Reyno Island

Sep 082013
 

New-York-Jets-550Twas the Night before JETS football
-Reyno Island

Twas the Night before JETS Football
And all through the lands
Fans were all stirring, ready to fill the stands.
The rookies are ready to make their debut
Especially Geno who hopes to start again Week 2

While reporters and critics may write what they write
True fans are excited to watch the Jets take flight

Butt fumbles and dropped passes are a thing of the past
This year we are younger, and stronger, and fast!
Rex is back with Defense but the wildcat lives on
With Powell and Ivory are run game looks strong.

With Marty’s new offense, the end zone we’ll find
2011’s Red zone percentages will surely come to mind.

With Cumberland and Winslow
Holmes, Hill, Kerley and Gates
We know our receivers will be some of the greats!

While Wilkerson shines as a linemen to fear
Richardson might just be Defensive Rookie of the Year

So watch out opponents, Gang Green you should dread.
We have more reasons to cheer than just Fireman Ed.
2013 will bring no more circus no clowns
For the J – E – T – S are coming to town.

Dec 102012
 

With the second Jets win in a row, and what will likely be a third this coming Monday in Nashville, I’m trying not to jump on the “we may make the playoffs” bandwagon, so I’ve started to think about other things as to not get excited… so here is to looking ahead to the draft.

I am suggesting that the Jets do not draft a Running Back or Quarterback in this upcoming draft. Why? Well, mostly because “Magic” Mike Tannenbaum has given us very little to work with; but also because the best case scenario for the Jets is to concentrate on filling much needed holes in the team with the draft and helping out those other positions in free agency.

I’ll be the first to say that I’m not that impressed with the QB pool coming out of this year’s draft class. I’m also not going to hide the fact that I’m hoping we can make a play for a QB a year from now (someone like Johnny Football!). In addition, I think that this year will provide some decent veteran QB opportunities to bring in fairly cheap while we continue to pay Mark Sanchez $8,000,000 to throw to the other team. I think that the time of Michael Vick in Philadelphia is likely over and I think that he would be a great asset to our team (if we can afford him) for at least a year.

I actually like our running back situation currently. No, I do not think that Greene or Powell are all that great, but I’m not ready to commit to letting either go. I think they are good for our system. I’d love to see us utilize McKnight more as a guy who can make things happen in open space, but either way I still want him as our kick return man. If we draft and create more depth as I have requested our 2014 draft will provide ideal opportunity for “skill” position players like QB and RB.

You will see (below) that I have created what I am hoping the Jets position roster will look like. There are three places I think we need to concentrate on in Free Agency (QB, WR, and DE). In each of those spots we need a strong, veteran presence (Especially at Wide Receiver). All other draft spots (assuming we will have 7 picks) will go to the following areas (WR, WR, TE, OL, LB, SS, CB) – Manti Te’o is the guy I’m hoping we can pick up in the first round (fat chance, but leave me alone in my delusions). I would be happy with us picking up someone at any of these positions that could be ready to come in and be a big time contributor right away.

The following lineup will be a middle of the pack team, but may be able to make a run if they can learn to play together.

2013 New York Jets
QBs – Mark Sanchez, Greg McElroy, (FA – I’m hoping for Michael Vick)
RBs –Greene, McKnight, Powell
FB – Conner, Hilliard
WRs – Holmes, Hill, Kerley, Gates, (FA Veteran, Rookie, Rookie)
TEs – Keller, Cumberland, Reuland (Rookie)
OL – Brick, Slauson, Vlad, Mangold, Moore, Howard, Smith (Rookie)
NT – Pouha, Ellis
DE – Wilkerson, Coples, Devito (FA)
LB – Pace, Harris, Scott, Davis, (Rookie)
S – Landry, Bell, Smith, Allen (Rookie)
CB – Revis, Cromartie, Lankster, Wilson (Rookie)
K/P – Folk, Malone
Total – 51 (leaving a few spots for the Jets front office to waste time and money on)

At this time I would like to formally submit my application for NY Jets general manager. I fear that if I’m not considered for this position then we may stick with Mike Tannenbaum, re-sign Tim Tebow, pick up someone like Chad Johnson, sign another rugby player, do another reality show, and continue to turn “Gang Green” into “The Island of Misfit Toys” …. (All I want for Christmas is a new GM).

Oct 172012
 

Here’s the thing. I just got done reading the GHOST RAT’s Week 7 Preview…. and I just can’t let that sort of thing go unanswered. My boys are hurting, yes. We have lost Revis and Holmes. We are likely without our starting and backup nose tackles. We are severely banged up at running back (both McKnight and Powell). Keller and Stephen Hill are still playing through recovery and Mangold has been questionable. You may say to me… How can you win? How is it possible that a defense that bad at stopping the run while healthy can win while hurt? How can an offense not producing consistently in run, pass, or play action take on the Patriots? I’ve got one word for you:

MOTIVATITUDE!!!!

Listen, I’ll admit this team has proved nothing this season other than that it can be exceptionally average. We kill teams on the bottom tier like the Bills and the Colts, we get beat by teams in the top tier like the 49ers and the Texans, and we will likely have nail biters against other teams who should be playing better than they are (hey Steelers fans!) – but this week brings a challenge of a different sort, this week isn’t a middle tier verses a top tier. This week is the Jets vs. the Patriots and we HATE THESE GUYS.

It was 2010 when Bart Scott reminded us the “Anybody can be beat” and it was this Summer when Revis reminded us that Belichick is a “Jerk” and it is this Sunday that the Jets will remind the Patriots that the bigger you are the harder you can fall. (My guess is that this will come from a Landry – Gronk leveling that I will feel all the way from my couch at home) The Jets are coming off a great win last week. Yes, those were the Colts and yes… they are just bad, but if you watched closely you could see that my boys were hungry and ticked off. They have a chance to prove to the world that they are more than just the team that Holmes and Revis play on – they have a chip on their shoulder and this attitude and this kind of motivation is exactly what can give these boys an edge over Mr. Rat’s team.

Keys to a Gang Green Victory:

No Sanchize turnovers. We have based our offense around long (over the middle) passes and up the gut runs. We need to throw more 5-8 yard passes to give Mark some confidence and back the rush defense off a bit so that Bill will be forced to rely on a secondary that is weak.

Kyle Wilson needs to show up to play. This kid is no Revis, he is no Cro, he is no NFL caliber corner but over the last three seasons he has provided fan with glimpses of why the Jets drafted him and it is not his fault that he was forced to cover the slot receivers when he is more effective with a sideline. My guess is the Patriots will look for any time he is matched up with Welker and try to capitalize. This is likely to happen every third down and it is going to be up to Kyle to step up and make a play.

Dustin Keller. He was out for a couple weeks and Sanchez had to find other ideas, but he is back and there isn’t a lot of game tape on how the Jets are going to use him for Bill to watch. He was barely involved last week but this week is going to be a Keller breakout performance. The Jets receivers will be covered man to man while the Patriots blitz a ton to disrupt Sanchez. This will provide Keller opportunities to release for those 5-8 yard passed we just talked about.

Game Clock Management. Other than a bad hair day, there is nothing that the Tom Brady hates more than when he has to throw on the sidelines to stay warm enough to perform well. When teams can keep him off the field he can’t get in a rhythm and he can’t be Brady. If the Jets can mix things up enough, intentionally call two plays in the huddle and have rehearsed audibles, use hard counts to pull antsy, young defensive ends offsides, run the ball effective on third and short, and capitalize on screen passes; the Jets can feasibly keep Brady on the bench.

I believe in the New York Jets. Realistically, is this our year? Probably not… I’ve covered that before. I don’t think our window is as wide as it was in 2009 and 2010. I do, however think that this week is more possible that my colleagues 41-17 prediction indicates. We will have to see on Sunday.

My prediction:
New York Jets 16 Patriots 14

Ghost Rat you can leave the lair and vacation on Reyno Island anytime.

Oct 012012
 

“It comes down to reality, and that’s fine with me cause I let it slide.” Billy Joel said it well. I think the NY Jets have walked face first into a reality check with their public dismemberment on Sunday against the 49ers.

As the resident Jet fan, I have moved rapidly through the five stages of grief. I’ve moved from:

DENIAL: The team that stomped us was the best team in the league. We were without Revis, Keller, and Hill… blah blah blah.

I’ve moved from ANGER: Really Rex? This is the best team you’ve ever coached? Really Cromartie? You’re the second best receiver on the team and the second best corner in the league? Really Bart? The media is just out to get you? Really Mark? You got picked on a screen pass and your explanation was “I was unlucky?”

I blew right past Bargaining: and the statement Jets haters have been chanting all along. Is it Tebow time? (spoiler alert… no)

I spent some time in Depression: whispering “I miss you” to my old Thomas Jones Jersey and thinking about what 2009/2010 felt like.

And now, I’ve come to the final stage. I’ve found the wonderful land of Acceptance. And I welcome all other Jets fans to join me.

In the land of Acceptance we come to terms with the following things:

1. Our window is shut. Every team has that window in which they are able to mount a Super Bowl run. The Jets had theirs and they did well. We made the AFC Championship two years in a row and we did it by reminding the pass-heavy NFL that a good run game and a strong defense can still be a formula for success. However, that team’s core is far gone, too old, or self-serving. Our successful running backs like Thomas Jones and LT are long gone. And now we have the slow and unreliable Shonn Greene and the young and mentorless Bilal Powell. We lost Damien Woody and were left with a front 5 that is slowly crumbling. How long do you think that Mangold and Brick are going to be able to pick up the slack for inconsistent Guards and the circus at Right Tackle? The answer… not much longer. Our best players are either hurt or on the wrong side of their careers. The clock isn’t ticking, the clock has ticked its last tock for this generation of NY Jet. It’s time to start over.

2. Ground and Pound is not an offense: or at least it isn’t one by itself. Every team in the league that is having success is doing so by being balanced. When you define your offense as run only, pass only, or option only, all you do is give away your control of how the opposing team views you. I would love to see us replace “Ground and Pound” with “Control the Clock.” Short passes, thought through routes, play action after SUCCESSFUL running plays and taking shots downfield when possible – that keeps the ball in our hands and allows a team that has a productive special teams and defense to share some of the bench.

3. There is no player on our offense to build a team around: Mark Sanchez is not the answer at Quarterback. Tebow isn’t either. Shonn Greene isn’t, Powell isn’t, McKnight isn’t. Our receiving core has an overpaid diva, a 6’5” rookie who can run a 4.3 but can’t catch, a guy who wasn’t good enough to play FOR THE RAIDERS??? And one fairly talented slot receiver (I like Kerley a lot actually). You can’t build the offense around Nick Mangold. You have a Tight End who can catch but can’t block. What do you have left? You have nothing. I honestly think that there may be something to be said for seeing if Greg McElroy (QB) can play with the big kids and then using the next draft to start over. The best case scenario is being a developed/competitive football team in 2016. I’ll be excited for that to get here.

4. Our staff is just not effective: Others may bash me for this but I’m not ready to give up Rex yet. He is a good coach and a great defensive mind. I do think that he is taken out of context too often (Try watching a FULL press conferences, not the sound bites that ESPN chooses to stir up a story). Rex aside, Mike Tannenbaum is not “magic mike” anymore. Lately he is “make money for Woody Mike” or “Media is gonna love this Mike” or “My god did we really just trade for Tebow Mike.” Call him what you want but there is nothing magical about the personnel decisions we have made in the last 3 seasons.

In addition… can someone explain to me how Matt Cavanaugh still has a job??? Is there anyone under the impression that he is doing a good job with our quarterbacks? Please name one Jets QB that has been strong since Vinny Testaverde?

5. We have to accept that no one is going to listen to us. I’ll say it now, Sanchez (injuries aside) is going to finish out the season. The Jets will likely draft someone like a Right Tackle or another mediocre pass rusher in 2013 instead of a new QB/RB. They may listen to me and get rid of Mike Tannenbaum (not likely), but anything less than a 9-7 season and Rex will probably be under fire (possibly let go). We may lose Revis because he will demand pre-injury money post-injury and we won’t give it to him. This organization is going to fall apart before it is put back together. Instead of trading in our car to take something off the price tag of a new model, we are going to drive it off a cliff and try to claim the insurance money. Get ready Jet fans. It’s going to be a wild ride.

Agree or Disagree? I’d love your comments.

I will close with an inspiring quote from the Immortal Joe Namath! A Jet for life and a man of many words:
“I don’t know whether I prefer Astroturf to grass. I never smoked Astroturf.”

Jul 092012
 

First of all, as resident “newbie” (and this being my first real post), we need to set a few things straight. First, I’m very happy to be here to set the record straight against all this Pats fan propaganda that the Ghost Rat has been stinking up the AFC East section with… your team is good, we are all very happy for you (especially the New York Giants haha) but the competition in the AFC East is stronger than you may think. Second, yes – I probably am just as outrageous and delusional as every other Jets fan you have ever met. Get used to it.

I’m here to tell you that Gang Green is coming back this year with a vengeance and because I like you so much… I’ll tell you the reasons why:

Reasons the Jets will be AWESOME this season:

1. We have better players.
Across the board, the Jets have much better players than they had last year. This is most evident in two areas:
Safety – Yeremiah Bell and LaRon Landry (assuming he can get/stay healthy) are a more powerful, more experienced, more dynamic duo then Leonard/Smith ever were. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVED Jim Leonard – but Eric Smith tackles even worse than he covers the deep ball and though neither Bell nor Landry are long term solutions – they will be much better than the alternative.
Wide Receiver – outside of our veteran diva who seems only interested in continuing to see if he can get “tone time” to catch on, the Jets WR core is bigger, faster, stronger, and YOUNGER. We saw last year that rookie Jeremy Kerley could be a deadly (sure-handed) weapon in the slot; now add his speed to that of our newest rookie Stephen Hill who is tall like Plax, blocks like Braylon, but has the speed that this positions has lacked. Hill ran the 40 in 4.3 seconds at the combine this year – this guy is FAST! Number 4 and 5 guys like the veteran Chaz Schilens and the 6’5”- 220lb – Patrick Turner also provide some depth that the Jets haven’t enjoyed in a long time.

2. The Wildcat
… I know, you were waiting for me to talk about Tebow. Well here you go. The Wildcat will be the best it has been in Jets history. Not only is our Wildcat guy a better QB than Brad Smith and Jeremy Kerley ever were, but he is probably faster and more experienced in it as well. Along with Tebow (who poses both ground and air problems for defenses), the Jets front line is healthy and hungry. My boy Matt Slauson (out of Nebraska) who had shoulder injuries throughout the whole last year is at full health and ready to get back to leveling DTs all over the league. Finally, the outside of our box got a lot stronger this year. We said goodbye to the worthless Matt Mulligan (TE) and have accepted that Dustin Keller will never learn how to block to make room for some young guys like Josh Baker (TE), Terrance Ganaway (Rookie RB), and the infamous Terminator to get involved.

3. The Coaching Staff
Take the incredible defensive mind of Rex Ryan, pair that with the guru of great special teams play Mike Westhoff and add the disciplined, run-heavy, father of the wildcat – Tony Sparano and you are likely to find success. Jets fans will no longer be able to play the Brian Schottenheimer drinking game (taking a shot every time a fullback lines up as a wide out, a run call is played on third and (very) long, or the slowest receiver is targeted on a screen pass) this season because Gang Green has new leadership. Rex is thinner, quieter, and watching his words and the consistent message from players, coaches, scouts, and the front office has been that the locker room dynamic is at the top of the priority list this season. When a guy like Bart Scott comes out and says that the Jets will be better because they don’t have their old sense of entitlement anymore… that says something.

4. GROUND AND POUND
I don’t care how many ESPN analysts say that the NFL is a passing league first – the Jets are at our best when we are beating the pulp out of defenses over and over again. Shonn Greene has his back against the wall and if he doesn’t need his typical 7 game warm up period, Jets fans are going to like his production. Greene, Tebow, McKnight, (the occasional Conner and Ganaway) and a healthy/hungry O-Line will rival any D-Line and will do a lot to set up Mark Sanchez in the one place he actually does excel – the play action.

5. We’re still the JETS!
I don’t care if you like us or not, but you have to admit… The Jets are just awesome. We are loud, in your face, old-school football at its best. We have a great defense, we have a great balance of young guys and veterans you love to watch, and we never stop finding ways to beat you. You have to be on your game when facing our run game, our special teams, our secondary, our pass rush (oh you better believe it’s coming back)… We may not always take ourselves seriously, but you better while you prepare to face us.

Confused?

Ok, I know what you’re thinking. Mr. Reyno, how are you going to tell us that the Jets will be awesome when you predicted they would go just 9-7? Well my loyal (first time) readers, that is because awesome does not equate good. The Jets have missed out on a few things that will likely keep them from success this season. For every step we took forward, we took a few steps back.

Reasons Awesome ≠ Playoffs

1. Depth…
This is our biggest issue. The talent gap between our top players and their backups is larger than Gronkowski’s ego. Think about it. What hope do we have if Shonn Greene gets hurt and we have to rely on Joe McKnight exclusively as our starter? What if Brick gets hurt and we have to use Vladmir Ducasse? If John Conner gets hurt do we even have another FB??? These are the things that keep me up at night.

2. Wayne Hunter
I don’t need to explain this do I? Basically, if you haven’t followed football much over that last year, Wayne Hunter is the Jets Right Tackle. He is bad at football. The End.

3. Mike Tannenbaum
How can a GM ruin a season? Just you wait… this man has a gift for making absurd decisions. I’m hoping that our first round draft pick in 2013 is a new GM but it looks less and less like my wish will ever come true.

4. Other teams will be better than us
It is going to be very difficult to be the team to beat in the AFC East when 2/3 of the Dolphins possible starting QBs are probably better than both of ours and the Bills and Patriots seem to understand complex equations that have plagued our front office for years like: How to sign free agents that will be helpful to your team or How to draft based on your teams current needs

5. We’re still the JETS
Don’t think we will stay muzzled forever. You have Rex Ryan, Santonio Holmes, Bart Scott, and Tim Tebow on one team. So what do you get when you take the equation: Boisterous + Diva + Cocky + Polarizing … you get problems.

So is it better to be awesome or good? I don’t really know. Someday I’d like to be both. Either way you spin it though, one thing is for sure. It’s still better than being a Browns fan. :-)

Thank you for visiting Reyno Island!

Jul 052012
 

Rat’s Comment: As promised, we now have a resident Jets fan working with GiR. This will thrill those who want to see a counterpoint to my pro-Patriots’ bias, while others will undoubtedly bemoan the New York-Boston focus that does seem to dominate professional sports.  Meh…. if that’s where good teams are, then so be it. In any event, we welcome Reyno Island to the team and I look forward to discussing the feats of his team this season, and hoping that they put their best foot forward… or at least step up to offer competition while pounding their feet in… oh, you get the point!

P.S. I love his last two projected award winners; well played!

Anyway, here are Reyno’s 2012 predictions:

NFL REGULAR SEASON

AFC EAST
New England

12

4

#1 Seed
Buffalo

8

8

New York Jets

8

8

Miami Dolphins

4

12

AFC NORTH
Cincinnati

10

6

#4 Seed
Baltimore

10

6

#6 Seed
Pittsburgh

8

8

Cleveland

5

11

AFC SOUTH
Houston

10

6

#2 Seed
Tennessee

9

7

#5 Seed
Jacksonville

6

10

Indianapolis

5

11

AFC WEST
Denver

9

7

#3 Seed
San Diego

8

8

Kansas City

7

9

Oakland

7

9

NFC EAST
New York Giants

12

4

#3 Seed
Philadelphia

11

5

#6 Seed
Dallas

9

7

Washington

6

10

NFC NORTH
Green Bay

12

4

#1 Seed
Chicago

11

5

#5 Seed
Detroit

9

7

Minnesota

3

13

NFC SOUTH
Atlanta

9

7

 #4 Seed
New Orleans

8

8

Tampa Bay

7

9

Carolina

5

11

NFC WEST
San Francisco

11

5

#2 Seed
Seattle

7

9

Arizona

5

11

St. Louis

4

12

NFL POST-SEASON
AFC Wildcard Round

Baltimore over Denver

Cincinnati over Tennessee

NFC Wildcard Round

 Philadelphia over New York Giants

Chicago Over Atlanta

AFC Divisional Round

New England over Houston

Baltimore over Cincinnati

NFC Divisional Round

 San Francisco over Chicago

 Philadelphia over Green Bay

AFC Championship

 Baltimore over New England

NFC Championship

 San Francisco over Philadelphia

Super Bowl

 San Francisco over Baltimore

POST-SEASON AWARDS
Most Valuable Player –  Ray Rice
Offensive Player of the Year –  Tom Brady (gross)
Defensive Player of the Year – Patrick Willis
Offensive Rookie of the Year –  RG3
Defensive Rookie of the Year –  Mark Barron
Comeback Player of the Year – Shonn Greene (had to)
Coach of the Year – Sean Payton (hahahah JK)  I’m going with Jim  Harbaugh
Miss Congeniality – Rex Ryan