Monday, February 28, 2011

New York Jets Make Cuts Before CBA Runs Out

The New York Jets announced on Monday that they would release Vernon Gholston, Jason Taylor, Kris Jenkins, and Damien Woody. The Jets had previously said that they would be making some cuts before March 3rd, when the current CBA ends.

Gholston was guaranteed to go after another unsuccessful season in a Jet uniform. He failed to record a sack in his first three years in the NFL. Gholston was taken sixth overall by the Jets in the 2008 draft and has failed to live up to the hype. Rex Ryan spoke highly of Gholston on HBO’s Hard Knocks. To put it in a clean way, Rex Ryan said that Gholston was maturing. He clearly had not progressed enough to hold onto a roster spot.

Taylor, once hated by the Jets and their fans, was temporarily able to win them over for a season, but that reign has come to an end. Taylor was also expected to be cut by the Jets once the season ended, but he was clearly upset when the idea of being released was brought up after the Jets’ AFC Championship defeat. The former defensive player of the year is getting old and is a few years past his prime. He will probably retire.

There was also much speculation that Jenkins would be released by the Jets this offseason. Jenkins played in only one regular season game and tore his ACL for the second straight season. Jenkins was hoping to return to the Jets for another season after an offseason of rehab, but it appears that he will be given the chance to test free agency. Jenkins can likely return to New York for cheap if he does not receive any better offers. A healthy Jenkins could still have a lot to offer to the Jets or whatever team decides to give him a chance.

Woody was the big cut for the Jets. Woody started 13 games at right tackle this season but suffered through injuries at the end of the regular season and again in the playoffs. Woody came to the Jets in 2008 and solidified a line that became one of the best in the NFL for the next three seasons. Woody may also be able to return at a reduced price if he is not able to find another job in the NFL.

If Woody does not return, his release opens the door for the Jets 2010 second-round pick Vladimir Ducasse to take the starting RT spot. If the Jets resign Wayne Hunter, he will battle with Ducasse for that spot.

Other Jets that have the possibility of getting released are LaDainian Tomlinson and Bryan Thomas, but it appears that both will likely be able to stay with the Jets unless they have other plans during the draft or training camp.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

The Most Depressing Super Bowl Ever

I woke up Sunday morning thinking “Super Bowl Sunday! Time to get excited!... MEH”

That’s when depression hit.

The Green Bay Packers defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 31-25 in Super Bowl XLV on Sunday night. Aaron Rodgers won his first Super Bowl and it is tough to believe he can’t win another. The Steelers jumped out to a quick 24-0 lead over the New York Jets in the AFC Championship, but fell behind a quick 21-3 to the Packers on Sunday night. At the end of the night, Clay Matthews was throwing a championship belt over Rodgers’ shoulder.

How do us Jets fans feel now?

Sunday, January 30, 2011

This Past Week as a Jets Fan

I would like to apologize again to my readers for not keeping up with the blog all week. My first week of classes at my new school has taken some getting used to and I have been very busy. In this post, I would like to share what the past week has been like after the Jets lost in the AFC Championship last weekend.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Second Half Surge Not Enough as Jets Fall Short of Ultimate Goal

The New York Jets have fallen one game short of the Super Bowl for the second straight season. Like last year’s AFC Championship game, the Jets only showed up for 30 minutes. Last year they played a great first half, but a terrible second half. This season they did the opposite.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Thank You, New York Jets

After a tough loss like this, all I can say is thank you to the New York Jets. This was one of the most exciting seasons I have witnessed in my life. The Steelers deserved to win this one; there is no question about that. The Jets played 30 minutes when they needed to play 60. The Jets and us fans have no reason to hang our heads. The Jets had another great season and as disappointing as this is, there is a huge reason to look forward to a bright future. Mark Sanchez has proven he is a legitimate NFL quarterback and Rex Ryan is an outstanding head coach. Brian Schottenheimer is another story, but for a different day. I can only hope that the NFL figures out the CBA issues and we have an NFL season in 2011. Again, it sucks for someone like me (and many of my readers) that we pour our hearts and souls into this team only to be disappointed like this. We just need to stay strong and keep our chins up and look forward to an extremely bright future. For one last time this season: J! E! T! S! JETS JETS JETS!

For those of you wondering, I do plan on keeping the blog going year round. I’m not exactly sure what direction I will take it, but please come back often and see what I have to say. I will have a full write up of tonight’s game posted by tomorrow night. Thank you all again for reading this season and keep coming back for more.

Congratulations to the Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers. Good luck.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

To the Steel City…AND BEYOND: JETS at Steelers Preview

First, I would like to apologize for a lack of blog posts this week. I just moved into my new apartment at a new school and things have been pretty busy. But now I’m getting back in my groove and am ready to give you all something to read as much as possible.

So here we are again. The “Same Ol’ Jets” are back in the AFC Championship game for a second straight season. There is a much different feel about this title game appearance and I’m sure everyone senses it. The Jets may be three point underdogs, but no one seems to be counting the Jets out this year. At this time last year, the Jets were preparing to face a [healthy] Colts team that should have been undefeated. Jet fans believed they could win it, and on paper it definitely seemed possible, but I would be lying if I said last season was a disappointment even with the loss. Teams are not supposed to be able to go that far with rookie head coaches and rookie quarterbacks, but that team pushed as far as they could.

Monday, January 17, 2011

That is Why the Game is Played: JETS 28 - Patriots 21

“When someone tells you you can’t, you want to do everything you can to prove them wrong.” The Jets’ pilot, Mark Sanchez, expressed his emotions after leading his team to a stunning 28-21 upset victory over their rivals, the New England Patriots, sending them to a second straight AFC Championship game.

Black and Yellow

"We made our mark for a reason there too, didn't we? We knew we'd be back."