Q: What do you think the Jets record will be this year?
EA: Damn. So many variables involved here. We don’t even know who the starting quarterback is, so this is a difficult question. I think the Jets will field a better team than 2012, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that their record will improve.
Things could get dicey if the Green & White struggle early. That first quarter is manageable, but Weeks 5-9 — @ ATL, vs. PIT, vs. NE, @ CIN and vs. NO — is going to be the ultimate test.
Offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg is a proven play-caller and it’s been fun to watch him mix in personnel and change formations. No matter who plays quarterback, this offense is poised to make a jump because the offensive line is solid and the skill groups are better than most people think.
Defensively, you have to be excited about the front while crossing your fingers for a speedy
The kicking game will be solid and one of the overlooked keys for a team in transition like this is stealing a game or two on special teams. This squad has to win field position battles and avoid those special teams miscues they had last year. It will be fun to watch Ben Kotwica as he has taken the reins from the legendary Mike Westhoff.
If the bounces are going the way of New York’s AFC representative, a 10-win campaign wouldn’t be crazy. But if Murphy’s Law strikes, they could fail to equal last year’s win total.
Do you think if
EA: Powell has earned his spot at the top of the depth chart. He has had a fabulous summer, ripping off long gainers in the run game and flashing his versatility in the Wildcat. He is a powerful blocker and a nice target out of the backfield. The third-year back, a Louisville product, will get plenty of touches as will battering ram
Don’t get caught up with the term “starter” for the backs. Powell and Ivory figure to be plenty in busy in 2013.
EA: Rogers is a good player and he has flashed at times this summer. He works the underneath routes well and he has really good football instincts. But the Jets have some interesting players at the position right now and there are going to be tough decisions here the next week or so.
If Holmes is ready to roll Week 1, your top four is set with Tone,
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Q: If it's a true competition, then why do we hear about only two of the QBs on the roster? Simms seemed more poised on the field than Smith. Sanchez has a history of turnovers going back to USC. Where has McElroy been?
EA: Back in training camp, Rex Ryan stated that
Both McElroy, who was held out of the second preseason game with an ankle injury, and Simms have impressed. But there are only so many reps to go around and let's see the QB rotation Thursday night.
“I feel confident in Simms because I’ll tell you what — he’s earned respect and everything else,” Ryan said Monday. “Greg McElroy, here’s a guy, the thing about Greg is he thinks he’s the smartest guy in the building because he is. Obviously, I feel good about those guys."
1. Please find more about Matt Simms. 2. Matt Simms has a really strong arm! You never know. 3. Maybe Matt Simms could have potential as a future QB with the Jets! 4. Don't let Matt Simms go before you really find out what Matt Simms could be…
After watching all of the Jets preseason games, I truly like what Matt Simms has done. Do you believe that the Jets should give Simms a start and mix him in as a potential starter?
EA: The most popular players in professional sports are the backup quarterback in football and the backup goalie in hockey. Simms has played well this preseason, hitting on 73% of his attempts with that late TD strike to Spadola.
Q: Uneven? You could not have seen the game. You don't even deserve to write a blog/column.
EA: You weren't a fan of my blog on Geno Smith? The definition of uneven is not level or smooth. No apologies here. Thanks, Dennis, for the kind words.
Q: “Uneven Start?" Your an IDIOT.
EA: Did you forget something, Gilbert? Perhaps you meant to write “You’re an idiot.” Loving this mailbag more and more.