Sunday, June 9, 2013
Keller: Always 'nonsense' around Jets
By Rich Cimini
Dustin Keller began his Jets career with Brett Favre and ended with Tim Tebow, a five-year period that covered a lot of circus. In an interview Sunday with SiriusXM NFL Radio, the Jets' former tight end reflected on his time in New York, suggesting there were too many distractions.
"There's always some type of nonsense going on," said Keller, who left as a free agent and signed a one-year contract with the Dolphins. "When you're in the New York media [market], I can't say you're used to that -- there's always going to be distractions -- but this was really more so than anywhere else. You're talking about a team, we didn't even go to the playoffs the year before, but it seemed like we were in the media more than anybody else ... for the wrong reasons. And you never want that."
Co-host Jim Miller mentioned to Keller that he will be playing for a "professional" in Dolphins coach Joe Philbin, meaning a no-nonsense disciplinarian -- the anti-Rex, if you will. Keller didn't take the bait, saying he doesn't like to compare coaches. They failed to bring up the fact that it was Philbin's team that appeared in HBO's "Hard Knocks" last summer -- after the Jets turned it down, by the way.
Keller, close friends with embattled QB Mark Sanchez, shared some insight into Sanchez's feelings about the Tebow and Geno Smith acquisitions.
"I think he definitely didn't like the fact that those moves were made," he said. "I don't think those were things that made him happy. Could it be something that pushed him? I think maybe. I'm not quite sure, but it definitely lit a fire under him. I've talked to him a couple of times this offseason and he's been working. I think you can expect some good things from him."