Rex Ryan Leaves The Door Open
Last week, Rex Ryan tried to frame the quarterback situation by respectfully giving the edge to incumbent Geno Smith. However his overall coach-speak on the matter left us no closer to a definitive answer than we were prior to him discussing the matter in in the first place.
Rex said regarding Smith that “this young man is going to be hard to beat out,” but then later added that Michael Vick “definitely has a chance to win the job.” Translation: Geno has the lead and must make enough mistakes to leave the door open for Vick who must then play well enough to take the job away from Smith.
If these are the ground rules in place, then let it be determined this way only please. If Geno looks and plays the part, and is in command, so be it. Should Vick show that he is the field general the offense is responding to better, let’s not be concerned about any second year player’s emotional “development.”
Rex seems to be saying that Geno has to be beaten out. Fine. The Jets better not change the basis of this competition for any other reasons this summer then, if they expect to maximize their potential as a team in 2014.
Rookie Camp Opens
It was great to see football players flying around the practice field in green and white uniforms wasn’t it? Even if they were all just rookies. Makes you feel like the season is not years, but only months away now. I don’t get too crazy about who performed well and not so well at these rookie camps but it was hard not to keep an eye on the Jets first two picks at least.
On the 18th overall pick Calvin Pryor, Rex noted that “He was good, very impressive…I’ve been really impressed with him mentally. That’s all we’ve really had, but mentally, sharp. He’s into it.” A hard hitting, mentally sharp and self admitted trash talking safety is my kind of guy. I’m getting excited about him anchoring the back of this defense. Pryor at first glance, seems to carry a swagger that the guys up front for the Jets have. He is going to be fun to watch.
TE Jace Amaro stated that his goal is to one day become a 100 catch a season guy. Not in his first year as a Jet, as Kellen Winslow Jr stated as a goal for himself last year in 2013 (falling way short but hey, dream big), but someday. Something tells me that if Marty Mornhinweg sees the opportunity, Amaro will be a feature in the passing game anytime a matchup dictates it.
It’s nice to have a tight end that an OC can use as a receptions machine. I always wanted Dustin Keller to be that guy and for various reasons such as Keller’s injuries, Mark Sanchez, a faulty O line and limited options at receiver for a few seasons, DK never consistently went off. Amaro renews the hope that the Jets have a real weapon opponents must account for in the middle of the field.
ThurmanGate and Shotgun Reactionary Reporting
Jets DC Dennis Thurman is caught up in some situation right now regarding a woman claiming that he hit her after rejecting his advances at a local restaurant days ago. Oh TMZ sports. You are such a lovely addition to our ever growing reactionary world.
The details of the situation vary. This morning we are now even seeing reports about how the woman has made these types of claims before. That doesn’t mean that Thurman didn’t act inappropriately in this case, but who knows. I don’t know, that’s for sure.
Given the global violence and national domestic violence that exists towards women today, stories like Thurman’s can’t just be swept under the rug, forgotten about, or turned into an immediate “blame the victim” game. Therefore they should be exploited for cheap headlines without more concrete determinations made either. Whoever first reports alleged issues of violence, racism and other hot button topics in the nanosecond world of anti-social media, really ought to be more responsible.
News sites should consider brief background checks on the parties they are reporting on before they start quoting and hashtagging. Reputations take lifetimes to builds and seconds to ruin. Is it really worth all of the character destruction just for some “likes” and retweets?
- It is amazing how much the landscape of training as a team has changed. Training camps used to contain so many two a days. Now practices seem so few and far between. I wonder if there was any physical or mental benefit to the heavier workload back in the old days.
- It’s almost June, which means it’s almost July. Camp is creeping around the corner. Don’t look now, but the Jets we are all about to see are getting younger in many places, and more athletic. What a far cry from the 2010 veteran club that almost went the distance. It’s been just four seasons, but the Jets personnel wise are an entirely new team.
- One position and guy who hasn’t changed, is stalwart Nick Mangold. Few centers in the NFL are at his level. Yet when we think of backups at positions on this roster, his role is one rarely talked around here but most crucial. Especially with the Chris Johnson-Chris Ivory combo the Jets can’t wait to unveil.
Coaching up the guy who would fill in for Mangold is a big key for the offensive line work this summer, even if the notion continues to fly under the radar publicly. The Jets can’t have a few bad weeks due to Nick god forbid getting dinged up briefly as he did back in 2012. Not with this hellish 2014 schedule. No way.