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Jets say they’re not looking to replace Wayne Hunter

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Even though they probably should be, and already have, Jets coach Rex Ryan said the team wasn’t looking for a starting right tackle.

Wayne Hunter’s become even more of a lightning rod after a bad game Saturday against the Giants, but the team denied they were looking for an upgrade.

“No, if there is something out there … At this time, people are looking to move a player or this player or whatever,” Ryan said, via Jenny Vrentas of the Newark Star-Ledger. “But right now to say that we’re in the market for a starting tackle, I don’t believe that to be an accurate statement.”

Hunter was excused from practice Tuesday because of what the team termed “personal reasons.” Ryan said he expected him back at practice Wednesday and to start Sunday night against the Panthers.

Coincidentally, the Panthers tried to trade Jeff Otah to the Jets to possibly replace Hunter, but that deal fell through when Otah couldn’t pass a physical.

“It’s personal. I’m not going to get into it; it’s between Wayne and I,” Ryan said of their meeting. “I’ll just say, he was here for meetings, and I was OK with him missing practice today.”

Listen, if the Jets aren’t looking for an upgrade, there’s something wrong with them. As much as he’s become a liability in protection, Hunter has become a punch line.

And on the Jets as presently constructed, that’s saying something.

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27 Responses to “Jets say they’re not looking to replace Wayne Hunter”
  1. jdmorgan13 says: Aug 21, 2012 8:31 PM

    That’ll change as soon as some right tackles start getting released, otherwise maybe Rex needs to be checked for “concussion like symptoms”

  2. coder01 says: Aug 21, 2012 8:45 PM

    yes, save your money for next year Jets. I think this season is pretty much over already. TEBOW !

  3. jintfan says: Aug 21, 2012 8:57 PM

    Wow, and the quicksand get’s thicker around this team. 5 wins over/under.

  4. catquick says: Aug 21, 2012 8:57 PM

    Come on, Rex……. “I don’t believe that to be an accurate statement”? Talk about parsing your words………..

  5. winninitall says: Aug 21, 2012 9:00 PM

    I honesly say the jets have a good squad this year and if the offense is used properly the jets can be pretty dangerous. The only issue I see is the RT slot. If this hole isn’t filled the Jets will endanger players that need protection; specially tebows blind side. My confidence this season is very low and the only way this can change is if the jets can just get a decent player in this slot. This situation is worth a trade of a 3rd-7th rd pick. Or even cutting players to make cap room.

  6. lrjets says: Aug 21, 2012 9:16 PM

    Known fact, the Jets needed to address the tackle position in the off-season. Did they?

    They have to aspire to beccome mediocre.

  7. raynman49 says: Aug 21, 2012 9:16 PM

    Yeah, and the Jets are going to the Superbowl for the 3rd straight year.

  8. jpb12 says: Aug 21, 2012 9:23 PM

    Yep – That’s the guy you want protecting Tebow’s blind side

  9. cooklynn17 says: Aug 21, 2012 9:25 PM

    And thats why they will be 4 and 12 this season.

  10. jetsmetsfaninpa says: Aug 21, 2012 9:28 PM

    Why are they protecting SWINGING GATE 78??? He sure as hell isn’t protecting the quarterbacks!!!!!

  11. uscgiant says: Aug 21, 2012 9:32 PM

    Mark Sanchez wants an explanation!

  12. floridaboy619 says: Aug 21, 2012 9:46 PM

    Who’s more likely to give a shot to a small animal come fall!? A hunter and not a deer hunter, Wayne Hunter!!! Yea its a lame joke but spot on lol

  13. descendency says: Aug 21, 2012 10:08 PM

    He may not be, but the Jets next coach is already.

  14. trollaikman8 says: Aug 21, 2012 10:13 PM

    Tannenbaum will probably sign Flozell Adams off the street and lock him up to a guaranteed 5yr/$45M contract.

  15. mavix27 says: Aug 21, 2012 10:15 PM

    The Jets brass are delusional about Wayne “Turnstile” Hunter. They’re smitten by Tebow and don’t think there is a problem because Tebow will elevate above the defense…

  16. johnnyd1956 says: Aug 21, 2012 10:19 PM

    A human turnstile

  17. 1972wasalongtimeago says: Aug 21, 2012 10:30 PM

    Marc Colombo’s available

  18. asyd1827 says: Aug 21, 2012 10:30 PM

    I was at the Jets practice this evening and we were wondering why Hunter was nowhere in sight. We were guessing that he had either been put into wit-sec or was shot for his performance.

  19. kgun80 says: Aug 21, 2012 11:29 PM

    Please don’t replace Hunter !!at least let him play week 1… It’ll be fun watching the Bills D line smash Sanchez!!

  20. ajg314 says: Aug 21, 2012 11:29 PM

    Tannenbaum has got to fix this. He had plenty of chances in the offseason to go and get a free agent RT and he just sat on his hands. Then he pulled a boner of a move with Otah. He’s responsible for this particular mess so now he better go out there and pull off a trade of some kind.

  21. pisano says: Aug 21, 2012 11:45 PM

    They should look to replace Sanchez!

  22. hyzers says: Aug 21, 2012 11:50 PM

    Trade Gosder Cherilus for Kyle Wilson?

  23. lrjets says: Aug 22, 2012 6:17 AM

    raynman49 says:Aug 21, 2012 9:16 PM

    Yeah, and the Jets are going to the Superbowl for the 3rd straight year.

    Swifty, do fans choose players or coaches? Kudos to my fellow Jets fans for their loyalty and now justifiable criticism of the their team. We could have just as easily become Giants fans and share in their Super Bowls victories and dunkings.

  24. exibitsman says: Aug 22, 2012 7:45 AM

    I think they will sign Vernon Carey. Coach soprano from their dolphin days.
    And he’s a upgrade from Wayne hunter.
    Tannibaum will sign him after the next
    Game

  25. scotch679 says: Aug 22, 2012 10:36 AM

    Tanny’s head is gonna roll !

  26. dtr3e says: Aug 22, 2012 11:51 AM

    They knew this was a problem last year. Why they haven’t fixed it already is beyond me. If Tanny doesn’t bring in a guy who can actually play the position, he should be fired! End of story!

  27. covercorner says: Aug 22, 2012 4:04 PM

    Put Wayne Hunter at left tackle, haha.

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