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September 17, 2:00 PM ET
Chat with Rich Cimini

Rich Cimini
  (2:05 PM)

Good afternoon, everybody. Sorry I'm late, but let's get to it. It's Jets-Patriots week, another chapter in the Border War.

Chris Fiegler (Latham,NY)

How do you think that the Jets will do now that Kris Jenkins is Out For the Season?

Rich Cimini
  (2:07 PM)

Ordinarily, you'd have to be worried, but the Jets proved last season they could survive -- actually, thrive -- without Jenkins. Can they do it again? Yes, but it'll be tougher, especially these first couple of weeks, being down Jenkins and Pace. A year ago, Pace was back when Jenkins went down. I think Pouha and DeVito are very under-rated, but their depth is suspect. Never thought I'd be saying this, but they need Gholston to provide good minutes off the bench.

Joe (NYC)

Hey Rich, Think Vlad will be active this week? Any chance Rob Turner gets a start over Slauson?

Rich Cimini
  (2:09 PM)

Slauson will start. He graded out very well, according to the coaches. Now, he did almost get Sanchez killed on the Ngata sack. So, when Rex says Slauson did well except for that one play, it almost sounds like the old Mrs. Lincoln/play routine. As for Vlad, I think he'll be inactive again.

Sal (San Diego)

Hi Rich!.......Last year you had mentioned Schotty feeling "stung" by Rex's criticism in getting involved in the offense when Sanchez was tanking. Do you get any vibe he might be afraid the same thing is happening again and he won't be allowed to run this offense as he wishes too? Any possibility of factions in the locker room if things don't get better?.......Thanks!

Rich Cimini
  (2:11 PM)

Schottenheimer claims he has no beef with Rex. The question is, does Rex have a problem with Schotty's offensive system? I don't think Rex likes all the bells and whistles (shifts, motions, etc.) and wants to dial back. I think you'll see that Sunday. They'll be more aggressive than last week, but simpler, if that makes sense.

SprungOnSports (Long Island)

Is Shonn Greene's starting job security issue overblown or does Tomlinson have a legit shot at it?

Rich Cimini
  (2:12 PM)

I don't think it's a matter of who starts, Sprung. They're both going to play a lot. The issue is whether Greene deserved a seat on the bench after the fumble. I think the coaches over-reacted because of the pre-season fumbles. It's called cutting off your nose to spite your face.

Justin (Amherst)

Do you think the jets will actually open up there offense? Sanchez looked like he was making good decisions just the play calling was too predictable, i've never like schotty i think he is way to conservative for the style of the league. Do you think it they will open up the offense and be more aggresive and do you think schotty is back on the hot seat? As far as i see it rex backs up his talk with a sound defense we have the right pieces to the offensive puzzle how long untill they come together?

Rich Cimini
  (2:14 PM)

Justin, the Jets ran on 13 of 17 first-down plays, I believe. What happened to offensive balance? That's way too predictable. They will open up the offense this week, trust me. By that, I mean it'll be a 50-50 balance. They're never going to throw it 35-40 times a game. I don't think Schotty is on the hot seat. But another stinker like Monday night and he will be.

Keith (Long Island, NY)

Sanchez gaurantees a win in this game, and 15-1 the rest of the way. Thoughts on that?

Rich Cimini
  (2:15 PM)

He wasn't serious about that, Keith, although I do think he's very confident in their ability to bounce back.

Sheraz (CT)

Will we see Revis covering Welker more than Moss

Rich Cimini
  (2:17 PM)

That's an excellent question, Sheraz. If Revis is ok physically, I wouldn't be shocked to see him on Welker at times. Cromartie wouldn't be a bad matchup on Moss. He's big enough and fast enough, and neither player is physical, so that's a wash. I think they'll try Wilson on Welker and see how that goes. If it doesn't go well, they could rotate Revis into the coverage plan.

Matthew (NJ)

If Sanchez bombs again, can we see Brunell make an apperance sooner than later?

Rich Cimini
  (2:18 PM)

No way. It would be way, way, way later.

Dan (Left Coast Jets Fan)

Heap killed us last week in big spots. Love Jim Leonhard, but his size hurts him when he goes 1 on 1 with TE's. With the threat of the Pats 2 young new TE's, you think Rex will roll coverage to support Jimmy or stick with the same approach they took with Baltimore? Thanks Rich!

Rich Cimini
  (2:20 PM)

Great question, Dan. The pats opened last week's game in a 2 TE/2 WR/1 RB package, out of an empty set. If they split out those two TEs, forcing the Jets' base personnel to cover in space, it will be an issue for the Jets. Hernandez and Gronkowski pose problems. The Jets may have to go with their nickel package, but that would leave them vulnerable against the run. It'll be a chess match.

Alex V (Baldwin, NY)

What do you think of the performance of our safeties last week and will they be able to hold up against Brady's passing game? What's the latest with Brodney Poole?

Rich Cimini
  (2:22 PM)

Pool will be listed as questionable. I think it'll be a game-time decision. They could use him because he's better in pass coverage than Smith. I thought the safeties were just ok last week.

NICOLAS (BRONX,NY)

i don't like the jets at all and i absolutely hate pats but i think pats win by a touchdown jets have no answer for welker and i don't think jets can win a super bowl with sanchez ever what do u think mr. cimini ?

Rich Cimini
  (2:24 PM)

You can't say the Jets will never win a Super Bowl with Sanchez because they came within 30 minutes of making the Super Bowl last season with Sanchez. I do think he has a lot of maturing to do, and his accuracy isn't as good as advertised. You're right about Welker, it's a tough matchup. But Welker still isn't 100%, and he played only about half the game last week.

Max (F)

With such a depleted secondary, why did the Jets not take more chances downfield against Baltimore? I know they want to run the ball primarily, but they have to stretch the field in order to make teams respect the pass. Will we see more deep shots against the Pats secondary?

Rich Cimini
  (2:26 PM)

Max, you hit on one of the major issues from the Mon night game. Schottenheimer was asked about this yesterday, and he basically said the Balt secondary (even minus Ed Reed) is better than people think. But yet some players told me all in week in practice the coaches were talking about exploiting the undersized corners. Never happened. Yes, you will see more deep shots against the Pats. Depending on field position, I wouldn't be surprised if it's the first play.

andrew b (NY)

hey rich, if sanchez throws an early interception, do you think he'll be able to bounce back? if shotty even gives him the chance that is

Rich Cimini
  (2:28 PM)

If he throws an early INT, Andrew, the fear is that they will go into a shell, playing not to lose.

Shaya (NYC)

After Braylon Edward's performance in Week 1 and hearing Joe Namath's comments I am starting to doubt whether or not he deserves to be a number one receiver in the NFL. Thoughts?

Rich Cimini
  (2:29 PM)

I thought Namath's comments were a little out of line. Yes, Edwards has had some dropsies in the past, mostly with Cleveland, but give him a chance, already. Namath made Edwards sound like a plodding, old warhorse. I think he has the potential to be a good receiver.

wvJETSfan (Elkins, WV)

Rich, You picked the Jets to Win Sunday just wandering how you think we will get it done? Also where did Woodhead wind up?? Thanks

Rich Cimini
  (2:32 PM)

I flipped a coin, wv...only kidding. I tend to go with the most desperate team, and there's no question which team is more desperate. I think the Jets will get to Brady with their blitzes, and I'm not in love with the Pats defense. I think the Jets will win.

David (Tucson Az)

Do you think Sanchez will be able to throw over the top against a weak Patriot pass rush?

Rich Cimini
  (2:39 PM)

You're right, David, I don't think the Pats have a great pass rush. Banta Cain can cause problems on the edge, but I don't see that as a major concern for the Jets. Problem us, Belichick's defenses are always very good at eliminating big plays, so I think it will be very difficult to throw over the top ... unless they hit 'em with a play action.

Gojets21 (Vegas)

Where was Brad Smith last week? Jets need to get him on the feild in either "wildcat Formations" or just on the feild as as a receiver. With Edwards and J-Co having trouble getting open, it cant hurt! What are your thoughts?

Rich Cimini
  (2:40 PM)

Good point, Go. Schottenheimer admitted yesterday that he probably should've used more of the Wildcat. I think you'll see that against the Pats.

andrew b (NY)

how much of shonn greene will we see?

Rich Cimini
  (2:41 PM)

He's obviously a big part of the game plan. He just better not fumble or else it'll be pine time.

Alex V (Baldwin, NY)

You think you going to Revis' grandma's house had anything to do with expediting his holdout process? If yes, you're the man.

Rich Cimini
  (2:41 PM)

I did the best I could, Alex.

Jcimino (New Jersey)

Rich, who do you think is more to blame for Monday night's offensive dud: Mark Sanchez or Brian Schottenheimer?For the record, I've NEVER been a fan of Schottenheimer's.

Rich Cimini
  (2:44 PM)

J, in a loss that bad, I think everyone should take some of the blame. There were only a few players who played well in the game. You're right, it wasn't a good game by Schottenheimer or Sanchez. Like I wrote in my column today, the Jets gave too much respect to the Ravens and not enough respect to their own players. The result was a mess.

NJJETSFAN via LA (Los Angeles, CA)

Rich, how do you see the Jets defending welker this game?

Rich Cimini
  (2:46 PM)

Contrary to popular belief, Wilson will not be on Welker the entire time. They're going to take a committee approach. For their sake, they'd better hope the committee does a better job than last season in Foxborough, when Welker dominated. You could see some bracket coverages with LBs and a slot corner. The Jets will try to mix it up; they have to keep Brady guessing, if that's possible.

MEL31602 (New York)

Hey Rich to me it seems like Jets fans are too quick to jump on Schotty (see Justin above). Everytime the offense fails he gets blamed but I heard Merril Hodge say that the Jets had open receivers but Sanchez just didn't throw to them. There were even fans who questioned his playcalling in the PRESEASON So basically my question is what do you think about how Schotty has done throughout his time in NY?

Rich Cimini
  (2:49 PM)

Well, the stats say the Jets have been average on offense over Schottenheimer's time in NY. There have been extenuating circumstances. I mean, he practicaly had to junk his playbook when Favre arrived. Clearly, the Jets are a sound running team. I always hear opposing scouts raving about the running schemes. The passing attack (play action, in particular) isn't as well-conceived as it should be. In terms of playcalling, I think there are times when Schottenheimer loses a feel for the game. he also tends to get too cute at times.

Rich Cimini
  (2:49 PM)

Well, the stats say the Jets have been average on offense over Schottenheimer's time in NY. There have been extenuating circumstances. I mean, he practicaly had to junk his playbook when Favre arrived. Clearly, the Jets are a sound running team. I always hear opposing scouts raving about the running schemes. The passing attack (play action, in particular) isn't as well-conceived as it should be. In terms of playcalling, I think there are times when Schottenheimer loses a feel for the game. he also tends to get too cute at times.

dave W (Staten Island)

Has Rex Ryan ever addressed the fact that the defense can't get off the field on 3rd down plays? Thanks.

Rich Cimini
  (2:51 PM)

Actually, they were very good in 3rd down defense last season, Dave. Their M.O. is this: Stop the run on first and second down and unleash their pressure packages on 3rd down. Against the Ravens, they stunk on 3rd down. The Ravens had a great feel for the blitzes and blocked them well.

Dennis (Detroit)

Rich, after week one, I did see similarities to how both Detroit's and the Jet's teams struggled. I think the Jets will feel long-term affects after losing some key pieces in thier D-Line and LB core. I think thier offense will get better (as they did in last year), but I dont think so with the defense. Are there concerns of run stopping, or pass defending besides Revis? Could get scary with Cromartie and the rookie back there? Thoughts?

Rich Cimini
  (2:53 PM)

The defense is walking a tightrope right now because they have no depth in the front seven. One more injury and it could be crushing. If they stay healthy, the defense has the potential to get better because Pace will return in a couple of weeks. The offense has to get better. It can't get worse. The secondary will be fine. I think you'll see an improved Cromartie this week.

Mark (Tulsa)

i know T Rich is hall of fame bound but when is John Connor going to start? That play when ray lewis smashed him into LT for another failed 3rd down really had me wondering if that happens to the Terminator

Rich Cimini
  (2:54 PM)

A couple of things, Mark. T Rich isn't going to the Hall of Fame. He has been a good player for a long time, but Canton doesn't call on fullbacks in this era. If you noticed, Conner got into the game early -- earlier than I expected. His PT will continue to grow.

Dan (Left Coast Jets Fan)

When having high level discussions about how he wants to put the team together, Tannenbaum often cites the poor Northeast weather in the second half of the season as the main reason he wants to be a run based offense. Yet, here we are week 2 answering all these questions about why we don't open up the passing game more. Clearly the NFL is a passing league. Colts, Saints, Pats...all pass first. Rich, please emphasize to Mike T that he needs to switch up his strategy. It's not working

Rich Cimini
  (2:56 PM)

Dan, when people say "open up" the passing game, I don't think we're talking about the run-and-shoot. For the Jets, opening up the passing game means a 50-50 balance. They're never going to be a bombs-away offense under Ryan, but that doesn't mean they're not allowed to throw the ball.

nicholas (New Jersey )

Rich do you think the lack of offense as something to do with the suspension of Holmes?

Rich Cimini
  (2:57 PM)

No, but I will say this: Holmes will help a lot when he's reinstated. He might be among the 2 or 3 best players on the team.

Tom (NJ)

Rich,How did Jason Taylor respond to playing more snaps in Pace's absence? Will we see any Jamaal Westerman? I have to root against McCourty in this game, so it'd be nice to have one Scarlet Knight do well.

Rich Cimini
  (3:00 PM)

I thought Taylor was Ok. I talked to a scout who felt that Balt's TEs aren't very good blockers and that it helped Taylor. No, I don't think you'll see Westerman unless there's an injury.

Zack (CT)

With all the questions about Shotty- why doesn't Rex get any blame? He is the HEAD coach, and 18 hours after the game he said he stil didn't talk to the coaches about why Greene was benched. HEAD coach means you control the whole team, not just the press conferences.

Rich Cimini
  (3:02 PM)

Good point, Zack. Ultimately it falls on the head coach's shoulders. If the Jets are conservative, it's because Ryan wants it that way. Schotty calls the plays, but he gets his marching orders from the big man.

Alex V (Baldwin, NY)

I feel like Sanchez did everything he was asked to do. He threw no picks and kept the Jets in contention the entire game. Maybe, he took the coaches a little too literally. I think the most disappointing part of the team was the Jets run blocking.

Rich Cimini
  (3:03 PM)

A problem with the run blocking? The Jets averaged 5.5 per carry.

Tom (NJ)

Is there any chance Rex WON'T blitz on some third and long? You know, giving up a nice, boring 5 yard completion on 3rd and 10 is better than a 30 yard pass interference.

Rich Cimini
  (3:04 PM)

Rex isn't the type of coach to let some fouls from the previous week inhibit his playcalling.

Zito (NY)

Talk to me about the FG instead of going for it on 4th down! Rex talked a big game than decided to play a scared chicken. I think he comes down to this - balt smelled blood all game. FEAR

Rich Cimini
  (3:05 PM)

Couldn't agree more, Zito. I thought the Jets played scared there. Very unusual to Rex to pass up a ground-and-pound opportunity.

Brendan (Charlotte)

I think the Pats will win. Belichick will take away the run. He doesn't really need to worry about pressure every play. Sanchez holds onto the ball too long. His accuracy mixed with his decision making will get him picked off and sacked. Rex Ryan also said he wants to see Sanchez take some shots down field. NE secondary, while inexperienced, showed it can handle elite receivers like 85 and T.O. New England always finds a way to run. Tom Brady has way more weapons so where ever Revis is the ball will go else where.

Rich Cimini
  (3:06 PM)

You make a lot of good points, Brendan. But I'm still picking the Jets.

jay (rockland cty)

either outcome was going to get overblown, especially a loss. That being said, it looked seemed like Sanchez checked down too quickly. I can't believe there WR weren't open more often. With all the confidence Sanchez "feels" he has, do you think he is playing scared (of turnovers)? Is the coaches (rex/schotty) overly cautious play calling/ offensive plan stunting Sanchez's growth?

Rich Cimini
  (3:08 PM)

I agree on all counts, Jay. This Sunday will be a huge test for the offense and the offensive coaches. They need a bounce back game, or else things will get real ugly...Well, time is up, folks. I'm gonna have to take off. Thanks for all the terrific questions. As always, I had a blast. Enjoy the game Sunday and have a great day. Rich