Notes & Quotes: Conference call with DePo & Draft Picks

The Mets held two conference calls tonight, the first with Paul DePodesta and scouting director Chad McDonald. The second with DePodesta and McDonald, as well as tonight’s first-round pick Brandon Nimmo and compensatory pick Michael Fulmer.

“We weren’t interested in making the safest pick,” DePodesta said. “We were interested in the pick that could have the most impact.”

Here are notes and quotes from the first call:

Here are a series of notes and quotes from the second call:




264 comments
jvsvn
jvsvn

I'm a little confused about the rules. I know the Jets can't talk to Quinn himself except within certain windows but does that mean they also can't talk to his agent? All of the free agent rules (for players or coaches) are routinely broken in the NFL. Guys signing mega free agent deals at 12:01 AM on the first day of the signing period, etc. That can't happen unless somebody is taking to somebody. If the Jets want to hire Quinn and he wants to come, then the deal will get done way well before the Superbowl (assuming Seattle lasts that long). When it gets announced is just a formality. 

Thomas Roach
Thomas Roach

The jets just had the best defensive coordinator in the NFL as their headcoach.

SackDance99
SackDance99

Ian Rappaport on the NFL Network said that Quinn's other choice for OC besides Shanahan would be Cable. That's my favorite combo: Quinn and Cable. Dominant defense paired with dominant running game.

hazard2012
hazard2012

@SackDance99


I'm greedy.  I'd like a dominant passing game, too; especially when the rules favor the passing game so.   Why leave easy money on the table?  

Jeff E. Guy
Jeff E. Guy

@hazard2012 @SackDance99 The problem is there's only about eight dominate QBs, you know, the guys you need to have one of those dominant passing games. Odds of the Jets getting one of those kinds of guys any time soon are pretty close to zero. (Unless you have a much more valued opinion of Mariota or Winston than I do) 

Thomas Schaefer
Thomas Schaefer

I don't think anyone can predict what these two candidates will bring, hopefully success for many years but I'm not going to lie, I'm a bit nervous with yet another D coordinator with no head coaching experience. I'm hopeful and optimistic but that is all Woody has hired with marginal success.

maynardfan
maynardfan

Bent, Did Quinn and Maccagnan ever work on the same team…at the same time?  It seems like if they are high on Quinn…he probably spoke to them about GMs he'd recommend.  Any clue how they would know each other?  Perhaps a person who Quinn trusts that has worked with Maccagnan.

tsjc68
tsjc68

No, they've never worked together. Maccagnan was always in Washington and Houston; Quinn never worked for either.

Jeff E. Guy
Jeff E. Guy

I wasn't particularly high on Maccagnan until I read the Cimini piece and learned he had a degree in economics. Football needs more economists in its front offices. And, no, I'm not saying that because I studied economics. Why do you ask? 





Disgruntled Jets Fan
Disgruntled Jets Fan

@Jeff E. Guy As someone that has a business degree, an economics degree doesn't  impress me.  A finance degree would be more applicable, but honestly, football financials are not rocket science.

Brendan
Brendan

@levi Hah, oh it's not showing up for me. 


I figure we need to lighten the mood, no more stern Mangold. 

Matt Savage
Matt Savage

Like the coaches, not sure about the GM. Hope Woody will get Trent Kirschner.

Jeff E. Guy
Jeff E. Guy

Of the candidates listed, I tend to favor Quinn. He seems to game plan very well and his defenses always look prepared. I have reservations about switching to a 4-3 because I think Wilkerson is everything you want in a 3-4 end. Big Mo has an 84-1/4" wingspan; I'd hate to waste that on a one-gap scheme. But someone on this very blog posted a quote in which Quinn said he'd match his scheme to the personnel so maybe the switch isn't a given. Still, I don't want to swap out Rex for a coaching retread. If you asked me if I wanted to trade coaches with Buffalo at the start of the year, I would have laughed in your face. 

hazard2012
hazard2012

@Jeff E. Guy


Quinn uses a base 4-3 about the same way Rex did a 3-4...more a hybrid depending on the situation.   But I like the idea of a 4-3 with Mo, Sheldon, Snacks and QC up front. They should play havoc with a lot of front lines without the need to constantly blitz.   Add-in a stud edge rusher at OLB and you might have something special.   


What I like about Quinn's schemes is that they seem to keep things simple and are predicated on his guy beating the other guy, whereas I think Rex sometimes made things so complicated that his own players couldn't sometimes figure out where they were supposed to be and what they were supposed to do.     

tsjc68
tsjc68

Quinn and Carroll's 4-3 is about as close to Rex's 3-4 as you can stylistically be while still calling yourself a 4-3.

Seattle still uses a RUSH/LEO despite nominally being a 4-3 and used 336lb Red Bryant as a 4-3 DE.

I'd expect only cosmetic changes if Quinn comes on board. Ditto Bowles. All these top NFL defensive guys are moving towards the Rex hybrid amoeba front. It's the flavor of the league.

Jeff E. Guy
Jeff E. Guy

@tsjc68 I haven't examined it that closely but I assume they one-gap. It's really hard to find a guy like Wilkerson and it you have one, I believe, you should be two-gapping. 

Lloyd Jay Reife
Lloyd Jay Reife

Everybody's building ships and boats,

Some are building monuments, others jotting down notes.
Everybody's in despair, every girl and boy
But when Quinn the eskimo gets here,
Everybody's gonna jump for joy.


Pablo Bruno
Pablo Bruno

Wouldn't it make more sense if the Jets first Hired Kirchner from Seatle, who the Jets targeted and was high on their list anyways, then Kirchner would hire Quinn if he felt that's who he wanted? Kirchner already has the inside scoop, and if he didn't hire Quinn, then it's because he felt Quinn didn't give him the best chance to succeed and in doing so the Jets avoided making a mistake.

lamjones
lamjones

@Pablo Bruno would maximize the chances of evaluating Quinn properly but not much else... if Kirchner thinks Quinn isn't ready, we have a GM that they may not have thought was the best candidate and a TBD coach

hazard2012
hazard2012

@lamjones @Pablo Bruno


There's no telling if Quinn and Kirchner are a good match for any number of reasons despite fact they're now on the same team.   The OC/DC relationship with GM is very different from that of the GM - HC relationship.   Maybe Quinn wants to move out of the Seattle shadow and put his own stamp on the job and team...something he may not feel he can do if Kirchner strings along with him.   

Dave Abruzzo
Dave Abruzzo

Just dont draft the next Clowney, pleasee

Pete 57
Pete 57

Trestman will ruin, Ryan, Matt that is.

Ed Dillon
Ed Dillon

Maccagnan has lead mediocre at best drafts the last 3 years in Houston. Seriously, this is the best guy for the job?!!! Same old Jets!!