Many Jets fans assume/hope/wish/pray that the team will find a new right tackle for 2012.
They may be assuming/hoping/wishing/praying wrong.
G.M. Mike Tannenbaum told WFAN on Thursday that Wayne Hunter remains the starter. “We expect Wayne back,” Tannenbaum said, via Brian Costello of the New York Post. “We expect him to be our starter. We need more consistent line play. There’s no question about that. . . . We expect him to play better this year.”
Of course, “expect” is one of those convenient lawyer words that can be adjusted if necessary. Expectations can change if, for example, the Jets find someone better in free agency. Or if Hunter is outperformed by his backup during the offseason, or in training camp.
Tannenbaum also has said he expects quarterback Mark Sanchez to play better. It’ll be hard for that to happen if Hunter doesn’t play better.