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Rick Allen

The Morning After Drill

September 24, 2012
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The New York Jets are 2-1 with two division victories and they sit on top of the AFC East standings.  Why then are so many fans feeling a sense of gloom, typically reserved for fans of losing teams?   Looking beyond their position in the standings, there just has not been many good things happening on […]

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The Morning After Drill

September 17, 2012

For all the optimism, excitement, and hope the New York Jets provided in their dismantling of the Buffalo Bills last week, this week in Pittsburgh it was pessimism, pain, and despair that  were delivered to the Jets faithful in heavy doses.  Making it even more difficult to stomach was the fast start they got off […]

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The Monday After Drill

September 10, 2012
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When you are a football player, the only place you really want to be is on the field.  Offseason contract extensions, backup quarterback signings, and even circus tent comparisons all finally go away when you step into that huddle for the first time in September.  Nobody in the NFL wanted to get on that field […]

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Tackling The Right Tackle Dilemma

May 7, 2012
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Rookie mini-camp took place last week, coaches and players, new and old are back in their facilities, and football fans all over the country are eagerly anticipating the start of the 2012-2013 NFL season.   But some fans in New York are left wondering “how did my beloved Jets forget to upgrade at right tackle”.  They […]

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“Play Like A Jet”

May 1, 2012
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Upon hearing he was drafted in the 3rd round by the New York Jets, Demario Davis was quoted as saying “All I can say is, I am ready to play like a Jet”.  So it got me to wondering what exactly that phrase means.  It’s become a bit of a running joke in my family.  […]

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Confessions Of A Tebow Hater

April 2, 2012
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I am by nature an extremely passionate sports fan.  The kind of fan who often can’t distinguish the difference between an NFL football game and one of my kid’s high school sporting events, because I see it all as competition.  Typically, I will hate my rival teams and their stars with as much vigor as […]

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Random Offseason Observations

March 23, 2012
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I love Joe Namath.  In fact, he is the single reason I became a Jets fan.  Usually I appreciate his candor, the kind that only comes from a Beaver Falls, PA/Alabama boy who has earned the right to speak his mind.  But Joe Willie is wrong about the Tim Tebow trade.  While the New York […]

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Only Woody Should be Sweating 2012

March 12, 2012
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I can’t recall a more polarizing decision to extend a starting quarterbacks contract in recent memory. Mike Tannenbaum opened Mr. Johnson’s vault and ensured Mark Sanchez’ would, regardless of how he performs on the field, walk away a very wealthy football player. Fans and New York Jet beat writers alike have very fervent opinions on […]

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The Coward Of The Bounty

March 7, 2012
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If it’s 4pm on a fall Thursday you will more than likely find me leaning on a chain link fence at my local high school taking in a freshman football game. Don’t particularly know the players or coaches anymore, just an opportunity to get my fix. I love this game of football. Sure I have […]

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What Is Sanchez Really Missing?

March 1, 2012
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I am not sure I can remember a team in recent NFL history that has the quandary at quarterback facing the New York Jets.   One may look at certain numbers and assume the Jets have their franchise quarterback for the next 10 years.  Frankly, some of the positives are startling and historically impressive.  Two AFC […]

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