“Out the Door”, or “Back for More”: LB Edition

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Dec 30, 2012; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller (28) with the ball as New York Jets inside linebacker Bart Scott (57) defends during the second half at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Bills beat the Jets 28-9. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Time to get back to the roster evaluation. Most of you know by now we are going through the roster, and looking at who should be “Out the Door”, and who should be “Back for More”. We have been through the offense already, and we reviewed the defensive line yesterday.  Today we continue our trip through the roster with the linebackers, although I don’t think we are going to surprise too many people with these.  Let’s get right to it:

BART SCOTT: Since Bart Scott arrived on the scene in 2009 with Rex Ryan, he has steadily gotten slower and slower, and his performance has reflected just that. He started with 92 tackles in 2009, and in 2012 finished with a mere 60 tackles. He dealt with a toe injury for a good portion of the season, and it showed. He missed time in 2012, and it’s time to let the young kids play. Bart Scott should definitely be……


CALVIN PACE: Another member of the old guard. He was brought in here by Eric Mangini and company in 2008 to rush the passer, and his first two years with the team weren’t bad, with 15 sacks over his first two seasons with the team. However, he has proved himself to be getting slower by the season as well, with only 55 tackles in 2012. He is part of the old days, and if the Jets are going to move forward, they have to do it without Calvin Pace. Calvin Pace should also be………….


DAVID HARRIS: David Harris too has been here for quite a while. The difference is, that he is younger than Bart Scott and Calvin Pace, and more of a consistent performer. He has averaged 106 tackles per season, including leading the team in tackles this past season with 123, 80 solo. He has never had a year where he recorded less than 75 tackles, and has always been a player that the Jets can count on. Anyway, even if the Jets thought about going a different way in 2013, it would be a bad idea financially, because his contract is just as bad as Mark Sanchez’s. He would actually would amount to $20.9 million in dead money if he is released, and $8.9 million against the cap. David Harris will be……….


We will talk about the younger players on the next page.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/BrianB26 Brian Berness

    Been following this blog and I like it-

    Alan has been a passionate Jets fan since 1985. Obviously, that means he is a glutton for punishment, as he has suffered through many Jets disappointments. He remembers Mark Gastineau’s late hit in the 1986 AFC Divisional Playoff game like it was yesterday.

    I tend to remember It a little more vividly- so many mistakes with a 20-10 lead and 4:15 left. Basically, they blame it on Gastineau, but Joe Walton could not have managed the clock any worse… a QB draw that stopped the clock- the Jets should have been able to punt with 50 seconds left and a 20-17 lead. I don’t think they would have won in Denver the next week though anyhow….

    • TheJetPress

      Thaks Brian. Keep following and tell your friends.

      Nice memory of that game, I don’t remember the minute details like you do. I actually do think they would have won the next week, if you remember they beat Denver once that year…we’ll never know.

      • http://www.facebook.com/BrianB26 Brian Berness

        They beat Denver 22-10 in October- between games 2 and 3 of the 1986 WS. The defense dominated John Elway that night and knocked him out of the game. But remember, this was a team that was destroyed by injuries down the stretch- Gastineau, Klecko, Mehl all missed the rest of the regular season. Who knows…

        • TheJetPress

          Good point. Ravaged by injury wouldn’t even begin to cover it….decimated would be more like it. You’re right..who knows. Would like to have had the chance to see it though..lol

  • http://www.facebook.com/BrianB26 Brian Berness

    It always seems like the Jets need an upgrade here…
    Of course their best linebacker is in New Orleans…
    Since Mo Lewis retired, Victor Hobson, Bryan Thomas, David Harris- all supposed to be the next big thing. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a couple of linebackers to plug in solidly for the next 5-7 years?
    But then again, I spent the 90s waiting for Marvin Jones to become Mike Singletary. That never seemed to happen.

    • TheJetPress

      I totally agree. Getting an actual linebacker corp to play together and dominate for a decade would feel like a miracle, after all those guys. It would be nice, that’s for sure.

      Thanks again Brian.