Tag:Rex Ryan
Posted on: February 26, 2011 12:47 pm

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 25, 2011 1:49 pm

Brian Schottenheimer isn't going anywhere

Brian Schottenheimer had his play-calling questioned after New York's game Sunday (US Presswire). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Following the Jets loss Sunday, New York fans were displeased with offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer’s play-calling, especially considering the team failed to gain two yards – and a touchdown – in four plays with the team down by 14.

You know that the Jets were stuffed on fourth-and-one on a straight run up the middle by LaDainian Tomlinson, and that continues to make fans rather upset. Heck, even coach Rex Ryan second-guessed some of the play-calling, particularly the attempted passes on second and third down at the end of that drive.

That, however, doesn’t mean Ryan is relieving Schottenheimer of his duties. Because he’s not.

“If we had the benefit of hindsight, we should have probably just ran Shonn Greene or (LaDainian Tomlinson) four straight times,” Ryan said, via the Newark Star Ledger. “That’s easy to look back on it. We clearly thought that we had some good plays designed, and it just never worked out.”

Fans weren’t the only ones criticizing. WR Santonio Holmes openly questioned why he wasn’t on the field in the first few plays of the game.

“Ask coach Schottenheimer what happened,” Holmes said. “He’ll explain everything to you.”

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Posted on: January 25, 2011 8:42 am

Welker regrets feet-obsessed presser

W. Welker said he regret his press conference before the New York game (US Presswire). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Patriots WR Wes Welker isn’t usually a loquacious guy, at least on the record. He’s not going to say very many interesting things, because that’s how players generally act when they play for Bill Belichick.

So, when he participated in a news conference to preview New England’s playoff game vs. the Jets, it was almost shocking to hear Welker transform himself into Mr. Double Entendre. In his 10-minute presser, he referred to feet (in deference to Jets coach Rex Ryan) on 11 occasions.

Of course, it was hysterical – and completely unlike Welker – and Belichick showed his disapproval by not starting him on offense during New England’s playoff loss.

The Boston Herald’s Karen Guregian caught up with Welker at the San Francisco airport as both traveled to Hawaii for the Pro Bowl, and he told her that he regretted the press conference.

"I’m not going to get into any details about it, but I don’t think it’s worth putting coach (Belichick) in that situation," he said. "So in a sense, I do regret it. ... As much as you might want to get enticed into that stuff, at the end of the day, it’s just not worth it.”

Belichick was criticized for not starting Welker – though, that probably had very little to do with the Patriots ultimately losing to the Jets – and even Patriots NT Vince Wilfork said he wouldn’t have chosen to sit Welker. Though Welker didn’t talk about that aspect of his punishment, he did imply that, at times, it’s tough not to say anything while you’re opponent can get away with all the trash-talking he wants.

"You know what, I think the best way to stick up for your teammate is on the field," Welker said. "I like the fact we don’t get caught up in all that stuff. At the end of the day, it’s about football. That’s what it’s supposed to be about. That’s all that matters … And not getting caught up in all the media hype. It’s just not worth it.

"It’s not always easy to keep a lid on it. But at the same time, there’s a greater goal, and that’s winning the game and playing good football. That’s what matters. All that other stuff doesn’t matter at the end of the day.”

Of course, the worst part of this story is that Welker probably won’t make the decision ever to be that clever with the media again. Until he leaves the Patriots organization, anyway.

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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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