Chat with Rich Cimini
Welcome to SportsNation! On Thursday, 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.
Send your questions now and join Cimini Thursday at 1:15 p.m. ET!
Rich Cimini (1:30 PM)
Hi, folks. I apologize for being late. Busy day today in Cortland. I just spent some time in the ESPN bus, chatting with ESPN's Adam Schefter. Now I'm back in the press box, ready to roll.
Sal (San Diego)
Hi Rich,Just curious for your take on the chances of Darrell Revis duplicating last years performance again? I mean, he was so dominating on an every down and every game basis and he shut down virtually every single receiver he faced, I was just curious if you think that was something like a "dream season" and if he could realisticly play that dominating again?
Rich Cimini (1:33 PM)
As I've said before, Sal, I think Revis basically pitched a perfect game last season. Well, almost perfect. It's hard to get much better than what he did, shutting down elite receivers week after week. So, yes, I suppose that his performance could slip, if you could call it slipping. But it would be ripping a bball player for hitting "only" 45 homers after a 50-HR season.
I saw Rex say he wasnt worried about Nick Folk now, Im coming up to Cortland to see him fri and sat...have you seen anything from him to boost his stock?
Rich Cimini (1:35 PM)
Yes, Folk has been much more consistent than he was in the spring. He's missed only a couple of FGs here in Cortland, although I thought it was a bit premature for Ryan to say that it's time to put an end to the Folk watch. What happens if he misses in a pre-season game? If it were me, I wouldn't have said anything. Keep the pressure on Folk, let's see how he responds. Rex basically handed him the job.
Louie (Tampa, by way of Staten Island)
Let's not waste anytime here Rich, the Jets dreams of the Super Bowl are dead without Darrelle Revis on the field. So, gut feeling - is he in uniform come Week One?
Rich Cimini (1:36 PM)
Yes, he's in uniform. Right now, the two sides aren't close to a deal, but let's not panic. It's early. If we've having this conversation around Aug. 20, then it's time to be concerned. Right now, I'd say they get a deal done by the opener.
#1JetsFan! (Charlotte, NC)
Rich- Will the Jets make a play for Schobel now that he is released from Buffalo?
Rich Cimini (1:37 PM)
I've been told that the team has no interest in Schobel.
Dan (New Jersey)
Do you think that Woody will throw all that money at Revis Island and is it deserved? Or will Revis was a one hit wonder?
Rich Cimini (1:38 PM)
No, Dan, Revis isn't a one-hit wonder. Let's not forget, he made the Pro Bowl in 2008 as well. Will Woody throw the money at him? Woody told us the other day that signing bonus isn't an issue. If it's not an issue, what's holding up the deal?
How do you see all the new personalities meshing so far? Who will be the best to see on Hard Knocks?
Rich Cimini (1:40 PM)
Here are my "Hard Knocks" predictions on which players will create the most buzz: Sanchez, Jenkins, Scott and Mangold -- my sleeper. Ryan, of course, will be the star of the show even though he says he's "boring." It's too early to say how the personalities are meshing. Despite their diverse backgrounds, the new players have one thing in common -- they all seem to believe in Ryan. That's a start.
Rich, Is the Revis camp going to be rational and accept something like $12M per season with $30M guarenteed? Jets shouldnt have to pay $16M just because Al Davis has lost his mind.
Rich Cimini (1:41 PM)
Anthony, you just summarized the opinion of the organization. Thing is, Revis' camp couldn't disagree more.
Chris (Morristown via LA)
Rich, who will be starting at guard come opening day, the rook or Matt??
Rich Cimini (1:42 PM)
It's funny, Matt, because we were just talking to Joe Namath in the press box. Namath is an eternal optimist, and we all know how he bleeds green, but he said he's worried about the LG position. Right now, Slauson and Ducasse are sharing the reps. The players tell me that Slauson holds a slight right now, but that could change once the games start.
andy (new york)
after watching all of the jets training camp practices, which area of the team would you say is their weakness?
Rich Cimini (1:46 PM)
This team has no weaknesses, Andy. They're unbeatable. They will win the Super Bowl ... only kidding there. I'm simply relating the sentiment of the team. But, seriously, some weaknesses: DL depth, speed in the front seven (especially on the edge), punter, kicker (depends on which Folk shows up) and, possibly, quarterback. Everyone seems eager to anoint Sanchez as The Next Great QB, but let's not forget, he has 15 career starts. The growing pains aren't over.
Outside of the current starters, whom at camp is making a name for them selves
Rich Cimini (1:49 PM)
That's a good question, Alex. Let me think for a second. Under-the-radar players stepping up: CB Drew Coleman, rookie FB John Conner, rookie TE Jeff Cumberland, LB Kenwin Cummings, WR Santonio Holmes (technically not a starter), S Eric Smith...those are the ones that comes to mind.
Ryan (stevens point, wisconsin)
how would you rate the jets offense?
Rich Cimini (1:51 PM)
This sounds like a Fantasy question...and that's ok. I'd say the offense is a work in progress. It's still a run-oriented attack, and the running game will be good to very good, depending on the OLine. But there's a lot of work to be done in the passing game, with Sanchez developing and trying to get on the same page with his receivers.
Gerard (Delmar, NY)
Last season the jets lost a few games in the last few minutes especially against Miami! Do you think they have done anything to stop those heartbeaking loses?
Rich Cimini (1:53 PM)
Great point, Gerard. This is a big point of emphasis on defense. In fact, it has been the main theme throughout the offseason. The coaches think they'll be better because: 1. Improved communication. There were mental breakdowns last year during some of those late-game meltdowns. 2. Fourth-quarter pass rush. This is one of the reasons why they got Jason Taylor. They think he'll add to the 4th quarter pass rush.
Brian (Rye, NY)
Do you think the extensions handed out to Ferguson, Rex and Mr. T, plus the eventual signing of Darrelle Revis is going to create a rift in the locker room? Especially while 2 of the best players at their positions, (Mangold and Harris) are still waiting for the deals that they deserve.
Rich Cimini (1:55 PM)
You're right, Brian, mangold and Harris deserve new deals as well, but they're simply not going to happen this year. There won't be a rift. Players usually stick up for players in these type of situations. If Revis gets a ton of money, the players believe it'll help them get more when they're contracts are up. Revis is such a good player that I don't think it will create any jealousy.
Bill (Long Beach, NY)
How has Joe McKnight looked? Is he going to be the next Leon or just another guy?
Rich Cimini (1:57 PM)
McKnight looks explosive in the open field. He has the potential to be a difference maker in space. But he's not as good as Leon when rushing between the tackles; Leon was fearless in the trenches and I'm not ready to say that about McKnight. McKnight has dropped a few passes, so to this point, I'd say he's not Leon's equal as a receiver, either. But it's early. If you recall, Leon really struggled early on as a rookie.
Nick Mangold is handling his contract issue with class by putting the team first. Will he get an extension?
Rich Cimini (1:58 PM)
He'll get an extension, but it won't be this year. Maybe next year. Then again, there's always the chance he could be an RFA next season or, if he's a UFA, they could slap him with the franchise tag.
Peter king just tweeted O/U on Revis holdout....20 days....your thoughts????
Rich Cimini (2:00 PM)
I think that's a pretty good over/under. That would put him around Aug. 20. Like I said earlier, once you get past then, you're talking about missing at least three pre-season games. I think the Jets would like him here for that third game.
Brian (Rye, NY)
Do any of these Undrafted FA (Warren & Satele) have a chance of making the team this year? Can they provide any type of impact?
Rich Cimini (2:01 PM)
Warren made an INT yesterday. I think he's got a chance, but it's a numbers game in the secondary. It's one of the team's deepest positions, especially with Revis. Satele, who got banged up yesterday, will have a tougher challenge.
Assuming Cromartie, Edwards and Holmes all play to their potential this season (I know thats a big IF), which of them if any, do you expect to see back next season?
Rich Cimini (2:02 PM)
Wow, that's a tough one. a lot depends on the CBA rules. Edwards is definitely a UFA, so he will be difficult to re-sign. Holmes and Cro could be RFAs, so they could get 1-yr tenders and return.
How cool was the Hard knock chopper???
Rich Cimini (2:05 PM)
Pretty cool. Rex said when he saw it flying overhead, he wanted to pick up a football and take target practice. I thought that was pretty funny. They couldn't really use Chopper Cam in the morning because it rained so hard. But the sun is out and I suspect we may see the Cam in the PM practice ... On that note, I've got to run. It was a pleasure, as always. Thanks for stopping now and we'll chat soon. Have a great day!