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The Jets want you to have all of their players. Just take them, and take them now.

The season of salary purging is very much alive in New York, and it will soon mercifully be followed by the season for irrelevant and useless quarterback jettisoning. But that’s a conversation for another day, unless of course you believe in some kind of warped religion. Then please, discuss.

Today, though, is a day for shedding excess financial weight. That started with the Jets’ widespread axings earlier this afternoon that included Jason Smith, Eric Smith, Calvin Pace, and Josh Baker. With those cuts, the Jets trimmed $24 million off of their payroll, but even then they were still $2 million over the cap, according to ESPN’s John Clayton.

Hmmm, what to do? Maybe — and we’re reaching here — something could be done about a declining 32-year-old linebacker who’s due to make $6.9 million in 2013 during the final season of a contract, and reaching an agreement on an extension seems both unlikely and unwise.

Sounds good. Someone get Bart Scott on the phone.

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As it should be. One would assume that when Greg McElroy is deemed the best starter on your roster, the depth chart at the most important offensive position should then be open to anyone who shows greater ability than Tim Tebow and Mark Sanchez. Which is to say, anyone.

After officially announcing the firing of Tony Sparano earlier this morning, the long awaited Jets season-ending press conference was held. Rex Ryan surely spent his time behind the podium wishing he was still somewhere on a beach with a lady wearing only a Sanchez jersey, while Woody Johnson reassured everyone that, no, there is not a circus of any kind taking place in his team’s facilities. Ahhh, normalcy.

But there was one notable sound bite, and another one that’s important, yet predictable.

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In Jet land, time doesn’t move quite the same. A day? No, that’s really a week. And a week means a month, and so on. It’s all a little confusing, but don’t worry, you’ll catch up.

That’s why today they finally announced a move which has been abundantly obvious for over a week, but the Bahamas take priority over normal football operations. Rex Ryan cares not for your talk of responsibility.

But yes, mercifully offensive coordinator Tony Sparano has been fired after his continued bumbling incompetence that was predictable since, I dunno, the moment he was hired after said idiocy was on full display during his failed tenure as the head coach of the Miami Dolphins.

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There are few times in this life when we’re capable of feeling any sympathy whatsoever for Rex Ryan. In fact, for most that will never happen because he’s an arrogant jerk. Personally I’ve always cared little about that because to me he’s a wildly entertaining arrogant jerk, and the results on a football field are far more important than the toxic stupidity that comes from a coach’s mouth. But yeah, I can definitely see how being a spewing meathead would rub people the wrong way.

Ryan is undoubtedly responsible for much of the mess this year with the Jets. Blame is inherent with the head coaching gig, and indeed many a head coach has been canned after falling victim to results that were far out of his control. The epicenter of the burning excrement that is the Jets’ 2012 season is their quarterback situation, and I’ve been among those who are wondering aloud why Tim Tebow isn’t even getting a chance to start a somewhat meaningful game.

But as I’ve also written repeatedly, focusing on that discussion dodges the larger issue of how mangled the Jets are at the quarterback position, a problem stemming from personnel decisions far out of Ryan’s reach. There are also lesser if still glaring deficiencies at other core offensive positions, most notably wide receiver and running back. Toss in the incompetence of offensive coordinator Tony Sparano, and you begin to understand an even more concerning problem from Ryan’s perspective. A defensive-minded coach has had to spend far too much time on the other side of the ball.

You’re also beginning to understand why Ryan has reportedly issued an ultimatum of sorts to Jets management: fix this, or fire me.

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Rex Ryan had it all wrong. Instead of relying on the cavalcade of shit ass quarterbacks at his disposal he had his best guy playing wide receiver. Mark, Tim and Greg need to step aside. There’s a new quarterback in town.

In all seriousness Kerley had Clyde Gates for a touchdown if he didn’t horribly under throw this pass. Hey, a completion is a completion.

The lights flicker on and the film starts to roll. Tony Sparano sits down next to Mark Sanchez and handles the clicker as he watches the tape. He stops it, and starts to ask questions.

“Mark, what did you see here?” Sparano asks like a frustrated parent.

Sanchez confusingly replies, “What do you mean?”

Why didn’t you look off the safety?” Sparano rebuts.

“What safety?”

Coming out of the University of Southern California, Mark Sanchez had, I believe, 16 career starts at the college level. He deemed that enough to declare early, much to the chagrin of head coach Pete Carroll, but it wasn’t enough to start in the NFL. He benefited from a very talented USC team with an offensive scheme that suited both his talent and limitations. An abundance of short passes that are so often seen in West Coast Offenses was the norm for Sanchez, who also did a lot of boot action and rollouts in general. Simplified reads for a simple quarterback in a complex and dangerous game.

Four years after being selected fifth overall by the Jets, he’s struggling mightily. Most of the world saw it coming and one could say that the Jets did too. They lobbied hard to sign premium free agent Peyton Manning in the offseason and were turned down in favor of the Denver Broncos. Once Manning landed in Denver, the Jets did what they thought was the next best thing (besides trade for Tim Tebow). They gave Sanchez a confidence boost with a grand contract extension. Brian Billick once said “need is a terrible negotiator and an even worse evaluator.”

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As we head into the fantasy post-season the players that have brought you within a couple wins of the championship are no longer secrets.

The guy that managed to pick up Adrian Peterson in the third round is laughing his way into the playoffs. Tom Brady, Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers did what they were supposed to do. Owners who took chances on RG3 and Peyton Manning are sitting pretty. Bryce Brown and Golden Tate emerged from the depths of irrelevancy to destroy projected point totals in leagues from coast to coast.

In most cases, they were who we thought they were. And those you didn’t think about forced their way into our subconscious with huge performances.

At this point finding an extra edge this late in the game is going to be tough. The last bastion for the fantasy junkie who cannot stop tinkering with their lineup is the D/ST position. News out of New York this morning has made a previously unplayable unit one to seek out as week 14 approaches.

Via PFT:

The Jets have announced that Sanchez, who was benched on Sunday in favor of third-stringer Greg McElroy, will start on Sunday in Jacksonville. Jets coach Rex Ryan informed the team at a meeting this morning that Sanchez will remain the starter, and the team confirmed that Ryan will address the issue at a press conference today.

Let’s not get it twisted, the Jaguars defense has been thoroughly incompetent this season. Fantasy wise they’ve been buried at the bottom of the waiver wire, averaging a measly 1.4 points per week up to this point in the season. Only the Raiders have been worse.

Conversely, opposing defenses have been feasting on the rotting carcass that is the Sanchez led Jets offense.

OpponentĀ  Pts Against Takeaways TD F.Pts
Patriots 26 2 1 13
Dolphins 9 2 1 20
Seahawks 7 3 0 15
Rams 27 0 0 7
Patriots 19 5 2 21
Cardinals 7 4 0 16

Once again the caveat here is that the Jaguars defense has been awful — their run D especially. However, no other position in fantasy football is as dependent on matchups as the Defensive/Special Teams category. If you’re feeling anxious about relying on the Jags at this crucial juncture in the season there are other options. The Bills D (owned in 27.3% of ESPN leagues) has been on the upswing in recent weeks, and welcome a Rams team that’s putting up only 17.5 points on the road. The Browns defense (owned in 16.5% of ESPN leagues) have performed much better against the run since their bye week and host a Chiefs team primed for a let down away from home.

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