Posts Tagged ‘Mike Tannenbaum’

Smith Fits Right Into Ryan’s Defense

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

During his Monday afternoon press conference, Jets head coach Rex Ryan told the media he “would have been more than happy to trade” safety Eric Smith. But after proving himself to the coaching staff during OTA’s and mini-camp, Smith has found a home inside Ryan’s new defensive scheme.

Smith, who is in his fourth season in the NFL, is big reason why the Jets have the top-ranked defense in the NFL. Not only does Smith play safety, he also has the ability to play cornerback and early in season Ryan has at times allowed Smith to play linebacker.

“The thing with Smitty is he’s so valuable to us on defense.  We put him everywhere,” said Ryan. “There are so many things you can do with him. The guy’s amazing how smart he is.”

Last week in the 24-17 win over the Titans he showed how valuable he is. He was as linebacker to spy Titans RB Chris Johnson. Then he showed his coverage skills as he made great individual effort to intercept QB Kerry Collins.

Smith was one of the players brought to New York by former coach Eric Mangini. One of the main reasons he was able to catch on in New York was ability to play multiple positions. (Don’t forget Smith is also a standout special-teams player.) Mangini always liked his players to be flexible in what they do on the football field.

But when Ryan got to New York he wasn’t really sure what to expect from the Michigan State alum. So unsure that he and GM Mike Tannenbaum brought in S Jim Leonhard through free-agency to become the starting strong safety. But that didn’t stop Smith from proving his value to the coaching staff. According to Ryan, Smith had the best mini-camp of everyone on the team. And even to this day, Ryan is glad Smith is still a Jet.

“All of us have a great deal of respect for the job that Eric can do.  We put him in so many different roles,” said Ryan. “He knows the defense.  He has learned the defense.  It’s easy to plug him anywhere.  He’s like a starter.  He starts in a lot of packages for us, but he’s really like a starter for our defense.”

Sutton Must Go!!

Monday, December 22nd, 2008

Even though the book on the 2008 Jets season is not closed and the final chapter has not yet been written, their is one thing that must happen at the season’s end even if the Jets somehow make it to the playoffs and that is fire defensive coordinator Bob Sutton.

While head coach Eric Mangini should be on the hot seat as well, I could see GM Mike Tannenbaum giving Mangini his fourth year of a four year contract, but Sutton has to go as his defense has been terrible during the Jets losing streak.

While I personally thought Sutton would be on the hot seat at season’s end, his defense’s performance at Seattle might have cost him his job. The Jets defensive did not lay a finger on Seahawks QB Seneca Wallace and they made RB Maurice Morris look like former Dolphins RB Mercury Morris. Even in the lucky win against Buffalo the Jets defense played poorly (for evidence look at the touchdown run by Bills RB Fred Jackson)

The Jets are showing signs that Sutton’s Jets tenure is ending. Like last season, Mangini is starting to take charge of the defense play-calling.

And with Mangini’s good friend Romeo Crennel most likely to let go by the Cleveland Browns after season, he seems like a logical replacement for Sutton. Both Crennel and Mangini coached together in New England under Bill Belichick.

I don’t think Jets fans will mind trading Sutton for Crennel, who brings five Super Bowl rings as a defensive coordinator to Florham Park, New Jersey