Note: Having The Puck Is Important

At Ranger Rants Andrew Gross spoke with Derrk Stepan about the struggles the Rangers have had with offense this season.

Stepan said that the reason for the Rangers struggles is simple,“We just don’t have the puck. It’s hard to play offense when you play defense the majority of the game, it’s hard to have that burst on the offensive side when you’re chasing guys the whole game.”

Stepan added that “everyone needs to up that compete level when it comes to those 50-50 pucks. Stuff like like that is going to help our game tremendously offensively and then defensively it still needs to be worked on but that will come with us having the puck. You’re going to see breakdowns in our defense and that has nothing to do with other than the fact that sometimes in the beginning of the season you’re going to have breakdowns. It seems like ours are going in the net right now.”





151 comments
Dante Kaalund
Dante Kaalund

I can't wait 2 years from now! Either we will be talking about how well geno is doing or talking about how much better petty would be. Either way, I foresee a change in QB bashing. BUT!!! We are only jets fans

t__k
t__k

This is like when the 49ers had Montana and weren't sure about Steve Young yet.  Or Bledsoe/Brady.

tsjc68
tsjc68

@t__k

This movie is gonna make House Party look like House Party 2.

bradysucks
bradysucks

Some of you crack me up...

Nobody is saying Fitz is the ANSWER!!!

Fact - Fitz knows this offense better than Geno

Fact - Fitz was a much more effective game manager than Geno in 2014

It is a mistake to not make Geno TAKE the job from Fitz. If he wins the job fair and square EVERYBODY benefits. My issue is you don't hand a job to a guy who has sucked when you have a vet who played better than that guy in 2014 on your roster

bradysucks
bradysucks

Fitz last year had 17 TD's and 8 interceptions

This is NOT terrible

Disgruntled Jets Fan
Disgruntled Jets Fan

If Fitz is clearly better, he will have no problem beating out Geno. So relax.

bradysucks
bradysucks

Lies....

Hold a competition - a fair competition - this is what I want

Your words are lies tsjc68.....nice try

tsjc68
tsjc68

@Brendan @bradysucks

Chan Gailey spent three years with Ryan Fitzpatrick and liked him enough to sign off on bringing him in, and also disliked him enough to not name him the starter over Geno Smith, even though his only exposure to Geno Smith at the time was based on watching him on tape.


That sounds like the same eval of Ryan Fitzpatrick that the rest of the league has consistently arrived at (that he's good enough to keep around and play some but that you should choose some other QB with upside over him, even bad QBs with limited upside, because the chance that they might be better is worth more than what Ryan Fitzpatrick actually is.)

tsjc68
tsjc68

@bradysucks

Nobody is saying Fitz is the ANSWER!!!


One person is, though.  His name is "bradysucks".  Because, for bradysucks, whomever is "not Geno Smith" is the answer and any decision tree that does not end in "bench Geno Smith at once" is the wrong one.

t__k
t__k

@bradysucks What's difference?  Think about it.  What is the difference?  Geno will implode and give the job up anyway.  When Fitz gets the job, we'll be talking about how terrible he is and what the QB situation will be like next year.



bradysucks
bradysucks

Not according to Chan Gailey....

We shall see.

What you fail to understand is I despise all QB's who turn over the football unless they can score like Brett Favre did.

You make it just about Geno. I was MUCH harder on Sanchez than Geno.

It's a team sport and the QB of a good football team should be RESPONSIBLE to his teammates! Manage the game and play for your teammates. Use your brain

tsjc68
tsjc68

@bradysucks

And he had 62 td against 75 turnovers (51 INT + 24 fumb) in the three years before that, which IS terrible.

tsjc68
tsjc68

@Bent @bradysucks

Take out the six-TD game and Fitz had 11 TDs and 8 interceptions which is probably the quarterbacking equivalent of how Jeremy Kerley usually plays.

And that still would have been his best year ever.

tsjc68
tsjc68

@bradysucks

Chan Gailey said "Geno is the starter now, and probably will be, barring injury".


He did not say "This is not fair".  He did not say "We are not holding an open competition".


You fail to understand that having an open competition that is free and fair where anyone can end up as the starter AND naming a starter at the beginning of that open competition and making him the favorite that must be knocked off his post to lose his job ARE THE SAME THING.


THINGS THAT ARE ALL TRUE AT THE SAME TIME:

- Geno Smith is our starting quarterback.

- We are having an open, free, and fair competition.

- Ryan Fitzpatrick and Bryce Petty and Jake Heaps can take Geno's job from Geno.

- They will have to do so while receiving fewer reps than Geno.

- Geno is the starter because he is the incumbent.

- Geno is the starter because he has the most upside.

- Other guys who may have played better than Geno recently still need to take the job from him.

- Geno is not being handed the job.

- Geno is being given the job.

- None of this is unfair.

- All of this is utterly commonplace all throughout the league.

- Other teams do this too, not just the Jets.

- You are whining about nothing.

- If Geno is as bad as you think he is, he'll lose the job thanks to the process working as expected.

- He might get the job back, and that's not unfair either.

bradysucks
bradysucks

@Bent @bradysucks 

Bent...


This is unfair.....I called Jeremy Kerley a terrible #1 WR for a football team.....Jeremey Kerley should not be the BEST WR ON THE ROSTER.....and he was for the Jets in 2013!!!


I was not beating up on Kerley who I've always said is a good #3 WR on  a roster.......I was at the time criticizing the fools in the Jets front office....


Those are the FACTS

Brendan
Brendan

@bradysucks  "Fact - Fitz knows this offense better than Geno"

Correct. And Chan knows Fitz better. And Fitz is a known entity, a game-manager who is okay and rarely better than that. Chan doesn't know what he has in Geno, and to be honest neither do we. It makes sense to make him the #1 to start and see if he crumbles and if he does, you know what you have with Fitz. He's an "in case of emergency, break glass for average QB" veteran. That's it. Geno has the physical tools to be more than that, so if Chan can figure out how to use him it's worth him getting all the reps. They won't know that nearly as quickly if he's splitting time with Fitz. 

WhatsUp
WhatsUp

Take out the six-TD game and Fitz had 11 TDs and 8 interceptions....

No thank you.

Bent
Bent moderator

@bradysucks


He said we'd be talking about how terrible he is.


Not being terrible hasn't prevented you from calling something terrible in the past.  Jeremy Kerley, for example.


Take out the six-TD game and Fitz had 11 TDs and 8 interceptions which is probably the quarterbacking equivalent of how Jeremy Kerley usually plays.

bradysucks
bradysucks

If you are going to cherry pick than take away the 4 TD's Geno threw against Miami the last week of the 2014 season. You end up with a guy who had

9 TD's 13 INT's

Cherry picking is lame

bradysucks
bradysucks

Ever hear the term "what have you done for me lately?"

Lately (2014)

Fitz ....17 TD's. 8 INT's 95,1 QB Rating

Geno ..13 TD's. 13 INT's 77 QB Rating

Bent
Bent moderator

@bradysucks He only had three in that game against Miami.  But is 10/13 that different from 11/8, really?

Bent
Bent moderator

@bradysucks @Bent


Uh, no actually you made those comments before the 2014 season where you specifically suggested Kerley's production was "terrible" despite the fact he almost had 1,000 yard season while being forced to play as the number one due to Holmes and Hill being hurt/sucking all year.

Zartan
Zartan

Fitz is trash. Although you guys want to write him off asap, there verdict is not out on Geno.

If you're hoping that Fitz is the starter, then the season may already be lost. Dude is a very poor mans Farce.

bradysucks
bradysucks

Geno's earned NOTHING!


As usual the Jets are being stupid about the way they handle the QB position. Fitz had a MUCH better year than Geno in 2014 and is MUCH more familiar with Gailey's offense than Geno. So what do the pea brained Jets coaches do? OF COURSE they GIVE the job to Geno instead of making Geno TAKE the job from Fitz......


It's a pretty stupid way to handle things especially considering how brilliantly the team has handled all other areas of the roster.....only to F up the MOST IMPORTANT POSITION

Disgruntled Jets Fan
Disgruntled Jets Fan

Unrelated: numerous studies have shown that the less people know, the more confident they are about their knowledge.

Brendan
Brendan

@bradysucks As usual BS thinks he's smarter than professional football people. 

tsjc68
tsjc68

@bradysucks

(sits back and awaits the normal caterwauling about how a competition cannot be "open" if a starter has already been named and if practice reps are distributed in any manner other than a completely perfect even split amongst all players under contract at that position with zero favoritism or incumbency whatsoever, and how any deviation from perfect equality even in the slightest means the whole thing was a sham and a setup)

Bent
Bent moderator

@bradysucks


"Geno's earned NOTHING!"


It's not accurate to say he's earned nothing.


He's earned unrelenting scorn from yourself and a few other posters.

bradysucks
bradysucks

@Disgruntled Jets Fan 


I will CRUSH Fitz if he is a turnover machine....Last year he was not.....He was INSTEAD a very effective game manager.....


You should also crush any Jets QB who single handedly destroys his team's chances of winning with BONE HEADED MISTAKES....


Don't be like Brendan and embrace MEDIOCRITY.....Instead shoot for the stars and expect the BEST out your QB.....and most importantly NEVER tolerate TURNOVERS....


Bad behavior should NOT be REWARDED with a starting job

Disgruntled Jets Fan
Disgruntled Jets Fan

Don't worry, I'm fully confident that you have the will and the means to complain loudly about the jets QB.

bradysucks
bradysucks

@Bent @bradysucks 


Dear Bent,


I will CRUSH any and all Jets QB's who turn over the football! All the more so if they don't score enough points to compensate for their boneheaded mistakes.....


I crushed Sanchez and now it is Geno's turn.....


Fitz will get his also if he turns over the ball....


These QB's DO NOT DESERVE to be babied by Jets fans. The Jets QB needs to MANAGE THE GAME. Geno is in an IDEAL situation now where he is surrounded with talent and also a GREAT DEFENSE......Lets not throw him a pity party and HAND HIM A JOB. Lets expect the best and not tolerate another year of an unwatchable offense where the QB constantly turns over the football....

Zartan
Zartan

Faster than a N.Y. second.

tsjc68
tsjc68

@bradysucks @Disgruntled Jets Fan

Bad behavior should NOT be REWARDED with a starting job

Good, then, I'm glad we didn't reward Fitzy with a starting job, seeing as how he has a poop-ton of bad behavior on his resume.

Disgruntled Jets Fan
Disgruntled Jets Fan

My prediction: Fitz goes on to win the job, only to lose games in September with turnovers, causing BS to go on endless tirades about how terrible Fitz is.

Brendan
Brendan

@tsjc68 How quickly will Jets fans flip on Fitz after watching him do that full-windup-into-a-slow-duck routine? 

Zartan
Zartan

Fitz is not a turnover machine but he is a heart breaker. He will have you thinking you have a chance to win, only to throw a Geno INT.

Pick your poison. IMO, Geno is a better QB than Fitz , or he'd be named starter and not a jerneyman.

Brendan
Brendan

@tsjc68 The only possible answer is he forgot what team he was playing for. 

rstysanchz
rstysanchz

@tsjc68 i cant believe we gave up a 7th rounder for this guy!!! fire macc!!!

tsjc68
tsjc68

@Zartan

Fitz is not a turnover machine 

Ryan Fitzpatrick, NFL career:

97 games played (89 starts), 101 int, 54 fumb