Tag:Mark Brunell
Posted on: August 31, 2010 12:45 pm
Edited on: August 31, 2010 12:51 pm

Kellen Clemens not a happy QB

It seems K. Clemens should make the NYJ roster as the No. 3 QB (US Presswire). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The Jets released QB Kevin O’Connell today, and with the pronouncement by coach Rex Ryan that third-stringer Kellen Clemens has “a pretty strong chance” to make the roster, I’ll go out on a limb and say Clemens probably will make the team (I’m a risk-taker, what can I say?).

But if you think that made Clemens’ day, you’d be wrong. Read his quotes in the NY Post and that might give you an idea of how Clemens feels he’s been treated so far this year.

For instance, when the team signed veteran Mark Brunell – who, if Hard Knocks is any indication, does seem to be rather awesome (off the field, at least) – it took Clemens close to a week to wrap his head around the notion.

From the Post:

Clemens, a holdover from the Eric Mangini regime, also admitted he is still stinging from what he perceives as unfair treatment by Ryan this month when the coach named Mark Brunell the No. 2 quarterback just days into training camp.

Asked by The Post yesterday if he had gotten a fair shot from Ryan, Clemens said sarcastically: "To be the No. 3? Yes. There wasn't much competition for the No. 2 spot."

Widespread belief around the NFL has the Jets, barring the unlikely event of a trade, cutting Clemens at Saturday's roster deadline because Ryan has soured on him and, more importantly, because of the quarterback's 2010 salary.

Clemens is scheduled to earn almost $1.2 million this season. That's more than All-Pro holdout Darrelle Revis' scheduled $1 million salary, and teams rarely, if ever, keep a No. 3 quarterback at a rate that high.

Now, without O’Connell in the picture, that probably means Clemens will stick around the (New) Meadowlands. Unless, of course, the Jets go with only two QBs.

For the record, Clemens is 11 of 16 for 116 yards with no TDs or INTs during the preseason. Brunell is 5 of 13 for 23 yards and no TDs or INTs.

UPDATE (12:46 p.m.):
Just saw a series of Tweets from the Newark Star-Ledger's Jenny Vrentas regarding Clemens. She writes Clemens took a paycut before the season, and that although he drew interest from four other teams in the offseason, "you dance with the girl you came with." Also, Clemens met with Ryan and GM Mike Tannenbaum Monday night to make sure that, if Clemens makes the team, it would be a positive experience.

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Posted on: August 11, 2010 9:07 am
Edited on: August 11, 2010 9:43 am

Hot Routes 8.11.10: 'Reppin' the 1's'

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  • Former Panther Julius Peppers is, according to Brad Biggs , 'going to be a heck of a player to watch this season.' So that's great news for Bears' fans, who now only have to watch every other snap on defense to get full enjoyment out of their big free-agent acquisition.
  • DEAR GOD. There appears to be some sort of "rationale thought" going on in Oakland -- Jerry McDonald reports that Nnamdi Asomugha might actually spend time in 2010 shadowing the best wide receiver for the opposition. Instead of, you know, sitting at the right corner spot and guarding whoever opposing teams line up there. All due respect to the late George Steinbrenner, but the Raiders are operating just like the Yankees did once Big Stein was "less involved." I think we need some proof Al Davis is still alive.
  • Sean Weatherspoon could start the Falcons' opener . But he doesn't care whether he does or not. For some reason. I do, because I think he ends up winning Defensive Rookie of the Year (really active linebackers on contending teams just get so much more exposure than anyone else).
  • In news that produces negative emoticons (Cry ) for an NC State alum, Torry Holt might not even make the Patriots roster . He's listed at sixth on the WR depth chart right now -- maybe -- and Pats player personnel fella Nick Caserio won't tie down how many they'll keep. My take? If they cut him, the Panthers should bring him on to mentor their young guys. But I've only been saying that for three years.
Posted on: August 4, 2010 11:28 am

Ainge off to rehab

A few days ago, it seemed like Jets backup QB Kellen Clemmons was as good as gone. With Mark Sanchez entrenched as the starter and with free agent Mark Brunell signed to back him up, Clemmons, much to his teammates’ chagrin, was on the outside looking in.

But that might not be the case any longer.

The New York Daily News reports today that third-string QB Erik Ainge – a third-year player who’s never thrown a pass in the NFL – has entered drug treatment rehab facility for “recreational issues.”

Ainge was suspended four games in 2008 for violating the league’s policy on performance enhancing drugs, and as Manish Mehta writes, this latest news could land Ainge an eight-game suspension.

Nobody from the Jets is talking, but Ainge wrote Monday on his Twitter page, “I am taking some personal time to address a non-football related illness. Thank you for all the love, thoughts, and concerns. I love you all.”

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: July 28, 2010 6:22 pm

Jets sign Mark Brunell

No surprise here. Jason La Canfora of NFL Network reports that the New York Jets have signed veteran quarterback Mark Brunell. ESPN's Adam Schefter says it's a two-year deal.

Brunell turns 40 in September. It has been well-noted that the longtime Jaguar is struggling through tough financial times (earlier this summer, Brunell filed for bankruptcy after a failed real estate venture).

Football-wise, the most interesting aspect of this move is not that Mark Sanchez now has a cagey veteran to learn from, but that this suggests the Jets are giving up on Kellen Clemens. You'd figure the athletic fifth-year pro would at least be a long-term No. 2. However, Clemens -- once a projected starter -- will now have to compete for the backup job.

--Andy Benoit

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Posted on: July 20, 2010 5:12 pm

Brunell to sign with Jets this week

M. Brunell (right) celebrates New Orleans' Super Bowl win with D. Brees (Getty). According to Rich Cimini of ESPN New York , newly-bankrupt QB Mark Brunell will sign with the Jets on Thursday to push for the right to be Mark Sanchez’s backup.

Though this move has been expected for a while, it’s interesting New York would sign a nearly 40-year-old, 15-season veteran to compete with Kellen Clemens to back up their second-year starting QB. Interesting because recently a few Jets players said they liked Clemens as the backup, because 1) he knows the offense and 2) because Brunell isn’t exactly a young pup.

Clemens has played in 24 games during his four-year career, and though his numbers are less than impressive, he’s not a terrible choice if you need an emergency starter. He’s young, but he’s got good experience in New York’s system. He actually could manage your team to victory. Meanwhile, Brunell – who still has some of his athleticism but whose arm strength has abandoned him – has thrown just 30 passes in the past two seasons. In his past 10 starts, he’s also 3-7.

Assuming Brunell actually signs a contract, it’d be quite a battle to see who actually wins the No. 2 job. Some Jets players – mostly anonymously – already have made clear their preferences.

For the record, QBs Erik Ainge and Kevin O’Connell also are listed on the Jets roster. Until Thursday, at least.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: July 7, 2010 10:50 am
Edited on: July 7, 2010 10:51 am

Symposium was a big hit with Gilyard

M. Gilyard at the NFL combine (Getty) Coming off last week’s mandatory NFL rookie symposium, I caught up with Rams fourth-round pick, WR Mardy Gilyard. I wanted to know what it was like to take part in the mandatory event, whether the rookies actually learned anything or whether they spent their time sleeping through the lectures and discussions.

I simply wanted to know if the symposium had an impact, especially when you consider that some estimates say that 75 percent of NFL players are broke 3-5 years after they retire (you can argue that this percentage is astronomical, but even if it’s 50 percent or if it’s 35 percent, that’s not so good either).

According to Gilyard, the symposium was very helpful indeed.

“Everybody was at the edge of their seat,” he told me last week. “That was what I liked about it. I thought we were going to get a lecture and that it was going to be a long, boring deal. But we were involved, and we enjoyed ourselves. It was all gravy.”

The purpose of the symposium is to teach rookies new life skills – how to manage their money, how to avoid danger, and how to transition into and, eventually, out of the league.

Want to try to avoid having to file bankruptcy, a la former Jaguars QB Mark Brunell and former great Dermontti Dawson ? Want to avoid situations where you could end up in danger – either with the police or with your life? Then pay attention to what a former star like Cris Carter says.

“Your friends are starting to say, ‘Aw man, I knew you’d change,’” Carter said during his lecture. “You’d better change. You’d better watch your money. When you get old like me, you better know you’ve got some money. You’re the one risking your neck. Nobody else is taking a double team. They’re sitting at the crib waiting for the game to start.”

It’s something Gilyard took to heart.

“I still view it like I have no money,” said Gilyard, who grew up in a rough Bunnell, Fla., neighborhood who now has a four-year, $2.34 million contract. “That’s the way I have to look at it. That’s how I look at it on the field. I’m just average, and I can always get better and better. It’s almost getting down on yourself. I have to make sure I tell myself that I’m not good, that I don’t have any money.”

Gilyard leaves the money managing to his financial advisors. He said he wants nothing more than a monthly allowance. He doesn’t want to be the one to spend $20,000 in a week and not have any idea where it all went.

“I didn’t hire you to be my friend,” Gilyard said. “I hired you to manage my money. You have to have a plan. You have to be able to recognize your plan. You have to plan it out and know there are some procedures. Have fun but save money at the same time.”

And be safe. That was another point of the symposium. Hopefully, Gilyard was paying extra attention to that lecture.

On May 17, Gilyard and a bodyguard were leaving a convenience story near the University of Cincinnati campus when he was robbed at gunpoint. The assailant made off with $90 in cash and a $500 chain from Gilyard. He was lucky he didn’t lose more money. He was lucky he wasn’t shot.

Gilyard didn’t want to talk about the robbery when we spoke, but it’s clear he learned something at the symposium.

“If you feel like you have to carry a gun in the area you’re in, if you feel like there might be some danger, you shouldn’t be in that spot anyway,” Gilyard said. “That’s a point they hit. It was an eye-opener.”

As was the entire four-day symposium.

“It’s an event where you have to be a big sponge and soak up all the information you can and hold it the best way you can,” Gilyard said. “Everything they told us, it was phenomenal.”

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: June 30, 2010 10:09 am

Another blow for Brunell

First, the bankruptcy. Now, a vote of no-confidence. It has not been a good week for free agent QB Mark Brunell.

As we detailed in this post , Brunell was forced to file Chapter 11 bankruptcy this week in Florida, mostly due to real estate deals that turned sour. Now, even though he’s the favorite to sign with the Jets as a backup, a majority of players the New York Daily News interviewed prefer Kellen Clemens to take the spot behind starter Mark Sanchez.

"Brunell? Isn't he like 50 years old?" one player asked Manish Mehta.

Actually, Brunell is approaching 40 and, if he was to be signed, he would be playing for his fifth team in 16 seasons.

The biggest reason these anonymous players would rather have Clemens back-up Sanchez than Brunell is because they feel Brunell has "very little to offer on the field at this stage of his career.”

Even without the players’ support, Brunell seems set to join the team. Jets coach Rex Ryan has raved about him and has said that he would be a good mentor to the team's younger players.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: June 29, 2010 12:14 pm
Edited on: June 29, 2010 1:10 pm

Jets looking to get fatter at the QB position?

According to ESPN New York, the Jets have placed a call about JaMarcus Russell. The Jets already have a backup quarterback on the roster – Kellen Clemens – so if Russell were brought in, it’d likely to be compete with Erik Ainge for the No. 3 job.

According to the report, Mark Brunell still remains the favorite to be signed.

--Andy Benoit

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