N.Y. Jets off-season changes will have far reaching effect

New York Jets owner woody Johnson is under pressure to make changes at both the managerial level and the coaching level.

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Rex Ryan, John Idzik and woody Johnson

These changes are necessary to garner stability for the organization in 2015 and beyond.

Head Coach Rex Ryan has a contract through the 2015 season. Will Johnson honor it?

I discuss these changes and win I think need to move on in my sportsrants/NFL article.

View the article here and feel free to comment on who you think needs to move on.

Woody Johnson needs to make changes to stabilize the Jets for the coming season and beyond (link)

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Rex Ryan has a contract in place for the 2015 season.


Updates:

*Penalty flag towels are being distributed 2 fans for waving at the Jets vs Patriots game which read “FIRE JOHN IDZIK”

* New York Jets owner Woody Johnson inadvertently favorited A tweet that said fire John Idzik he later tweeted an apology

by Jim Boyd @OneJetDrive on Twitter & Facebook, SportsRants/nfl.com

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Jets Johnson to make changes | Surprised at season

The embattled New York Jets owner Woody Johnson is taking allot of heat for his selection of GM John Idzik.

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Idzik with owner Woody Johnson

Fans have already placed billboard ads around the area of MetLife Stadium and are now planning penalty flag towels in an effort to oust general manager John Idzik.

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Will woody Johnson make the right decision this time. Who will be the new GM.

Check out what woody had to say:

Woody Johnson broke his silence | Changes coming to Jets (link)

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Rex Ryan and woody Johnson discuss the season.

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N.Y. Jets CENTER of attention: Kevin Mawae | Hall of Fame vote

The NFL released its list of 26 semifinalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame and it comes as no surprise that N.Y. Jets great, Kevin Mawae is on the list.

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New York Jets Pro Bowl Center Kevin Mawae is headed to Canton, Ohio.


Former NFLPA President and PFHOF selection committee member; Mawae is one of only eight players this year to make the semifinalists cut in his first year of eligibility, along with Isaac Bruce, Torry Holt, Edgerrin James, Ty Law, Orlando Pace, Junior Seau and Kurt Warner.
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The nominees list was cut from 113 to 26, the semifinalist list normally consists of 25 players and coaches, but there was a tie for the 25th position this year and the selection committee bylaws provide that all ties are carried over. The list will be further reduced by a mail ballot to 15 modern-era finalists and final announcement in January.

Kevin is a 3-time first-team All-Pro selection (1999, 2001 and 2008) and 8-time Pro Bowler (1999-2004 and 2008-09). Mawae’ career spanned 1994-2009, and he spent the greater part of it with the N.Y. Jets (1998-2005). Kevin moved on to the Titans where he proceeded to pick up his last 2 pro bowls.
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Kevin Mawae is counted as one of the top centers of the period. He’ll be among some of the Jets best in Canton.

Current Jets in the Hall of Fame:

*Weeb Ewbank (1963-73)
Ronnie Lott (1993-94)
*Curtis Martin (1998-2005)
*Don Maynard (1960-72)
Art Monk (1994)
*Joe Namath (1965-76)
Bill Parcells (1997-99)
*John Riggins (1971-75)

*Noted by the Hall of Fame to have made the better part of their contribution as a member of the New York Jets.

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Post Jets Mawae acquired two more pro bowl appearances with the Titans; On field Reunion with Jets QB Chad Pennington.

Mawae played 16 seasons with the Seattle Seahawks, New York Jets and Tennessee Titans. The former Leesville High School and LSU standout was an eight-time Pro Bowler and eight-time All-Pro.

“Modern-era” candidates consists of players or coaches that must be retired for at least five consecutive seasons to be eligible for consideration.

The Class of 2015 will be selected from the list of the 15 modern-era finalists plus the one senior finalist (former Minnesota Vikings center Mick Tingelhoff) and the two contributor finalists (Bill Polian and Ron Wolfe).

Notably absent again this year as a senior finalist is Former Jets standout and member of the famed “Sack Exchange” 3 position star Joe Klecko.

There is no number dictated for any class of enshrinees, the selection process by-laws provide that between four and eight new members will be selected.

The actual voting for the Class of 2015 will be conducted at the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee’s annual meeting in January, 2015 the day before Super Bowl XLIX.

The results will be announced that evening.

Kevin remains close to the game and calls for him to join the coaching ranks have not gone unanswered.
Kevin has stated that under the right circumstances, he would coach.

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Any interest in Fmr. Jets HOF candidate Kevin Mawae in coaching?

Will the New York Jets make an offer as an offensive line coach next year?

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NFL Hall of Fame candidate, Jets Center and 8 time Pro Bowl contestant Kevin Mawae

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Kevin Mawae - The wiki of it all

The New York Jets posted a Gallery of Kevin Mawae pictures on their website, follow the link below to see their pictures.

NewYorkJets.com posts picture gallery of center Kevin Mawae (click).

Vote for Kevin Mawae to enter the NFL Hall of Fame, follow this link or visit NFL.com for more information.

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Has Eric Decker’s career peaked signing with the N.Y. Jets | A Viking homecoming

Wide receiver Eric Decker made the unlikely choice to join the floundering New York Jets during free agency this year. He may be regretting that decision.

Eric Decker’s Leaving Denver for the Jets wasn’t the wide receivers first option. Reports suggest he’s missing the comfort of a good quarterback.

There were a few teams interested in Decker’s services, but the Denver Broncos free agent decided to give Rex Ryan and the New York Jets the first shot at signing him, where his services were needed most. Last season, Wide receiver Jeremy Kerley and Tight end Jeff Cumberland were the Jets’ top receivers in 2013.

Decker reportedly had no preference on where he signed, in a relatively slow wide receiver market. Now he may be rethinking that decision as the Jets, have wrapped up last place in the AFC East this season.

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Leaving Denver and QB Peyton Manning wasn't Decker's' idea.

Decker posted career highs of 87 receptions and 1,228 receiving yards in 2013 with 11 receiving touchdowns. The 2010 third-round pick was one of the NFL’s most productive wide receivers over those last two years with 172 receptions (11th in the NFL), 2,352 receiving yards (ninth in the NFL) and 24 touchdowns (tied for third in the NFL).
However, despite the numbers, Decker still had trouble being considered a number one receiver, on a team with no number one receiver.

Adding insult to injury Decker went to a team with a General manager who reportedly has been plotting the head coaches demise since the GM joined the organization. A GM who drafted poorly at positions of need and left the team without any viable cornerbacks after cutting the teams top two highly rated defensive backs in Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie Leaving Rex Ryan’s defensive secondary hobbled.

But it gets worse for Decker and it’s no wonder he’s depressed as the team continues to press a bad situation by choosing second year quarterback Geno Smith over their veteran backup, Michael Vick with continued disasterous results.

Decker’s production has suffered with only 49 receptions for 531 yards and only 4 touchdowns on the season.

Eric Decker caught two passes for 18 yards in the Jets’ Week 13 loss to the Dolphins.

Not what Decker signed up for. He’s got to hate driving to work every morning. Decker isn’t helping the cause. He committed a drop on the opening drive. The Jets attempted just eight passes all night before the final drive. Decker was targeted a team-high four times. Nobody in this Jets offense is worth owning. Dec 2 – 12:09 AM – RotoWorld.com

Despite the current circumstances, Decker maintains that;

“People sometimes don’t understand the free agency process,” “It’s not like Denver was calling my agent to get me back.”

Decker did not get an offer to re-sign with the Broncos. “So for all the people that have accused Eric of choosing money. You don’t know anything,” Jessie James Decker posted on Instagram.

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Decker, a former University of Minnesota star, played four years in Denver, two with Peyton Manning as his quarterback. In those seasons, Decker had more than 1,000 receiving yards, with career highs of 87 catches and 1,288 yards during 2013′ Super Bowl run.

As a free agent in March, Decker signed a five-year, $36.25 million deal with the New York Jets.
The Jets record is now 2-10 and have the NFL’s worst quarterback situation. Exactly the opposite of what Decker’s career needed to maintain his growth.

As for Free Agency, Decker stated:

“We had to feel out who was interested, and having the New York Jets being very interested” led to ” you try to make the best decision for you personally and for my football career. I would bet everything that I have that we wouldn’t be in this situation, and unfortunately we are.

Decker said his agent, Todd France, had inquired with the Denver Broncos a to how much they’d be willing to pay to keep him, signing a new contract with the team. Remarkably…

“I don’t think we ever got an answer back, so it’s not like I had options to weigh. It was kind of I had to make a decision, and again I felt good with the decision that I made — and I never regret going forward.”

The Jets quarterback’s Michael Vick and Geno Smith have struggled this year behind a susceptible offensive line. Second year project, formerly slated to be the franchise quarterback, Geno Smith, started his ninth game Monday night ( a Jets Ring of Honor induction game) vs. Miami, resulting in yet another miserable outing completing only 7 of 13 passes for 65 yards and an interception in a 19-16 loss in which the team had rushed for an incredible 277 yards. Prompting Jets Head Coach Rex Ryan to state: “…we can’t buy a win”.

Decker missed two receptions himself during the game. That was compounded by two missed field goals by Mr.automatic, Nick Folk. A blocked punt. Two missed interception opportunities and finally a missed reception by Jeff Cumberland in the final moments. It’s been that kind of year.

Eric Decker has 49 catches for 531 yards, making a third straight 1,000-yard season out of reach. His average has dropped from 14.8 yards to 10.8 yards per reception.

Decker’s wife is country music star Jessie James Decker, an ardent supporter of her husband and his career. She recently said her husband has been “depressed” by this season’s developments and has been vocal on social media about the team and it’s fans. But Decker has downplayed those comments about his being depressed, when Honestly, he has every reason to be.

Reportedly Decker had commented on his replacement Emmanuel Sanders success with the Denver Broncos.

“Well, she knows she’s kind of overdramatizing it, It’s been difficult, no question. When you’re a competitor, and having two years prior of winning a lot of games; going to the playoffs, it’s definitely a hard adjustment, and no adjustment that any player wants to make. Adding, “I take it hard. I’m an emotional guy. I wear my emotions on my sleeves, and she knows that it’s been difficult.”

New York Jets vs. The Minnesota Vikings, a homecoming of sorts.

Decker, (6′ – 3″, 214#) as a wide receiver starred for Minnesota State university, Gophers from 2006-09. The Jets are slated to play the Vikings and Eric hasn’t been back to Minnesota in several years.

“A win would be huge,” said Decker, who grew up an hour away from Minneapolis in Cold Spring, MN. “Just a win in general would be huge right now, but being back home in front of a home crowd would be very exciting.”

“It’s more exciting than anything just to come back to campus, I don’t get back too often, so it’d be nice to see some familiar faces and talking to the football coaching staff, friends, family. Everybody’s coming to the game.”

One of those friends is Vikings cornerback Marcus Sherels, a former Gophers teammate.

“He’s always been a hard worker, a really good player,” Sherels said. “… He can pretty much do it all. He’s got pretty good hands, fast, a big receiver.”

Sherels won’t need a ticket to see his friend for the first time in a few years. They’ll be facing off against each other.

It remains to be seen if the Jets will be able to get the ball to Decker, who would love to shine for his hometown crowd.

It remains to be said that Decker is acutely aware of an NFL players career longevity and that he may be with a team at the start of a rebuilding process. What his future holds even he doesn’t know at this juncture.

In his recent interview with Jets’ reporter Amanda Pflugrad upon his arrival to the university of Minnesota, Decker reiterated the importance of each player highlighting their skill set. He reminds us and perhaps his teammates, that they don’t get many chances to do so overall. It all goes on tape and everyman is playing for their jobs.

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Wayne Cherbet – N.Y. JETS Ring(s) of Honor | Pictures of a star

New York Jets wide receiver Wayne Chrebet joins New York Jets Ring of Honor.

Wayne cherbet will be inducted at half time December first as the Jets play Miami. A fitting game for the presentation.

Wayne was an undrafted free agent, out of Long Island’s Hofstra University, which also served as the New York Jets training facility.

A 5 -10″ wide receiver, the odds were stacked against him. A walk-on try out player he represented “Everyman” to Jets Fans and serves as an inspiration to anyone who knows his story.

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Wayne cherbet went up for the ball countless times no matter the peril he truly believed in "being all you can be".

In by-gone days the Jets would hold open tryout day on Long Island and announce the date via the local media. I remember Wayne inspiring more than a few to attend such tryouts.

But he made it. Keyshawn Johnson eat your heart out – Wayne Cherbet “got the damn ball”.¹

Wayne cherbet’s number 80 will not be worn by any other New York Jet and he now joins the famed Ring of Honor.

imageWayne Didn’t take any guff from any other player.

Wayne Cherbet stands tall among his peers.


image 2002: Chrebet’s college jersey was retired in a ceremony at Hofstra University, New York.

Starting in 1995 and playing through 2005 Wayne Cherbet gave New York Fans everything he had including suffering multiple concussions, the effects of which linger on.

On April 26, 2013 Chrebet was at Radio City Music Hall and formally announced the New York Jets 2nd round draft selection of quarterback Geno Smith during the 2013 NFL Draft.

Wayne is routinely invited to attend Jets games as a guest of honor by owner Woody Johnson and routinely serves as an ambassador on behalf of the New York Jets and National Football League.

Wayne is 2nd in New York Jets franchise history with 580 receptions.

5th in New York Jets franchise history with 7,365 yards from scrimmage.

Third-most receptions in the history of the National Football League among players who were not drafted.
See all Wayne’s awards and accolades (click link)

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Wayne shows his Ring to former teammate Coles

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Teammates Wayne Cherbet and wide receiver L.Coles

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Wayne and Jets Owner Woody Johnson presenting his Ring of Honor.

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Hanging at the Jets training facility in Florham park

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Wayne taking in the view

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In a 2007 interview with the Bergen Record, Chrebet stated he still feels post-concussion symptoms as a result of the multiple concussions he suffered while playing in the NFL, including headaches, lethargy, and sensitivity to light and noise.

Wayne has said he wouldn’t change anything despite the concussions.

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Wayne with his boys whom play flag football; Wayne has said he will coach his Boys when the time comes.

The Official Wayne Cherbet website (click on Link)

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No.80 Wayne Cherbet takes his place in the N.Y. Jets Ring of Honor

¹ for those who may not remember the great Keyshawn Johnson rivalry and his book “Give me the damn ball”. Key was later traded to Tampa and did get a super bowl ring but Wayne Cherbet clearly came out on top in New York.

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New York Jets quarterback’s | Final five | Seasons ţo come in question

The season was over before it began for the New York Jets and their legions of well hardened Fans.

Second year GM John Idzik made it known that he was going to fire Rex Ryan and has possibly been sabotaged by Idzik from the start.

The Jets have not had the same luck as rival Bill Belichick and the New England patriots have had.
Their sixth round pick, QB Tom Brady continues to haunt the Jets top picks at the position.

Throwing rookie quarterbacks into the fire just hasn’t worked. Our development at the position, just hasn’t worked.

Rex Ryan said in a perfect world they would sit for a few years and learn. The Jets haven’t had that luxury in some time.

This year was started with no effective defensive backs in a league that is pass happy and requiring great players at the position. GM John Idzik supplied none.

Jets’ Offensive and defensive lines are suspect and have aging players with few competent players at depth.

Our position coaches are failing to produce developed players and as such we’ve relied on free agency for starters while worrying about the salary cap.

The chain of events put into motion in 2013 secured the fate of this and several more seasons to come thanks to John Idzik and Geno Smith, a poisonous tandem.

Now the “organization” has made the decision to bench Michael Vick and start Geno Smith again, leaving Rex Ryan to defend that decision stating that both of them are good quarterbacks.

“I have said it all along I feel we have two good quarterbacks, I definitely feel that. And we have another guy that is a decent quarterback as well, in Simms. But I feel that way,” Ryan said.

In reality, the Jets don’t have one solid quarterback or they wouldn’t be 2-9 right now. If Matt Simms is “decent,” then the Jets should let him start the last five games of the season and see what he can do. Something they plan on doing with Geno Smith instead.

The Jets are just playing out the string, so they’ve decided to give the job to the younger quarterback and “see”. Ryan acknowledged that part of the decision to switch from Vick to Smith is to give the franchise more time to evaluate Smith adding that fans should anticipate this.

“Let’s see how far he’s come,” Ryan said of Smith. “We’ve given him a few weeks off, let’s see how it handles it. Yeah, I am curious to see that. But again, I mentioned I’m excited to see it.”

Change for changes sake is never a good idea.

But their are times when it becomes mandatory, this is one of those times as Fans are disgruntled and would accept Matt Simms at this point;

Personal seat licences, the hiring of an inexperienced General manager to run the team, the lack of player development, the scouting department heads who have been with the team for a decade but failed to find competent talent, have all led to comments such as:
“Mr Johnson keeping someone who planned a organizational coup instead of improvement is beyond idiotic.”

Billboards on our highways, airplanes flying banners over practice and game fields as well as what can only be described as a social media explosion of unfavorable comments.

You can bet the unrest will continue If GM John Idzik is kept, the head coach is fired and good players leave.

Owner Woody Johnson is a business man and utilizes advisers in making team management decisions, as he did when he searched for and eventually hired second year GM John Idzik.
[Mr.Johnson was recently named as the 12th worst sports owner out of a list of the top 15 worst team owners by Rolling Stone]

But who’s got Mr.Johnson’s ear now, is Idzik still touting his plan for sustained success via the draft. Two years and nineteen draft picks later two players are starters; 2 of 19 and we’re talking about 2013′ Oday Aboushi (injury to Brian Winters) and 2014′ Jace Amaro. Both of whom still need coaching. Calvin Pryor isn’t worth considering right now.

That is the problem for the Jets, not enough production from Idzik’ draft picks which led to free agency pick up’s to prop up the team this year, and it simply hasn’t worked.

Would you trust the same person to taint the process for a third year? As The saying goes, fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me…

Right now 2015 is not looking good for two N.Y. football teams.

by Jim Boyd @OneJetDrive on Twitter & Facebook

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N.Y. JETS owner agreed with draft plan | Did he know of plan to oust his head coach

N.Y. JETS owner Woody Johnson agreed with building through the draft according to source.

Was failure part of the plan by Idzik in order oust a his head coach.

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Jets' owner Woody Johnson


“Woody Johnson told me that the team was going to build through the draft.”

The source, also a new season ticket holder, spoke to Johnson prior to the start of the season and vows he will not be renewing should General manager John Idzik be retained.

The question now is will Johnson, listed as the 12th worst owner out of the top 15 by Rolling Stone keep his embattled GM.

It’s a fact that Idzik and the scouting department have all but blown two consecutive drafts, 19 picks in all.

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Idzik rambled for 19 minutes during his mid year press conference

Idzik seemed lost during his rambling press conference in which he had no answers and no plan going forward for this season.

Now that it’s clear that Idzik declared he would be firing head coach Rex Ryan before the start of the season, could he possibly be trusted to continue on in this capacity.

Failing to draft competent players in favor of saving salary cap money and plotting the demise of your head coach are not manager qualities any company would consider competent management.

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Idzik planned firing HC Rex Ryan before the season and has not denied it at any time.

Did woody Johnson know Idzik planned Rex Ryan’s failure and firing and when did he know it.

Woody Johnson clearly needs to reconsider his management team for the sake of his team on the field.

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