They may play hard but they're still the Jets


They may play hard but they're still the Jets

Record: 5-10
Last week: 14-7 loss to Chargers
Previous three: 1-2 (win over Chiefs, losses to Saints and Broncos)
2016 record: 5-11
Coach: Todd Bowles
Offensive coordinator: John Morton
Defensive coordinator: Kacy Rodgers

The Jets have already exceeded every expectation for this season. Vegas set their projected win total for 2017 at 4.5 and they’ve been a five-win team since knocking off KC a few weeks back. But that is thanks to their lightning-hot start. When last seen by the Patriots, the Jets were 3-2. They are 2-8 since but the only time they were pummeled was their 23-0 loss to the Broncos. Bryce Petty’s been the starter the past two weeks. Christian Hackenberg, a second-round pick in 2016, has yet to play in an NFL game but he took first-team reps in practice on Wednesday. The biggest question surrounding the Jets is whether Todd Bowles will be back for a fourth season. The Jets have played hard for Bowles. But he’s 10-22 over the past two seasons. They have good, young talent on defense, but there have also been head-scratching decisions by Bowles during his run. A blowout for Bowles may seal his fate.

The Jets aren’t in the top 10 in a single offensive category. But wide receiver Robby Anderson (62 catches for 939 yards and seven touchdowns) has had an eye-opening season and Jermaine Kearse (60-751-5) and tight end Austin Sefarian-Jenkins (50-357-3) have also had their moments. Bilal Powell is a competent running back.

Quarterback play is a problem. With Josh McCown lost for the season, Bryce Petty is completing just 47.4 percent of his passes and has three picks and a touchdown. He’s thrown for 312 on 76 attempts. That’s a poor YPA. The Jets also allow sacks at a good clip. They’ve allowed 43 this year. They are not closers. They’ve been outscored 137 to 64 in the fourth quarter of this season.

The Jets have beaten the Patriots twice since 2011, both games in overtime, both games at MetLife Stadium. They haven’t beaten the Patriots in a regular-season game at Gillette since Matt Cassel was the team’s quarterback in 2008.

David Harris retires after 11 seasons with Jets, Patriots

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David Harris retires after 11 seasons with Jets, Patriots

David Harris's 11-year run in the NFL has come to an end. 

On Friday, the linebacker announced his retirement from the game of football after spending 10 seasons with the Jets and one with the Patriots. 

The Jets drafted Harris with the 47th pick in the 2007 NFL Draft. In his rookie season, he racked up 5 sacks and 127 total tackles. His breakout rookie season was an clear indication of the solid player he would become over the course of his career. 

Although he neither won a Super Bowl, nor made it to a Pro Bowl, the linebacker served as a focal point on a Rex Ryan defense that appeared in two AFC Championships in 2010 and 2011. 

When he was released in 2017, the 34-year-old made a career choice to sign with the Patriots to compete for a Super Bowl.

He didn't go out a champion, but a trip to the Super Bowl was a once-in-a-lifetime experience for one of the most underrated linebackers of the past decade. 



What was Odell Beckham Jr. telling Kyrie Irving?

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What was Odell Beckham Jr. telling Kyrie Irving?

Admittedly, the audio is poor but the idea is no less intriguing.

Was Odell Beckham Jr. telling Kyrie Irving at NBA All-Star Weekend that he's trying to go to the Patriots? Or to Boston? Or New England? 

It's 23 seconds into the video below: 

Isaiah Houde of USA TODAY's PatriotsWire interprets it as: "You went to the Celtics and I’m trying to go to New England."

Beckham has had a few Instagram posts about Brady recently, including an exchange of rap lyrics back in December. 


A post shared by Odell Beckham Jr (@obj) on

Unless there's a trade between the Patriots and Giants, Beckham, 25, the three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver, won't be free to join Kyrie in New England - or was it Boston? - until the four-year deal he signed in 2014 ends after this season. Oh, and as he enters that 2019 season, Tom Brady will be 42.