Jones and Peppers the right fit for Philadelphia?

When the new league year kicks off at midnight on Friday, Andy Reid and company better be at the airport ready to meet Julius Peppers and Thomas Jones to town for visits. Both will be unrestricted free agents as Peppers is finished his deal and Jones is expected to be waived by the Jets.

The Eagles should target Julius Peppers in free agency on Friday.

Peppers would fill a huge need along the defensive line as the five-time Pro Bowler has 81 career sacks. Opposite Trent Cole, the Eagles pass rush would be one of the most formidable in the NFL, allowing Asante Samuel to gamble even more and potentially up his interception total. The Birds defense has always been predicated upon the pass rush, and that did not change under Sean McDermott.

In addition, a big-time pass rush could help with pressure from the blitz, and even help offer more help to a linebacker corps that is overly deficient at covering a tight end.

Jones, meanwhile, would be the perfect compliment to LeSean McCoy. All Jones did last year was rush for 1400 yards and 14 scores. However, the Jets don’t want to pay his $3 million roster bonus on March 9, and a $2.8 million salary even in an uncapped year. With the emergence of Shonn Greene down the stretch and in the playoffs, and the expected return of Leon Washington, Jones is expendable.

With McCoy entering only his second year, and his first training camp No. 1 on the depth chart, along with the release of Brian Westbrook, the team needs a veteran who still has a little something in the tank. Jones easily fills that need.

Darelle Revis with Nnamdi Asomugha? Punishment For Other Teams

Back at the Pro Bowl, Darrelle Revis and Nnamdi Asomugha were joking around about ending up on the same team. It was amusing, but everyone just laughed it off because the thought of either team getting rid of their shutdown corner seemed insane.

But sometimes, insane is the Raiders’ specialty. Adam Schefter delivered word Tuesday that the Raiders actually are trying to trade Asomugha. Naturally, everyone’s minds immediately turned to the Jets.

Schefter also pointed out, though, that it would be really, really difficult for the Raiders to trade Asomugha because he’s got a contract that’s pretty insane. I’ll skip the details, but if a new team wanted to keep him past 2011, they’d probably have to pay him the average of the top five quarterback salaries, which will be a huge, huge number. No team wants to absorb that contract, even for a player of Asomugha’s quality.  With mark Sanchez looking at $50 million over the next five years,another salary like that is out.

There’s always the possibility, though, that Asomugha could agree to a new, cheaper deal in exchange for getting out of Oakland. I don’t know if he’s unhappy being a Raider, but it’s hard to come up with too many reasons why he wouldn’t be.

Two NFL writers out there think it could happen. Rich Cimini of the New York Daily News lays out the reasons why he thinks it’s possible, and ESPN’s Tim Graham does the same.

I, for one, am terrified of the idea. It would be chaos. One entire division in the NFL would basically have to abandon the passing game, because wide receivers would be useless. The Patriots, Dolphins and Bills would all run jumbo packages, all game. We would revert to 1920s football. Leather helmets would return. The NFL would look like “Leatherheads.” Prohibition would be restored. Movies would go back to being silent. Chaos, I tell you.

New York Jets sign Free Agent Kicker Nick Polk & OT Michael Turkovich

According to a report this yesterday by ESPN‘s Adam Schefter, former Dallas Cowboys’ kicker Nick Folk has signed a one-year deal with the New York Jets.
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Folk went to New York last week to work out for both the Jets and the Giants. The signing likely means that the team will part ways with the incumbent place kicker Jay Feely, who struggled at times in 2009, and is a restricted free agent.

A Pro Bowler in 2007, Folk was released last December after struggling down the stretch. He was replaced by Shaun Suisham, who fared slightly better, going 5 for 8, but missed crucial field goals. Few in Dallas seem to believe Suisham is the answer at the position.

Some writers have since decried the move to let Folk go; the general thought is that the team could have stashed the Arizona State product on injured reserve–as Folk had hip surgery last off-season–while he sorted out any issues. Gerry Fraley at the Dallas Morning News, of course, called this the “worst decision [the] 2009 Cowboys made.”  Just goes to show that even some writers feel very deeply about even a kicker.

His reasoning was that Folk, a talented kicker, had a lot left in the tank; that he was snapped up fairly quickly by a team with serious playoff aspirations, I’m afraid, would seem to signal that Fraley is right on the money.  The New York Jets are showing all in the NFL that they are to be treated as serious Bowl contenders and that goes for decisions in the off season.

The Jets have also signed free agent offensive tackle Michael Turkovich.

Turkovich, a former Notre Dame standout, was in training camp with the Cowboys as an undrafted free agent last summer but was released after injuring a knee.  The Jets still need a wide receiver and an offensive linbackber.  Will the Jets go aftr the rookies or go after one of the veteran free agents?

Jets vs. Colts – Revisiting Super Bowl III

This morning I received an e mail from Mike Cardano of Xtra Point Football.  He is a fellow die hard Jets fan and was amazed at this past season, like everyone else.  He forwarded me an article from his site about Super Bowl III that was great to read.  Made me almost believe I was at the game from the statistics to the game footage.  For all of you Jets fans out thre, he is your chance to revisit Super Bowl III:

Written by MC3 Sports Media
superbowliiiIn talking to my kids yesterday I realized that while they know that Joe Namath and the NY Jets won Super Bowl III, they don’t really understand that magnitude of the game and what it meant to football today as we know it.I don’t know how many of you actually saw the game, or remember it if you did. I was just a little kid at the time and while my dad told me I saw it, anything I remember is from highlights I saw through the years. I’m going to be 43 this year and I realize from listening to sports talk radio and going to the games that I’m actually older than many of the fans, so there are many of you who have likely never seen the game.

I know almost everyone has heard about the game, but for all of you (even if you are not a Jets fan) who have never seen the game that changed football here it is in all its glory……

You’ll notice a few things from watching the game that are drastically different than today’s NFL games.

  • No headsets in the QB’s helmet. (For the younger generation) Peyton Manning isn’t the first one to call his own plays, all the QB’s used to have that responsibility. The coach put in the game plan during the week of practice before the game with the play choices that should be used and the QB called the plays on the field as he felt appropriate.
  • Kickers all used the straight on style and not all teams even had players that specialized in kicking. Very often “The best player who could kick” handled the kickoff, filed goal and punting duties. It was not uncommon to see a lineman kicking the ball.
  • The goal posts were on the goal line. An extra point that would normally be spotted on the three yard line and put down by the place holder on the ten yard line was a ten yard kick, not a twenty yard kick. So that 61 yard field goal that Sebastian Janikowski kicked from his own 49 yard line a few weeks ago would have only been a 51 yard field goal. A 61 yard field goal would be from your own 39 yard line!
  • The hash marks are spread outside the goal posts (college and high school are still like that today). You’ll notice when Jim Turner of the Jets has to kick a short field goal from the left hash mark it creates some unique problems.
  • No net catching the field goals as they come through the uprights and apparently no such thing as NFL security either (sign of the times) as the ball just goes through the uprights and fans and children kids come running on the field to fetch the ball.
  • While there may have been some trash talking in the trenches (it was football), there was no end zone dancing, no first down celebrations, no sack dances or anything of the like that could be misconstrued as unsportsman-like.
  • And watch the referees. There would never be a blown call in the NFL if they hustled like you’ll see here. They are literally part of the play….

Super Bowl III was the third AFL-NFL Championship Game in professional American football, but the first to officially bear the name “Super Bowl”. (Although the two previous AFL-NFL Championship Games came to be known, retroactively, as “Super Bowls”.)

The game was played on January 12, 1969 at the Orange Bowl in Miami, Florida – the same location as Super Bowl II. Entering Super Bowl III, the NFL champion Colts were heavily favored to defeat the AFL champion Jets (the Jets were a 19 point underdog). Although the upstart AFL had successfully forced the long-established NFL into a merger agreement three years earlier, the AFL was not generally respected as having the same caliber of talent as the NFL. Plus, the AFL representatives were easily defeated in the first two Super Bowls.

This game is regarded as one of the greatest upsets in sports history as the (AFL) champion New York Jets (11-3) defeated the (NFL) champion Baltimore Colts (13-1) by a score 16-7. It was the first Super Bowl victory for the AFL.

The game itself wasn’t a particularly well played game and it didn’t have a dramatic finish. How exciting could the game have been when the MVP, Joe Namath, didn’t throw any touchdown passes and didn’t even throw a pass in the 4th quarter? In certainly didn’t finish with the drama of either of the last two Super Bowl’s we had.

Statistically the game was just about a dead heat in every category (except for the turnovers.) There were six turnovers in the game, 5 by the Colts. In fact, in large part the 5 turnovers by the Colts more than anything is the reason that they lost. Two of the INT’s were in the end zone.

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Some other Super Bowl Facts before your show starts………..

  • Anita Bryant sang the National Anthem
  • The Florida A&M University Marching Band played “America Thanks” (you know, like “The Who” is this year’s Super Bowl half time entertainment.
  • The Attendance was 75,389
  • It was televised on NBC (in Technicolor) with Kurt Gowdy, Al DeRogatis and Kyle Rote announcing the game.
  • A 30 second commercial cost $55,000

Enjoy the game…….

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Xtra Point Football: NFL Draft Prospects: Golden Tate, WR, Notre Dame. A Jets Fit?

Morning all.  I came across this article this morning on Notre Dame Wide Receiver Golden Tate on Xtra Point Football.  Just from the name alone I had to stop and read the article.  After reading it, I agreed on a lot of points in the article on how this kid can fit into the Jets offense.  The Jets can really increase their threat down field and really turn it up. The Jets have missed opportunites in the past to have an all around solid offense.  They would have either a good QB, running game, or good wide receivers.  They finally have the running game and QB situations in place.  They are so close to having a great wide receiving core they can not miss out.  This is a key to going back to the AFC Championship game and maybe the Super Bowl.  If they can keep Thomas Jones and a three back core, then there is no stopping the Jets.  They need to same depth at WR.  Edwards can not do it on his own.  Dustin Keller had a great rookie year and Jericho Cotchery was hampered by injuries.  The potential is there and Golden Tate can be a golden fit.

Golden may only be 5’11”, but wasn’t Wayne Chrebet a short receiver who stunned many?  Someone able to get his hands on the ball and make yards after the pass.  Same thing as Tate.  Tate was also a great high school running back rushing for over 200 yards his Junior year.  I read a couple more scouting reports on Tate and he looks like a great fit.  But the founder of XPF Mike Cardano thinks otherwise.  He thinks they already have a solid WR line up.  I disagree.  They need a stellar tandem on both sides of the field.  Braylon Edwards is primed to be one of those men.  He has the potential to be a great receiver.  Tate has the speed and agility to throw off the defense and make key catches.  Mike Cardano believes they already have enough depth at WR.  Although Brad Smith can do QB in the Wilcat, he can not be a running back,.  This is where Tate can come in.  You throw his back experience into their versiion of the Wildcat then you give Brian Shottenheimer more options to throw off the opposing defense.

Here is the article and Mike Cardano’s response to Golden Tate being looked at by the Jets.

Written by MC3 Sports Media
Friday, 19 February 2010 07:40

godentateThe college football season is over; withdrawals, depression, misery. Before you slip into an apathetic stupor for eight months, remember that the NFL Draft is just around the corner! From now until April’s NFL Draft, I will be profiling some of the more interesting prospects. I can’t promise that I’ll get to your favorite player, but if you’d like to see a certain player profiled, shoot us an email and let us know.

What a freakin’ sweet name ‘Golden Tate‘ is. I wonder if his given name had anything to do with his Irish commitment back in 2007.

Critics’ biggest knock against Tate has been his ability, or lack thereof, to separate from defenders. Draft Overlord Mel Kiper concurs. According to the South Bend Tribune, Kiper notes, “He didn’t separate from the [cornerbacks] on the initial routes. But he was great after the catch in the open field, running with the football.”

Separation or not, he showed that he has a knack for adjusting to the ball and making the catch with defenders around. Tate was quarterback Jimmy Clausen’s go to guy in 2009, even before and after fellow star wide receiver Michael Floyd was out with injury. He had at least 5 receptions in every game in 2009 except for two-blowouts against Nevada and Washington State. In an overtime win against Washington, Tate blew up, catching 9 passes for 244 yard including a 77 yard reception and a 67 yard touchdown reception.

Like Clausen, Tate played on NBC his entire career and was subjected to the scrutiny that comes from playing at one of the most storied programs ever. He’s also familiar with the pro style offense used by Charlie Weis. These factors likely make Tate more NFL ready than his peers; consider it usually takes three seasons for wide receivers to mature to the NFL game and this will only improve his draft stock.

Tate’s height is the bane of his draft stock according to some analysts. He’s 5’11 and while he won’t be the shortest receiver in the pros, he certainly won’t be the tallest either. He’ll have to use his quickness to get off the line against physical NFL corners.

Among his attributes heading into the draft, and mentioned by Kiper in the quote above, is his ability to run after the catch. Tate is a former running back, rushing for over 2,000 yards as a junior in high school, and is an experienced return man. His strong legs, quickness and ability to make cuts will make him a nightmare in the open field even against the faster, more disciplined NFL defenses.

The South Bend Tribune article mentions Tate’s 40 time at the NFL Scouting Combine as important in deciding his eventual draft position. Kiper is quoted as saying, “To me, if he runs well, he could be a late-first-round pick. If he doesn’t, you’re talking about second or third round for Golden.” To some (I’m looking your way Al Davis), 40 times are everything. To others, they’re just measurements that don’t necessarily translate into production on the field.

He’ll likely be picked late in the first round-really the perfect spot to pick a receiver. It’s not that pro bowl caliber pass catchers haven’t gone in the top 10; it’s that so many busts and disappointments have gone so high. With wide receivers, talent sure plays out, but I’ll use the old credo that they depend on others to get them the ball.

The Jets are a popular choice to nab Tate in the latter part of the First Round. Questions surround whether Braylon Edwards will ever develop into the wide receiver the Jets hoped he would when they acquired him from Cleveland midseason. If he does wind up in New York, can you imagine the marketability a guy named Golden would bring in a city whose mayor dubbed Manhattan ‘Revis Island’ after their star cornerback? A billboard of Golden next to the Golden Arches in Times Square comes to mind.

XPF Founder and New York Jets fanatic Mike Cardano isn’t so sure.

“I actually don’t think the Jets will take a receiver that high. They are set with Jericho Cotchery as a possession receiver and I think that they think Braylon Edwards can be ‘the guy’, especially with a full year of training camp.  Something that often goes unnoticed/unmentioned is that Edwards is a fantastic blocker and that helps the Jets running game on the second level springing big runs.  If they can get him to kick the ‘dropping the ball thing’ just a bit, I think they are OK there.  I’m OK with Brad Smith as the 3rd guy and one of these days the speedster David Clowney will catch a 70 pass (not in pre-season but an actual game).  I wouldn’t be surprised if they picked up a veteran receiver, but I would be shocked if they drafted a receiver in the first three rounds.”

The Cowboys, picking two spots ahead of the Jets in the first round, may be in the market for a wide receiver to play alongside Miles Austin. Like Edwards, Roy Williams is largely considered a disappointment since coming to Dallas as Terrelle Owens‘ successor.

If he slips into the second round, there are some teams picking at the top of the round that could certainly use help in the passing game. - Danny Hobrock

Danny is a sports journalist who primarily covers college football and professional baseball. He is a contributor for several sports related blogs and is the former editor of a political and current events website.

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Clear Thoughts & Random S**t!

I always come on here and talk about the New York Jets.  Either about the documentary, the team, the organization or to even post other articles from various sources.  I feel that no one is really caring about what is going on to sports fans in this country.  Seems many are aware and do not care.  Do not care that they and their families can not afford to attend sporting events on the professional/major league level.  A lot of people I interview say one thing and try to be the proud fan and not go with what the team/organization wants.  Next I see them with their tail between their legs, head down, and caving in to what the team wants.  So people know they are sheep are will always go with the herd, even if the herd turn out to be lemmings.  It is hard to find those who stick to their beliefs and do not cave in to peer pressure.   I have more respect for those who stick to their guns than those who feel they have to be a part of the majority and feel that is the way to be accepted. Those who have the disposable income will argue this.  Just because one can afford certain luxuries does not make you a better fan than someone else.  Takes a bigger person to be humble than egotistical.

OK,  I had to get that off my chest.  Not aiming it at anyone specific.  Just feel there are so many football fans out there willing to go quietly into the night.  We all have a voice in this country and we all deserve to use it.  I do not care if no one reads this I just feel the need to get certain things off my chest.  I do not get hundreds or visitors here, not even an average of 10 people a day come here.  I do not care.  Eventually, when you make enough noise someone will hear you.  I can scream and make noise until the day I die.  I hold back a lot and do not let my true opinions be heard.  I just felt the need to be 100%  open on so many things.  A lot may come out rambled but hey, this is my blog and I will do it however I feel like it.  So used to holding back and not speaking my mind.  Following rules and doing what it takes to make other happy.  I have not been doing what it takes to keep myself happy.  I have so much pent up inside the Incredible Hulk is about to come out, without the devastating destruction of course.  Just want my mind and soul to be free of a lot of opinions and thoughts. So here goes..

I liked doing the insurance thing.  Felt good to help people.  I did not like being one who relied on commission for my income, was not me.  I need that steady income ocming in from a base salary or even a contract job.  At least you have something in writing or a guaranteed check coming in.  I worked with people who did certain things just to make that commission though.  Some did underhanded things because they knew the size of the commission they would get.  Some did not even have the proper licensing to give the advice they were giving.  At the company I worked for, they prayed on the weak minded and ill informed about their portfolios just to sell them certain products.  If I saw a person was in good shape or could not afford something, I would not sell them something.  I would not sell to someone just for that commission.  Some did just to make that commission, even if it was not good for the client.  Sometimes it felt I was one of the only people with a conscious in that place. Some did everything they wanted to do just to get ahead.

I was in some trouble in the late 90′s, nothing major.  I needed an attorney.  There were a few others with me at the time who knew first hand what happened.  I covered for one of them and changed my story with my attorney to protect one who I thought was my friend.  When I asked them to talk to my attorney to give their story to help me, they wouldn’t.  They gave me excuse after excuse.  One said he could not even get to a phone to talk to my attorney.  hiding down the shore during a project claiming there was no phone to get to.  I told very few others about what happened and those not involved offered to help.  They offered to help pay my attorney fees but I said I would take care of it.  Others even wanted to go after those who were involved and didn’t help me when needed.  I told them I appreciated it and I knew if they went after them, they would not be walking.  If this same incident had happened to someone else close to the ones who did not help me, both of them would have helped.  To me, the guys who were with me that night were cowards and not my true friends.  They hid and did not want to be involved.   If they considered me a friend, they would have helped me out.  Instead, they let me to rot and could not even help me in a time of need.  Even when both came out form under their rock, neither offed any assitance.  I know if it happened to other mutual friends, they would have been there for them.  No matter what excuses they gave me, I will never believe them in my life and they will always be liars and pussies in my book.  Karma is a major bitch and as Roddy Piper said in They Live, he is back in heat.  I am sure she had multiple orgasms over this.

First time I got that out to someone other than my wife.  My hands even shook a bit as I typed it.  Guess I kept that down in me long enough it just felt good to let it out. I really do not know why I felt nervous.  Not like I am going to screw over a friendship.  Maybe nervous because for the first time I am actually writing from the gut.  Getting out true emotion I kept down and never got off my chest.     I knew the aforementioned guys form professional wrestling.  I was back stabbed and screwed over so many times when I was involved in professional wrestling.  I was naive and gullible, some took advantage of that early on.  plus I was not the most mature person.  Only later I would smarten up and be mature.  Took too long to get there.  The only true friends I have from wrestling I can count on one hand and I knew MANY.  The only way to really survive is if you have TRUE talent or willing to back stab your way to the top.  Nice guys like me never see the finish line.  Too much drama in wrestling too and I am talking about behind the curtain.

I always push off writing.  I look at my laptop and tell myself later.  Well, later is here.  I know I need to write more often and keeping myself to a structure is not working for me.  I guess from now on, anything goes.  Whatever I feel like writing about I will.  If I manage to anger someone or piss someone off, then I guess someone is actually paying attention to what I write.  At this point in my life, I do not care who I piss off anymore. No more holding back.  Some truths or opinions need to be told.  At this point, any attention is good attention.  Might have to add to this later.   Reminds me of what the Joker (Jack Nicholson) said in Batman, “it feels very liberating”.

Jets negotiate return of summer training camp to SUNY Cortland

Credit   Mark Weiner / The Post-Standard

February 16, 2010, 9:15AM

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Gary Walts / The Post-Standard(Left to right) Brandon Renkart, Danny Woodhead and Eric Smith practice at New York Jets summer training camp Aug. 9 at SUNY Cortland.

Washington — The New York Jets want about $200,000 from state economic development agencies or other sources to offset the cost of bringing their training camp back to SUNY Cortland this summer, according to U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer.

Jets owner Richard “Woody” Johnson discussed the need for financial aid with Schumer in a recent phone conversation about the National Football League team’s plans for this year’s camp, the senator said.

Schumer said he talked to Johnson because the Jets and SUNY Cortland are in the middle of negotiating to bring the team back to Cortland this summer — and possibly for a long-term deal.

The senator said the success of last year’s training camp — which attracted 34,000 fans and pumped about $4.26 million into the local economy — convinced him to support a new agreement with the team that fell one playoff win shy of a trip to the Super Bowl.

“I’m committed to keeping the Jets training camp in Cortland,” Schumer said. “It’s a great economic boost to the community, and if this past season is any indication, then it’s obviously good for Jets football.”

The Jets moved their training camp from Florham Park, N.J., to SUNY Cortland last summer, in part to escape the glare and distractions of training in the New York City metropolitan area.

Schumer said he told Johnson he would urge the state Economic Development Corp. to provide the necessary aid this year, especially since most campus upgrades for the Jets have been completed.

The college spent $545,604 to improve facilities and host the team last summer. Most of the money, $410,000, was provided through an Empire Development Grant from the state.

The largest expense for the college was a $240,000 project to improve the entrance to the stadium complex and its parking lot. The Jets paid for the installation of a natural-grass practice field.

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Stephen D. Cannerelli / The Post-StandardNew York Jets fans crowd around the field at SUNY Cortland Aug. 6 for the annual Green and White scrimmage.

Schumer said the $200,000 requested by the Jets this year is for the operational costs of the camp. The Jets pay for their meals, transporting their equipment, players and other costs.

Neither the Jets nor SUNY Cortland officials would confirm the $200,000 figure.

“We have not elaborated beyond saying we definitely enjoyed our time in Cortland,” said Jets spokesman Bruce Speight.

SUNY Cortland spokesman Peter Koryzno also declined to discuss specific details of the negotiations, but said, “We’re looking to have something in place next month.”

“We’re just talking right now,” Koryzno said. “We are looking at things we provided and things they provided, and we’re seeing if we can improve things.”

He added, “Our goal from the very beginning was to provide a setting for the players and coaches and fans that would make for a successful experience for everyone.”

Koryzno said one minor complication this year is a rehabilitation project at the college’s Studio West, the building where the team had player meetings and offices for the coaches. He said the college will find a different building for the team to use during the one-year project.

State officials were not available to comment on the Jets’ request for additional aid.

New York’s two other professional football teams train Upstate, but neither one currently receives financial aid from state or local governments.

The Buffalo Bills, who have trained for the past 10 years at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, have never asked for public money for their summer camp, said Steve Salluzzo, the college’s director of auxiliary enterprises.

The New York Giants, who have trained at SUNY Albany for 14 years, initially benefited from a state investment of $2.3 million for renovations and permanent improvements to campus facilities. The money was from a SUNY construction fund.

For the first seven years until 2003, the Albany Times Union newspaper agreed to be a business sponsor of the Giants and paid most of the approximately $175,000 needed to operate the camp.

After the newspaper ended that arrangement, the Giants agreed to pick up the operational costs.

Karl Luntta, a spokesman for SUNY Albany, said the college is negotiating a new agreement with the Giants this year.

New York Jets perfect picture of mediocrity

We’ve been in this glorious new decade for two months now, but experts are just now releasing their NFL “team of the decade” lists.

What with the Super Bowl just ending and all, a list completed back in December would have been somewhat incomplete — though would have looked much, much better for the Colts.

The general consensus seems to be New England as the team of the decade, then Indianapolis or Pittsburgh in no particular order.

But where’s the fun in that?

And the worst team of the decade is always in this order — Detroit at the bottom, then Houston, then Cleveland. Not much debate there either.

No, as always the big debate is overlooked and in the middle. The real question is: What was the most mediocre team of the 2000s?

Immediately, there is one clear-cut front runner: The New York Jets. They were the only team to finish 80-80. They also had three playoff appearances, which would be very close to average.

But this isn’t an exact science, so let’s include Miami (79-81), Chicago (81-79), Tampa Bay (79-81) and Carolina (79-81).

So five candidates for the most mediocre, marginal, average team of the decade.

Average teams don’t win Super Bowls. So good bye Tampa Bay. Besides, five playoff appearances is too much.

This decade, 15 teams made the Super Bowl in a 32 team league. So both making it, and not making it, could be considered average. So we’re not going to eliminate Chicago and Carolina just yet.

Well, now we’re going to eliminate Carolina. Three playoff berths seems average enough, but they did make two conference championship games. That’s a little too good to be marginal. So good-bye Panthers.

So we’re down to the Bears, Dolphins and Jets. And as much as I didn’t want to crown the Jets, I think we’re going to have to. As much as I wanted to dismiss the Bears’ Super Bowl appearance, that — and their winning record — go against them.

And with the Dolphins, a team that had a 1-15 record in a season, and managed just one playoff win in a decade, is not mediocre. It’s bad. Plus, there’s the 37 head coaches, the Nick Saban fiasco, Dave Wandstedt’s mustache, Chad Pennington being a savior and Ricky Williams.

So I guess it is as simple as looking at a record. The Jets, at 80-80 are the most mediocre team of the decade. Getting a third playoff berth this year helps. So does having six quarterbacks lead the team in passing this decade — the aforementioned Pennington among them, along with the living legend Brooks Bollinger.

And let’s not overlook eight years under Eric Mangini and Herm Edwards — possibly the two most average coaches of the modern era, if not all time.

Let the Patriots be the team of the decade.

J-E-T-S! Average! Average! Average!

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s support for new Jets-Giants stadium bolsters 2014 Super Bowl bid

Credit:  Gary Meyers of the Daily News

FORT LAUDERDALE – It might not be a bad time to start saving up for tickets for Super Bowl XLVIII in 2014, because who knows how much they will cost by then. The venue: the Giants‘ and Jets’ new $1.7 billion stadium that opens for football in the fall.

Momentum is starting to build for the first Super Bowl in the Northeast and the first in a cold-weather climate in an open-air stadium.

The competition for the Meadowlands is Miami, Tampa and Glendale, Ariz. The Super Bowl is being played today in Miami for the second time in the last four seasons and a record 10th time in the first 44 games. Tampa had the Super Bowl twice in the last decade and Glendale had it just two years ago.

The vote is less than four months away and the longshot candidate from the greatest city in the world could be emerging as the favorite.

Roger Goodell‘s strong show of support Friday at his state-of-the-league news conference, with many NFL owners in attendance, is a real positive sign for the bid. It never hurts to have the commissioner on your side, even though he does not have a vote.

There will be a faction of owners who will get hung up on the weather and vote against the Super Bowl on Broadway, but in the end it’s likely that the respect for the late Wellington Mara, who helped make the league what it is today with his unselfish decision back in the early 1960s to endorse sharing network television money, and the late Robert Tisch, will get New York the votes.

The owners know how important it is for the Maras, Tisches and Woody Johnson to be awarded the Super Bowl in their new stadium, and the NFL has an unwritten policy: Build a state-of-the-art stadium and the Super Bowl will come.

So, my instincts tell me New York will be get the Super Bowl that will be played four years from now when the secret ballots are counted May 24-26 in Dallas.

But what about the fans? Is it fair to them to make them sit outside on a February evening? The corporate types may not want to rough it, but the average fan in the metropolitan area is pretty hearty.

Jon Tisch, the co-chairman of the committee to get the bid, revealed to the Daily News elements of the plan to deal with inclement weather as it relates to fan comfort:

- Heated open concourses.

- Fire pits in the parking lot for tailgaters.

- Hand and feet warmers.

- Blankets.

- Thermal socks.

- Self-warming seat cushions.

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Steve Tisch (from l.), John Mara and Woody Johnson should start preparing to host Super Bowl at their new stadium in 2014.

Even for 82,500 fans, that still comes out a lot cheaper than the $400 million-$500 million it would have cost to put a roof on the stadium.