Read: Why Brad Richards Thinks His Second Season With The Rangers Will Be Better

When talking about his first season with the Rangers, Brad Richards said that he was only really happy with the final 20 games he played and the playoffs.

Richards said he was more prepare to be a Ranger and reiterated those feelings to Katie Strang at ESPN.

“In Tampa, I was there for so long, being part of the community was big. It makes you feel comfortable in everyday life. When you’re comfortable in everyday life and your surroundings and what you’re doing, that carries over to what you’re doing on the ice and how you’re going to the rink and your mood and all that stuff.”

He added, “It’s a year under my belt, but it’s a whole different feeling now living in New York than it did last summer moving here and coming in with a million different things coming at you. The quicker you get adapted to the way things work here, the better it is for you.”

Richards talked after last season about being better this season.




231 comments
bradysucks
bradysucks

Your act is boring tsjc68. It's great that you don't like Cutler. I'll admit he isn't Vlad or Stephen Hill who you gushed over !!!

None of us think Cutler is ideal but the alternatives aren't great either and I don't see you offering any good alternatives at QB.

Boring

tsjc68
tsjc68

It's sad that six years of Geno and Mark has people so desperate for anything that we'd seriously entertain the idea locking ourselves into two years and 31M of Jay Cutler.


"But he's better than Geno!"  Yes, he is.  Is he better enough that you should make him your starter for 2015-2016?  No, he's not.

gottem13x
gottem13x

I love the idea of drafting a QB and grooming him a couple years, like the Jets are known for that.

idothis2
idothis2

i still cant understand how the jets couldnt get 1 int from cutler. i can see geno looking like montana in practice against that secondary giving false hope

bradysucks
bradysucks

Sign Cutler & draft a QB

Cutler > Geno

It's an imperfect world. I don't care if people don't like his personality. Irrelevant

Sanchez had a great personality -also irrelevant

Cutler & Winston

buddyryan
buddyryan

@tsjc68 Agree....I can't see Idzik or the new GM acquiring Cutler.


My guess is the Jets will either bring in a Vet to compete with Geno or draft a QB in the mid rounds.

SackDance99
SackDance99

@bradysucks Cutler has never been "good" in the NFL; he's only been slightly above-average some seasons, average in others and awful in some.  His completion percentage and INTs (he's set to lead the NFL for the 2nd time in his career) are less than average.  He's classic fools gold.  He has amazing arm talent and great physical ability, to go along with a shockingly low football IQ and fewer leadership skills than Sanchez or Geno.

Brendan
Brendan

@bradysucks  You can only sign him if he's cut. And you want JAY CUTLER to be Winston's mentor? Yikes. 

t__k
t__k

@Brendan @bradysucks I'm starting to think a trade for Cutler is the best option right now.  He's really inconsistent, but his arm talent is amazing.  Depending on the money and the cost, I think it's probably the best option at this point.

bradysucks
bradysucks

I simply want to upgrade over Geno

Cutler has been bad this year but he at least can play at an elite level occasionally. Cutler with Decker, Harvin & Amaro is not the end of the world especially if the Jets draft WR Cooper in round 1

bradysucks
bradysucks

If we sign Cutler and draft Cooper in the 1st round at WR it could be an exciting offense

QB Cutler

Number 1 WR Harvin

Number 2 WR Cooper

Number 3 WR Decker

TE Amaro

Kerley off the bench at WR as 4th option

I think this would be fine with our defense if they fix CB and upgrade the secondary

Brendan
Brendan

@t__k "He's really inconsistent, but his arm talent is amazing."


It will cost $25 million no matter what, most likely considerably more than that. 

Bent
Bent moderator

@bradysucks


"I simply want to upgrade over Geno"


That's not going to be difficult, is it?

Jeff E. Guy
Jeff E. Guy

@bradysucks Wouldn't Cooper be the X? It's certainly not Decker who becomes invisible in press coverage. Harvin also needs to be a yard off the line. At the end of the day, a good X is hard to find.

Brendan
Brendan

@bradysucks "If we sign Cutler and draft Cooper in the 1st round at WR it could be an exciting offense"


And you're trying to win with the same blueprint the 2014 Bears couldn't win with. 

Jeff E. Guy
Jeff E. Guy

@Brendan @t__k I think his brain is too fragile for the NFL. In college he was a man among boys. In the NFL everybody's good. There's schmucks on the bench who are good (we had some on our team this year). Cutler can't deal with talent that's as good as him. Add New York metro area to his already fragile psyche and you have recipe for disaster. Pass.

t__k
t__k

@Brendan @t__k So he has a ton of guarantees, correct?  Is there anyway to move that money around?  With our cap space, I'm basically thinking F the money at this point.

bradysucks
bradysucks

No but I thought upgrading over Sanchez was gonna be easy

Obviously I was wrong

bradysucks
bradysucks

Cooper could be X

The guy can be used anywhere including the slot

bradysucks
bradysucks

Jets are a different team than the Bears. Marshall and Jeffrey are both big WR's who have average speed. Harvin & Cooper are both lightning in a bottle and Cutler has the arm to do well playing with them(assuming the Jets draft Cooper)

Cutler is inconsistent. He could be great with the Jets or terrible but I'd bet he'd be a big upgrade from Geno and I'd take the risk

Bent
Bent moderator

@t__k @Brendan


"So he has a ton of guarantees, correct?  Is there anyway to move that money around? "


You can always defer guarantees into the future, but you'll still end up on the hook for them one way or the other (unless you trade him on).

Brendan
Brendan

@t__k I'd rather use the money to fill in multiple holes, sign a cheaper veteran who isn't going to play that much worse (Matt Moore?) and build a team that will be ready when a legitimately good QB is available to the team. 

Brendan
Brendan

@gottem13x No. Jay Cutler is a disaster waiting to happen. Not kicking a time bomb, it might go off. 

Jeff E. Guy
Jeff E. Guy

@bradysucks Well the issue is how well does he respond to press coverage? Somebody has to line up on the LOS. 

Brendan
Brendan

@bradysucks  I'm not battling with you over a hypothetical roster. 


Suffice to say, the Jets could assemble the 2014 Bears roster and you'd be dripping wet over it because that's all you care about. Flashy WR's and a big arm. 


Cutler is never winning a SB. Never ever. It would be an unmitigated disaster if he came here. 

t__k
t__k

@Brendan @t__k Well, we do have more money than God right now.  If we could somehow make the money work and not have it cost us too much draft-wise, I think I might be down.   I don't want to fill too many holes in FA with the money, otherwise we're the Raiders.  Plus, Idzik has been telling me build through the draft for 2 years.  Let's see where he goes with that...

bradysucks
bradysucks

That is a stupid comment. Trent Dilfer won a Super Bowl.

Cutler can be a good QB. He isn't ideal but I'll take him considering the options.

Brendan
Brendan

@johnnyl65 You're not including bonus money that the new team takes on in addition to his fully guaranteed 2015 salary. 


Bent had the #'s for us yesterday, but if he's on the team in March past a certain date, more than half of his salary in 2016 is guaranteed ($10 million or so, which gives us the $25 million figure) and if he's on the team in March the following year, half his 2017 salary becomes guaranteed. 

Bent
Bent moderator

@johnnyl65 @Brendan


You're not taking into account the $10m in additional guarantees that crystallizes in March.

Brendan
Brendan

@t__k That money dries up a lot faster than people realize. Half of that money will be used to re-sign people and sign rookies. 

Bytor
Bytor

@bradysucks 12/25 153yards 1td was Dilfer's stat line in SB2001. His defense and special teams outscored him in SB2001 and had 4 interceptions of Collins.

Can we please please please stop using Dilfer as an example of a QB that won a Super Bowl. He was simply along for the ride.  

Bent
Bent moderator

@Brendan @johnnyl65 There's no bonus money for the new team, just his entire 2015 salary and (as you said) $10m of the following year's salary.

t__k
t__k

@Brendan @t__k I'm not sure how many people I really want to resign on this roster, but I guess that's another discussion.

johnnyl65
johnnyl65

@Bytor @bradysucks Why argue fact,If Cutler is available he instantly and by far becomes the #1 available FA qb. Any argument to that just isn't true.

Brendan
Brendan

@Bent Yeah, I misspoke with the bonus money. 


But his 2017 salary becoming partially guaranteed, that's part of this whole thing, right? 

Brendan
Brendan

@t__k Well "re-sign" also applied to extending Wilk, which is the bulk of that money. 

Bent
Bent moderator

@Brendan @Bent Yep, if they traded for him now and gave up within a year, they'd be out $25m.


If they bring him back for year two, another $6m in guarantees crystallizes the following March (plus the balance of his 2016 salary if he stays on the team and doesn't take a pay cut down to the guaranteed sum).


So if they traded for him now and gave up after two years, they'd be out $37m.

t__k
t__k

@Brendan @t__k How much money are we going to have realistically?


I love Mo.  Great player.  But this whole idea that we have to use most of our cap room to sign a 3/4 DE that isn't JJ Watt just doesn't sit well with me.  I want to resign him, for sure, but not as much as some here, I think.

Brendan
Brendan

@t__k You don't have to use most of it. But you have to use a big portion of it. 


I am not going to debate how good Wilkerson is. He's one of the 10 best DL in the league. 

t__k
t__k

@Brendan @t__k I agree, he's really good.  Not much to debate.  But how much are we going to have left and how much is going to him?

Brendan
Brendan

@t__k He wants to beat Robert Quinn's deal (4 years/$66.575 million extension that kicks in after 2015 - where he gets the same "5th year option" that Wilkerson got being a 1st round selection in 2011). Counting 2014, that's basically a 5 year deal worth $72 million and some change, unless I'm miscalculating. $72 million over 5 years is an APY of $14.4 million. That's right around where I'm willing to go for WIlkerson, but hopefully they can get him for a little bit less. 

t__k
t__k

@Brendan @t__k So to simplify, we're going to pay Mo Wilk 14M a year?  Hahaahah man, I don't know if he's that good. 

Brendan
Brendan

@t__k Slightly above-average QB's get $14M a year. Elite QB's (and JJ Watt) get $20M. 


Wilkerson currently has the 5th highest PFF grade for all DL and he's missed the past 2 weeks. In 2012 he was 4th. In 2013 he was triple teamed the entire season, and the team had a historically tough run defense because of him. 


The guy is a monster. He could play in any defense, could play any position, he is a defensive coach's dream and every OC's nightmare. 

t__k
t__k

@Brendan @t__k He's awesome.  I get it.  R. Quinns numbers are better though.

Brendan
Brendan

@t__k Quinn's sack #'s are better, that's about it. 

johnnyl65
johnnyl65

@t__k @brendan Like Harris a top payday is overpaying for a very good solid player who doesn't make game changing plays.

Brendan
Brendan

@t__k *slams head into desk*


Quinn is a great DL, he is also one of the 10 best in the game. I'm not arguing Wilkerson is better than Quinn, I'm arguing they're on the same level of player. Which they are. 

t__k
t__k

@johnnyl65 @t__k @brendan Exactly.  I love Mo.  Harris is/was a great Jet.  That doesn't mean I have to pay them what they think they deserve.  Mo is awesome, but if you're telling me I have to pay him 14M a year, I'm raising an eyebrow and doing some digging before I write the check.

t__k
t__k

@Brendan @t__k  All I'm doing is pointing out facts.  If Mo wants a bigger deal than Quinn, what's his reasoning?  If I look at stats, Quinn has him beat, specifically, in the impact play categories.  I'm not just giving out 14M contracts because some guy wants it.

Brendan
Brendan

@t__k $14 million is the new going rate for the elite of the elite for DL. Mo is part of that group, so he deserves it. There's JJ Watt, then a 2nd group beneath him and that's where Mo, Quinn, McCoy, Sheldon and others reside. $12 - $15 million is a justifiable pricetag for that tier. 

Brendan
Brendan

@t__k You're giving him $14 million because he's, again, one of the 10 best players at his position group in the league. 


And "impact plays" is just the worst, I hate that term. Entire offensive gameplans are created to try and keep Mo from destroying opposing offenses. He's better against the run, faces WAY  more double teams and is still producing like an edge guy even though he plays in the heart of the defense. 

t__k
t__k

@Brendan @t__k You're telling me the guy who led the league in sacks never sees double teams?  I'm pretty sure teams game plan for R.Quinn too ya know.


Again, Mo is awesome, but I don't know if he's 14M a year awesome on a team w no QB or CBs.

Brendan
Brendan

@t__k Did I say he never sees double teams? Or did I say Mo sees a lot more of them? 

t__k
t__k

@Brendan @t__k You're making it seem like teams don't pay attention to the league leader in sacks.  That's where I was going with that.  So, although you're not directly saying that (because it would be stupid) it comes off as if teams don't prepare for Quinn like they do Mo and that wouldn't make much sense considering Quinn's impact on games.

Brendan
Brendan

@t__k Of course teams pat attention to him, but he plays a position where it's simply harder to double team. He can just keep moving out and out and out to get on the outside shoulder of the end and then just run past him, since Quinn is almost entirely about speed moves. 


Mo plays in-line, he is doubled literally every play. 

johnnyl65
johnnyl65

@Brendan @t__k He also plays in an up position so saying he's double teamed every play isn't exactly accurate.We also blitz and stunt which take away a lot of doubles.

t__k
t__k

@Brendan @t__k I guess he could move out so far he's lined up on the sideline.




Brendan
Brendan

@t__k *eyeroll*


Let me know if you want to go back to debating like grown ups.