It’s been a very good year for your boys Joseph Haas (@JerseyHaas), Amiri Tulloch (@AmiriTulloch) & The Green And White Show! We’ve had the pleasure of bringing you that football Sunday feel every Saturday afternoon, and we’re appreciative of all those that support our hard work. 2013 has been a long year for the organization we cover, and the fans that love the Jets dearly.
The year 2013 was a year of change, both on and off the field. While the front office went through a makeover with the hiring of new GM John Idzik, the on-field product experienced its own transition. Not one player that played QB for the Jets in 2012 took a regular-season snap from that position in 2013. Greg McElroy and Tim Tebow are long since gone, and Mark Sanchez injured his shoulder in the third preseason game, which required surgery and put him (and his enormous cap number) on the shelf for the season.
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The Jets kept HC Rex Ryan after a disappointing 6-10 2012 campaign, but replaced former GM Mike Tannenbaum. New GM Idzik had his hands full, but attempted to address some of the team’s problems right away. He worked his first NFL Draft as the man in charge this season, and tried to plug holes on the offensive line, in the secondary and behind center. CB Dee Milliner (Alabama; 1st/#9), DT Sheldon Richardson (Missouri; 1st/#13), QB Geno Smith (West Virginia 2nd/#39), OL Brian Winters (Kent State 3rd/#72) and FB Tommy Bohanon (Wake Forest 7th/#215) are 2013 draft picks that contributed greatly to this year’s limited success. Idzik traded his 4th round pick to New Orleans for RB Chris Ivory. After a 2012 season where frustration over playing time in a backfield with Darren Sproles, Mark Ingram and Pierre Thomas mounted, Ivory could easily be the 2013 Offensive MVP for the New York Jets.
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For better or worse, Santonio Holmes managed to overcome his foot injury and play some worthwhile games this season. He struggled with foot and hamstring injuries all season, but when healthy, Holmes was easily the most dynamic receiver on the team. Jeremy Kerley may have been Geno Smith’s most reliable target, and established himself as a playmaker on a team that sorely lacked one. TEs Jeff Cumberland and Kellen Winslow Jr. had an impact as well, which made up for the lack of talent on the outsides. Newcomer David Nelson played his way into a valuable roll on the team, while Stephen Hill (and his drops) played himself onto IR to close 2013.
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Mo Wilkerson lived up to our expectations and was a dominant force rushing the passer. He played his way from a feared pass-rusher into unquestionably the best player on the team and cornerstone of the franchise. He will not be heading to Hawaii as we said all year, but few will argue his impact on a game-by-game basis! Damon Harrison stepped in for an injured Kenrick Ellis to start the season, and played his way into a starter. He’s improved himself as a tackler, and as a pass rusher. Sheldon Richardson may go down as Idzik’s best pick of 2013. Labeled undersized by some, he’s brought a special brand of speed and agility to the defensive line, and has been one of the outstanding players on that green and white defense.
The LBs make up the back-end of what I like to call the Perfect Swarm defense. Quinton Coples started the year learning a new position, then suffered an injury that slowed his development. By Week 15, Coples looked very comfortable playing on the outside. Demario Davis and David Harris provided solid tackling in the middle of the field, something the team sorely lacked last season. Calvin Pace, an 11-year veteran, turned back the clock and brought the heat on opposing QBs! The front-seven of this defense looks very solid, and will be a building block for 2014 and beyond.
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The secondary had issues all year, from Dee Milliner learning on the fly after missing all of camp (contract-holdout/recovering from surgery), to Antonio Cromartie being hampered by a hip that some report will need surgery at the conclusion of the season. After losing Yeremiah Bell and LaRon Landry to free-agency, both of whom were the strength of last year’s defense, Gang Green attempted to plug the gaping hole with Dawan Landry. Still leaky at best, the Jets tried to sure things up with the addition of future Hall of Famer Ed Reed late in the season, but continued to have trouble covering the deep ball. Cro has a heavy cap number for 2014, Milliner is still transitioning to the NFL game, and Reed has already said he’d find it hard to return if Rex wasn’t the coach. After a feature roll last year, we saw less of Kyle Wilson and more of Antonio Allen, Darrin Walls and even Josh Bush.
One of the most undermentioned, yet highly valued, additions to the team was WR/KR/PR Josh Cribbs. Cribbs is a complete upgrade over anyone they had returning the ball up to that point. He has a burst that makes opponents fear the return game. He also allows the Jets to run their wild cat package, with his background as a QB (Kent State). As far as special teams is concerned, a player who rarely goes undermentioned (especially by Rex), and was highly valued all season long was K Nick Folk! There is no way this team, with this collection of talent, wins as many games as they did without his right foot.
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