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http://www.jetnation.com/2015/01/26/pryor-to-benefit-from-hiring-of-danna-new-york-jets-calvin-pryor-joe-danna/

 

 

With the 18th overall pick in the first round of last year’s NFL draft, the New York Jets were on the clock and everyone watching knew that the team had two major needs to fill.  Their stagnant offense was in dire need of a playmaker at the wide receiver position, and their undermanned secondary needed cornerback help.  With explosive WR Brandon Cooks from Oregon State still on the board along with Michigan State CB Darqueze Dennard, it looked like the Jets were in business.  Two of the top rated players in the draft that would have filled immediate needs.  The Jets however, passed on Cooks and Dennard who were later drafted by the New Orleans Saints and Cincinnati Bengals respectively.  Instead, the Jets went with Calvin Pryor, a hard-hitting safety from Louisville who they expected to, as Rex Ryan put it ,”knock your face in”.  As it turned out, Pryor’s rookie season failed to produce any of the results the Jets and their fans had hoped for.

 

In sixteen games, Pryor registered 60 tackles and 0.5 sacks while leading the team in missed tackles with 15.  Often times in coverage, Pryor looked out of place and consistently took poor pursuit angles that led to big plays after the catch for opposing offenses.  Perhaps the most damning part of Pryor’s performance on the field was his failure to deliver the bone-jarring hits that were a routine occurrence at Louisville.   While growing pains are often expected from a young player, few things are more alarming than a player who fails to show any of the traits that made them a first round selection to begin with.  Pryor didn’t force a single fumble or interception.

 

Unfortunately for Pryor, the only headlines he grabbed this season were those raising questions about his work ethic.  In a week 10 meeting with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Pryor was active, but only on special teams.  Following the game, it was learned that Pryor’s playing time was reduced as a result of missing or being late to a team meeting.  His replacement that week, Jaiquawn Jarrett turned in a strong enough performance to earn AFC defensive player of the week, while Pryor said that the benching would motivate him as he hoped to bounce back down the stretch.  As it turned out, Pryor continued to offer solid run support, but was still suspect in coverage.  Progress was minimal, and as Jets fans look forward to year two, new secondary coach Joe Danna is the  man who will be working directly with Pryor to help him turn things around.

 

Given Danna’s track record, this could be a good thing for Pryor.  As a member of the Falcons coaching staff over the past two seasons, Danna’s defensive backs have done well in one particular area that the Jets have been among the worst in the NFL, and that’s forcing turnovers.  Last season the Falcons secondary intercepted sixteen passes and forced five fumbles. The five forced fumbles would match the Jets’ total over the past two seasons, and the sixteen interceptions are one fewer than the seventeen  interceptions the Jets have had over that same stretch.

 

In terms of player development under Danna, his bio on the Falcons web-site said the following:

 

 

In 2012, Danna’s help with the safeties paid off as the tandem of Thomas DeCoud and William Moore, each earned their first Pro Bowl selections. DeCoud finished 2012 with 89 tackles, nine passes defensed, a team-high six interceptions and one fumble recovery. The fifth-year safety out of California accounted for seven of Atlanta’s 31 takeaways in 2012. His safety-mate, Moore, posted a career year in Nolan’s defense. Moore recorded 105 tackles, eight passes defensed, four interceptions, four tackles for loss, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.

 

The good news for both Pryor and Dana is that the Jets are unlikely to go in to 2015 with no depth at the cornerback position as previous GM John Idzik did.  Relying on the unproven Dee Milliner and journeyman Dmitri Patterson doomed the Jets’ secondary before the season ever got started.  Milliner missed all but a few games due to a torn achilles tendon, and Patterson was cut before the season even started.  This of course has been discussed ad nauseam as well as the impact it had on Pryor being asked to play off the line of scrimmage in coverage, away from his strength, far more than anticipated.

 

With Milliner and  rookie Dexter McDougle due to return from injuries, and the emergence of Marcus Williams there is potential at the position, but the Jets can’t, (and likely won’t) start the season without importing additional cornerbacks through the draft and free agency.  Much like the previous regime, this staff will call a healthy dose of blitzes and will need quality play form the back-end of the defense to be successful.

 

Danna clearly has his work cut out for him with an underperforming secondary that will likely be adding new pieces, but getting Pryor to produce as expected in hopes of avoiding yet another first round bust for the Jets, should be high on  his list of priorities.

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Take a young player, work him in slowly and make him realize the NFL is a whole other ball of wax than college.  Keep him humble to start but show confidence in the guy.  Play to his strengths but make him a complete player.

 

One second after he is drafted Rex is calling him his hammer, boasting about how great he is going to be etc. etc.  Of course the kid feels he has to live up to his rep and smash everything and the result is you get beat, burned and take poor tackling angles.  I hope our new staff can take the kid a step back and restart because he still has the potential to be a very good player.

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Pryor was a lost soul last year.  Totally misused.  Tough enough coming from Louisville to the pro level, but making him a coverage guy?  I do not understand the thinking behind it.  And because of that I had to watch Dawan Landry all year. Ugh.

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Another "lost soul" was Antonio Allen hopefully Danna can redeem him also.  Because

with all the shifting Ryan did with him, Allen was a wreck by the end of the season 

 

I think we may be slightly overrating Allen.  He was a 7th rounder who looked solid from time to time.  I've heard some people talk about him like he was  heading to the pro-bowl before they moved him.  It would be nice to get something out of him though because this team hasn't done a very good job of getting productive players late in the draft.

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Instead, the Jets went with Calvin Pryor, a hard-hitting safety from Louisville who they expected to, as Rex Ryan put it ,”knock your face in”.
Which for all the Rex apologists still out there proves he had a LARGE HAND in the draft, which is what Idzik was blamed so much for. Pryor was a Rex pick all the way. He expected Idzik to get Revis in FA so he went safety thinking that would solidify the entire secondary and it may have, but Iggy didn't cooperate. I hope SOMEONE can get something more that an 'in the box' player out of him, because he sure can't tackle in the open field.
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Which for all the Rex apologists still out there proves he had a LARGE HAND in the draft, which is what Idzik was blamed so much for. Pryor was a Rex pick all the way. He expected Idzik to get Revis in FA so he went safety thinking that would solidify the entire secondary and it may have, but Iggy didn't cooperate. I hope SOMEONE can get something more that an 'in the box' player out of him, because he sure can't tackle in the open field.

 

Post-season reports said the exact opposite.  Two sources saying Woody was angry that Rex wasn't vocal enough in the war room.  If these players sucked, Rex should have spoken up.  He has a big ego, thought he could win with anyone from the sound of it, and he was wrong.  Either way, he's gone and we brought in a guy who runs the same style of defense.  Let's hope they bring in some new CB's so Pryor can play where he should have been all along.

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I think we may be slightly overrating Allen.  He was a 7th rounder who looked solid from time to time.  I've heard some people talk about him like he was  heading to the pro-bowl before they moved him.  It would be nice to get something out of him though because this team hasn't done a very good job of getting productive players late in the draft.

This happened because of the Pick 6 against Brady.  He was a god in people's eyes from then on.

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This happened because of the Pick 6 against Brady.  He was a god in people's eyes from then on.

 

Could be right...I think he can be a solid player, but lots of "Rex ruined him" talk, implying  he was a stud before.  Anyone can easily go the other way and say he was a 7th rounder that wouldn't have made it in the NFL if not for Rex.  Neither can be proven right or wrong so it just depends on which side of the fence you fall on as with most of these debates.  As I said though, hopefully he settles in and becomes a solid contributor.

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Another "lost soul" was Antonio Allen hopefully Danna can redeem him also.  Because

with all the shifting Ryan did with him, Allen was a wreck by the end of the season 

Yes.  That PFF thing listed AA as one of the Jets "bad" players.  I like him and think he has pretty good ball skills.

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Which for all the Rex apologists still out there proves he had a LARGE HAND in the draft, which is what Idzik was blamed so much for. Pryor was a Rex pick all the way. He expected Idzik to get Revis in FA so he went safety thinking that would solidify the entire secondary and it may have, but Iggy didn't cooperate. I hope SOMEONE can get something more that an 'in the box' player out of him, because he sure can't tackle in the open field.

Then that hand wasn't as large as you think.. My favorite Rex hater pick was when they took Sheldon they said; Rex is such a dumb ass he took a player that doesn't ever fit his system.. When Sheldon shined it became great pick by Idzik..LOL

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I think we may be slightly overrating Allen.  He was a 7th rounder who looked solid from time to time.  I've heard some people talk about him like he was  heading to the pro-bowl before they moved him.  It would be nice to get something out of him though because this team hasn't done a very good job of getting productive players late in the draft.

Yeah, he is not a superstar.  But wasn't Maxwell a 6?  He seemed to be "on the ball" a lot two years ago, before Rex Quinton Copled him.

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Yes. That PFF thing listed AA as one of the Jets "bad" players. I like him and think he has pretty good ball skills.

that's also the site that labeled Landry as "good". Landry flopped hard. That site is a joke... they try to project things off statistics way too much when sometimes statistics count as much as Rex Ryan super bowl claims.
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Nice read Glenn, brought back strong memories, I was so happy Dennard fell to us, and Bridgewater was there for the "keep drafting QB's until you find one" mentality, but once again the Jets surprised

 

I figured Ed Reed would give us one more year but was still happy with Pryor after some research, seemed like a perfect fit but his injury in camp (or maybe coaching) changed how he played the game.  Let's hope the new staff brings slugger back

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that's also the site that labeled Landry as "good". Landry flopped hard. That site is a joke... they try to project things off statistics way too much when sometimes statistics count as much as Rex Ryan super bowl claims.

 

Exactly.  Landry sucked.  But AA had a tough year.  Rex did NOT put him in a position to succeed.

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Which for all the Rex apologists still out there proves he had a LARGE HAND in the draft, which is what Idzik was blamed so much for. Pryor was a Rex pick all the way. He expected Idzik to get Revis in FA so he went safety thinking that would solidify the entire secondary and it may have, but Iggy didn't cooperate. I hope SOMEONE can get something more that an 'in the box' player out of him, because he sure can't tackle in the open field.

Agree. 

 

The thought that we drafted a slow safety in the first round and we hope to eventually "develop" his coverage skills makes me want to vomit. Yes, you always hope to develop players skills but he has ZERO coverage ability. A first round pick at safety in the modern NFL needs to know how to cover. 

 

Lets Hope Dana is a miracle worker. 

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Nice read Glenn, brought back strong memories, I was so happy Dennard fell to us, and Bridgewater was there for the "keep drafting QB's until you find one" mentality, but once again the Jets surprised

 

I figured Ed Reed would give us one more year but was still happy with Pryor after some research, seemed like a perfect fit but his injury in camp (or maybe coaching) changed how he played the game.  Let's hope the new staff brings slugger back

 

Glad you liked it.  Trying to find reason to have faith in Pryor.  I think the Bowles hire could be a bad thing for him because as Cromartie said, the defensive systems are pretty much the same.  The thing that should help him most though is that there is NO WAY they don't upgrade the CB position.  He didn't play in coverage because the Jets wanted him to, he played in coverage because he had to.

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Glad you liked it.  Trying to find reason to have faith in Pryor.  I think the Bowles hire could be a bad thing for him because as Cromartie said, the defensive systems are pretty much the same.  The thing that should help him most though is that there is NO WAY they don't upgrade the CB position.  He didn't play in coverage because the Jets wanted him to, he played in coverage because he had to.

 

Agree, Jets  have to upgrade the CB position, and with Landry expected to follow Rex, I think Pryor can settle in at strong safety and Allen or Bowles "guy" /FA takes the free safety role

 

Bowles was a free safety, making the calls on the field so he knows how deep in Pryor was for a rookie, Mathieu was a converted CB who played FS for Bowles last year so he knows there was a lot to learn... 

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