TJB Year in Review: April 2013

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

Here’s a quick look at all the happenings from the Jets of the last year, month by month.  Next up, April 2013 …

Antwan Barnes was excited about reuniting with his old coach Rex Ryan and RFA Jeff Cumberland signed his tender as did Austin Howard.  Nolan Nawrocki got his hatchet job on, former GM Mike Tannenbaum took a new job as an agent and the Jets brought in safety Dawan Landry with a contract.  Chris Ivory’s arrival seemed inevitable after a restricted free agent visit with the Jets … at that point it was just haggling over the price of fish.  The Jets re-signed Calvin Pace … what with his ten sacks in retrospect a much better move than anticipated.

welcome-dee-sheldon

The Revis trade finally happened and we did some detailed writing on it.  Watching the fan reaction and then reacting to the trade ourselves and writing that the Bucs were in the running with themselves.  We also did what we hoped was a long form piece on Revis and the Jets — we were proud of this article.

Leading up to the draft, we took a peek at Dee Milliner.  Prior to the draft Dee said he felt like the Jets were a fit.  Draft insanity began.  The Jets might have liked EJ Manuel, rumors flew, WR Tavon Austin thought the Jets had a plan for him, more rumors flew.

The draft started and the Jets went defense, taking Dee Milliner (reax) and Sheldon Richardson (reax) in round one.  Watch their initial press conference. Corey and I got our mugs on screen reacting to the first round of the NFL Draft.  Things moved quickly on Day Two.  The Jets drafted Geno Smith and then finally signed Stephen Peterman in what must have been a contingency plan if they didn’t draft an early lineman while readying to trade for Chris Ivory.   They then drafted Brian Winters to close day two — whoop dee whoop.

We leared about the glory that is BOSS HOG!!!

Day three was back to the line, drafting Oday Aboushi (his second time as a Jet), Will Campbell and then Tommy Bohanon.  The Jets had a decent UDFA class following their draft.  The draft weekend finally did the inevitable after drafting Geno.

Brick restructured his deal and draft grades were handed out … grades that don’t agree with Rex’s A+ assessment.

Geno left his agency and there were concerns about what this meant for the Jets rookie quarterback.

Random stuff? Idzik knows his stuff, wrote SI’s Don Banks.  Bent predicted the value of Jaiquawn Jarrett.  The Jets hosted camp contender Stephen Peterman Former Jet OLB Bryan Thomas was in trouble with the law again.  Tone seemed like a goner in 2014 one way or another.




19 comments
ww85
ww85

Just a hypothetical, But what if Woody wants to keep Rex & Idzik wants to bring his own guy? Anyone think Idzik stands his ground & quits or does he just accept it? Or does Woddy just back down & let Idzik do what he wants?


My own opinion is that Woody promised Idzik that it would be Idzik's decision after one year with Rex. So I think Woody is backed into a corner & will have to go back on his word if he wants to keep Rex. I hope Woody keeps Rex at all costs, but I don't think it's an easy decision for him.

1969JAN12th
1969JAN12th

I've been trying to "logic-out" the "what will happen in the Rex sweepstakes" (although maybe logic is not the way to go). It seems to me that if we can beat the Fins on Sunday and go 8-8, then Idzik's replacement at HC damn well better go better then 8-8 in 2014 and get us to playoffs. Otherwise, it will be all on Idzik's head for making the change. A losing record will also be all on Idzik.

On the other hand, if Rex is extended for only one year, a non-playoff 2014 would fall on Rex, and; beloved by his players or not, Idzik would have mostly support for a change at HC. I also saw that a writer even suggested that with Rex' confidence he might even consider no extension and just play out his contract. A playoff appearance in 2014 would also pretty much guarantee Rex a big HC payday.In the category of most company guys always make sure  to cover their backside (Idzik) , I am leaning towards Rex will be the HC in 2014.But maybe I'm being too logical.

SackDance99
SackDance99

In the useless stat department, Milliner has more tackles (52-47), passes defensed (12-10) and only 1 less INT (1-2) than Revis.  Oh, and his salary is $13.7 million less ($2.3M to $16M).  Of course, with Revis, the Jets would've clinched a Wild Card berth by now, but if the plan is to build for the future, $13.7M is more than 10% of the cap.

johnnyl65
johnnyl65

I don't think any of us were happy with Milliners play most of the season  but I see a drastic improvement in his play over the last few weeks and am excited to see how much he improves with a full off season and a full camp next year.

bob
bob

LoL... I hope Winters turns into Whoop Dee Whoop Dee Do.

bob
bob

@ww85


I'm sure this will be a great debate between Woody and Idzik . Like to be a fly on the wall if it is a Rex content.

Zartan
Zartan

I'd stop being a fan,until he sales the team. Who would work for Woody?

__fense
__fense

@ww85 I don't think that that was the scenario, but Woody goes out of his way to not mess with the team whenever he can. What I think is that one of the things he was looking for in a GM candidate was that the person wanted Rex as a coach (and therefore recognized coaching talent), not that the person was willing to live with Rex for one year and then fire him anyway. Woody doesn't need a yes man, because he's so hands off. He hired someone else to find a GM, because he didn't trust himself to do it right. 


So if you're right, and Idzik took the job willing to sit through a year before firing Rex, then Woody would let him do it. He can't think he knows better than the GM after not thinking he knows enough to find a GM. Maybe I'm wrong about the first one, but I don't think I'd be wrong about both.


a57se
a57se

@ww85 

I would be the happiest Jets fan in the world if Idzik quit because Woody wouldn't let him fire Rex!!!!


a57se
a57se

@SackDance99 

Hmmm...I wonder how big the differential is in targets, receptions, benchings, TD's given up and Yards given up are between them?

I do get your point but you don't have to cherry pick stats to make your argument appear to be stronger then it already is.

 

bradysucks
bradysucks

@bob


Winters was better as rookie than Vlad was as a rookie. Winters at least saw the field and got some playing time. Brian Winters has been crucifed on this blog by many of the same fans who have relentlessly supported the ultra unproductive Stephen Hill who stinks and the Mr. Nobody entering his 5th season Vlad (nobody but Jets fan knows who he is - or cares) Ducasse.


Winters will have a better career than both of these guys.....despite the complaints of Jets fans....


As one of the few guys on this blog who said the Sheldon Richardson pick was a great pick on draft day (check the record)...you heard it here first......

Pat d
Pat d

I'm not so sure Woody is so hands off.

a57se
a57se

@__fense

Woody didn't hire a consulting firm to hire the GM for him. He hired the consulting firm to do a thorough search and find the BEST candidates.Woody and the rest of the Jets involved in the process selected Idzik, not some corporate search team.

realjetfan
realjetfan

@a57se@SackDance99 "benchings." I lol'd. Nice creative stat.

Seriously though. Milliner has grown and shown some flashes of brilliance this season. For example, Milliner drew the assignment on Gordon and actually did a fantastic job (97 yards isn't pretty, but allowing only 6 receptions on 16 targets is spectacular since Gordon has caught 53.7% of his targets for the season and only 37.5% against Milliner).

bob
bob

@bradysucks

I love the fact that Brady talks offense, I like that. I look forward to it ..good stuff bradysucks I hope that Winter will turn the corner, also last couple of games seems a little better. Will see I'm also see hope in Winters . They did think when they drafted him that he had a football mentality . Mike Westhoff  thought when he saw Winters said that the jets finally drated a guard that's looks like a NFL guard ..That's a good thing. 

Bent
Bent

@bradysucks Ducasse did see some playing time as a rookie and actually fared reasonably well.  He graded out positively and didn't have any pressure surrendered or penalties in 70 snaps.  When has Winters gone 70 snaps and graded positively, not given up any pressure and not had a penalty?  The answer is never.

a57se
a57se

@bradysucks 

Winters was forced onto the field before he was ready and left to sink......there is no comparison between his rookie season and Vlad's.

bob
bob

@Bent@bradysucks


Ducasse also is learning 3 positions I guess Left Guard right guard and tackle not bad he's a coming .very good for the Jets I think soon.