Stephen Hill: Media wanted me out of New York

Stephen-HillThe New York Jets decided to part ways with Stephen Hill last weekend, and the former Georgia Tech star feels his release is everyone’s fault but his own. Hill’s agent has already said publicly that the third-year receiver was a victim of poor quarterback play from Mark Sanchez, Tim Tebow and Geno Smith. On Wednesday, Hill blamed the media.

Hill has nine dropped passes in 23 career games. However, he believes that the media created his reputation as a player who drops passes — not the dropped passes themselves.

“Well honestly that was New York Jets media that did that,” Hill told Jonathan Jones of The Charlotte Observer. “If you really go back and look at it, there were guys at other facilities that dropped more than I did. As a receiver you’re going to drop passes. You’re going to catch footballs.”

Again, we’re talking about nine dropped passes in 23 games. That’s a lot of butterfingers. Still, Hill feels the media simply wanted him out of town.

“Things like that happen; it’s just that the New York media – and honestly this is me talking – did all that,” he said. “They can say what they want to say about me, but I really don’t care. I’m in a new place now. They tried their best to get me out of there.”

Why the media would target the former second-round pick, we have no idea. Hill noted that he doesn’t want the media or shaky quarterback play to serve as an excuse. Yeah, OK. While it couldn’t have been easy to play with Sanchez, Tebow and Smith, Hill’s unsure hands are his own fault. We’ll see if Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers can fix that problem.

H/T Rotoworld

Michael Vick calls report about him not trying to win starting job ‘fictitious’

Michael-Vick-JetsGeno Smith has played relatively well throughout training camp and the preseason, and as a result his starting job has never really been in jeopardy.

On Friday, a report from Jenny Vrentas of TheMMQB.com cited anonymous New York Jets coaches who were “disappointed” that Vick didn’t make more of an effort to beat out Smith.

No one is intimating that Vick is washed up, which is why some Jets coaches have privately expressed disappointment that Vick didn’t show up more hell-bent on winning the starting job, or at least a little more vested in making Ryan lose sleep again as he agonized over a difficult decision.

As you might expect, the report irritated Vick.

“That’s not true; that’s not true at all,” Vick said Friday, per Dom Cosentino of NJ.com. “Me and my coaches, we have great conversations, we have a different dialogue, and that was far from the case. So whoever wrote that story, it was on the side of being very fictitious. You’ve got to come up with better stories that that. There’s better things to talk about.”

According to Pro Football Talk, Vick was told before he signed with the Jets that the starting quarterback job belonged to Smith. The former West Virginia star led New York to an 8-8 record last year, which is impressive for a rookie no matter what his passing stats were. PFT’s source added that Vick has “worked his ass” thus far in New York.

The Jets want Smith to play well enough to keep Vick on the sidelines. That’s the reason they used a second-round draft pick on him. That said, Rex Ryan brought in a viable backup with starting experience for a reason. Like Vick recently said, the Jets probably won’t be overly patient with Smith. Ryan is coaching for his job, and Vick is more than just injury insurance.

Fireman Ed says Jets tried to get him back

Fireman EdNew York Jets superfan Ed Anzalone, known to most as Fireman Ed, stepped away from his post as leader of the Jets fanbase two seasons ago. Fireman Ed said confrontations with Jets fans had become more numerous as the team struggled and people viewed him as a member of the organization. He’s not, but the team apparently wants him to be.

Earlier this week, Anzalone told Kristian Dyer of Yahoo Sports that the Jets reached out to him in April to gauge his interest in “coming back.”

“Originally, they called me to see if I would come back to what I had done. They took me out to lunch to see if I had any interest in coming back,” Anzalone said. “I said no because it was the same problem, I couldn’t take my kids to the game. I told them I wouldn’t come back.

“I told them they should do something and try to get a young guy. I don’t want to see it go away.”

Fireman Ed still goes to every home game, he just doesn’t lead the “J-E-T-S Jets Jets Jets!” chant. The team has made some sad attempts to bring the chant back through use of the MetLife Stadium videoboard and piping sound through speakers, but the result has been underwhelming. Ed thinks a young guy can revive the chant.

“The chant hasn’t been the same. I talk to Jets fans every day, they see me on the street,” he said. “They say it isn’t the same. I will always love the Jets but I think my time has come and gone. We need a young guy in there.”

The Jets are so desperate that they have come up with a contest to pick Fireman Ed’s successor. Season ticket holders who want to become the face of the “J-E-T-S” chant can submit an audition tape for review. While Anzalone said he likes the idea, I don’t think it could be any lamer.

Fireman Ed’s chant was organic. It was something that a fan started and thousands of other fans turned into a rally cry. The team taking control of the chant defeats the concept.

Donovan McNabb blasts Jets for possible Michael Vick wildcat usage

Michael-Vick-JetsThere are many people who believe using Michael Vick in wildcat packages would stunt the growth of Geno Smith as an NFL quarterback. The New York Jets may end up using Vick as a wrinkle in their offense, as Vick hinted at when speaking with reporters recently.

Donovan McNabb thinks that would be a horrendous idea.

“The Jets tried this whole garbage with Tim Tebow and Mark Sanchez and it got them nowhere,” McNabb told the NY Daily News on Tuesday. “In the situation now, I think it takes away from what Geno Smith can do. It’s a maturity process for him to try to develop into an NFL quarterback. Now you’re taking him off the field or splitting him wide to bring in a 34-year-old quarterback? To do what? I understand the ‘wow’ effect, but it’s not a good thing for either quarterback.”

Obviously, the Tebow experiment was a massive failure. We don’t know if he made a Jets offense that has been horrible for years any worse, but he certainly didn’t help. Not only that, but McNabb is convinced that is not how Vick wants to be used anyway.

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Rex Ryan explains dizzy bat drill

Jets-dizzy-batRex Ryan has a job to do as the head coach of the New York Jets, and that’s get his team ready to play regular season football in less than a month. And in order to fulfill that task, Ryan apparently feels his players are going to need be able to perform while dizzy.

Ryan has had his rookies going through a dizzy bat drill in practice this year. It starts with a player spinning around in circles with his head on a baseball bat in order to get really disoriented before trying to run and tag a teammate. Once tagged, the next player steps up and does the same thing.

When 250-pound men are running around and slamming into one another, people are going to get dizzy. However, Ryan insists the drill is only being used to lighten the mood and get the energy level up.

“Just trying to get the energy level boosted up,” he told reporters, via NJ.com’s Dom Cosentino. “Get guys smiling, laughing and feeling good. Now you are ready to work. It’s just like in the classroom: You want to get people to smile; you get more out of them when they are attentive. I thought we would break it up just a little bit and start with that drill.”

Why would this make NFL commissioner Roger Goodell nervous? One of the ways a player would become dizzy is by suffering a concussion. If that happens, that player should not be able to return to the game. We all know how many problems the NFL has had with concussions over the past few years. It might sound like a stretch, but this is the way people think now.

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Did Antonio Cromartie rip Jets after signing with Cardinals?

Antonio-Cromartie-Calls-Tom-Brady-A-HoleAntonio Cromartie signed a one-year deal with the Arizona Cardinals on Thursday. The 30-year-old was released by the New York Jets earlier this offseason, which was expected because he was carrying a total salary cap charge of nearly $15 million in the final year of his contract.

After the Jets cut Cromartie, he would not rule out a possible return under a different deal. Despite the fact that New York is still looking for a No. 1 corner, that never came to fruition. On Thursday, the following tweet briefly appeared on Cromartie’s Twitter account. It was captured by our friends at Black Sports Online.


Cromartie’s wife Terricka later claimed she was on her husband’s account accidentally and meant to send the tweet from hers.

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Rex Ryan said to be ‘pissed’ about Jets not signing a top CB

Rex RyanRex Ryan is said to be “pissed” over the New York Jets’ failure to sign one of the top cornerbacks on the free agent market this offseason.

Not only was the team unable to bring back his favorite, Darrelle Revis, who signed a two-year deal with the New England Patriots, but they also lost Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to the New York Giants. They failed to sign DRC despite having him in for a visit before the Giants, which is usually all you need in order to get a deal done.

Ryan loves having top cover cornerbacks because it allows him so many more options when constructing his defense. It’s no surprise he was ticked the team didn’t sign DRC.

Check out some of the tweets sent by Jets reporter Manish Mehta about the subject.

Maybe Idzik thinks the team will be able to address the need in the draft. Then again, it’s not like he’s drafted too well at corner. Last year’s first-round pick Dee Milliner was benched at times during the season.

Failing to sign Rodgers-Cromartie could also lead the team to bring back Antonio Cromartie, who was released earlier this month.