Tag:Rex Ryan
Posted on: April 29, 2011 1:20 pm
Edited on: April 29, 2011 1:22 pm

Hot Routes 4.29.11 Not all knee-jerk draft stuff

Hot Routes

Posted by Andy Benoit

Cowboys first-round pick Tyron Smith believes he has the potential to be a Pro Bowler and a Hall of Famer. (He might be right about the Hall of Fame potential. But Pro Bowl potential? Who does he think he is?)

Did you happen to catch Nick Saban’s reaction to the announcement of Alabama offensive lineman James Carpenter being drafted in the first round by Seattle? It was one of disbelief, if not controlled shock.

The Falcons are set to report to work on Monday.

The 2015 Super Bowl will be held in either Glendale, AZ or Tampa, FL.

The Panthers drafted Cam Newton first overall. Wait….did you already know that? Be honest.

Gabe Carimi got a text from Jay Cutler last night. (Trying to think of a quick bridge to a Brett Favre joke…..thinking….thinking…….thinking………darn it. Anyone have anything?)

The Browns’ first-round selection wasn’t the only public reading Peyton Hillis did Thursday. The Madden cover boy also took care of the Top 10 List on Letterman. (Topic was top10 perks to being on the cover of Madden ’12. Number eight:, Hillis said, “It gets my name out there. Even I have never heard of me.”)

Could the Dolphins be looking at Colin Kaepernick in Round 2? (If so, would their tendency of picking quarterbacks in the second round be considered an addiction?)

Brandon Marshall is visiting the Dolphins facility, which is good news considering where he was a week ago.

A pitch for an entire San Diego sports complex could be part of the Chargers’ efforts to get a new stadium.

Just because the Raiders had no picks Thursday doesn’t mean their war room wasn’t busy.

Roger Goodell doesn’t blame the fans for booing him.

Justin Tuck on Rex Ryan: “The last time I checked, I have a Super Bowl ring and he doesn't, so if he's proud of coming up short, I guess he should be proud of that." (Ryan actually earned a ring as the D-line coach for the 2000 Ravens.)

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Posted on: April 26, 2011 11:52 pm
Edited on: April 28, 2011 11:58 am

Rex ruffles some of Rhodes' feathers

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Only seven more shopping days until Rex Ryan’s autobiography, “Play Like You Mean It” hits bookshelves, and in celebration, a number of tweeters and New York media put out excerpts that might entice you to buy the tome of Rex (who got help from Don Yaeger along the way).

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We point you toward the Newark Star Ledger where some of Ryan’s comments are shared on draft bust Vernon Gholston, the TripGate incident involving strength coach Sal Alosi, and the whole Ines Sainz/Jets incident.

But what got at least one of his former players upset was what Ryan wrote about Kerry Rhodes, now a DB with the Cardinals.

“He was a selfish-ass guy,” Ryan writes. “He wouldn’t work, and he was a Hollywood type, flashy and needing attention. I don’t mind flashy, but your work ethic had better back it up.”

So, how did Rhodes respond on his Twitter account? “Classless!” he wrote.

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Posted on: April 20, 2011 8:51 pm

Rex Ryan says he won't trash-talk Rob on 9/11

Posted by Will Brinson

As we detailed previously hear on the old Eye, the brothers Ryan -- Rex of the Jets and Rob of the Cowboys -- will square off on September 11th during the Sunday night game on national television.

There will be a touch of fanfare to this game, but according to Rex, it won't come in the form of trash-talk between the two brothers.

"It’s going to be a little different," Ryan said, per Calvin Watkins of ESPN Dallas. "The fact that the game is on opening night and the 10-year anniversary of 9-11 will put a little damper on [the trash-talking]. I certainly don’t want to do something that would take away from [honoring the anniversary of 9-11]. This game certainly won’t be about my brother and I. I think there probably won’t be as much trash-talking as maybe what’s gone on in the past."

That's easy to say now, though quite surprising considering that this is Rex Ryan we're dealing with. And it's probably a good thing for both he and his team not to make the game out as a matchup of the Ryan Bros.

Besides, both guys are known for the defensive stylings, so it's not as if everyone will be wondering whether Rob can outscheme whatever Rex has cooked up for Mark Sanchez on offense (that's really Brian Schottenheimer's job). And, Jason Garrett's running the show offensively for Dallas anyway -- he's the guy that Rex gets to match wits with.

The no-trash-talking policy could certainly change as we get closer to the actual game, though. After all, we are talking about guy in Rex who once mocked (albeit in a playful and hilarious way) Rob on the podium leading up to a matchup between the Jets and Browns.

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Posted on: April 17, 2011 7:00 pm

Bart Scott on Patriots: 'They want to be us'

Posted by Will Brinson

The NFL might be in a state of limbo, but if there's one thing you can count on during any offseason, it's the Jets running their mouths.

The latest example? Bart Scott, who threw a barb at the division rival Patriots, during a wide-ranging interview with Metro New York.

"That doesn’t sound right, that kind of talk," Scott said of Wes Welker's feet-referencing during a press conference last year. "That’s when you know they're buying into us, when they start sounding like we talk. Wes Welker start trying to be us, sounding like we do. That's how you know they want to be us."

Prediction: no one on the Patriots will be responding to Scott's comment. Or, at least, responding any sort of manner that would allow the Jets to start some sort of flame war when they're not actually involved in any on-field gamesmanship.

And that's probably obvious, but it warrants mentioning, because that's how this war is fought -- the Jets run their mouths publicly, the Patriots silently allow them to do so, and then try to run-up the score. It just happens to get awkward when New England can't take care of business in the playoffs.

Scott didn't just take shots at the Pats though: he also gave the Ravens a bit of backhand-complimenting, deriding John Harbaugh's decision to take the fun out of the Ravens. Or something.

"The Ravens don't operate like the Ravens anymore. Harbaugh changed everything. The Ravens aren't that loose anymore," Scott said. "We laugh, we joke, but then we go out there and put in a defensive system. We have our fun, and then on the field, we know what to do. If you study for the test, there’s nothing to be nervous about, right? If you don't know what you're doing, that’s when you can't have fun. We know what we're doing, but on the field, we back it up, too."

And, of course, it wouldn't have been a complete Bart Scott interview if he didn't say something super-nice about Rex Ryan, so he made a comparison to Barack Obama.

Perhaps it wasn't that far off, but still, it's a pretty typically flamboyant interview. The good news, though, is that it's a pleasant reminder that football is still out there, somewhere.

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Posted on: April 14, 2011 9:30 pm

Bart Scott would welcome Ochocinco with open arms

C. Ochocinco might like his surroundings in New York a bit better than in Cincinnati. Posted by Andy Benoit

Earlier this year, Bengals wideout Chad Ochocinco said he would do anything to play for someone like Jets head coach Rex Ryan. Many figure he’ll get a chance. The Bengals are tired of the Ochocinco sideshow and will likely release the aging-but-still-viable receiver rather than pony up the $6 million it would cost to keep him.

Because of Ocho’s remarks about Ryan, the idea of Ocho in New York has been tossed around (for what it’s worth, Darrelle Revis has campaigned for the team to bring him aboard).

Count linebacker Bart Scott as one of the Jets who is intrigued by the idea.

“Of course it’s exciting to hear that, and I think that Chad and other guys recognize that not only are we playing hard and playing well, we have an affection for each other,” Scott told Kristian Dyer of the Metro. “I’m really excited that he’s a player who would want to be here, we don’t care about personalities. Personalities like Chad, we can handle. Santonio Holmes is an example of that - people didn’t think we can handle him, but he had only one problem in two years and he’s been the model citizen here. I would welcome Chad here.”

What Scott may not be considering is that the addition of Ochocinco would likely mean the subtraction of free agent Braylon Edwards. Or, worse, the subtraction of free agent Santonio Holmes.

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Posted on: April 11, 2011 6:29 pm

Sanchez learned a 'great lesson' on NYC sports

Posted by Will Brinson

Some time back, our friends at Deadspin posted a story that alleged Mark Sanchez had some -- ahem -- relations with a young lady in New York. The young lady allegedly in question, Eliza Kruger, was 17-years-old, and it created a bit of a stir.

The stir didn't last long, though, and turned out to be unnecessary, because the legal age of consent is lower in New York than it is in other places around the country. Also because it appears the claims were false and/or were never confirmed. Sanchez finally spoke about the allegations in a radio interview over the weekend.

"I mean people embellish stories, fabricate stories, to try to drive traffic to their website, to try and get people to start talking about their publication," Sanchez said on the Petros and Money Show, via Sports Radio Interviews. "It didn't bother me. It was just too bad that somebody had to go do stuff like that, but it’s a probably a great lesson about playing in New York and being in the spotlight."

Sanchez also pointed to a story someone told him about recently, in which he was supposedly "hanging out with" Hayden Panettiere.

The Jets quarterback then pointed out that he has in fact hung out with her, because they have close mutual friends. But that obvious connection won't stop anyone from making a leap of faith and assuming that two celebrities are dating.

All of which is to say that Sanchez is correct: in New York City, people will make these leaps much more quickly than elsewhere, and there's a much brighter spotlight being shown on athletes in the Big Apple. (Rex Ryan reiterated this exact point a few months ago, in fact.)

Staying on your best behavior is paramount, and avoiding any awkward stories during a long career in NYC is a feat in and of itself. Which, by the way, is what makes what Derek Jeter's done all that much more impressive.

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Posted on: April 11, 2011 9:20 am
Edited on: April 11, 2011 9:49 am

Rex Ryan is fond of Randy Moss

Posted by Andy Benoit

On Sunday, CBSSports.com’s Mike Freeman wrote “(Rex) Ryan recently raved about Moss, and despite what the Jets may say pubR. Mosslicly, several league sources told CBSSports.com the team is seriously intrigued by Moss. That doesn't mean they'll sign him, but it's a possibility.”

So what, exactly, did Ryan say?

“Randy Moss, I’ve said all along, is a great vertical receiver,’’ the head coach told Greg Bedard of the Boston Globe. “And you have to roll coverage. Most teams would have to roll coverage to him.  We never did, but we got burned for a touchdown. But he was a weapon. A vertical weapon down the field.’’

With Santonio Holmes a free agent and indicating that he’ll play hardball in search of a long-term contract, there’s a small possibility the Jets could be in the market for a new wideout.

Moss, the guy Darrelle Revis once called a “slouch”, is available. At 34, his skills have mostly eroded and the Titans aren’t interested in re-signing him.

Is Moss worth bringing in? Well, Freeman basically covered it. (In a word, No!)

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Posted on: April 10, 2011 9:07 am

Ryan: Gholston improved but others did better

Gholston Posted by Josh Katzowitz

One of the biggest – or, at least, most highly-publicized – draft busts in the past few years was Jets DE Vernon Gholston’s inability to turn his talent into anything resembling even a journeyman career in the NFL.

As ESPN.com’s Tim Graham points out, Gholston, a No. 6 pick in 2008, started only five games in his career and recorded exactly zero sacks. In fact, we wrote about it in Hot Routes last month when it was discovered he could have unlocked a $9 million escalator bonus by simply recording a sack, a fumble recovery or a forced fumble. He didn’t, of course.

All along, Jets coach Rex Ryan thought if anybody could develop Gholston, he could be the coach to do it. When talking with Graham a few weeks ago, Ryan apparently got a little defensive talking about the fact he couldn’t mold Gholston into the player Ryan wanted him to be.

To be fair, Gholston was a 4-3 DE at Ohio State but then moved to the 3-4 LB position under former Jets coach Eric Mangini before moving to the 3-4 DE spot in Ryan’s defense. So, yeah, he moved around a little bit. But still …

"I think Vernon improved," Ryan told Graham. "Last year, I thought he gained strides. Unfortunately, I never knew this when we picked up Trevor (Price) and he played well for us, but that took a little away from Vernon. We had Shaun Ellis, so it was kind of hard to get [Gholston] more reps.

"But the guy is an excellent teammate. He did what was asked and he got better.”

Graham then asked if Ryan had failed with Gholston.

"Well, then I failed as far as the numbers go," Ryan said. "But I thought he got better, though. We'll see what happens to him. He's not done playing.

"I think I've had a long list of guys I've developed in my coaching career. Some guys develop faster than others. But I'll put how I coach up against anybody in this league when it comes to defense and technique."

Gholston likely will get another chance in the league. But obviously it remains to be seen if someone other than Ryan can unlock the talent that apparently lies in Gholston’s body.

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