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November 16, 1:00 PM ET
Chat with Rich Cimini

Rich Cimini
  (1:03 PM)

Greetings, everyone. Sorry I'm late, as usual. But let's get going.

ESPN New York
  (1:03 PM)

Rich will be right here. Thanks for stopping by.

Rich (in Lancaster, Pa)

Hi Rich, When does Rex Ryan replace Mark Sanchez with Tim Tebow or Elroy or at least giving the other two QB's more playing time?

Rich Cimini
  (1:04 PM)

I think Sanchez gets at least 2 more starts. Can't see him being replaced for the NE game -- short week, only 1 full practice. That would be tough for Tebow. Plus, Sanchez played well last time vs. NE and Tebow got rocked in playoffs.

Jon (New York)

If Tannenbaum and Ryan were both in on the Tebow trade, how come they haven't figured out a way to use him. Notwithstanding his issues, he somehow led the Broncos to more wins than the Jets are going to get this season. And how is Sparano a more innovative O coordinator than Shotty? The offense is so plain vanilla that it is bound to fail.

Rich Cimini
  (1:07 PM)

Fair questions, Jon. Let's separate Rex and Mike. One is a coach, one is management. I think managament (Mike and Woody) wanted Tebow, but I'm not sure of coaching was as gung-ho about it. Sparano needs a strong run game, and help from strong defense, to run his system. Everything has to be lined up. When it's not, well, you see the results.

Joe (NY)

Rich, I feel you do a great job and receive unfair criticism on how you cover the Jets. The only point I disagree with you on is if Rex benches Sanchez for Tebow he will lose the locker room and it will signal the end for Sanchez. Sanchez has over 8 million guaranteed to him for next season. So he will be back. Also my biggest problem with how the Jets have handled Sanchez is they have coddled him for 4 years and never made him earn the starting QB position. They never bench him when he performs badly. They should have benched him against San Fran, Miami, and Seattle. They need to send him a message and start holding him accountable. He is still making rookie mistakes.

Rich Cimini
  (1:08 PM)

Thanks for the compliment. I agree, yes, he has been coddled. I also think his 2013 guarantee is a big factor in the reason why they're sticking with him.

Billy (Eastchester, NY)

Could you see Woody Johnson hiring Bill Polian as GM?

Rich Cimini
  (1:09 PM)

No, I don't see that.

Bob (NJ)

This week all that has been reported on ESPN and NFL Network concerning the Jets is should Rex Ryan be fired. I think it is ridiculous. The first two seasons Rex coached he gave Jet fans the greatest ride in a long time. The last two have been horrendous but he should be given one more year. The one that should be held accountable is Tannenbaum. He has been absolutely horrible drafting players, signing players and guaranteeing salary, and for the years he has been GM he hasn't found a dominant pass rusher. The Jets need to either reassign him or fire him and bring in A GM that is a good evaluator of talent.

Rich Cimini
  (1:10 PM)

I doubt very seriously that Rex will be fired. I'm less certain about Tannenbaum, but I know Woody likes Mike a lot and wants to make it work. My gut tells me one more year.

Tim (NY)

Rich, do you think Dustin Keller will be back with the Jets next season. He really is having a poor season. I know he missed about four games but he just isn't worth the money he will be demanding. He is just a one dimensional (receiving) TE. Plus, he makes way to many mental errors.

Rich Cimini
  (1:11 PM)

He had a bad game last week, no doubt about it. I don't think Sparano uses the TE very well. In the end, I don't think Keller will be back, but he'll do nicely on the FA market.

Bill (NJ)

Rich, I know Stephen Hill is extremely raw but to have just 196 receiving yards has to be really disappointing. I know he has dropped a couple of balls but is his lack of productivity all on him or is Sanchez at fault too? There has been plenty of games where Sanchez has over or under threw him. How do

Rich Cimini
  (1:13 PM)

What did you expect? He didn't catch many balls in college. The Jets mistakenly put too much on his plate. He's very raw. He's physical and works hard, so he should develop, but there are growing pains.

Jeff (NY)

Rich, how would you rate the performance of Ferguson and Mangold this season. I feel that Mangold in particular is having another subpar season in a row. Last year I figured it was because he dealt with the high ankle sprain for the whole season but this season he has struggled specifically in one of the Miami games. Am I right about him? Also is there anywhere to look up how an offensive lineman is doing?

Rich Cimini
  (1:14 PM)

Yes, I have access to OL stats. I don't think anyone on the OL is having a Pro Bowl year. I wouldn't say they're having bad years, but it hasn't been elite.

Howard (NY)

Rich, I thought that last Sunday in Seattle was the best game (for three quarters anyway) the defense played in a long time especially the D-line. I thought Devito and Wilkerson stood out. Also I thought Scott had his best game in a long time. I guess in the fourth quarter the defense just ran out of gas or just gave up do to the inability of the offense to score points.

Rich Cimini
  (1:15 PM)

You're right, Howard, Wilkerson was very good. So was DeVito. Hey, after a while, they got tired and probably frustrated because of the lack of support by the offense.

IRA (Staten Island)

Rich, The Jets are in a real pickle with the QB position. I think Sanchez neds to sit down and watch he is shot right now and a large part of that is what they gave him to work with this year. Still doesn't excuse him from poor decesions. To play Tebow is a waste if time McElroy i would love to see but really how could you get a true feel for him with the offense the Jets have put together?

Rich Cimini
  (1:17 PM)

You're late today, Ira. You usually have the first question. Like I said earlier, I think Sanchez gets at least 2 more starts. Stl and NE are primarily 4-man rush teams that play 'off' coverage in the secondary. Sanchez can handle those type of defenses.

Matt (NY)

Rich, I feel that Rex Ryan is going to suffer the same fate as his father Buddy. Brilliant defensive minded coaches but bad head coaches. I just feel he has no feel or regard for the offensive side of the ball. That's why he didn't get the head coaching job in Baltimore. I just think he favors the defensive side of the ball to much and it divides the team.

Rich Cimini
  (1:20 PM)

I see what you're saying, Matt, but I know he's making an honest effort to get more involved in the offense. He has to evolve. All the great coaches do. Belichick was always known as a defensive guru, but now he spends just as much time with the offense as he does the defense.

Peter (NYC)

Who has the bigger advantage in this week's game? Rex/Pet knowing Schotty's offense, or Schotty knowing their defense?

Rich Cimini
  (1:21 PM)

Edge to Schotty because he knows scheme and personnel. Jets only know Schotty's scheme.

Peter (NYC)

Rich - are you buying Rex's comments that the team is still close or is the locker room really starting to fall apart?

Rich Cimini
  (1:25 PM)

I do not sense a repeat of last year. This Tebow story is way overblown. No one dislikes Tebow. Yeah, ok, he's not the best QB. That's obvious. I've been writing for weeks that the team feels more comfortable with Sanchez. One or two players take an anonymous rip at the guy and it becomes a big story. The locker room could deteriorate if things continue to go south, but right now I don't sense it.

Andy (Hartford, CT)

Things obviously look bad for the Jets. People are assuming they tank and do a total rebuild next year. As I understand it, the Jets are $19M over the cap next year with roughly 60% of the roster up as free agents? (Not sure if that is accurate). Even if Jets somehow manage to 'salvage' the remainder of the season (as in stay close to .500), aren't they going to have to do a 'rebuild' next season anyway? Is that why they never made any real acquisitions or meaningful trades this year?

Rich Cimini
  (1:26 PM)

Those numbers are fairly accurate, but they can cut that $19 M pretty quickly. I wouldn't get bent out of shape by the cap situation.

Stephen (NY)

The Jets have to be disappointed in Shonn Greene. I know he is a free agent after the season, so do you see him back with the Jets next season? I know this coming draft is short on quality backs.

Rich Cimini
  (1:27 PM)

No, I don't see him back. They will let him test the market.

Chris (NY)

Rich, I was always surprised how Rex built the Jets defense as compared to his defense in Baltimore. In Baltimore he had a massive nose tackle, a sideline to sideline MLB, an edge pass rusher and premier safety. With the Jets he never seemed to put an emphasis on a quality safety. With the Jets he has always said you can't have enough corners and he used the last first round picks on defensive ends. Why the change in philosophies?

Rich Cimini
  (1:29 PM)

Great question, Chris. The fact that they're in the same division as NE has a lot to do with why they like CBs. Rex thought he had the NT here in Jenkins (got hurt) and Po'uha, more of a run stuffer. I don't understand why they haven't placed a bigger emphasis on getting an edge rusher. But let's be real: Rex had two Hall of Famers in Balt, Lewis and Reed. Guys like that dont come around too often.

Mario (NY)

Rich, I saw in one of Mel Kiper's chat that he compared Manti Teo to Ray Lewis. I hate talking draft this early in the season and even entertain anybody to the great Ray Lewis, but even though the Jets have to look offense for the next season the Jets have to look into Teo'. The guy is a playmaker and great in coverage. Plus he is was the Jets lack and need badly, a LEADER!

Rich Cimini
  (1:30 PM)

I've seen only bits and pieces of his games and I wasn't blown away. I'd have a hard time picking a LB in the top 10 unless he was a pass rusher.

John (Hillsdale NJ)

Where does Matt Cavanaugh fall in the blame game? You've got a Quarterback in his fourth year making rookie mistakes. I think you can chalk this up as another blunder for Rex and Tannenbaum. Rex for bringing him here, and Tannenbaum for keeping him here.

Rich Cimini
  (1:31 PM)

He might as well start packing now.

Herman (NY)

Rich, I know its the past and you may have covered it years ago but if you could be so kind and remind me why the Jets selected Sanchez over Josh Freeman. What was the thought process by the Jets on that decision?

Rich Cimini
  (1:33 PM)

Sure, Herman. The Jets actually had Freeman rated higher than Sanchez before the personal workouts. They fell in love with Mark's intangibles, his ability to handle NY. And I don't doubt for a second that his charisma/marketability also appealed to the powers that be.

Bill (NY)

Rich, of all the contracts on the team which one do you think is the worst? I think it has to be one of the following three: Sanchez, Holmes, or Harris. I would go with Sanchez.

Rich Cimini
  (1:33 PM)

No way. Holmes is the worst.

Joseph (NY)

Rich, I'm glad you and your fellow reporters questioned Woody Johnson about Tebow and PSL's. Seriously though who is he kidding. Brett Favre, Sanchez, Tebow, and the pursuit of any major name player is all PSL driven. Can't blame the guy he is running a business. However if he wants to sell those PSL's just win.

Rich Cimini
  (1:35 PM)

Couldn't agree more, Joseph. Now, do I think Woody called up Tannenbaum and said, "Let's get Tebow"? No, Woody wouldn't even know he's available. But there's no doubt that Woody bought in because of the off-the-field stuff.

Geoff (Livingston, NJ)

Do you believe the article reported by the Daily News about the anonymous Jets players ripping Tim Tebow is 100% accurate and in context? I have a difficult time believing reports where the information comes from unnamed/anonymous sources.

Rich Cimini
  (1:38 PM)

Tough question to answer in this small forum, Geoff. I wrote on Monday that switching to Tebow wouldn't be a popular move in the locker room. That was based on opinions gathered from players over a few days, maybe a week. The next day, the DN took it a step further, getting a couple of loose cannons to bash the guy. I'll let you draw your own conclusions.

Alex (Anaheim)

Could Sanchez actually do some damage against a team like St. Louis?

Rich Cimini
  (1:40 PM)

If the Jets can block their front 4, yes, I think so. The Rams don't blitz a lot and they play a bend but don't break style, a la NE. If the WRs get free releases, Sanchez could have a nice day... a lot of ifs.

Andy (Huntington, NY)

It seems like complaining about the Jets is more interesting than watching them these days, so I figured I'd join in. One thing I haven't heard mentioned during the great Tebow debate is this - is it possible he's not as good as others thought he was? Traditionally, haven't Broncos running backs struggled when going to new teams because they didn't use the same blocking schemes, etc.? I get as frustrated as anyone when it's a short-yardage situation and they don't bring him in but every play he runs seems to lead to the same result - 2-4 yards. Just food for thought.

Rich Cimini
  (1:42 PM)

First of all, he weighs too much to be an elusive runner -- 250 lbs. Secondly, it's hard to be a factor when you're in for only 1 out of every 10 plays. He doesn't get a chance to wear on defenses, like he did the Jets last year.

Leonard (NY)

Rich, I don't know if you have seen any Eagles games in the last two years, but isn't it safe to say the Jets dodged a bullet by not signing Asomugha long term? If you have seen him play this year has his play declined or is he in the wrong scheme. If it is the wrong scheme and the Eagles do decide to part ways could you see him signing a one year deal with the Jets to reestablish his value? They could sign him to play corner or if he lost a step move him to safety.

Rich Cimini
  (1:43 PM)

Wrong scheme for Nnamdi. I can't see the Jets signing him. They're locked into Revis, Cro, Wilson.

Oz (CT)

Hi Rich, Given his contract situation, is there any way Sanchez is not here next season ? And if he is here, do you believe that he can improve if the Jets finally give him some weapons ?

Rich Cimini
  (1:44 PM)

I'm 90 pct sure he'll be here. It would be tough to eat $8M. If he continues to struggle, they have to bring in a proven vet for an open competition.

Joe (NJ)

Hi Rich, Not looking for you to call anyone out, but I was hoping you could settle a debate that my dad and I have had for years. My dad thinks just about every unnamed quote in sports articles is made up by the reporters. My position is if that happens, it happens very, very rarely. Of course, this week's big Jet headlines rekindled this debate. What's your take on the topic? Ever hear of fellow Jet beat writers making up quotes?

Rich Cimini
  (1:50 PM)

Joe, I've never heard of a reporter on the Jets beat making up a quote. That's about the worst thing a reporter could do, regardless of his/her beat. It is not prevalent in our industry. I'm sure it happens -- there are slugs in every business -- but I think it's really rare.

Joe (New York)

Will Kahlil Bell get some playing time this week?

Rich Cimini
  (1:51 PM)

Depends on Powell. I think Powell has a chance to play. And McKnight will play. If they both play, Bell won't.

James (Syracuse, N.Y. )

One more week of poor play (mostly just the offense) and it seems like this team will completely implode. How close are we to seeing a meltdown of epic proportions? (Can it get any worse than Week 17 in Miami?)

Rich Cimini
  (1:51 PM)

These are the Jets. It can always get worse.

Paul (Erie)

Do you think in hindsight that Todd Haley may have been a better choice than Sporano as OC? Possibly a better QB coach working with Sanchez, whereas we know Rex wanted a ground and pound guy.

Rich Cimini
  (1:52 PM)

No doubt, Haley would've been a better choice.

wvJETSfan (Misery town USA)

Hey Rich thanks for your hard work reporting everything JETS. My question is why the Jets think Greene is a number one RB?? and When will they get a Good Running back?? i mean they have drafted a RB every year for the past 4-5 years but i feel we still don't have a GOOD Running back. Your thoughts...

Rich Cimini
  (1:53 PM)

Fair points. Greene is not a No. 1 back. I think they miscalculated.

Paul-Michael (Staten Island)

Do you see Maybin going to another team?

Rich Cimini
  (1:54 PM)

I don't think we've heard the last of him.

Andy (Hartford CT)

People keep bringing up McElroy... Is that soley based on a preseason game from last year where he got hit a lot but managed to make some plays? Does he show any flash to anyone, or is his recent hype all due to lack of talent in the currrent starter...?

Rich Cimini
  (1:56 PM)

Everybody loves the backup -- in this case, the second backup. He's a bright, bright guy. He could be a coach. Very good intangibles, suspect arm strength. I'd like to see him get a chance, but that won't happen anytime soon.

craig (ny)

Rich great work as always.. as a season ticket holder if they lose sunday im not going to waste my thanksgiving night at Metlife if they are starting Sanchez. Do you think woody will get this feeling and make ryan start tebow

Rich Cimini
  (1:58 PM)

It would be a disaster to start Tebow on Thanksgiving. He'd have only 1 full practice, and there would need to be significant adjustments to the offense.

Joe (NJ)

Rich, Think Rex deserves any sort of a pass this year given his best offensive and best defensive player will miss most of the season?

Rich Cimini
  (1:59 PM)

Yes, I certainly think that factors into the evaluation. You may find this hard to believe, but I think -- no, I know -- the coaching staff misses Holmes more than Revis. Lack of depth at WR, Cro has become No. 1 CB.

Jimbo (Vienna)

Rich, Who would you say is on the top of Woody's fall list if the Jets sliide continues? Tanny? Rex? Sparano? Other?

Rich Cimini
  (1:59 PM)

Sparano.

John (Hillsdale NJ)

Now in hindsight, imagine if the Jets got Asomugha, signed him to a large contract and let Cromartie walk? Tanny must be thanking his lucky stars.

Rich Cimini
  (2:00 PM)

Actually, they wanted to draft CB Jimmy Smith. If they had Smith, they might have let Cro walk and stayed away from Asomugha. Now THAT would've been rough.

Max (Oradell)

1. Do the jets let Greene walk at the end of the year? They need a change with the RB postion. Draft one? FA pick-up?2. Do you see the Jets looking to sign/draft a WR this offseason?

Rich Cimini
  (2:01 PM)

Greene will walk.

craig (ny)

free tebow

Rich Cimini
  (2:01 PM)

Thanks, Skip.

Oz (CT)

Whats up with Aaron Berry ? I thought Pettine said weeks ago that he'd start to get a role. Has he been out there ?

Rich Cimini
  (2:01 PM)

Look for him this week.

John (Hillsdale NJ)

I think another reason the Jets should not start Tebow is that it might destroy any trade value he has if he stinks it up. Jets need draft picks, and right now they should be able to get one for him.

Rich Cimini
  (2:03 PM)

They ain't getting a lot, if anything, whether he plays or not.

Jack (NY)

Rich, I'm so sick and tired of the excuse that Sanchez has a lack of players at the skill positions. In 2010 he had a great supporting cast around him and he still just completed 54% of his passes. You could give him Jerry Rice, Cris Carter and Tim Brown all in their prime and he would still be inaccurate. I thought his accuracy was the main selling point about him coming out of USC?

Rich Cimini
  (2:03 PM)

Maybe Pete Carroll was right.

Mike (NJ)

With Woody Johnson being so disappointed in his team, and missing the playoffs for a second year in a row who do you think will pay the price for this debacle? Also, considering the poor performance of the offense this year do you think Tony Sporano will be fired? I know it is only one season but his offense looks terrible and has a total lack of communication.

Rich Cimini
  (2:04 PM)

I think Woody wil raise the price of hot dogs.

Billy (Eastchester, NY)

What do you think of Manish Mehta's recent story and use of unnamed sources? Personally, it struck me as bush league journalism and a blatant attempt to stir up controversy.

Rich Cimini
  (2:04 PM)

No comment. But don't quote me by name.

Revy (NY)

Why do so many people say Tebow can't succed when he clearly showed he is capable of being very successful last year?

Rich Cimini
  (2:05 PM)

I guess you believe in miracles.

Andy (Huntington, NY)

Tannenbaum is starting to remind me of the Gutman era - when everyone else had football people making their decisions and we have a savvy businessman making ours. Is that too harsh or is it a fair comparison?

Rich Cimini
  (2:05 PM)

Wow, that's harsh.

Rich Cimini
  (2:06 PM)

Well, I'm outta time, guys. Thanks for chatting today. You always ask good questions and I appreciate that. Enjoy the game Sunday and have a great weekend. Take care.... Rich