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  • What Jets GM learned from helping Seahawks build Super Bowl team [NY Post]
  • Jets won’t peek at Broncos this week, lest they see a QB [PFT]
  • Pete Carroll returns to NJ [New York Daily News]



230 comments
a57se
a57se

A guy who I find interesting as a prospect and I could see the Jets taking later in the Draft is Adrian Hubbard, OLB from Alabama.

At 6'6" and 255 lbs. he has the size Rex likes to see in his OLB's and he did a pretty good job setting the edge for Bama this year. 

Maybe he could be a Pace protege with Barnes handling the speed rush.

Any thoughts on Hubbard?


a57se
a57se

" Sources with the Buccaneers told WalterFootball.com that internally, many staff members expected director of player personnel Dennis Hickey to be let go after the draft. Many around the league and with the Buccaneers were surprised that Hickey wasn't fired with former general manager Mark Dominik and head coach Greg Schiano. Hickey took over running the Bucs drafts in 2006, and their poor performance in the drafts played a huge role in the Bucs' 28-52 record over the past five seasons. Sources with the Buccaneers said that Hickey's future would be up to the new general manager to decide, but many staffers didn't believe he'd survive the post-draft turnover in scouting departments.

Some sources found it laughable that Hickey was interviewed for the Dolphins general manager position and believe that was further proof that Miami owner Stephen Ross doesn't know what he's doing. Some in the league view Hickey as a coach and general-manager killer. In the scouting community, Hickey has the reputation of making a lot of poor evaluations that have led to a plethora of busted picks for Tampa Bay. Making matters worse, Hickey has terrible people skills; some of the Buccaneers' top scouts left the team because they didn't like working with him. The Patriots, Jets and Bills just got a gift."

Wow! Interesting take on the Dolphins new GM!

MarshRandy
MarshRandy

I don't understand why some people think Austin Howard will be playing for another team next year 

Marcus Armstrong
Marcus Armstrong

@a57se Ugh. Not a big fan. Reminded me a lot of old-man Pace, which is exactly what I don't want.

juunit
juunit

@a57se  

"Word out of Alabama is the coaches weren't disappointed that outside linebacker Adrian Hubbard entered the 2014 NFL Draft. WalterFootball.com heard that the Crimson Tide didn't do much of a sales job to try to have Hubbard to return for another season. He had a disappointing 2013 season after coming on strong down the stretch in 2012. When Nick Saban approached Hubbard after a practice this week, Hubbard wasn't exactly jumping for joy to see his old coach. Hubbard looks like he could go as high as the third round and as low as the fifth round."

Pass. 

harold
harold

@57se

Pace is a good example (took him time to develop). Hubbard is going probably 1st 4 rounds.  I just think he is 5th or 6th rounder.  Because he really doesn't have a Pro ready skill right now.

Bytor
Bytor

@MarshRandy We may have a new right guard next year as well as a developing Winters. There is no way they'll let Howard go. No freakin' way.  

SackDance99
SackDance99

@MarshRandyUntil it's announced that he has re-signed, the "chicken littles" will wail about losing or replacing him.  It doesn't make any sense, but that never stops speculation.

a57se
a57se

@MarshRandy 

For the same reason fans talked about getting Peyton Manning when he was still a Colt. For the same reasons fans talk about signing Jimmy Graham though it is just as unlikely the Saints will let him go.

When there is little to talk about we make up scenarios and discuss them whether they are likely or not. no harm comes from these discussions so what is the big deal if people engage in them?

Why do fans talk about draft prospects? We have no impact on what the team will do come draft day yet we have contests to see who can pick the most guys we end up drafting.

Why do fans talk about uniforms? I don't get what fashion has to do with the Jets but people talk about that on this Blog as well.....

People who don't like to speculate on what is going on with the Jets front office and Head Coach shouldn't determine who can and can't talk about that just like talking about different scenarios whether there is a chance of them happening or not should not be dictated by a few posters.

The people discussing things like this shouldn't be harassed either.

This Blog is for everyone, not a select few.



Brendan
Brendan

@MarshRandy IT'S POSSIBLE! YOU HAVE TO LET US TALK ABOUT THINGS IF THEY'RE TECHNICALLY POSSIBLE EVEN IF THEY'RE INCREDIBLY UNLIKELY!

harold
harold

@a57se @MarcusArmstrong

I thought a57se was looking at him in that mold. So for that role I think he may be a fit.

harold
harold

@junnit

I saw a tape I believe from this season.  I guess that's why my first inclination was to pass.  But hey if we can get the 2012 tape we may have a steal.

a57se
a57se

@harold 

His combine could bring him up boards but I'm thinking maybe a 4th round comp if he is still there. Rex could coach this kid up if he sees potential in him.

harold
harold

Hello:

Austin Howard's agent is on the phone, he just asked me to remind you'll Howard is an unrestricted F/A.

SackDance99
SackDance99

@a57se@MarshRandyThe Jets, however, DID pursue Peyton Manning before he signed with the Broncos and nothing prevents them from trying to lure Jimmy Graham, who is a UFA.  The actual pursuit of Peyton and the speculative fan hopes of pursuing Graham make football sense.


On the other hand, what sense is there in letting Austin Howard walk?  He'll be just 27 years old in the fall, the Jets developed him into a serviceable RT, he's improved each year as a starter and he's entering his prime.  So, what purpose would be served by letting Howard leave?  It's the absurdity of the proposition that MarshRandy is complaining about, with good reason. 

a57se
a57se

@harold 

Coples was lazy and had a poor motor because his production declined his last year in college.....

juunit
juunit

@a57se@juunit 

It came from the senior bowl rumors. I pasted the entire bit they had. 

I don't imagine they've edited his scouting profile or his ranking on their big board since last week. 

a57se
a57se

@juunit@a57se 

Hmmm. I didn't find it under his scouting profile....

They have him ranked right behind Dee Ford as a 3rd-4th round guy.

johnnyl65
johnnyl65

@a57se @johnnyl65 One sack on a stunt that the guard failed to recognized. What I noticed is that he's easy to block. His size makes him useful by merely raising his arms when he gets close to the qb.He still looked bad in coverage. I'm just not impressed.

a57se
a57se

@johnnyl65

Look at the Georgia tape, the first play where he splits the RT and ROG.....pretty quick there. You can also see that he is the last one moving on some plays........

harold
harold

He is 6'6"  so he will move a little slower but he covers ground.  He generated few pressures had a sack and I think two tackles for loss.  That is pretty good.

johnnyl65
johnnyl65

@harold Looks like he has really slow feet,can't cover or get of blocks,looks like as a project he translates as a DE in a 4/3.

I wouldn't take a guy like this earlier than 6th rd..

a57se
a57se

@harold 

Yeah, they have three games on him at Draft Breakdown.....

harold
harold

I watched a game tape on him, he didn't flash.  I will try to glance at it again and give it to you.

a57se
a57se

@harold 

Rang wrote that he is sometimes late off the snap but has the speed to threaten the edge......Bama used him in coverage as well and with his length, he could be effective.

harold
harold

I believe in Rex just think he is not explosive enough.  I don't love him.  But I think you are right he could be an interesting prospect.

Brendan
Brendan

@harold


You're right, I should definitely entertain the idea that Ben Ijalana is a viable replacement for Austin Howard as a starting right tackle. 

harold
harold

@Brendan

You constantly talk about straw men. But you consistently create them on your own. Sometimes we only need to look in the mirror.

Bent talked about Ijalana in his write up. He never said Ijalana can never start again. I believe he was only talking about him in the now.

If Ijalana regains the majority of his agility Bent seems to think he could be a prety solid player. He remains skeptical if ir will occur.

Do we know if he has shown that and they value what they got in this young man?

You make proclamations as though you are on the Jets staff. If you are that cool. I will defer. If not relax and just defend your position do not include the front office of the Jets.

a57se
a57se

@Brendan

Brendan HAS SPOKEN! 

SO LET IT BE WRITTEN!

SO LET IT BE DONE!

Brendan
Brendan

@harold Right, dismiss my comments because you don't want to address them. 


Ben Ijalana is not an NFL starter. Using Howard as an example is useless. Howard wasn't injured for multiple seasons, he spent that time practicing and getting better, not rehabbing. 


Thankfully Idzik will not look at Ben Ijalana as a replacement starter for Austin Howard, so this is (still) a moot discussion. 

a57se
a57se

@harold 

Bent did question whether he can be a starter anymore but did like him as a swing Tackle or maybe even in a move inside to Guard. Maybe Ijalana will be in the mix at RG.........


I guess since he is ignoring me and Hank or Joey haven't posted much today, he needed someone to take his aggression out on!

I wonder if he is juicing?

harold
harold

@a57se

This guy is worst than Gholston.

signed Bentson

a57se
a57se

@harold  

Observations

Based on all the footage I watched, here was my take on what Ijalana brings to the table, divided into categories:

Usage - As noted, he played both left and right tackle.

Athletic Ability – Ijalana’s athleticism really stood out before he was injured. Whether he can return to that level or not, he’s still more athletic than a lot of tackles in his current state. How easily he can adjust to having lost a step is the obvious question.

Run Blocking - Ijalana is good on the move and can get a good surge going at the point of attack. While he might not always lock onto a block in space, his long arms can still be an asset here, as he is able to extend his range.

Pass Protection – Ijalana looked like he could be a potentially elite pass protector before his injury. Since then, he might not be as agile as he once was, which will hurt his ability to recover, but he still has long arms, intelligence and good technique, so I feel pretty good about his ability to come in and hold the fort in a backup role.

Attitude – Ijalana is known for being intelligent and hard working. There were no obvious signs of bad attitude, demonstrativeness or chippiness during the games I watched and I found no record of any off-field issues.

Scheme Familiarity – The Colts offense back in 2011 was pretty vanilla, whereas they moved to a more west coast style this year. That should stand Ijalana in good stead in terms of learning the playbook for Marty Mornhinweg’s system. They’ve always used zone blocking too, which again should be helpful for his transition.

Here are Bent's observations on the bust Ijalana.

harold
harold

We moved on from Hunter and didn't look back for a guy with 1 start.  You are typing a lot,but not sure why.

You bring up a prosepct that was bad in the pros.

I brought up one that showed with seasoning he may be able to play.  In Bent's breakdown their was nothing alarming about his play that would say this guy is bad.  That is the difference.

Bad vs unproven.  I hope that clears up the confusion

Brendan
Brendan

@harold Ijalana, a guy who is entering his fouth season without starting an NFL game, is not a bust? He was a 2nd round pick, Vlad Ducasse has started multiple games, but he's considered a bust by many. 


Gholston was highly-touted out of college, which is why I mentioned him. Because you seem to think a pre-draft scouting report saying a guy that spent college beating up small school DL is somehow relevant four years after it was written, after the guy has spent three full seasons not doing anything. 


Digging deep? You're now going beyond merely suggesting unlikely scenarios, you're encroaching on being insulting. You list a guy who spent the entire season inactive as a reason why the team could move on from a guy who started the last 32 games for the team, but I'm digging deep? 


You are something else, 'Roldy. 

harold
harold

Is it me or are you really going deep.

What does Vernon have to do with convo.

Ijalana has never been looked at as a bust.  He has been injured.

Gholston was just terrible.

Not sure why you reached on that one.

Brendan
Brendan

@harold Many thought Vernon Gholston was the 2nd coming of LT. 


Are you seriously using a bust's pre-draft scouting reports to justify this line of thinking? 


Grasping at straws, much? 

a57se
a57se

@harold 

I doubt they will but Vlad on the cheap could compete for the ROG spot or the ROT spot.....

Bytor
Bytor

@BDarc23 Packers, Rams, Chiefs and Bears. Do they need a RT and what's their cap situation?

Bytor
Bytor

@a57se @Bytor @harold Hey, like I said anything is possible and a fairly reasonable scenario can be constructed as you and Harold outlined. We have a comfortable cap situation where we can offer fair value and not skimp. 


The argument also implies there are many teams with lots of cap space that need a RT and not much else and would be willing to overpay. Too many assumptions. I'll be the first to congratulate Howard on his foresight if his variation comes true.

harold
harold

@a57se

You beat me to that.  I was on the phone at work.  But I was going to say we also have Vlad in the mix to bring back in the as well.  There are many options on the table.  Can't wait to see what happens in the next 45 days or so (start of F/A) 

a57se
a57se

@BDarc23 

There are many possibilities despite what some folks think.

BDarc23
BDarc23

What if the Jets are not his number 1 choice?  What if Howard wants to play for a team close to his family?  He is a free agent and could choose to sign elseware right?

a57se
a57se

@Bytor@harold 

Well what if they decide to resign Colon instead of Howard? Then it is just a new RT......

Aboushi would be the back-up at RT and Schlauderaff, Freeman and Campbell the other back-ups.

Bytor
Bytor

@harold I think there IS a very real possibility they have a new RG next season. New RG plus Ijalana as well as Winters still learning on the other side is not the direction I think we'll go in especially with a second year qb. I feel pretty comfy they'll sign Howard to a fair deal.

a57se
a57se

@harold 

You are 100% correct about Ijalana being a top prospect in 2011......two ACL tears are the only reason the Jets were able to grab him from the Colts.

The more I think about it, the more I think you may be onto something here. 

Ijalana was noted for his ability to pass protect coming into the league and might suit a zone blocking scheme better than Howard.

harold
harold

@Brendan

Ijalana is not a PS may good he was a highly touted guy coming out.  Many thought he had Pro Bowl potential and would have been a 1st rounder if he played at a major program.

So is it possible that he can do what you PS guy was abale to if healthy? Yes and maybe based on what they have seen the want Howard back but say at that price we think Ijalana will be plenty good enough.

Bytor
Bytor

@harold I know anything is possible, but not highly probable. It's possible they trade up for Manziel too. Just not probable. I think we get that if some crazy team offers $6MM/year it's bye bye Howard. Within reason, he'll be a Jet.

a57se
a57se

@johnnyl65 

Harold already explained why it MIGHT happen.

If Howard decides to test the waters in Free Agency, all it would take then is ONE team who really likes him to pay more that we are willing to pay.


Brendan
Brendan

@harold I'm sorry. Cry? Over-reacting? 


Howard is not a common story. UDFA's flame out after two seasons of PS-level play more often than they turn into starters, so acting like it's the norm or even a frequent occurrence is misleading. You're acting like they can let him walk and find an equal replacement with ease. 

johnnyl65
johnnyl65

@harold He's not saying how but why?  Why replace a two year starter that worked out to take a chance that it will work out again?

harold
harold

@Brendan

We had Howard two years ago and he was a one game starter.  Why do you act as though that is the end all be all.  we cry about the media on here over reacting.

Yet we say how can we replace Howard.  Now I like Howard but he is not Joe Thomas.  He can be replaced and if we had to do it we would be okay.  I trust management on mid-level because they access to the guys who would likely take their spots and can judge if they think we can fill that need in house or not.

Brendan
Brendan

@harold Good lord. 


Ben Ijalana has played 37 offensive snaps in his NFL career. You want to replace a proven, 32-game starting RT with a guy who has ZERO starting experience? 


That's your backup plan? Spend a 1st rounder and develop him to replace the guy you just spent three years developing? 


You say we all oversimplify, I say you're over-complicating. This IS simple, you're making it more difficult just to discuss the many possible avenues it could go if the most unlikely outcomes becomes reality. 


But for you to say that Ben Ijalana is a reason to not sign Howard? You might want to re-think that stance. 

a57se
a57se

@harold 

Very reasonable approach and well thought out. Of course, me agreeing with you is the kiss of death!

harold
harold

I am a big supporter of Jason and probably post over there as much as anyone here.  But I notice he is conservative at some positions.  He is putting a value, not setting the market.  the market will play out in the spring.

harold
harold

My point has been we have a highly touted player coming out of college who can play the same position on the roster (Ijalana).  If he deems that the money is better spent elsewhere.  He may do that. 

So it is not if we can re-sign him it is at what price do we value him.  Again his agent could over-value him we wind up going in a different direction while he slow-playing the deal we have on the table.

You guys oversimplify things like this, too easily.  I want Howard on the Jets, just allowing myself to imagine what was the reason for keeping 10 lineman last year?

Maybe this was part of that plan.

SackDance99
SackDance99

@Brendan@haroldI guess we're supposed to assume that despite the fact that the Jets will have more than $30 million in cap space, they will be outbid by some unknown team for Howard's services as a RT.  Sure, that could happen.  Heck, I just saw glare delay a hockey game on Sunday, so I guess anything can happen.

Brendan
Brendan

@harold That's all you keep saying. Great, he's an UFA. UFA's exist every year and they always fall into known price ranges. It's not a random lottery, Al Davis isn't going to throw $20 million guaranteed at him. 


You act like a starting RT hitting FA is some kind of grand mystery. We know what he'll be valued at, you're say everyone besides you is low on that prediction, and here we are. Jason from OTC is as good as it gets when it comes to contract, but you simply dismissed him as being "low as usual." 


It's hard to debate things when you just dismiss things like Jason's prediction. Is it a "fact?" No. But it's as good a tool as you or any of us have. 

a57se
a57se

@harold 

That doesn't matter, these guys have already determined that that can't be discussed on this Blog.......