New York Civil War 6/10/19

Brooklyn Nets forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (24) dribbles the ball against New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox (20) during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Photo via Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports

Description: In this episode we discuss the Nets trade and what it means for both the Knicks and Nets as it relates to this upcoming free agency. We also discuss the takeaways from mini-camp for both the Giants and Jets, The hiring of Joe Douglas for the Jets, and preview Game 5 of the NBA finals. We are also joined by special guest Daniel Menezes to discuss the upcoming NBA draft. All that and more NY Sports

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Saints Talk: Jets Interview Saints Executive Terry Fontenot

A little over two weeks after firing their General Manager Mike Maccagnan, the Jets have interviewed Saints Director of Pro Scouting Terry Fontenot.

Fontenot has spent a total of 16 seasons with the Saints and 6 of those 16 years as the Director of Pro Scouting. He has assisted the Saints for several years with the team’s pre-drart preparations. He’s been a key point in our Front Office over the years.

Jets Spring 2019 Preview

So it’s finally May and every football fan is starting to have that spring fever. No, not because of the sun but we can smell football right around the corner and we are itching for our team to make the big jump. If you are a Jets fan you are more than anxious about this season coming. I would say there is an atmosphere of anxiety and excitement around Jets nation.

This year is an interesting scenario, it has both the feeling of a new chapter and a win now mentality. We get to see the growth of our second year QB Sam Darnold under a new head coach Adam Gase, a revamped defense with major acquisitions like CJ Mosely, and a new look with our Gotham Green Jerseys. This article will dive deep into the Jets roster and with Mike Maccagnan’s office just cleaned out I will predict how much the Jets will improve in 2019.

Biggest Acquisition

The biggest acquisition for the Jets this offseason was easily Le’Veon Bell formally from the Pittsburgh Steelers. Before his year in the rap studio, Bell was a top 5 running back in the NFL. In 2017, he was second in the league in rush yards, top 5 in rushing TD’s, and was top 10 in the league in receptions. Folks, he’s a running back and was top 10 in the league in receptions. That is unheard of. He has the skills of a lethal receiver as well as a rusher. He is one of those all-around running back talents that can fit in any system and can make something out of nothing. The best part about this acquisition is the combo with him and Sam Darnold. It is well known in the NFL that a good running gain helps a young QB tremendously. Sam is coming off a good rookie season and having Bell as his support can only help him grow.

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Break Through Player

My breakthrough player for this season is second-year franchise QB, Sam Darnold. Sam Darnold is a young talent with an emphasis on young. Being the youngest QB to ever start a snap in NFL history, Sam took on the challenge and I think lived up to expectation. His first few weeks were tough growing pains but as the season progressed Darnold’s play had only gotten better. There were some games where he had impressed every analyst with his performance. Against a playoff powerhouse in the Colts, Sam took the game into his hands and dominated. Going 24-30 80% completion percentage 2 TD 1 Int 280 yards. After his injury, Sam Darnold averaged 64% completion percentage throwing 6 TDs and only 1 Int in 4 games. His performance by the end of the season showed me that he was learning to be a professional and getting better every day. His biggest flaws as a rookie were his footwork and timing of his throws. When he had the correct footwork his throws were beautiful. Under the QB guru Adam Gase, I can only assume these small issues will be fixed and Sam Darnold will have a breakout season being a hidden gem that will spark the Jets success.

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Potential Team Strengths

When looking at the strengths of this team you could check off on certain position groups that have gotten big boosts in talent that should increase their productivity. I believe the Jets Defense all around will see a boost. Specifically, the front 7 is the best aspect of the Jets defense this coming season. The interior D-line with Anderson, Leonard Williams, Quinnen Williams, and Steve Mclendon provide a stable rush defense and all around strength on the inside. Jets scouts are hoping that Quinnen Williams can have a break out season being paired along side these other monsters in the trenches and if you are a fan of the big fella so are you. The Jets two inside LB’s impress me. Avery Williamson had a good season with the Jets being ranked by PFF as the 18th best inside LB in the NFL and adding pro bowl LB CJ Mosley only deepens a good core of players. The X factor in the front 7 has to be newly drafted edge rusher Jachai Polite. The Jets had lacked an elite edge rusher for many years and Polite can be the catalyst that changes the success of the Dline. The Jets were 15th in sacks with 39, hopefully adding Polite can boost these numbers.

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Team Question Marks

The Jets have a strong team heading into 2019 but there are still some groups on the team that give me concern. For starters, the offensive line scares me. I can agree that both Kelvin Beachum and Brandon Shell are both average tackles in the NFL being ranked by PFF in the 62-65 range. But the unstable section of the O-line comes from the interior specifically in the center and right guard positions. Jonotthan Harrison and Brian Winters are the Jets biggest weakness in the trenches. PFF had rated Harrison as the 3rd worst center in the NFL. Winters had a more favorable rated by PFF but had still only been posted in the average category. Even adding Kelechi Osemele creates some concerns due to his poor season last year with the Raiders. With a team that had the second most in cap space unable to add more to the O-line was a big mistake for previous GM Mike Maccagnan which could be seen as a catalyst for his firing. The Jets will rely on their O-line quite a lot this season and my fear is they will not hold up.

My second biggest question mark for this Jets team is their secondary. The Jets have a pro bowl Strong Saftey in Jamal Adams but the rest of New Jack City leaves me in distress. I really like Marcus Maye as our free safety but my concern is that he is not on the field long enough to make an impact with his injury problems. The Jets need him to stay healthy and have a breakout season. Trumaine Johnson had a tough season in 2018 and did not live up to his contract. He needs to have a bounce-back year or I believe he will be traded. Johnson being paired with Brian Poole and rookie Blessuan Austin does not give me enough confidence to claim that the Jets secondary was back to full strength, in fact, I believe this position group weakens the young defensive unit.

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Bold Prediction

My bold take for the Jets this year is that the young Sam Darnold will make the pro bowl this season. If you look back in NFL history you can always see a big difference between a QB’s rookie season and their second year in the league. I believe Sam Darnold will have a great second season and establish himself as a force to be reckoned with. As I mentioned before, he has shown signs of that elite talent in games against the Colts and the Bills. After his injury, he was very efficient throwing the ball. Throwing 6 TD’s with only 1 INT in 4 games. In the final 4 games of the season, Sam Darnold had the same completion percentage as Baker Mayfield, beating out the other rookies in his class. Mayfield was on both a better team and system. Sam Darnold was surrounded by average weapons so by looking at this year’s team you can only expect that Darnold’s productivity will increase. Le’Veon Bell will be a reliable option in support situations, but receivers like Quincy Enunwa, Robby Anderson, Jamieson Crowder, and breakout Tight End Chris Herndon will only help Sam grow into the star New York needs him to be. I expect Sam will live up to the hype and more, they found a gem when they drafted him and I can see him being added to the pro bowl roster.

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Record Prediction

I predict that the Jets will go 8-8 based on their roster strengths, holes, and schedule. The beginning and end of the Jets season are the toughest. The first 5 games of the season they have a really tough stretch, they open with the Bills at home, home against the Browns in prime time, at the Patriots, at the Eagles and home against the Cowboys. I believe that for them to make a run at the wild card they need to come away from this stretch either 3-2 or 4-1. The middle of the season is very manageable. The best part about their schedule is that even when they have away games they are never leaving the east coast. The Jets need to win the sure in games against the Raiders, the Dolphins and the Jags in order for them to have any chance for a playoff berth. Lastly, the final 3 games are tough to close out. Going to Baltimore on Thursday night football can be a challenge due to their defensive prowess. Having back to back AFC North opponents in the Ravens and Steelers will be difficult but if they can come away either winning both or at least one. The final game is against the Bills in Buffalo which I believe the Jets could win if they play them right. The Jets are that type of team that could show up the day of the game or still is in the locker room by the time the 4th quarter starts. I think in order for them to move into the right direction they must be consistent with their play. Hopefully, under the leadership of Adam Gase, the Jets could have a winning season and better yet make the playoffs.

Gase of Thrones 5/20/19: FaM Sports NY TalkCast

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Description: In this episode we discuss the Knicks getting the 3rd overall pick and whether they should keep it or trade it in a package for AD. We also discuss the Jets getting rid of Maccagnan and who is the best option to replace him for the GM position. Other topics include the Giants first day at OTAs, Frank Ntilikina on the trade block, Mickey Callaway on the hot seat, and much more NY sports. 

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Knicks New Hope 5/13/19: FaM Sports NY TalkCast

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Description: In this episode we discuss which PG should the Knicks target this summer. Other topics include, should Daniel Jones start week 1, can the Jets go 13-3, what Mike Remmers signing means for the Giants offensive line, Knicks trade scenario for Anthony Davis, and Aaron Judges injury history. All that and much more NY sports.

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Intro (0:00:00)

Starting Beef Question (0:03:39)

Quick Hits (0:23:52)

QB Project (1:02:37)

Clown of the Week (1:12:04)

Last Call (1:17:41)

Giants vs Jets Super Bowl Odds 5/6/19: FaM Sports NY TalkCast

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In this episode we discuss who we would put money on to win the Super Bowl between the Giants or Jets. We also discuss our reaction to Daniel Jones at rookie camp, the Jets most important player outside Bell and Darnold, the Knicks free agent targets, the Yankees pitching problems, and the Nets chance of landing Kyrie Irving. All that and much more NY sports.

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Top 10 Greatest Saints To Ever Play

Johnathon Vilma, Pat Swilling, Mark Ingram. All dominate Saints players yet they didn’t make the cut for my personal top 10 Saints players. Here is my top 10 Saints players.

Number 10: DE Will Smith

Super Bowl winning DE Will Smith was murdered tragically April 9th, 2016. Will Smith’s greatest play, in my opinion, was Tracy Porter’s game-sealing interception as he laid a key block on Peyton Manning.

Number 9: QB Archie Manning

Although it was another era when Saints fans typically wore paper bags over their heads, there was a shining star at QB by the name of Archie Manning. He gave the Saints hope yet we were typically considered the “laughing stock of the league.”

Number 8: WR Joe Horn

WR Joe Horn was not only a great receiver, he was a hilarious personality to have around New Orleans. He’s iconically know for his cell phone celebration after a touchdown.

Number 7: LB Sam Mills

LB Sam Mills passed away August 3rd, 2005 after a battle with colon cancer. Mills was inducted into the Saints and Panthers Hall of Fame. Mills is the inspiration behind the Panthers’ slogan “Keep Pounding.” He was in “Dome Patrol.” The “Dome Patrol” was a nickname for the Saints linebacking corp.

Number 6: OL Willie Roaf

OT Willie Roaf, aka “Nasty,” played for the Saints and Chiefs for thirteen seasons. He was such an exceptional tackle, he was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2012.

Number 5: RB Deuce McAllister

DEUCEEEEE!!! Deuce McAllister is the greatest running back in Saints history. He was drafted out of Ole Miss in the first round and spent eight seasons with the Saints.

Number 4: WR Marques Colston

WR Marques Colston, the greatest WR to never make a Pro Bowl. After drafted in the seventh round out of Hofstra, he was never looked at tremendously. He has just under 10,000 career yards (9,759) and 72 touchdowns.

Number 3: K Morten Anderson

K Morten Andersen is one of the greatest kickers ever after just being passed by ageless K Adam Vinatieri. Andersen ended his career with 2,544 points. He was inducted into the 2017 Hall of Fame class.

Number 2: LB Rickey Jackson

HOF LB Rickey Jackson was inducted into the 2010 class. Jackson was the leader of the “Dome Patrol.” The “Dome Patrol” consisted of Rickey Jackson, Sam Mills, Vaughn Johnson and Pat Swilling.

Number 1: QB Drew Brees

Although this may be obvious, I placed Brees as the greatest Saint ever because after Hurricane Katrina, the Saints, and quite frankly, the whole city of New Orleans was in desperate need of a hero. The Saints were rumored to be relocated to San Antonio if NOLA couldn’t recover. Within a few years of being signed, Brees brought a Lombardi to NOLA.


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Jayrone Elliott: Saints Best AAF Prospect

Former San Antonio Commanders’ LB/DE Jayrone Elliott would add great depth to the Saints’ defensive line and linebackers.

Elliott, who led the AAF in sacks with 7.5 in just 8 games, was a Packers linebacker a few years back and already spent time in New Orleans during the preseason.

With the Saints losing DT Sheldon Rankins for the beginning of the season due to a torn achilles and the lack of depth at the linebacker position for us, Jayrone Elliott could supply us with “breathing room” per se. Elliot is a great pass rusher and for him to learn with one of the game’s best in Cam Jordan can be very beneficial for him.

The 6’3″, 255lbs linebacker nearly missed the 53-man roster cut off and had to sign with the AAF in the meantime.


Fun Fact: LB Jayrone Elliott, CB Marshon Lattimore, WR Ted Ginn Jr, and ST/CB Justin Hardee all attended Glenville High School in Cleveland, OH.

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