August 29, 2003


Marquell Blackwell, an undrafted rookie out of Florida, was placed on the Jets like 3 days ago. Last night, he came in and ran their offense like he had been there for years. He hit everyone right in the hands. He was mobile in the pocket. He read the defense extremely well, and it was the Eagles defense, who makes their living by confusing the shit out of veteran quarterbacks. Granted it was their backup squad, but they were still running the same soft zone, which is really a trap zone of sorts. But he didn't throw any picks, marched the team down the field, and he throws an excellent ball. They were saying he might make the practice team this year. I say sign the fuckin guy. He looked better than Bollinger has looked, he looked better than Hasek, and I haven't seen Martin in a Jet uniform yet, but from what I saw of him on the Rams, he sucks. Get this guy a contract, pronto.

Speaking of contracts, we lost Laverneus Coles in the offseason. Fine. So we go out and get who, Curtis Conway? Why didn't the Jets go after David Boston, a nasty receiver for the Cardinals, who is now wasting his career away on the go nowhere Chargers. Why isn't he wearing green? Why? Because the Jet front office sucks, that's why. That's why Marquell Blackwell won't have a contract this year. That's why Ray Mickens is still playing professional football. Seriously Terry Bradshaw, what the fuck!?!

Posted by John at August 29, 2003 01:39 PM

did you happen to red the ESPN Insider article about David Boston that came out last week? I can e-mail it to you if you like.

Posted by: glenn at August 29, 2003 03:21 PM

The Jet's management seems to be learning from the Cardinals...which is fine by me, just means one less team in the Bucs way.

Posted by: a different Bill at August 29, 2003 04:45 PM

Your Jets needed to save money, to continue to Pay Vinnie for playing well two seasons ago!!

Posted by: jim at August 30, 2003 11:38 AM

I agree they should sign Marquell Blackwell he is a diamond in the rough. His stats actually make him a great prospect. I hope he sees some game time and will blow everyone away just like a quarterback by the name of Michael Vick did about a season ago.

Vinny is old and should be used as a back-up to this up and coming quarterback. Marquell not only holds many record at USF, but threw over 100 passes (game day) with out an interception.

Well hopefully they will see the light and the Jets will be better off for putting him on the field.

Posted by: Islande Dillon at September 5, 2003 11:04 AM

I was at USF when Marquel Blackwell started his career. Let me tell you about a dedicated guy. I know all about him because I was the long snapper before my car accident. After that, I was simply the QB coaches assistant. The QB coach was Mike Canales, now a receiver's coach for the Jets.

Marquel was supposed to be a backup to a promising kid, by the name of Glen Gauntt, who just never found his groove. Marquell, stuck behind the scout offense for so long, took an absolute pounding at times from our 1st string defense. It taught him to be mobile, and to have a good pocket presence. Now, defenses can't touch him. If you rush, he'll make you pay by either embarrassing you with his quickness, or passing for the big gain (which he does well while on the scramble).

Now for his accuracy. Black (as we called Marquel)wasn't the biggest guy...probably just a bit over 6 ft. (if that). He knew that the passing game would be his ticket into the NFL. I remember after one off-season, this kid came back to camp with friggin' forearms like Popeye! In fact, I think that is what Mike Canales called him for a while there. The size went back down eventually, but the strength stayed with him. He was on pace to beat Trent Dilfer's NCAA record for most completed passes in a row without an interception, but USF was robbed from bowl play in his final season...a season where he lead USF to victories over 5 "would be" bowl teams.

He's a heck of a guy...and a great football player...his only negative is that he played for a University that was just getting their feet wet in the arena of College Football. The no-name USF Bulls are now a force to be reckoned with...but Black was hurt badly by playing for us. His chances of going in the draft would have been much better, if his Vick-like play was for a team like Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Nebrasaka, etc. I was there by his side for every game on the sidelines. I wish him well, and hope someone gives him the chance he deserves. He's definitely more solid than Pennington...BELIEVE THAT!!!

Posted by: Jerry at April 28, 2004 12:55 PM
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