play after play being well blocked by everyone else but blown up because he couldn't do his job and Vlad was actually good.


The running game wasn't that good with Vlad in there (other than the Bills game) but that had a lot to do with the line as a group looking to gel.  Yes, that affected Winters in the early games too, but things got worse...no question.

djf1
djf1

@jake100@Bent what's the point of a fresh start if you act exactly like you did before? 

harold
harold

Winters is not better than Vlad right now. 

That is simply wrong.  He may become better, but he is not better right now.

a57se
a57se

@bradysucks 

I am not very impressed with GGN's analysis.....I stopped reading the Wilson post after a couple paragraphs because it was ridiculous.

bradysucks
bradysucks

Gang Green Nation wrote a great article on why Winters is better than Vlad.

Since everybody here trashes Winters and loves Vlad the benchwarmer maybe some of Winter's many critics on the Jets blog should give it a read :)

rkymtnjet
rkymtnjet

@jake100 @Bent Instead of feeding the troll, lets just ban him. He provides no useful substance to this blog. He is annoying, childish, and just doesn't get it. Let him go elsewhere. Push the bozo button.

jake100
jake100

@Bent @jake100 

I actually changed my handle after a long layoff here as I lost my earlier password. I wanted to come back with a fresh start, not to intentionally deceive, yes I denied it the first time but it was for that reason. The other time I changed it was because of the format change, and another time there was a glitch in the new system and it would not let me log in, so I had to change it again. I admit, I denied it the first change, but I just wanted a fresh start, again not to deceive. The rest were computer issues. I do understand though that I will never get the benefit of any doubt. What I will alter is letting the thread go on much longer before I bring in a new subject. That is a good point and I apologize, but again, it was not intentional, just poor judgement.

Bent
Bent moderator

@a57se How is namecalling helpful?  Please edit or delete this comment.

Bent
Bent moderator

@jake100 @Bent Maybe people would show you more respect if you hadn't repeatedly changed your name, posted under false alises, had conversations with yourself, campaigned for readers to go to another site, criticized the discussion in the comments for being flat and outright lied when confronted about doing all of the above.


Just a thought...

jake100
jake100

@a57se @jake100 @Bent 

I dont get offended at your personal attack on me calling me a moron 57, but if I called someone a moron on here, I would never here the end of it, it is, what it is. I take things from the source.

jake100
jake100

@a57se 

Good point, I will now wait a longer amount of time before diverging slightly from the topic, you are never to old to learn, good point 57!

jake100
jake100

@Bent 


The blog is awesome!!!!! Relax. We all share different perspectives! If I share other Jets info, I am chided, if I post too much I am chided, if I give constructive critiques on the Jets that differ from the mainstream, I am admonished, if I respond to more than one poster with my consistent opinions on the same topic, I am called repetitive, you cant make this stuff up, lol

a57se
a57se

@Bent 

Joey does have a valid point about posting in the older threads though in this case, the Daily links thread is still very active.

The part Joey ignores is that this has happened many times in the past. I remember a Bent analytical post going up (this was BEFORE Joeyboy left the bLog) and after no more than 10 comments, joeyboy had posted a link to a different analysis on a similar subject and Bent got pretty pissed. Joey was basically Shatting on Bent.

juunit
juunit

@Bent 

The Bozo button is right there. You know you want to press it. 

Bent
Bent moderator

Do you walk round restaurants handing out bags of chips?  Do you go to gigs and unplug the sound system and blast your ghetto blaster at 100 decibels?  Do you go to church and pass out dinosaur DVD's?


If the blog isn't good enough for you at sharing different perspectives on the team, then go comment on another one.  These people are here to read TJB not joeyboy.com



jake100
jake100

@a57se @Bent @jake100 

With this format, there is no notification to see what you post on another thread and mostly everyone has left the older threads, so in essence, it will fall on deaf ears.

jake100
jake100

@a57se @Bent 

If the blog here wants me to stop posting links, of course I will comply, but I think they give different perspectives and share Jets news. We can only talk so long about Boss hogs being a beast. Posters now have the choice of continuing to talk on Richardson, or expand on something else. My posting that article does not stop anything, it simply gives another choice to talk about another topic. Like I said, if the blog only wants posts on only the topic of the exact thread, I will comply, but I think that will cut down on conversation as you can only post so long on one topic, and many times I have seen others post about something else, and in my opinion that is a good thing because it keeps Jets conversation moving and refreshed, just my take on things. And Again, I have seen many posters do this, not just me, but I will get the penalty, lol

Brendan
Brendan

@Bent And it's one thing for another person who posts here to do it because they're legitimately excited about some good read they've stumbled upon. Joey does this in every thread on TJB. 

Bent
Bent moderator

@a57se @Bent @jake100 Yeah I would have no problem with that.  It's just disrespectful to Bassett's hard work IMO.

a57se
a57se

@Bent@a57se@jake100 

Ah, so if he had the sense to put it in the daily comments post, that would be cool?

I gotchas....

Brendan
Brendan

@Bent Wrist-slap ban him. Every time he posts a link like that, ban him for an hour. 2nd violation? 2 hours. 3rd? 3 hours. And so on. 

Bent
Bent moderator

@a57se @Bent @jake100 This is a post about Sheldon Richardson which Bassett clearly took a lot of time and effort to put together.  Joey's response?  Hey everyone, look at this great article about Kyle Wilson!  


The comment section is designed for fans to discuss and debate the articles we post, not Joeyboy's personal bulletin board.

jake100
jake100

@a57se @jake100 @Bent 


I was just sharing an encouraging article with us Jets fans. Look at the morning links which this site posts every morning with other very informative links and articles, its a good thing! It is all about sharing Jets news and other perspectives, not in anyway encouraging people to leave here, lol, that is foolish to think that. Many times I was asked to post a link that I commented on. 

Bent
Bent moderator

@a57se @jake100 @Bent No, that's not my issue.  I think all Jets fans should be visiting GGN on a regular basis.