Tag:Rex Ryan
Posted on: February 26, 2011 12:47 pm
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Rex Ryan's fashion statement

Posted by Andy Benoit

INDIANAPOLIS -- Got to go behind the ropes for a few minutes at the Combine on Saturday to meet with some NFL execs. Waiting at the bank of elevators located around the corner from the NFL Network set was Rex Ryan. Take a look at what the Jets head coach was wearing (photo courtesy of NFL.com):

R. Ryan (US Presswire)

The Newsome, of course, is Ozzie, the Browns legendary tight end. Ryan’s fashion choice for this day is somewhat peculiar only because Newsome is also the current GM of the Baltimore Ravens. Ryan worked for Newsome as the defensive coordinator in Baltimore.

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Posted on: February 24, 2011 5:54 pm
Edited on: February 24, 2011 5:58 pm
 

Combine scene Thursday night

Rex Ryan made a popular appearance at the NFL combine (Getty). Posted by Andy Benoit

INDIANAPOLIS -- I was told going in that the Combine consists of a lot of sitting around, with little bursts of action here and there. Thus far, that’s pretty much true.

The bursts have actually been fairly frequent – a head coach or GM makes his way into the room every 15 or 20 minutes. And a prospect comes in every 10 to 15 minutes. The coach and GM press conferences consist mainly of references to how all 32 teams are looking to get better, how the team is interested in improving and how everyone is still in the middle of evaluating the draft prospects (which is both true and a way of deflecting questions).

The room absolutely buzzed for Rex Ryan’s presser. He drew a crowd that was double the size of the next biggest crowd on the day. Ryan’s approach was brilliant: he immediately guaranteed a Super Bowl title for 2011 (before any questions were even asked). He then went into a long, passionate and often humorous spiel about how he was going to will a championship out of the team this season. The media loved it – LOVED it. In fact, they loved it to so much, they hardly noticed that Ryan ducked all questions of substance. It’s a fair game everyone has agreed to play.

After the press conferences, interviews generally spill out into the hallway. The TV and radio guys patrol the area and score a lot of one-on-ones. But if it’s simple conversation or who’s who sightings you’re after, the best areas are still the hotel lobbies and streets. Walking back from the Marriott this afternoon, I was a few paces behind Rex Ryan and Mike Tannenbaum (it was actually that awkward walking distance where you can’t decide whether to pick up the pace and pass the person or just hang in there and hope they don’t think you’re following them).

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Posted on: February 24, 2011 3:46 pm
Edited on: February 24, 2011 5:57 pm
 

Rex Ryan: 'I guarantee we'll do it this year'

Posted by Eye on Football Staff

INDIANAPOLIS -- Rex Ryan (Live!) is underway at the combine and, as usual, the media's hanging on his every word, as the Jets coach drew a tremendous crowd for his 3:30 PM EST press conference.

And, shortly after calling GM Mike Tannenbaum a "diva" for his performance on CSI: New York, Ryan did what's become expected of him lately: guarantee a Super Bowl victory for the Jets.

"I thought we'd win it the first two years," Ryan said. "I guarantee we'll do it this year."

It's really nothing new from the Jets coach, but you don't have to tell him that.

"I’m not afraid to stand up here and say we're going to get it done," Ryan said. "I’m going to try to will a championship. Anything it takes."

For starters, it's probably going to take at least a new CBA deal and some free agent signings -- not to mention a good draft.

But while rolling eyes at Rex's proclamations have become the reaction du jour now that he's guaranteed a title so many times, it's still tough to dismiss the success he's had in his short run with the Jets and their strong chance to compete for a title in 2011.

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Posted on: February 12, 2011 3:47 pm
 

Rex Ryan talks about recent Sanchez story

R. Ryan (US Presswire)Posted by Andy Benoit

There was a celebrity sitting courtside at the Knicks-Lakers game Friday night who got a thunderous reception from the Madison Square Garden crowd: Rex Ryan. The Jets head coach attended the game with his wife Michelle. Undoubtedly adding just a sprinkle more noise to his thunderous reception was the fact that he was wore a throwback Clyde Frazier jersey.

MSG’s Jill Martin interviewed Ryan at halftime. In addition to expressing his unwavering confidence that the 2011 Jets will “win it all” (what else would you expect?), Ryan addressed Mark Sanchez’s recent off-field embarrassment.

"Not everybody can play quarterback in this town. It takes a special person, and Mark can do it,” Ryan said, intending no pun about his quarterback’s rumored romance with a 17-year-old. “He's proved that he can do it. He's focused and determined. Some guys would wilt under the pressure of New York, of being in the city. But Mark looks forward to it.”

Ryan added, "You've got to have broad shoulders, he has broad shoulders. I always talk about skin like an armadillo -- though I know it's armor -- but that's the illustration we make to our guys. He's a great player, a great person, and he can handle this."

(Photo courtesy of Neil Miller of the New York Post)

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Posted on: January 29, 2011 12:08 pm
 

Jets might be ready 'to move on' from Gholston

Posted by Will Brinson

Vernon Gholston, the No. 6 overall pick in the 2008 draft, has been a bit of a disappointment for the Jets so far in his career. In fact, he's yet to record a career sack. 

And GM Mike Tannenbaum was asked during a recent wrap-up conference call whether Gholston was going to hang around for the long run.

"Certainly, he’s been given his fair share of opportunities," Tannenbaum said per the New Jersey Star-Ledger. "It could be time to move on, but obviously we’re not ready to say that yet."

Tannenbaum also pointed to the improved play of cornerback Drew Coleman, who eventually took hold of the nickleback spot for the Jets. Gholston saw no such late improvement -- he was eventually moved from outside linebacker to defensive end, where he didn't see much more success.

"Not playing toward the end, obviously, is something we’re going to take a long look at and see if there’s a role that makes sense for him," Tannenbaum said. "If there is, obviously we’ll keep him, and if not, we’ll move on."

The Jets did plan ahead for this though -- because Gholston made more in 2010 (the not-quite, but still-kind-of "all-in" season for New York), he's less of a financial liability for the team should the team decide to bail on their first-round investment from 2008. If a better edge pass rusher emerges in this year's draft, that's entirely feasible scenario.

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Posted on: January 24, 2011 8:50 am
 

Rex Ryan after the game

Posted by Andy Benoit
R. Ryan (US Presswire)
The Jets head coach was awfully good at talking in the weeks leading up to the AFC Championship. So what did Rex Ryan have to say immediately after losing in the AFC’s final for the second year in a row (and third consecutive year for him personally)?

"Our goal for next year, I got news for you. It won’t change. And it’ll never change. We’re gonna chase that Super Bowl. We’re gonna chase it until we get it, and then we’ll chase it after that again. But that’s it. People wanna criticize us, then you go ahead, but you really got no right.”

Saying “you really got no right” doesn’t make a lot of sense given the media-craving nature of Ryan’s team. But give the man a break, he was fresh off a bitter defeat when saying this.

Ryan was also asked about Pittsburgh’s decision to throw the ball on third and long right after the two minute warning. (Ben Roethlisberger rolled out and completed a pass to wide receiver Antonio Brown.)

"I was shocked they didn't run the football," Ryan said. "I expected a QB draw. It was a gutsy call by (Steelers coach Mike) Tomlin. I tip my hat to them for putting the ball in the air. They made huge plays to earn the victory."

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Posted on: January 21, 2011 11:50 pm
 

Jets' interesting approach to D play-calling

Posted by Andy Benoit
M. Pettine (US Presswire)
There’s a fascinating article from Bob Glauber of News Day about how Rex Ryan and Jets defensive coordinator Mike Pettine (remember the brutally honest goateed bald guy from Hard Knocks?) handle the defensive play-calling.

Apparently, the two men split the duties during the game – a practice that is virtually unheard of at the pro level. Glauber writes:

Their arguments over the headsets are laced with anger and profanity.

"If anybody ever recorded us on the headsets, we'd have our own reality show," Pettine said Thursday as the Jets continued preparations for Sunday's AFC Championship Game against the Steelers. "People say we're like brothers on the headset, and we've been approached after the game and they're like, 'Hey, are you and Rex OK?' ''

After a recent win, Pettine recalled that conversation as he and the rest of the staff smoked cigars near the team bus, one of Ryan's traditions. "I'm like, 'We're smoking cigars in the parking lot. Of course we're OK,' ''Pettine told the coach. "Half of it you don't even remember, but it's just two competitive guys and we both have our opinions."

This season, Ryan delegated more play-calling power to Pettine, though in the playoffs, the head coach has taken back a significant amount of that power. It’s not to the point where Ryan has taken over the defense entirely, but Pettine admits that it’s close.

Asked if he was OK with that, Pettine replied, "We're 2-0 in the playoffs. I'm real OK with that."

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Posted on: January 21, 2011 10:51 am
 

Hot Routes 1.21.11: what does Mean Gene think?



Posted by Josh Katzowitz

  • Mean Gene Okerlund weighed in on Bart Scott’s post-game rant last Sunday. Said Mean Gene: “On a scale of one to 10, I would give him an eight. A good interview has to create emotion. You can do that through love or hate, or just by entertaining people, and he does that.”
  • Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti lays down the gauntlet for new OL coach Andy Moeller: there better not be any more alcohol-related incidents, or you’ll be fired.

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