(Last year) was a huge building year for me. It got better toward the end of year, but it’s nowhere near where I want to be [...] Obviously, it’s going to take some time. People that go in and do amazing, that’s great. But me, it took a little more time for the transition. But next year is going to be a whole different story [...] I thought I played well. There were some times when I could have done things differently. That’s just being a rookie and having your growing pains. Next year, I don’t really have an excuse for it.”

Jets left guard Brian Winters (Source – Star Ledger).




— Winters: “I thought I played well”
28 comments
Ron Alexander
Ron Alexander

Well, at least somebody thinks he played well last year? Even if it's only himself?

marcus81
marcus81

Winters did seem to improve towards the end of the year, hopefully Dozier will be able to help out this year towards the second half of the season if he comes along

jetsfan14
jetsfan14

Winters will be fine this year....or we will be in big trouble.

bradysucks
bradysucks

I think a year of experience under his belt plus the offseason he had in the Jets strength and conditioning program will probably help Winters quite a bit this year. I Iiked the draft pick at the time and do believe that it's normal for rookies to have growing pains.......

bobbyj
bobbyj

I know I got beat up for stating ( months ago ) that Willie Colon, while being a good guy & a New Yorker, was no longer starter material in my eyes, but a solid back up/ depth/rotational guy do to injury concerns...Winters may be the least of our worries. All I wanted the Jets to do in FA was sign a good guard ( Asomagh ) & Revis...All the other moves that we made I liked I even think Decker may be underrated, that said we still have two pretty big holes at Guard. & CB. I like Milner & I think he may turn out to be pretty good, but will he stay healthy? As for the guard postion, once again, we will be counting on Winters, & hoping for a rook to step up...didn't have to be that way. Colon will never stay healthy, counting on him to start & play every down isn't realistic

williamg1
williamg1

Well, he owned it. Good for him. 

Tequila Joe
Tequila Joe

I like it when someone can own their mistakes. Winters sounds like a mature young man and I have high hopes for him...I predict that he will be an all pro guard one day, believe it!

D'Apostraphe Lewis
D'Apostraphe Lewis

He sounds pretty even-keeled, which I think is a good thing. Going to need 1-2 young guys to step up on this o-line this season for it to not be a disaster. But I'm hopeful, and actually quite intrigued by Aboushi stepping inside and doing a "tremendous job," by MM's account. 

bob
bob

@bradysucks 


If Colon comes back healthy and Winters plays better the Jets should be pretty good again in my mined it all  hinges on how the offensive line plays this year.

a57se
a57se

@bradysucks 

Except for projects that are rushed into playing time too soon and rushed back from injury too soon....

Bytor
Bytor

@bobbyj I was really hoping they'd pick up one the Schwartz/Asamoah pair. They may not be quite as good as Colon, but they're younger and healthier. We could have been set at guard for the next 5 years. 

Picking up the bull dozer looks pretty good and might be a super steal for us.

williamg1
williamg1

@bobbyj I don't have concerns about Milliner staying healthy (being he's never missed a game due to health issues). 

Willie Colon is a different story. Old guys need conditioning/strength training to prevent injury. Colon's conditioning/strength training has been limited. Normally, its hard to expect a full 16 from Colon. Now he's rehabbing two injuries.  

We need to sign a quality guy as soon as they become available. Without Colon, Winters becomes our best G. Yikes. 

bradysucks
bradysucks

@a57se @bradysucks


I really don't sympathize with that point of view. These guys are in the NFL and they are professional athletes. This whole issue of babying players is a crock of bull....  Guys in the NFL sink or swim and everybody is under pressure to perform. You get thrown in and you either can play or you can't.


I understand that there is a learning curve for rookies but I can assure you that I won't treat Winters any differently than Hill, Vlad, or Sanchez if he doesn't show improvement.........The NFL isn't a place to train players for years and years.....We have the Arena League and CFL for that....

bobbyj
bobbyj

Milner was banged up all through college. At the college level Milner could get by w/nagging injuries, in the pros that stuff won't fly

a57se
a57se

@bradysucks 

The arena league and CFL are NOT training grounds for NFL teams. 53 man rosters and practice squads are for those purposes.


Pete 57
Pete 57

Why won't it fly? Seems like he already has experience playing injured. By the way, how many games did he play in the NFL last year? Were injuries a problem?

bradysucks
bradysucks

@a57se @bradysucks


No a57se  you're just wrong. Guys like Warren Moon, Dog Flutie, Kurt Warner etc. paid their dues in the arena league and/or CFL for YEARS before they got a chance in the NFL. The NFL is a league for guys who can contribute to a team WINNING GAMES. You are too THICK to understand this. Sure guys go on the practice squad but guys who stay on the 53 man roster who aren't helping their team win games in a starting role usually contribute on SPECIAL TEAMS.........


You are all about giving guys who don't play special teams who literally are terrible at their jobs second , third , fourth, fifth, sixth, and seventh chances to hurt the team out of some HOPE that they develop......You did it with Sanchez......You do it with Hill.....You make dumb excuses like they're young which for YOU is an alibi to hurt the team with ZERO consequences.......These dudes need tough love and consequences.....something you know NOTHING about

harold
harold

@bradysucks 


Your point is well taken but, Moon was in the CFL because he was black.

Zartan
Zartan

Sorry you feel that way, all players (people) need to be delt with differently.