BGA Extra: Jets at Titans

Welcome to BGA Extra, where I draw a line under the previous weekend’s game by responding to your questions from BGA during the week. After the jump, I respond to your questions about the game against the Titans. If you would like your questions answered in future, remember to read BGA each week and leave your question in the comments section.

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Report: Woody ’50-50′ on return of GM John Idzik

According to a highly placed team source inside the Jets headquarters, Woody Johnson is “50-50″ on the return of Jets GM John Idzik. (Metro New York, Dec. 16)

“No one knows what [Woody] is thinking right now but he isn’t happy with the direction at all, or vision,” the source shared with Metro.

“What I will say is that it is 50-50 if John returns right now. Don’t think for a moment that Woody doesn’t hear the fans. It is tough on him, he’s taking it personally. No one is working harder than this guy.”

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

A duck billionaire once told me “work smarter not harder.”

So, how “hard” Woody Johnson is or is not working means very little to me. I would guess it also means very little to the millions fans who truly work hard (I don’t include myself in that count) every day of their life.

What I am concerned about is that it would seem Johnson hasn’t yet decided what to do.  But maybe that’s just him not telling anyone.

Either way, this is endemic of Johnson’s larger leadership issues with the Jets.  If he truly is 50-50, what’s going to change in for this 3-11 team in two weeks?

Something magical will not happen to change the trajectory for this season. This is the 2014 Jets; make your assessment.  Know where your GM is taking the team in the next two years; make your assessment.

Because Johnson clearly doesn’t trust his own judgement, he was one of the first NFL owners to hire a search firm, Korn Ferry, to find his current GM.

Who’s Korn Ferry?  They are the premiere search firms to help college (and now pro teams!) flush money down the drain even faster than they could themselves.

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Woody Johnson favorites tweet saying ‘#FireJohnIdzik’


Jets Week 15 defensive report card, presented by Long Island University

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

Overall Grade: B-

While it wasn’t always pretty and it was against a bad offensive unit, the Jets defense did what they needed to do, limiting the Titans to just 11 points on the day.

Long Island University SmallRex Ryan was proud of his defense and to get his players what might be his last win as the coach in New York and didn’t care much about marring a chance at a top quarterback next spring.

“Tough you-know-what,” Ryan told reporters after the game. “Real fans — real Jet fans — want to win. It doesn’t matter what pick you get or whatever. If it were Peyton Manning out there, I could understand it, but I don’t think Peyton Manning is out there.”


Defensive Line:  Sheldon Richardson and Quinton Coples were the best parts of a good effort by the defensive line, but of a unit that would have been helped by the presence of Muhammad Wilkerson.  Damon Harrison had a quiet day, as did Leger Douzable.  Still, the Jets were able to pressure and knock Jake Locker out of the game and get one sack and a number of quarterback hits during the game.  The line kept the Titans running game to under a hundred yards … no surprise though with a group headlined by Shonn Greene. To read more of this story, click here

Jets release Josh Thomas; sign Rontez Miles from PS

The Jets released cornerback Josh Thomas on Tuesday, the team announced.

Thomas had his playbook and passport stolen recently.

The team signed safety Rontez Miles off their practice squad.


New York also added linebacker Mario Harvey to their practice squad.

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

Miles might have limitations in coverage, but he should have had his named called to the 53 much earlier this year. Miles was excellent in training camp and made a strong case for why he should be on the active roster.

Thomas on the other hand, was a known commodity from GM John Idzik’s days in Seattle, but was a poor pickup overall, seeing defensive action in just three games this season.

While it is a convenient story that the playbook was stolen, I’d expect it was more negligence that led to the tablet being “stolen” than anything else … otherwise the Jets wouldn’t be cutting him a day after the report surfaced.

This sure seems like an attempt by GM John Idzik to curry favor with ownership and also make an example of a player.  Granted, a player who should never have been on the roster in the first place.