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Parcells and the Jets

Bill Parcells has advanced to a pool of 10 former players or coaches who are eligible for introduction in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Parcells is in his second year of eligibility. Parcells coached the New York Giants, New England Patriots, New York Jets and Dallas Cowboys during his 20-year career.

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The coach was well established by the time he got to the Jets but he gave the franchise credibility and a foundation for success they never had before. He led the team to the 1998 AFC Championship Game where they fell to the Denver Broncos after completing a 12-4 regular season. This was the last season the Jets have hosted a playoff game.

The Jets were 1-15 in 1996 under Rich Kotite and were considered a laughing stock around the league. Parcells immediately turned the team around as they went 9-7 in 1997. The Jets actually had a chance to make the postseason that season but they lost their regular season finale to the Detroit Lions by a 13-10 score.

The team broke out in 1998 winning the AFC East. They started 2-3 but finished the season winning 10 of their last 11 games. Vinny Testaverde played 14 games that season throwing 29 touchdowns and seven interceptions. The Jets had a 10-0 lead going into halftime of the AFC Championship but the Broncos scored 23 points in the second half to win the game and the eventual Super Bowl.

Parcells made his name as a Giant but the Jets have had their most success since Parcells took over and have continued long after his departure. Itís not a matter of if Parcells will get into the Hall but when. He coached the Jets three years and finished with a regular season mark of 29-19 which is the best winning percentage for any coach in the teamís history.
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Ex-Jets in Super Bowl

Three former New York Jets will vie for a Super Bowl win on Sunday. Center Jonathan Goodwin starts for the San Francisco 49ers while James Ihedigbo is a backup safety on the Baltimore Ravens. Emanuel Cook also played for the Jets but heís currently on injured reserve for the Ravens.

Goodwin was drafted by the Jets in the fifth round of the 2002 NFL Draft from the University of Michigan. He played for the team from 2002 through 2005. He was a backup lineman who played in 59 games with the team. He was signed by the New Orleans Saints in 2006 and won a Super Bowl with the team in 2009. This is his second season in San Francisco.

New York Jets
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Ihedigbo continues to play deep into the postseason. He was signed by the Jets as a rookie free agent from the University of Massachusetts in 2007. He played with the team from 2008 through 2010 as a backup safety and key special teams player. He is in his second consecutive Super Bowl after losing one last year as a member of the New England Patriots. Heís played in four consecutive AFC Championship games. This is his first season in Baltimore. He will be a free agent after the season.

Cook was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Jets in 2009 out of South Carolina and played in four games with the team in 2010 and eight games in 2011 before being released. He was one of the better special teams players for the Jets. After being released midway through 2011 he played in five games for the Ravens.

The 49ers have the better team but the Ravens are playing better at the moment. I think Ihedigbo finally gets the big win this postseason and gets his Super Bowl win.
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2013 Jet Receivers

One big area the New York Jets failed to develop in 2012 was the wide receivers. Injuries and uneven play haunted the team throughout the season. The crop of wide receivers left a lot to be desired and needs to be upgraded next year.

The best receiver for the Jets in 2012 was second year man Jeremy Kerley. Kerley caught 56 passes for 827 yards and two scores after only catching 29 balls his rookie year. Kerley also averaged 14.8 yards a catch and really emerged after Santonio Holmes was hurt. Kerley is signed through 2014.

New York Jets
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Holmes was lost early in the season during the loss against the San Francisco 49ers. Holmes managed 20 catches on the year before getting hurt. He has a big contract and will be brought back. Heís signed through 2015.

Rookie Stephen Hill had an up and down season. He had some big drops but also showed some big play capabilities. Hill opened the season with a bang catching two touchdowns against the Buffalo Bills in the home opener. He should be a starter next season.

The Jets brought back Braylon Edwards for the final three games of the year after he was cut by the Seattle Seahawks. He caught 10 passes in those three games. He has been the only receiver who had any chemistry with Mark Sanchez so itís possible he could come back as a third or fourth receiver. It will depend on the type of contract he is looking for. Edwards is an unrestricted free agent.

The other unrestricted free agent is Chaz Schilens. Schilens caught 28 passes for 289 yards and two touchdowns. He played 15 games after having a reputation as being injury prone. I donít see any way that he returns.

Clyde Gates was added to the main roster after being cut by the Miami Dolphins in the last week of cuts. Gates actually played pretty well as he caught 16 passes for 224 yards. His route running has to improve but he could see his way back on the team next year.

Jordan White spent the majority of his rookie season on the practice squad but managed to play three games. He caught one pass for 13 yards. He should fight for the fifth receiver spot next year.

If the team brings back Edwards they will be set at the top four spots at wide receiver. The Jets really need a game breaker on the outside which they currently donít possess. The return of Holmes should help whoever is the starting quarterback next season.
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Super Bowl set

Super Bowl XLVII is now se after some very good football over the weekend. The San Francisco 49ers defeated the Atlanta Falcons in the first game on Sunday 28-24. The Falcons had a 17-0 lead in the second quarter but for the second straight week they blew a lead. This time they could never recapture the offensive onslaught they started with.

Julio Jones had a huge game for the Falcons as he caught 11 passes for 182 yards and two scores. Roddy White added 100 yards on seven catches. Matt Ryan threw for 396 yards with three touchdowns in the loss


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Jets Hire Idzik

After a long and thorough search, the New York Jets named John Idzik their new general manager yesterday. Idzik was formerly the VP of football administration of the Seattle Seahawks. He previously held posts with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Arizona Cardinals as well. Idzikís father, John, was the offensive coordinator for the Jets in the late 1970ís.

The final candidates in the search appeared to be Idzik, Omar Khan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Scott Cohen. Cohen was the only in-house candidate to interview. The Jets had been looking for a replacement for Mike Tannenbaum who was fired the day after the season ended


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Breaking down the Defensive Line

The New York Jets finished the 2012 season with six defensive linemen on the roster and could possibly return everyone next season. The defensive line might not be the strongest unit on the team but it has the brightest future.
Quinton Coples started off slow but came on strong in the second half to conclude a very good rookie season. Coples was the teams first round pick out of North Carolina in the 2012 NFL Draft. Coples finished his season with 30 tackles and 5.5 sacks. He played in all sixteen games making two starts. Expect him to be a starter next season.

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Jets Linebackers for 2013

The New York Jets will have a number of new faces next season. One area that will be hit the most is the linebackers. The Jets are over the salary cap for next season but they can save a bunch of money by making a few cuts on defense.

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Bart Scott isnít the same player on the field that heís been his first two seasons with New York. He battled injuries this year and finished with his Jet career low of 60 tackles. He missed one game and didnít start two others. With a new general manager coming in itís reasonable to think Scott wonít be back in 2013. If he is cut, the Jets will save 7.15 million dollars


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Coaches Leaving

While the New York Jets are conducting their search for a new general manager, the teamís coaching staff has taken big hits in the process. The Kansas City Chiefs were the latest team to take a coach as they hired Bob Sutton to be their defensive coordinator. Sutton had been with the team since 2000.

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The Jets have lost three members of the defensive staff as Sutton, Mike Pettine and Mike Smith have all left since the season ended. Pettine left to become the defensive coordinator of the Buffalo Bills while these positions yet although itís rumored that Dennis Thurman will be promoted to defensive coordinator


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Season Ending Press Conference

The New York Jets finally had their end of the year press conference on Monday and it overall it wasnít a very good showing. Woody Johnson and Rex Ryan didnít give a lot of substance but there were some overall impressions we learned from them speaking.

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The most important detail we learned from Johnson is that he fully stands behind his coach. He mentioned multiple times how much of a great coach he believes Ryan is despite his flaws. He wants Ryan to be the coach next season and that will impact their current general manager search


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The Tattoo

There was some major breaking news yesterday involving New York Jets Head Coach Rex Ryan. Wait for it, Ryan has a tattoo. Incredible, I know. Ryan doesnít only have a tattoo on his right arm but it looks like itís his wife wearing a Jets jersey. The number also appears to be 6. Who is number 6 on the roster? That would be Mark Sanchez.

Rex Ryan, New York Jets
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This news is stunning and it was all over the media yesterday. The crazy part is this wasnít a TMZ story where their field people tracked Ryan down in the Bahamas and captured the photograph. The story was all over the New York newspapers and radio. What has happened to journalism


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Jets GM Search

New York Jets, Woody Johnson
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The Jets continue their General Manager search with the interviews expected to end on Friday. They have been linked to Tom Gamble, Tom Heckert, David Caldwell and Marc Ross. Gamble works in the 49ers organization, Heckert was just fired from the Browns; Caldwell is with the Falcons and Ross with the Giants.

I really couldnít tell you who should be the best fit for the team but whoever it is has to be adept at the draft and the salary cap. The Jets need to hit on the 2013 NFL Draft where they will have the ninth pick. They need a huge upgrade on the offensive side of the ball and they should be able to get a playmaker at that spot


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Jets Fire Tannenbaum

The Jets season mercifully ended yesterday with a 28-9 loss in Buffalo to the Bills. Mark Sanchez continued his impressive ability to turn the ball over multiple times. He got his pick six out of the way early in the first quarter and later fumbled in the second half. The team finished the year at 6-10 and will have the ninth pick of the NFL Draft.

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The rebuilding of the team has already started with the announcement that General Manager Mike Tannenbaum will not be back next season. Head Coach Rex Ryan will return as the team looks for a new general manager. Offensive Coordinator Tony Sparano is supposed to be let go but nothing has been announced


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Historic Performance

The New York Jets gave their fans another uninspiring offensive performance in their 27-17 loss to the San Diego Chargers at MetLife Stadium yesterday. The Jets actually led this game 14-10 at halftime but only got a field goal in the fourth quarter to suffer their fifth home loss of the year. The team dropped to 6-9 on the season.

New York Jets
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The Jets offensive line was historically bad as they gave up 11 sacks which tied for the most in Jets history. The Jets couldnít keep first-time starter Greg McElroy upright to give him any chance at success. All the sacks couldnít be blamed entirely on the offensive line as McElroy looked unsure of himself in his reads. McElroy did throw one pick and had one fumble


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McElroy sacked 11 times

The New York Jets were beaten at home yesterday by a 27-17 score by the San Diego Chargers. I had the privilege of watching this debacle in person at a freezing cold MetLife Stadium. Greg McElroy started for the Jets and was sacked 11 times.

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The Jets got down early into the game when Michael Spurlock returned a punt 63 yards for a touchdown and a quick 7-0 lead. The Jets special teams have been awful all year so why not allow another return at the last home game? The Chargers went up less than two minutes into the game


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Santa and the Jets

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The New York Jets werenít very good boys this year so they shouldnít expect too much from Santa Claus on Tuesday. Letís take a look at who was naughty and nice on both sides of the ball as well as the front office. The team has already been eliminated from the postseason.

Antonio Cromartie had a very good year replacing Darrelle Revis at the top cornerback position on the team. Cromartie struggled a bit opposite Revis as most teams would throw in his direction but he stepped up his game this year and has been the most dependable defensive player. Cromartie has 13 passes defended with three interceptions on the season along with one touchdown. He should be one Jet that makes the Pro Bowl


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Should Jets Sign Vick

The quarterback situation for the New York Jets is very bleak as of right now. Mark Sanchez will most likely be on the team next year unless the Jets somehow find a trading partner or cut him which will kill their salary cap. Tim Tebow probably wonít be back and they donít know what Greg McElroy is at the moment.

New York Jets, Michael Vick
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One quarterback they need to avoid at all costs is Michael Vick. There were some reports floating around yesterday that Vick would be interested in playing for the Jets if he was going to be a starter. Of course he is going to say that because he needs to say heíll play anywhere as the Philadelphia Eagles are not bringing him back


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Sanchez Benched

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The New York Jets have finally pulled the plug on Mark Sanchez and have named Greg McElroy the starting quarterback for Sundayís home game against the San Diego Chargers. This move comes two weeks too late and in all likelihood ends the Sanchez era in New York.

The only thing Rex Ryan wants out of his quarterback is someone to manage the game and not make mistakes. After watching Sanchez turn the ball over 50 times in his last 30 games, Ryan finally saw enough. No other quarterback would have had a leash this long and itís amazing he was able to make the same mistakes over and over


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Jets Season Ends

The Jets season finally ended last night mercifully by the Tennessee Titans. The Jets defense tried to keep the Jets in the game but Mark Sanchez turned the ball over five times in losing to the Titans 14-10. The Jets offense has been a train wreck all season outside of the opener. Hopefully the NFL wonít put the Jets on any prime time games next season.

Mark Sanchez has fallen so far itís almost indescribable. I donít see any way he plays in any games the rest of the season especially the home game this Sunday which I regretfully bought tickets to. Braylon Edwards looked good in his return and the running game worked well but Sanchez just canít do anything correct right now


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Jets vs Titans

The New York Jets face another must win this Monday night when they hit the road to take on the Tennessee Titans. If the Jets have any shot of making the postseason they have to win all their three remaining games. If the Jets have any chance of winning, they will need a big game from their tackles.

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DíBrickashaw Ferguson is having a Pro Bowl season as heís the only tackle in the game who has not allowed a sack. According to Pro Football Focus, he has only allowed 14 pressures in 385 pass blocking attempts which ranks him third in the NFL. The only tackles ahead of him are Joe Thomas of Cleveland and Ryan Clady of Denver


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The Beard is Back

The New York Jets dipped back into their better days when the team claimed Braylon Edwards off waivers from the Seattle Seahawks today. Edwards played for the Jets in the 2009 and 2010 seasons. He was a free agent following the 2010 season and signed a one-year contract with the San Francisco 49ers.

New York Jets, Braylon Edwards
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Edwards played 28 regular season games for the Jets catching 88 passes for 1445 yards and 11 touchdowns. He added 15 catches for 320 yards and two touchdowns in the postseason. He might be most remembered for his 15-yard touchdown reception against the New England Patriots in the 2010 postseason where he carried a couple Patriot defenders into the end zone


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