Recap: John Tortorella On ESPN Radio

JOHN TORTORELLA

  • On hockey being back, “gosh. I couldn’t be happier. The only person happier then I am is my wife. Since day 1 we have been going through revised camps one upon another. I’ve said all along that this is a good group of men and it’s time to go to work”
  • On what he did during the lockout, “I went to Hartford 8 or 9 times. They weren’t playing that well and I stayed away since I was getting bad reports on some players. This is my third lockout. The first one I tried to find out every hour, the second I tempered it and this one I didn’t even bother.”
  • On the compressed timeframe, “we need to see what we have. I need to see how they look like, how they are conditioned. Guys did a lot of work whether it was going overseas or skating at our facility. The thing I am most concerned about is injuries. I am going to rely on the players and ask how they feel each and every day. I’m a little frustrated because I think our camp is a very big part of our success and we don’t have that. I am going to rely on the leadership group and have them tell me what they can handle.”
  • Mentally, “I don’t worry about it. I think they are chomping at the bit to play. What concerns me is the adrenaline of wanting to play right away and then seeing if they fall off after 10 games. Are they able to maintain? That is a big part of our job and finding out what our team is each and every day.”

  • On changing his coaching style for the shortened schedule, “they have given us the rough schedule and a good idea of where the games are going to be. All I did today was look for days off and time for them to get away. The amount of our travel isn’t that deep but I just want to make sure that we have recuperate and be able to play back to backs and 3 in 4 nights and 4 in 6 nights.”
  • On the new players and getting them ready, “I think some of the players have been with our guys. I don’t think they talked x’s and o’s during the lockout, I wish they did. It’s 5 or 6 guys who are going to get a crash course with a lot tape work so they can get the foundation of how we play. You don’t want to turn them into robots. It’s a very active game. I think we have a fairly big advantage with so many guys coming back from last year. It’s just getting them to understand the foundation and letting them play.”
  • “I really believe in our camp. I am really frustrated that we can go our way about it. It may seem crazy but it’s for a reason to get the mindset where we need it. We are not allowed to do the things we want to do before we play our first game. Don’t complain that we couldn’t do this or that, everyone is in the same boat.”
  • Torts adds that a good start and getting everyone to play with confidence is important.
  • “We have always gone day by day. I think that is how we will go about our camp. That is how they have gone about it the last few days. They are going about their business the right way and trying to get better each day. It”s new territory. This is really a short one and as a coaching staff and management group we need to look at our athletes and see how they are feeling. We need to make sure that we have the pulse of the team every day.”
  • “I love football and this break gave me a chance to watch a lot.” Torts said that he texts a little bit with Giants coach Tom Coughlin.
  • “What I like about Tom Coughlin is that he goes about his business no matter what is going on. I follow him, I follow Rex and some of the things that go on there.”
  • On trash talk, “You need to allow the athletes to play with this kind of emotion.”




457 comments
a57se
a57se

OK, is that just links to the BGA's Bent did at the top of the main page?

a57se
a57se

Haha...Cowboys Blog on the Jets match-up:


Week 15 Dallas vs Jets: Dallas has four late night games. This is one of them. I don't know why.

a57se
a57se

@Brendan @a57se

Dude, can you ever just understand a simple joke and leave it at that?

Brendan
Brendan

@a57se We don't joke. Do you want to be pals and joke now? We can, but you have to stop being aggressively mean to me. 

a57se
a57se

@Brendan @a57se

You are the one who resorts to personal attacks and constantly starts ridiculous arguments with me...

I'm not the one who needs to change here.

Brendan
Brendan

@a57se Go refer to our other thread. I have not insulted you once, yet you've insulted me at least 5 times. 


Yes, you are most definitely the one who needs to change here. 

J. Smooth
J. Smooth

@a57se I like how both teams' respective beats hate their teams.

levi
levi

apparently Jay Feely said Tebow is the worst QB he has ever seen in his NFL career.

a57se
a57se

@levi

I always knew Jay Feely was smarter than the average bear...

a57se
a57se

OK, so who would you compare as Ceiling and Floor type players for the top 5 Edge rushers in this draft?

a57se
a57se

So all the draft experts on this Blog and no one takes a stab at this?

Bent
Bent moderator

@a57se


Honestly, I didn't understand the question.


You want something like Vic Beasley - Ceiling: Von Miller, Floor: Aaron Maybin?

a57se
a57se

@Bent @a57se

Nailed it...

I find it useful at the end of the eval process to do something like that...it can help choose between similar players if their floors or ceilings are dramatically different..

Bent
Bent moderator

@a57se @Bent


So Dante Fowler's floor is Pace but his ceiling is John Abraham.


A higher floor but a lower ceiling than Beasley.


(These are more just me trying to figure out the concept than my actual suggestions).

a57se
a57se

@Bent @a57se

OK...

For me, the higher the floor, the safer the pick and vice versa.

On the other thread 68 comp'ed Bud Dupree to Ceiling of Lawrence Taylor and Floor of Vernon Gholston...

that is a crazy spread but indicates the risk involved with picking. him.


Another example for me would be Shane Ray...

he reminds me of Babin right now. so I would put that as his floor and maybe Cameron Wake as his ceiling...

Bent
Bent moderator

@a57se @Bent 


If his floor was a young Babin, I'd take him in the first round, no questions.  But you mean his floor is Babin as he is right now?

J. Smooth
J. Smooth

@Bent @a57se For Randy Gregory, I see his ceiling as Aldon Smith, and his floor as Dion Jordan.


For Ray, a ceiling of Cameron Wake, floor of Robert Ayers.


I see Fowler with a ceiling of Khalil Mack-Jason Worilds combo, with a floor of Calvin Pace.


Beasley has a ceiling of a thinner Robert Quinn, with a floor of Quinton Coples.

Bent
Bent moderator

@J. Smooth @Bent @a57se


Vic Beasley's floor is Randy Gregory and his ceiling is Dante Fowler.


Randy Gregory's floor is Dante Fowler and his ceiling is Vic Beasley.


Dante Fowler's floor is Vic Beasley and his ceiling is Randy Gregory.

Bent
Bent moderator

@levi


It was in the links thread.  Go to your room!

levi
levi

@juunit  I dont have a dog anymore but I gave a potato to my cat. He doesnt seem impressed.

juunit
juunit

@levi @juunit 

My dog would probably ignore a raw potato. He LOVES hash browns though. 

marc55
marc55

Mcshay has Gurley to the Jets at 6 and Leonard Williams at 7.

Awful.

marc55
marc55

I like Vic a lot, but I could see that happening.

J. Smooth
J. Smooth

@marc55 It's possible. But I see very little way that he falls out of the top-10, and Gregory and Ray are in the top-10. Jacksonville, Washington, us, Chicago, Atlanta, and NYG need edge help.

SackDance99
SackDance99

From FO via ESPN.com:


The schedule alone makes the Jets a lock to improve on last year's 4-12 finish. 

a57se
a57se

@SackDance99

That is pretty obvious...i hope they didn't have to do to waste too many manhours to come to that conclusion

a57se
a57se

@SackDance99 @a57se

You think so?

I'd be surprised to see that...

Maybe if Geno is named the starting QB, some Geno haters might do that.

a57se
a57se

@SackDance99 @a57se

I guess...

TJB is actually running a poll on this very topic and 90% of the respondents have the Jets at 8-8 or better.

SackDance99
SackDance99

@a57se @SackDance99 I didn't bother to vote and if I had I would've voted for 0-16 because predictions at this point before we know who the starting QB will be or how Geno looks in Chan's offense is useless. 

SackDance99
SackDance99

@a57se @SackDance99 I just hate the endless season predictions based upon so little information.  Cimini already proclaimed that the Jets won't make the playoffs!  Yet, from a personnel standpoint alone, this team is better than both 2009-10 AFC Championship losing teams.

Guy incognito
Guy incognito

@sackdance99- we're better on defense cuz of our d line (although not much better because we don't have a LB that comes close to Bart Scott in his prime). Our offensive line those years was fantastic. I'm less optimistic about our o line this year. Plus it'd be nice if we had a RB that can catch the ball during checkdowns like LDT could

SackDance99
SackDance99

@Guy incognito Secondary is also a lot better and deeper.  On offense, the OL was better in '09, in '10, Hunter played RT at the end, so maybe the '10 OL isn't as good as you remember, with an aging Faneca.


But, the real difference is at WR.  There really is no comparison, Decker & Marshall are MUCH better than Edwards-Cotch or Edwards-Tone.


And, while LT was around in '10, '09 was an aging Jones and a green Greene.  No RB either year had the wrecking ball potential of Ivory.


Then, there's QB.  Geno is better than '09 Sanchez and arguably better than '10 as well.  But, Fitz is definitely better...can't discount the importance of QB.

J. Smooth
J. Smooth

@SackDance99 @Guy incognito Is the secondary better than it was in 2010? You had 25 year old Revis and 25 year old Cromartie. They're still good, but they're 30 years old.

SackDance99
SackDance99

@J. Smooth @SackDance99 @Guy incognito I think Revis is still in his prime.  Cro might not be 2010 Cro, but the rest of the secondary could easily make up for his decline.  Also, the front 4 is exponentially better now than eithr '09 or'10.  So, maybe the secondary gets a little more slack now.