Monday, November 16, 2009

LB Cummings Promoted, CB Carroll Cut, DL Coach Locklin Out

Some small changes are coming to a defense that took some more ego blows .

*DL coach Kerry Locklin is out. Whether he was quit or fired isn't the issue, apparently his relationship with Rex Ryan had deteriorated, and he's the first scapegoat for the problems with the defense. The term "mutual decision" was used by the team, which gives credence to that. Defensive assistant Chuck Weeks and pass-rush instructor Chuck Smith will take an expanded role. What does this mean? Probably nothing, but hopefully it will help shore up any communication issues, if it's true that Ryan and Locklin weren't on the same page.

*LB Kenwyn Cummings has been promoted from the practice squad to the active roster, and CB Ahmad Carroll was let go. Ryan says he wanted to give Cummings a chance, and the linebacker probably deserved it. Every time he's played, albeit mostly in preseason, he's shown a great motor. Still, the bigger story is "Batman's" release. Carroll was a core special teamer, but he had been inactive the past two weeks. He has a reputation for not being the best locker room guy in terms of on-field focus, and he apparently did not take a quiz given to him by the defensive backs coach. The Jets kept an extra cornerback on the roster, and now Marquice Cole's role is more cemented on special teams and in the secondary.

*Brian Schottenheimer claimed responsibility for the time out call on 1st and goal from the 1, saying he didn't have a second play called when the referees wouldn't let the Jets quick snap with a QB sneak. Just another notch in the belt of Schottenheimer who had a bad day all around. Between that and the double reverse pass on the final drive, and you have to wonder about the job he's doing at offensive coordinator.

*Jim Leonhard had surgery on a broken thumb he suffered during the Jaguars' game. He had it wrapped up and kept playing the rest of the game, even sacking David Garrard, but he could be out a couple weeks. That's a blow to the secondary, as Leonhard is the defensive signal caller, and he has played well. Eric Smith would replace him.

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