[QUOTE=Austin;4472287]Something I was thinking about...
Most Jets fans who watched the team last year saw a major weakness on each side of the ball (not counting the ever polarizing Mark Sanchez) -- safety (in particular Eric Smith) and RT (Wayne Hunter.)
The Jets have been very aggressive in improving the safety position. They have signed LaRon Landry (a former top ten pick) and Yeramiah Bell and drafted two promising late round sleepers (Antonio Allen and Josh Bush.) They went after Reggie Nelson (but didn't land him) but the message is clear -- our management and coaching staff agree that Eric Smith sucks and needs to be replaced. Leonhard too.
RT has obviously been the opposite -- we have made no effort to sign a RT thus far and our management and coaching staff have endorsed Wayne Hunter.
It may sound odd, but this is somewhat encouraging to me -- essentially that while Smith and Leonhard were problems talent wise team management has a strong reason to beleive that Hunter's problems are correctable and won't be an issue -- since this clearly isn't a case of apathy or inability to make a move (since they've been aggressive in improving our safeties) but a calculated decision.
Here is something a lot of you guys dont get.
You keep implying that Jim Leonard is being replaced because of the quality of his on-field play.
You could not be farther from the truth.
He is being replaced because of injury issues AND NOTHING ELSE.
Rex still loves this guy.
I lot of Jet fans improperly lump Leonard together with Eric Smith.
Smith just plain sucks in coverage, and is slow as molasses. Leonard may be small & injury-prone, but he can play ball in the NFL.
There is a huge difference in talent between these two...