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Stephen Hill struggled with “whole football concept” last season

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If you’re the sort of football player who has trouble with intense media scrutiny of you and your team, the New York Jets were about the worst possible team for you to wind up playing for in 2012.

Wide receiver Stephen Hill is just such a player and he admits that the glare of the spotlight trained on the team last season was one of the reasons why he struggled to perform well after a two-touchdown debut in a rout of the Bills. Hill explained to Conor Orr of the Newark Star-Ledger that dealing with the media as well as trying to handle a new offense while battling through injuries left the second-round pick at sea in his rookie season.

“It’s not hard, it’s just annoying,” Hill said. “We’re always on ESPN for something, and it was just a lot. It put pressure on learning, and then having to explain if I messed up, so that’s where most of the pressure was. It probably did throw me off during games, you’re just out there running. That’s what it felt like. I was out there running but I didn’t understand the whole football concept.”

Hill says he’s now looking at the whole year as a “learning experience.” For his sake, you’d hope that one of the lessons learned was that leaning on things like injuries or the media as excuses for poor play don’t tend to engender much sympathy when you’re a starter in the NFL since they are difficulties everyone has to deal with during their careers. Hill is hardly the first rookie wideout to struggle, though, so there’s plenty of reason to think he’ll be better the second time around, including Jets wide receivers coach Sanjay Lal’s outline of a systemic plan similar to the one he used to help Darrius Heyward-Bey steadily improve after a rough rookie year when both men were employed by the Raiders.

The play of the quarterbacks will surely have a lot to do with how much Hill is able to do in his second season, but an understanding of the “whole football concept” is going to be a necessary thing for Hill to get regardless of who is throwing him passes.

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20 Responses to “Stephen Hill struggled with “whole football concept” last season”
  1. bdubbzisback says: May 6, 2013 9:39 AM

    Pretty sure the entire Jets team struggled with the “whole football concept” last season.

  2. slayisland says: May 6, 2013 9:43 AM

    Well i guess this is why he was a non- factor

  3. therealpittbull says: May 6, 2013 9:48 AM

    This shouldn’t be a surprise. He was the most boom-bust projection as a draft selection last season. Teams feel they can fix any gut with athletic ability, and most times its not true.

    It goes back to these bogus college schemes. If you go to college classes to earn a degree in Accounting, you better get that particular curriculum. Same for Football, why are teams running their Quarterbacks, the wishbone, and other gimmicks, when none translate into the NFL.

    If you have a kid being recruited, be smart and send him to schools with Pro Style schemes and tactics, not a gimmick school because you like the colors and went there yourself. This is big business and don’t put your kids behind the eight ball. Start thinking that he is a walking corporation and the rest will follow.

  4. somekat says: May 6, 2013 9:50 AM

    So the jets are hoping this works out for Hill as well as it did for DHB? Good luck with that

  5. somekat says: May 6, 2013 9:55 AM

    If you have a kid being recruited, be smart and send him to schools with Pro Style schemes and tactics, not a gimmick school because you like the colors and went there yourself. This is big business and don’t put your kids behind the eight ball. Start thinking that he is a walking corporation and the rest will follow.

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    Because usually the pro style school are mediocre at best schools.

    95% of college players never even sniff the NFL. If you are sending your 17 year old kid to school soley based on if their offense translates to the NFL, you are more likely to wind up with a drunken, doped up 30 year old, laying on your couch daydreaming of what could of been, than an NFL player for a son.

    Not to mention, there is no gurantee that the coach running the pro style offense will be there for 4 years. They follow the money, and the programs follow the W’s

    Pretty iditoc view of things if you ask me. Unless your kid is a moron who has no ability to do anything except “ball”

  6. swagger52 says: May 6, 2013 10:04 AM

    If Hill could run under Flacco Bombs, he would have been JUST fine. However, he does get to play AFC East defenses, so he should be fine, even with QB-to-be-named-later philosophy of the Jets.

  7. alecanthony says: May 6, 2013 10:09 AM

    He’s a New York Jet, what do you expect?

  8. mkohli10 says: May 6, 2013 10:46 AM

    There it is, another anti Jet article implying a circus. Hilarious. You guys really need to find more to write abt. Wow.

  9. thegronk87 says: May 6, 2013 10:49 AM

    If hill could run a 6.2, he would actually be slow enough to catch sanchez’s underthrows….

  10. bigkountry24 says: May 6, 2013 10:50 AM

    Better luck this year with Geno or Sanchez throwing to you again! Trust me your going to need it son!

  11. hehateme2 says: May 6, 2013 10:56 AM

    Yet another great draft pickup by the jests. The hits just keep coming.

  12. laserrocketarm12 says: May 6, 2013 11:35 AM

    Probably ought to bear himself for the inevitable backlash that’ll come with calling out the NY media nerds like that, but bravo to him.

  13. laserrocketarm12 says: May 6, 2013 11:37 AM

    Somekat apparently doesn’t look at stats, or is just another mindless moron who lets the media dictate how he thinks, but DHB has been a fine receiver for Oakland these last two seasons.

  14. deathonwings410 says: May 6, 2013 11:38 AM

    If you have a kid being recruited, be smart and send him to schools with Pro Style schemes and tactics, not a gimmick school because you like the colors and went there yourself. This is big business and don’t put your kids behind the eight ball. Start thinking that he is a walking corporation and the rest will follow.

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    Maybe he also went to GA Tech because its a top tech school so he’d have that to fall back on if football didn’t workout.

  15. realdealsteel says: May 6, 2013 11:44 AM

    How can a rookie grasp the “football concept” in an organization that can’t grasp the “football concept”???

  16. tanzim12 says: May 6, 2013 11:52 AM

    Hey Vikings fan. See this memo. Cordarrelle Patterson is this years Stephen Hill. The dude wasn’t the best receiver in his college team. But hey he runs fast and is big for his size. Rarely catches the ball. And you gave up 3 draft picks to the Patriots to get to this guy. In the first round.

  17. pickney1 says: May 6, 2013 12:29 PM

    All this draft gurus or whatever they call themselves after seeing how fast he could run and assuming because he want to the same school as Calvin Johnson he would be their version of Megatron. Foolish people forget to note to fact that the offenses ran btwn the two receivers were very different.

    I said from the moment all the hype came over him..BUST.. tall for nothing, no hands type of receiver

  18. jetsjetsjetsnow says: May 6, 2013 4:30 PM

    “…whole football concept…” What am I missing?

    Player+Team+Position+Scheme+Execute+ Media = Professional Football

    ??

  19. jetsjetsjetsnow says: May 6, 2013 4:32 PM

    Forgot…

    +Fans

  20. kev86 says: May 6, 2013 6:43 PM

    Good thing Jets traded up for a WR that has trouble catching the ball.

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