Lunch with the New York Jets: Namath on a mission


Enjoy your lunch today with some fine reading material on the New York Jets. In this edition, another AFC East Q&A, a look at a new mission Joe Namath is embarking on against brain damage and a look at Todd Bowles. Enjoy!

AFC East Q&A: Who is on the hottest seat? by ESPN ( Staff)

"He has a mediocre record (23-25) and no playoff appearances in three years, a new boss (Tannenbaum) in charge of the football operation and an owner (Ross) who spent major bucks in the offseason and wants results now."

Out Of Thin Air by Peter Keating (ESPN)

"Namath’s eyes sadden a bit as he pauses at a treatment bay where a patient is groaning in distress. “I’ll tell you what,” he sighs, a familiar dollop of Alabama still sweetening his phrasing five decades after his college days with Bear Bryant, who called him the greatest athlete he ever coached. “You see what some of these folks have to go through and you think, ‘There but for the grace of God …'”"

Bowles an Influential Innovator by Eric Allen (

"“I can honestly say that I couldn’t have been Coach of the Year without him and what he did with our players,” Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians said of Bowles. “Not only the blitz schemes but to just take guys and build a defense around the players’ strengths and covering up their weaknesses and putting them in positions to be successful. That’s what I think is his greatest attribute is.”"

Will Jets remain shy of workload to make Chris Ivory elite? by Brian Costello (New York Post)

"Pro Football Focus rated Ivory 39th out of the 57 running backs they graded. A deeper look at their analysis shows Ivory is a pretty good runner, but the other parts of the job kill his grade. Ivory rated as the 10th best running back on running plays, but he was 56th out of 57 in pass blocking."

Antonio Cromartie asked to get picked on across from Revis by Brian Costello (New York Post)

"Cromartie desperately wanted to rejoin the Jets, being very open during the offseason about his desire to return. He should be a happy camper this year being back in New Jersey, where he kept his home. The Jets hope Cromartie, along with Revis, can help some of the younger defensive backs become better professionals."

What Are Reasonable Rookie Expectations for New York Jets DL Leonard Williams? by Erik Frenz (Bleacher Report)

"That being said, it didn’t seem like the Jets would get an immediate return on the investment of the No. 6 overall pick, which they used to select USC defensive lineman . Leonard Williams"

Damon Harrison: ‘I feel like I’m the best nose tackle’ by Conor Orr (Around The NFL)

"Harrison will be one of the more interesting cases in free agency this offseason. The nose tackle is playing this season under a $2.356 million restricted free agent tender, but could find himself in a buyer’s market come March. Jets"

Adam Schefter: There’s A ‘Bigger Concern’ to the Sheldon Richardson Suspension [AUDIO] by Armen Williams (ESPN)

"“The bigger concern if you’re or the New York Jets at this point is that another violation can cost you a year,” said Adam Schefter, to Armen and Levack on 104.5 The Team in Albany, New York. “[That’s] a loss of salary, loss for the team, the whole thing like that. That’s something that the whole team wants to avoid and you don’t want that to happen.” Sheldon Richardson"

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