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Casserly Has Questions About These Jets

Posted by Eric Allen on July 27, 2012 – 8:42 am

Let’s get it started already. The Jets hit the practice field this morning at SUNY Cortland (the team’s first open workout is Saturday) and training camp is officially under way. With the Green & White coming off an 8-8 season, NFL Network’s Charley Casserly (@CharleyCasserly) provided us a snapshot of where the Jets are at heading into 2012.

“I think the Jets have a lot of questions, but I don’t know if they’re bad questions,” he told me Thursday afternoon.

Not surprisingly, almost all of Casserly’s questions regard the offense. Casserly, a former NFL Executive of the Year, candidly said he wouldn’t have made the trade for Tim Tebow if he were in a similar situation.

“It’s a question if you want to deal with a potential distraction vs. something that could be a weapon to win a game,” he said.

Large crowds are expected here in Cortland over the next few weeks and that includes big media gatherings. You’ll read play-by-play analysis every Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow throw even though the former has been designated the clear starter.

“Not much goes on in training camp and there is a potential distraction here. There is no right or wrong answer for this one,” Casserly said. “They didn’t trade for Tebow to challenge to be the quarterback. They traded for him to have a role, so that’s why there’s no right or wrong answer. Don’t expect Tebow to challenge for No. 1. If they did that, I would disagree with that totally. But they’re not doing that.”

Casserly thinks the Rex Ryan/Mike Pettine-led defense will be strong again and rookie DE Quinton Coples and a healthy LaRon Landry (now off Active PUP) could potentially take them to another level.

“The defense will be good. They game-plan as well as anybody in the National Football League, their blitz packages are superb, and they do a tremendous job getting people free to the quarterback,” he said. “What they haven’t had in the front seven is a guy they’ve had to game-plan for in passing situations. That’s what they’re hoping they get out of Coples.”

But Casserly’s critical questions are on the other side of the ball:

WR Santonio Holmes — “Are they going to feature Holmes and target him 10-plus times a game? Is he going to be a true featured No. 1 receiver?”

WR Stephen Hill — “Here’s a guy who has game-changing speed. DeSean Jackson is the fastest player in the NFL when I watch players, but this guy has that kind of game-changing speed. He’s kind of raw as a receiver. What impact will he have?”

Run Game — “Can Shonn Greene be a No. 1 back and who’s No. 2?”

Offensive Identity — “What’s this offense going to look like? You aren’t going to win in the NFL by simply running the ball. You have to make plays in the passing game. How are they going to build the passing game into the running game?”

Jeff Otah Deal/Right Tackle — “If it (the acquisition of Otah from Carolina) works out, great. It if doesn’t, they haven’t lost much there. I’d say on offense, Wayne Hunter is capable of playing better than last year and bouncing back.”

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25 Responses to “Casserly Has Questions About These Jets”

  1. By SCfromNY on Jul 27, 2012 | Reply

    The biggest question I think is Holmes. He doesn’t need 100 catches to be happy. If any of the other receivers can do a good job Holmes will not always have double coverage. If he does the catches will mount up for other recievers which will eventually force teams not to double Holmes. Look what he did in 2010.All teams have issues, yes even the Pats going into a new season. The offense should improve with Schotty gone. While Greene needs to prove himself he is not the only RB on the team. RB is probably the position that transfers to the NFL easiest. Except for blitz pick ups.

  2. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Jul 27, 2012 | Reply

    Off-day for Casserly, who mostly states the obvious and seems clueless about Tebow. Truth is there’s absolutely no point in picking him up unless he has a chance to start next yr if Sanchez doesn’t get markedly better this yr. Someone should run a contest on who can dream up the most absurd role for TT — sideline hot dog attendant? I like that Casserly noticed Hill, though, who’s the kind of player that the Jets haven’t seemed to notice dominating offenses around the league for yrs. I suppose I should be grateful that Sparano’s version of “ground and pound,” whatever that is, involves a lot of vertical passing. If Greene, McKnight, and Ganaway don’t come out of the gate like lightning this yr, we might end up running less than last yr.

  3. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Jul 27, 2012 | Reply

    Hey all you Bring Back Braylon folks — all 2 of you — SEA just signed Antonio Bryant, who hasn’t played in 2 yrs, rather than Edwards, who barely played last yr. I suspect that makes a statement on how far along BE is with his recent injuries. Then again, if he’s still injured, that might make Mr T more inclined to go after him! Seriously, we already got enough possibilities at WR for this yr, even if one of the ones we drafted already has a long history of injuries. Give it up with Edwards, he needed to take less to sign with us while he had the chance.

  4. By steven on Jul 27, 2012 | Reply

    If everyone does just four little things they will win every game.
    1. Tackle. Everyone puts their helmet on the ball and hits turnovers will happen.
    2. Penalties. No penalties, you won’t give games away.
    3. Fumbles. No fumbles and you won’t give games away
    4. Humilty. If everyone has good manners, respect, common sense the team will succedd. Don’t fuss with the referees. Don’t take out frustrations with the media. Don’t be selfish. Do everything for your teamates. Be Humble. No Holdouts, no bragging, no complaints, no fights, , no disrespect towards anyone. Even the other teams in the NFL will respect the Jets. Just do business. Let your play do the talking. Be in Shape.Show everyone you are a GREAT team. Remember the TITANS! Watch MIRACLE.

  5. By scjoe on Jul 27, 2012 | Reply

    To Charlie Casserly, one of the “experts” Take a real close look around the league and tell us where Tim Tebow fits in as a “b/u QB” I see him in the top 10 at the very least. What you consider to be a “distraction” I see as a pretty viable b/u QB who can do much more then the average b/u QB can do. Do you consider ALL the other b/u QBs distractions too, or just the NY Jets?? Please people, if you question Tim Tebow’s ability to play the position that is your right, but enough with the “distraction!”

  6. By davetharave on Jul 27, 2012 | Reply

    This will be the year that Joe McKnight takes his place as the #2 running back on this team and makes solid contributions on offense every game.

  7. By Tom Spicer on Jul 27, 2012 | Reply

    I can answer all of the above questions. 1 Holmes is a #1 he just has to have his head on straight 2 Hill will be a difference maker I am really high on this kid 2 The #2 back is Joe McKnight & Tebow is the change of pace. Both of the will be major factors on O 3 They are going to look like the Ravens a running team with a sick D 4 NEXT QUESTION? Just ask Spicer forget Casserly!

  8. By Tom Spicer on Jul 27, 2012 | Reply

    I would like the Jets to run a 4-3 full time we can get our best players on the field & get the most pressure on the QB. Pouha & Ellis at the DT’S, Coples & Wilkerson at the DE’S, Harris at MLB, Scott & Thomas at OLB on 1st & 2nd down with Pace & Maybin playing the OLB’S on 3rd down & other passing situations.

  9. By Felix on Jul 27, 2012 | Reply

    Long time jets fan . From watching them play there really nothing impressive about there defense our offense or special teams play they are alot of smoke and mirror, this year (2012) is the start of a rebuild and with no credible quaterbacks the rebuild will be meaning less this year (2012) wins verses losses 6wins to 10losses at best.

  10. By Morena on Jul 27, 2012 | Reply

    I don’t really care what Casserly thinks? I love Sanchez and whatever Tebow will bring to this team,to make the JETS,JETS,JETS be in contention…

  11. By wvJETSfan on Jul 27, 2012 | Reply

    Jet fan 64 Tom, i guess im the 3rd person that wants braylon back, my reasons are, he has a better repore with Sanchez than Tone and look at Tone since he signed he tweeted that pic of him chugging a bottle of liqor and hasn’t done much since besides fighting with teammates and calling out teammates i think we should have signed Braylon instead, if so i think we would have won more games last year we lost some close ones last year and Braylon NEVER Quit, remember the Colts game he returned the kick to about the 45-50 then had a big catch helping get us in FG range maybe not the prettiest win but a win not the less. it think we would have lost that game if he were not on the team. With that being said i am excited about watchinthe young guys

  12. By wvJETSfan on Jul 27, 2012 | Reply

    (cont) i am excited about the young guys hill and Kerley but what if we lose a WR for the year what if Heaven forbide Hill, Kerley, or Tone went down then were in trouble we cant count on Chaz Schillens, he’s been hurt too much i think that having Braylon to split time with hill and fill in in case of emergency would be a nice back up plan, even if he’s not ready and misses the first couple games. i know they wont pick him up but i think they made a mistake and signed the wrong guy. i hope im wrong about Chaz he does have some upside. sorry i wrote a book thanks for reading LETS GO JETS!!!!!

  13. By JOHNNYA on Jul 27, 2012 | Reply

    Casserly, unlike the rest of his closet Dolphin fans @NFL ntwrk, like dopey lombardi,Sanders & Sapp, actually uses legit logic when becoming analytical about the Jets, rather than just ripping them with a broad stroke! Yes, Holmes is a cancer, & yes, Hill is unproven, but he’s w/o a doubt, one of the most gifted young WR’s in the NFL. What’s more, this team, with the re-implementation of the wildcat (not used since B.Smith left 2 yrs ago),should average no worse than 130yds a game on the ground. That’s basically the lowest, acceptable average that they would need rushing the roch to be successful offensely. Say what you want, but for all the talk about the Jets having to win w/DEF., They have the horses to hit on big plays down the field!

  14. By danny on Jul 27, 2012 | Reply

    Bill Polian just said it perfect on ESPN special tonight about Tebow. Ppl need to stop looking at Tebow as a QB because he is not a NFL QB. He is a wildcat QB slash RB slash Special teams. If MS went down Macolroy needs to take over and Tebow stays in same postition. Tebow was not brought here to be our starting QB EVER. As I said Big Ron that Tebow is a RB in the NFL not QB Mr. Polian agrees. We will see MS and Tebow on field at same time. Yes Tebow will be lining up as a wildcat QB at times but not to run our base offense. There is also a reason Macolroy is rooming with MS and not Tebow and that is because he will be our true backup if MS goes down. We are not switching to a run option offense for Tebow if MS goes down

  15. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Jul 27, 2012 | Reply

    Spicer, I’m totally with you on Hill and in fact I can’t wait to read the story ahead of this one about how great he apparently looked today. wvJETSfan, I appreciate your long discussion of Edwards — though of course you know it was Cro on the KR vs. the Colts — but I think everything you say just proves why he should’ve taken less money to stay with the team — and stay out of that bar, which sealed his doom. And just for the record, folks, “Felix” is not one of my pen names. (Dig how brutal HE is on this season’s prospects! I lean much more in your direction than the other, Felix, I was just telling Arte, who’s predicting SB glory again, that I see us quite possibly going 1-5 to start the yr. unless things look REALLY great in exhib.)

  16. By Jimmer on Jul 28, 2012 | Reply

    danny, you said it best so far, TT is a better wildcat than any other who’ve played. Brad Smith was great at what he did, but TT can chuck it deep and make teams pay for playing him running the ball.
    TT is the ultimate wildcat guy. Nobody knew where to draft him, or what to draft him as. But everyone had their eyes on him that draft day. We got him for a 4th rd pick. We made out pretty good on that one. The guy is even gonna play on ST’s. So much for the “experts” saying he’ll only play qb. I have a Sanchez & a TT jersey as of today.

  17. By Jimmer on Jul 28, 2012 | Reply

    When I see Casserly talk about the Jets, All I hear is white noise. Football has passed him by.

  18. By danny on Jul 28, 2012 | Reply

    I can’t believe there is stll talk about Braylon. No one has picked him up for a reason so why would we ??? He is obviously damaged goods and with us drafting Hill and last yr Kerley I would much rather see these young guys develop then another washed up Vet like Plax last yr. Braylon was good for us 2 yrs ago but he is not that same player right now or some team would have picked him up. I really think Hill is gonna be a big time player in this league and definitly has the potential so please no more Braylon talks as long as Hill and Tone stay healthy.

  19. By ron alexander on Jul 28, 2012 | Reply

    64TOM,I’m think’n your referring to me and S.C.Joe as the 2 Braylon guys? Well, time will tell but I would love to have him as a back up who could start till Hill is ready to rock & roll!But Ido agree with you about Hill, the kid has the whole package.Danny,i hope for the teams sake you are right about T.T but I still have my doubts. I cant think of his name but there was a 6-4 245lb Q.B who played at N.Carolina and was drafted by the Chiefs. They switched him to Running back, he had a couple of good years, got hurt and was done! Remind you of anyone?

  20. By GaryC on Jul 28, 2012 | Reply

    ron alexander, the guy you describe might be Ethan Horton,that goes back quite aways.

  21. By scjoe on Jul 28, 2012 | Reply

    Don’t know if 64 was referring to me as one of those guys who wanted to bring BE back Ron. But in the words of one of our “better” former presidents “let me make myself perfectly clear” YES! I would have loved to see a “HEALTHY” BE back in green and white. But it has become quite obvious BE is not healthy, because there simply is no other reason another team has not signed him to date.I was one of the guys who lobbied to keep BE over SH the year both became UFAs, but of course that is injuries not withstanding. That said, never say never. This is a rough and tough sport we follow and injury is just as much a part as TDs.

  22. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Jul 28, 2012 | Reply

    I wasn’t thinking of anyone specifically about Braylon, ron a, there just seem to be a few holdouts on that score every other day. But I’m with you, danny, Spicer, and others about Hill.

  23. By SCfromNY on Jul 28, 2012 | Reply

    Braylon is a microcosm of life in the NFL and injuries. The main reason quality players should be able to maximize their earnings before it’s too late while owners and the league make billions.

  24. By ron alexander on Jul 31, 2012 | Reply

    GARYC,thanx, thats exactly who I was referring to Ethan Horton. I actually saw him play in college as a Q.B and he was impressive!(raw,but an interesting prospect) O’k, who out there remembers Bobby Douglas? A 6-4 235lb lefty Q.B from Kansas? He actually rushed for over 1,000 yds for the Bears.Like T.T he was a load to tackle. He was also pretty fast as I recall.S.C.FROM N.Y.Very sad,but very true about career life expectency in the N.F.L.Its easy to see why these guys hold-out when you look at it from their perspective.

  25. By sal cottone on Oct 7, 2012 | Reply

    i think they are the same qustions most of us had, Steven Hill loss hurts alot mor e than Holmes, I think, they need more than one reciever his size to catch alot of Marks passes, Question is, where are they going from here! alot of changes next year!!

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