TJB Year in Review: February 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, February 2013 …

tanny-agentAh February … the month of Super Bowl depression for many a Jet fan.  It’s amazing how Super Bowl junkets can bring folks together, even nemeses like Darrelle Revis’ agent and former Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum.  This year it was also the time when the Jets drunken promiscuous salary cap became the victim of GM John Idzik in true a slasher flick style.  While everyone tried to read the tea leaves on John Idzik, Jason from NYJetsCap.com outlined a flawless plan of attack.  It was clear that a “housecleaning” was coming for the Jets … setting up a tough 2013.

While it’s now pulled, this film of Mark Sanchez against the Dolphins from Week 3 2012 that was posted to YouTube showed him for the hot mess of a quarterback that he’s proven to be.  James Walker failed to demonstrate that the long-view is overrated in an ESPN driven world.  The other Jets quarterback, Greg had some nice things said about him by his grandma.  USA Today had nice things to say about Mo, naming him to the All-Joe team.

The Jets were getting ready for some large moves, like freeing up $27 million.  The Jets hoped Sanchez would restructure.

Tanny started making the rounds, and copped to Sanchez’s implosion. It came down to some baaaad guarantees. The coaching staff was announced, priorities (at least in our mind) were clear.  LaRon Landry wanted to return to the Jets but price was the issue.  Ahmad Bradshaw hoped to get injured (kidding) for the Jets.

Revis started getting a little snickety, but the Jets were busy cutting players.  Then there was that weird set up meeting with Dustin Keller’s agents while Revis’s agents were just looking to be slighted by anything.  The Jets were looking for trade options for Tebow as well as Revis at the Combine.  I mused on the whole Revis thing.

The Jets worked out David Garrard, and were eyeing a player they eventually signed as draft insurance.  It was clear that this was going to be a very lean Freeagencymas for the Jets family.

Random Stuff: We took a look at the Jets defensive line for 2013 … amazing how one year can change the perspective on a player like Damon Harrison.  Alec Baldwin took a dig at the Jets. Jeremy Kerley is pretty damn good.  Ellis Lankster goes hard.  Geno Smith was considered worse than Tannehill but better than Weeden.  Jets scouts expected a bumper crop of underclassmen in the draft and were right about it.  How much can a QB be overvalued?  Former punter Steve Weatherford explained his dislike of Mike Westhoff.  The expected valuation of Percy Harvin was waaaaaaaaaayyy off.  American Dream was back on!




70 comments
djf1
djf1

BGA Live sounds awesome!

Joe De Sr.
Joe De Sr.

The Jets will NEVER be winners with Geno!

a57se
a57se

I wouldn't give too much credence to Charlie Campbells' draft ramblings.

aflfan
aflfan

I would just like to know about this: If Sanchez had NOT gotten hurt, was Ryan going to start Sanchez over Geno Smith? IF he was, and the team knew he was, then he should be fired on Black Monday

a57se
a57se

@djf1 

I don't like it as I'll be at the sports bar and won't be able to participate but I guess  it is a good alternative for some!

djf1
djf1

@Willie Mays Jr. A statement devoid of supporting arguments ALWAYS sounds more believable if it includes words in all caps and ends with an exclamation point!

Bent
Bent

@a57se @djf1 I won't actually be interacting with people much as it's going on.  You'll still be able to read the breakdowns after the fact.

a57se
a57se

@bob 

So who did he mock to us BOB??????

1969JAN12th
1969JAN12th

@bob Only got to the third pick....I am not an ESPN Insider. Who did he select for us?

a57se
a57se

@Brendan

Because no HC in their right mind would put their starting QB into the 4th quarter of that game with the third offensive line just to win a preseason game?

a57se
a57se

@Bent

I was thinking the opposite....all the commenters will go to the BGA thread!

Bent
Bent

@a57se @Bent I wouldn't worry too much, a57, everyone will be too busy participating in the game thread to comment in the BGA posts.

a57se
a57se

@Bent

Well the analysis takes less time to read then the comments.

Bent
Bent

@a57se @Bent You read BGA for the comments?  I am hurt.  :o(

a57se
a57se

@Bent

Yeah, i always look forward to going through 400+ comments when I get home from the sports bar!

juunit
juunit

@a57se@juunit 

I think you're overestimating the amount of input the coaches have. 

a57se
a57se

@juunit

The NFL coaches are just starting to get involved in the process. Over the next few months they will write hundreds of reports on the prospects as well and their input is what will set the teams big board. 

I would expect there would be a lot of movement between now and the end of pro days for some players for whatever reasons. 

juunit
juunit

@a57se@juunit 

Which coaches? The college coach or the NFL coach?

And I did just say the only thing that can make a big difference is the interview process. But even then, it would be a really rare circumstance for a guy to fall all the way from the top of the 1st to the late rounds based on an interview or vice versa. Scouts talk to coaches when they scout the games, so they already are aware of the biggest red flags before they even get to the interviews.

a57se
a57se

@juunit So you don't think the coaches input has much effect on player boards? You don't think the interview process can have a big effect on players for individual teams?

You don't think personal visits affect players draft stock?

juunit
juunit

@a57se@juunit 

The reality is the PERCEPTION will change. The actual scout's opinions will not fluctuate that much based on guys running around in shorts, or playing with watered down playcalling and unfamiliar teammates. 


After the Bowl games, the draft boards are largely set. The only thing that can really make a big difference at that point is tanking or having a great interview.


If Bortles (or anyone else) ends up being a 6th rounder, you can bet that NFL teams had him in that range the entire time.

a57se
a57se

@juunit

and after the Sr. Bowl things will change, then the East-West Shrine game, and the other off season Bowl.....then the combine and pro Days.

By then, Bortles may be a 6th rounder.........

juunit
juunit

@a57se@juunit 

And I could list just as many going in the complete opposite direction from last year alone. QBs too. Geno Smith, Tyler Bray, Mike Glennon, that guy whose name I don't even remember, that other guy whose own mother doesn't even love him anymore. 

a57se
a57se

@juunit

Let's see:

  2013  DJ Hayden went 12th when most had him a late first rounder AT BEST!

2012  Bruce Irvin went at 15 while most had him going late first round to 3rd round.

2011  Locker, Gabbert and Ponder went 8,10 and 12 when most had them as second round or later guys.

  2010  Tyson Alualu went no. 10 overall when most had him as a late first to late 2nd round prospect.


I could keep going but all it takes is one team.

juunit
juunit

@1969JAN12th@juunit@bob 

Oh, they definitely will. And I find that hilarious, all the overreaction to a single game the internet draft people have. 

The real NFL scouts aren't going to see some guy as a 3rd round pick, then move him into the top 5 after one game. But you see that on the internet all the time. 

juunit
juunit

@a57se@juunit 

McShay was crushing all over Bortles before anyone else gave two s***s who he was. 

But Bortles is expected to get a fringe first round grade from the advisory board. The likelihood then that he leapfrogs other players to the 3rd overall pick? Yeah, sure, if Al Davis was still alive maybe. 

1969JAN12th
1969JAN12th

@juunit @1969JAN12th @bob

 He has Bridgewater going first. Also, I am pretty sure that between now and draft day.....these projections will change more times then Hank calls Rex  "sexy Rexy."

a57se
a57se

@juunit

I heard that Bortles supposedly is at the top of some teams list who has a likely top ten pick . So like everyone else, McShay is just guessing who that team might be....not necessarily saying that is where he would rank him.

I don't think putting Bridgewater 8th is all that terrible.

juunit
juunit

@1969JAN12th@bob 

Who cares? He thinks Bridgewater is the 9th best player and has Bortles going 3rd overall. He's a foolish fool of foolishly epic proportions. 

Bubby Brister
Bubby Brister

Shugarts?  The guy that cut his own embilical cord?

a57se
a57se

@Bent

Sanchez got hammered his first four years without getting IR'd......how long will Geno's body last?

Bent
Bent

@djf1 @Bent @a57se And yet Geno's played behind him for 11 weeks and is still standing.

djf1
djf1

@Bent @a57se Winters putting his stamp on the season before it even started.

Bent
Bent

@a57se @Bent He kinda did actually.  Aboushi got beat so Sanchez was flushed out out and then Winters lost his man and that's the guy who hit Sanchez as he got rid of the ball downfield.

a57se
a57se

@Bent

Oh WELL, How the heck did Marky Mark ever get hit??? He must of ran head first into the guy!

a57se
a57se

@Bent

OHHHHH! He had Oday and Winters and Vlad and Schlauderaff and Campbell blocking for him!!

Silly me! That was a great decision by Rex!

Bent
Bent

@a57se @Brendan It wasn't the third offensive line, it was the second string.

aflfan
aflfan

@Brendan@aflfan I cant help but feel that the term "crappy veteran" is too good for Sanchez

Brendan
Brendan

@aflfan That's what I figured you were saying. And if the options are "crappy veteran" or "raw rookie" the "crappy veteran" isn't necessarily a bad choice. 

aflfan
aflfan

@Brendan@a57se If Rex didn't "know" then im OK with keeping him for next year. But if he was only leaning towards Sanchez, he should be fired. Not because of the injury, but because of what coacjh in his right mind picks Sanchez

a57se
a57se

@Brendan

   I get your point but I don't think aflfan worded his comment quite the way he wanted it to come out. 

I think he meant that IF the decision had already been made that Sanchez was going to be the starter, then putting him into that game when he did would be inexcusable.

Brendan
Brendan

@a57se I think these comments answer themselves, is my point. Rex didn't "know" Mark was the starter, they were in a competition.