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May 18, 1:00 PM ET
Chat with Rich Cimini

Rich Cimini
  (1:07 PM)

Sorry about the delay, folks, just tying up some loose ends on the Yeremiah Bell signing. Ready to roll.

IRA (Staten Island)

Rich, I felt they would play more 4 man fronts this year and several players have made those remarks lately. Do you think thats what they wre thinking when they were debating on wheter or not to draft Coples?

Rich Cimini
  (1:08 PM)

I'm sure it was part of the discussion, but I don't think it was an overriding factor. You may see a few more 43 looks.

Sal (San Diego)

Hi Rich...I am very intrigued by everything I have read from both you and PFW on Ryan Steed...do you think he has potential to be their #4CB and stick around for a while?

Rich Cimini
  (1:09 PM)

He'll get a great chance, because they don't have a No. 4 CB and, from what I'm hearing, Coleman isn't going to come back.

Bryan (CT)

Rich-Do you see Shonn Greene taking another step back this season due to the offensive line concerns, or will Sparano's impact give him new life?

Rich Cimini
  (1:10 PM)

The re-commitment to the running game will help Greene. So will more speed on the outside (Hill). That should open things up.

Dom (NY)

Many a truth is spoke in jest- the Tebow love- given by the defensive players lately- isn't that really there way of telling Sanchez the reason why the Jets played in the AFC championships in 2009 and 2010 was because of them and not him?

Rich Cimini
  (1:12 PM)

I thought Revis' comments were noteworthy because: A)He's Revis. B) He wasn't high on Tebow last year. C) He gushed about the man. But this is all rhetoric now. They need to get on the field.

Kman (Boston)

Rich, great work as always.Your opinion re: Tebow. Is the fix in as some (on ESPN) have suggested, or does Sanchez get a fair shot at remaining the starter? Has there been any noticable maturation in the offseason for Mark?

Rich Cimini
  (1:14 PM)

This whole "fix" thing is the most ridiculous bunch of you-know-what I've ever heard. So the Jets gave Sanchez a new contract because they want him to fail? Gimme a break.

MikeC (Astoria, NY)

Hey Rich, great work as always. You colleague James Walker made an excellent point today about Sparano being a bit conservative down in Miami (settling for field goals over TD's often). I specifically remember a game early on last year against Cleveland where Henne could not get them in the end zone and it cost them the game. Last year with an assist from T. Moore, the Jets were the number 1 red zone offense in the league. How much difference are we gonna see in red zone approach with Sparano, and how do you think it will effect the Jets offense? Also, the moment we start settling for field goals I got a feeling the fans and media will bring on the criticisms (Schotty would know). Thoughts?

Rich Cimini
  (1:15 PM)

You're right, Sparano's offense didn't score a lot in Miami. It bears watching, but lemme say this: The whole Tom Moore thing was way overplayed last season. He helped, but he wasn't the biggest reason for red zone improvement.

Derek Hamilton (The Great White North)

Based on DeGuglielmos statement, should we reserve a spot in Canton for Mr. Hunter. Being a diehard Jets fan I don?t follow other teams to nearly the same level as my Jets. Do other coaches talk their players up as much as the Jets? Based on their assessment of talent the Jets should be the Harlem Globetrotters. I don?t understand it, if Rex claims to have that high a level of talent, then the failures are his as a coach.

Rich Cimini
  (1:17 PM)

It's an interesting topic, for sure. Look, I don't know DeGuglielmo, so I don't know if that's his style. But, let's face it, Hunter is their only legit option at RT. They have to build him up mentally because they know he suffers confidence issues.

Jim Devries (Clark, NJ)

Do you know if it's true the Jets didn't draft Bobby Massie because he has the same agent as Revis? Boy, the Jets sure could use a RT. Does anyone out there really believe they think Hunter and Vlad can actually play the position? Tebow may be the Jets QB by week 1 - not because he "won" the job but, rather, due to Sanchez soon becoming permanently disabled after taking a bad hit due to these clowns.

Rich Cimini
  (1:18 PM)

The agents had nothing to do with it. Massie lasted until the 4th round, so evidently every other team didn't think he was worhy of a high pick.

Don Draper (NY)

At what point does Steve Weatherford stop talking? He's not Ray Guy and with the jets, in every big spot, he shanked a punt. One good season does not erase two average ones.

Rich Cimini
  (1:19 PM)

Weatherford should thank his lucky stars. He was on the scrap heap and now he has a SB ring and a fat contract. Uncalled for to take a shot at Sanchez.

Ron (Philly)

What was Vilma like in the lockerroom when he was with the Jets? Was he considered a good guy by his teammates and the reporters?

Rich Cimini
  (1:21 PM)

Always thought he was a good guy. The players liked him, too. He was articulate and studious about the game.

Don (Long Island)

We've seen a couple of comments from the Jets directly or indirectly knocking Sanchez's arm strength. First, Jeremy Kerley a couple of weeks ago spoke about how much harder Tebow throws that Sanchez. And this week, Matt Cavanaugh lauded Tebows arm strength while criticizing Sanchez's decision making in another article. Are the Jets trying to send us a message with this criticism?

Rich Cimini
  (1:23 PM)

No messages. Cavanaugh was simply answering a question. He didn't say anything that wasn't already said by Rex Ryan and Sanchez himself. There is no arm-strength issue. That isn't his problem. He just needs to be more consistent, more mature and mentally tougher.

Mike (Boca Raton)

Hi Rich, I've been saying for some time now that Sanchez does not have the ability to lead men. He comes off as too GQ pretty boy and a little bit of a goofball. Tebow, on the other hand, inspires guys to play harder. He has all of the leadership qualities Sanchez doesn't. I believe you can teach Tebow accuracy but you can't teach Sanchez how to be a leader. How long do you see the Jets giving Sanchez if he struggles? Can you see the move to Tebow as early as October? Thanks very much.

Rich Cimini
  (1:28 PM)

You make some interesting comments about leadership. However, Tebow's accuracy is an issue that can't be ignored. Ultimately, it will come down to performance on the field. Players just want to win and they will back the QB that gives them the best chance.

John (Hillsdale NJ )

I'd rather see Leonhard brought back than the Jets signing Bell. Both have a past with injuries and Leonhard at least knows the defense. Is Bell not just an older version of Landry?

Rich Cimini
  (1:29 PM)

Astute observation: Bell is an older version of Landry, but the younger version of Landry still isn't healthy. Bell is experienced insurance.

Darsh (CT)

Hi Rich. Are the Jets trying to add another Punter? Conley wasn't too good last season.

Rich Cimini
  (1:30 PM)

Yes, they will add a punter to compete with Conley. Send suggestions to Tannenbaum.

Matt (Madison)

Hi Rich - As always, great work! I love the blog and the chats!With today's additon of S Y. Bell do you think that closes the window on the return of Jim Leonhard?

Rich Cimini
  (1:31 PM)

I'd never say 'never' because we know how much Rex admires Jim, but let's be real here: The Jets have 3 vet safeties and 3 kids. Do they need a vet coming off a major injury?

Scott (Connecticut)

Rich. Exceptional article on Karl Dunbar today. He seems to have handled his condition with a lot of grace and professionalism. I am wondering your thoughts on Karl Dunbar the coach. Do you think he will have a significant impact on the D-Line play? Hearing the players talk, it sounds like he has done a great job of teaching techniques early on, but is that enough to improve the productivity?

Rich Cimini
  (1:33 PM)

Thanks, Scott. Not only has he taught techniques (i.e. pass rushing), but the players tell me he's terrific at diagnosing offensive formations, keys and tendencies. He will help the D-line, I'm certain of that.

Angelo (Philadelphia, PA)

It's early yet, but you've had a chance to speak with the players since the OTAs started, Rich. What's your sense of the locker room morale now compared to the last half of the 2011 season?

Rich Cimini
  (1:34 PM)

We've had only 2 days in the locker room and it's really hard to formulate an opinion on that. Guys are on different skeds now, coming and going. They're not all there at the same time. In other words, no feel yet.

Jack (Denton, TX)

Hi Rick,I love that you're not a homer writer. Can you explain to me why the Jets are such a mess of an organization. It seems as if they've constantly been in the headlines in the off season but for all the wrong reasons. They just seem like a bunch of buffoons. What's going on with them?

Rich Cimini
  (1:36 PM)

I may not be a homer, but I think "buffoons" is a bit strong. It has been a weird offseason, I grant you. They weren't too active in FA, yet they make this controversial splash for Tebow -- a trade I ripped. So, yes, we're scratching our heads. But the draft, I think, has potential. So we'll see.

Angelo (Philadelphia, PA)

Great job Rich, as always. Karl Dunbar says that the team will be running more "46" than usual this year. Considering the depth at DL, aging LBs, and the addition of Landry, this makes sense. Does the "46" become the base defense over the "34" considering the personel on the team? Chances this change in formation helps the Jets' problems against the run that we saw last year?

Rich Cimini
  (1:38 PM)

They could use some "46" against heavy running teams, but let's be honest: With all the spread offenses, you can't play too much "46." You need smaller, faster people on the field.

Jim (Columbus)

Right now there's no real FS on this team. Are our two starting safeties currently on the roster, as now Bell has been signed? This sounds like another nightmare trying to cover quick TEs and slot players.

Rich Cimini
  (1:48 PM)

Um, well, you're right. They don't have a true FS...unless you count Bush, the rookie. E. Smith, I guess, will be the "coverage" safety, with Landry or Bell in the box.

Greg (Phoenix, AZ)

Hey Rich,I see the Jets' defense doing even more situation substiution this year. Age at linebacker and uncertainty at safety suggest we'll see a greater variety of subpackages than in the last three seasons. I see something similar on offense with the addition of Tebow. Despite coach Sparano's denials, I think the Jets will install a "shadow " offense run by Tim Tebow. What do you think?

Rich Cimini
  (1:49 PM)

Good points. I can definitely see a lot of different packages on defense. They'll be using all 21 or 22 defensive players in every game. And, yes, there will be a Tebow package.

Ahad (East Brunswick, NJ)

Rich, do you think the D-line this year will be better or worse with Coples starting in place of Devito?

Rich Cimini
  (1:50 PM)

The run defense will suffer without DeVito, but Coples will bring more athleticism to the pass rush.

Jim (Columbus)

Any chance McKnight takes the starting role by the end of the year? I've really liked what I've seen from him, and so long as he doesn't lose his speed, the muscle gain can't hurt.

Rich Cimini
  (1:50 PM)

Don't see that happening.

D (NNJ)

Why do you think the organization told Kavanaugh to speak with the media about Sanchez?

Rich Cimini
  (1:51 PM)

Absolutely not.

jamesbondnyc (piscataway, nj)

Hi Rich, Thanks for the chat. Good job covering the Jets all year round. Will Rex Ryan be calling more plays on Defense this year? It seems that the Jets' Defense is better when he is calling the play-by-play calls on defense. Also as for the Jets CB's who do the Jets have after Revis, Cromartie and Wilson. Could this be a weakness if the opposing team decides to use a 4 wide receiver set? Thanks

Rich Cimini
  (1:52 PM)

Yes, Rex will be more involved. Yes, No. 4 CB is an issue.

Jimmy (Huntington)

I think it is a joke that QB coach Matt Cavanaugh recently ripped Mark Sanchez's decision making. It's been reported that the offensive players already like Sparano's system...saying it's much easier to understand compared to Schotty's. Looking back at the last few seasons.....Sanchez thrived in the 2 minute offense, and seemed to struggle with the rest of Schotty's over complex system. Perhaps Sanchez will be better off with Sparano's system.....less to think about...just play.....almost like a golfer who just grips it and rips it.....instead of becoming to mechanical and messed up in the head with hundreds of swing thoughts. I was shocked that Matt Cavanaugh was even retained as QB coach......didn't seem to me that he helped develop Sanchez at all. Your thoughts?

Rich Cimini
  (1:53 PM)

I think it's a stretch to say Cavanaugh "ripped" Sanchez. He said he needs to make better decisions. My daughter could've said that.

JP (NYC)

Great work as always. I am just really confused about our RT situation. Any Jets fan can tell you our offensive line stunk last year, specifically the RT position. Yet Mr.T has chosen to do absolutely nothing to fix the position. Is he really that short-sighted? This is why people get fired Rich.

Rich Cimini
  (1:54 PM)

It's risky, no doubt, but the Jets HATE eating guaranteed money.

Scott (Connecticut)

Rich. I read Mike Pettine's comments on increasing the team speed, especially in light of the success the Patriots have had with their tight ends. I know it's too early to comment on how good any of the young safties can be, but I think the Jets at least have begun to address their lack of speed on defense. Your thoughts please.

Rich Cimini
  (1:55 PM)

Definitely. Coples, Davis and Bush have good speed for their positions. Davis could surprise. Bush? Not so sure. Had a scout from another team tell me he graded W Forest players and didn't even have Bush on his list.

Gary (York, Pa)

Good afternoon, Are the rookies, signed or unsigned, able to participate in the off season conditioning program?

Rich Cimini
  (1:56 PM)

Yes.

D (NNJ)

What are the chances that Bellore sees some playing time at ILB this season?

Rich Cimini
  (1:56 PM)

Unlikely.

Jim (Columbus)

Settle a bet: save for ridiculous special teams fumbles, how would you rank Cromartie's year last year?

Rich Cimini
  (1:57 PM)

Got off to an inconsistent start, brutal in Oakland. Settled down. Didn't play at Pro Bowl level, but had a solid year. I'd give him a B.

alex (greece)

any chance we see antonio allen get a decent amount of snaps at safety?

Rich Cimini
  (1:58 PM)

Don't see it, especially with Bell signing. Looks like special teams.

Ryan (Florida)

Rich, I've been reading a lot of scouting reports on what a great coverage safety Taylor Mays is. He'd be cheap in my opinion. Isn't that what the Jets need? A tall(6'3"), big(230lb), fast(4.3) cheap safety? Why aren't they working out a trade if he's on the market?

Rich Cimini
  (1:59 PM)

Mays, good in coverage? Not what I heard.

Zack (ny)

Rich, with lack of leadership on this team, dont you believe it would be smart of the Jets to resign Tomlinson? Since he was there only leader last year.

Rich Cimini
  (2:00 PM)

I really like LT, but he can't run anymore.

J (NY)

How much time do you plan on spending in Cortland this summer? Are you going to make it to Canton for Curtis Martins HOF induction?

Rich Cimini
  (2:00 PM)

Cortland will be my summer home. Not sure about Canton yet.

Jason (Long Island)

Hey Rich. Generally I enjoy the Tebow v Sanchez talks but I get to read about it or discard it whenever I want. That may not be the case for you. Have you started to get tired of the same topics between Sanchez and Tebow, whether Tebow will start or Sanchez can handle the pressure or what the next coach is saying about how great a leader Tebow is?

Rich Cimini
  (2:01 PM)

To a degree, yes. Talk is cheap in May. I'd like to see them on the field, and that will happen next week.

Fred (NY)

Rich, great job on the article on coach Dunbar. Anyway, the Jets still don't have a coverage safety on the roster. Do you think Jim is coming back or do you think one of the FA's or draftees will fill that void?

Rich Cimini
  (2:02 PM)

I have a sense their work is done at safety.

Oz (CT)

Hi Rich, is the Bell signing indicative that Landry may still have issues recovering from his injuries ?

Rich Cimini
  (2:02 PM)

Could be a factor, yes.

IRA (Staten Island)

Rich, So it sounds like Rex is going to get back to being more invovle in the defense this year. I think he takes over the play calling again and they will be better. Lets face it since Pettine took over the play calling the defense has gone backwards. Your thoughts?

Rich Cimini
  (2:03 PM)

Slipped a little, but No. 5 overall isn't bad.

Mike (PA)

Do you think Terrence Ganaway could end up getting a decent amount of playing time this year? When you look at the RB depth it's not great. Powell is a complete unknown at this point, and Mcknight is more of a special teams/return team guy.

Rich Cimini
  (2:04 PM)

I prefer to see Ganaway in a live situation before I put him in the Hall of Fame.

Oz (CT)

Hi Rich and Happy Friday.I have a tough time thinking that Mcknight gaining weight is a good thing. Isn't he supposed to be a speed back and not a power back ? Wouldn't this make him slower ?

Rich Cimini
  (2:04 PM)

He says no. We'll find out.

Mike (PA)

Hi Rich. Any updates on Braylon Edwards? Are the Jets still interested? I think if healthy he would be a great signing on the cheap. He worked well opposite Holmes two years ago and has good chemistry with Sanchez. I'm a fan of the Stephen Hill draft pick but I don't know if he should be starting opposite Holmes right away.

Rich Cimini
  (2:06 PM)

Good point. Hill might not be ready for a full-time role, although he has all the talent. They'll evaluate him through mid-June and make a decision on whether to pull the trigger on a vet WR.

Mike (Boca Raton)

Rich, Do you get a sense that Sanchez is nearly done in NY? Santonio did not respect him, anonymous players ripped him, everyone seems to be siding up to Tebow, and the "extension" was really a way to roll the remaining guarenteed money into 2013 so they have the option to cut him after that season for free. I don't think Sanchez has the guts to come back from this. He reminds me of Leinart. Thanks.

Rich Cimini
  (2:07 PM)

Whoa, I think you're getting carried way. After 13 games last season, Sanchez was 8-5 with 20 TDs, 11 INTs. Did he look done then?

Rich Cimini
  (2:08 PM)

I'm out of time, folks. Again, sorry for the late start, but I can't control the news. I'll have an analysis on the Bell signing up on the blog in a bit. Thanks for the great questions and enjoy your weekend. Rich