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crystal falace 9:51 Thu Mar 10
2016 NFL Season
Free agency started last night and was pretty crazy some huge money being spent.

Osweiler getting £18m a year for the Texans, leaving the Broncos without a QB,

Giants have spent a fortune on good but not great players, Oliver Vernon has more guaranteed money than JJ Watt.

lots more deals but cant be bothered to list them all.

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southbankbornnbred 9:39 Wed Nov 14
Re: 2016 NFL Season
TM - the Jets could do with ANYBODY who can move the sticks a few times a game: that's how bad we've got under Bowles!

The serious point is that Bell would walk into the Jets side backwards because, offensively, it is so poor. But we probably need a complete rebuild on that side of the ball once Bowles has gone (either mid or post-season: it looks inevitable unless there is a major turnaround). That will probably start with an O-line that can protect Darnold before somebody kills him, and a top-class receiving target for him. So a big money RB would be a luxury.

But I'd take him: I've always rated Bell and, as you say, I don't actually think he was demanding that much from the Steelers. They just kept asking him to defer a big money deal (most likely until Ben has retired) and he said no.

Mr. Burns 12:36 Wed Nov 14
Re: 2016 NFL Season
Rams - Chiefs going back to LA as the pitch in the Azteca stadium is fucked. Shambles.

Takashi Miike 12:31 Wed Nov 14
Re: 2016 NFL Season
zeb, i think they've been behind in so many games this season so they've had to ditch the running game as they've mostly been playing catch up. barkley's a great signing but i think they finally need to plan for manning's replacement

Takashi Miike 12:26 Wed Nov 14
Re: 2016 NFL Season
they're talking about the jets (sorry southbank), the bucs and raiders, though for some reason the eagles are also being quoted, fuck knows how they fit him and ajayi in the same team


to be honest, i don't think he was asking for a lot. apparently he just wants a couple of years guaranteed money on the next contract, nothing ridiculous, so i can see plenty of teams matching his demands

zebthecat 12:20 Wed Nov 14
Re: 2016 NFL Season
Who is that TM?
Just had a quick look at which teams have the worst rushing stats this season to see who could really do with a class rusher and it isn't pretty. What really stood out was that the Giants are second worst. is their O-line that bad?

Takashi Miike 12:16 Wed Nov 14
Re: 2016 NFL Season
he may as well retire if the bookies have it right as to who's favourite to sign him :.)

southbankbornnbred 11:59 Tue Nov 13
Re: 2016 NFL Season
Personally, I think Bell should have signed a lot sooner even than today's (missed) deadline.

But regardless of what we think about his actions over the deal he did not get, he is a superb running back and the market for him next year will be big: if he decides not to retire.

He's 26.
He's had a year off to rest his body, without injury - a rarity.
He's a three-time Pro-bowler.
He's one of the top five running backs in the league.

Pittsburgh could franchise tag him again in 2019, out of spite, but they'd be shooting themselves in the foot because it would hit them for over $20m. So I think we can assume he's not a Steeler any longer!

There will be a big market for him, providing that teams will give him the long-term deal he seeks. Somebody will over-spend on him, and he is certainly talented enough to offer value regardless of the price. Providing, that is, all of this year's nonsense hasn't scrambled his mind/focus.

Takashi Miike 11:11 Tue Nov 13
Re: 2016 NFL Season
Bell hasn't signed the franchise tag, so won't be playing this year. not sure if he's now on the market for next season but im sure some team will want the cunt

southbankbornnbred 11:43 Mon Nov 12
Re: 2016 NFL Season
FC - I know what you mean: the Vikes seem a bit cursed. They've regularly produced strong teams, yet can't seem to get their hands on the big trophy.

I remember the Vikes in 1998 being a team that should have won the Super Bowl, but you lost to Atlanta after 'that' decision to take overtime and not go for the win in the Championship game.

That was a feckin' good Vikings side in 1998 - I loved Randall Cunningham and, I think it was Randy Moss's debut season. I just remember them scoring what felt like a billion points every week.

Cousins makes you competitive this year, though. It's win or bust - but you've got a job on your hands with those revitalised Bears.

Far Cough 6:42 Mon Nov 12
Re: 2016 NFL Season
southbankbornbred, at least you have won a Superbowl, my team the Vikings have been to the big dance 4 fucking times and lost them all

southbankbornnbred 6:16 Mon Nov 12
Re: 2016 NFL Season
Yeah, they managed to keep Unitas relatively quiet - although he didn't start for the Colts. He was getting on a bit by then, and shared the QB duties for the Colts. The other guy (forgotten his name: Morrall?) threw three interceptions and by the time Unitas entered the fray, the Jets were running the game - to the surprise of pretty much everybody.

Far Cough 6:07 Mon Nov 12
Re: 2016 NFL Season
It must have been a good game for the Jets to keep Johnny Unitas quiet

southbankbornnbred 6:05 Mon Nov 12
Re: 2016 NFL Season
Yep, Shula's Colts were overwhelming favourites for the title. But Joe had other ideas. Although, in reality, the game became a defensive affair and we won it narrowly with some brave defensive calls/pressure.

A good offense has been a rarity in the history of the Jets.

They say that offense wins you games and defense wins you championships. I can tell you that is NOT true in our case: we've had some of the best defenses ever assembled and yet the team won scoot because the offense was so shit!

;-)

Far Cough 5:59 Mon Nov 12
Re: 2016 NFL Season
That must have been Don Shula's Baltimore Colts?

southbankbornnbred 5:58 Mon Nov 12
Re: 2016 NFL Season
Far Cough - yep! That's when Joe quite literally 'promised' to win the game against the highly-fancied Colts - and did so. Joe is a fecking legend!

southbankbornnbred 5:57 Mon Nov 12
Re: 2016 NFL Season
TM, I'm not sure Rex knew what he was doing at all with the offense/QB situation. What emerged was not by design, it was more likely default.

He was such a defensive specialist, and knew almost nothing about running an offense. His one big play was to agree to draft up in 2008 to take Sanchez. He didn't even rate Sanchez that highly, but he thought that he was "OK enough" to win with provided that his usually excellent defense held up (which it always did).

So they overspent trading up to take an "OK enough" QB in 2009. In fairness, it threatened to work - Sanchez's first two seasons were the back-to-back AFC Championship games. Then his form and confidence fell off a cliff and that was that.

Rex didn't know what to do after that, at least offensively, and mucked around with Tebow etc.

Far Cough 5:51 Mon Nov 12
Re: 2016 NFL Season

southbankbornnbred 5:40 Mon Nov 12

Was that Super Bowl win with Broadway Joe?

southbankbornnbred 5:49 Mon Nov 12
Re: 2016 NFL Season
Remember, this is the franchise which passed over Dan Marino in the 1983 draft - in favour of Ken O'Brien (who was actually quite good, but not in Marino's class).

They later (1995) infamously passed over Warren Sapp in favour of a tight end by the name of Kyle Brady. Even the non-Jets crowd inside the hall that night were telling the Jets to draft Sapp! The world could see it was the right choice - and they opted for a guy who flunked.

That's the Jets in a nutshell. But I love 'em.

Takashi Miike 5:47 Mon Nov 12
Re: 2016 NFL Season
id give Rex a bkt of credit for trying to implement a college type QB situation with different styles of player, something Payton in New Orleans has mastered with Brees and Hill, it's just a shame Ryan had mediocre players in that position

southbankbornnbred 5:46 Mon Nov 12
Re: 2016 NFL Season
OMM, you must recall the Jets' cursed high-profile draft failures? There was a period when the franchise had a succession of high draft picks and wasted almost all of them (Revis was a refreshing and legendary exception).

I give you Vernon Gholston!

southbankbornnbred 5:43 Mon Nov 12
Re: 2016 NFL Season
I'm not sure I'd know what to do, and how to behave, if West Ham and/or the Jets were any good!

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