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Geno Smith’s miserable task in New York

Jason Cole thinks that Geno Smith is ill suited for the scrutiny that comes with playing in New York

So the question becomes whether Smith understands his own emotions. Sure, he’s just a young man dealing with a bad moment, but the life of a quarterback is filled with plenty of bad as you try to get to the good.

“That’s the NFL and that’s the position of quarterback … I’ve played this position all my life, and I understand that it comes with the territory, and I’m prepared for it,” Smith said.
Fact is, Thursday was still a special day. It was his mother’s birthday, but the event was tinged with frustration as Smith went all night without his name being called.

Whether Smith uses that as motivation remains to be seen. Whether he can handle the inevitable criticism that goes with playing in New York is an even bigger issue.

The bigger issue for me is that New York doesn’t have much for receivers, running backs, or an offensive line.

Wide Receiver/Tight End: Santonio Holmes was out for almost the entire season and Dustin Keller was in and out of the lineup with injuries all year, leaving Sanchez and McElroy to throw to a motley crew of receivers. Jeremy Kerley is a useful slot piece and the Jets hope Stephen Hill will blossom, but Keller’s gone and Holmes’ status will be uncertain until he proves he can get back to previous levels. Tight end is barren, but the Jets need to find guys who can make plays at both spots and they probably can’t stop at one.

Offensive line: It’s hard to ground and pound when your offensive line doesn’t do much pounding. The Jets have lost both of their starting guards and Austin Howard wasn’t up to the task at right tackle, leaving the Jets with plenty of room to improve. Willie Colon will fill one of those spots, but the Jets still need to add younger players and increase the overall talent level of a group that fell off in 2012.

Oh yeah, the head coach is a lame duck and the defence has fallen off.  At the least the word on the street is Mark Sanchez is going to be cut.  What a brutal situation but let’s be honest, it is always that way for the Jets.

How is Tim Tebow doing at Jets camp?

The Onion has the (blown) coverage

Tim Tebow of the New York Jets“Tim has exhibited over and over again that he can find the ground on a quick slant, fly route, button hook, Hail Mary, or screen pass,” Cavanaugh said. “Tebow just has that soft touch. He can toss a beautiful fade and precisely deliver the ball right to the ground in the corner of the end zone.”

“Sometimes he’s doing it almost to a fault,” Cavanaugh continued, “immediately flinging it to the ground when it’s not even his first or second option.”

After a meeting with Jets offensive coordinator Tony Sparano, Tebow has reportedly been focused on spreading the ball around more and has developed other favorite targets, including Gatorade coolers, D’Brickashaw Ferguson’s back, the bench, the pylons, a laundry bin filled with towels, and the team’s golf cart.

Don’t Stop Believin

ESPN has a long piece on why Jason Taylor has dedicated his season to his agent.

Taylor was still calling Wichard every day, trying to give him the same kind of pick-me-ups the agent used to give him. But something was off, and he soon found out why the agent seemed to have gone into hiding. In the course of the football season, Wichard’s voice had been growing weaker, and the agent admitted to Taylor that he’d had complicated throat surgery. Then, he admitted to having gall bladder surgery, which had debilitated him even further. He was growing sicker, and he admitted to Taylor that he was fighting an undisclosed illness he didn’t want to worry his longtime client about but that his health was a major question mark. Taylor asked him whether he was going to be all right.

The agent cried.

So did the football player.

Time Lapse of The New Meadowlands Stadium Changeover

This is one of the coolest things you will see today.  It takes a crew of 25 to change the Meadowlands from being the New York Giants Stadium into being the home stadium for the New York Jets.  The New York Times has more about what needs to be changed.

On Sunday, that meant starting the transition shortly after the Giants’ game. First, the facilities workers pulled down the blue banner that wrapped the walls around the field. It was gone by 5:15. That was the easy part.

  • A pair of two-man teams manually changed the filters for 216 lights that illuminate the stadium to Jets green from Giants blue.
  • At the stadium’s Flagship Store, Mark Sanchez jerseys replaced Eli Manning’s. The clothing racks that line the store are on spinners — Giants on one side, Jets on the other — but the hats and other items needed to be picked off the shelves and replaced with new inventory.
  • Around the concourses, banners with the images of legendary Giants like Phil Simms were removed in favor of those with “J-E-T-S” on them. The decorative light fixtures also changed to glowing green.

The Hot Dog Stand That Wendy Won’t Let Me Have

Hot Dog StandI have been trying to convince Wendy earlier this summer that I should be allowed to get a full sized hot dog stand for around the house and even at work.

I believe Wendy’s objection was, “What would you possibly do with a hot dog stand at work?”.  Well Wendy, I have an answer for you: I would been able to hang out with New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez as he scarfed down a couple while in the neighborhood.  Now the cool thing is that I wouldn’t even be out any hot dogs if he came by as he purchased 500 hot dogs and 500 hamburgers along with buns for a New York soup kitchen.

The funny thing is that he apologized because people thought he was being disrespectful to the Oakland Raiders.  First of all, the Jets were up 38-0 at the time and if anyone owes someone an apology, it is the Oakland Raiders and they need to apologize for masquerading as a NFL team.

Back to the hot dog cart.  They sell them at Home Outfitters and I am wondering how many of these they sell in Saskatoon because how big could the home hot dog cart market really be?  Well all I know is that it one less then it could have been because Wendy never caught the vision of hotdogs 24.7.365 at our house.

Stay Classy Coach

Michael Silver has a great column on the lack of social skills shown by many in the Bill Belichick coaching tree.

It’s the latest testament to Mangini’s apparent lack of tact and people skills, personality traits he honed under his estranged mentor, New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick. Like two other Belichick disciples, new Kansas City Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli and neophyte Denver Broncos coach Josh McDaniels, Mangini has marked his arrival at a new organization this offseason by alienating established leaders while projecting a self-assuredness that borders on arrogance.

With three Super Bowl titles as a head coach and a prior record of success as a brainy defensive coordinator, Belichick, a future Hall of Famer, can get away with his power trip. Whether Mangini, Pioli and McDaniels are able to pull it off will depend upon how many football games their respective teams win, something that often depends upon the men in uniform buying into the program.

In the meantime, in Cleveland, Kansas City and Denver, the new guys in charge seem to be consumed with winning mind games, a strategy I’m not so sure will serve them well over the long haul.

In Denver, McDaniels’ sloppy handling of his interactions with Jay Cutler after an unsuccessful attempt to trade him at the start of free agency led to the loss of a franchise quarterback, largely because the 33-year-old coach was obsessed with demonstrating his unquestioned authority.

In K.C., Pioli’s arrival as the all-powerful general manager after years as Belichick’s right-hand personnel man was soon followed by a less-publicized incident involving a star player. According to Kansas City Star columnist Jason Whitlock, perennial Pro Bowl guard and locker-room leader Brian Waters  asked to be traded or released after becoming offended by the arrogant attitudes of Pioli and his newly hired coach, Todd Haley.

Waters, a source told Whitlock, flew to Kansas City in February specifically to meet with the new GM and coach in an effort to become familiar with their leadership plans. The source said Pioli told Waters he had no interest in meeting and that Haley began a hallway conversation with the player by proclaiming that 22 guys off the street could win two games, as the Chiefs had in ’08.

Mangini, fresh off a 1-4 finish with the Jets that got him fired after three seasons – he had a 23-26 overall record (including a playoff loss) in New York – arrived in Cleveland with a similar swagger. One of his first moves was to orchestrate the firing of director of pro personnel T.J. McCreight, the highest-ranking personnel man remaining after Lerner’s dismissal of general manager Phil Savage, and one of the people who’d interviewed to replace Savage. (Mangini, hired while the GM job was still open, successfully lobbied Lerner to choose Ravens personnel executive George Kokinis.)

McCreight, a source said, was called into the office of team president Mike Keenan, who pulled out cell-phone records showing that McCreight had engaged in conversations with reporters – an act frowned upon by the paranoid Mangini. McCreight explained that speaking with the media was among the duties with which he’d been entrusted by Savage, but he was nonetheless terminated; he has since been hired as the Cardinals’ director of pro personnel.

I hate defending Bill Belichick but he has always treated players well.  Before he learned how to do this, he flamed out in Cleveland and left there with not many Christmas cards from the organization or the players.   It may work in the short term but players play for a coach they respect and who they think respects them.  Witness the success that Mike Smith had in Atlanta doing the exact opposite that the Belichick coaching tree is trying to do.  He respected the veterans, listened to their input, and when the going got tough, they believed in their coach.

Looking outside football, contrast this with how Rick Hendrick of Hendrick Motorsports treats people

In 25 years of racing in NASCAR’s top series, Hendrick has built a powerhouse organization of 500-plus employees who have a fierce loyalty to their boss. They love working for “Mr. H.” and put 100-percent effort into job performance. If the grass is possibly greener elsewhere, few ever bother finding out.

Steve Letarte started as a high schooler stocking the parts room and grew up to be Jeff Gordon’s crew chief. Gustafson came aboard in the chassis shop when he was 24 and was Busch’s crew chief six years later. Chad Knaus started as a tire changer on Gordon’s original “Rainbow Warriors” pit crew, left briefly for a bigger job elsewhere, then returned to build Jimmie Johnson’s three-time championship-winning team from scratch.

Even Tony Eury Jr. has come full cycle. He spent childhood summers sweeping floors and polishing cars at Hendrick with his grandfather, Robert Gee. When Earnhardt chose HMS in 2007 over every other team in the industry, Earnhardt used this example to demonstrate his affection for Hendrick: When Gee, one of the first employees at All-Star Racing (now Hendrick Motorsports) had aged well past his ability to perform as a fabricator, Hendrick let him continue to work.

He treats his employees as family – firing Casey Mears, a close friend of Hendrick’s late son, Ricky, was a gut-wrenching business decision – and goes out of his way to offer a helping hand.

Sidelined several weeks with a fast-spreading sinus infection that kept him away from the track, Hendrick returned for last week’s All-Star race on a scaled-back schedule. Thursday, he was still making his rounds at Lowe’s Motor Speedway, site of Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600, reconnecting with people he had not seen in several weeks. When an industry veteran updated Hendrick on an ailing family member, Hendrick said to him, “Tell me if there’s anything I can do to help.”

That kind of attention is what separates Hendrick from the other car owners. Of course Joe Gibbs and Richard Childress and Jack Roush have good employee relationships, but none have established the kind of companywide adoration that Hendrick receives from his race team, his automotive organization and virtually everyone inside the Cup garage, including his competition.

Who would you rather work for?

The 24 Hour Favre Network. All Favre, all the time.

Brett Favre and Mike McCarthy So Brett Favre got traded to New York.  Normally this would make someone really happy but I don’t know of any New York Jet’s fans so I can’t verify anything.  Actually does ANYONE out there know of a New York Jets fan? 

The bad news in all of this for me is that Favre gets traded to the world’s biggest media market.  Wonderful.  I get to hear more about a quarterback that I didn’t really like in the first place and respect even less right now.  All I know is that someone at the NFL network hates me.  Oh well, it will give me a chance to cheer for the New England Patriots, Miami Dolphins, and Buffalo Bills even more this year.

I hope the New York Jets know what they are getting, a 38 year old who has a reputation for contributing nothing to the locker room, who has a questionable commitment to the game, and could be setting back the organization’s young quarterbacks another season.  My question is where does Chad Pennington end up?  Miami?  San Francisco?