2014 NEW YORK JETS FOOTBALL PREVIEW
August 7, 2014INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
2014 NEW YORK JETS FOOTBALL PREVIEW
HEAD COACH: REX RYAN, 42 – 38
OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR: MARTY MORNHINWEG
DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR: DENNIS THURMAN
SCORING OFFENSE: 18.0
TOTAL OFFENSE: 318.1
SCORING DEFENSE: 24.2
TOTAL DEFENSE: 334.9
The New York Jets are not a Super Bowl contender and head coach Rex Ryan will be on the hot seat again this year if they don’t at least make it to the playoffs. Ryan’s first two teams went to the AFC championship game but since that time they’ve managed only 22 wins in three seasons. This year schedule won’t be easy early and the Jets may find themselves in a whole after playing the likes of Green Bay, Chicago, San Diego, Denver and New England in five of their first seven games.
New York is hoping the additions they made through free agency will make their offense more formidable in 2014. Receiver Eric Decker was signed from Denver where he thrived in the offense run by Peyton Manning. The question about Decker is his ability to spread the field but not his ability to catch the football after catching 87 passes for 1288 yards and 11 touchdowns with the Broncos. Decker also averaged nearly 15 yards per reception. Decker is an upgrade from last year’s receiving corps which included Jeremy Kerley (43 receptions), David Nelson (36), Bilal Powell (36), Kellen Winslow (31) and Santonio Holmes (23). Stephen Hill is nothing more than a one dimensional receiver and it appears right now he may never be a complete receiver.
The Jets also added former Pro Bowl running back Chris Johnson after Tennessee decided to let him walk. Johnson played last year with a torn meniscus in his knee and had his least productive season in the NFL. Johnson’s durability has become a question after caring the football 1742 times in his career. His age will also be an issue, as Johnson will turn 29 in September. Joining Johnson in the Jets backfield will be Chris Ivory who led the Jets in rushing with 833 yards and a 4.6 yards per carry average. Bilal Powell, who is an excellent receiver out of the backfield, was second in rushing with 697 yards and average 4.0 yards per carry. If the Jets can use all three, Johnson should be an excellent complement to both Ivory and Powell.
Despite all the changes, the success of the Jets’ offense comes down to the quarterback. Second-year signal caller Geno Smith had dreadful numbers in 2013 after throwing for only 12 touchdowns and 21 interceptions. Smith must make better decisions so the Jets signed veteran Michael Vick to give him a push. New York’s offense finished 31st in the NFL in passing, 29th in scoring and 25th in total offense. Over the last three seasons, the Jets have a combined 57 interceptions and that must improve or they won’t make a playoff run in 2014.
The offensive is a strength, and if this group can stay healthy, the Jets should be able to run the football effectively in 2014. C Nick Mangold will be joined by left tackle D’Brickashaw Ferguson, left guard Brian Winters, right guard Willie Colon and right tackle Breno Giacomini.
New York’s defense, especially upfront, is as good as anyone in the NFL. The issue comes in the secondary after they gave up 246.7 yards per game, which ranked 22nd in the NFL. New York drafted FS Calvin Pryor out of Louisville with their first round selection in 2014. Pryor is a hard hitter but there are some questions about his covered skills. Joining prior will be cornerback Dee Milliner and Dimitri Patterson (Miami) on the corners and Dawan Landry at strong safety. Antonio Allen will challenge prior for the free safety starting job but he too has issues in cover skills. Garrett McIntyre, Kyle Wilson, rookie Dexter McDougle and Jaiquawn Jarrett will be the backups.
The line is led by Muhamad Wilkerson and Sheldon Richardson. Wilkerson, is arguably the best football player on this team, with a great combination of speed, strength and size (6-4 315) that allows him to disrupt opposing offenses and get to the quarterback (10.5 sacks). Richardson won the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year award last season and with Wilkerson, they may be two of the more dominating lineman in the NFL. Nose tackle Kendrick Ellis will join Richardson and Wilkerson in the 3-4 alignment.
The Jets need more production from outside linebacker Quenton Coples, who finished with only four to half sacks last year. Joining Coples will be weak side linebacker Demario Davis, inside linebacker David Harris and strong side linebacker Calvin Pace. The backups include Jermaine Cunningham, rookie Jeremiah George, Garrett McIntyre and Nick Bellore. Trevor Reilly, a rookie out of Utah, will also get a look at outside linebacker during training camp.
There is no question the pressure is on head coach Rex Ryan. Another 8 – 8 season, and another missed opportunity at the NFL playoffs, should mean Ryan is on his way out. There’s also a ton of pressure on quarterback Geno Smith. Can Smith becoming more consistent quarterback now that the Jets have gone out and signed help at receiver and it running back. The bottom line is, the Jets have a strong running game, may be better than last year, they have one of the better defensive lines in football, now they can shore up the passing attack and stop the pass, they could be a playoff contender this season.
The pick: Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville, 5-11, 207 (No. 18 overall)
|39||Allen, Antonio||S||6-1||210||25||3||South Carolina|
|88||Amaro, Jace||TE||6-5||265||22||R||Texas Tech|
|99||Barnes, T.J.||DT||6-7||364||24||1||Georgia Tech|
|54||Bellore, Nick||LB||6-1||250||25||4||Central Michigan|
|40||Bohanon, Tommy||FB||6-1||247||23||2||Wake Forest|
|32||Bush, Josh||S||5-11||205||25||3||Wake Forest|
|98||Coples, Quinton||LB||6-6||290||24||3||North Carolina|
|56||Davis, Demario||LB||6-2||239||25||3||Arkansas State|
|58||Davis, Troy||LB||6-2||251||23||2||Central Florida|
|48||Divitto, Steele||LB||6-2||237||22||R||Boston College|
|42||Dixon, Brandon||CB||5-11||203||24||R||Northwest Missouri State|
|78||Douzable, Leger||DT||6-4||284||28||7||Central Florida|
|51||Enemkpali, Ikemefuna||DE||6-1||272||23||R||Louisiana Tech|
|61||Ford, Patrick||G||6-6||305||24||1||Eastern Kentucky|
|8||Furney, Andrew||K||5-10||210||23||R||Washington State|
|10||Gates, Clyde||WR||6-0||197||28||4||Abilene Christian|
|53||George, Jeremiah||ILB||5-11||219||22||R||Iowa State|
|64||Grady, Anthony||DE||6-7||289||24||R||Missouri State|
|15||Hakim, Saalim||WR||5-11||188||24||2||Palomar Coll. CA (J.C.)|
|94||Harrison, Damon||DL||6-4||350||25||3||William Penn|
|84||Hill, Stephen||WR||6-4||215||23||3||Georgia Tech|
|62||Hyder, Kerry||DE||6-2||280||23||R||Texas Tech|
|33||Ivory, Chris||RB||6-0||222||26||5||Tiffin University|
|21||Johnson, Chris||RB||5-11||203||28||7||East Carolina|
|26||Landry, Dawan||S||6-1||212||31||9||Georgia Tech|
|31||Lankster, Ellis||CB||5-9||190||28||5||West Virginia|
|74||Mangold, Nick||C||6-4||307||30||9||Ohio State|
|50||McIntyre, Garrett||LB||6-3||255||29||4||Fresno State|
|45||Miles, Rontez||S||6-0||202||25||1||California (PA)|
|97||Pace, Calvin||LB||6-4||265||33||12||Wake Forest|
|83||Pantale, Chris||TE||6-5||254||24||1||Boston College|
|4||Quigley, Ryan||P||6-3||188||24||2||Boston College|
|41||Reeves, Jeremy||DB||5-7||176||24||1||Iowa State|
|35||Richardson, Daryl||RB||5-10||206||24||3||Abilene Christian|
|7||Smith, Geno||QB||6-3||221||23||2||West Virginia|
|36||Smith, Michael||RB||5-9||205||25||3||Utah State|
|77||Thompson, Zach||DE||6-5||265||23||R||Wake Forest|
|1||Vick, Michael||QB||6-0||215||34||13||Virginia Tech|
|30||Walls, Darrin||CB||6-0||190||26||4||Notre Dame|
|20||Wilson, Kyle||CB||5-10||190||27||5||Boise State|
|67||Winters, Brian||G||6-4||320||23||2||Kent State|
|47||Young, Chad||RB||5-10||240||23||R||San Diego State|
|95||Barnes, Antwan||LB||6-1||251||29||8||Florida International|
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