Chat with Rich Cimini
Welcome to SportsNation! On Friday, ESPNNewYork.com writer Rich Cimini stops by to chat about the Jets.
Cimini, longtime Jets beat writer for the New York Daily News and a Syracuse University graduate, covers the Jets for ESPNNewYork.com.
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Rich Cimini (2:01 PM)
Greetings, all. Thanks for joining the chat. We have a lot of questions already, so let's get to it.
IRA (Staten Island)
Rich, If only they had kept Keller. Winslow is by far the best TE they have.My biggest concern is can he gives them 16 games?
Rich Cimini (2:03 PM)
I agree, they should've kept Keller -- a mistake by Idzik. I don't agree that Winslow (if he signs) would be their best TE. Hard to say that because Winslow is a major durability question.
Geoff (Hoboken, NJ)
Hi Rich. Thanks for taking our questions. Which 2nd year player do the Jets need to step up the most? Which 2nd year player do you believe will be the most improved? (Coples, Hill, Davis, Bush, Allen)
Rich Cimini (2:05 PM)
Good question, Geoff. They all do because the first 4 on your list will be starters. Hill has to be the most improved. If not, the offense will suffer greatly. Bush has the longest way to go, based simply on the fact that he received the smallest amount of PT last season.
Angelo (Philadelphia, PA)
Great job as always Rich. Although there's a lot of anticipation about 2013, I think the decisions Idzik will make about 2014 are more interesting. We know the team isn't built to compete this year, but I wonder if Idzik will have patience with this coaching staff if they show some promise, even if it doesn't result in .500 or better. My question is, does the fact that Rex, Marty, and Thurman were NOT hired by Idzik make the threshold for Idzik's decision to keep them past 2013 unreasonably high? I know it's impossible to be inside Idzik's head on this, but I wonder what your impressions are, being close to the team.
Rich Cimini (2:08 PM)
Thanks, Angelo. All GMs want to hire their own guys. That'll make it tough for Rex & Co., but if the arrow is pointed up at the end of the season, it'll help Rex's chances. In other words, if the team shows progress over the second half of the year, maybe it convinces Idzik to give him another shot.
From what I have heard Sanchez is having a good camp but do jets fans really want to see him on the field again?
Rich Cimini (2:09 PM)
Sanchez had a solid camp. He had one horrendous day that we saw (3 INTs) and settled down nicely. If I had to bet, I'd say he'll be the Wk 1 starter.
Anthony Cocuzza (Rahway, New Jersey)
Why would the Jets not bring Braylon Edwards back immediately? I don't understand what they are waiting for they are depleted at the WR position. Why not bring someone in who has proven himself to be somewhat reliable to the organization?
Rich Cimini (2:10 PM)
I'm amazed by the fan obsession with Braylon. Look, I like him personally, but he hasn't done much over the last 2 years. I realize what he did for the organization in the past, but he's not the kind of player that fixes problems.
Heard Zach Rodgers stood out in a good way as a slot receiver. But given that Kerley is pretty much a lock to start, where does that leave him as far as opportunities go?
Rich Cimini (2:11 PM)
Rodgers tailed off a bit at the end, but I'd say he left a positive impression overall. BEcause of Kerley, it'll be tough to make the team. I think he'll have to make his mark as a punt returner to help his chances.
Bob (Newark, NJ)
How did the O Line look in mini camp and OTA's? Does it look like any of the younger guys are going to be stepping in to start? What about Colon and Periman, can we rest assured that they will be solid starters if they are called on to do so? I think that the O Line will have alot to do with any success or failures the Jets have this year.
Rich Cimini (2:13 PM)
Hard to evaluate an OLine without pads. No doubt, Colon and Peterman are the favorites to start at guard, but I wouldn't discount Winters. He has a legit shot at LG. The Colon-Peterman winner would start at RG in that scenario. They were flip flopping in practice.
43 years is enough (Great Neck, NY)
Time to pull the plug on Stephen Hill (and put another Tannebaum trade up and lose a pick experiment behind them)?
Rich Cimini (2:15 PM)
Yes, Hill is causing a lot of angst in the organization, but you don't pull the plug on a high 2nd round pick after only 1 year. You knew he'd be a project. You have to give him another full year.
From what you seen in otas and mini camp do you think Geno Smith be a NFL quarterback?
Rich Cimini (2:17 PM)
He has a strong arm, no doubt. He can throw a 50-yard frozen rope. If it were a throwing contest, he'd beat Sanchez, hands down. But he's struggling with snap counts and relaying the plays in the huddle. His footwork needs work. But it's early. Before OTAs, he never took a 5- or 7-step drop. Remember, he played in a shotgun at WVU. It will take time.
Paul-Michael (Staten Island)
Rich, no matter who throws the ball, the Jets continue to lack talent at WR. As a fan, it's maddening to see the team consistently neglect pass catchers and expect to win. Without Keller, we're left with Holmes and Hill, Tone'd down and Dropsicle. Do you see anyone stepping up in camp, or will this be another hard year to watch offensively?
Rich Cimini (2:18 PM)
You said it, PM. Hard year to watch.
rich,what exactly is the job description for recently hired rod graves?anyone else coming in to help the front office?
Rich Cimini (2:20 PM)
Graves is the senior director of football administration... or something like that. He'll report to Idzik, but he'll oversee pro and college scouting. Unlike Idzik, he's a true personnel guy.
ORANGEJET (City Of Angels)
With Kellen Winslow showing he has something left in this weeks mini camp, talk is the will offer him a contact. What do you think the terms/ numbers will be to get that done?? Would there have to be guaranteed money in the offer?
Rich Cimini (2:22 PM)
Noooo. It would be a short-term deal, probably 1 year, for the minimum salary. He has no leverage.
The Unit (Southold, NY)
I'm interested to see how Coples' role in the defense materializes and how that affects the defensive scheme. I have doubts that the Jets will play their usual 3-4 as often as they have in the past given that the personnel they have isn't ideal for the scheme. What formations were the Jets using most often in minicamp and where did Coples line up?
Rich Cimini (2:24 PM)
It was a pass-heavy minicamp, as they usually are, so the Jets were in a lot of nickel and dime. Mostly, I saw Coples rushing from a 3-pt stance. Saw him a little at OLB, but I didn't see a whole lot of coverage responsibility. It'll be interesting to see how Rex tries to camouflage his presumed deficiencies in pass coverage.
Rich, I know this is a long ways off, but assuming that Victor Cruz plays his 1 year tender out and hits unrestricted free agency, could you see a match with the Jets? Rex has shown an affinity toward him in the past and he clearly doesn't want to leave the NY/NJ area.
Rich Cimini (2:26 PM)
Great question, Jake. First off, I think he'll sign a long-term deal this year. He'd be nuts to take the injury risk. If he becomes a UFA, I think the Jets could be interested. I'm assuming Holmes would be gone and who knows about Hill. They'd have money to spend. But like I said, I think he'll be in blue.
Joe L (NJ)
Let's play the "What if game"What if Revis didn't tear up his knee, then...What if Sanchez wins Comeback player of the year, then...What if the Jets have a winning record, then Rex will...What if the Jets have a losing record, then Rex will...
Rich Cimini (2:28 PM)
Chances are, he'd be gone. But it depends on how it plays out. If the team is rolling at the end of the year, and they've solidified the QB situation, and the young kids are thriving ... a lot of What ifs.
Matt (Bronx, NY)
Do you see the jets adding any more depth at safety? Or are they comfortable with Josh Bush and Antonio Allen competing for the other spot?
Rich Cimini (2:29 PM)
I have to believe they'll add a veteran. Bush is clearly ahead, but he's a virtual rookie. Allen hurt his stock over the last few days. They need some experience. Eric Smith, anyone?
Erik (Yonkers, NY)
Hey Rich, what's the absolute best outcome you can see for the jets this season? Is Sanchez still a jet next season?
Rich Cimini (2:30 PM)
Based on the current roster ... if everything clicks ... and I mean everything ... 8-8. Sanchez in 2014? Doubt it.
Marco (Whitehouse Station, NJ)
Rich, thanks for the great job on the Jets beat. Can you interpret Geno's "no comment/didn't know what it" was responses. Seems to me he must have known what Jets West was, so what's his deal? Is he a baby or a prima donna like he was before/during the draft? Is his relationship w/ Sanchez THAT sour? Is he resentful Mark is still having these sessions? Did he really not know? I don't get it.
Rich Cimini (2:32 PM)
All fair questions, Marco. He knew what it was because he was asked about it the previous week. He handled it poorly with the "no comment" stuff. I don't care if he's a rookie, he should know better. And, yes, I do think there's some tension between him and Sanchez. That's not necessarily a bad thing -- unless it affects other players.
How can the Jets have no use for Tebow if the Patriots do?
Rich Cimini (2:33 PM)
Let's see if Tebow makes the team. I don't think that's a lock.
oscarfactor (kansas city)
Bear with me. Jets crush Bills game 1 last season. Game 2, Score TD against Steelers and driving for a second when Steeler (Harrison?) totally smashes Sanchez' head on a hit, flag thrown, Jets dont score, Sanchez brain scrambled for season. Jets done offensively for season. Tell me why this isnt a plausible description - or if it is.
Rich Cimini (2:36 PM)
It was Timmons, I believe. It definitely affected him for the remainder of that game. But blaming that for the Jets' lousy season is like saying a leaky faucet caused the great flood.
Christian (North Jersey)
The lack of offensive firepower is scary. Honestly, the offenses ability to score 17-20 a game will make or break the season in my opinion. Sanchez can do it with a supporting cast, but this cast is MIA. If there is one guy on the market that the Jets can bring in for cheap to make a difference, who is it? Brandon Lloyd? Winslow? Braylon Edwards?
Rich Cimini (2:37 PM)
You're preaching to the choir, Christian. I think the Jets will have to make a trade for a WR in the preseason because there's nothing out there on the FA market that is appealing.
Rich, Do you think if Sanchez starts week 1 he will last through out the season?
Rich Cimini (2:38 PM)
Season? Better queston: Will he last the month?
Who do you think is going to surprise on defense in terms of playing time/performance by season's end?
Rich Cimini (2:39 PM)
Can I get back to you on that? But, seriously ... Kenrick Ellis. I think he'll surprise you.
Considering the talent (or lack thereof) and expectations this team has, wouldn't have been more beneficial if the Jets held off drafting a QB until next year (seeing how must people believe next years QB class will be more talented than this years) and addressed a skilled position (like TE preferably)?
Rich Cimini (2:42 PM)
They could've taken Tyler Eifert at 13 and wouldn't be worrying about the TE position. Or they could've taken Gavin Escobar at 39. But know this about Geno: His contract (which will be 4 yrs, $5M) won't preclude them from taking another QB in 2014.
Were the Jets practicing wild-cat or zone-read option? Or both?
Rich Cimini (2:43 PM)
Both. A lot of both.
Bryce (Fort Lauderdale, FL)
How's Chris Ivory looking? I don't think I've heard anything about him out of mini camp.
Rich Cimini (2:44 PM)
Barely noticed him on the field. Like I said earlier, this was a pass-heavy camp and he most certainly isn't a pass-catching back. He'll get his chance in camp.
Larry Gross (Bellport, NY)
You see the Jets making a move and trading for any proven WR help?
Rich Cimini (2:44 PM)
at this point, I think Don Maynard would be a help.
Rich- I don't see how Kellen Winslow doesn't make the team. In fact, he'll probably start. They sorely lack other options. What do you think?
Rich Cimini (2:45 PM)
Winslow (if he signs) has talent. He's not what he used to be, but he still has talent. The question is, can he hold up? My fear is that it would be a Garrard situation.
scott (new york)
any chance you see Pouha or Scott back with the Jets? I feel like these are a few guys who rex had some history with and could be successful?
Rich Cimini (2:46 PM)
Would be stunned if either came back...unless there was a serious injury to someone on the current roster.
Rich Ardcimini (Idaho)
Hey Rich, if this column was printed out on paper, I wouldn't use it to wipe my own !@$
Rich Cimini (2:48 PM)
Neither would I.
Ed (Queens Village)
Why should I get excited about Martyball? Other OC's have failed Hackett, Heimerdinger, Schotty, and Sparano. Jets offense has finished top 10 in scoring points once this century and no top 10 offense since 98.
Rich Cimini (2:50 PM)
You are correct, sir. Gee, I wonder why that is. Could it be because they haven't had a top-10 QB?
Mark (Fort Lee, NJ)
Do you think the Jets should've considered trading Mangold or Ferguson? The skill players are mostly terrible and the offense isn't likely to be very good for a few years when Mangold and Ferguson won't be in their primes anymore.
Rich Cimini (2:51 PM)
Mangold and Ferguson are untradable because of their contracts.
Hi Rich, Two observations: 1. Rex is openly criticizing his players which he's rarely don in the past. 2. Sanchez is openly stating that he's not buddy buddy with the competition. So my question is, has it always been this way on the inside and they're just being more honest about it ?
Rich Cimini (2:53 PM)
Rex criticized the WRs in general, but I wouldn't say he threw anyone in particular under the bus. If you recall, he was harsh last summer on Kerley. As for Sanchez, I think he's just being honest. I think you're reading too much into their comments.
Hey Rich, why do you still mention Tebow in every article you write? You know he's on the Pats now, don't you?
Rich Cimini (2:54 PM)
Because he played for the Jets and, until 6 weeks ago, was a member of the Jets. And, oh yeah, he's one of the most popular players in the league. People want to read about him. I want the people to be happy.
Hey Rich, love your work. Do you see the Jets offense making a significant improvement this year?
Rich Cimini (2:55 PM)
Thanks for the compliment, Brett. I wish I could be as complimentary toward the offense. Alas, I can't.
There always seems to be a lot of drama surrounding the Jets these past few years (off field). Anonymous quotes in the press, locker room stuff made public etc. Do you think it's just the nature of losing (less interesting things to write about) or new personnel? What will stop it?
Rich Cimini (2:58 PM)
Idzik is trying to stop it, I can tell you that much. Some of it is the losing. Some of it is a loose enviroment under Rex. Some of it is a highly aggressive press corps.
Rich, I am really, really worried about our Safety position. What have you seen from Landry, Bush and Allen? Can we possibly expect these guys to step up and play a pivotal role as the "QBs" of our defense? I'm having trouble sleeping at night just thinking of this... Thanks!
Rich Cimini (2:58 PM)
You have a right to be worried. None of them, not even Landry, stood out.
oscarfactor (kansas city)
Not counting the new or old Meadowlands, where was the best stadium experience you ever had as a member of the media
Rich Cimini (3:00 PM)
I wouldn't count the Meadowlands anyway, but some of my favorite stadiums are: Ravens, Titans (great views from press box), Patriots (good food), Steelers (solid all around). Those come to mind.
We all know the Jets have had issues with getting to the QB in recent seasons. Do you think they will improve in that department this year with a more experienced Wilkerson and Coples, and a seemingly limitless rookie in Richardson?
Rich Cimini (3:01 PM)
Yes, and they'll be blitzing like crazy.
Tony Toast (syracuse)
Is it curious how the Giants are able to sign Cruz for the very reasonable $2million while the Jets always have issues with the cap?
Rich Cimini (3:01 PM)
All he signed was the tender, $2.8M I believe. Still looking for a long-term deal.
What's Idzik's track record on bringing in players after final cuts? Doesn't that make life harder for the coaching staff, something he might not be as worried about given he didn't hire Rex?
Rich Cimini (3:02 PM)
He has no track record. He was a cap guy.
I don't understand why the jets aren't jumping on Deon Branch. Would that not be a solid veteran WR?
Rich Cimini (3:02 PM)
He's just about done.
Say Richardson is gone at the 13th pick and the Jets take Geno instead. How much would that effect his chances of starting?
Rich Cimini (3:03 PM)
Good question. They'd definitely be rushing him more than they are.
Hi Rich, How quickly will we find out Goodson's fate ? Is it something that will drag on in court till after the season or could he possible be out in the immediate future.
Rich Cimini (3:04 PM)
My guess is they'll reach a plea deal before it goes to the grand jury.
Rich Cimini (3:05 PM)
Well, folks, I've used up my time. Sorry if I didn't get to your question. I think we're gonna try to do one more chat next week and then I'll be on vacation for a while. Thanks for the great questions. Have a splendid weekend. Rich