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Posted on: June 24, 2011 7:00 pm
Edited on: June 24, 2011 7:08 pm
 

Santonio Holmes should be priority for Jets

Posted by Ryan Wilson

Last offseason, the Jets acquired Santonio Holmes for a fifth-round pick. That the Steelers were willing to part with their former first-rounder and Super Bowl XLIII MVP for the draft equivalent of a bag of doughnuts* was no reflection of Holmes' on-the-field production and had everything to do with his inability to stay out of trouble.

The Rex Ryan and Mike Tannenbaum Jets don't share such concerns. In fact, their personnel philosophy can be loosely described as "If a guy can play he deserves a second (third, fourth, etc…) chance." And for the most part, the strategy has worked. Braylon Edwards, Antonio Cromartie and Holmes were critical to the Jets' AFC Championship runs the last two seasons, all came to New York with a U-Haul full of baggage.

All three players are also free agents, and once the 2011 offseason officially begins, the Jets will have to decide who to keep and how to do it. According to NFL Network's Jason La Canfora, Holmes is the priority.

“I believe they will (be able to afford Holmes),” La Canfora said on Total Access. “From everything I’ve heard, he will be a priority. Look at what they’ve done in recent years with D’Brickshaw Ferguson, Nick Mangold, stepping up for Darrelle Revis. They’ve done everything possible to keep their young core. … I think Holmes stays in New York.”

Holmes was suspended for the first four games of the 2010 season for violating the league's substance-abuse policy and he still managed 52 receptions for 746 yards and six touchdowns. According to Football Outsiders' WR efficiency ratings, Holmes led all Jets receivers in total value and value-per-play.

The Steelers were able to jettison Holmes and remain productive offensively. Part of that was because second-year player Mike Wallace emerged as a legit No. 1 wide receiver, but also because Ben Roethlisberger ia a top-10 NFL quarterback. The Jets need Holmes because Mark Sanchez is still in the developmental stages of his career. A playmaker like Holmes certainly eases that transition, even if he's not always enamored with offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer's game plan.

Edwards' future in New York seems less certain. Depending on how free agency plays out (assuming a new CBA isn't far off), Randy Moss and Plaxico Burress could also be possibilities.

* Turns out, the Steelers made the most of that fifth-round pick. During the 2010 draft, they acquired CB Bryant McFadden and a sixth-round pick from the the Cardinals for the fifth-rounder they got from the Jets for Holmes. That sixth-round pick would eventually become Antonio Brown.

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Posted on: June 18, 2011 5:12 pm
Edited on: June 18, 2011 5:26 pm
 

Hot Routes 6.18.11: Getting locked in a bank



Posted by Josh Katzowitz

  • Though he was asked over and over again the other day if he had any interest in procuring the services of free agent WR Plaxico Burress, Jets coach Rex Ryan artfully dodged each inquiry and never really answered.
  • In case you wanted to see what the Packers Super Bowl ring looks like, it’s right here in living color. It’s rather, um, large and diamond-y.
  • The Florida Times Union opines that the NFL should consider waiving the blackout rule for at least the first four regular-season games. Do it for the fans, Gene Frenette writes.
  • Wade Phillips didn’t just take the Texans defensive coordinator job to be closer to home. He took it because he thought there was great upside to that unit.
  • Ah, the slow clap. This one was for Redskins LB London Fletcher being late to practice last week. Check out the video below.



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Posted on: June 9, 2011 7:26 pm
Edited on: June 9, 2011 11:57 pm
 

Don Maynard thinks he could have taken Revis

Don Maynard (left) said he could have taken D. Revis one on one (Getty).Posted by Josh Katzowitz

During the NFL Network’s recent top-100 countdown, Jets coach Rex Ryan told the cameras that, when Darrelle Revis’ career is complete, the top-flight CB will be known as the best player in franchise history, saying, "There's only one Darrelle Revis. There's not a better zone (corner). There's not a better man (man-to-man corner). You name the defense, he's the best at it."

ESPN New York caught up with WR Don Maynard – who, along with QB Joe Namath – is considered one of the best Jets in history, and Maynard had an interesting theory about how he would have performed against Revis.

Asked if he could have taken Revis one-on-one, Maynard said, “Oh yeah. It doesn't matter if it was him or anyone else. I had a guy named Namath throwing me the ball. If he goes left, I go right. If he goes right, I go left -- the ball would be there. And I've never been caught from behind. That's why my book is called, 'You Can't Catch Sunshine.' (Revis) is like Deion Sanders. I would've loved to have played against those guys."

I assume the Sanders comparison is a compliment. But Maynard also realizes it’s impossible to line up players side by side if they didn’t play in the same era.

"Everybody has his own opinion," Maynard said. "It's like a basketball official calling a ball game. When he blows the whistle, he pleases one team and displeases another. I'm not judging any of them. Whatever (Ryan) says is his business … I'll say this: Our credentials speak for themselves. We wound up in the Hall of Fame."

For the record, Maynard played from 1958-73. He led the AFL in 1965 in touchdowns (14), and in 1967 he led in receiving yards (1,434). He made four Pro Bowls before he was elected into the Pro Football HOF in 1987. His 88 career touchdowns still rank 10th-best all time.

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Posted on: May 31, 2011 3:28 pm
 

Randy Moss to the Jets could be a reality

Posted by Ryan Wilson

For most NFL teams, the ubiquitous "character concerns" are enough to steer clear of a player, whether a draft prospect or a potential free agent. For the Jets, it's a term of endearment to be embraced. At least that's the perception.

Since Rex Ryan was named the Jets head coach prior to the 2009 season, the organization has welcomed with open arms Antonio Cromartie, Braylon Edwards and Santonio Holmes. All former first-round picks, all immensely talented, and all with off-field issues. But not only was Ryan able keep disparate personalities in check, he managed to motivate his team all the way to the AFC Championship Game twice in two years. It's not a personnel philosophy many teams would endorse, but then again, there isn't another coach like Ryan.

Which is why it's not surprising that the Jets may have legitimate interest in wide receiver Randy Moss. On Monday, in a post about potential landing spots for Plaxico Burress, we speculated that the Jets could be in the running for Moss. Stop me if you've heard this before.

NFL Network's Albert Breer writes that between the league rumor mill and divining the words of Jets owner Woody Johnson, "it's not hard to see some reality" in a Moss-to-New York scenario.

"There's no question that Randy Moss has the capability, has the God-given talent to be a superstar, and he has been a superstar, particularly with the Patriots," Johnson told Breer last week. "That's about all I can say about him, other than I admire his skill and what he's accomplished during those years."

Breer reports that the Jets have worked on "scenario development," which is a fancier, pithier way of saying "How we will deal with free agency should the lockout end tomorrow -- because it's going to be Thunderdome-type chaos around the league." It's good to have contingency plans, especially when the Jets have an abundance of would-be free agents, including Cromartie, Edwards, Holmes, and Brad Smith.

But Moss is 34 and his 2010 production suggests that his best days are firmly rooted in the past. And unless he can get his hands on a time machine, his biggest contribution to an offense will be the weekly complaints about not getting the ball. Of course, there were similar claims in 2006 that Moss was done. He had just finished his second season in Oakland and managed 42 receptions for 553 yards and three touchdowns.

The Patriots took Moss off Al Davis' hands in April 2007 for a fourth-round pick and then everyone watched in awe as Moss hauled in 98 catches for 1,493 yards and 23 touchdowns, and New England went undefeated in the 2007 regular season.

The seven-figure question laded with incentives then becomes: is the 2007 Moss still inhabiting the body of a man who looked disinterested and slow in 2010? It's doubtful. Moss is on the wrong side of 30, and his most explosive weapon -- his speed -- is waning. Plus, Mark Sanchez continues to improve as an NFL quarterback, but he's not Tom Brady. On more than one occasion, Moss has shown that his effort level is directly proportional to the number of passes accurately thrown his way. That could be a problem for Sanchez, whose career completion percentage is 54.4. 

Then again, Ryan has a way of getting the best from his players. Maybe he's exactly what Moss needs.

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Posted on: May 30, 2011 2:02 pm
Edited on: May 30, 2011 10:58 pm
 

Several NFL teams might have interest in Burress

Posted by Ryan Wilson

Plaxico Burress will be released from prison on June 6 after serving more than 20 months for, well, accidentally shooting himself in the leg at a Manhattan nightclub in November 2008. The punishment may not have fit the crime, but New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg wanted to make an example out of Burress, presumably to serve as a warning to others who might consider carrying a loaded weapon in public (or shooting themselves with it, for that matter).

At the time, Bloomberg was clear: "I don't think that anybody should be exempt from [three-and-a-half years behind bars for illegally carrying a loaded handgun]. And I think it would be an outrage if we don't prosecute to the fullest extent of the law."

Now, almost two years later, Burress will finally get his release. For most inmates about to earn their freedom, the biggest concerns about life on the outside often include finding gainful employment and staying out of trouble. The latter is linked to the former, so landing a job is paramount. Which brings us to this: What will the NFL market be for Burress' services once the lockout is resolved?

First, some background: Burress last caught a pass in an NFL game on November 16, 2008. Still with the Giants, and less than a year removed from a Super Bowl title, Burress had just three receptions for 47 yards against the Ravens before a hamstring injury forced him to the sidelines, and a few days later, a self-inflicted gunshot wound changed his life. The next time Burress suits up in an NFL game he will be 34, the age most players begin their transition to life after football.

So the dilemma facing potential suitors goes something like this:
  • After more than 20 months behind bars, does Burress have anything left?
  • How would he fit in with new coaches/teammates/scheme? 
  • Will he stay out of trouble? 
All questions NFL front offices will undoubtedly consider, and a few of them will be ready to sign Burress once we have a 2011 season. In today's "Monday Morning Quarterback" column, Sports Illustrated's Peter King lists his early front runners.

"I think [Burress will] have two or three teams very interested. My guess is the Jets, Eagles and Raiders will be involved (the Jets if they don't sign Randy Moss), and I'll tell you a team that should be interested: Cleveland. A reborn Burress would do a good job giving Colt McCoy a threat he doesn't have right now -- if Burress is in shape and as interested in resuming his career as I've heard."

The Jets have proven time and again that they are unafraid to hitch their wagon to players with baggage (apparently, there's plenty of room on the wagon for both). Santonio Holmes, Antonio Cromartie and Braylon Edwards are the most recent examples, and they helped the Jets to their second consecutive AFC Championship Game appearance last January. Coach Rex Ryan and general manager Mike Tannenbaum know what they're doing.

There is also the possibility that Edwards and Holmes could be lost via free agency should there be a season. That explains the interest in Randy Moss, although neither Moss nor Burress offer Mark Sanchez quite the dynamism that Edwards and Holmes provided a year ago.

Eagles quarterback Michael Vick, intimately familiar with incarceration and second chances, appeared on Philadelphia's WIP last week and said that he'd love to have Burress on his team.

"Absolutely -- it would be a great addition for our team," said Vick, according to SportsRadioInterview.com. "With the guys we have now, I think we can fit him in and make it work. Obviously, the ultimate goal is to put that ring on your finger at the end of the year.

"I think certainly Plaxico is going to come out with a chip on his shoulder the same way I did, and he'll go out and help this football team to whatever capacity he can. I think the guys would be willing to embrace him and bring him in. If that happens, who knows? We talking about 'what ifs' now? It would certainly be a good thing."

Assuming Burress could recapture his past form, it would give the Eagles a third legitimate wideout after DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin (not to mention tight end Brent Celek). There's also a running game featuring LeSean McCoy and Vick, an offensive line bolstered by first-round pick Danny Watkins, and an already-explosive offense suddenly seems more dangerous. And let's be honest, if anybody can relate to what Burress has been through, it's Vick.

King also mentions the Browns, a team mired in futility, and on its fourth coach since 2004. The organization hired Mike Holmgren as team president in 2010 to turn things around. He drafted quarterback Colt McCoy, who played better than anyone expected as a rookie, and added wide receiver Greg Little in April. Still, Cleveland is in need of a big-play, pass-catching threat; Josh Cribbs isn't quite there and Burress could be an attractive short-term solution while McCoy and his young offensive teammates gain experience.

Whether Burress has any interest in going to the Browns is a different matter entirely, although Ron Cook, a columnist for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, thinks the Steelers should give Burress a look. Pittsburgh drafted Burress in the first round of the 2000 draft, and he was then-rookie quarterback Ben Roethlisberger's favorite target in 2004. The Steelers chose not to re-sign him after his contract expired following the season, and Burress ended up with the Giants, where he won a Super Bowl in 2008.

This is just a hunch, but the Steelers will have no interest in Burress; they currently have a depth chart full of quality young receivers to go along with veteran Hines Ward. If they take a chance on any 6-4 wideout, it will be Limas Sweed, their 2008 second-round pick who has battled injuries and drops in an unexceptional three-year career.

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Posted on: May 30, 2011 12:18 pm
Edited on: May 30, 2011 4:40 pm
 

Did Goodell help Jets win over Santonio Holmes?

Posted by Will Brinson

It is possible that many people, to this point in Rex Ryan's work as an author, are unaware of the story Ryan describes on page 174 of Play Like You Mean It. In the book Ryan describes how he asked Commissioner Roger Goodell to scream at Santonio Holmes to bring the wide receiver and the coach closer.

Fortunately, Greg Bedard of the Boston Globe did notice, and he worked up a nice piece, after talking to Goodell, about the problems that such a story creates.

Quickly, here's what happened (I'm trying to save you $17.00 on Amazon, folks): Ryan wanted to get tight with his new wide receiver, who'd had problems with the league. So, Ryan called Goodell and asked him for a favor. Goodell complied by coming to Ryan's office and chewing out Ryan in front of Holmes. Then he chewed out Holmes directly.

"Then I said [to Goodell], 'I'd like for you to try to bring [Holmes] closer to me.' Goodell said okay, but he wanted to know what I had in mind," Ryan writes in his book, per Bedard. "I said, 'When the three of us sit down, I want you to take the first 10 minutes of the conversation to rip my ass in front of Santonio -- about what I've done off the field, how I've embarrassed the league. That is all true about me.

"Then I asked if he would turn and give both barrels to Holmes. I wanted the commissioner to let Santonio know he hadn’t done what he should, either, in being a good employee of the NFL."
Rex Ryan, Author

Ryan writes that his "goal" was to have he and Holmes "in the same boat" after the talk.

That's totally cool. What's not totally cool? The commissioner of the National Football League playing the role of "pawn" in a scheme cooked up in Ryan's own kitchen.

Bedard requested an interview with Goodell at the NFL owners' meetings in Indy but was given a "71-second walk-and-talk" instead. During the brief interview Goodell defended his actions with Ryan and Holmes. He also said that the conversation with Holmes and Ryan did not give the Jets an additional competitive advantage over other teams.

"I don’t look at it that way," Goodell said. "I look at it as I was asked to try to help a young man who I like very much, and we're going to continue to try to do whatever we can to make sure that he's in the best position to continue his career and do the right things on and off the field."

The problem here, of course, is that Goodell might not necessarily be willing to take a train down to Charlotte (or, as Bedard notes, out to Seattle) and help new Panthers coach Ron Rivera and disgruntled wideout Steve Smith become best friends.

And if he won't do that for the Panthers, then he's inherently given the Jets a leg up over other teams, which won't sit well with 30 other teams (excluding the Giants) who already might believe that New York-area teams get an advantage over other clubs.

That might not have been what Goodell meant to do, but it's how Ryan portrayed it in the book. Although at least that's humorously ironic considering Goodell's favor was ripping Ryan for his public behavior.

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Posted on: May 26, 2011 7:00 pm
Edited on: May 26, 2011 8:26 pm
 

Hot Routes 5.26.11 Ochocinco's latest idea

Hot Routes

Posted by Andy Benoit


Colts director of pro player personnel Clyde Powers wants to clarify: he is not retiring, he was fired.

Joe Webb likes the simpler verbiage of the system that new Vikings offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave is installing.

Falcons running back Jason Snelling supports the NFLPA but isn’t a fan of the litigation route.


Jeff Fisher’s son, Brandon, is now a member of the Detroit Lions defensive coaching staff.


LaVar Arrington gets what Ray Lewis is saying about the lockout and crime rate.


Fed-up longtime Bengals fan Brett Kostoff gave up his support for the stripes and auctioned off his fandom on Ebay. The winning bid? $510 to the Pittsburgh Steelers.


Rex Ryan is getting work-stoppage advice from Joe Gibbs, the greatest work stoppage head coach in NFL history.


Dwayne Jarrett’s DWI trial will be in July. In a non-lockout offseason, that’s usually the time of year when Jarrett starts getting ready for his upcoming six months of underachievement.

Bears cornerback Charles Tillman says the only way to be in football shape is to play football. (In other words, player-organized offseason workouts won’t be good enough come end of summer.)


Chad Ochocinco is claiming he’ll act on Mike Brown’s sarcastic suggestion and take up snake-wrangling.

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Posted on: May 23, 2011 11:57 am
Edited on: May 23, 2011 12:09 pm
 

More smoke on Jets-Randy Moss front

Posted by Will Brinson

Waaaaaay back in April, our own Mike Freeman reported that the New York Jets were "seriously intrigued" about the possibility of signing Randy Moss.

And while Freeman might still think the move is a bit crazy on the Jets' part, it looks like a Moss signing might still get the old (gang) green light.

Manish Mehta confirmed in today's New York Daily News that Rex Ryan's team is very much interested in Moss, particularly if either Braylon Edwards or Santonio Holmes don't return.

Holmes and Edwards will be unrestricted free agents, barring 2010 rules being in place for the 2011 year. And it probably doesn't make a ton of sense for the Jets to pump heavy, long-term money into the two wide receivers.

Which is where Moss comes in. He said recently that he can still play "at a high level," even if he didn't show that with his performances with the Vikings and Titans in 2010. He might be willing to sign a shorter, incentive-laden contract with a contender like the Jets.

Oh, and hey, Antonio Cromartie is totally cool with it, so there's that.

"I would love to have Randy Moss on Jets," Cromartie tweeted Monday. "Much respect great vertical guy who has a lot left in the tank."

How much "a lot" is remains to be seen, as does Moss' hypothetical fit with the Jets offense, which isn't exactly the 2007 Patriots --regardless of the personnel they might pick up along the way.

If Moss will jump on board for cheap, I actually kind of like the signing, because of the upside he has, his previous career resurrection, and the fact that he'll be motivated to face the Patriots twice a year.

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