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New York Jets print instructions for keeping ‘J-E-T-S’ chant alive

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How will the New York Jets ever survive without Fireman Ed? Last season, Fireman Ed — aka Ed Anzalone — stepped down from his position as Jets superfan because of the losing culture and drama surrounding the team and its fans. The problem (if you want to call it that) is that Fireman Ed has been leading the famous J-E-T-S chant since 1986.

As a result of Ed’s retirement, the team has to figure out a way to keep the chant alive. Fear not, Jets fans — included in your 2013 season ticket package are written instructions for how the J-E-T-S, Jets! Jets! Jets! chant is going continue. As a Jets fan named Jason P. who goes by the Twitter handle @Jayyyson pointed out on Wednesday (via the NY Daily News), the page is titled “The J-E-T-S chant is in your hands!”

“In 2013, we are launching an all-new J-E-T-S chant tradition,” a corresponding blurb reads. “As a first step, please find your section on the map for your letter on gameday. Call your Jets Relations Representative to find out more at 800-469-JETS (5387) and start practicing your loudest J-E-T-S chant!”

In other words, every section of the stadium is assigned to one of the four letters. There is nothing cornier than written instructions on how to cheer. The Dallas Cowboys tried it last year and their fans ended up booing.

The concept of Fireman Ed was kind of lame in itself, but at least the J-E-T-S chant was organic. If the fans want to keep it alive, they’re better off having someone go stand where Ed used to stand in Section 134 and take over for him. Or, just wait for Ed to make a dramatic return to his old role when he gets a craving for some more attention. What, you really think that’s not going to happen?

H/T LBS tipster David

Rex Ryan: New York Jets will run more Wildcat offense this year

Geno-Smith-JetsThe New York Jets have yet to commit to a starting quarterback for Week 1 of the 2013 season, but the general consensus is that Mark Sanchez will be given yet another opportunity. New York drafted Geno Smith in the second round for a reason, but it does not appear he has made enough strides to be tossed into an NFL starting role just yet. However, he could do more than just hold a clipboard.

Smith ran an up-tempo spread offense at West Virginia, but he was by no means a scrambling quarterback. In fact, he had only 66 rushes for 151 yards last year — good for a 2.3 yards per carry average. Then who is Rex Ryan planning to use in the Wildcat formation? On Wednesday, the Jets coach was asked if his team will run more Wildcat and read-option plays in 2013.

“I would say we probably would because you guys say we never used (the wildcat last year), so I would say yeah,” he said, via Seth Walder of the NY Daily News. “I would think that’s part of what we do.

“I think (the Wildcat is) here to stay for the simple fact that guys are getting these quarterbacks now, these mobile quarterbacks, the size, speed and all that type of stuff, so I do think it’s here to stay. It does give you the numbers back. Sometimes on defense you’re playing with plus one, it’s a great equalizer.”

[Related: Jets considering using Geno Smith as change-of-pace QB]

Smith is a big quarterback who is mobile, but he doesn’t exactly have blazing speed. He’s more effective as a passer, and I’m guessing he wants to become a pocket passer in the NFL. Ryan noted that the Jets have run the Wildcat with guys like Brad Smith in the past, but he said the formation is more effective when the threat of throwing the ball exists. Apparently it did not with Tebow.

“If you’re gonna have a quarterback that has those skills, like a (Colin) Kaepernick or somebody like that, then obviously it becomes more of a weapon, because you’re defending, you’re not just knowing that Tebow’s going in there and he’s just going to run the ball,” he said. “And that’s kind of where we were last year it seemed like.”

Unless Sanchez is going to start making plays with his legs, Rex has to be talking about Smith. When the Jets first acquired Tebow, Ryan said opposing teams had better be prepared to deal with two quarterbacks. He hasn’t exactly said that yet with Sanchez and Smith, but who else would run the Wildcat or read-option? Maybe no one? Hey, that’s what happened with Tebow.

Jets reportedly considering using Geno Smith as change-of-pace quarterback

Geno-Smith-JetsThe New York Jets do some pretty strange things. Keeping Mark Sanchez as their starting quarterback for this length of time is one of them, but the latest news out of Jets camp is even more puzzling than that.

Rich Cimini of ESPNNewYork.com reported on Monday morning that Rex Ryan and company are “toying with” the idea of using Geno Smith as a change-of-pace quarterback and having him run mainly read-option plays if he does not win the starting job. The team would build a package of plays for him in an attempt to utilize his speed while also giving the rookie experience and adding another element to the offense.

In other words, the Jets want to try to do with Smith what they intended to do with Tim Tebow last year. That plan failed miserably, so why would it work with Smith? The reason the idea is so bizarre is that Geno considers himself a pocket passer, and he wasn’t even a read-option quarterback at West Virginia. Ryan acknowledged that when discussing Smith’s role last month.

[Related: Geno Smith was a no-show at annual "Jets West" camp]

“They didn’t really run a whole lot of zone reads and different things (at West Virginia),” Rex said at the time, via Around the League. “But (Smith) has the skill set to where there’s no reason he shouldn’t be able to do that. … Running for first downs and touchdowns, I think that’s how the league is probably going to progress with these things.”

Smith rushed for 342 yards on 245 career carries in college. He’s probably better off holding a clipboard for a year than trying to contribute as a “change-of-pace” quarterback. Or, maybe he should start. Whatever the Jets decide to do, no one will be surprised if it doesn’t work — at all.

H/T Rotoworld

Mark Sanchez likely to start Week 1 for Jets?

Mark SanchezThat sound you hear is New York Jets fans collectively groaning.

According to ESPN New York’s Rich Cimini, second-round pick Geno Smith has not blown anyone away in the Jets’ team activities thus far. As a result, Cimini says it is likely that Mark Sanchez ends up starting Week 1 for the team.

Cimini does note that it is early and that things could change, but it is headed for Sanchez to start Week 1.

Sanchez has committed a league-high 52 turnovers over the past two seasons. He threw 18 interceptions and lost eight fumbles each year. The Jets went 14-17 in those games, and he played so poorly last season that Greg McElroy even replaced him.

This is bad news all around for Jets fans. Another season with Sanchez starting games means another losing season is coming. And if Smith fails to impress, that means it will be a while before the Jets’ quarterbacking problems are fixed.

Joe Namath rips Jets for misleading fans, saying team is good

Joe-Namath-Mark-Sanchez-sensationalJoe Namath has blasted the New York Jets for various reasons over the past several years. It’s unclear if Broadway Joe is just attempting to remain in the spotlight or legitimately hates the way the current ownership group is running the team, but he feels the need to be heard. On Thursday, Namath took aim at the Jets once again and criticized them for misleading the fans.

“The team’s declined while we fans are being told how good they are constantly, how this new player’s so good,” he told our friends Boomer and Carton on WFAN in New York. “They haven’t played up to how they’ve been touted. And so I think they’ve misled the fans more or less. They’ve made some bad decisions on personnel the last couple of years.”

As Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio pointed out, the Jets’ brass doesn’t really have a choice when it comes to hyping up the team. No team is going to come out and admit that it expects the product to be disappointing this year, otherwise they would have an incredibly tough time selling tickets.

Namath also acknowledged that his relationship with the team has gotten to the point where it’s “uncomfortable,” noting that he and owner Woody Johnson have not been on good terms for a few years.

“I wouldn’t say bad terms, you know?” Namath explained. “Uncomfortable. Because I was saying earlier, you don’t like to hear negative things, negative vibes, and Woody I’m sure doesn’t like the criticism. I mean, when we’ve brushed shoulders in the past it hasn’t been the same as it was originally. We don’t talk — ‘Hi, how are ya?’ “

Namath basically criticizes everything the Jets do, the most recent example of which came when he blasted them for their approach in the draft last month. Aside from Mark Sanchez, who Namath supports unconditionally for whatever reason, there are few people within the organization he has been pleased with. As a fan, you can’t really blame him. As someone who is a Jets icon, it’s getting to the point where I wish Namath would just go away.

Joe Namath: Jets did not need to draft Geno Smith

Geno SmithJoe Namath is one of very few Mark Sanchez supporters left in the country that are not related to the former USC star, which is surprising considering how critical the Hall of Famer has been of the New York Jets over the past several years. For whatever reason, Namath thinks Sanchez is capable of getting it done.

Geno Smith was expected by many — especially himself — to be the first quarterback selected in the 2013 draft. For that reason, the Jets thought he presented tremendous value at No. 39 overall. Not surprisingly, Namath thinks it was a wasted pick.

“No, I don’t think they needed a quarterback,” he said Tuesday according to the NY Daily News. “They needed the other positions filled. Possibly offensive line. They got some defensive line. The safeties are still questionable. The outside linebackers are still questionable.”

Namath is not the only one who feels that way, but at the same time there are not many people in Jets nation who feel comfortable with Sanchez as their quarterback. Broadway Joe praised Smith for being a “sensational athlete,” but he made it clear he is still high on Sanchez.

“I am pulling for (Sanchez),” he said. “I know that he can do better than he’s done. And we saw him lead a team to two AFC championship games, right? I also know what it’s like not to necessarily have the weapons you’d like to have, not to necessarily have the time you’d like to accomplish.

“I know it’s a team game and I know Sanchez is going to play better. I promise you you’ll see a different guy (this year). I believe you’ll see a different guy.”

Perhaps Namath knows something we don’t. Or maybe Sanchez’s new high-profile quarterback coach has done more for him than we could ever imagine. We know one Pro Bowl receiver isn’t buying it, and neither am I.

That being said, I’m not all that high on Smith at the moment either. Regardless of who the Jets starter is at the end of training camp, their defense will likely have to be closer to the caliber it was when they reached back-to-back AFC championship games if they want to contend.

Darrelle Revis: Jets lied to me, gave me the ‘corporate answer’

Darrelle Revis was traded from the New York Jets to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Tuesday, and it does not sound like the All-Pro corner is leaving his old team on positive terms. It seemed fairly clear that the Jets were trying to trade Revis since the offseason began, but Revis says that intention was never relayed directly to him.

On Monday, Revis told reporters that the Jets consistently lied to him.

“Definitely I feel like I haven’t gotten the truth,” Revis said, via Manish Mehta of the NY Daily News. “Anybody can sit here and tell you to your face, ‘Yeah, you’re going to be a Jet.’ But what’s the truth out of it. What’s really true?”

“You just want the truth of the situation. You don’t people to be dangling information or giving false information. Just tell the truth.”

Revis said the team had not been upfront with him since hiring general manager John Idzik. In fact, he recalled a recent conversation with Idzik when he was asked what he felt was a ridiculous question. According to Revis, Idzik asked him if he wants to remain a Jet.

“Why would you ask me that question?” Revis responded. “He gave me some other corporate answer about something else. I know it’s a lie. … I call it the corporate answer. The truth is the truth. Just tell the truth because people want to know what’s going on. I want to know what’s going on with my career whether you’re trading me or you’re not. But whatever you’re doing, just let me know.”

As we know, it is not always that simple. The Jets had to give off the impression that they were not desperate to trade Revis if they wanted to maintain any type of leverage. If Revis feels they should have told him they were looking to trade him and trusted him to keep quiet about it, that’s a different story.

Over the past couple of years, many people have accused Revis of only caring about money. Warren Sapp basically said it on Sunday when asked if he feels the Bucs made a good move. Of course, Revis disagrees with that notion.

“I never said I’m looking for the most money,” he explained. “Whatever I do out on that field, you should compensated for. That’s just not me. That’s any player in this league. I didn’t make this system up. I didn’t make this system of who’s supposed to get paid $25 million, $10 million… I put my body out there on the line and I play. I do it pretty well, so you should get compensated for what you want.”

Bottom line: none of it matters now. Revis is a Tampa Bay Buc. Like with any other ugly relationship that comes to an end in the world of professional sports, it’s time to move forward.

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