Breaking: Jets Hire Adam Gase

For what seems like the millionth time, the Jets took a wet, smelly crap all over themselves and their fan base. This time, it was with the hiring of their new head coach. A man who has essentially been Jeff Fisher with a tan is now the man in charge of working with Sam Darnold, the teams 21 year old wunderkind quarterback. Not long ago, he was considered a genius and the architect of an offense that resurrected Peyton Manning’s career in Denver. Now, he has become a laughingstock. A person hated by his own team and fanbase. A guy who alienated his teams best wide receiver for the majority of the season. A guy who even Frank Gore seemed to detest. A guy who didn’t use his teams best running back last season. This is the guy the Jets have hitched their wagon to. Awesome.

There are some positives to the hire. He has experience as a head coach, and he is an offensive guy, two key aspects the Jets were looking for in a new head coach. He’s been behind some incredibly successful offenses before as a coordinator, and he’s done adequately making Ryan Tannehill and Brock Osweiler look like relatively competent QB’s. He’s also coming over from within the division, from a team that has been the Jets’ boogeyman the past few years (spoiler alert: the Jets don’t win many games anyways so everyone is really their boogeyman).

You know what this hire is? It’s the perfect guy to hire, bring you to 8-8, and have your teams logo in the “In The Hunt” graphic during week 16 when you’re 7-8. General Manager Mike Maccagnan gets to say that the team improved and get handed a shiny new contract because of it, and the Jets stay in the 7-9 win spectrum. It’s embarrassing. This is what losing franchises do. While not a lateral move from Todd Bowles, there is zero excitement from the fan base about the hire. The Jets spent last offseason promoting themselves as a young, fun, energetic team. They’re starting this offseason ruining that work. So welcome to being In The Hunt Jets fans, now it’s up to you to determine if being in Football Purgatory is better than being in Football Hell. They might just be one in the same.

I Would Do Anything To See Trevor Lawrence As A New York Giant

I’m drunk. I’m actually wasted and yet, I have not had a sip of alcohol. I am drunk on the Trevor Lawrence Kool Aid. When my head hit the pillow last night, Lawrence was all I could think about. His back shoulder throws, his poise in the pocket, his hair, etc. Trevor Lawrence owns my entire brain at this current moment in time and you know what, I’m perfectly ok with that.

I’ve watched these throws over and over and I’m still impressed.

Also, to Quinnen Williams, Lawrence did throw some 50-50 balls and yes, he did get away with some throws thanks to miraculous catches.

My counterpoint would be that the Alabama receiving core is just as good as Clemson’s and yet Tua was not making those throws or taking care of the ball. People always want to bring down quarterbacks and say, “Well, if he didn’t have good receivers, he wouldn’t be that good.” Really? Do you not want your quarterback to have good receivers? You can’t make chicken salad with chicken shit. I’m not holding the talented Clemson receiving corps against Lawrence’s 50-50 balls.

In my lifetime (just about 26 years), there has been one NFL prospect that I can remember that has been a “can’t miss, no brainer.” One prospect that everyone believed would be a star in the NFL and a franchise talent for over a decade. That prospect was Andrew Luck. I firmly believe Trevor Lawrence will be added to that list when he declares for the draft.

Now before you tell me to simmer down, I get it. I’m throwing out a lot of hot takes for a freshman that has only played one season. I’m 200% on the hype train, but Joel Klatt rationally explains why Lawrence still needs reps even though he would be the number one prospect in this year’s draft and next year’s draft.

I said to my friends that Lawrence could have come out of the high school and played in the NFL. Obviously, I’m exaggerating. (Truthfully, I stand by it to an extent. Lawrence would not have been selected in the early rounds, but could he be taken in the middle / late rounds, sit on a practice squad for a season, work his way up to backup, and start on a team when he’s 21 / 22? I think he could. Lawrence threw for 3,042 yards and 26 touchdowns as a FRESHMAN in high school. Lawrence was also considered the best quarterback prospect out of high school ever by Rivals. Some NFL team would’ve gotten drafted Lawrence out of high school).

So here we are. The day is January 8, 2019. Fans everywhere have to wait until mid-January 2021 to see if Lawrence declares for the NFL draft. I don’t care what happens in this draft nor do I care what happens in next year’s draft. (Well, I do care. Draft a billion offensive and defensive lineman.) I want Trevor Lawrence on the New York Football Giants. I’m willing to do whatever it takes *Imagine Dragons voice* to make sure this kid ends up on Big Blue. I tweeted this out last night and the offer still stands. If selling my soul is what it takes, where do I sign?

Trevor Lawrence is Peyton Manning with the ability to throw on the move and lower his shoulder when he runs the ball. I want him and so should you, but he’s going to the New York Giants in 2021.

Goodbye Todd Bowles, LordTreeSap’s Wishlist for the Next New York Jets Head Coach

I feel like we just overthrew a dictator with Todd Bowles finally being fired as Jets head coach. If you remember, I’d been calling for his bleak regime to come to an end since the 2016 season. After three straight double-digit loss campaigns, CEO Christopher Johnson finally pulled the plug on the Bowles experiment, launching us into the next era of Jets football.

With Darnold boasting the makeup of our first franchise quarterback in the 21st century and a plethora of cap room, the decision as to who will right the ship is one of the most crucial in the turbulent franchise’s history. It’s crazy to think that the Jets have only had one coach (Parcells) to finish his tenure with a winning record (not counting Al Groh’s lone 9-7 season).

The coaching search led by Christopher Johnson and general manager Mike Maccagnan has already began to heat up with a good mix of big names and bright offensive minds. They have reportedly locked up interviews with Mike McCarthy, Kliff Kingsbury, Kris Richard (Cowboys defensive backs coach/passing game coordinator), Eric Bieniemy (Chiefs offensive coordinator), Todd Monken (Buccaneers offensive coordinator), and heaven forbid, Jim Caldwell. (Iowa State’s Matt Campbell denied the Jets’ request)

Here is a list of potential candidates, in no particular order, I’d like to see become the 19th head coach of the New York Jets in 2019.

The Veterans:

Mike McCarthy – If McCarthy wants the job, it’s his. The ex-Packers coach has only agreed to interviews with the Jets and Browns, which is a good sign speaking to the appeal of the NYJ job among the eight openings. McCarthy checks off a lot of the boxes as a savvy offensive minded leader for Sam to the Jets brass. With a Super Bowl victory already under his belt, the Pittsburgh native boats a certain pedigree the Jets organization hasn’t seen since Parcells came to the rescue in 1997, making the 55-year-old an easy sell to the fanbase starving for consistency. Many have compared McCarthy’s second job to Andy Reid going from Philly to the Chiefs earlier in the decade.

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Adam Gase – I could see some of my fellow Jets fans being surprised at me having this name on the list. I don’t think Gase got a fair shake from Miami, and I’d be open to the idea of having him groom Darnold. Going 23-25 with a playoff appearance navigating the Fins can’t be deemed a total failure, right? Another thing I like about the 40-year-old, he’s played the evil empire known as the New England Patriots tough, taking the last two match ups on his home turf (or shitty grass field for that matter). Sign me up for a Gase change of scenery. He was also 5-1 against the Jets the past three years.

Back to College:

Jim Harbaugh – Big game hunting. After another failed season in Ann Arbor, could Jim Harbaugh be planning his exit from Michigan? It would take a lucrative offer and may cost Maccagnan his job, but whatever Jim wants he gets if he’s willing to don the green and white as Bowles’ successor. Harbaugh would be the perfect personality for NYC, and brings a fresh vigor to the franchise as someone who already had success at the NFL level with mediocre quarterbacks in Alex Smith and Colin Kaepernick.

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David Shaw – Definitely a long shot, but always worthy of a call. Shaw seems content with staying at his alma mater, rather than testing the NFL waters in the head coaching capacity.

Kliff Kingsbury – A name that’s heated up this week, even though he’s accepted the OC job at USC after being fired by Texas Tech in November. He’s already locked in known interviews with the Jets and Cardinals, as both franchises look to pick his innovative brain when it comes to the new age of offense in the NFL. Kingsbury is helped by having connections with the next generation of stars behind center in Baker Mayfield and Patrick Mahomes. He actually suited up for the Jets as a backup quarterback during the 2005 season. Jamal Adams, Marcus Maye, and tight end Chris Herndon have also gave Kingsbury their stamp of approval on Twitter.

At just 39-years-old, he’d probably be better suited as an OC before jumping up the ladder as the top dog of an NFL franchise. Check out the legend with Jessica Simpson below.

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Hot Shot Coordinators:

Matt LaFleur – Everyone in the NFL is searching for the next Sean McVay or Matt Nagy. LaFleur could be the next name in line. A former college quarterback, the 39-year-old recently served under Kyle Shanahan as his quarterback coach in Atlanta and was Sean McVay’s offensive coordinator last season, before taking the same job in Tennessee. With ties to some of the brightest minds in football, LaFleur makes sense as a name teams are going to want to speak with in the coming weeks.

Jim Bob Cooter – JBC. Who has a better name than Jim Bob Cooter? This guy lives up to his alias after sifting through his Wikipedia page, which sees a DUI charge in college and climbing through a window to get into a woman’s bed in 2009. Charges for the aggravated burglary were later dropped.

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Back to football, JBC took over the Lions OC job in 2015 at just 31-years-old and survived the regime change from Jim Caldwell to Matt Patricia, but will be back on the market since his contract wouldn’t be renewed for 2019. Another young offensive mind worth talking to, but this would be a tough sell to the fanbase as another risky hire.

Todd Monken – Monken is someone I really wasn’t familiar with until I kept reading about the Jets interest in him. I figured Dirk Koetter was in total control of the Buccaneers offense, but it wasn’t until he gave the keys to Todd and his vertical passing game later into the season, that the team finally flourished with Jameis back under center. He also has some head coaching experience with three years down at Southern Miss, which should be deemed a plus. Monken is cousins with current Army head coach Jeff Monken.

 

 

I Have Convinced Myself That The Giants Can Make The Playoffs

The tank is off.

Let’s go dance in the playoffs.

Wait, really? After a disastrous start to the season, the Giants still have a chance at the playoffs? I just spent the last 20 minutes on a playoff simulator running the numbers and guess what? It’s possible that the Giants can make the playoffs.

I’ve done a total 180 on this season. Once the Giants lost the Eagles game on Thursday night to fall to 1-5, I lost hope for the year. At that point, I figured no good could come from any more wins so the best option was to tank. The plan was working swimmingly as the Giants came out of their bye with a 1-7 record. However, since that bye, the Giants are 4-1 and have a small, SMALL chance to make the playoffs. I know I’m setting myself up for disappointment, and I hate it. I’m Red from the Shawshank Redemption. “Hope is a dangerous thing. Hope is a dangerous thing. Hope can drive a man insane.”

But you know what? Red saw the impossible happen. Red witnessed his friend, Andy, escape from prison. Red never believed he would see the light of day, but then he was paroled and left Shawshank. Right now, I’m Red reading the letter along the rock wall. I’m watching the impossible happen before my very eyes. Until the Giants are officially eliminated from the playoffs, I’m a believer.

“Remember, Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.” – Andy Dufresne

The Official 2018 DMR NFL Season Preview

Are you ready for some football?

Tonight, the season kicks off with the Falcons traveling to the defending Super Bowl Champion Eagles. Can the Eagles repeat? Are the Patriots still the kings of the AFC? Will Le’Veon Bell ever play? There are a lot of great storylines and the season has not even begun.

Another season means it’s another year for predictions from the (so-called) experts, myself and LordTreeSap. In last season’s preview, I nailed the Cowboys taking a step back, but looked silly with the Raiders to the Conference Championship (RIP Khalil Mack). LTS had a little more success than me, nailing the Panthers as a dark horse as well as not riding the Jay Cutler train in Miami. However, the Chargers and Philip Rivers hate the first two months of the year so LAC did not make the playoffs.

How will we do this year? Let’s check out the predictions.

Team To Take a Step Up

DG: Houston Texans

Houston was decimated by injuries a season ago with the biggest ones happening to JJ Watt and Deshaun Watson. Both stars are healthy and both are expected to have monster years. DeAndre Hopkins is still a beast last time I checked. Remember the name D’Onta Foreman. The running back is currently on the PUP list, but if he returns from injury, there could be a competition in the backfield with Lamar Miller. I would not be surprised if the Texans go into New England this week and leave with a victory.

P.S. The obvious answer is the Packers, but that’s a no brainer. *Justin Bieber voice*

LTS: Baltimore Ravens

After just missing the playoffs at 9-7 thanks to a crushing week 17 loss to Andy Dalton, Joe Flacco returns with Lamar Jackson breathing down his neck and a totally revamped offense. It’s now or never for Joe Cool. Adding Michael Crabtree, John Brown, and Willie Snead should help rework a putrid passing game with a strong offensive line returning to help. Pair that with a potential top 5 defense and a weak AFC and Baltimore isn’t a team you’re going to want to face down the stretch.

Team To Take A Step Back

DG: Seattle Seahawks

I used to believe in the saying, “Death, taxes, and the Seattle Seahawks.” That’s how confident I was in Pete Carroll and the Legion of Boom. Now, it’s the legion of Earl Thomas (who just showed up to camp, by the way) as Richard Sherman went to the 49ers and Kam Chancellor hung up the cleats. The offense still has Doug Baldwin, Tyler Lockett, and one of the best QBs in the league with Russell Wilson. However, with question marks at running back and on the offensive line, the ‘Hawks will struggle to reach .500.

LTS: Buffalo Bills 

I don’t think I’ve ever been more confident in a team regressing than this year’s Buffalo Bills. They’re in no rush to see Josh Allen with Nathan Peterman under center. A dearth of weapons outside of an aging Shady and a horrid offensive line should make for a recipe for disaster. At least the Bills Mafia finally ended their playoff drought last season.

Dark Horse

DG: Kansas City Chiefs

The Kansas City Chiefs have made the playoffs in three consecutive seasons, but every expert under the sun predicts that the Chargers will finally win the division this year. Did Andy Reid, a top 5 coach in the game, die? The answer is no. Why is there so much disrespect for the Chiefs? The answer is Patrick Mahomes. The Chiefs decided to trade veteran Alex Smith in the offseason in order to turn over the keys to Mahomes. Mahomes can flat out spin the pigskin. The kid has a rocket arm and he’s mobile within the pocket. Mahomes will throw a good amount of interceptions, but they will be off of downfield throws, which is something they were missing with Alex Smith. There will be no disrespect out of this guy because the Chiefs will win the division.

LTS: Los Angeles Chargers

I loved the Chargers last season, but bad luck and poor late game execution plagued LA on the road to a 9-win season. Rivers and co. should separate themselves as the class of the AFC West with no true juggernaut. Opposing QBs are going to have nightmares going against a pass rush featuring Melvin Ingram and Joey Bosa. Now, if a couple kicks go their way along with Rivers avoiding the dagger interceptions, the Chargers should find themselves back in the post-season.

Awards

DG:

MVP: Aaron Rodgers
OPOY: Antonio Brown
DPOY: Joey Bosa
O-Rookie: Saquon Barkley
D-Rookie: Derwin James
Comeback: Deshaun Watson
Coach: Bill O’Brien

LTS:

MVP: Aaron Rodgers
OPOY: Alvin Kamara
DPOY: Jadeveon Clowney
O-Rookie: Saquon Barkley
D-Rookie: Bradley Chubb
Comeback: Andrew Luck
Coach: Sean McVay

AFC

DG:

  1. Steelers
  2. Patriots
  3. Jaguars
  4. Chiefs
  5. Texans
  6. Chargers

Wildcard Round:
Jaguars over Chargers
Chiefs over Texans

Divisional Round:
Patriots over Chiefs
Steelers over Jaguars

Conference Title:
Steelers over Patriots

LTS:

  1. Patriots
  2. Steelers
  3. Chargers
  4. Jaguars
  5. Ravens
  6. Chiefs

Wildcard Round:
Chargers over Chiefs
Ravens over Jaguars

Divisional Round:
Patriots over Ravens
Chargers over Steelers

Conference Title:
Patriots over Chargers

NFC

DG:

  1. Rams
  2. Eagles
  3. Saints
  4. Packers
  5. Vikings
  6. Falcons

Wildcard Round:
Saints over Falcons
Vikings over Packers

Divisional Round:
Rams over Vikings
Saints over Eagles

Conference Title:
Saints over Rams

LTS:

  1. Vikings
  2. Rams
  3. Saints
  4. Eagles
  5. Falcons
  6. Packers

Wildcard Round:
Saints over Packers
Falcons over Eagles

Divisional Round:
Saints over Rams
Vikings over Falcons

Conference Title:
Saints over Vikings

Super Bowl LII 

DG: Saints over Steelers 

LTS: Saints over Patriots

Note: Sap and I did this separately. We did not see each other’s picks until we combined them for this article. We have 11/12 playoff teams and the same Super Bowl champion. That’s the DMR brotherhood.

Eli Manning Responds To Jalen Ramsey’s Comments, Says “Who?”

If you haven’t read Jalen Ramsey’s GQ article, take some time to read it. If you are a starting quarterback in the NFL, odds are Jalen called you out.

We always ask for honesty from athletes, but when we get it, we’re hypocrites. When athletes are not honest, we rip them. When athletes are too honest, we rip them. Jalen Ramsey loves to talk shit. That’s his M.O. This shouldn’t surprise you that he called out every QB. That’s how he stays sharp on the field and right now, it’s working as Ramsey is in discussion for best cornerback in the league. Here is the short rundown of what he said about each QB.

I really don’t have any problems with what he said besides a few things. Zero reason to call out Josh Allen. That’s a cheap shop. Calling Big Ben “decent at best” even though he’s going to the Hall of Fame and he carved up the Jags in the playoffs is hypocritical. Then, there’s what he said about Eli.

“Nothing without OBJ.”

Well, *checks watch*, I believe Eli is a two time Super Bowl MVP without OBJ. That being said, do you think these comments rattled Eli? Not a chance.

THAT’S MY QUARTERBACK! Did Eli crawl in his hole when the Giants had “no chance” to beat the undefeated Patriots in the Super Bowl? No. Did Eli go after McAdoo when he threw him under the bus? No. Do you think Mr. Cool Eli Manning is going to care what Jalen Ramsey says? Absolutely not.

Eli will bring his lunch pail and show up to work. Nothing scares him. We’ll see you in Week 1, Jalen.

P.S. The Jags defense scares me.

Jets Preseason Week 1 Recap

Sam Darnold came here to do three things. Be a franchise quarterback, steal your girl (Sharon please come home), and throw touchdowns. After this weekend, he might have done all three.

NFL: New York Jets-Sam Darnold Press Conference
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The Good

-You have to start with the quarterbacks. Teddy Bridgewater was lights out in his two drives of work, going 7/8 for 85 yards and a 16 yard touchdown to Isaiah Crowell, and

 

 

Sam Darnold was everything you could ask for up until they surrounded him with players who will most likely not make the roster, at which point the coaching staff mailed it in to protect him. Darnold had 2 touchdown passes on one drive thanks to one being called back for a borderline offensive interference.

 

 

 

 

Darnold did things that rookies shouldn’t be able to do with ease. He went through progressions, stepped up in the pocket, scrambled but kept his eyes downfield, and he even ran a little. His touchdown was unbelievable in the sense that he could have taken off and settled for a field goal or forced a throw early, but instead he rolled out and that helped receiver Charles Johnson create some space at the goal line to get open (which was also a good read by Johnson to move in the first place). This kid might be something really special.

-The defense pitched a shutout. Regardless of who Atlanta did or did not have on the field (Devonta Freeman and Julio Jones both didn’t suit up), the defense went out there and did it’s job, holding Atlanta to one garbage time first down in the first half. Big offseason acquisition Trumaine Johnson showed great closing speed and Buster Skrine (before his shoulder injury) looked solid in the slot.

-Trenton Cannon: Kick Returner and Running Back. Because of the shutout, we only got to see the kickoff return unit once, where Cannon brought his lone return to the 26 yard line. Not super impressive, but he showed speed and quickness to hit the hole that was given to him. He also had a solid game in the backfield, with 40 yards on 11 carries, the highlight of which was an 11 yard run in the second quarter.

 

Cannon could be a legitimate weapon should the Jets and offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates figure out how to incorporate him.

-Nathan Shepherd is a monster. He’s a big body that enables Leo Williams to move to DE, where he can wreak havoc. Shepherd constantly found himself in the backfield and was a menace to block from the beginning. All signs point to him being a huge problem for offensive lines, especially in running situations.

Overall, a lot of positives but not a ton to judge off of until roster cuts come and an increase in playing time for the starters (and to keep an eye on those QB reps).

The Bad

-This might not be necessarily bad, but it has to be said because of the current depth chart. Josh McCown had a bad series (the offense went 3 and out), and though it was not his fault with the exception of throwing the ball short of the sticks on third down, the message is simple. Josh McCown CAN NOT be this teams opening day starter. Teddy Bridgewater showed a great command of the offense, and if he is traded for a draft pick (which seems likely), Sam Darnold must take the reigns. Uncle Josh having a bad series might ultimately wind up being a positive, but he can’t be this teams starter and they need to reduce his first team reps in practice.
-If you can believe it, the Jets still have nobody to rush the passer. They have some solid depth on their defense, but the 3 sacks is misleading and nobody can take a tackle 1-on-1 off the edge. If Khalil Mack is somehow available, you make that call and you do it now. This defense is good and the secondary might even be excellent, but if the quarterback can keep his eyes downfield for 7 seconds under no duress, it won’t matter how good they are.

-The Jets 2017 wide receiver class was either bad or non-existent. I’m a huge believer in Chad Hansen and from what I hear he’s been excellent in practice. But for some reason he sees no snaps on the field during game time when it matters. ArDarius Stewart, however, was way too visible. He had 0 catches on two targets, one of which went through his hands, and the other he ran the wrong route. He also almost prevented a first down by running his route and bumping into Neal Sterling. He showed flashes last year but he has to get this figured out in year 2. The Jets have a deep roster of pass catchers and he could be left behind.

The Ugly

-Trenton Cannon: Punt Returner. The Jets haven’t been a return threat on special teams since Leon Washington and Brad Smith. Cannon showed his flashes in his lone kick return, but muffed two(!) punts, limiting his roster value. Not much more to say other than you just can’t muff two(!!!) punts, especially as a sixth round pick.

 

It Looks Josh Gordon Has Been Working Out This Offseason

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The rumors are true. If you’re not drinking and smoking before games and focusing on football and your health, results will show. However, these results are ridiculous. Josh Gordon could be an alien for all we know. His left arm looks like a giant pretzel twist.

Josh Gordon arm

The narrative for Josh Gordon has always been “If he cleans up his act, he will be a top receiver.” Gordon is 6’3″, 225 pounds (probably more now), and runs a 4.57. He’s got the size and speed, but Gordon also has immense talent. In 2014, Gordon tore it up for the Browns, leading the league with 1,646 yards receiving and scored nine touchdowns. Think about that. While intoxicated in 2013, Gordon was unstoppable for a franchise that started Jason Campbell, Brandon Weeden, and Brian Hoyer at quarterback.

Baker Mayfield sees the potential of Gordon as well.

“I’ve never seen anybody like him, bar none,” the rookie quarterback told reporters on Tuesday, per The Plain Dealer. “He’s definitely gifted.”

Josh Gordon is primed for a big year and fans are in for a treat. Good luck to opposing defenses trying to guard him.