Sunday, July 28, 2013
What we learned on Day 4
By Rich Cimini
CORTLAND, N.Y. -- Observations from the press box:
1. Clock is ticking: QB Geno Smith made a good point Sunday. Working with the starters for the first time, he mentioned how beneficial it was to face the No. 1 defense. It's a tremendous learning experience for a rookie, facing a defense to changes fronts and disguises coverages. The downside: There won't be too many more opportunities. If the Jets name the starter after the second preseason game, the ideal timetable, it leaves only 12 practices (counting the Green & White scrimmage). That means six practices for Smith, six for Mark Sanchez with the first unit. And, of course, they'll play about two or three quarters apiece in the first two games -- not a whole lot of evaluation time for the coaches.
2. MartyBall: New offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg is challenging his players from a mental standpoint. At this stage of camp, he's installing 21 to 30 pass plays per day, along with four to eight running plays. That's a lot of Xs and Os. You wonder how they'll handle it once the lights go on. We should mention that he praised Sanchez and Smith for how they're grasping the system.
3. Dee for Dee-lay: Even though he declined to talk specifically about the Dee Milliner negotiations, GM John Idzik made it clear he has no interest in excluding offset language from a contract. That, of course, is the major hurdle in the Milliner negotiations. Milliner (No. 9 overall) and former Alabama teammate Chance Warmack (No. 10), of the Titans, are the only two unsigned first-round picks. People who know Idzik tell me he's a hardline negotiator. It's too early to panic, but if Milliner misses significant time, the cost will be magnified because he didn't participate in the offseason program as he recovered from shoulder surgery.