It is foolish to blame Hogan for this

A source of ESPN’s Rich Cimini had an interesting theory on why the Jets might have moved on from assistant GM Rex Hogan.

“One was the decision to draft former BYU quarterback Zach Wilson with the No. 2 overall pick in 2021. Hogan, who developed scouting connections at BYU while working years ago as the director of football operations at the University of Utah, was known to be a strong advocate for Wilson during the draft process,” wrote Cimini on February 4 for “An executive from another team, who knows Hogan personally, theorized it may have been a factor in letting him go.”

Hey, we all have theories on what led to Hogan’s departure. I certainly have them. But I’m not buying this one. This isn’t anything against Cimini. He’s just quoting a source.

But, first of all, there are more misses than hits on first-round quarterbacks. Picking QBs in the first round is far from an exact science.

The first pick overall in the 2018 draft has already been on four teams. The third pick overall in the 2018 draft has already been on three teams. We could talk all day about first-round QBs that perhaps didn’t work out as planned.

Plus, when picking Wilson, the buck stopped with GM Joe Douglas. End of story. It doesn’t matter what your assistant GM says, or what a scout might say, it’s ultimately up to the GM to make the pick.

Douglas has had a lot of good picks, you could argue this wasn’t one of them.

Sorry folks, not buying this theory about Hogan.





Dan Leberfeld
Dan Leberfeld
Publisher of Jets Confidential Magazine. Call 1-800-932-4557 (M-F, 12-4) to subscribe. Co-host of Press Coverage every Saturday on SiriusXM NFL Radio from 11-2.

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