Recap: John Tortorella On WFAN with Mike Francesa

  • On the differences of a 48 game seaosn, “you aren’t jamming too much to them in a few days. We skated three days and I looked at them yesterday and they were ragged. We have to be really careful how much we force feed. I think it’s just gauging your team on where they are physically and mentally.”
  • “My biggest responsibility is understanding each day how much we can give them.”
  • “I have talked with my leaders through the last five or six days about what we should do. I grab Ryan Callahan and ask him “how are you?” I ask him what we should do in terms of conditioning and that is very important. I think our group has done a really good job the last few days.”
  • On the optimal amount of time to get his team ready, “I would like two weeks. Two weeks is good for me. Our camp is set up where we don’t touch pucks the first couple of days. It is all about conditioning. We have the middle part where we work on the team concept and the end is where you just get where you need to be. We have so many guys back from prior years that they understand how to do this.”
  • On expecting injuries, “I worry about that. The hump day is usually the third day in camp and you could tell. The trainers come to me and tell me that some guys have groin issues or hip-flexors. I just don’t think the athletes have had enough time to deal with the grind.”
  • “The biggest part of my job this year is keeping them healthy and keeping them on a plane where they don’t fade out.”

  • On limiting minutes, “I think we need to win all 48 games. You get into a little bit of a jam, especially where we only play our conference, it will be touch to crawl out of it. I want to win every game and put my top guys out there all the time, but you walk a fine line because they aren’t prepared the same way. I am going to make decisions based on how to win that particular game.”
  • On using Hank, “One of the biggest things we found with Hank is that when he starts getting sloppy he needs to practice. His game tends to slip when he rests during the practice days. He will play a lot of the 48. If we get into the playoffs we need a fresh goalie. He needs to practice the proper way.”
  • On getting rest, “I have 23 days off penciled in for them. You can fall into the trap that you need to practice and then you can bury your team. Recovery is key.”
  • On the game suffering in a specific way, “I think there will be more penalties in both zones because the conditioning isn’t there yet. Our guys skated all through the lockout but they didn’t grind and they didn’t battle and that is where the conditioning comes in. That ability to sustain the grinding is a big way that we play.”
  • On taking the next step, “a big step is to handle the expectations. We make the Nash deal and how we handle the expectation is an important point. Everyone expects us to take the next step, but we need to just stay within ourselves. What I truly respect about ourselves is that they handle each day, work at that day and take the next one as it comes. Our team will be ready to play and a number of things will need to turn right”
  • On the team from last year, “I think they believe that they are going to win and that brings an attitude. I think they are more confident in how they go about their business. It is tough to win in this league and you need to believe you can do it before you step on the ice. One of the biggest aspects that has improved is the mental aspect. We have such a great leadership group that takes care of the room when the coaches aren’t in there.”
  • On a player stepping up, “if we are going to go where we want to be and compete at the level we were at last year, everyone needs to improve. We are not sneaking up on anybody. We get a hell of a player in Nash, but we lost a number of people. Other people need to fill their shoes.”
  • “the reason that we win is that we play as a team”
  • On Nash, “he hasn’t played in the playoffs. In the short term I have known this guy, I can barely get a word out of him, I watch him in the weight room and I watch him on the ice, he is low maintenance and I think he is looking to grab a hold of this and NYC. I expect big things out of him. The way he handles himself, no baggage here.”
  • On expectations, “I don’t care what people are thinking. We are going to go about it one day at a time.”
  • On the players handling expectations, “we have had many talks about this, about handling distractions, I am not worried about them. Each day we need to work as hard as we possibly can.”
  • On coaching the 48 game season, “I had a schedule for camp and I have already made a number of changes based on the athletes. I have a foundation of how I want to go about it but I will need to be open minded just based on how we are. I like structure and we will have structure, but I need to be fair and listen to the athletes.”
  • On being warm and fuzzy, “not a chance.”
  • “I respect these guys. When you coach guys for a while you need to respect them and change with them. I think we all understand each other and it needs to be a partnership in getting through each day the best we can.”
  • On making decisions, “I go with my stomach. I’ll use my stomach to make decisions but I need their help. They are the ones going through the grind, battling, taking the bumps and they feel more comfortable doing that with me.”




697 comments
Jeff E. Guy
Jeff E. Guy

I get what Bent is saying but Dorial Green-Beckham won't be your fourth or fifth receiver: he'd be your starting X. 

Alexander Defreitas
Alexander Defreitas

Well off to the bar, 4th round tomorrow... hoping for Tre Jackson G, Clemmings T, Langford RB good finese back to team with chris ivory, Daryl Williams OT, Jarvis Harrison, maybe Justin Hardy an underrated smaller wr with production who could excel in a spread.

jenkins
jenkins

I like the Jets draft so far. Great DL. fast WR, and versatile OLB that can rush. That's pretty good, IMO. Need some OL tomorrow

jma020
jma020

Where's Brendan at?  I want your take bro.

88keyz
88keyz

we were in perfect position to draft a top talent before that trade back. you know if it was anybody but the texans he would have never made that move, him looking out for his old team hurt his new one!! SMH

jma020
jma020

@Alexander Defreitas @jma020 I want to lock him up.  Have no problem spending our next pick to make sure we get him.  All he has to do is have not murdered any one and he can start at guard for us.

Steven Merges
Steven Merges

I jumped on the pick but truth is we don't know much about him. I am willing to see where it goes In Macc I trust

metsfan91
metsfan91

At least were not the eagles...

john ledo
john ledo

kids looks like a really good prospect. his speed is impressive and everything you read about him says he is a leader..someone who gives it 150% each play

Tooned In
Tooned In

Better than picking Hundley...

bradysucks
bradysucks

We just threw Jalen Strong, Duke Johnson, L'ael Collins, Eli Harold, Tevin Coleman etc etc in the trash for Lorenzo Mauldin and some extra 7th round picks

WW85
WW85

@bradysucks Macc has the belief in the OLB.  Had to know this was coming   But I would have taken a G or T

bradysucks
bradysucks

Nothing against Mauldin who we overdrafted....

They passed on some very good players who are 1st round talents for a 4th round talent

Strong & Collins are 1st round talents

jma020
jma020

@bradysucks I love this kid.  He's overcome a lot and play with a lot of passion.  Could learn from Pace.  

Sure in hindsight it would have been nice to Gregory in the 2nd and Strong in the 3rd.

Steven Merges
Steven Merges

@bradysucks in all fairness collins could be going on trial. So to bring gim up as a missed draftee is ridiculous but i agree with you on the others

Paul Samuels
Paul Samuels

Remember when people where complaining about Demario Davis? Let's see how each pick plays out... 

jma020
jma020

@Paul Samuels I loved that pick at the time.  And players I love usually stink.  (I also loved Gholston and Dewayne Robertson, though to be fair I was like 12 and 15 or something.)

john ledo
john ledo

OVERVIEW

Selected first-team All-ACC in 2014. Selected to play in the 2015 Senior Bowl. Started all 13 games in 2013 despite being struck by a vehicle while riding his moped to a morning workout in August. Selected second-team All-AAC. In 2012, led team in sacks. Committed to South Carolina out of high school but was a late signee at Louisville. Was told the day before Signing Day that South Carolina no longer had room for him. Lived in 16 different foster homes growing up. Lived in a group home while attending high school.


PRO DAY RESULTS 
Vertical jump: 31 inches 
Broad jump: 9 feet, 2 inches 
3-cone drill: 7.26 seconds 
60-yard shuttle: 12.62 secondsANALYSISSTRENGTHS Confident and tough with high football character. Gives second effort and doesn't quit on plays. Arm over can make tackles look foolish in pass rush. Productive and active against the run. Has good awareness and will get hands in the passing lanes when his rush stalls out. Straight-line burst upfield to quarterback when he has him in sights. Can stick a foot in the ground and change direction quickly to beat tackles inside.WEAKNESSES Rigid mover lacking thickness in lower body. Doesn't consistently utilize power in his hands. Plays too upright. Doesn't dip and turn corner as tightly as you would like for a 3-4 edge rusher. Gears down to set up pass-rush moves. Lack of size and leverage could be a problem in the league when taking on run.DRAFT PROJECTION Round 3SOURCES TELL US "He'll get pegged as a 3-4 rush 'backer, but a 4-3 team could look at him as a situational pass rusher if he is there late second day." -- AFC area scout 

"He overcame a tough childhood and developed a mindset that nothing is going to stop him. He works his butt off and he wants to be great. I'm cheering hard for this kid and I'll bang the table for him when the time is right." -- NFC North scoutNFL COMPARISON Akeem AyersBOTTOM LINE Known for strong mental makeup, Mauldin is expected to check all of the character boxes, according to scouts. Productive pass rusher with a knack for beating tackles inside. Finds the ball quickly and chases against the run. Very active, productive collegiate player.

hazard2012
hazard2012

@john ledo


Thanks, John, for posting this.  Mauldin's a quality pick, and could be a nice eventual replacement for Pace.    This is a good pick.   

jma020
jma020

@hazard2012 @john ledo I love it.  No chance this guy isn't going to succeed.  Doesn't seem like anything can stop him.  He's going to be productive.

jetsfan65
jetsfan65

So eli harold was there?? N they went mauldin?? Thats awesome

jetsfan65
jetsfan65

Thanks Jenkins. And okay good that actually makes me feel better lol

Steven Merges
Steven Merges

this draft went from A+ to a B lol between that trade and pick who the hell is Mauldin

jma020
jma020

@Steven Merges Why don't you learn anything about the player before you deem him to have ruined the draft?

metsfan91
metsfan91

They didn't even say anything about him really?