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Tag:New York Jets
Posted on: July 2, 2010 4:09 pm
 

Everybody's fault but JaMarcus Russell's

J. Russell getting crushed in a KC sandwich (Getty) I found this New York Times Fifth Down blog post today slightly humorous and slightly bizarre. Asking about the rumors that imply former Raiders QB JaMarcus Russell – largely considered one of the biggest No. 1 draft pick busts in NFL history – might work out a deal with the Jets, reporter Kristian R. Dyer spoke with well-regarded quarterback instructor Tom Martinez, who trained Russell before he was taken No. 1 in 2007.

What’s funny – and sort of head-scratchingly weird – Martinez blames a variety of reasons why Russell was terrible in Oakland. Very little of which, Martinez seems to say, was Russell’s fault.

Among the issues that were not Russell’s fault.

1)Russell should have been starting from day one and not relegated to backing up Josh McCown and Daunte Culpepper. That start-from-day-one decision might have worked for Colts QB Peyton Manning – who led his team to a 3-13 record in his rookie year, mind you – but the other option, allowing your top-picked QB to have a redshirt year, also works. Ask Bengals QB Carson Palmer, who’s had a pretty good career after sitting behind Jon Kitna for a season.

2)Bad offensive line and receivers who didn’t know – or simply couldn’t – separate from DBs.

3)The Raiders signed him for too much money as a rookie.

4)The coaches didn’t like him; only owner Al Davis did.

Yes, the fact that Russell didn’t work hard and played at a heavy weight didn’t have much to do with the reason he failed out of Oakland. Nothing at all.

OK, ok. Martinez isn’t being that ridiculous. He makes some valid points, but surely, Russell wasn’t so clearly not at fault.

From the article:

Of course, many in the league have questioned Russell’s work ethic, including his teammates, who liked him and wanted him to succeed, but grew tired of what they perceived as his indifference. Russell’s actions suggested he wanted out of the organization.

Martinez said bringing in Russell to back up Mark Sanchez would be a “brilliant move from a talent standpoint,” but even he concedes that if Russell doesn’t work hard, it will be the last we hear of him. All he needs is a fresh start, Martinez said, but the rest is up to him.

“If he repeats the same mistakes, then it’s his last chance,” Martinez said.


If he, in fact, gets another chance.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: June 30, 2010 10:09 am
 

Another blow for Brunell

First, the bankruptcy. Now, a vote of no-confidence. It has not been a good week for free agent QB Mark Brunell.

As we detailed in this post , Brunell was forced to file Chapter 11 bankruptcy this week in Florida, mostly due to real estate deals that turned sour. Now, even though he’s the favorite to sign with the Jets as a backup, a majority of players the New York Daily News interviewed prefer Kellen Clemens to take the spot behind starter Mark Sanchez.

"Brunell? Isn't he like 50 years old?" one player asked Manish Mehta.

Actually, Brunell is approaching 40 and, if he was to be signed, he would be playing for his fifth team in 16 seasons.

The biggest reason these anonymous players would rather have Clemens back-up Sanchez than Brunell is because they feel Brunell has "very little to offer on the field at this stage of his career.”

Even without the players’ support, Brunell seems set to join the team. Jets coach Rex Ryan has raved about him and has said that he would be a good mentor to the team's younger players.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: June 29, 2010 4:59 pm
 

Cromartie's hip is no cause for concern

Following up on our post Tuesday about Jets CB Antonio Cromartie and the concerns about his hip, the New York Daily News’ Manesh Mehta writes today that the old injury – Cromartie played the 2008 season with a fractured hip – hasn’t returned.

The reason why? It was Cromartie’s left hip that was bothering him at minicamp. His right hip was the fractured one from two years ago

“They were trying to connect the dots from 2008 to 2010,” Cromartie’s agent, Gary Wichard told Mehta. “But there are no dots. It’s the other hip. He had some fatigue after workouts. He didn’t say he was hurting. He said he could have practiced and done some more reps."

--Josh Katzowitz

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Category: NFL
Posted on: June 29, 2010 12:14 pm
Edited on: June 29, 2010 1:10 pm
 

Jets looking to get fatter at the QB position?

According to ESPN New York, the Jets have placed a call about JaMarcus Russell. The Jets already have a backup quarterback on the roster – Kellen Clemens – so if Russell were brought in, it’d likely to be compete with Erik Ainge for the No. 3 job.

According to the report, Mark Brunell still remains the favorite to be signed.

--Andy Benoit

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Posted on: June 29, 2010 10:19 am
 

Rex Ryan is already writing a book

Generally, a rule of thumb is, you win a Super Bowl and four or five of the team’s key contributors write a book. Often times, the head coach is one of those authors.
Well, Jets head coach Rex Ryan is starting his book already. It is scheduled to be released spring of 2011. Ryan is teaming up with sportswriter Don Yaeger on a non-traditional autobiography about leadership.

Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News has this:

Yaeger, who has written books on Walter Payton, Warrick Dunn and Warren Moon, will spend the next several weeks with Ryan to capture the essence of the Jets' brash, tell-it-like-it-is leader. The former Sports Illustrated editor will spend some time with Ryan at training camp in August before finishing the manuscript in December. The autobiography will be published by Doubleday Books and released in late spring 2011.

"If somebody would have pitched him on a strict autobiography, that probably wouldn't have worked," Yaeger said. "We stressed his leadership and bringing fun into the game. For many years, the NFL has been known as the No Fun League. So, Rex Ryan certainly breaks that mold. I think that had a lot to do with why he found the idea intriguing."

--Andy Benoit

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Category: NFL
Posted on: June 28, 2010 9:58 pm
 

Concerns About Cromartie's Hip

There has been a small commotion about comments Jets secondary coach Dennis Thurman made to ESPN New York’s Rich Cimini regarding Antonio Cromartie’s sore hamstring and “somewhat of a hip issue”. As Cimini writes, “That’s interesting because Cromartie played the entire 2008 season with a fractured hip. No one knew it at the time, but he made the revelation shortly after the season ended. He said it happened in the opener.”

The concern is that if Cromartie’s hip is still bothering him, he could be in for another lackluster season like the one he had in ’08. But let’s not get carried away. Cromartie played through the injury – that’s admirable – but he was on the field last season for all 17 of San Diego’s games (including playoffs). His performance was erratic. In zone coverage, he struggled with technique and reads, and he showed lazy habits. The result of a sore hip? Not likely. In man coverage, where individual play shines, Cromartie was just fine. The bottom line: Cromartie may have a bad hip, but the bigger problem – the problem that got him traded to New York – is a bad attitude.

--Andy Benoit

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Category: NFL
Posted on: June 27, 2010 12:02 pm
 

Dogs have run of the New Meadowlands

An interesting story from the New York Times today, discussing the only full-time residents of New Meadowlands Stadium. Their names are Rufus and Anja, and they’re bomb-sniffing dogs. According to Michael S. Schmidt in his story , they’re believed to be the only bomb-sniffing dogs in this country living in an arena or stadium full time. 

From Schmidt’s story:

Stadium officials acquired them for $10,000 each after determining that they were more cost effective than buying an X-ray machine or renting dogs to inspect every delivery. Hiring a dog and a handler to work 40 hours a week year-round, the officials said, would have run $150,000 a year compared with the $75,000 it costs for the stadium to have two dogs of its own.

“I have never heard of anyone doing this,” said Vincent Henry, a security expert who has advised companies and police departments on antiterrorism tactics and serves as the director of the Homeland Security Management Institute at Long Island University. “They are creating an additional layer of security and sending the message that security is not just something practiced on game day.”

Since Rufus and Anja arrived, they have spent their days sniffing deliveries, from the turf that covers the field to the machines that boil the hot dogs. They have leapt up four feet onto trucks so they can properly inspect them.

On game days, fans likely won’t see Rufus and Anja. They’re more likely to be inspecting incoming deliveries, while bomb-sniffers imported from New Jersey will work the crowd.

And while we’re talking about stadiums where the Jets and Giants play, the New York Times has a feature about the old stadium that’s almost completely gone.

Staffer John Branch talks to Giants team president John Mara, who reminisces about the last time he stepped foot in the Meadowlands before crews began to tear down the stadium. That occurred last April, and Mara spent most of his time there in the office of his late father, Wellington Mara, who died in 2005.

“I stood there for a while,” Mara said of his last visit. “It was tough. It was tough. We got all of his pictures out, but it was tough. Because that was his office. It wasn’t really mine. I was just borrowing it for a while. I had a lot of conversations with him in there – about the team, personal conversations – and I remember his last day in there before he went to the hospital. That was an emotional day.”

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: June 26, 2010 8:11 pm
 

No Suspension for Braylon Edwards

Rich Cimini of ESPNNewYork reports that Braylon Edwards will not be suspended for pleading no contest for misdemeanor assault. Edwards was involved in an incident outside a Cleveland night club back in January. He allegedly hit a friend of LeBron James. It is believed that Edwards will still be fined an undisclosed amount by the NFL.

As Cimini points out, the Jets will already be without Santonio Holmes for the first four games of 2010 (Holmes is serving his own suspension). There was speculation that New York could bring Laveranues Coles back, but with Edwards now available for Week 1, that’s unlikely.

--Andy Benoit

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