The Jets Are Crafting The NFL's Next Great Defense

The Jets Are Crafting The NFL's Next Great Defense

New York's master plan is finally coming to fruition.
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With NFL Free Agency in full swing, Jets GM Mike Maccagnan has already made moves across the entire roster that have skyrocketed New York into the competitive sphere. However, with a specific focus on bolstering the Secondary, Maccagnan has transformed the Jets’ defense into one of the best in the NFL in just a matter of days.

The Jets started this offseason with $89 million in cap space, and the front office was certainly not afraid to spend it, as the team has already landed 8 players from other teams, in addition to the 12 Jets they’ve resigned. With QBs Josh McCown and Teddy Bridgewater already locked up, the Jets turned their sights towards securing former Rams CB Trumaine Johnson, as well as Titans ILB Avery Williamson. The Jets also re-signed CB Morris Claiborne, and with 2nd-year safeties, Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye rounding out the team’s secondary, the Jets’ pass defense might turn into one of the best groups of DBs in the NFL sooner than we think.

The Jets have been creating a world-class defense for years now, and while most fans have been clamoring for a solution to the team’s quarterback problem, the front office has been quietly crafting one of the best defenses in the entire NFL. Through first round picks like LB Darron Lee, DE Leonard Williams and SS Jamal Adams, the Jets have been plugging holes in their defense each and every year. In fact, the Jets have not spent a first-round pick on an offensive player since they drafted QB Mark Sanchez in 2009.

And while the Jets defense has looked fairly mediocre on the surface, the additions of Johnson and Williamson could be a monumental turning point for a team that has failed to impress over the course of the past few years. Now, the Jets have talent at nearly every defensive position, and where there isn’t a star, there’s a solid player who’s proven he can produce results.

For now, the team has seemingly cooled off when it comes to more free agent moves, especially after missing out on CB Malcolm Butler and FS Tyrann Mathieu. But now, the Jets’ focus turns towards fleshing out the remainder of the roster, as defensive ends and 2017 Jets Kony Ealy and Xavier Cooper both remain on the free agent market. Even when the final 53 man roster is completed, the focal point will still be directed onto the Jets’ secondary, as Johnson, Adams, Maye, and Claiborne could potentially rival some of the great modern secondaries such as Denver’s “No Fly Zone” or even Seattle’s “Legion of Boom.”

Still, the first Sunday of the 2018 season is about six months away, and although the free agent circus is beginning to slow down, the Jets still have approximately $37.584 million left to spend, leaving the door wide open for a few more signings and maybe another major move. However, Maccagnan and the rest of the front office have done plenty, and by forging one of the greatest on-paper defenses in the NFL, the Jets’ offseason is looking like one of the brightest in the entire league.

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7 Struggles Of A Girl Who Understands Sports

Other girls just don't get it.
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I love sports.

I live for the time of the year when football season and basketball season overlap so I can watch my two favorite sports at the same time. However, as any other girl that likes sports knows, there are a few different struggles that we experience on a day-to-day basis.

1. People won't believe you.

I've gotten very accustomed to the “look" people give you when you tell them you like to watch sports. It's a look that reeks of disbelief. I'm sorry I don't know the blood type of the former coach's oldest son. You'll just have to learn to let it go... but yes, I do watch sports.

2. People will try to explain the game to you.

Yes, I know that was a sack. Yes, I see that it's a fourth down. Yes, I know what foul that was. Yes, they are about to take a free throw. Please stop talking while I watch my team play. Thanks for trying to keep me updated, though.

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3. Guys will think you are trying to impress them.

Dude, stop flirting with me while the game is on. Don't block the TV. I need to see this. I could care less about you. My team is playing.


4. Your girlfriends will never care about sports as much as you do.

You will have to beg and grovel just to get them to watch the game with you. Even then, either they won't pay attention, or they will ask you what's going on every couple of minutes.


5. No one finds it acceptable when you yell at the TV.

My dad yelled at the TV during football games when I was growing up. My guy friends do it. But the minute I open my mouth when my team starts losing, people start staring at me and silently begging me to act more like a lady.


6. Women's' sports apparel is awful.

I get asked on a regular basis when shopping for team apparel, “Do you need me to show you where the women's stuff is?" No, no, nope, absolutely not. I would much prefer not to run around with rhinestones on my chest or in a pink football jersey. I'm cringing at the thought.

7. You turn into a child when your team loses.

No, it is not my time of the month. You know good and well my team just lost. Don't speak. I'm going to my room to lie down under my baby blanket and eat chocolate ice cream. It's just too much.

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The New 'Special One' Returns (Again) To Real Madrid

Soccer fans across the globe question what Zidane will be able to accomplish this time with a Madrid side that has faced many issues this season.

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On March 11, Spanish club Real Madrid announced that they would be firing former manager Santiago Solari and replace him with Zinedine Zidane immediately. This marks a second reign of leadership the Frenchman will have with the club as coach (he managed Real Madrid from the 2016-2018 seasons which resulted in nine trophies). Zidane left in May of 2018 just days after he helped secure a third consecutive Champions League title. This was the last time football fans and supporters ever saw Real Madrid on top of Europe. Since then, things have gone South for the Spanish giants.

The defending champions have been knocked out of both the Copa Del Rey and Champions League competitions. The La Liga club is also 12 points behind league leaders and arch-rivals Barcelona (which only adds more pain). Saying things have fallen apart at Real Madrid is an understatement. I can't think of many moments in which the team was this low. Real Madrid is one of (if not) the biggest soccer club in the world. They are more than a club. It's an iconic, brand-name powerhouse which has always had a long history of success.

So, seeing them lose over and over again is a weird thing to witness as a football fan. In my opinion, I think Zidane will alleviate some of Madrid's issues to a certain degree. I am almost 100 percent sure he will be able to fix the chemistry issues in the locker room. Players on the team have mentioned how much they enjoy playing for Zidane. He brings out the best in the squad and every player is content with their involvement on the field. Now I'm not going to be unrealistic and say Zidane is going to win Champions League for Real Madrid next season, but you never know.

The key thing to watch in the off-season is how much money Real Madrid is willing to spend. They have historically always been big spenders in the transfer window periods. To me, that is the crucial component of whether or not things will turn around for the club. Money (and lots of it) most of the time equals success in sports. Team President Florentino Perez has to open up his checkbook and allow Zidane to go all-out to get whatever he needs to change things at Real Madrid. If this happens, I have no doubts in my mind that Los Blancos will eventually return to being on top of the world.

All I know is that if Zidane restores the glory days at Real Madrid, people should start calling him "the special one" and not Jose Mourinho anymore.

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