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Smallthoughts: Rant of the Week… New York Jets

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The rant was all set…I was going to blast the hype over Knick fans going bananas in the draft lottery but before my fingers hit the keys…The New York Jets came to Knick fans rescue. The Jets fired their general manager …Mike Maccagnan. Why? Why now? There were rumblings that Mike MacCagnan and newly hired head coach Adam Gase were not getting along …mind you MacCagnan led the search to hire Gase. Yet a power struggle began leading to Owner Chris Johnson to fire not the head coach or even tel both men to play nice in the sandbox but fired MacCagnan. The problem is Johnson’s timing. The firing came after Mac Cagnan hired Gase, after MacCagnan spent 120 million dollars in bringing in free agents, after  overseeing the NFL draft. According to Johnson he had concerns about MacCagnan…really? then why not fire him when you fired former head coach Todd Bowles if you felt that way?

“The more I looked, the more I realized that I wanted to move on,” Johnson told reporters. “It was only through diving deep into the organization, it was only through going through this particular offseason deeply that I understood how this organization was lacking in certain ways.

“This isn’t a decision that I could’ve made at the end of the season. I could with Todd. I could not with Mike.” “I’m not going to get into a lot of specifics about why we’re moving on from Mike” — but did add that the Jets, under Maccagnan’s supervision, did a “great job” this offseason. “This is more than Mike. It’s more than Adam. This is about the team moving forward,” Johnson said.

This is so Jets.

The power structure is set up that both the coach and the GM report to the Owner which means the head coach doesn’t answer to the GM and can by pass his way around the GM directly to the Owner which Gase did in this case to MacCagnan. This is not to say that MacCagnan was this great GM because at best he was spotty on his drafts and his signings to some free agents bombed badly (see Muhammad Wilkerson, Darrelle Revis) but the timing of the firing and the fact that Gase is now the interim GM leading the search to hire the permanent GM is the classic example of insanity.

Johnson is looking for, the owner said the GM must be more than a “talent evaluation guy” and should be a “strategic thinker.”

“I think this is going to be a really attractive job,” Johnson said. “I don’t think we’re going to find any trouble finding a good GM here. I think this is an excellent spot.”

This owner is delusional if he thinks that having a newly hired head coach sand bag a GM is going to make an excellent spot and thinks he will not have any trouble finding a good GM.

Again this is so The Jets ugh!

Smallthoughts: Trivia Thursday

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Welcome back, how did you do with this week’s question?

If you answered…Pete Carroll and Dick Vermeil you are correct.

Pete Carroll won the Super Bowl in 2014 with the Seattle Seahawks and won the Rose Bowl in 2003, 2006,2007,2008.

Dick Vermeil won the Super Bowl in 2000 with the StLouis Rams and won the Rose Bowl in 1975.

Smallthoughts:Trivia Thursday

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Welcome to Smallthoughts: Trivia Thursday. Here  is this week’s question:

The answer will be posted on Friday.

Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday …Mike Ditka

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Most fans know Mike Dika as a super bowl winning coach with the Chicago Bears in 1985. Others know him as T.V. pitch man and ESPN analyst. Yet did you know that Mike Ditka was a very solid NFL Tight End? That is the focus of this week’s Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday.

The Chicago Bears drafted Ditka fifth overall in the 1961 NFL Draft, while the Houston Oilers drafted him eighth overall in the first round in the 1961 AFL Draft. He signed with the Bears and his presence was immediately felt. In his first season, Ditka had 58 receptions, introducing a new dimension to a tight end position that had previously been dedicated to blocking. He also scored 12 receiving touchdowns, which was the most by a Bears rookie. His success earned him Rookie of the Year honors. He continued to play for the Bears for the next five years, earning a Pro Bowl trip each season. He played on the 1963 NFL championship team. Many of the players from that team, including Ditka, were drafted by assistant coach George Allen, a future Hall of Famer, who was then in charge of the Bears drafts. During the season, against the Los Angeles Rams, Ditka tied Harlon Hill‘s franchise record for the most receiving touchdowns in a game with four. Ditka ranks first among tight ends and fourth in Bears history with 4,503 yards, fifth in both receptions (316) and touchdown catches (34).

Ditka was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles in 1967 where he spent two seasons, before being shipped off to the Dallas Cowboys in 1969. He wore number 98 in his first year with the Eagles. He then changed it back to his usual 89. He spent four seasons with the Cowboys, highlighted by a touchdown reception in the Cowboys’ 24–3 victory over the Miami Dolphins in Super Bowl VI. He is the only head coach in the history of the Super Bowl to score a touchdown in a Super Bowl as a player.

Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday spotlights Mike Ditka.

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Smallthoughts: Rant of the Week …Kyrie Irving

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This series against the Milwaukee Bucks gave rise to concerns to teams that are linked to Kyrie Irving’s soon to be free agency (Celtics, Knicks,Lakers). He looked unmotivated at times(selfish) and out of step with keeping up defensively against the Bucks which makes you wonder if his knees are a concern especially he is seeking a max contract. There are also concerns about his leadership qualities and lastly now we know it was he who was driving Lebron crazy in Cleveland. This playoff series was  Kyrie’s chance to showcase his leadership skills, his talent and his health all to show he is worth the max contract e is looking for this summer. I would be very careful before handing Kyrie a max contract if I am the Knicks, this is the summer they have banked on and need to get this right yet after watching this playoff series against Milwaukee …the concerns about Kyrie have now turned to loud whispers.

Smallthoughts: Rave of the Week…Milwaukee Bucks

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After losing game one in the second round of playoffs against the Boston Celtics, the Milwaukee Bucks then got on track and took the next four games against the Celtics with a combined 65 points in the four wins. Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo said about the series “I think our mindset changed,” Antetokounmpo said. “In the first game, we weren’t focused enough. We weren’t ourselves. The next four games, we came out with a different approach, a different mindset.” “We didn’t mess around with the game,” Antetokounmpo said. “We did our job. We defended. We moved the ball.”

Next up for the Bucks is the winner of the Philadelphia 76ers – Toronto Raptors series which is now tied at 3 games a piece.

It is the first time the Bucks have made it to the Eastern Conference finals since 2001.

One word of caution to the 76ers and Raptors…Fear The Deer!

Smallthoughts: Trivia Thursday

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Welcome back ,how did you do with this week’s question?

If you answered number 89 you are correct. Ditka had a 11 year NFL career. He played for the Bears, Eagles and Cowboys.

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