Bazigran began working for the Jets in 2004 as a College Scout Assistant, and spent the past two seasons as the organization’s Director of Pro Personnel. Bazigran replaces Rex Hogan, who accepted a front office position with the Indianapolis Colts last month.
A former quarterback (and intern coach) for the Bobcats, Bazigran, who concluded his senior year with eight touchdown passes, graduated from Bates in 2000. He would earn his Masters in Sports Management from Springfield College in 2004.
The AFC East may not be the flashiest division this season, but don’t underestimate Buffalo, New York or Miami. All three teams have challenged the Patriots over the past few seasons, and can certainly provide the unnecessary head ache to Patriots coaches, fans and players, especially when they least expect it.
However, New England shouldn’t have a problem winning this division, but keep your eyes on the Bills and Jets.
1.) New England Patriots (12-4) – Some analysts believe this team may mimic their record-breaking performance from 2007, while others think they’re a shoe-in for this year’s Super Bowl. In order for the Patriots to be successful, they’ll need rookies Chandler Jonesand Dont’a Hightowerto pressure opposing quarterbacks and provide all sorts of havoc.
2.) Buffalo Bills (9-7) – The Bills bolted out of the gate last season, but couldn’t maintain their momentum, as injuries and errors derailed their chances of a successful season. This year, Buffalo added Mario Williamsand Mark Andersonto their defense, and drafted two potential studs in Cordy Glennand Stephon Gilmore. The usual cast is back on offense – Ryan Fitzpatrick, Fred Jacksonand Steve Johnson, but the main question from last year remains: Can they stay healthy? Also, can they be consistent, too?
3.) New York Jets (7-9) – No offense Jets fans, but your team is in complete disarray. New York didn’t locate the end zone until their fourth preseason game, and there’s still questions surrounding their offense and defense. Yet, probably one of the biggest sagas surrounding this team is when will Rex Ryan swap Tim Tebowfor Mark Sanchez?
4.) Miami Dolphins (5-11) – There will be a lot of ups and downs this season for the Dolphins, but expect Miami to conclude their year with at least four or five wins.
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* The Boston Celtics eared their third consecutive win on Wednesday when they defeated the Utah Jazz, 94-82. Kevin Garnettpaced the Green and White with 23 points and 10 rebounds, while Paul Piercetallied 20 points. Boston’s win set-up a two-way tie atop the Atlantic division with the Philadelphia 76ers. The Green and White will return to the hardwood on Friday when they travel to Minnesota.
* The Boston Bruins will look to earn their 46th win of the season on Thursday when they host the Washington Capitals. The Capitals are currently locked in the ninth spot, and certainly need a win to keep their playoff hopes alive. However, Boston remains the second best team in the Eastern Conference, and is on par to wrap up the Northeast division.
The New York Jets haven’t won a Super Bowl championship since January of 1969, but Monday’s Tim Tebowpress conference certainly provided numerous Gang Green supporters with a great deal of optimism toward the upcoming campaign.
Tebow spoke with 200 credentialed media members for roughly 32 minutes on Monday at the Jets practice facility, and fielded questions from why he was “blessed” to be a Jet to his relationship with starting quarterback Mark Sanchez. The young gunslinger also preached about his relationship with the New York coaching staff, which possibly explains why he chose the Big Apple over Jacksonville, Florida.
“It’s such an honor for me to be here, and I’m so excited about being a Jet,” Tebow said via the team’s website. “I just want to thank the Broncos for my time in Denver – it was an amazing time. I want to thank my teammates and the fans for being such great teammates and such great fans, and I’m looking forward to my time here in New York and my time as a Jet.”
“I’m so honored and humbled to be a Jet. I’m so thankful that they wanted me, and I’m so excited about meeting my teammates,” added the Jets backup quarterback.
This particular type of press conference is rather unusual, especially for a backup quarterback, but due to the so-called, “Tebow hype,” as well as his success from last season, it wasn’t too surprising that various media members decided to greet the 24-year-old, as well as question him about joining a team that’s been the doormat to the Super Bowl the past three years in the American Football Conference.
“I’m excited to be a Jet – to go out there and help this team anyway that I can, and whatever my role is, however I can expand that role – I’m going to try and do that,” said Tebow.
Tebow will certainly be a major asset, especially since head coach Rex Ryan believes that his number will be called roughly 20 times per game. However, don’t anticipate any quarterback swap to occur because as various reports confirmed – Sanchez is going to be the starter once week one arrives.
“I think the exciting thing is that me and Mark have a great relationship,” Tebow said when asked about playing behind Sanchez. “We have had a good relationship for the last three-years, I think. We’ve been friends, we’ve [texted each other] back and fourth, we’ve talked already, and we’re going to have a great relationship and a great working relationship and I think we’ll have a lot of fun together.”
So, whether you like it or not, Tebow is officially a Jet and the excitement for him has definitely drifted from the Rocky Mountains to the city that never sleeps.