EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 11: Wayne Hunter #78 of the New York Jets runs with an American Flag on to the field during pregame festivities against the Dallas Cowboys during their NFL Season Opening Game at MetLife Stadium on September 11, 2011 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
''I am the starting right tackle, that's it,'' Hunter said. ''Not up for debate. Whatever happens come opening day, I am the starting right tackle. They told me that, so it's clear to me. It's as simple as that.''
'When it comes to the media and fans, I feel I have lived up to (handling) it. I had good games last year, had some great games. I also had some bad games. I didn't pick up where Woody left off. I was the weakest link last year at times, played like a rookie last year, and this year I'm going to play like a nine-year veteran.''
I really hope that he does, I remember a couple of good games, one being the Jacksonville game in week 2. I can't remember too many great games and there were a lof of bad games. At least Wayne appreciates that he was the weakest link last year, and maybe in his 2nd full year of starting we do see some improvement. Nobody goes out there with the intention of being the weakest link, and I don't think his performances last year relate to any short comings in practise or effort, so It's difficult to have any issue with Wayne himself.
I do have a lot of respect for our new offensive line coach Dave DeGuglielmo, so hopefully he can work closely with Wayne to improve his performance this year. However to just single out Hunter would be unfair, the offensive line as a unit need to step up. D'Brickashaw Ferguson had a ver poor year last year and teams found it far too easy to get around the man protecting the blindside, memories of that Baltimore game come flooding back.
I do think we will draft a RT high next year, even if Wayne does improve he will be 31 by the time the season gets started. I'm hopeful of improvement and at least Wayne is saying all the right things.