Nov 17, 2013; Orchard Park, NY, USA; New York Jets guardWillie Colon
(66) during the second half against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Bills beat the Jets 37-14. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports
Time for you, the fans, to speak out once again. That’s right, it’s time for another edition of the new, popular, “Stay or Go” series, where we take a look at some fringe New York Jets’ roster members, and you tell me if they should stay or go.
This morning, we take a look at a guy that was signed for the 2013 season. In the “stay or go” crosshairs, is starting right guard, Willie Colon.
REASONS TO STAY: It’s sometimes difficult to quantify the value of a lineman, but nowadays, we have enough to do so. Let’s talk first about attitude. Willie Colon came here with a chip on his shoulder. Despite being a long time Pittsburgh Steeler, he came in here and played like a Jet. He had attitude when it came to playing the New England Patriots. Willie took his fellow Jets as brothers, and blocked like a man protecting those brothers. Fought like one too. He has the type of attitude that Rex Ryan loves, and that is hard to replace.
He was a huge asset as a lineman for a rookie quarterback. If keeping a new quarterback clean is important to you, than Willie had incredible value, as according to Pro Football Focus, he only allowed one sack all season long. He posted a final grade in pass blocking of 11.1 which is pretty dominating. That is something to think about, bringing back a lineman that you know can do his part to keep the quarterback’s uniform clean.
REASONS TO GO: First of all, Willie is 30 years old. 30 is when age starts to catch up with football players, especially ones that have what’s equivalent to “car accidents” every day of the week. The Jets are in a quest to get younger and faster. Does Willie Colon fit into that equation?
He also was no help against the run. His grade in run blocking was a whopping -6.5. That is quite the low number, and one that you could justify taking out of the lineup. We can’t expect success from Bilal Powell and/or Chris Ivory if the line is not opening up holes. Willie did very little of that in the run game.
OK, your turn…Here’s the poll, and sound off in comments below.
What should be the fate of Willie Colon in 2014?