We talked to Gang Green Nation's Scooter Salmon about the
derelict submarine football team he loves, and he's delivered us an adorable scouting report on this team, which he assures us is made up of actual football players.
Jets on Offense
Two weeks ago, I would have said that the Jets intend to be a high-flying offense that would utilize it's good receiving corps to spread the ball out. We would likely have seen plenty of three-or-four wide receiver sets and Jeff Cumberland/Jace Amaro split out wide. However, when Geno Smith hit the locker room floor and Ryan Fitzpatrick took the reins, the plan became cloudy.
In the first preseason game, Fitzpatrick barely threw the ball. That may have just been because it's the preseason, since Chan Gailey had a high-flying attack with Fitzpatrick with the Buffalo Bills. However, Fitzpatrick's arm strength seemed noticeably weaker, so it may be a sign of things to come.
Regardless, the Jets have a good set of wide receivers. Brandon Marshall, Eric Decker, and Jeremy Kerley are a powerful combination. Chris Owusu and Shaq Evans have been turning heads as well. Jeff Cumberland and Jace Amaro are capable receiving tight ends. The running back group is also deep. It's filled with powerful runners such as Chris Ivory, Zac Stacy, Daryl Richardson, and Stevan Ridley. Bilal Powell also adds valuable pass protecting and receiving ability.
The two question marks on offense are the quarterback (as stated above) and the offensive line. The OL looked good in the first preseason game, but it's still unclear how the two guards and right tackle will shape up.
Jets on Defense
Despite last week's inability to tackle, this is going to be a formidable group. Up front, you have one of the best defensive lines in the league with Muhammad Wilkerson, Sheldon Richardson, Leonard Williams, Leger Douzable, and Damon Harrison. Quinton Coples can also step in at defensive end in a pinch too. They can stuff the run, rush the passer, and cook a delicious five course meal for you too.
The linebacking corps is a bit of a question mark. Both David Harris and Demario Davis are good inside linebackers, but often struggle in coverage. The outside linebackers, primarily Coples, Calvin Pace, Jason Babin, and Lorenzo Mauldin are serviceable, but that's all that could be said about them.
Finally, the secondary should be hard to pass on this season. With the return of Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie, the Jets have a deep secondary, also having Buster Skrine, Dexter McDougle, and Marcus Williams. The safeties should be interesting to watch as well as they are talented but unproven.
Jets on Special Teams
The Jets managed to get one of the best special teams coaches in the league in Bobby April to match up with the clutch Nick Folk. Ryan Quigley can be a bit boom or bust as a punter, and it's unclear what will happen at kick returner and punt returner, although Kerley seems the favorite for PR.