Chat with Rich Cimini
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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 (2:23 PM)
Sorry, folks, it's been a hectic day, with the GM search and all. Let's get started.
Michael (Lindenhurst, New York)
What happened to Tom Gamble? I think he is the best candidate they interviewed for what the Jets need. Do you sense he didn't want the job?
Rich Cimini (2:24 PM)
I didn't get that sense. I don't think he had a good interview.
Are you expecting a lot of personnel moves from the Jets this offseason?
Rich Cimini (2:24 PM)
Yes. A lot.
IRA (Staten Island)
Rich, So can you see Idzik making a play for Flynn and moving Sanchez?
Rich Cimini (2:26 PM)
The Flynn speculation will be intense. I think it's possible. Depends on what Seattle asks. You can't hand the job to a guy with minimal NFL experience, but you could bring him in to compete with SAnchez.
Has anybody asked Rex why, when we were mathematically eliminated from the playoffs, he didn't give more snaps to Coples, Davis, Bush, Allen, etc. Isn't that as illogical as it gets?
Rich Cimini (2:27 PM)
Because he wanted to win. He butt was on the line. In the end, he didn't win anyway.
Hey Rich:Great work covering this bunch of misfits.I have a draft question. With OT's Taylor Lewan and Jake Matthews heading back to school, it seems like the Jets might be caught in a numbers game in hopes of drafting that coveted OLB Pass Rusher. Would it be feasible in your mind for the Jets to actually trade down in the draft and acquire more picks to fill a variety of needs. Love QB Ryan Nassib from Syracuse, and think he'd be a guy the Jets should target in Round 2.Thanks,Alan
Rich Cimini (2:28 PM)
Thanks, Alan. The draft is top-heavy with defense. Should be able to find a pass rusher at 9. Need to address QB and Nassib will be intriguing.
Sal (San Diego)
Hi Rich...Do you take the Jets leanings in the GM choice as a sign that Woody really wants Rex around a lot longer than next year? It almost sounds like he wants the new GM to draft or sign whoever Rex tells him too and then just take care of the financial aspect of things...your thoughts?
Rich Cimini (2:29 PM)
I wouldn't read that much into it, Sal. I think Woody would dump Rex in a heartbeat if they have another bad season.
Brian Costello had the best tweet of the week regarding Manti Teo, "is there any doubt Teo ends up a Jet?" Rich, if he falls in the draft due to this story and slips into later rounds, could you see the Jets taking him, or is he even too toxic for the Jets.
Rich Cimini (2:31 PM)
Forget the off-the-field stuff for a moment. There's no way the Jets are taking an ILB at 9. You don't pick ILBs that high unless you're convinced it's the next Willis or Ray Lewis or Urlacher. Teo isn't that good.
Rich, any chance the Jets hire Ray Horton from the Cardinals to fill some slot on Ryan's defensive staff? What he did with the Cardinals defense was impressive.
Rich Cimini (2:31 PM)
He'll get a DC job somewhere and Rex seems committed to Thurman.
Assuming Revis is back with the Jets next season and not traded and Wilson moves back to covering the slot, how do you grade Wilson as a cornerback? Is he better covering the slot or could he move into one of the starting corner spots permanently?
Rich Cimini (2:32 PM)
I thought he held up reasonably well this year as a starting CB. He's solid, nothing special. Lacks catch-up speed and instincts, but plays physical, tackles well.
What do you think of Scott's comments on Showtime about the Jets and their locker room? Seems he had a point about Mehta and his articles. I understand about the importance of anonymous sources in relation to your jobs. However his articles in particular came off as something found in the gossip pages as the year went on.
Rich Cimini (2:35 PM)
As journalists, we have to use anonymous sources, especially when breaking actual news. For instance: A person telling me that Sanchez has a broken leg, and not wanting his name used. I'm not a fan of using anonymous sources as opinions, giving a person free reign to rip another person. I do it on a small scale, but try to avoid it.
Rich - when a new GM gets hired do they completely gut the front office and bring in their own people (like a coach with assistant coaches) or will most of the front office remain the same?
Rich Cimini (2:35 PM)
Probably will remain the same through the draft. As soon as the draft is over, you'll see changes.
Herman (Syracuse )
Rich, I saw your post about Kiper having the Jets selecting Barkevious Mingo in this coming draft. Do you think he is a bit of a reach? Also do you agree with Kiper's assertion that Muhammad Wilkerson and Quinton Coples will develop into a couple of the best 3-4 defensive ends in the league?
Rich Cimini (2:38 PM)
Mingo doesn't fit the Ryan profile for DE. They could move him to OLB, but that's risky when you're picking 9th. Wilkerson already is one of the best 3-4 DEs. Coples has to improve vs the run.
Rich, I think it is laughable that Ryan tried to spin his offense philosophy as not wanting to be ground and pound. I think it is even more laughable that going into last season they kept Greene, Powell and McKnight as their running backs. Did they really have that low of an opinion on Wilson and Martin in last years' draft?
Rich Cimini (2:39 PM)
In retrospect, you'd say, sure, Martin was worth the 16th pick. At the time, no one had him that high. Obviously, the Jets felt comfortable with what they had. They were wrong.
One of Brian Costello's tweets regarding Rex's defense was "of the 10 worst performances vs. the run under Rex, 6 of them came this year, including the worst which was against SF." Rich, was the Jets poor run defense due to Pouha battling through injury, Coples being a rookie and being poor against the run, or poor linebacking play? Or was it a combination of the three?
Rich Cimini (2:40 PM)
All of the above. Teams killed the Jets up the middle. Not having a 100 % Po'uha hurt.
What do you think happens to Mike T? Will another team hire him for their front office (i.e. as a contract or salary cap guru)? No offense to him, but he's definitely not a TV guy.
Rich Cimini (2:41 PM)
Someone will hire him. Obviously, all the GM openings are filled. He's a smart guy, tireless worker, outside-the-box thinker.
Andy (Huntington, NY)
Do you think part of the reason the Jets are focusing on "cap guys" rather than "football guys" is because they're trying to find someone to get them out from under the Sanchez contract?
Rich Cimini (2:43 PM)
No, that's just 1 part of the puzzle. You can't hire a GM based on 1 contract. Presumably, the new "cap guy" is someone they feel has a vision for the team and can execute it.
Who's the favourite for the OC position? has the delay in appointing a GM impacted on the search?
Rich Cimini (2:43 PM)
No doubt. OC positions are getting filled around the league and the Jets are sitting on their hands.
Bob (Newark, NJ)
With the leading candidate for GM being a numbers guy, can we expect him to come in and rework current contracts to free up more room? Also, does this mean that Rex is going to have more say in the personnel department? He might be able to caoch em, but he can't really pick em.
Rich Cimini (2:44 PM)
Yes, I think Rex could wield more clout in personnel -- not necessarily a good thing. As for re-working contracts, that's pretty basic stuff.
embarrassed Jets fan (Los Angeles)
Rich, Since Woody Johnson has owned the Jets he has NEVER hired a head coach or GM that had any experience at that position. Is it because he's too cheap to pay for the experience or does he have a little Jerry Jones in him meaning he thinks he's smarter than everyone else and doesn't realize that everyone is laughing at him not with him
Rich Cimini (2:48 PM)
You know, that's a great question. Woody's hires: Groh, Bradway, Edwards, Mangini, Tannenbaum, Ryan. None of them were big-ticket hires. But I don't think it's a Jerry Jones Syndrome. God, no.
Not technically a Jets questions, but what on earth are the Bears thinking with Cavanaugh? I read your bit on the Tebow connection, but Cavanaugh oversaw the epic regression of a top 5 pick, I am shocked he got work so quickly. As always, keep up the great work.
Rich Cimini (2:49 PM)
The word out of Chicago is that Trestman, not Cavanaugh, will deal with Cutler. In essence, Cavanaugh will be the No. 2 QB coach. But, you're right, it's amazing how these retreads keep getting hired.
Darsh (University Park)
Good afternoon, rich. What do you think we'll get from Stephen Hill next year? I'm hoping for at least a decent #2 or 3 receiver. For what it's worth, he had nearly identical rookie numbers to Demaryius Thomas in terms of yards, catches and touchdowns.
Rich Cimini (2:50 PM)
Well, it can't get much worse. The Jets' personnel people remain high on Hill. Heck, there were some people in the organization that wanted to draft him in the first round.
Jeremy (Fair Lawn)
who do you think is the best fit for the Jets at GM?
Rich Cimini (2:52 PM)
I thought they should've gone with the most experienced guy (Angelo) or a future star (Gaine). If Idzik is the guy, it'll be a combo deal -- he's 52, been around the league, but never the No. 1 guy.
peter james (aberdeen)
Who do you think the 3 QBs will be on opening day?
Rich Cimini (2:54 PM)
Great question, but I can't answer. Tebow won't be back. It wouldn't shock me if there other two are gone as well. Realistically, though, I think it'll be (fill in the blank), Sanchez and McElroy. How's that for a non-answer?
Hi Rich, Does the new GM get to dictate how the team conducts public relations as well or is that Glatt's job ? Obviously, one of the biggest non-football criticism of the Jets were the way they deal with the media etc, I'm just wondering if a new GM has the power to "fix" that assuming they think it needs fixing ?
Rich Cimini (2:56 PM)
It's a fair point, Oz. I don't want to get into it too much because people don't like whiny sports writers. Obviously, the new GM will have a strong voice in the matter, but Glat runs the show in that respect.
MIke (Boca Raton)
Rich, How do you feel about Idzik hiring? I would have preferred Popp, Angelo, Sundquist or someone with more personnel background. Also, how much do you think the Rex mandate limited the GM search? Thanks.
Rich Cimini (2:57 PM)
They needed a personnel guy. Popp never was a factor. Angelo and Sundquist were periphery guys. I've heard good things about Idzik. He's smart and he'll lead, but scouting isn't his forte.
Rich, I understand that Keller doesn't want to be tagged but what do you think the chances are they tag him anyway. Tight ends are a huge weapon today and I think if healthy he can be an elite receiver.
Rich Cimini (2:58 PM)
Hell, if I were Keller, I wouldn't mind the tag -- that's about $6 million. Ultimately, I think he'll move on.
Rich. Thanks for all the great information. It seems to me that Mr. T deferred at lot to the coaches (Mangini and Rex) on draft picks, at times to the dismay of the scouts. I would think that no matter who the GM is and how much personnel experience he has, the key is having a strong-willed individual with the mindset to say no when no needs to be said. Any idea of the mentality of either Idzik or Khan? I can live with someone who is more of a cap guy with some personnel experience so long as that person understands when to defer to the scouts and when to say no to Rex. Your thoughts please.
Rich Cimini (3:00 PM)
Ding, ding, ding! Great job, Scott, of explaining what they need. They need a grown up in the room to take charge.
Alex (NY NY)
Is Terry Bradway still an employee of the NY Jets? If yes.. WHY??? To refresh the NY Jet fan memory he was the GM before Tannenbaum. He traded a 1st round pick for Doug Jolley and then followed up by taking a Kicker in Rnd 2. Bradway was kept very much involved in personnel in the Tanenbaum era. He escapes blame yet still remains in the brain trust.
Rich Cimini (3:01 PM)
His title is Sr. Personnel executive. He didn't give up a first-round pick straight up for Jolley, there were other picks involved. But, you're right, it was a terrible move. You forgot to mention Dewayne Robertson, the worst move of them all.
Rich, time is ticking. What if Idzik say thanks but no thanks? Seriously, do you think Woody has the ability to look at himself and say perhaps keeping Rex wasn't such a good (or at least questionable) idea? Or does he justify everything because he's "always right?" Thanks. Great job.
Rich Cimini (3:02 PM)
Wow, that would be a stunner. I guess they'd hire Khan.
Rich Cimini (3:03 PM)
I'm out of time, folks. Sorry for the abbreviated session. Been a little crazy. Great questions, as always. Keep it locked to ESPNNY today because I suspect the Idzik hire will get done at some point. Thanks and have a great weekend. Rich