Tag:Rex Ryan
Posted on: May 20, 2011 3:34 pm
Edited on: May 20, 2011 4:30 pm

Scott: If Jets don't win title, they're a 'joke'

Posted by Will Brinson

Every year since Rex Ryan has been with the Jets, there's been some sort of Super Bowl-winning guarantee.

His first year, it was "bold," the second year it was "brash," and now, it's edging towards "tired."

Bart Scott, the raucous Jets' linebacker, understands that Ryan's team needs to go ahead and deliver.

"I think it's about time we get it done and see this thing through because, after a while, people are going to start looking at it as a joke," Scott said in an interview with ESPN's Sal Paolantonio (which somehow resulted in a miserably overextended SportsCenter "Can't Wait" segment).

Scott's right, too -- at some point Ryan and the Jets' guarantees are just going to become blasé, if they haven't already.

The thing going for Ryan is that for two years in a row, his team has made the AFC Championship Game.
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So he's actually quite close to pulling off the Super Bowl victory (though I'm not sure his Jets beat either the Saints or the Packers, but that's just me), or at least having a one-game shot at pulling off his guarantee.

The NFL is a fickle world, though, so it's probably best to either a) stop making guarantees or b) follow through with them. Since we know (a) ain't happening, well, the Jets need to win pretty quickly unless they want to end up as a punchline to a bad Joe Namath joke.

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Posted on: May 7, 2011 10:51 am

Titans are done with Randy Moss

Moss Posted by Josh Katzowitz

If there was any doubt in your mind – and really, there shouldn’t have been – it’s now official. WR Randy Moss will not be rejoining the Titans squad.

That’s the word from Tennessee GM Mike Reinfeldt, who took part in a conference call with Titans season ticket holders and broke the predictable news to them.

“I honestly don’t think we’ll try to re-sign him,” Reinfeldt said, via the Tennessean. “We’ve got some young guys we like and I think at this point in his career he will probably go elsewhere.”

Where that is, well, no one knows, though Moss has made it clear he wouldn’t mind a return engagement with the Patriots, and the Jets might actually be intrigued in perhaps trying to find a place for him – though I think most of us would agree that Rex Ryan’s squad shouldn’t bother.

In other Titans news, Reinfeldt said he liked second-year QB Rusty Smith, but not necessarily as a starter (“He could be a pretty good darn backup for a while,” Reinfeldt said in comments that I’m sure Smith would LOVE to read). Reinfeldt also said he’d love to have back MLB Stephen Tulloch. This, even though Tennessee drafted two linebackers (Akeem Ayers in the second round and Colin McCarthy in the fourth round) with its first four picks last week.

Right now, it’s unclear whether Tulloch would be a restricted or an unrestricted free agent.

“I think what we tried to do (in the draft) at the linebacker position and in all the positions is really create as much competition as possible: Get as many good football players as you can at each spot,” Reinfeldt said. “(But) Stephen Tulloch is a good football player and we want him back.”

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Posted on: May 6, 2011 3:53 pm

Rex Ryan says Belichick is AWESOME

R. Ryan had nothing but praise for B. Belichick (US Presswire). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Rex Ryan is a crafty one all right.

Ryan, in the middle of a book tour for his tome, “Play Like You Mean It,” told the YES Network (via the New York Post) that his characterization of the AFC championship game (that it was about Ryan vs. Patriots coach Bill Belichick and that it was “personal”) was a ploy to keep the heat of New York’s 45-3 loss to New England earlier in the season off the team.

Obviously, it worked, because the Jets ended the Patriots season with 28-21 win.

"That whole week, I never wanted it to be about that 45-3 game," Ryan said. "And I knew if I didn't do something, [the media] would be talking about it with our players, and I never wanted that negative thought to creep into their minds.

"There certainly was a method behind it, and I told [Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum] after we win the game, I was gonna say that I was wrong, that it had nothing to do with me and Belichick. Because if it did, Belichick would win, because he's that kind of coach."

Ah, but Ryan wasn’t finished talking about Belichick quite yet.

"I don't think he is [great], I know he is," Ryan said. "He's the best coach that I've ever seen. I know the way he motivates his team, all these types of things … you don't luck into three Super Bowls, and I don't know how many he's had as an assistant coach. This guy is a phenomenal coach."

Now, Ryan forces us to wonder: maybe his effusive praise for Belichick is yet another coaching ploy. Maybe Ryan is just that kind of coach as well.

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Posted on: May 4, 2011 5:51 pm
Edited on: May 4, 2011 6:04 pm

'Author' Rex Ryan appears on the 'Colbert Report'

Posted by Will Brinson

It was kind of impossible not to laugh when I opened up my television guide last night and saw that "Author Rex Ryan" was appearing on the Colbert Report.

But, hey, the Jets coach IS an author, and he's on a tour de force peddling his written wares to the public. And last night's stop featured an appearance with Stephen Colbert, in which Ryan was -- shockingly -- back on his heels when it came to answering questions.

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The last one, folks, is gold. "Is everyone in your family named after a dog?" I mean, wow. Whatever, more Rex Ryan is always fun as far as I'm concerned, although seeing him overwhelmed with Colbert's wit was a bit disconcerting.

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Posted on: May 3, 2011 11:04 am

Rex Ryan on 'Late Show' with David Letterman

Posted by Will Brinson

Rex Ryan joined The Late Show on Monday night, and as you can guess, when the big guy sat down with David Letterman, hilarity ensued.

Dave asks him about the draft, asks him about soccer ("it's not physical" -- !!!), he asked him about Brett Favre's "thing," he checked with Rex about the "black arts of football" and showed video of Sal Alosi, and of course checked with Ryan on the Pats and Giants.

You'll never believe this, but Rex might think the Jets are better. All-in-all, it's pretty much classic Rex, only toned down a bit for national television.

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Posted on: May 2, 2011 6:22 pm
Edited on: May 3, 2011 7:54 am

Pro Football Writers of America awards announced

Posted by Andy Benoit

The Pro Football Writers of America has announced its awards for 2011.

The Good Guy Award (given to the player that best helps the media do its job) goes to Aaron Rodgers. This is the fourth-straight year a quarterback has taken the honor (Drew Brees won it in 2010).

The Horrigan award is given to the person (not a player or team public relations staffer) whose qualities and professional style help the media best do its job. The 2011 Horrigan winner: Rex Ryan. (His quotes alone wrote half the stories for all football writers this past year.)

The Rozelle Award goes to the public relations staff that consistently strived for excellence in dealing with the media. This year’s winner is the Baltimore Ravens. (Very well-deserved, says yours truly.)

Titans offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger won the Halas Award for overcoming the most adversity (Heimerdinger was diagnosed with cancer during the season).

Finally, 32-year veteran Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reporter Bob McGinn took home the McCann Award, which goes to the reporter that has made a long and distinguished contribution to pro football.

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Posted on: May 1, 2011 2:41 pm

Giants PR department ripping Rex Ryan via Twitter

Posted by Andy Benoit

For some reason, Rex Ryan’s new book seems to have struck a nerve with a few folks within the New York Giants organization. The Giants’ theme against Ryan’s autobiography (in which Ryan says the Jets would have beaten the Packers in Super Bowl XLV) has essentially been, Shut up if you’ve never been to the big game.

Giants spokesman Pat Hanlon is now leading the charge against Ryan and his book (if we can call it a “charge”…which we probably can’t given that that this story will almost certainly blow over until the two teams square off on Christmas Eve).

Looks at some of the tweets Hanlon recently sent out about Ryan and his book:

“You gotta be in it to win it.”

“Tom Coughlin wrote a book, too. It was about a team and [a head coach] that won a Super Bowl.”

“Based on my observation, uh, no. RT @BobKat7: @giantspathanlon Jesus H. Christ! Does this guy EVER stfu? #RyanTheClown”

“Did you say Super Bowls? RT @HeartlessJersey: @giantspathanlon keep missing the playoffs!”

“RT @AngryNYfan: @giantspathanlon @ProFootballTalk Rex is a very good coach but every time he opens his mouth I thank God we have Coughlin”

“Guy can coach his big ass off, I agree RT @vinnykey: Rex certainly says stupid things but bottom line - 2 years and 2 AFC Champ games. Not many can say that. @MarchettiT”

There are more, but you get the idea.

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Posted on: April 30, 2011 9:54 am
Edited on: April 30, 2011 10:01 am

Brady on Rex: 'As long as he hates me, I'm cool'

Posted by Will Brinson

NEW YORK -- Fact: if you ask anyone about anything in the NFL, you have to ask them about the New York Jets and Rex Ryan.

And if you find yourself at an Under Armour Charged Cotton Draft Chat with Tom Brady in New York City and fail to ask about Rex, well, you're fired on the spot.

Not by Brady though -- it's pretty obvious he's answered his share of questions about the division rivals at this point and could talk about something else. 

"My favorite subject -- let's talk about the Jets," Brady half-joked, half-complained when asked about Ryan's new book. "As long as he hates me, I'm cool. Because he's the leader of that team and the players take after their coach. They've had successful postseasons, you know, getting to the AFC Championship Game. So I'm sure we'll be prepared to play them when we do."

The beauty of that quip is like ten-fold. It contains the stereotypical "Patriot Way" quote ("I'm sure we'll be prepared"), it offers a little reverence to Ryan's role ("he's the leader") and success ("success postseasons") but it also totally takes a potshot at the Jets inability to win a Super Bowl under Ryan thus far.
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That's not saying that Ryan is a loser because he doesn't have a title, just that he's guaranteed a lot of them, and still has three less than Brady and Bill Belichick. The real tragedy here, of course, is that no one got to ask Brady about the shocking third-round move by the Pats to draft Ryan Mallett.

More than anything, though, it's a reminder that we need football back ASAP, so we can go back enjoying the rivalries that actually take on the field.

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