Just watching the presser.
Rex said Hunter was rated as the best blocking TE in the league when he had him playing there. He said there were "outside things" that claimed this. Would love to see that.
Why can't we just admit a phuck up and move on. Enough with the sugar-coating BS.
Last edited by DDNYjets; 08-23-2012 at 12:08 PM.
Someone send an ambulance to coach Goog's office.
“But I’ll be honest with you: This guy is the starting right tackle. Until they tell me otherwise, until they ship him out of this building or until they shoot me dead in my office, that son of a gun is going to be the starting right tackle and he’s going to play well.”
AUGUST 23, 2012 12:00 PM
Rex Ryan benches Jets right tackle Wayne Hunter in favor of Austin Howard
BY MANISH MEHTA
Rex Ryan made his first major shake-up of the preseason by benching beleaguered right tackle Wayne Hunter. Less than 48 hours after Ryan maintained that Gang Green wasn’t look to upgrade at the position, he pulled Hunter in favor of third-year journeyman Austin Howard, who will get his first-team reps in the third preseason game against the Panthers on Sunday night.
“Right now, I believe this is in the best interest of our team,” said Ryan, who informed Hunter of the decision on Thursday morning.
It appears that Howard, who opened plenty of eyes this spring and training camp, will be the starter on a trial basis.
“We’re always looking for things,” Ryan said. “If we can improve this team, then certainly we’re not going to shut ourselves out of that possibility.”
Ryan didn’t rule out the possibility that the Jets could bring in another tackle in the next couple weeks after teams make cuts. On Tuesday, Ryan said the Jets weren’t in the market for a starting right tackle.
“You’re always evaluating your team. If Jonathan Ogden called me up and said, ‘Rex, I’d like to come back,’ then Ogden’s our starting right tackle,” Ryan joked. “I think that’s mistake I made early (when he pronounced Hunter the starter). I need to see Austin with this group going against Carolina’s starters.”
“Right now, I’m thinking that we’re going to be okay,” Ryan added. “Look, I don’t know exactly what’s out there. We don’t know who’s going to be cut from other teams…. I don’t believe you’re going to find somebody right now that can be a starting right tackle ahead of who we have. We’ll see how Austin plays.”
Ryan was particular impressed with Howard’s play in the preseason opener against the Bengals, but admitted that he was just “okay” last week against the Giants.
“I thought he earned that right,” said Ryan. “We’ll see how he does this week.”
Ryan believes that Hunter can have a “very valuable role” as a “sixth man” playing backup tackle, guard and blocking tight end in jumbo packages. Hunter found success in those roles in 2009 and 2010. His solid play as a starter near the end of 2010 after Damien Woody was injured earned him a new contract. However, he struggled in the first year as a starter in his career in 2011.
“Is he perfect as a starting tackle? No,” Ryan said. But you know what? Nobody’s perfect. But I’m saying this: I know the success he had in the first two years in this role, I think, can really be helpful for this team.”
“I just thought that he’s better in this role,” Ryan added. “He’s played 10 years in this league. You don’t bluff your way in the National Football League for 10 years. 10 minutes maybe, But not 10 years. So obviously he’s got a lot of great tape. We focus on he’s got some bad plays. Everybody’s got some plays. He wasn’t the only one that never maybe performed to expectations last season.”
Great news but I can't get too ecstatic with Howard either, but at least he has a chance to improve and possibly an upside with reps. We all know what WFH is at this point and probably 0% chance of him improving. Watching Howard in the Cinci game he made a few mistakes but handled himself ok for the most part.... OT but I noticed a lot of our O lineman not maintaining blocks, I see them make good 1st contact but let go and not finish before play is over. Drives me crazy.