Re: The Jets......(A thread of laughs!)
posted at 12/5/2013 1:53 PM EST
Yet more laughs...this from Rex Ryan, a/k/a Chuckles the Clown (my comments have been sprinkled throughout this article, in BOLD RED:
Rex Ryan says NY Jets rookies get an A+ Strong words from Ryan considering Gang Green’s rookie class has been disappointing, with the notable exception of Sheldon Richardson (first round-13), a defensive rookie of the year candidate.
Rex Ryan may have benched both Geno Smith and Dee Milliner in his last game, but he’s still giving this draft class top marks.
“If this is not an A+ class, I mean, I don’t know what you’re looking for,” Rex Ryan said Wednesday. Oh really, Rex? How about a QB who can protect the football, and not turn it over seemingly once in every dozen times he touches it? How about a CB selected in the top 10 overall picks who can actually cover?
Strong words from Ryan considering Gang Green’s rookie class has been disappointing, with the notable exception of Sheldon Richardson (first round-13), a defensive rookie of the year candidate. Milliner, the Jets’ first pick in the first round (ninth overall), has struggled and Smith (2nd round, seventh pick)has regressed significantly in recent games and was pulled after Sunday’s debacle against the Dolphins.
But Ryan claims he’s got a good group, saying the team’s five draft picks are starters.
“This class is about as strong a class I’ve ever seen,” Ryan said. “For us to be critical of a draft class that has five starters in the National Football League? As rookies? I understand it’s New York media, but this might be a little tough. This is a bit of a stretch, to criticize this draft class.” Rex...couldn't the fact that, with the notable exception of Sheldon Richardson, those four other rookies are starting an indictment of management's poor off-season?
Brian Winters (third round, 10th) has struggled at left guard, and though Ryan praised fullback Tommy Bohanon (seventh round), most believe he hasn’t been an asset, either. ProFootballFocus.com ranks Winters 69th of 75 among guards this season and Bohanon is ranked the worst of 27 fullbacks in the league. This is a variation of, "Are you going to believe me, or your lying eyes!"
"You’ve got a young quarterback that has started every game. And has been terrible! You’ve got a fullback that was our last pick ... he’s starting and done a nice job. Yeah...that's why he's ranked as the worst FB in the league. If the Patriots released FB James Develin today, Develin would be a Jet tomorrow, and Bohanon would be gone! He’s a good player,” Ryan said. “You’ve got Winters, and yeah, he’s had some struggles, but guys, he’s also done an outstanding job in some games.” Struggles? Ranked 69th out of 75 OGs?
The coach was steadfast of all seven draft picks, including Oday Aboushi and William Campbell, who have not played this season, and Milliner, who has been torched game after game. Rumor has it that Milliner is a distant cousin of Duane Starks!
Dee I understand has had some struggles, not making excuses for him, but he’s a rookie corner,” Ryan added. “I don’t know any other rookie corner that’s come in the league, outside of probably Revis, that jumped right in ... I think we’ve been a little spoiled here with the corner play.” Uhhh...Alfonzo Dennard? LaDarius Webb? Richard Sherman? LOL!!!
Ryan said the five starting rookies were impressive because they all had won their job through competition. That’s a bit of an exaggeration: Milliner didn’t have to beat anyone for his job; Mark Sanchez and Lex Hilliard were injured, opening the door for Smith and Bohanon, respectively; and Winters only started after Vlad Ducasse played his way out of the left guard job. So much for the alleged "competition"
With Ryan’s job on the line, it’s not hard to imagine Ryan was keeping GM John Idzik in mind while making those comments. The fate of Ryan’s job likely will be determined over the final four games. Worried about our job are we, Rex?
Smith wouldn’t hand out a grade for the class, but said it was a their goal to play as much as possible. “I can remember when we first got in here that’s one of the things we all collectively talked about,” Smith said. “We all talked about wanting to play big minutes and (wanting) to step up to the plate and help our team out. I’m not here to rate the draft class. We’ve got a lot of work ahead of us.” Amen, brother!
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