Sunday, January 5, 2014
Sunday notes: Cro set to fly?
By Rich Cimini
The New York Jets are done, but not us:
1. Likely cap casualty: One of the most interesting offseason decisions involves Antonio Cromartie, who is to count $15 million against the 2014 salary cap. That includes a $5 million roster bonus in March. Cromartie told teammates he expects the Jets to release him, but that he hopes to re-sign after testing the market. That would be the smart move. The Jets can't write a $5 million check for a soon-to-be-30-year-old cornerback who might need hip surgery. Because it's the final year of his contract, he can't do a simple restructuring to provide cap relief, as he did last year. They should cut him, let him shop around, and decide whether they want to match his best offer. They did it that way last offseason with Calvin Pace, and it worked out.
2. Status quo: There has been no official word yet on the coaching staff, but it looks like Rex Ryan wants to keep the group intact. So far, no one has been dismissed, and only one assistant has left -- linebackers coach Brian VanGorder, who became the Notre Dame defensive coordinator. Ryan doesn't appear to be in a rush and probably will take a week or so to finalize everything. At least six assistants have contracts that expire Feb. 1. Departures can't be ruled out, considering all the openings around the league, but the key staffers are expected back. That means offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg.
3. A Revis re-run? There has been been some faint speculation about the possibility of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers releasing cornerback Darrelle Revis, whose six-year, $96 million contract includes no guaranteed money. Revis isn't a good fit in Lovie Smith's Tampa-2 system, but it's still hard to imagine them cutting bait after one year, considering they traded a first-round pick to the Jets. Some Twitter followers have asked about the possibility of a Revis-Jets reunion. Forget about it. They refused to meet his asking price last year, when he was coming off knee surgery. Now, after making the Pro Bowl, you think he'll be giving a discount? No way.
4. Mirror images: Former Jets defensive coordinator Mike Pettine did a nice job in his first season as the Bills' DC. In fact, Buffalo's defensive numbers were almost identical to those of the Jets. Check it out: The Bills allowed 388 points; the Jets 387. The Bills allowed 5,334 total yards; the Jets 5,359. The difference is, the stats represented a one-year improvement for the Bills, who went from 26th to 20th in points allowed and 22nd to 10th in yards allowed. The Jets improved slightly in points allowed (20th to 19th), but dropped in yards allowed (eighth to 11th).
5. It doesn't add up: One of the truly bizarre stats from the season involved fumbles. The Jets forced 18 fumbles, yet recovered only two. You have to figure that a loose ball is a 50-50 situation, so the fact that the Jets failed 16 out of 18 times to come up with the fumble ... well, that's some seriously bad luck.