Read: Ken Hitchcock On How Rick Nash Can Impact A Game

Rick Nash is profiled in the latest issue of The Hockey News by Ken Campbell and Campbell spoke with Nash’s former coach Ken Hitchcock.

Hitchcock said that Nash was at his best when he was pushing Columbus to make the playoffs in 2009.

“He was absolutely dominant when Columbus was chasing a playoff spot in 2009. He bought in like never before. He was a dominant player even when he wasn’t getting points. I would watch him that season and he reminded me of what Mike Modano did with me in Dallas with his complete game.”

Campbell adds that the Rangers are counting on Nash to be “a rejuvenated player, particularly since he’ll be playing with an elite playmaking center in Brad Richards for the first time in his career.”

It has been suggested that Nash has not been challenged since Hitchcock was fired in Columbus and how John Tortorella is the perfect coach for him at this stage of his career.

 




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BDarc23
BDarc23

I am predicting that the Jets secondary is going to be excellent this year and that Kyle Wilson is going to have a breakout year and be the number 1 corner.

ramble914
ramble914

Peter King hit the nail on the head!

tsjc68
tsjc68

IT'S THE FINAU COUNTDOWN!!!!

DI-NI-NI-DUH!!!! DI-NI-NI-DUH-DUH!!!!! DI-NI-NI-DUH!!!! DI-NI-NI-DUH-DUH-DUH-DUH!!!!!

Dan Lee
Dan Lee

I think Peter King--regardless of what you may think about him--summed up the QB "controversy" quite well. All this hand-wringing in May/June is just plain stupid.

tsjc68
tsjc68

@Bent Fonzie's line of thought is the early clubhouse leader for "Dumbest argument posited on the Internet this June".  He's 50-strokes under par.  Let's see if anyone can catch him, that's a big lead but there's a lot of month left.

bobbyj
bobbyj

Yep. King is correct, if anything all the spin/future damage control the Jets are attempting to put out there is only making the situation worse. As I see it we have two problems with this whole QB situation/whatever u want to call it. First off, they aren't many other compelling story lines/ position battles that are going to take place. The second problem the Jets are gonna have is that in all probability Vick is gonna out play Geno ( a healthy Vick is just better then Geno is at this point in they're carriers) Mike Westoff said that Geno/the QB comp would be a "WAR" his words.

Ceifus Hornswoggle
Ceifus Hornswoggle

@Dan Lee 

Eh, Peter King can't get a crumb of inside news out of the Jets organization, so he's throwing in the towel early to appear disinterested.  If had as much as a quote from a part time janitor, he'd run with it.  He's a step above Manish and Cimini, for sure - they just make up quotes to fill their fantasies.  King doesn't go that far, but he hates the Jets. 

tsjc68
tsjc68

@Dan Lee King needs a better editor, though.


"The week’s my 25-year anniversary at Sports Illustrated."


How the hell does an awful sentence like that end up in an SI publication?

jsadolph
jsadolph

@a57se @BDarc23 

The great thing about Kyle is that he knows his roll and tries to be the best slot corner in the league.  I can't see him even trying to be the Number 1 guy and leaving the slot roll to someone that cannot do it half as good as he has.

It's like in the NBA.  It's hard to have a Championship caliber team without a stud 6th man.  And it's hard to find a guy with the talent and the mentality to fill that roll.

Brendan
Brendan

@Marcus Armstrong 


"Of course Revis would have shut down Gordon but again in the Pro Bowl with everything being equal Dontari Poe was simply no match up front for the rest of team Rice's offensive line. He is given too much credit for his play. Harrison is much better and Milliner has benefited from it last year especially when he (Harrison) was double teamed by Shawn Luavao (right guard) and center Alex Mack"


That is the single most insane thing I've ever seen. A crazy person would look at that excerpt and call its author a crazy person. It's just....wow. 

boomer
boomer

@tsjc68 @Bent I think its a diabolical plot to make us all stupid.  I know I feel dumber from reading that "argument".

Bent
Bent moderator

@tsjc68 @Bent "Bent then you don't know anything about football. Stick to basketball."


I dunno man, he got me good there.


*Licks wounds*

tsjc68
tsjc68

@bobbyj

The second problem the Jets are gonna have is that in all probability Vick is gonna out play Geno ( a healthy Vick is just better then Geno is at this point in they're carriers) 


Except you're not allowing for the possibility that second year Geno will be much better than first year Geno.  Having a full year's worth of gametape to review/analyze and a full winter with the playbook could help him make a quantum leap.  


All the non-Nawrocki scouting reports on Geno coming out of WVU noted how much of a studious football nerd he is.  Don't discount Geno taking a step forward.

Bent
Bent moderator

@tsjc68 @Dan Lee Because Peter King wrote it and they never seem to edit anything until after KSK makes fun of it.

a57se
a57se

@BDarc23 @a57se 

I made the opposite transition years ago.......it was really easy.

williamg1
williamg1

@Brendan @Marcus Armstrong  "Harrison is much better and Milliner has benefited from it"


Its still early out here on the West Coast, and I'm pretty sleepy, but what is he saying? 

Bent
Bent moderator

@boomer @tsjc68 @Bent The best comment got deleted somehow (I assume by Fonzie himself).  Basically it said that it was Dontari Poe's fault that Revis gave up a touchdown pass in the Pro Bowl.

jaygo
jaygo

@Bent @tsjc68


“I call Twitter the microphone for morons.”


—Denver GM John Elway, at a NFL event,  Saturday at Penn’s Wharton School of Business in Philadelphia.


Somehow, I think he's on to something and it may apply to certain blog posters as well.

bobbyj
bobbyj

It's not impossible, but even if Geno does step forward, a healthy Vick is gonna be extreamlly difficult to beat out/out play. It's gonna be interesting. I like Vick, that said I would be happy if Geno beat him out. Anyway it happens I just want the best option for us to win on the field

Brendan
Brendan

@williamg1 That Harrison is much better than Dontari Poe. This is based on Poe going 50% in a Pro Bowl against OL who were going 50% in what equates to a glorified 7 on 7 scrimmage where no one truly gives a sht. 

tsjc68
tsjc68

@Bent @boomer @tsjc68 The sum of his argument seems to be that Damon Harrison is not only the greatest nose tackle in the history of the NFL, but he's also the greatest cornerback in the history of the NFL and also the greatest quarterback in the history of the NFL as well as being the greatest point guard in the history of the NBA and the greatest libero in the history of volleyball.


And that the nose tackle is always primarily responsible for all the good play of everyone around him, except for when he's not.

Brendan
Brendan

@tsjc68 Being the weirdo that I am, I was cruising Google animated images search for some good Jets DL gifs. I happened across a bunch from a BGA special Bent did a while back about Damon. 


99.9% of Jets fans look at this a few times and will come to two conclusions. A) Damon moves surprisingly well laterally for a massive man-mountain of a human being and B) Wilkerson commands so much attention that the man mountain we just spoke of goes unblocked and slides behind a crashing Wilkerson, who is literally taking half the attention of the OL with him. 


It goes against every single thing Fonzie screams about, but he'll explain it away in spectacular fashion, I'm sure. 


http://snyjets.files.wordpress.com/2013/11/output_tbzumm.gif?w=750

Brendan
Brendan

@williamg1 Well, his diatribe started with calling out the Milliner/Revis comparison Bent made (which wasn't a prediction, just a literal comparison of the two players' rookie seasons with some video context added in). And since Harrison is the best player EVARRR he had to work him in there somehow, and for some reason that only Fonzie and his Maker can speak to, he decided to use the Pro Bowl as a measuring stick. 

tsjc68
tsjc68

@Brendan @tsjc68 It's sad that unintelligible maniacs like Hank and Sons, LLC force us into the regrettable position of having to downplay the wonderful contributions of a great young player like Big Dame simply because of Fonzie's asinine use of him as a cudgel to wrongfully impugn the play of other Jets.

Bent
Bent moderator

@Brendan @williamg1 My head is still spinning over that one, because he was saying that Milliner only played well at the end of the year because of Harrison and that Revis would have been better with Harrison and then when he disputed my comment that the nose tackle has little effect on the CB (especially when he comes out of the game).


He basically gave Harrison the credit for Milliner shutting down Gordon (although Harrison was out of the game on 34 of 46 pass plays) and then gave DeWayne Robertson the BLAME for Revis NOT shutting down Braylon in HIS rookie season.


Then when I said "If NT play actually does affect CB play how come Revis was so good with Po'uha (who you hate) at NT and the Jets CBs were horrible most of the year with Harrison" to which he responded that guys like Thomas, Harris and Eric Smith (ERIC SMITH!) deserved all the credit, not Po'uha, thereby contradicting his earlier point.


It was at that point where he resorted to citing examples of games or individual plays where Po'uha did badly, nearly all of which were actually examples where Po'uha played well.

Bent
Bent moderator

@tsjc68 @Brendan Wow, I think that "Lose weight while you sleep" tape you've been listening to might actually be a vocabulary builder.

tsjc68
tsjc68

Bent: Truly, you have a dizzying intellect.

Fonzie: WAIT TILL I GET GOING!!!! Where was I?

a57se
a57se

@Bent

Fonzie is the embodiment of the phrase: "A little knowledge is dangerous."

williamg1
williamg1

@Bent @Brendan @williamg1


"gave DeWayne Robertson the BLAME for Revis NOT shutting down Braylon in HIS rookie season."


John Geiger agrees with this.

Bent
Bent moderator

@Hanknaples @Bent I did not delete any of your comments.  I have been out for the last six hours.


I don't think I have ever deleted one of your comments.


We do have like 20 moderators, I expect one of the others took issue with what you wrote or maybe it was automatically filtered.

rkymtnjet
rkymtnjet

@Hanknaples @Bent lol.


Can you next explain why Jerry Rice was such a great WR based on the opposing teams ROLB?

tsjc68
tsjc68

@jsadolph @rkymtnjet @Hanknaples @Bent


The more interesting nugget is that did you know that all of Damon Harrison's teammates at William Penn have all already been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame?

Bent
Bent moderator

@Hanknaples @Bent I still disagree with much of what you're saying and you're ignoring my arguments so I'm not going to go over it again.  I will, however, state that you are still taking a bunch of isolated incidents from games where Sione played extremely well and blaming them 100% on him, when often there were other players more at fault.


Also, since you asked me to explain myself regarding comparisons between DeVito and Gregg, read this: http://thejetsblog.com/main-page/bga-weekly-mike-devito-nose-tackle/