Coffee with the Jets: The possible debut of Christian Hackenberg
In this edition of Coffee with the New York Jets, the latest on the possible debut of Christian Hackenberg on Sunday, replacements if they move on from head coach Todd Bowles, and the top free agent this upcoming offseason by Gang Green.
If you also live in the city that never sleeps, it sure is freezing cold outside, eh? It’s so cold, that when the New York Jets end their season on the road against the New England Patriots on Sunday, it is set to be the coldest game ever played in the history of Gillette Stadium.
Hopefully, the Jets stun the Patriots but it’s not likely so all we can do is hope and see how everything turns out. It will be the last day of 2017 and 2018 should bring in another progressive year for the Jets who will continue rebuilding the right way.
In these Coffee with the Jets pieces, they feature three of the top and latest articles on Gang Green that go perfectly with a hot cup of coffee.
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Warming up in the Jets’ bullpen … Christian Hackenberg — finally by Rich Cimini (ESPN)
No one expects to see a superhero, but the organization invested a second-round pick in Hackenberg, who has been collecting dust at a historic rate. If he doesn’t play Sunday, he’d be only the third quarterback picked in the first two rounds of the modern-draft era (since 1967) who didn’t see the field in his first two seasons.
Seriously, what do the Jets have to lose in giving Hackenberg either the start or at the very least, some playing time? The Jets are rebuilding and that includes giving as many inexperienced players the opportunity to earn valuable regular season time. It’s a perfect situation since the Jets are playing a meaningless game since they’ve been out of playoff contention for weeks now. If they give Hackenberg a few series on Sunday, it will at least continue his development and possibly give fans something exciting to see and different since the Jets offense has been abysmal with Petty under center.
Who could Jets hire to replace Todd Bowles? | Josh McDaniels, Bill O’Brien and other options by Connor Hughes (NJ.com)
Bill O’Brien managed to take the Texans to the playoffs with the likes of Brian Hoyer and Brock Osweiler. Had it not been for Deshaun Watson‘s season-ending knee injury, he’d likely be on the list, too. There are rumblings O’Brien will leave Houston after the year. The Jets could pounce on him.
It’s highly unlikely the Jets will move on from Bowles this offseason but if they do, there will be a lot of suitors interested to take on the project of turning the franchise into contenders again. It’s not easy when it comes to this team due to being in the biggest sports market in the world but Bowles, with everything considered he’s achieved this season, deserves another shot to finish what he started. Once the Jets give him an established quarterback to work with in 2018, he should continue to push the envelope.
Every NFL Team’s Biggest Flight Risk in 2018 Free Agency by Brad Gagnon (Bleacher Report)
Davis ranks in the top 10 in football with 124 total tackles. And according to Pro Football Focus, he entered Week 16 ranked tied for sixth out of 50 inside linebackers in yards per cover snap.
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Linebacker Demario Davis will be a free agent in 2018 and the Jets would be wise to lock him up to at least a new deal for the next two, maybe even three more years. Davis is having the best year of his career as so far this season, he’s totaled 89 tackles, 5 sacks, and one fumble recovery. Since he is just 28-years-old, he should still continue being a difference-maker on defense. Hopefully, the Jets act quickly since due to his big season, many teams will undoubtedly be interested in acquiring his services if he ends up being a free agent.