Mazz: Jets defense is relatively mediocre

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Mazz: Jets defense is relatively mediocre

Any time Rex Ryan brings his hype machine to Gillette it means fans will be subjected to an inordinate amount of blustering and hot air.

But the reality is, this year's version of the Jets is different from the ones that used to embody Ryan's swagger and intimidation.

Earlier on Friday, Felger and Mazz discussed the New York defense and what it looks like without Darrelle Revis.

"This is a good spot for them," said Felger. "This is a good time to get the Jets."

A pretty tame response compared to what Mazz had to say.

"I can't see any way that the Jets win this game. And I said the same thing last week about Seattle and it bit me in the ass. But here's the difference, the Jets don't have the defense Seattle does. Not anymore. It is not nearly the dominating and imposing defense it was two years ago. In fact, I think it's relatively mediocre. I think the Patriots are going to have their way offensively."

The New England secondary was shredded by a rookie quarterback last week, so it's likely the Jets will put up some points, even though they've been wildly inconsistent on that front all season. But it doesn't seem likely that the New York defense will be able to slow down the Patriots on offense, so any ground they make up against a porous secondary is likely to be wiped out on the other side of the ball.

Julien sidesteps job security question with "shock journalism" comment

Julien sidesteps job security question with "shock journalism" comment

BOSTON -- With three crushing losses in a row at a time when results are really all that matters, the Boston Bruins are reeling at the wrong time during the regular season. The B’s tried their best to win a game 0-0 with strong defense against a sleepy Chicago Blackhawks bunch on Friday night, but ultimately coughed up a Marian Hossa goal in the final minutes for a 1-0 regulation loss at TD Garden.

The defeat continued a swirl downward for the Black and Gold over the last week, and was a second straight shutout loss on home ice for the first time in almost 15 years. The losing stretch has also kicked up the chatter that Claude Julien is in trouble as head coach of the Bruins, and the hockey club’s underperformance up and down the lineup is ultimately going to cost the NHL’s longest tenured bench boss his job.

The Ottawa Senators have passed the Bruins in the Atlantic Division, and it’s only a matter of time before the Toronto Maple Leafs move by them as well with both Toronto and Ottawa holding six games in hand on Boston. Combine all of this with the B’s having missed the playoffs in each of the previous two seasons leading into this one, and it shouldn’t be at all surprising that Julien is squarely on the coaching hot seat.

The B’s bench boss was asked about his job security after the Chicago loss, and clearly didn’t appreciate the tough, but appropriate question.

“Well, I’m not into shock-journalism,” said Julien in a prideful tone. “So I’ll stay away from that question if you don’t mind.”

The Bruins posted their Saturday schedule shortly after Julien and the B’s players had addressed the media following the loss, and sure enough the embattled coach is scheduled to address the media post-practice as part of the regular practice day routine. So it doesn’t seem that a move with Julien is imminent this weekend despite another loss, but both the coach and the players know something is going to happen to shake things up with this team if they continue to struggle.

“Right now it’s a results based situation, so if you’re going to keep losing games then probably something’s going to happen,” said Torey Krug. “But right now we’re just pretty down emotionally after this game, so I don’t want to look at the big picture. I just [want to] focus on what’s going on in this room, and hopefully we can come back with a good effort the next game.”

A good effort might help Julien’s standing with the Bruins in the short term, but it’s impossible to imagine the B’s bench boss making it through the rest of the Bruins regular season given all of things working against him right now.