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

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Oct 14, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets linebacker Nick Bellore (54) celebrates after a fake punt against the Indianapolis Colts during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

NICK BELLORE: Nick didn’t play a great deal in 2012, but showed some versatility, making a reception on a fake punt this past season. He recorded 10 tackles this past year, after 19 in 2011. Personally, I am on the fence about Bellore, could go either way, but feeling is that ultimately, he will be……..

OUT THE DOOR

DEMARIO DAVIS Here is the guy that was supposed to be Bart Scott’s ticket to the bench, but that didn’t materialize as fast as we hoped. He seemed to have a tough time grasping the defense early on, and therefore struggled a bit to see the field. He played particularly well in the games against the rival Patriots, with seven tackles in the first meeting, and six in the second. He is improving, and will only get better. Demario Davis will be……..

BACK FOR MORE

GARRETT MCINTYRE: McIntyre came out of nowhere and showed some nice potential as a pass rusher, especially towards the end of the season. He recorded 2 sacks early in the season against the Pittsburgh Steelers, and recorded 1.5 over the last three weeks. His tackle total was very pedestrian with 35, but 13 of those tackles were in the last three weeks. McIntyre earned more time. Garrett McIntyre will be…….

BACK FOR MORE

RICKY SAPP: Ricky is a tough one to read. He is very fast off of the edge, but he just had so much trouble staying healthy. He was showing great potential during training camp, but then suffered a high ankle sprain that killed his development for the balance of 2012. He found himself stuck on the practice squad for most of the year, only active for 4 games in 2012. You could see them sending him “out the door”, being that he had such a tough time coming back from his injury, but, in my opinion, being so young, and so explosive when healthy, Ricky Sapp will be………

BACK FOR MORE

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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.