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Jets’ Quincy Enunwa can’t argue with people who think they’re tanking

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Jets receiver Quincy Enunwa knows how many people are claiming the Jets are tanking the 2017 season to get the first pick in the 2018 NFL draft. And he knows it’s a valid opinion.

Enunwa told the New York Post that he sees how the moves the Jets have made this offseason, getting rid of veteran players and spending far less than the team could afford, look like tanking.

“It’s hard to argue [with] that,” Enunwa said, “when everybody else sees all the stuff that’s going on.”

Enunwa added, however, that if the front office is tanking, that won’t affect the players’ mindset.

“It hasn’t so much changed my mindset,” Enunwa said. “A lot of the guys just want to win. Whatever it takes. I know they cut some guys obviously, but that’s the business. I don’t think any player is going to tank. Our jobs are on the line. Our families [depend on us]. We’re out there to work and get our paycheck and win games. People are always going to say that kind of stuff, but we’re just going to play.”

The players on the field will always play hard. Whether the front office is choosing players who have a realistic chance to win more than a few games in 2017 is a separate question.

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28 Responses to “Jets’ Quincy Enunwa can’t argue with people who think they’re tanking”
  1. v2787 says: Jul 17, 2017 5:54 AM

    It’s the Jets’ front office, not necessarily the players, who are tanking. And yes, that’s exactly what’s going on. Stevie Wonder could see that.

  2. finnymcphin says: Jul 17, 2017 6:26 AM

    It’s Bowles I feel bad for in all this. It’s his first HC gig and once he gets the FO their 1-15 record he will be kicked to the curb in favor of some QB whisperer type with that on his resume.

  3. noknoknokpenny says: Jul 17, 2017 6:35 AM

    Because the tanking-for-the-first-pick strategy clearly leads to multiple superbowl victories within just a few years.

    Just ask the Indianapilis “participators.”

  4. celticsforever says: Jul 17, 2017 6:43 AM

    The OTHER jets front office that works at 345 Park Ave. has no issues with an obvious tank job. Their best buddies did it in 2011 in the suck for luck campaign, and they have numerous participation banners to show for that effort.

  5. titimium says: Jul 17, 2017 6:48 AM

    Quincy is good young player who seems to play hard. It’s a year when you hope him, Wilkerson, Williams, Powell, the rookie Adams, other young guys, the O line stay healthy. Avoid major injuries, keep a mindset of playing hard every week, stay as positive as they can toward the future.

  6. zeke2517 says: Jul 17, 2017 6:53 AM

    Where’s Lou Brown when you need him?

  7. SidFarkus says: Jul 17, 2017 6:53 AM

    Intentional tanking or not, 3 wins tops

  8. Sullivan says: Jul 17, 2017 6:54 AM

    finnymcphin says:
    Jul 17, 2017 6:26 AM
    It’s Bowles I feel bad for in all this. It’s his first HC gig and once he gets the FO their 1-15 record he will be kicked to the curb in favor of some QB whisperer type with that on his resume.

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    Agreed on Bowles. But also I can feel bad for Enunwa. He is a baller who is shaping into one of the NFLs better receivers so its tough to be burning up some of his limited career years this way.

  9. charliecharger says: Jul 17, 2017 7:47 AM

    No teams tank. It’s just a creative excuse that some lousy GM’s have put out there to explain their incompetence. They don’t stand at the podium and announce it, but they get the word out. In politics they call them leaks. GM’s are politicians too. Sometimes we go to sports to escape real world politics, but they’re in sports too.

  10. churchofthehoody says: Jul 17, 2017 8:38 AM

    If your a Jets fan (are there any of you left???) why would you pay good money to watch a team that’s built not to compete? Or even waste your Sundays watching? Let alone pay for any merchandise…

    I get the “strategy” but man that sucks for the fans… like tune in next year when we might actually try (and probably fail) to win a few games…

    Why support a team that quits before the season even starts??? At least even the Browns fans can say their team actually trys…

  11. redclaw1314 says: Jul 17, 2017 8:40 AM

    It’s bad when the tanking is so obvious that even the players openly acknowledge it— the players can play hard but the fans won’t care

  12. toddsuperbowles says: Jul 17, 2017 8:56 AM

    churchofthehoody says:
    Jul 17, 2017 8:38 AM
    If your a Jets fan (are there any of you left???) why would you pay good money to watch a team that’s built not to compete? Or even waste your Sundays watching? Let alone pay for any merchandise…

    I get the “strategy” but man that sucks for the fans… like tune in next year when we might actually try (and probably fail) to win a few games…

    Why support a team that quits before the season even starts??? At least even the Browns fans can say their team actually trys…

    We’ll watch because there’s fresh, young and hungry players. In a rebuilding season what one looks for is progress. Players playing hard and getting better as the season progresses. Everybody that spouts off about tanking never mentions a very important variable. These young players are playing for their supper and they aren’t going to lay down.

  13. streetyson says: Jul 17, 2017 9:11 AM

    Impossible to see them as good as last year’s 5-11. They play Pats (twice), Falcons, Raiders & Chiefs. Their first 3 games (@Bills, @Raiders, Miami) wouldn’t have been easy anyway, and could see them 0-3. But then comes their 2 easiest games of the season – Jax game in NY on Oct 1st, then @Browns – lose one or both and the tank is official.

  14. jwf239 says: Jul 17, 2017 9:15 AM

    As a Pats fan I hope they go 6-10 and get the 13th pick in the draft. It’d be a very Jets move.

  15. West Monell says: Jul 17, 2017 9:18 AM

    I would only take Bowles on my staff as a D-coordinator, at best. He knew what the franchise was like before accepting and he has this opportunity to be a head coach. The environment needs to be infused, which includes the personality and leadership of the coaching staff, or lack thereof.

    I like Enunwa. He excelled in the slot when Marshall and Decker were in town. The Jets are clearly the worst team heading into the season. It’s a no-brainer why David Harris signed on with the Patriots “on the spot.”

    Hmm…Jets or Knicks?

    The Eastern Conference is tempting but Dolan needs to hire the right GM and take a step back. Why not go take Calipari on his offer?

    At least the Jets have young talent on defense and that’s been their identity. A few good drafts could turn the offense around like you see with other rebuilding teams. The quarterback position is a different topic in itself, but I would still take the Jets over the Knickerbockers.

  16. cardinealsfan20 says: Jul 17, 2017 9:27 AM

    “Why [would fans] support a team that quits before the season even starts???”

    Because intelligent fans have a long term view and understand that high draft picks are necessary for a rebuild. Intelligent fans might also be interested in watching the young players develop. In contrast, the less intelligent, short-sighted fans cannot see beyond the current year.

  17. churchofthehoody says: Jul 17, 2017 9:47 AM

    “These young players are playing for their supper and they aren’t going to lay down.”

    _____________________________________

    Fair point, but they’re getting hamstrung by their management in the process. You can say they’re getting well compensated for it, but it still has to be a bitter pill to swallow for men who want to compete.

    NFL careers are short, would you lay it on the line for a team that values a future potential draft pick more than trying to compete now, or would you try and protect your future career?

    As good as Luck is (and he is pretty good) that strategy hasn’t worked out to well for Indy…

    What about Bowles? Is going to survive this tank job, or is this just an excuse to hire the next “cant miss” coach?

  18. ron69 says: Jul 17, 2017 9:55 AM

    I feel bad for Todd Bowles, he’s a good coach who took the worst job possible, a roster full of overpaid veterans past their prime and with no QB to lead the team. Saying that needs a good offensive mind beside him.

  19. churchofthehoody says: Jul 17, 2017 9:56 AM

    Because intelligent fans have a long term view and understand that high draft picks are necessary for a rebuild. Intelligent fans might also be interested in watching the young players develop. In contrast, the less intelligent, short-sighted fans cannot see beyond the current year.

    ___________________________________

    Lol, yeah ok, keep telling yourself that…

    How well do think a player develops on team that’s going to fire its entire coaching staff at the end of the yr and bring in a new coach with a new scheme???

    Yep, “intelligent” fans must really enjoy watching their team rebuild every 3 yrs… Come on kidz let’s tune in for this yrs edition of ground hog’s day…

    Wicked smart…

  20. bocadiver1 says: Jul 17, 2017 9:59 AM

    Problem is that even the most dedicated players get very tired of being on the short end of the score and their intensity in game #1 is no longer there in game #6, #7, etc. That’s when even the most die-hard fans start to give up.

  21. firecracker87 says: Jul 17, 2017 10:34 AM

    A game that has incentive to lose.

    Integrity….eh Rog?

  22. laukkanen5 says: Jul 17, 2017 11:13 AM

    well most years you would think they are tanking based on the talent, or lack of on the field…

    J-E-T-S S-U-X

  23. granadafan says: Jul 17, 2017 11:15 AM

    If I’m a young player or undrafted free agent, teams like the Jets are the place to go. You can be signed cheap and are unheralded, which is what tankers like the Jets want. You get to play in the NFL and hopefully get another contract. Players want to win, but getting a job and paycheck is a LOT higher on the priority list.

  24. Frum Slum says: Jul 17, 2017 11:40 AM

    Real talk

  25. somefans says: Jul 17, 2017 11:41 AM

    Rebuilding since 1968.
    the JESTS

  26. cletuspstillwaterjr says: Jul 17, 2017 12:09 PM

    I wonder if the front office will fire Todd Bowles week 3 if he somehow starts the season 3-0?

  27. madmax80 says: Jul 17, 2017 12:19 PM

    churchofthehoody says:
    Jul 17, 2017 8:38 AM

    If your a Jets fan (are there any of you left???) why would you pay good money to watch a team that’s built not to compete?

    ————–

    They’re on the hook for PSL’s ranging up to $20K – that’s why they buy the tickets.

  28. jade429 says: Jul 18, 2017 1:25 PM

    The one person that has as much control over if you’re are going to win or lose is the OC. He calls the plays and let’s face it a great deal of games have been lost because of some crazy play calling at the wrong time. If you are a JETS FAN keep an eye out for bad play calling because that is the one person that is not on the field that can lose a game in a heart beat

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