In an interview Thursday with the press pool, defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman said that there was a preventative aspect of pulling Milliner as well, per JP Pelzman of the Bergen Record.
“With Dee, it wasn’t that we were unhappy with what we were seeing,” Thurman said. “It was just that the situation for us called for, ‘OK, they’re getting ready to take some shots at this kid.’ Rather than have him in a situation where he could get himself deflated, we decided to make a move and get a more experienced guy in there.”
The Jets used Kyle Wilson and Darrin Walls in Milliner’s spot during the second half. Milliner was picked on throughout the first half, and was beaten badly on a ball that was caught by Kenbrell Thompkins for an apparent 25-yard score, yet later reversed to an incompletion after video review.
“We’re not down on him at all,” Thurman added.
“He has a chance to be a hell of a football player. You don’t want a rookie to get out there, get shell-shocked and not be able to come back from it.”
Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.comDT was looking out for his guy and his team last week. He might say that he wasn’t unhappy, but Milliner was in fact getting beat and he didn’t seem to be in a position to abate it. The results weren’t what DT and the Jets were looking for, so they found someone to get them the results they needed. Happy has nothing to do with it.
This is a big story today and I understand that DT’s comments can be construed in a variety of ways. That said, cornerback and quarterback are two positions in the NFL where a player must be able to shake off the last play and focus solely on the next one. Confidence is a key to any spot, but those two more than others.
Milliner is having trouble with his technique and having trouble executing the calls. We like Milliner and what he can offer the Jets down the road, but Revis Island wasn’t built in a day … anyone else remember his game as a rookie against Braylon Edwards? With a deep secondary there’s no reason for the Jets to do anything other than what they did, which was to remove Milliner from the game for his long-term benefit and as we expect this week, to re-insert him into the gameplan situationally where it benefits the Jets and Milliner both.