Thursday, March 31, 2011
Opening day MLB picks: Division Winners: Red Sox Twins Rangers Braves Reds Giants. Wild cards: Rays, Mets. World Series: Red Sox over Giants
Teams that will be much better than people think: Rays, A's, Mets, Padres.
Teams that will much worse than people think: Yankees, Phillies
MVP: Adrian Gonzales, Albert Pujols.
Cy Young: Jon Lester, RA Dickey (just kidding) Tim Lincecum
Feel free to post your predictions in the comments
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Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Of course, this is a terrible idea. Football is a physical sport. People get hurt playing football. That should not cause the game to be changed (and basically eliminating kickoffs changes the game). We are not talking about eliminating dangerous hits and harmful types of tackles. We are talking about eliminating kickoff returns. We are talking about eliminating part of the game. We are all for player safety, but not the expense of the game we all love.
If player safety is more important than the game, we should just computerize the sport. Have accuscore or Madden do a random sim (or on Madden have a whole game played out by the computer that can be televised) instead of games. This way nobody will get hurt (and also we won't need a new CBA either). The only injury we will have to be concerned about is carpal tunnel syndrome. But if you are in the mood for some real football that we all love, we cannot sacrifice any part of the game even for something as important as player safety.
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Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Yesterday we had the Bergen Record's report on Johan Santana's rehab, stating the obvious (in the name of a Mets source) that if he has a setback he may have to be shut down (duh) and that there is a chance that he will miss the season (which we knew since the surgery). They wrote the article (which didn't have anything new in it) with a twist in typical low-class newspaper style (ie. The Post style), trying to scare Mets fans as if some new information came out or that he had a setback, and of course everyone fell for it. The actual story that Santana has been throwing and feeling good and that the 4.5-5 month recovery process until he returns to the Mets has begun of course went unreported even though it happened over a week ago. Then again, that wouldn't scare Mets fans (those like me who haven't given up yet) so who needs to report it?
Then we got 2 more "gems" today:
#1- There was a "report" this morning that the Mets decided Luis Hernandez will be starting 2B (yeah that's why he has only played 3 innings at 2B all ST and has 15 at bats). Later was refuted (duh). This report wasn't so far off. After all, he has the 6th best chance of winning the job.
#2- Jon Heyman says that Jason Isringhauson will be setup man if he keeps up what he has done (laugh out loud here). Yeah if he continues 1 k every 6 innings he should win the closer's job even! Hello! Omar doesn't run this team any more so Mr. Heyman is very unlikely to be able to guess what the Mets will decide to do. That is why Omar got canned and that is why nobody would think of having Heyman run their team. His guesses and predictions are always awful.
The moral of the story is not to pay too much attention to stories that come out of Spring Training. And just by my count, at least 5 guys reported to be "in the best shape of their lives and down 30 pounds" got hurt the next week. So enjoy the offseason and get ready for the season by doing something productive like reading the Amazin Avenue Annual (buy on Amazon; you won't regret it) instead of following what happens in Spring Training and the stories that come out of it.
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Saturday, January 29, 2011
Sunday, December 12, 2010
The source, using the most definitive language possible, confirmed what has been widely speculated around the NBA over the past two months as Anthony has been at the center of trade talks involving numerous teams.
And while other franchises might be able to make better offers, Anthony will not agree to sign anywhere long-term unless he is dealt to New York, according to the source, who has been privy to private discussions between Anthony, his representatives and the Nuggets organization.
The source spoke to ESPN.com after Denver's 129-125 loss to New York on Sunday afternoon as the Knicks won their eighth straight game.
Anthony was again coy in discussing his future, but he did move the needle somewhat in making a prediction that the Nuggets will not trade him to a destination that is not on his wish list.
"I don't think so. I don't think that will happen," Anthony said.
Asked why he would make such a definitive statement, Anthony demurred "I don't want to answer that. I don't want to talk about that."
Anthony received a standing ovation from Knicks fans during player introductions after hearing their pleadings on the streets ever since the Nuggets arrived in Manhattan late Friday night.
"Everybody's yelling out the windows: 'Melo we need you in New York.' Of course that feels good when you know someone out there wants you to come and represent their team and represent their city. That's what I took from that," Anthony said.
The New Jersey Nets have been holding out hope that their offer of Derrick Favors, Troy Murphy and two No. 1 draft picks would be the best offer available to the Nuggets, but the news that Anthony will not agree to sign with them long-term effectively knocks them out of the bidding.
Anthony is under contract for the 2010-11 season at a salary of $17.14 million and holds a player option for $18.52 million in 2011-12. If he remains with Denver until the end of the season and exercises his early termination option, he would become an unrestricted free agent. Anthony has not publicly ruled out the possibility of staying with the Nuggets long term, acknowledging only that he is weighing all his options.
Signing the extension would put him under contract through the 2014-15 season, and if the Knicks were to acquire him they'd pair him alongside Amar'e Stoudemire and fulfill the goal they've worked toward for more than two years:
Having two max-salary players as the cornerstones of their team.
"Whatever decision I make, that is going to be the first thing that gets done," Anthony said of signing the extension.
So the question now becomes more of a "when" than an "if."
The Knicks and Nuggets have discussed several variations of trades that would include Eddy Curry's expiring contract, Danilo Gallinari and other pieces, including a No. 1 pick the Knicks are confident they can acquire from a third team through a trade.
Denver also would have interest in Knicks rookie Landry Fields, who has started at shooting guard in all 25 games for the surging Knicks (16-9). New York also is known to have held trade discussions with several teams involving Wilson Chandler and Anthony Randolph, and some combination of the above-mentioned players would have to be agreed upon by the Knicks and Nuggets to make the deal happen sometime between now and the NBA trade deadline of Feb. 24.
"In my gut right now, I can't say. I don't know. With these things you ever know," Nuggets general manager Masai Ujiri said. "I'm still assessing the situation, still figuring out a lot of stuff. He's still here, and I'm sure everybody thought he was going to be gone in training camp. So it's promising that he's still here."
Stoudemire has scored at least 30 points in eight straight games, a team record, and New York has won 13 of 14 since losing at Denver in mid-November.
"When we played them in Denver the first time, they looked like a totally different team than right now," Anthony said. "They've got a lot of rhythm going out there, it seems like everyone's on the same page, and they're rolling right now."
Chris Sheridan covers the NBA for ESPN.com and ESPNNewYork.com
Monday, December 6, 2010
I believe that the Jets will not miss Leonhard too much on the field. He was good against the run but struggled in coverage and was demolished by TEs (partially because he is 5"8). The Jets will not drop off too much with Pool and Smith and perhaps will be better in coverage. Also we should see more time for James Ihedigbo who I am really high on and who is a great blitzer. Jets fans should not be discouraged by this injury. The Jets' defense will excel despite this loss.
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Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Sunday, November 21, 2010
*Time to mix up the blitzes:
The Jets are sending too many blitzes up the middle. These blitzes are taking too long to get to the QB (due to traffic by the opposing line who are expecting it and also some holding that hasn't been called). Also these blitzes allow the QB to slip out of the pocket and buy extra time or run. It is time to send some outside blitzes, especially by Drew Coleman who flies and backup Safety James Ihedigbo who is a great blitzer.
*Speaking of Ihedigbo, it is time to put him at outside LB for blitz plays. He is a great blitzer. Our guys aren't executing. It's time to get him in there.
It cannot be stated how important it is to get pressure. Our zone coverage will suddenly not have holes and our man coverage will last long enough.
Please leave your ideas in the comments.
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Friday, November 12, 2010
The "trading the core" to get rid of them idea is just a reaction to pain from excruciating seasons in which the Mets collapsed with these players. It is not a logical idea. However, the real question that Mets fans should be asking themselves is whether the team should be sellers this offseason to try to build a team that will be competitive in a couple of years (not to get Alex Coras at every position andwin the World Series in 2011). This is a very interesting question as the Mets have some intriguing talented players that could be of use to another team and could fetch back some prospects. We probably would not want to trade good young players who are under club control for a while like Ike Davis and David Wright. We would only want to trade players who are not under club control for too much longer, such as Jose Reyes and RA Dickey. The idea is that if we will be unable to compete in 2011 anyway or if our odds are not so good, and we are not sure that we want to re-sign them especially for the money they will command, we can capitalize on these assets and get some good prospects in return. Unfortunately, this would only work with players who do not have bad contracts. The Mets have a bunch of talented players (Beltran, K-rod) and somewhat talented players (Jason Bay) who
unfortunately have bad contracts. Trading these players would likelynot yield any prospects unless the Mets would be willing to eat a lot of their money (which they won't be as all Mets fans know). Therefore, the point of dealing these players would be to dump money. Now I don't know about you, but I don't care if Fred Wilpon saves some money. It seems that he has a fixed budget of money for the team to spend each season and saving money this year will not lead him to increase that next year. And the players will long term bad contracts (Bay, Johan Santana) will be very hard to get rid of. So a "rebuilding" move is pretty much pointless unless it yields us prospects that we can use.
That being said, the Mets do not have too many options to trade. They can trade Reyes, but will they really get value for him? He is making $11 million and has only one year left on his contract. His value is not too high right now. I'm not sure how much we'd get for dumping him. RA Dickey is coming off one good season. I'm not sure whichteam would give up too many good prospects for him. If Beltran plays well and is healthy, he can be moved at the deadline, but by then we should know if we are in it or should be dumping players.
In short, I think that it would not be smart for the Mets to "rebuild" at the expense of 2011. As I've discussed earlier on this site and as I will show further in my upcoming Mets 2010-2011 offseason plan, I think the Mets can have some sort of shot to compete in 2011. The possible gains are not enough to warrant giving that up. Instead, the Mets should look to rebuild by actually spending money in the draft and in international signings (something Sandy Alderson has promised to do). That is the way to rebuild. Then each year you phase out an old player or two or three and replace them with rookies who are actually talented and are ready having played a year in AAA and at least close to a full year in AA. (The mistakes of rushing and destroying prospects and not spending in the draftwere key errors of the Omar era that left our farm system in the shape it is in.)
I must make one final point. The Mets success in 2006 was largely due to their incredible production at CF and SS. These positions are usually black holes for teams offensively. The Mets had top offensive and defensive players at these positions. A team cannot just get rid of good players at the four spots where it is hard to replace them (Catcher, CF, SS, 2B). A star at these positions is much rarer than anything else (even an "ace"). The Mets cannot dump Reyes unless they have a plan to replace him at SS (which they don't). Even if they would get a top pitching prospect and a top 1B prospect, they would lose out dramatically at SS and they wouldn't be able to do anything about it. That is why it is key to keep stars at these rare positions, and that is why I think they should sign Reyes to a contract extension rather than dealing him.
While the Jets have won two of their last three games, they have played very poorly in them. It is time for Rex to stop being complacent with his team's effort. It should be inexcusable for the Jets to come out flat again, even if they pull it out in the end. We should be whipping these teams. We should not get up there and say that we hung in there and won and that's what good teams do. We should be looking to cream our opponents and we should not be satisfied if there was any chance at all that we could have lost, even when we eke out a victory. We should plan to dominate and should not be happy unless we do.
That being said, I would like to see some adjustments on Sunday. First of all, Shonn Greene has got to become the starter at RB. Opposing defenses are sending eight guys in the box to stop the run. If we are going to be successful running the ball early on, we are going to need to have Greene and his tackle-breaking ability in there. We will have to live without the ability to do dumpoffs and screen passes at times. We need Greene in there.
Also, look for Kyle Wilson to be in there instead of Drew Coleman (according to Rex). Coleman was torched Sunday by #3 receiver Nate Burleson for 7 catches for 113 yards and a TD. Wilson has looked lost at times especially on deep passes but he is much better at the short and mid-ranged stuff that we usually see out of slot receivers. Use some safety help on his side for deep passes and the Browns will not be able to complete a pass to a WR.
We better see some gameplan adjustments as well. This Browns defense is a very dangerous bunch. They employ a lot of different looks with odd packages. These coverages baffled Tom Brady and Drew Brees. It is very dangerous for a rookie to be throwing against this team. The Jets have to open things up, but they have to do it while aiming for the sideline a little more and trying to keep out of the middle of the field whenever possible, except when coming off play action. This will save Mark Sanchez from making mistakes and being picked off by the Browns' deceptive LBs. Pick on the Browns' weak secondary instead. It is much safer.
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Our New York Jets led the league in total defense in 2009. The biggest reason for this was star CB Darrelle Revis. Revis shut down receiver after receiver in '09, yielding very few catches. What made Revis's production truly amazing is the way he was utilized by Rex Ryan. Revis moved around the field to take the #1 receiver the whole game. The Jets played a ton of man coverage, and Revis made sure that the #1 receiver didn't just line up against a bad corner. He took care of the top receiver on every play, and he shut them all down.
There is a concept in the NFL of an elite CB shutting down one side of the field. What that means is that the opposing QB is afraid to throw to that side and instead throws to the other side. What that really means is that the opposing team just puts their top two receivers on the other side of the field and lets them pick on the inferior members of the secondary who play there. This doesn't help the team nearly as much as football announcers and analysts claim it does.
This unique strategy makes Revis's 2009 season the most valuable defensive season EVER IN NFL HISTORY. Never before had a player impacted as many plays as Revis did. No pass rusher or linebacker ever affected the game as much as Revis who affected every throwing play. Perhaps Lawrence Taylor was more talented. Perhaps Ray Lewis is more popular. Perhaps Deion Sanders was a more talented, faster CB than Revis and perhaps he was better at interceptingthe opposing QB. But there was nobody on defense who provided as much value as Revis did last season. Ever.
This means a lot for the rest of 2010. For whatever reason, Rex has not employed the same strategy this season that he used last year. There was Revis's holdout and injury, and also it seems that Rex felt that with another Pro Bowl CB in Cromartie, there was no need to put Revis on the top receiver. But Rex saw the light at halftime of Sunday's loss against the Packers. In the first half. In the first half of the game, Rex put Revis on the outside on the right side of the field and Cromartie on the outside on the left side of the field. The Packers countered by putting their inferior receivers on the outside and using their top receiver Greg Jennings in the slot to be covered by Drew Coleman and Dwight Lowery. He made some big catches including a 31 yard catch that set up the field goal (when Lowery played zonewhile everyone else was playing man). At halftime, Rex put Revis on Jennings and he was pretty much handled from there. With Revis showing that he is 100%, we can expect him to be covering the top receiver from now on (with Cromartie on #2). In fact, Rex said in today's press conference that Revis will "generally" be on Calvin Johnson during this Sunday's game in Detroit. This will allow Revis to go back to being the most valuable player in NFL history, and will allow Cromartie to take lesser receivers where he will be less prone to giving up the couple of catches he gives up each game and more likely to make some interceptions. From here on out, expect the Jets defense to round into form and be the best defense in the NFL (even better than the Giants!) as we all expect them to be.
J! E! T! S! JETS! JETS! JETS!
Monday, November 1, 2010
Sunday, October 31, 2010
Only one of the three guys can take 30+ shots in a single game; therefore, one guy will have 30+ points and the other 2 guys will have between 10-15 points. This was quite evident in the Heat's 1st game of the year. LeBron had 31 while Wade had only 13, and Bosh had only 8.
To further prove my point, in games 2 & 3 Wade had around 30 points each while LeBron and Bosh each had only around 15 each.
This is how it's going to be for the Miami Heat every game. These 3 players have too big of an ego to dial it down a bit to help out the other players. If they would, each guy would have 25 points a game and they'd be blowing people out. They'd need to take fewer shots, but make them more quality by passing to the open star player enabling him to have an easy basket. Then teams would have to be wary of each star on the floor.
No team has 3 shut down defenders to stop these guys if they play with half a brain.
Unfortunately for Miami fans, these players are just selfish and will never try to spread it around.
Instead they all are going for the wrong award. They're going for the points award instead of the NBA Finals award.
Friday, October 29, 2010
There are many reasons for Mets fans to be excited about having Sandy Alderson as our new GM. Though some will start labeling him with labels such as "he's a numbers guy" (whether that makes you happy or not) and "he is not afraid to go against the grain," his main asset is that for the first time in my life (and probably yours too) the Mets have a GM with a brain! The problem we had with the last few GMs is that they did things that were clearly dumb! It is so frustrating as a fan to see your GM throw out money to Oliver Perez, Luis Castillo and Jason Bay and then not have money left for players who are actually good. It is so frustrating to see your GM dump quality bullpen arms (Heath Bell, Matt Lidstrom) for nothing just because he can. It is so painful when he rushes prospects (especially Latinos) who are clearly not ready through the minors so that they will be able to join the Mets when they can't yet hit. This also destroys their ability to be patient and have good pitch selection, and as a result their batting average and walks are unacceptable. It is so painful when your leader puts your top pitching prospect into the bullpen which stunts his development and gets him to free agency two years earlier. It is painful when he demands that his mistakes and washed up bench veterans play over players who are clearly better than them. This frustration is now gone with the hiring of Sandy Alderson as our new GM. Over the next few seasons we will see how his wonderful philosophies build a championship team, but right now, we will first begin to appreciate a departure from stupidity.
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
NBA Finals: Lakers over Heat- Everyone is all excited about the Heat but they will have no answer for the Lakers' big men, especially if Bynum is healthy. Look for Kobe to show everyone once and for all who the best player in the NBA is.
Knicks: The Knicks will make the playoffs for the first time since 2004! And they will actually win a game! They will finish in one of the last 3 playoff spots. If they land Carmelo however...
Nets: While the Nets will improve on last year's disastrous reason, they will miss the playoffs once again and it probably won't even be close.
Monday, October 25, 2010
Friday, October 15, 2010
At times, a new regime in the front office of the organization can bring new hope to the fanbase. The list of candidates being interviewed for the Mets' GM job definitely contains some impressive names and offers us hope that the stupidity and incompetence will end and that at some point things will turn around. But Mets fans are not interested in waiting another three years to make a run. Perhaps the biggest in the Minaya regime has committed is wasting the prime years of our core superstars as well as perhaps even more importantly our prime years as fans. When a team has superstars in their prime, it cannot afford to waste those years because of stupidity in filling out the roster. Those years are wasted World Series opportunities that cannot be brought back, and it is a cardinal sin to be silly and cheap to gamble with these opportunities and take a chance of wasting these years. Also, as fans, these years are supposed to be spent following an exciting and good team with World Series aspirations rather than having to say "Wait 'till next year" far too often. That being said, we have to make a run in 2011 instead of wasting more prime and key years. The question is if that can be done: Is there hope for the Mets in 2011?I believe that the answer to this question is yes. While I doubt that the Mets can do enough to give themselves overwhelming odds to make the playoffs, there are many areas of the team with potential for significant improvement. If the Mets make the right moves, they can be in the running for the playoffs and even have a pretty good shot to make them. The Mets need to improve about 10-11 wins from 2010 (79 wins) to get up to about 90 wins. This would give them a pretty good chance to make the playoffs.
Some of the improvement that the Mets need to make have already been done. By firing the awful Jerry Manuel and ridding themselves of his horrible decisions, the Mets can pick up 3-4 games. Of course, this is dependent on the team hiring a competent and normal manager with some intelligence (not Wally Backman). Usually, a manager can only make a difference of about 2-3 wins because even playing the wrong percentages every night only lowers the team's chances of winning slightly each game. However, Jerry Manuel's moves were so idiotic and unorthodox that a 5 win improvement is definitely a possibility. (Jerry did everything wrong from playing washed up .200 hitters every day, poor bullpen management, and many other stupid moves.) As an added bonus, the manager who is known to play injured players until they further aggravate their injuries (Carlos Beltran's knee, Jose Reyes's oblique) and overwork pitchers until they get injuries that are a result of overuse (Johan Santana) is now gone! Assuming a conservative improvement of 3 wins, we are now up to 82 wins.
Additionally, Carlos Beltran missed about 90 games in 2010 and when he returned was awful for about 2 months before heating up. His poor offense likely was a result of poor timing after basically missing a season. While we should not expect his offensive production to be like it was in his peak years, David Wright has taken a bit of a step back since 2006-2007. In the last 2 years he has been striking out at crazy rates, which lower his batting average and power a bit. His fielding has gotten worse as well. Some people think that he is the problem with this team, but we are not going to be able to replace his production so it would be stupid to deal him. I don't think anyone can know what to expect from him in 2011, but it doesn't make sense to assume that he would be worse than he was this season unless he gets injured. Therefore, we will not assume any improvement at 3B.
For some reason, SS is the most controversial position on the Mets. Many Mets fans want to see Jose Reyes traded to get rid of the "rotten core" that caused the collapses of 2007 and 2008. (That is why when he was injured in 2009, the Mets won the World Series.) We have to remember that we are not finding a SS better than Reyes to replace him, no matter how much you may not like him. Therefore, it would be dumb to trade him, unless you like the idea of an Alex Cora caliber player playing every day at SS. Which is okay if you want to win 70 games. You won't need to worry about any collapses. But if you actually want to compete, we are going to have to rely on Reyes to be the guy at SS.In 2010, when Jose Reyes was on the field, he performed worse than he usually has in his career. Of course, this may be due to the nagging oblique injury he played with, after obtaining the expert advice of medical expert Jerry Manuel. Besides sapping his skills, this injury caused him to miss games throughout the rest of the season. In addition, in the beginning of the season, he missed some time after thyroid problems and then suffered through an awful month because he skipped spring training. And of course, lest we forget, when he was injured he was replaced by horribly incompetent backups (this is becoming a theme here). So I think it is reasonable to project a 1 win improvement here, which would get us to 94 wins.
Our #2 starter was R.A. Dickey. He pitched to an ERA of under 3 in 2010. While he probably will notpitch as well in 2011 (we can expect his ERA to be around 3.25-3.50), he did not come up until mid May, so that would give us an extra month and a half of Dickey (without figuring out who he is replacing just yet). All in all, this should give us about the same number of wins as last year.
The #5 spot was a disaster for the Mets in 2010. Oliver Perez, John Maine and other terrible pitchers were so bad that replacing them with anyone competent in 2011 will yield a 2 win improvement. With the injury to Santana, the Mets are going to have to pick up a starter (hopefully only for a 1 year or 2 year contract), and they will have someone like Gee or Mejia in the rotation to fill in as well. These 2 wins get us up to 92 wins.
The bullpen was an issue for the 2010.
Jerry Manuel loved to bring in the worst relievers in big spots, with disasterous results. K-rod missed over a month, and the bullpen could have used some other quality arms. Really fixing the bullpen would take a lot of work, but by just having a full season of K-rod in 2011, adding an arm for the 8th inning, having a full season of Parnell and getting rid of stinkers like Every Day Nieve and Ryota Igarashi, the Mets would definitely improve by at least 1 win to get to 93 wins. Of course, this is only if they re-sign Feliciano and Takahashi.
The Mets are a team that we can be hopeful about. Without investing too much money, this team can win about 90 games. They can even withstand a minor injury or bad break. However, anything major going wrong (or a bunch of minor problems) would result in the Mets missing the playoffs yet again. This is just the way it is supposed to be for Mets fans. It is not painful enough to justhave the team stink and we can just forget about them. This team always has to tease us by giving us hope and then letting us watch as it all comes crashing down. There is hope for 2011, but we must be wary of putting too much hope in this team, or else we risk being let down yet again.
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
The addition of Jason Bay can't even be considered as an addition because the guy was barely on the field!!!
Once again Jerry has destroyed another star player. This time Johan Santana. When you let this guy pitch 1 complete game, he's going to have arm problems. LET ALONE LET HIM PITCH 3 IN A ROW!!! Well the great Jerry Manuel let him do just that. No wonder he's been shut down for the year and maybe much longer!
Hey don't look now, but Beltran seems to be heating up. Look out for him in the MVP race. Oh wait, there's only 5 games left. Just a tad too late for Beltran.
One dim bright spot for the Mets I suppose is that David Wright's home run total was more than 10 this season! Yay!
Looking forward to Mets 2011!!!
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
AFC Division winners: Jets Colts Steelers Chargers. Wild Cards: Patriots Ravens. NFC Division Winners: Giants Vikings Falcons 49ers. Wild cards: Saints Packers. Super Bowl: Jets over Giants.
That's right, no Cowboys in the playoffs. And a subway (NJ) Super Bowl.
Please send me your predictions or post them in the comments, and we will see who is right in February.
Monday, August 16, 2010
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Thursday, July 1, 2010
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Sunday, June 20, 2010
Friday, June 18, 2010
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
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Thursday, June 10, 2010
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Saturday, May 22, 2010
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
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Friday, May 7, 2010
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
An extremely front-loaded deal, with lots of money on this uncapped season. Mike T, I hope you're paying attention.
Monday, May 3, 2010
Hopefully the Mets can bounce back, but maybe they've been knocked back down to earth and are going to go back to what we had anticipated in the beginning of the season.
Friday, April 30, 2010
Let's review some history. Paul Konerko hit 40+ homers in back to back years. At age 30 he received a 5 year contract for I believe about $75 million (doesn't sound like so much now, I know). He hit 35 home runs that year. But starting the next year, at age 31, his batting average dropped big time and he has averaged 26 homers, which is not terrible obviously but a little low for what is supposed to be a slugging 1B. He has been limited/ hindered somewhat by nagging injuries which have limited his playing time a little (has missed over 10 games each year of his contract and has been on the DL) and are the likely cause for some of his lost power. When healthy he is still a productive player but the odds of that happening for a full season, forget about multiple seasons, is not too high. He is only 34. We can only imagine how things will progress in the coming years. However, his contract was not a complete bust and waste of money like the others. (Good move by the White Sox to only give him five years which is through his age 34 season.)
The reason Konerko is on the list is because he was the best example of someone who has not been a complete bust yet has not lived up to his contract due to nagging problems. We must consider the fact that Ryan Howard will not completely break down but will have nagging injuries and sapped power to the point that though he is mostly on the field, he will homer in the the mid-20s. I think that even if he would perform like that, his contract of $1 million per home run would not nearly be worth it.More likely, considering the fact that a "slim and in shape" Ryan Howard still weighs more than 40 lb more than Konerko, is that Howard busts. But maybe he will perform decently with just minor nagging problems and above average performance. Either way, the odds of Howard living up to his contract and being worth it from age 32-37 is not too high.
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
The question is why the team was unable to get better than a 5th rounder for him. I would have assumed that they could have done better, but i trust Tannenbaum that no better offer was out there. He does his "due diligence" as he likes to call it and if he accepted this deal there must not have been anything better. I would have considered keeping Leon for another season and then putting a 2nd round tender on him to see if anyone bites. But that would only work if the new bargaining agreement would still with 2010 rules(that until 6th year in the league, a player becomes a restricted free agent instead of unrestricted) instead of the rules that the NFL likely will go back to (only restricted for 4 years). This would explain why Tannenbaum made the move. All in all, the Jets are definitely safer and likely better at running back than they were 2 weeks ago.
Before we can give accurate analysis of this move, we must first figure out why the Jets made this move. The first reason appears to be that Faneca is a shell of his former self. Though he still remains an above average run blocker, his pass blocking has become terrible to the point that some call him the worst pass blocking guard in the NFL. Even if that is overstating things, he is definitely a declining pass blocker and is clearly the worst pass blocker on the Jets' offensive line. The Jets feel that they can get almost as good if not better production from the young players while setting themselves up long term. (As fans, we should be happy that Tannenbaum is trying to set the team up for long term success besides just the moves he has made toimprove the team for 2010.) There is little reason to argue with the team's assumption. (One area where Faneca will be missed, however, is in his pulling ability as a guard to open up big runs. It remains to be seen if the replacements will be able to pull effectively.)
Obviously, cap considerations played heavily in the decision to release Faneca. Most (uneducated) fans think that "all the Jets saved is $2 million because the rest of his base salary is guaranteed." It is very offensive that people accuse our GM of making this move to save our billionaire owner Woody Johnson $2 million. There is no cap this season. Obviously, the reason Faneca was released was to save money on next year's cap (which there most likely will be if there is a season). It is beyond the scope of this post to discuss all the rules of the NFL cap. However, one important rule is that when a player is released, all guaranteed money left on the deal goes on that year's cap. By cutting Faneca now, the Jets saveda cap hit of all the guaranteed money on next year's cap (or if they wouldn't be able to cut him, his $10 million salary would be on next year's cap). This is a significant amount of money which will enable the Jets to re-sign an extra player from this team. Many players are free agents including Holmes, Edwards, Harris, and Cromartie. Surely the Jets are better off with those players long term than 1 extra season of an aging Faneca.
Monday, April 26, 2010
In the 2nd round, the Jets got a steal with G/T Ducassse. He is a mauler and a beast. He will be a very good player who will either win Faneca's vacated left guard spot or eventually take over for Damien Woody at right tackle.
In the 4th round, the Jets drafted Joe McKnight. McKnight will replace Leon Washington as the speedy back. Look for a few explosive plays and some catches out of the backfield. Though he's not a starter at running back, this guy can be a star.
In the 5th round, the Jets drafted FB John Conner. The Jets traded Leon and their 7th rounder to move up into the 5th round to get Conner. Conner is a tremendous blocking FB and can handle the ball very well. He will take over for T-Rich after Richardson retires.
Undrafted Free Agent Signings:
The Jets signed cornerback Donavan Warren who is a bit of a project. However, he is talented and hopefully Rex can turn him into a talented player. Most people thought he'd be drafted around the 3rd round. He's definitly an improvement over Drew Coleman.
Stay Tuned for Reaction to the losses of Faneca and Leon Washington
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
NE@NYJ 9/19 415p
NYJ@MIA 9/26 820p
NYJ@BUF 10/3 1p
MIN@NYJ 10/11 830p
NYJ@DEN 10/17 405p
GB@NYJ 10/31 1p
NYJ@DET 11/7 1p
NYJ@CLE 11/14 1p
HOU@NYJ 11/21 1p
CIN@NYJ 11/25 820p
NYJ@NE 12/6 830p
MIA@NYJ 12/12 415p
NYJ@PIT 12/19 415p
NYJ@CHI 12/26 1p
BUF@NYJ 1/2 1p
Keep in mind that the last couple of game times can be switched due to the NFL's flex schedule.
Sunday, April 18, 2010
Friday, April 16, 2010
The NBA cap has been set at about $56 million. This is great news for Knicks fans as it means that the Knicks can sign 2 max contracts (though I doubt they will because they would need to renounce rights to all free agents from the team; it's a little complicated though and not for now) and still have a little money left over. Whatever happens, it is good to have the extra cap room. Let the LeBron era begin!
Thursday, April 15, 2010
However, here at depressednewyorker, we don't get optimistic that easily. We are always looking out for a perspective that perhaps isn't as rosy; a perspective that is being ignored by typical fans.
That being said, I don't mean to rain on the parade (and hopefully the Super Bowl Parade will be very nice), but the Jets face some serious long term problems. The are far too many players on this team that become free agents in the near future. WR Braylon Edwards, WR Santonio Holmes, RB Leon Washington, CB Antonio Cromartie, LB David Harris, WR Brad Smith S Eric Smith and S Brodney Poole become free agents after the 2010 season. With the probable return of the salary cap, the Jets are going to have some issues keeping these players. This will especially be the case if the Jets have a strong season, as other teams will be making strong bids for these players. This is a very serious issue, especially when the Jets will have to replace some aging veterans as well. They will also have to give monster contracts to budding superstars like Darelle Revis. This is why it is hard for good teams to stay successful for many years in a row. It is very difficult to keep the whole team together.
Fortunately, this year there is a solution to this problem. Here at depressednewyorker, one of our specialties is offering radical yet practical solutions that you will not find anywhere else. The solution to the Jets' problem is to sign each player that they would like to keep long term to new long term contracts that are extremely frontloaded. With most of the money being paid this year which is uncapped, the Jets will have these players making little money on the cap when the cap returns. It may not be so cost-effective, but Woody Johnson has a lot of money, and by adopting this plan the Jets will be good for five or six years. The Jets will even have some cap flexibility to sign free agents. Hopefully, with this strategy, our Jets team can stay intact and go on to become one of the greatest dynasties in NFL history.