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Aaron Maybin: Rex Ryan saw something that Bills’ coaches didn’t

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When Aaron Maybin returns to Buffalo on Sunday for the Jets to play the Bills, he probably can’t expect a warm reception. The Bills took Maybin 11th overall in 2009 and he was one of the NFL’s biggest draft busts of the last few years, getting released without ever recording a single sack.

But Maybin has three sacks so far this season with the Jets, and he says the difference between his old team and his new team is simple: His old coaches never gave him a chance to show what he could do, and his new coaches are making the most of his talents.

“When you get between five and seven plays a game, that’s not really an opportunity,” Maybin told Sean Jensen for Yahoo Sports. “There was something the Bills’ coaching staff didn’t see that Rex Ryan and that coaching staff did. Whatever it is, I can’t tell you or put my finger on it. I can sit here and try to focus on why that is. But it doesn’t matter anymore.”

Of course, the Bills would argue that the five to seven plays a game were an opportunity, and that Maybin also had plenty of opportunities in minicamps, training camps, practices and preseason games to prove he deserved more than five to seven plays a game in the 27 regular-season games he played for the Bills.

That time is over, though, and Maybin has found a role he can fill in the Jets’ defense. That’s a credit to him, and to Ryan. And it can’t make the Bills happy to see Maybin contributing for an AFC East rival in a way he never contributed for the Bills.

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44 Responses to “Aaron Maybin: Rex Ryan saw something that Bills’ coaches didn’t”
  1. jpb12 says: Nov 5, 2011 6:40 AM

    Wasn’t he also cut by the Jets, and re-signed?
    C’mon Man

  2. monropoobah says: Nov 5, 2011 6:47 AM

    sometimes rex can get something more out of a player. that’s good coaching and a good job for tannenbaum finding a bargain basement player. to be fair, probably a lot of coaches do that. just have to hit it right. it’ll be interesting to see how he does against his old team

  3. cletusvandam says: Nov 5, 2011 6:47 AM

    the only thing rex ryan saw was his good players getting hurt so he had to resign this baffoon after cutting him

  4. jimmysee says: Nov 5, 2011 6:59 AM

    The NFL is all about second chances and redemption.

    Hope Aaron can make a career of it in his new digs.

  5. mrsryansfamoustoejam says: Nov 5, 2011 7:00 AM

    Rexy is enamored with Aaron’s incredible wheels. And those ankles…ooh la la!

  6. legacybroken says: Nov 5, 2011 7:20 AM

    Can we stop it with the annoying Rex Ryan foot meme. Its already grown more tiresome then the Belicheck spygate jokes.

  7. krazykachy says: Nov 5, 2011 7:21 AM

    I wish him the best 14 games a year. Hopefully this weekend he gets pushed around

  8. krazykachy says: Nov 5, 2011 7:23 AM

    I forgot. They let him go because he is a small lb for the scheme the bills are trying to run

  9. rushbacker says: Nov 5, 2011 7:35 AM

    You’re kidding me? People are still making Rex Ryan foot fetish jokes? That junk is staler than the shelves at 7-11, get some new material, for God’s sake.

  10. EJ says: Nov 5, 2011 7:38 AM

    The Jets cut him once already, he was brought back because they needed someone to fill in for a few injuries. Besides, Ryan didn’t see a great player, he seen an oportunity to get a partial look at what the Bills run on Defense. He needs that “edge” in order to compete with Buffalo every year.

    Aaron Maybin ripped off the city of Buffalo. There should be high expectations for any player taken in the first round and he didn’t even come close. He ran his mouth, but never backed it up.
    Opportunity was given, he just never put forth the effort that was needed. Bacically, he got paid millions of dollars for nothing. Hell, he spent more time during training camp fixing his hair than he did trying to learn the game at an NFL level. When I seen him during the night practices in Pittsford(TC) all he would do is stretch and check out the good looking girls that were there. No matter what he accomplishes with the Jets, he’ll always be a bust here in Buffalo.

    God forbid that fool gets a sack or more on Fitzpatrick this weekend, the O-line would probably commit suicide out of embarassment.

    Go Bills!!!!

  11. redbullenergydrink says: Nov 5, 2011 7:39 AM

    Just glad he found a team where he could be used to his full potential. Can’t wait for the game! Should be a good one!

  12. ny82jy says: Nov 5, 2011 7:41 AM

    Maybin is also tied for the league lead in forced fumbles to. He has looked really good to me since hes been on the team. His speed is undeniable and he gets to the qb more times than not when hes out there. I cant see how he never got a sack in buffalo. It will make my day sunday to see him drop fitzpatrick.

  13. kingcasper says: Nov 5, 2011 7:44 AM

    Maybin has dick lips. He’ll be blocked by fullbacks the rest of the year…..

  14. kingcasper says: Nov 5, 2011 7:45 AM

    Rex Ryan is a fat bastard. He’ll have a heart attack on the sidelines by the end of the year….

  15. wwwmattcom says: Nov 5, 2011 7:57 AM

    There was ‘something’ the Bills coaches didn’t see, coming from the person who coaches have found ‘something’ in he should at least know what it is, but at this point it’s ‘something’ even he can’t figure out. Just another way of saying; He works harder for the Jets since the money isn’t guaranteed anymore.
    It is also a sign that Vernon Gholston was an even bigger draft bust. Rex saw ‘something’ in him too.

    This is news?

  16. bukes111 says: Nov 5, 2011 7:57 AM

    very nice mrsryansfamoustoejam. But seriously, no one doubted the guys speed but he weighs 230 (undersized for a 3-4 OLB) and can’t cover. He’s one dimensional and teams can still exploit his shortcomings when he’s out there. But the Jets were so desperate for a pass rush, they have to put him out there. But to his credit, he’s producing.

  17. stanmark says: Nov 5, 2011 7:57 AM

    dude didnt like the way the coaches were doing things so he didnt try hard. besides, what the bills have on their d-line now is far greater than this pouting kid.

  18. stubbyjones says: Nov 5, 2011 7:59 AM

    Good Lord…hes recorded 3 sacks. Lets not fit him for a gold jacket yet. Most of these sacks were coverage sacks…watch him play, he has absolutely no skill whatsoever and runs aroud like a chicken with his head cut off…hes still a bust.

  19. edmazeing1 says: Nov 5, 2011 8:05 AM

    He saw your feet!!!

  20. FinFan68 says: Nov 5, 2011 8:15 AM

    Aaron Maybin: Rex Ryan saw something that Bills’ coaches didn’t
    A slight amount of effort on his part?

  21. 13whysoserious says: Nov 5, 2011 8:24 AM

    The guy literally gets hammered all over the field in the run game. He’s too light in the can to play effectively on 4 downs. I hope to god he’s out there on the left come Sunday, Fred will break the all time single game rushing record. He’s got 3 sacks and 3 forced fumbles? Who’s willing to bet those are his end of year stats. Aaron is a non-story, stop making him into one.

  22. leocrow says: Nov 5, 2011 8:27 AM

    Maybin now has three career sacks but he only actually beat a player to the quarterback on one of those three and it was Ryan Mathews, not an offensive lineman.

    Not to downplay the Jets’ coaching staff: they certainly get more out of their defensive players than my Bills. But it’s not as though Maybin is suddenly a stud after exiting Buffalo. Outside of his own mind, of course.

  23. tmmccar4 says: Nov 5, 2011 8:31 AM

    Whether you saw Maybin in games, practices, camp, OTAs, the Anchor Bar, etc. it was clear he lacked any football sense. He ran around like he was in a chase scene on The Benny Hill show. The classic “look like Tarzan, play like Jane”. I wish him well. He never seemed like a bad dude, just someone who was unable to live up to his own hype in Buffalo.

  24. dbiggs76 says: Nov 5, 2011 8:39 AM

    I hope Eric wood lays his @ss out again like he did in training camp. this guy is a punk and had plenty of chances… remember the Chicago preseason game….that was embarrassing

  25. mike83ri says: Nov 5, 2011 8:41 AM

    Maybin is too small to play every down, he’s best suited for passing situations where he won’t be a liability against the run.

    Mark Anderson has 3 sacks for the Pats this year in the same situational role. I wouldn’t say he’s a star now either, he just does his job.

  26. diamonds2323 says: Nov 5, 2011 8:57 AM

    I’m sure the Jets cut him for week 1 so that they did not need to guarantee his salary.

  27. bigfranky75 says: Nov 5, 2011 9:01 AM

    Maybe it isn’t fair, but he needed to be released from the Bills from what he represnted… the past. The bumbles and screw-ups of the Dick Jauron era…. he refused to play special teams, he didnt show effort in practice. a total premadonna. He was a HUGE reach to begin with, as most prognosticators had him as a mid-round “project” not a 1st round impact guy.

    I watch him at Buffalo training camp and for 2 yrs straight he was tossed around liek a rag doll by Ed Wang and other Buffalo O-Line back-ups… guys that arent even on the team anymore.

    He was the very definition of a bust.

    That being said, him being cut may have been the best thing that could’ve ever happened to him…. it must’ve been a humbling experience… and maybe it made him realize that he has got to WORK to get an opportunity. I hope he does well (jsut not against the Bills!). 🙂

  28. bucks12965 says: Nov 5, 2011 9:09 AM

    Personal accountability…anyone?….anyone?

  29. promin1 says: Nov 5, 2011 9:32 AM

    This guy is a fool. As I recall, Rex cut him and only resigned because of injuries. Wow…and I thought the Jet fans were delusional. Apparently so are their players.

  30. bmorehomeofthewire says: Nov 5, 2011 9:43 AM

    Aaron Maybin just needed the right scheme to produce. Maybin is a great kid who you will never read about in police blotter and deserved the opportunity to show his skills….

  31. jeremyb91 says: Nov 5, 2011 9:46 AM

    It’s interesting that some of the “busts” from that first round are starting to come into their own this year, either on a new team like Maybin and Aaron Curry, or just playing better this year DHB, Tyson Jackson, Crabtree, Andre Smith, and others.

    Aaron Curry has filled a big role on the Raiders defense. If you talk to any Seahawks fan they’ll tell you Curry was an absolute bust and say you are full of it if you say Curry is playing good.

    Maybin’s another player who is being used correctly. Some players are “square” and can’t be placed into “round” holes. They have to be used correctly or they won’t play well. Rex is using Maybin correctly. Chuck Bresnahan is using Curry correctly and it shows.

    Now I look forward to Curry using his speed to stop Tebow from bootlegging it as he’s done an excellent job of setting the edge by not allowing RB’s to run outside the tackle on the weakside. I hope Maybin does well against Buffalo too.

  32. george1859 says: Nov 5, 2011 9:52 AM

    Umm, Maybin available to 31 other teams on waivers, and only the Jets saw something?

    When this guy is actually on the field for more than a few plays, and actually has to work up a sweat, the “wheels” go away. He’s fresh legs only…
    I guess he’s a little project of Rex’s so the league knows what a genius Rex is, until the time comes when he can’t afford the luxury and needs football players who can hang with the opposition for more than a couple plays..

  33. mezzadjs says: Nov 5, 2011 9:54 AM

    Maybin had plenty of time to show the coaching staff in Buff what he was made of. Unfortunately for him, it wasnt much and they moved on. As a Bills fan seeing this guy on the field, he just flat out does not have it. What he does have is a high motor, which will only get you so far in the nfl.

  34. monropoobah says: Nov 5, 2011 10:17 AM

    this piece resulted in talking about football! woo! restored my faith in human nature. (a little)

  35. rexismybff says: Nov 5, 2011 10:37 AM

    “Of course, the Bills would argue that the five to seven plays a game were an opportunity, and that Maybin also had plenty of opportunities in minicamps, training camps, practices and preseason games to prove he deserved more than five to seven plays a game in the 27 regular-season games he played for the Bills.”


    Not really. Same thing happened with Ziggy Hood. The Steelers would only let him on the field for a few plays each game his first year and a half, and he never had a sack, and he was being considered a draft bust. But, once he got a starting job due to injuries late last year, he has produced 6.5 sacks, including 2 big ones in the playoffs last year. Besides that, the Steelers have been better against the run with him as a starter.

    Sometimes you have to let the young D-linemen play a few entire games and allow them to get into the flow of the game before you find out what they are made of.

  36. realnflmaster says: Nov 5, 2011 10:56 AM

    LOL it’s easy to tell who the 12 year old bandwagon Pats fans are in the comment section. The ones who post the stale rex ryan foot fetish jokes.

    umad we stomped you in the playoffs?


  37. keepyerstickontheice says: Nov 5, 2011 11:13 AM

    “He has no clue — he doesn’t know a single defense — but it’s like, ‘Hey, just turn that corner’ — and he did that pretty good,” Ryan said after Maybin’s first practice.

  38. nyjalleffingday says: Nov 5, 2011 12:05 PM

    If anybody is interested (which I highly doubt) Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News did an excellent piece on Maybin. It’s well worth the read if you’re not a blinded homer and can appreciate a good story.

  39. americankris says: Nov 5, 2011 12:19 PM

    Rex gave him the same thing he gives himself


    Maybin gained 30 pounds

  40. green41563 says: Nov 5, 2011 12:56 PM

    Some of these anti-Maybin posts are hilariously absurd, but here’s my favorite: “Getting rid of him was smart because he’s too small to play the run.”

    Even assuming that’s true, so what? There are loads of players, some of them highly paid, who excel in specialty roles. Should the Bears have cut Devin Hester because he couldn’t play cornerback? This is a pressure-based league, and if Maybin can get even as few as 6-8 sacks playing only 10-12 snaps a game on obvious passing downs, that’s worth a lot.

    Besides, before last week’s explosion against a decimated Redskins team, the Bills had four sacks as a team. FOUR SACKS IN SIX GAMES. In other words, they had no pass rush whatsoever. Am I supposed to believe that they couldn’t have used Maybin’s pressure in a third-down role?


  41. nyjalleffingday says: Nov 5, 2011 1:10 PM


    Exactly. He’s only on the field for passing situations, and he’s producing in a spot where the Jets needed any talent they could get desperately. I’ll take 3 sacks and 3 forced fumbles in 4 games from a situational guy anyday. If you know his story it’s hard not to root for the guy if he’s playing for your team and to top it off all this is coming at the expense of Buffalo. He’s not a world beater, he’s just been a pleasant surprise.

  42. wtf_seriously says: Nov 5, 2011 1:39 PM

    nyjalleffingday says: Nov 5, 2011 12:05 PM

    If anybody is interested (which I highly doubt) Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News did an excellent piece on Maybin. It’s well worth the read if you’re not a blinded homer and can appreciate a good story.


    It was an excellent article. It let you see the personal side of the man, and what he has been through, and what being cut and then signed by the Jets made him realize. And as one other poster commented, I don’t think we will be seeing Maybin on the police blotters anytime soon.

  43. jeremyb91 says: Nov 5, 2011 2:02 PM

    bigfranky75 says:

    “He was the very definition of a bust.

    That being said, him being cut may have been the best thing that could’ve ever happened to him…. it must’ve been a humbling experience… and maybe it made him realize that he has got to WORK to get an opportunity. I hope he does well (jsut not against the Bills!)”

    Not only being cut was a humbling experience, but going to another team w/o first round expectations can be huge for players. Aaron Curry left Seattle and the expectations bestowed upon a 4th overall pick and now has the expectations of a 7th round pick one year and a 5th the next. Maybin’s expectations are no different than anyone signed off of the unsigned free agent heap compared to a high first round pick. Curry was the definition of bust too and has shown in Oakland he’s no bust and if he keeps improving could become a steal.

    Buffalo and Seattle fans will be quick to point out all the faults of Curry and Maybin, but that’s because of pure hate for their teams missing on high draft picks. Change can do players good. Another player not previously mentioned, DE Jarvis Moss a 1st round pick for Denver who is doing very well for Oakland the past few games.

  44. billsthicknthin says: Nov 5, 2011 8:00 PM

    Maybin has ONE move, try to run around a guy on the outside. I don’t know what he weighs now but when you show up to camp as an OLB and you weigh less than your kicker, you won’t be taken seriously.

    As to him having “success” with the Jets it’s because of their great coverage down field. Two of his sacks are on extended plays. Although it is entertaining watching him fly backwards most plays from contact. He’ll be invisible tomorrow.

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