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January 11, 2:00 PM ET
Chat with Rich Cimini

Rich Cimini
  (2:01 PM)

Hey, everybody, thanks for checking in. This will be a fun-filled 60 minutes, so let's get started.

IRA (Staten Island)

Rich, Glad to see them bring in Angelo for an interview. I think he is a good football man. Why do you think he hasn't got any other interviews from any other teams?

Rich Cimini
  (2:04 PM)

Ira is batting leadoff today. It would've been crazy not to meet with Angelo. He's a smart football man, having achieve success with two organizations -- Chic and TB. If Cutler didn't get hurt, he probably would've gone to two Super Bowls in Chic. Why no other interviews? Because teams are looking for the next Dimitroff or Grigson. It's a copy-cat league and people are looking for the young, up-and-comers, forgetting about proven guys like Angelo.

John (Hillsdale NJ)

Hey, Rich. Are the Jets just being thorough with this GM search or are they scrambling a bit?

Rich Cimini
  (2:05 PM)

Scrambling a bit after Caldwell went to Jax, but I'd say mostly thorough. Performing due diligence.

Rich (New Jersey)

Hi Rich, What will the Jets get for Tim Tebow on the open market - players, draft choices or a combination of both, if theNY Jets were to trade him? And what teams are interested in Tim Tebow?

Rich Cimini
  (2:06 PM)

They won't get anything for Tebow. There's no trade market. They'll cut him.

Greg (Bloomington, IN)

Hey there, Rich. No question cap space has to be an issue for GM candidates. Even after the cuts we know are coming, (Smith, Scott, Pace, Smith, etc.) they'll still need to redo some deals. Can you see Harris/Cromartie/Holmes working something out? Maybe even Sanchez or Mangold?

Rich Cimini
  (2:07 PM)

They won't do anything with Sanchez's contract. They might have to restructure some of the others.

Sal (San Diego)

Hi Rich...do you get the impression we're going to be revisiting a huge turnover in coaching once again next year? Its hard for me to imagine (with the uphill battle this team faces) that they could play well enough to save Rex's job next year and then the inevitable comes where the new GM lets him go along with the entire coaching staff....I can't for the life of me understand what Woody's fascination is with Rex Ryan.

Rich Cimini
  (2:09 PM)

You're right, Sal, Woody is head over heels for Rex, but let's take a wide view. The man has won 4 playoff games and he does have attributes. A lot of these teams -- Cleve with Chudzinski, Buf with Marrone -- are betting on unknowns. At least you know what you have with Rex.

Keith (NY)

Rich, I think that the most laughable thing said from the press conference was Woody saying there are things that can be done with the cap. I understand that there are quite a few players going to be cut. But outside of changing salaries into bonuses over the length of the contract, how will the new GM find more cap space.

Rich Cimini
  (2:11 PM)

They'll be at least $10 mil under the cap when free agency starts. You figure about $4 mil will go to the draft. They can tweak a couple of deals. It's not as bad as people are making it out to be. Make no mistake, it's not ideal, but it's workable.

Bill (NY)

I still don't understand keeping Rex. If you are going to fire Mike Tannenbaum, you have to fire Rex. He had a huge role in picking the players. Do a complete rebuild, otherwise they should of kept Tannenbaum. Then hire a personnel guy or revamp their whole scouting department.

Rich Cimini
  (2:12 PM)

Here's the factor people are forgetting: Rex is owed $6 mil.

John (NY)

Rich, John Clayton wrote in his mailbag that Ryan would probably prefer acquiring Vick and then Alex Smith in that order for a veteran QB and then Reggie Bush at RB. Given the caveat they can work out the cap. I don't think they can pull off any of these moves, but I think the Bush move would be a good one. I think he would be more productive than Greene was plus he can be a punt returner. With this cap mess roster flexibility is important.

Rich Cimini
  (2:12 PM)

Any speculating at this point is just guesswork. The GM will have final say.

Benny (Bronx)

Rich, how come the Jets run defense was so bad this year? Was it because Pouha wasn't a hundred percent or because of poor linebacking play? I just couldn't believe that a Rex Ryan coached defense was so bad stopping the run.

Rich Cimini
  (2:15 PM)

Yes, Pouha's back was a factor. They played several games without a true NT. The LB corps was slow. They basically played with 2 1/2 linebackers. Also, they couldn't run blitz as much. Had to play more conservatively without Revis on the back end.

Luke (Ny)

What do you think will be the lasting image of the 2012 Jets season, the Mark Sanchez butt fumble or Sparano being chased by reporters? Both are pretty freaking embarrassing.

Rich Cimini
  (2:16 PM)

Obviously, it's the fumble. I think people are making too much out of the Sparano chase. I haven't even seen the video. Maybe I should check it out.

Pat (NJ)

Rich, I saw reported on the bottom of ESPN that the Jets planned to play Tebow at RB throughout the season. Is that true? If it is the Jets have a ton of problems evaluating talent.

Rich Cimini
  (2:17 PM)

That's wrong, I don't know where they came from. They wanted to use him in the Wildcat, maybe a little H-Back. No RB.

Joe (NJ)

Hi Rich, Now that Vlad Ducasse has some experience, I was thinking the Jets could save some cap room by letting go of Moore, re-signing Slauson and using him and Ducasse at the guard positions next year. You think that would be a smart move?

Rich Cimini
  (2:21 PM)

Moore and Slauson are free agents, so they're not counting on the cap.

Mike (NY)

Do you believe that Rex will be more pressured to pursue more of a potent passing attack if gets a new QB?

Rich Cimini
  (2:22 PM)

Yes. They have to develop a passing game. Can't win with Ground & Pound.

Richard Sheehan (Ocala, FL)

Rich, You do a great job. If the Jets hire Angelo or Khan, won't they also need to bring in a player personnel talent guy to handle the draft? Related to that, everyone has focused on Ryan staying but won't the new GM also expect to be able to clean house in the front office? For instance, Terry Bradway has survived through all the previous Jet power struggles. What are the chances he stays this time?

Rich Cimini
  (2:23 PM)

Angelo is a personnel evaluator. He has forgotten more football than we'll ever know. Khan is a capologit. You'd need to complement him with a strong talent evaluator. Bradway won't be the GM, I can tell you that, but maybe he stays in a similar role as now.

Laura (Paterson, nj)

Why Re the sports writers who cover Jets becoming g far more obnoxious than Jets could ever be? Mob mentality isn't pretty and frankly disgusting and turning off lots of writers supporters. I for one are sick of reading all your nasty garbage. I want real news.

Rich Cimini
  (2:26 PM)

I have a couple of reactions, Laura: The Jets tend to provide us with non-football stories, so we can't avoid it. On the other hand, I agree with you that some of the stories this year about the team were reckless and over-the-top crap. I won't get into specifics.

Nick (Seattle)

Given the Jets' strengths on the D-Line and, after cuts, their lack of talent at linebacker, wouldn't this be an ideal time for there to be a switch entirely to the 4-3?

Rich Cimini
  (2:27 PM)

It won't happen with Rex, but it's an interesting thought. They could use Pouha (if healthy) as over-under tackle, Wilkerson at DT and Coples at DE. They'd still be short a starting-caliber DE, though.

Dom (NY)

Can the future GM fire Rex, much like the situation in Jacksonville ,or has Woody mandated that the new GM ihas to take Rex for 2013?

Rich Cimini
  (2:28 PM)

Rex is staying. Based on how the press conference unfolded, I think Rex would sooner fire Woody than the other way around. lol.

JJ (NJ)

To me Harris really underwhelmed this season. Is he in decline or was because of Pouha being injured and not being able to take on blockers like in the past? Do you think if we had a more massive nose tackle, Harris' play would be better?

Rich Cimini
  (2:29 PM)

Definitely think the NT issues hurt Harris. Good observation on your part, JJ.

Jon (NY)

Isn't it embarrassing to Woody that he lost out on a GM candidate to the Jaguars? Khan even told Caldwell to meet with the Jets again. Doesn't it also say something about the jets that the one team who needs to sell tickets already said no to the player who would immediately boost their ticket sales? Meanwhile the jets traded picks for tebow. Woody is lost.

Rich Cimini
  (2:31 PM)

The Jags sound like they're trying to do it the right way. But I don't think the Jets ever had a shot at caldwell. He's not a big-city, big-media guy, I'm told. He picked the right market.

jj (orangeburg,ny)

as far as the cap goes, scott, j.smith, pace, e.smith, tebow, and po'uha, save the jets over $35 million in cap space! all of a sudden, they are now 15 mill under! will any of these players be missed after their performnaces last season?

Rich Cimini
  (2:35 PM)

Sure, they'd miss of those guys -- Pouha (if healthy) is excellent vs. the run; E. Smith good on sp teams; Pace a complete, every-down LB. Each player has some value, but you have to weight that value vs. cap value -- and in most cases, it doesn't balance.

Eric (San Diego, CA)

Hi Rich,Outside of Norv Turner and Cam Cameron, what names are you hearing for offensive coordinator?

Rich Cimini
  (2:35 PM)

Hue Jackson, Jim Zorn, Shurmur, Kotite (only kidding).

kman (NYC)

Rich, great work!One thing I have a hard time understanding, - How can Rex be a defensive "genius" and be so clueless about offense? From his defensive experience, he must be able to recognize weaknesses in opposing defenses, where their vulnerabilites lie, how to attack those weaknesses, how different formations can counteract the opponents defensive strengths, etc.. In other words, it's the other side of the same coin. How can you be considered a "genius" in one aspect and clueless in another? Is he just a total fraud?

Rich Cimini
  (2:37 PM)

He does have a blind spot for offense, I'll give you that, but he's not a fraud. Look at Belichick. For years he was known as a defensive guru. Now he's thought more of as a complete coach. I'm not saying Rex is Belichick, but sometimes it takes a HC time to evolve.

Jack (LI)

Was the coverage of Rex's tattoo really necessary? How does that relate to Rex's coaching ability?

Rich Cimini
  (2:38 PM)

It raises questions about his management skills, leadership, judgment and maturity.

Rich Cimini
  (2:38 PM)

It raises questions about his management skills, leadership, judgment and maturity.

John (NYC)

Are the rookies (Coples, Davis, Bush) from this year ready to step into starting roles next year?

Rich Cimini
  (2:38 PM)

Coples and Davis should be ready. Not seeing it with Bush. He disappointed.

Seth (Brooklyn)

Rich according to your gut, who is the favorite to land the GM job currently?

Rich Cimini
  (2:40 PM)

It's really hard to say. Yesterday's group of interviewees could have a shot -- Kahn, Angelo and Gaine. I don't think Gamble is completely out of it, but he's fading.

Peter (NYC)

Rich - with Pettine going to the Bills, do you see them making a play for a lot of the Jets defensive free agents/cap casualties (Bell, Landry, DeVito, Scott, Pace and/or E. Smith)? Bell, Landry and DeVito would be tough losses because the Jets should be trying to get them back.

Rich Cimini
  (2:42 PM)

Pettine loves E. Smith and DeVito, so I could see them ending up there -- although Buf has a lot of money invested in DLM. I could see Pace, too. Buff needs LBs.

embarrassed Jets fan (Los Angeles)

Would Woody Johnson really be dumb enough to hire a guy who comes from the CFL to run an NFL team?????? I'm really starting to think I need to find a new team to follow

Rich Cimini
  (2:43 PM)

I'm all for thinking outside the box, but that would be too far outside. I've heard good things about Popp, but he has no NFL experience.

Mike (Brooklyn)

What ever happened with Ross I feel like he would have been a good fit. It certainly feels like they are just looking for a Yes Man for rex rather then the most competent GM

Rich Cimini
  (2:43 PM)

That is one theory making the rounds, but let's see the outcome before we rip em.

Gary (York,Pa)

Good Afternoon, As you mentioned yesterday, there was a shift in the backrounds of GM candidates. Is there a possibility that Woody hires a cap guy and a football guy to run the football operation?

Rich Cimini
  (2:45 PM)

That's not easy to do. Here's why: If he wanted to hire, let's say, Kahn and Gamble, who has the final say? If one team's executive doesn't get final say in a job switch, his current team doesn't have to let him go because it would be considered a lateral move.

Bob (Newark, NJ)

With the Jets having a pick in the top ten, do you think there would be any possibility of them trading down. They coild move down to the mid to late 20's and pick up another 2nd and another later pick. With those 2 picks they could target a QB and RB and it wouldn't look like they reached for a QB in top ten that didn't merit it. I also figure with the cap situation, amassing picks in this draft will be a cheaper option to fill needs then depth in later rounds. What do you think?

Rich Cimini
  (2:47 PM)

All good reasons for moving down, but with the rookie wage scale, top-10 picks don't cost as much as they used to.

Bill H (Hoboken)

Hi Rich... Great job this season. Do you think Coples strong play in the seoncd half was more of him coming along/understanding the system better, or more that the Jets played significantly weaker competition? For all the talk about Chandler Jones (I was one of them), Coples only had 1/2 less sack. Not too shabby.

Rich Cimini
  (2:48 PM)

Thanks, Bill. A couple of thoughts: Coples improved his practice habits as they year went on. The coaches got on his case and so did some vets. He also was learning new positions and it took time.

Andy (Hartford)

Hi Rich, You brought up Gaine's name a lot before he was on the Jets radar. Why would he be a good candidate? The Dolphins stink last time I checked...I realize there is a Parcells connection but that is not enough in my opinion. I'm not casting judgement on him, merely trying to form an opinion.

Rich Cimini
  (2:51 PM)

Fair question, Andy. He has helped in the ongoing rebuilding of the Dolphins. They cleaned up a bad cap situation, dumped a lot of dead wood and found their QB of the future. Unless some of these other candidates, Gaine hasn't been riding the coattails of a franchise QB (Caldwell/Ryan, Ross/Eli) or a superstar coach (Gamble/Harbaugh). The 49ers were on the verge of cleaning house before Harbaugh got there. Gaine worked his way up the hard way.

jimmy (new york sit--tay! )

Rich, let's talk draft today. Forget about all the circus stuff. Jets need to take the No. 9 and trade back to somewhere in the 23-24 range. With that, they should garner another first in later years or at least another No. 2 this year. That'll be 4 picks in the first three rounds. They need to use ALL FOUR of those picks on offense. RB, QB, WR and OT. I've got my eye on Montee Ball from Wisconsin in the 2nd round. What do you think?

Rich Cimini
  (2:53 PM)

Jimmy, I'd love to talk draft today, but I haven't done much homework yet and we still have 3 months to talk draft. Sorry.

Pete (Los Angeles, CA)

Rich, I read this morning that GM candidates are shying away from the Jets job because of the cap situation. Are we really to believe then that personnel guys making maybe a couple hundred grand per year would turn down a potential 7 figure payday in NY because of the Jets cap situation? These jobs do not grow on trees. That doesn't make any sense to me.

Rich Cimini
  (2:54 PM)

No, I don't think that's true. As we've discussed, it's not an ideal cap situation, but I don't think it's a deal breaker for these guys.

Chris (Cape Cod)

Rich, at what point does the org realize its ongoing circus is significantly hurting the team? Can't get a GM to come, no good coordinator would w/ the coach and QB situation, and on and on we go?

Rich Cimini
  (2:56 PM)

No doubt, the team is fighting a bad perception. Let's wait until the dust settled before we hammer them.

Paul-Michael (Staten Island)

Rich, two things: First, I know you say he's gone, but what are the chances the Jets keep Tebow as a "project" player (ie. Hayden Smith)? Maybe Woody wants a pro-Tebow GM. Second, do you think the Jets will go for anything besides an OLB in the draft?

Rich Cimini
  (2:57 PM)

Tebow can never be an anonymous "project" player. That's like saying a woman can be partially pregnant. Sure, they could draft a RB, QB, OL, DL.

Kevin (Long Island)

Do you think Caldwell turned down the Jets because he was told he had to keep Rex?

Rich Cimini
  (2:58 PM)

No, he turned down the Jets because he always wanted to work for Jax.

Rick (Atlanta, GA)

What's the latest with Norv Turner, Rich? Do you think The Jets have a shot at him? Thanks.

Rich Cimini
  (2:58 PM)

Looks like he's going to Cleveland.

Kevin (Long Island)

Rich - loved the coverage this year, great job. How can the Jets even contemplate hiring an internal candidate for the job? Do they realize the backlash they will get from fans? Also, guys like Khan are number crunchers just like Tanny, I thought they wanted something with talent evaluation skills?

Rich Cimini
  (3:00 PM)

Thanks, Kevin. Yeah, an internal guy wouldn't play well among fans, but I wouldn't be shocked. We know how Woody feels about Rex. An internal GM would just make it a more Rex-ccentric organization.

Kevin (Long Island)

Rich - are Rex and Woody tone deaf to the fans? That press conference on Tuesday was insulting to fans with all the laughing and joking around between the two of them. Do they not realize the fan base is ticked off with the circus?

Rich Cimini
  (3:00 PM)

Circus, who said circus?

Peter (Happauge)

Hey Rich big fan. What are the chances the Jets package Revis, Sanchez, Harris and maybe Steven Hill for a shot at Brady. Ryan Mallet is the heir apparent up in NE anyway.

Rich Cimini
  (3:01 PM)

Come back to us, Peter.

Andrew C. (Nanuet)

Hey Rich,Do you think it would be a viable option to trade Revis? Cromartie played at a high level and it seems that the $15 million plus he would be demanding, would be best used to bolster other positions.

Rich Cimini
  (3:02 PM)

It's something they will definitely have to consider.

PIN (Mt. Olive NJ)

Last week I thought Gamble was a lock as new GMWhat Happened?

Rich Cimini
  (3:02 PM)

Didn't have a great interview.

Rich Cimini
  (3:03 PM)

Sorry, folks, but my time is up. This hour just flew by. Thanks for the great questions. Keep it locked to ESPNNewYork.com for your Jets news. Jane McManus is your Jets person today because I'm supposed to be off. Have a great weekend. Rich