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Coaching intern helps Aaron Maybin get most of second chance

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In 2008, the Jets burned a top-1o pick on linebacker/defensive end Vernon Gholston.  After three years with no regular-season sacks, the Jets admitted their error, and moved on.

In 2009, the Bills blew the 11th overall pick on linebacker/defensive end Aaron Maybin.  After two years with no regular-season sacks, the Bills admitted their error, and moved on.

That’s where the similarities end.  Gholston currently has no job in the NFL.  Maybin, in contrast, has found a home with the team that wasted a high-profile pick on Gholston.

And as Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News explains it, Maybin’s second chance has been fueled considerably by Mike Smith, a coaching intern who by definition is overworked and underpaid.  “Without him, I’d probably be a fish without fins in the open sea,” Maybin said.  (We also would have accepted “fish out of water.”)  “He understands me better than any of my coaches since I was in college.  He’s one of the biggest reasons I’m doing what I’m doing now.”

So why has Smith made Maybin a personal project?  “I believe in second chances,” Smith said.  “He looks at me and knows that I’d do anything for him and he’d do anything for me.  I believe in him.  In Buffalo, nobody believed in him.”

Actually, it took the Jets a while to believe in Maybin.  He made it onto the 53-man roster.  For a day.  Cut in early September, Maybin remained available until the Jets brought him back nearly a month later.

So it’s technically Maybin’s third chance.  And he’s made the most of it, with six sacks and four forced fumbles in only nine games.  He could be getting consideration for the AP comeback player of the year award, if the voters conclude that he ever did anything to which he is now coming back.

More importantly, Maybin could be getting himself in line for a significant payday.  As a third-year player, the Jets will have to decide whether and to what extent he should be tendered under the restricted free agency rules.  If they don’t limit him come March 2012, he likely won’t draw as little interest as he did the last two times he was on the open market.

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21 Responses to “Coaching intern helps Aaron Maybin get most of second chance”
  1. joetoronto says: Dec 11, 2011 8:51 AM

    Facts are facts, the Bills blew it with Maybin just like the Seahawks blew it with Curry.

    Find out what they’re good at, and let them do it.

  2. thevalsalvamanouvre says: Dec 11, 2011 8:58 AM

    Except Curry isn’t good at anything. Well, except quoting the Bible.

  3. stubbyjones says: Dec 11, 2011 9:02 AM

    Thats because in Buffalo, Maybin was too busy hosting parties, rapping and shaving logos into his head…take a look at the above pic….hes mad at the Bills…for what? Giving him 15 million bucks for nothing in return?! Hes still performing well below what a number 11 pick should..some of it must fall on him.

  4. lazershow15 says: Dec 11, 2011 9:09 AM

    If the Bills never believed in him, he wouldn’t have been picked so high. They gave him big money and he rewarded them with a lack of effort and complaints about no playing time which were caused by said lack of effort. Glad he’s doing well for himself, but there is two much made about how the Bills ” didn’t believe in him” and “didn’t know what they had.” He had opportunities and he squandered them.

  5. nysaysbringit says: Dec 11, 2011 9:16 AM

    OK Stubby…LOL

  6. conquerpeace4d says: Dec 11, 2011 9:18 AM

    So why don’t the Bills sign Gholston, hire an intern, and make it the interns job to “understand” him and make him good?

  7. dietrich43 says: Dec 11, 2011 9:26 AM

    He was a reach, and everyone outside the Bills knew it.

  8. tilllman40 says: Dec 11, 2011 9:43 AM

    What? Maybin had every opportunity here, he decided to put out lame”rap” music n color his hair. That is total bull that he is made out to be the victim . Eric wood wooped his lil rapping ass for a reason . He made millions here for doing nothing.He made more than Fred Jackson, so get out of here w that b.s. All he is an unmotivated hood rat wannabe rapper.that cheap shot he took on fitz he’s lucky spiller was on field not woods or Jackson

  9. seatownballers says: Dec 11, 2011 9:54 AM

    How was curry brought into this conversation? As a fan, I have seen every game of him. He sucks.

  10. db105 says: Dec 11, 2011 9:58 AM

    A little effort can go a long ways.

  11. fittytuckin says: Dec 11, 2011 10:27 AM

    And watch the jets eff themselves by giving him big money. i.e. Calvin Pace. The dude is average at best, but watch them throw 20 plus mill his way.

  12. jetsarestacked says: Dec 11, 2011 10:35 AM

    he probably just needed to get out of buffalo. the place blows afterall.

  13. dolphins4 says: Dec 11, 2011 10:38 AM

    He’s lucky Juan Castillo wasn’t his coach he could make the 85 Bears defense look bad.

  14. bflobacker says: Dec 11, 2011 11:03 AM

    @ jetsarestacked

    And Jersey City is so nice, tool.

  15. nysaysbringit says: Dec 11, 2011 11:13 AM

    @ fittytuckin;
    You have a problem with Pace making good money?…Um…hes worked out pretty well.
    20 mil plus for Maybin….come on …get real …your just another Jet hater with a keyboard.

  16. souldogdave says: Dec 11, 2011 11:16 AM

    You Seattle boys haven’t seen Curry playing well for the Raiders? None are so blind as those that will not see…

  17. EJ says: Dec 11, 2011 11:24 AM

    stubbyjones says:
    Dec 11, 2011 9:02 AM
    Thats because in Buffalo, Maybin was too busy hosting parties, rapping and shaving logos into his head…take a look at the above pic….hes mad at the Bills…for what? Giving him 15 million bucks for nothing in return?! Hes still performing well below what a number 11 pick should..some of it must fall on him.

    Absolutely.

  18. jetsarestacked says: Dec 11, 2011 12:33 PM

    @bflobacker

    actually, parts of jersey city are really nice. downtown would be one example. it certainly isnt nyc, but a billion times better than crappy buffalo.
    i mean, who actually WANTS to live in buffalo?

  19. masochisticjetsfan says: Dec 11, 2011 12:45 PM

    Love him or hate him. Aaron Maybin has an amazing “troll face” as seen in this photograph.

  20. ronlm says: Dec 11, 2011 1:21 PM

    Curry has been playing well in Oakland. Seattle was a bad scheme fit for him. He’s best suited for read and react.

  21. cowhawkfan says: Dec 11, 2011 2:50 PM

    So, it’s his third head and he’s eligible to be a RFA? He’ll get paid on anothe contract and go back to rappin’and hair colorizing. Book it Dano!!

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