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Frankly Frankel: November 29, 2014

29 Nov

The Jets are going back to Geno, RGIII is not the answer, hopefully the Patriots blow out the Packers, and the Blue Jays are now poised for a playoff run for the first time since 1993. This is Frankly Frankel on this Saturday, November 29, 2014.

  • The New York Jets were absolutely humiliated in every facet of the word for the 2nd time this season by the Buffalo Bills last Monday night. In two games against Buffalo, the Jets have been outscored 81-26, and that was with Kyle Orton at quarterback.
  • What I didn’t understand was why there was so much outrage following the loss. The Jets came in at 2-8 with nothing to play for, yet the media reacted like it was a killer loss that took the Jets from being a major playoff contender to being out of it.
  • The media can trash on the effort all they want, but the reality is when you have already been eliminated from the playoffs, winning games doesn’t (and shouldn’t) do you any good. Clearly, the Jets media doesn’t understand that.
  • Soon after the loss to Buffalo, the Jets announced they were going back to Geno Smith for this Monday night’s game against the Miami Dolphins, and likely sticking with him for the remainder of the season. I don’t care if Geno plays the best football of his life down the stretch, he’s not the long-term answer at quarterback for this team.
  • I saw this exact movie last season when once the Jets were eliminated from playoff contention, and Geno played unbelievable winning three of the teams final four games.
  • With all the flip-flopping that’s been going on with Rex Ryan and John Idzik over who starts at quarterback, I feel more and more sympathy for Matt Simms.
  • Simms has done everything that’s been asked of him, but the last thing the Jets want to do is give the Franklin Lakes native a shot. There is absolutely nothing to lose. You knew going into the season Michael Vick wasn’t the quarterback of the future, you found out Geno wasn’t, so why not see what Simms can do? It only makes too much sense which is why the Jets wouldn’t do it.
  • One other Jets quarterback note. All indications point to this being Robert Griffin III’s final season with the Washington Redskins, and the Jets being interested in the former number 2 overall pick.
  • There are so many red flags with RGIII it’s not even funny. First, he’s been decimated with injuries his entire career so he doesn’t even resemble the guy who won the 2011 Heisman trophy.
  • Then there’s reports out that RGIII doesn’t put the necessary time in to bring his game to the next level, and isn’t accountable for his own poor play by blaming his teammates instead.
  • I sincerely hope the Jets see what I see in RGIII. If they want to talk some Johnny Football, then I’d be willing to listen.
  • I wish there were some rule where ESPN could get out of showing the Jets on Monday night in front of a national audience. This team doesn’t even deserve to be shown in the New York market, let alone the whole country.
  • The big game everyone is focusing on this week in the NFL is the Patriots traveling to Lambeau Field to take on Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers. Here’s a crazy stat from ESPN’s John Buccigross:
  • As a Jets fan, I hope the Patriots slaughter the Packers and cruise to victory as opposed to getting blown out, or losing by three points. Blowing out the Packers on the road in Lambeau would elevate the Patriots to an incredible high, and the only way to go higher would be to win the Super Bowl.
  • No longer would Brady have that chip on his shoulder from the Kansas City game earlier in the year with everyone expecting the Patriots to cruise to Glendale. This way, New England would get ahead of themselves and have a greater chance to lose early in the playoffs.
  • A close loss would actually be the best thing for this team in my mind, because it would re-ignite the fire from earlier in the season. The Patriots would be mad again, and that’s not a good thing for the rest of the NFL. So to recap, for Jets fans, we hope the Pats crush the Packers, and Patriots fans should hope they lose by three points.
  • What I really believe will happen is Bill Belichick sets up his team to lose a close one, just like he set up the Patriots to get blown out on that Monday night in Kansas City earlier in the season. The man knows what’s best for his team.
  • Some quick thoughts from Turkey Day football. Jay Cutler is still a catastrophe waiting to happen, the Cowboys don’t like winning more than eight games in a season, and the Seahawks went into Levi’s and embarrassed Colin Kaepernick.
  • In Philly’s 33-10 beat down of the Cowboys, Mark Sanchez ran 21 read option plays, and it worked with LeSean McCoy rushing for 159 yards for the game. Did the Cowboys not realize that Sanchez is of zero threat to run??
  • A noteworthy week in the Major League Baseball hot stove. First, the Red Sox signed both Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval, then the Blue Jays acquired Josh Donaldson from the A’s in a blockbuster move.
  • For Boston, I love the Sandoval signing. He’s as tough and gritty a player as they come who happens to play a really underrated 3rd base position. Red Sox fans will quickly fall in love with the Panda.
  • Hanley on the other hand I’m not so sure about. If the Dodgers really thought he was an integral part of their team, they would have never let him go.
  • When Hanley’s head is screwed on straight and he’s playing, he’s been productive throughout his career. He’ll have his major hot streaks for the Sox, but I think Hanley’s a guy who doesn’t have a great work ethic, and can be a locker room cancer. We’ll see how that marriage works out.
  • Shifting Hanley to left-field was something I didn’t see coming when the signing was first announced, because now the Red Sox have a surplus of outfielders. In addition to Hanley, there’s Yoenis Cespedes who according to a 14-year-old was traded to the Reds (he wasn’t), Rusney Castillo, Jackie Bradley Jr., Mookie Betts, Shane Victorino, and Brock Holt.
  • I wouldn’t be shocked to see Boston attempt to package Cespedes and Bradley Jr. away in return for starting pitching. I would be surprised if they got a Jon Lester type return, but they should get something decent.
  • As for the Blue Jays, the addition of Josh Donaldson is huge. Now this Toronto lineup is stacked with Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion, Russell Martin, and Jose Reyes. Unlike 2013, this Blue Jays team is ready to win a lot of games now.
  • It’s rivalry day in college football. I love Ohio State to embarrass Michigan in every facet, I think Florida State wins comfortably over Florida, and Alabama will rebound nicely from last year’s Iron Bowl nightmare.
  • One last NFL note, Ray Rice has won his appeal and is officially free to sign with any team in the NFL. While there are plenty of team that could use his services (Lions, Cardinals, Chargers), I can’t see him playing this season, but once this boils over in the off-season, then Rice will get another chance.
  • Be sure to tune in next week for another edition of “Frankly Frankel”, and make sure to follow me on Twitter @lucasfrankel.
 

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