The Jets traded future Hall of Fame WR Don Maynard to the Cardinals for a draft pick. With a stable of young promising wide receivers, including Rich Caster, Jerome Barkum and Eddie Bell, the Jets no longer had a spot on their roster for 36-year old Don Maynard. Weeb Ewbank had met with Maynard prior to the trade and asked him to retire as a Jet rather than move on to another team, but Maynard refused, wanting to play one more year.
“I have no hard feelings,” Maynard would say. “The Jets have been taking care of me and watching over me for a long time. They will always have a place in my heart, but now I have another bridge to cross.”
“There will always be a warm spot in New York for Don Maynard,” Coach Weeb Ewbank said. “We hated to let him go, but we have some fine young receivers around and could not afford to lose any of them at this stage of their development.”
He played in 2 games for the Cards and only had one reception before retiring during the 73 season.
At the time of his retirement, Maynard held nearly every major NFL receiving record. He had a total of 633 receptions for 11,834 yards, both records at the time of his retirement and he was 2nd with 88 TD receptions, 11 shy of Don Hutson who was the all time leader at the time.
Ironically, Maynard was originally drafted as a RB by the Giants, who cut him after the 1958 season, because they thought he had poor hands. After a season in the Canadian Football League, Maynard signed with the expansion Titans/Jets, whom he would remain with until the trade to St. Louis on this date in 1973.
Last Edit: Sept 16, 2015 21:08:31 GMT -5 by Lithfan
Also on this date, Sept 10, 2006, Eric Mangini would make his regular season head coaching debut.
Mangini’s first off season as head coach was dominated by a 4-way QB competition between Chad Pennington, Brooks Bollinger, Patrick Ramsey and rookie, Kellen Clemens. Pennington, who had missed most of the 2005 season with a shoulder injury, earned the opportunity to start the first game of Mangini’s tenure, a 9/10/06 matchup against the Tennessee Titans.
Pennington was sharp early as the Jets jumped out to the lead with two 2nd quarter TDs. The first on a 1-yard run by Kevan Barlow. With 1:36 left in the half, Andre Dyson intercepted a Kerry Collins pass to set the Jets up at the Titans 36. In the closing seconds of the half, Pennington made the Titans pay, hitting Jerricho Cotchery for 8 yds and a score. Mike Nugent missed the extra point, so the Jets led by 13-0 at the half. It was a tough day for Nugent who also missed two easy FGs of 30 & 34 yards.
The Jets maintained their lead through the 3rd, but after Nugent missed a chance to put the Jets up 3 scores early in the 4th quarter, the Titans came storming back. A 3 yard run by Travis Henry and a 2 point conversion made it 16-8. With 6 minutes to go and the Jets trying to run out the clock, Pennington would drop to pass on a 3rd and 10, but a strip/sack by Cortland Finnegan would be recovered by Randy Starks at the Jets 1 yards line. Another Henry TD and 2 point conversion followed and suddenly the game was tied.
“It happened so quick, and there was no time to dwell on what had happened,” Pennington said. “We had to go, we had to do something because they had the momentum.” Pennington would lead the Jets back. A 38 yard completion to Laveranues Coles set the JEts up at the Titans 7 yard line. After a false start penalty, Pennington hit Chris Baker with a 12 yard TD strike and the Jets came away with a 23-16 victory. Pennington finished at 24-33 for 319 yards and 2 TDs. Coles had 8 catches for 153 on the day.
“Laveranues is a big-time player,” Pennington said. “The thing I love about Laveranues is his toughness. Even when I make an errant throw, he goes in there and gets it and makes it a positive play.”
“Chad made some really smart decisions,” Mangini said. “I’m proud that he was poised. He came back and overcame some difficulties during the game.”
Last Edit: Sept 10, 2015 5:48:50 GMT -5 by Lithfan
Post by rangerous on Sept 10, 2016 15:15:35 GMT -5
maynard was so very great. people tend to forget that this guy put up huge numbers in a 14 game season and in an era where there was more bump and run defense and fewer passing yards overall. maynard and george sauer were about as good of a wr combination any team could imagine. i suspect they'd be just as good if they were modern players.