Jets lose more than game to Texans

The Jets (5 and 5) lost two key players, along with any playoff hopes, in their Sunday afternoon loss to the Houston Texans.
Jets center Nick Mangold suffered cuts on his right hand severe enough to affect his snapping the ball, thus ending his day.

Jets CB Darrelle Revis, exalted ruler at cornerback in the AFC east, suffered a concussion which ended his afternoon early in the second half.

The Jets 24-17 loss to the Texans was bad enough but the injuries leave Nick Mangold’s and Darrelle Revis’ status for next Sunday’s game against the Dolphins in doubt, for at least a few days. We’ll know more on Wednesday when coach Bowles makes his post practice announcement.

Revis (diagnosed with a concussion) left the game in the third quarter after tackling Texans running back Akeem Hunt.

Revis must go through the NFL’s concussion protocol and will be closely monitored by the teams medical staff.

Revis got beat twice by Texans receiver DeAndre Hopkins in the first half. Texans quarterback T.J. Yates (who hasn’t started since 2011) threw a deep ball to Hopkins on the first catch which saw Revis losing a step on a Hopkins hip fake, then tested him again on the second for a 61-yard touchdown.

Adding insult to injury Hopkins scored again soon after Revis exited in the second half where Yates was able to pass it over Marcus Williams head.

Center Nick Mangold left in the first half with a hand injury classified by coach Todd Bowles as lacerations. Those lacerations required stitches Bowles later revealed in his post game press conference.

Mangold was seen on the sideline, hat on, in the second half with a large wrap on his right hand.

Mangold’ stitched up cuts might impede his ability to snap the ball in practice next week.

Coach Bowles has been ardent in saying that if a player doesn’t practice, they don’t play on Sundays. Might Mangold be the exception to the rule as the Jets face division rivals the Miami dolphins who are 6 and 4 on the season.

The Jets have had coverage, execution, miscues and special teams problems since their promising 4 and 1 start to the 2015 season.

An angered Todd Bowles took to the podium after the game saying poor execution and situational awareness were a fault. Bowles added that the teams rookies need to stop playing like it. He added that he’s still committed to quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick but doesn’t think he played very well.

In a side note the Jets fandom is growing impatient with wide receiver Devin Smith’s lack of growth after failing to catch a sure touchdown Sunday.

New York born and bred, James is a decades long New York Jets Fan and writer dating back to their Superbowl days. A frequent guest on sports talk shows and a former U.S. Marine.

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Polynesian college football player of the year award finalists announcement

The Polynesian Football Hall of Fame announced today five Finalists for the Polynesian College Football Player of the Year Award.

The award is presented annually to the most outstanding Polynesian college football player that epitomizes great ability and integrity.  

Former University of Oregon, and current Tennessee Titans Quarterback, Marcus Mariota was selected as the recipient of the Award in 2014.

Culled from a list nearly forty competitors, The selection committee has announced five finalists for this year’s award:

Deforest Buckner (University of Oregon), Defensive Lineman.

Senior – Samoan Ancestry.

Notes: 61 tackles on the year (42 solo). Leads the Pac-12 Conference in total sacks (7.5) including13 tackles for loss with Five passes broken up.

Candidate for the Bednarik Award, Hendricks Award, Nagurski Trophy and the Lombardi Award.

Born March 17, 1992 in Waianae, Hawai`i.

Su’a Cravens (University of Southern California), Outside Linebacker.

Junior – Samoan Ancestry.

Notes: 66 tackles on the year (41 solo) including 5.5 sacks with12 tackles for loss, Two forced fumbles and Two Interceptions.

Candidate for the Bednarik Award, Hendricks Award, Nagurski Trophy and the Lombardi Award.

Born July 7, 1995 in Los Angeles, California.

KA’IMI Fairbaian (University of California Los Angeles), Place Kicker. Senior – Hawaiian Ancestry.

Notes: Made 19 of 20 field goals on the year (95%) and Made 39 of 39 extra point attempts on the year (100%).

Has Set Pac-12 Conference career scoring record this season.

Notable: Made a 60-yard field goal which is the longest in UCLA history and second longest in Pac-12 Conference history.

Named Lou Groza Award Semifinalist. Born January 29, 1994 in Kailua, Hawai´i.

Juju Smith-Schuster(University of Southern California), Wide Receiver.

Sophomore – Samoan Ancestry.

Notes: Has 63 catches for 1,160 yards on the year, 10 touchdowns and Leads Pac-12 Conference.

Also, ranks 6th in the Nation in total receiving yards and Ranks 9th in the Nation in touchdown receptions. Candidate for the Biletnikoff Award and Maxwell Award

Born November 22, 1996 in Long Beach, California.

Ronnie Stanley (University of Notre Dame), Offensive Lineman.

Senior – Tongan Ancestry.

Notes: Started all 10 games for Notre Dame on the year.

Notre Dame has gained 2,156 rushing yards and 25 rushing touchdowns on the year.

Candidate for the Outland Trophy.

Born March 18,1994 in Las Vegas, NV.

Polynesian Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee representatives;

*CoachesDickTomey (Chairman),

LaVell EdwardsRon McBride, and Dick Vermeil.

*Eight time Pro Bowler (6X with the New York Jets), CEO of Elite Line Camp and past NFLPA President as well as Inaugural Inductee; Kevin Mawae.

*ESPN Sportscaster Neil Everett,

*NFL player personnel great Gil Brandt

*Honolulu Sportscaster Robert Kekaula.

The Polynesian College Football Player of the Year will be announced on December 8, 2015.

The Polynesian College Football Player of the Year will be honored during the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Weekend on January 29 & 30, 2016 in Oahu, Hawai’i.


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Jets place Willie Colon on career ending Injured Reserve

Willie Colon is 32 years old playing his tenth year in the NFL but all the success was accompanied by injuries.

Injuries that are now too much to over come as Wednesday, halfway through the season, the Jets put Colon on season-ending injured reserve.

Colon signed a veteran minimum one-year, $870,000 contract with the Jets meaning he’ll be a free agent after 2015, his 10th and perhaps final season in the NFL.

“At my age and my injury history, it’s easy to get thrown to the back of the bus, and kind of washed away. But he allowed me to go out there and compete. Colon said of Todd Bowles and this summer’s training camp.

A self made man out of the Bronx Willie made it through Hofstra University on Long Island (the Jets former home) to the NFL and earned a super bowl ring with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He joined the JETS in 2013 as the out right starting right guard.

This year colon beat out, Brian Winters, Brent Qvale, and Oday Aboushi (who was later cut and starts for the Texans) for the starting job.
Brian Winters was named Colon’s backup, according to first year head coach Todd Bowles.

“He was more aggressive out of the ones that were competing for the position, He wanted it more. He came out and played like it. And he proved it. He came back to camp in shape. He was the hungriest. He’s shown that he didn’t bust as many assignments as the rest of them. He played tougher and he played more physical than the rest of them.” Todd Bowles said of colon speaking to the media at the time.

Willie Colon’ latest injury nemesis has been his knees, dating back to last season, that required time off practice days. Colon missed a lot of spring practices, because of his knees, but still managed to win the starting job.

Before the 2014 season, Colon had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee. It has required regular treatment since.

Injury history: Colon has torn his Achilles tendon, ripped his triceps/biceps, and had endured long post-surgery rehab and now his knees have had enough punishment for three lifetimes.

Colon has cleaned up his act this season as the past three seasons, including 2012 with the Steelers, Colon led all NFL guards in penalties, according to Pro Football Focus. He had 12 in 2012, 12 in 2013, and 14 in 2014.

“Football has given me everything,” “In some way, I feel in debt to it. Because it’s changed my life, my social status, my economic status, my whole core as a person. It’s weird, because you have those moments where you’re like: ‘What do you do after this? Who are you after this?’ At some point, you’re going to have to find out who you are.”
-Willie Colon

Life after football:

In June of this year three Jets players began planning for the future by participating in the NFL’s broadcast boot camp training sessions at NFL Films headquarters: offensive guard Willie Colon, cornerback Antonio Cromartie, and defensive lineman Leger Douzable.

Colon and Cromartie have 10 years experience in the NFL. Colon is 32 years old, Cromartie 31. Douzable, 29.

Teams, Contracts and Injuries timeline;

Colon was selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the fourth round (131st overall) of the 2006 NFL Draft.

Super Bowl XLIII championship team member.

Re-signed with the Steelers after the 2008 season for a one-year deal worth $2.2 million.

While working out during the offseason in June 2010, Colon tore his Achilles tendon, forcing him to miss the entire 2010 NFL Season.

On July 29, 2011, Colon signed a five-year deal worth $29 million with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

In week 1 against the Baltimore Ravens, Colon tore his triceps and missed the rest of the 2011 season.

He was released from the Steelers on March 13, 2013.

The New York Jets signed Colon to a one–year contract on March 15, 2013.

Jets re-signed Colon to a one-year contract worth $2 million on March 19, 2014.

In 2015 Colon signed a veteran minimum one-year, $870,000 contract with the Jets.

-wiki, press conferences, nj .com statement, New York Jets.

New York born and bred, James is a decades long New York Jets Fan and writer dating back to their Superbowl days. A frequent guest on sports talk shows and a former U.S. Marine.

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Jets center of it all


The New York Jets cut center Dalton Freeman in their first round, getting the team to 78 players.

The only problem with the move is that he was teams primary to replace Nick Mangold who was drafted in 2006.

Freeman did an excellent job of holding down the position when Mangold went down to injury.

The matter is not moot as the Buffalo Bills, whose head coach happens to be Rex Ryan took the opportunity to snap up once he hit the market.

The JETS and head coach Todd Bowles will now rely on Wesley Johnson.


Johnson, also in his second year, has no NFL experience at the position and was originally being looked at to fill a line position.

Not to fret Jets fans, Willie Colon is still the starter at the right guard position.

September 5th will be a very interesting date in Jets history the cuts continue in this fashion.

New York born and bred, James is a decades long New York Jets Fan and writer dating back to their Superbowl days. A frequent guest on sports talk shows and a former U.S. Marine.

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Jets’ star tight end Jace Amaro sidelined by injury


New York Jets star tight end Jace Amaro has a torn labrum (left shoulder) and will undergo surgery.

The JETS have placed him on season ending injured reserve.

The injury occurred in the Jets’ preseason opener against Detroit and was initially touted by the team as a mere sprain. However, as time passed coach Bowles stated listing Amaro as a week to week prospect for his offense.

Amaro finished the 2014 season with 38 catches for 345 yards and two touchdowns as a rookie, speculation ran high as to his second year leap.

The team and fans alike were hoping for a breakout season in 2015 from the former Texas Tech Standout.

The JETS have been quite about his injury while at the same time bringing in several New tight ends to training camp.

Based on the tight end blocking performance of last season, the addition of Kellen Davis seemed prudent. Now if he can just get over the penalties.

Currently the JETS are left with last year’s starter Jeff Cumberland, Kellen Davis, Arthur Lynch and Wes Saxton on the 75-man roster.

The final 53-man roster for the regular season is due by 4 p.m. on Saturday, September 5th.

New York born and bred, James is a decades long New York Jets Fan and writer dating back to their Superbowl days. A frequent guest on sports talk shows and a former U.S. Marine.

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New York Jets Quarterback SNAFU


For the New York Jets it’s a SNAFU – situation Normal all fouled up ~ again.

For yet another year the Jets don’t have a stable Quarterback situation:

Geno Smith’s personal conduct has again come to haunt him, but to a larger extent, his team and all Jets fans who want one, and only one, question answered.
Can Geno Smith be a viable quarterback in the NFL?

Jets Fans may not get an answer to this question in this, his third year.

This time it comes down to not his abilities, but rather his lack thereof.

In a situation with a teammate IK Enemkpali, that clearly easily could have and should have been resolved long ago; Geno Smith not only let it escalate, he instigated what resulted in his jaw being broken in two places.

Geno Smith is wisely not “pressing” charges with local police per reports.

His now former teammate threw a jaw breaking knockout punch when Smith ( as told by IK immediately after the occurrence stated Clark) Pointed his finger in his rookie teammates face and stated “there’s nothing you’re gonna do about it“.


Imagine a grown man cultivated to play and be violent, in a game that celebrates such behavior, reacting to this statement by taking exception and showing him what he’s “gonna do about it”.

Fan and Media noise immediately became deafening. How could a teammate entering his second year treat the teams celebrated leader in such a fashion.

After all, Geno Smith has given his team everything he has.
Forget his missing team meetings. His abrupt behavior on an airline. His cursing out a fan after a bad performance and now his pointing of his finger in a man’s face declaring, nay, challenging him saying there’s nothing you’re gonna do.
Forget all that, Geno has been a model teammate, giving everything to his craft.


How could anyone condone such behavior by a second year player. A menial backup outside line backer. Who’s he? compared to the exalted ruler, the appointed quarterback three years running who’s play single handedly forced an entire regime change.

He’s the teams star! Lauded by his backer, then general manager John Idzik as the teams saviour. Idzik wasn’t alone and although he fired everyone associated with Smith’ miserable play, team owner Woody Johnson, whilst firing management at the podium on that cold December 29th day, he himself again expressed his faith in the exalted ruler of the team, Geno Smith.

Geno Smith is the picture of a team first player!

While only hours after his jaw surgery he was out in the parking lot throwing the old pigskin around showing how tough he is.
Caution be damned, Smith saw no reason for any protective gear.
No errant ball was going to hit him in the surgically repaired jaw and re-injure him!

Man oh man, now that’s toughness. That’s maturity. That’s the makings of an NFL star.

It is however a little disturbing when no teammate rushed to Geno Smith’s aide during or after the event.
Sure the other guy was getting calls from teammates to check on him, he was fired immediately for sticking up for himself, I mean who couldn’t understand that.

It got so bad, so much press, that former roommate, wide receiver Brandon Marshall had to come out this week and state that Geno did nothing wrong.

I must have grown up in a different era, well yeah, it was a different time. We had no gameboys, no Madden NFL.
It was brutal. We had to play football and baseball out in the streets for heaven’s sake.

It was a different time…

It was so terrible growing up in New York in those days that we had to actually fight to protect ourselves, our family honor and our belongings.
We were so poor we didn’t even own handguns!

Today growing up on the couch playing all the games the world has to offer must seem tough to today’s youth.
They effortlessly kill others with the click of a button. Destroy the world with their thumb… But this electronic age has failed to teach them how to actually survive and protect themselves, let alone street smarts and maturity.

Be outraged! Speak your mind!

This is 2015, a much gentler time where we accept everything as okay. Anything goes and you can say and do to me whatever you want without repercussions or so it would seem by the minority uproar.

Meanwhile the New York Jets have signed four quarterbacks to the team.

Thanks for everything Geno Smith. It’s been a wild ride. Good end to the ’13 Season, perfect game at the end of the ’14 Season. Every coach fired. 4 – 12 record, but through it all you remain our leader. Why it’s almost as if you can do no wrong. Or is it simply that the teams options are so limited?

All Jets fans wanted to see this year was could you do it. Could you play, read a defense, throw an accurate ball, could you win now.

Fitzpatrick, Flynn, Petty, Heaps and some fans, despite a powerful defense on paper, are hoping for an 8 – 8 season.

It’s no wonder people are appalled when someone throws a punch.

They’ve never actually have ever had to do that. Never protected their family and belongings. Never joined the U.S. Armed forces.
They’ve never had to ________.

Please support Geno in the comments section.

Feel free to express your outrage at the nameless player who threw the punch.
Explain how wrong it was.

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