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Thoughts on the safety the Bengals just released? (From @Lawsean).
This is a great question. For those who may not be familiar with what Sean is referencing here, the Bengals released strong safety Chris Crocker on Friday. The Bengals have cited “durability” as the primary reason for his release, though I remain skeptical about this being the real reason (more on that in a second).
Crocker suffered an MCL injury in the 2010 season, and returned in 2011 to play 16 games and all but 47 of the teams 1, 066 defensive snaps. Though he was able to stay on the field, Crocker’s production did continue to taper off as it has for the past few years, and his season ended with an extremely poor performance in the playoffs.
Crocker leaves Cincinnati having started 38 total games for the Bengals over the course of 3 seasons.
It should be noted that for a team with a ton of cap money to spend, Crocker’s cap hit was only $2.45 million. So it’s also safe to assume the move was not financial, though the Bengals are notoriously cheap. I happen to believe the move to release Crocker was attributed mostly to concerns over his durability and somewhat to the painful memories of Arian Foster running all over him/his interception-that-almost-was in the Bengals playoff loss to the Texans.
As to what Crocker could potentially bring to the Jets? (And no, I have been given absolutely no indication they are interested)? Crocker is strong against the run and very effective in blitzing schemes. He is also known for his leadership, a trait the Jets could certainly stand to gain, but his cover skills are fading and that is where the Jets need the most at the position. I could only get behind the Jets adding Crocker in a depth role, as the durability concerns are legitimate and they already have injury-prone players at the safety position with LaRon Landry and Jim Leonhard (assuming they bring him back at the veteran minimum). While depth is important, the Jets need starters.
The Bengals has not ruled out re-singing the Crocker, and according to Cincinnati.com beat reporter Joe Reedy, there is a “small chance” he could end up back in Cincinnati after the draft concludes and team’s make their final push in free agency. With safeties at a premium, I would imagine several teams will look at him after the draft. The Jets could be one of them.
What is the likelihood the Jets don’t draft a right tackle and stick with Wayne Hunter/Vlad Ducasse? (From @AllCareisjets).
All sources point to the Jets having a competition between Wayne and Vlad for the starting right tackle job heading into the 2012 season. That said, I do not think this “plan” would prohibit them from drafting a RT at some point in the draft, though I would imagine it would be in a later round if go this route.
Outside of Georgia OG Cordy Glenn (which I believe was mostly due diligence), the Jets have expressed interest in and held workouts with all mid-late round guard/tackle prospects, and few of these players would be ready to start Day 1 at right tackle.
So yes, I think there is a chance they take a OT or OG in the draft in a mid-late round, and any prospect they draft would be a player with position versatility (that could move around and provide depth) that would also have to compete with the guys currently on the roster.
I think its worth mentioning that, as I understand it, the team has also not given up on OT Austin Howard, who the team acquired from the Ravens PS when he was an URFA in 2010. He is very raw and needs time, but this may also be part of a larger “plan” at the position.
Long story short: I’m sorry to say that for as bad as the play at RT was in 2011, I don’t think fans are going to see a big makeover at the position in 2012, and this includes free agency. I believe the Jets plan to stick with the guys they have and hope that with some competition and assistance from Sparano, the results will be better than swiss cheese.
Your take on Williams tape? And u think it cements a lifetime ban for him? (From @bm1975)
I’m sure everyone is well aware that the latest developments in the Saints Bounty scandal have presented a rather damming audio clip of defensive coordinator Gregg Williams encouraging his players to target the head, knee and ankles of specific San Francisco 49ers. The audio was released by filmmaker Sean Pamphilon, who was filming a documentary about New Orleans special teamer Steve Gleason (I will leave the debate about the motivation behind the audio’s release out of the conversation for the time being). Coincidentally, the audio was recorded while the Saints were under investigation by the NFL for their Bounty program.
While some of what’s said on the audio, William’s colorful language in the clip, and reality of the presence of violence in the NFL has been called typical and commonplace, it has surely not done a whole lot to help the case of Williams, Sean Payton and the entire Saints organization in the eyes of commissioner Roger Goodell.
For this reason, I definitely think that the release of the audio all but guarantees that the defensive coordinator will not work in the National Football League ever again.
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