Tag:Rex Ryan
Posted on: January 6, 2011 8:35 am
Edited on: January 7, 2011 11:14 am

Colts vs. Jets: 7-Point Playoff Wild Card Preview

Posted by Andy Benoit

CBSSports.com's patented and award-winning 7-point playoff preview gets you ready for each and every playoff game. And as an added bonus, check out our playoff podcast preview:

1. New York Jets (No. 6, AFC, 11-5) @ Indianapolis Colts (No. 3, AFC, 10-6)

Rex Ryan is getting yet another crack at a legendary quarterback who is 5-0 all-time against him (counting Ryan’s days as the Ravens defensive coordinator…and NOT counting the Week 16 Curtis Painter Game from last year). Ryan calls his matchup with Peyton Manning “personal” – almost like it’s a foot fetish issue or something. Or maybe by “personal” Ryan means that he takes the losses personal (yeah…probably that one). In that case, someone can inform Ryan that Manning isn’t making it personal – he tries to exploit the holes of every opposing coach’s system.

2. PLAYOFFS?! Watchability Ranking (On a scale of 5 'Jim Mora Faces')

AFC Championship rematch? Definitely worthy of primetime slot and 5/5 Jim Mora Faces. (And any game that follows an NFC West-related game is going to naturally look great by comparison.)

3. Key Matchup to Watch: Jets DB's Drew Coleman & Dwight Lowery vs. Colts Blair White & Jacob Tamme

The winner of this weakness-on-weakness matchup could very well determine the outcome of the game. About 10 seconds after they learned they were playing the Colts, the Jets announced that shutdown cornerback Darrelle Revis would shadow 111-catch wideout Reggie Wayne. In the past, Manning has had no problem going elsewhere with the ball when Wayne is bracketed by safety help or facing a superstar cover artist.

Manning’s No. 2 option Saturday is Pierre Garcon, though Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie poses a tough challenge. Cromartie does not have the physicality or technique to grind with the über-strong Garcon, but his lanky 6’2” frame and ball skills give him lethal playmaking prowess. Manning knows all about that playmaking prowess – he’s been picked off four times by the ex-Charger (three coming in an ’07 Sunday night contest).

And so we get to Manning’s third read: wideout Blair White or tight end Jacob Tamme (depending on the formation). Both are better options than you’d guess but, of course, worse options than their injured predecessors (Austin Collie and Dallas Clark). What makes White’s and Tamme’s wild card contributions significant is that the Jets ancillary pass defenders have struggled mightily at times this season. The 45-3 shellacking from the Patriots, for example, was a product of Tom Brady throwing repeatedly to whichever receiver New York’s backup corners lined up against. That said, White and Tamme are not as dynamic as Deion Branch and Aaron Hernandez.

As defensive backs go, Coleman and Lowery are both very good blitzers. Though he hasn’t done so nearly as often this season, perhaps Ryan will elect to gamble. Manning, however, is revered around the league for his ability to punish a blitz (he has mastered “the little things”). In all likelihood, the Jets are going to have to rely on their backup defenders winning their man-to-man matchups. Ironically (and fortunately), those matchups are against Indy’s backups.

4. Potentially Relevant Video

There is a certain video involving a certain member of the Jets coaching staff circulating around the internet these days, but at some we have to commit to having maturity and class. So, we’ll pass along something else. Because interceptions were a bit of a bugaboo for Indy’s quarterback this season, and because this game (like all playoff games….and all games in general) will probably come down to turnovers, we’re going with The Manning Face.

5. The Colts will win if ...

Their defense can hold an opponent to 80 yards rushing or less for a fourth straight game. In fact, keeping the Jets’ sixth-ranked rushing attack under 125 yards would probably do the trick.

6. The Jets will win if ...

They can maintain a simplistic, ball-control oriented gameplan for Mark Sanchez. Doing that involves playing for field position, keeping the score close by limiting the Colts’ possessions early and banking on at least one big play (think Brad Smith kick return, Santonio Holmes catch-and-run or a turnover that leads to immediate points).

7. Prediction: Colts 24, Jets 17
Posted on: December 31, 2010 8:09 pm

Our last post of the year (hopefully)

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

We’ve come to the last NFL Facts & Rumors blog post of 2010. But don’t be sad, dear reader. Be happy, because in 2010, you only got a half year’s worth of entertainment (or, if you’re so inclined, a half-year of you wondering how in the hell Andy Benoit, Will Brinson and I got these jobs) after we jump-started this bad boy in June.

Either way, we appreciate your reading eyes, your argumentative nature in the comments section and your passion for the NFL. Without your hunger for news at all hours of the day, this blog would have a very hard time surviving. And we thank you for being here and for inviting us onto your computers every day.

We look forward to 2011, because it’s the playoffs, it’s the Super Bowl in Dallas, it’s the NFL Draft and hopefully it’s the agreement of a new CBA. Hopefully, it’s not Brett Favre or Albert Haynesworth or an owner lockout.

And hopefully, nothing more about foot fetishes.

And speaking of foot fetishes (I can’t believe I waited until New Years Eve to break out my strong segue skills), I thought we should end this year on an appropriate note – briefly discussing, once more, what simply isn’t our business.

More photos have surfaced of a woman that looks like Ryan’s wife getting her feet fondled by somebody who isn’t Rex Ryan. I won’t bother linking to the website; if you want it, it’s not too difficult to find. Instead, I’ll give Ryan the last word on the matter (and of the year).

"It's a personal matter and I'm not going to discuss it," said Ryan, according to ESPN New York.

And that (hopefully) is that.

Happy new year to all.

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Posted on: December 30, 2010 12:02 am

The latest obligatory Sanchez update

Posted by Andy Benoit
M. Sanchez (US Presswire)
For some reason, America has developed a particularly keen interest for whether Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez will rest his sore right shoulder or play in his team’s meaningless game against the Bills this Sunday. This interest probably derives from the fact that Rex Ryan spoke so bluntly about the issue almost immediately after learning that the Jets were in the playoffs.

Ryan initially said that Sanchez would rest. But then he said on Monday that because Sanchez had gotten in a groove the past two weeks, he’d play.

On Wednesday, Ryan said there was “no way” Sanchez will play all four quarters. "I haven’t decided he’s going to play 'X' amount of plays or if he’s going to play at all," Ryan said, according to Conor Orr of the New Jersey Star Ledger. "I’m leaning to think that maybe he’ll play some, but we’ll see."

Sanchez has been throwing with his left hand in warm ups and soft-tossing with his right. That is all precautionary. Sanchez, of course, is preparing this week as if he’s going to play. This is part of the reason it behooves Ryan to not decide on his quarterback’s status this early in the week.

In short, the news here is that there really isn’t any news. Ryan is still undecided about Sanchez. But we relay it anyway because, hey, it’s the Jets, and at least we know the quotes aren’t typical NFL nonsense.

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Category: NFL
Posted on: December 28, 2010 10:08 am

Sanchez could start Sunday. Or he might not

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

First, Jets coach Rex Ryan wasn’t going to play QB Mark Sanchez in New York’s regular-season finale against the Bills this Sunday, because he wanted to rest Sanchez’s sore shoulder. Then, he changed his mind, because he doesn’t want to force Sanchez out of his groove by benching him for what is essentially a meaningless game.

Now, Ryan has reserved the right to do either one.

"This is kind of tough," Ryan told reporters Monday on a conference call, via the NY Post. "Here's what I'm looking at: obviously, his health is the No. 1 priority, [but] the fact that he is in such a groove right now . . . we have to look at it as the week goes on.

"It's kind of a fine line because he's hot right now. We can't afford for him to take a dip. We need him to stay at this level. Those are things we'll definitely consider. I don't want to say 100 percent he's out or he's in, to be honest with you. That's what I'm weighing right now."

The Post predicts, though, that Sanchez will start. As evidence, the paper points to the three scenarios this season in which the Jets had more than a week between games. In those contests combined – one came after a bye week, one came in the season opener after the offense rested during the final preseason game and one came 10 days after a Thursday night game – Sanchez completed 46.7 percent of his passes for zero touchdowns and five interceptions.

You can understand why Ryan would want to avoid a repeat of those performances. The sense here, though, is that Sanchez will play at least part of the game. Which, in reality, is probably the smart move to make.

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Category: NFL
Posted on: December 24, 2010 5:02 pm

Sanchez should be ready to start

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Jets coach Rex Ryan sounded concerned Thursday by what he saw from QB Mark Sanchez. Basically, he saw a quarterback who perhaps wasn’t fit to start Sunday because of a small cartilage tear in his shoulder. He didn’t have zip on his passes, and Ryan said Sanchez could be a gametime decision for Sunday’s game vs. the Bears.

After today’s practice, that prognosis has changed.

"The thing I'll say about Sanchez today, he threw the ball a lot different than he did yesterday," coach Rex Ryan told reporters, including the Newark Star Ledger. "He looked really good. The thing we have to watch for now is how he comes back because he really pushed it and was throwing a lot of balls today so we'll see how he comes back from it."

The shoulder isn’t 100 percent, Ryan said, but Sanchez is most likely going to start. On the team's injury report, he’s listed as probable.

Said Sanchez in a statement released by the team: “I threw it just like I did the week before and throughout the season. The treatment has been working; I felt better than the two days prior and I’m going to be ready to play on Sunday.”

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Category: NFL
Posted on: December 24, 2010 11:14 am

Week 16 NFL Podcast Preview

Posted by Will Brinson

It's a holiday bonanza of a podcast today, as Andy and Will break down every game on the weekend schedule, handle Rex Ryan's foot fetish and also welcome special guest Greg Cosell of "NFL Matchup" to talk about some of the bigger issues in the league today (MVP candidates, emerging trends, underrated coaches and possible Pro Bowl snubs).

Afterward, they discuss whether they'd rather have David Garrard or Donovan McNabb long-term, whether Ray Lewis will let Peyton Hillis go off again, why Tony Sparano's on the hot seat, what the Seahawks will do for a quarterback and which teams out of the Giants, Packers and Colts will keep their playoff hopes alive.

All those issues handled (plus, much, much more) below -- just hit the play button below and don't forget to Subscribe via iTunes .

If you can't view the podcast, click here to download .
Posted on: December 22, 2010 7:48 pm

Report: Jets Sanchez has tear in right shoulder

Posted by Will Brinson

Off-the-field, um, issues aside, the Jets may have bigger problems facing them as they try to make another playoff run -- Mark Sanchez reportedly has a slight cartilage tear in his right shoulder, even after undergoing an MRI that revealed "no serious injury" earlier this week.

The injury, however, likely won't keep Sanchez from playing on Sunday against Chicago, according to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, who also reports a source who indicates Sanchez will be "fine" for Sunday against the Bears.

"Whether I am [100 percent] or not, I'm in there," Sanchez said. "I'm playing. That's all there is to it. I got to be on the field. That's what I'm here for and that's what I'm going to do."

The Jets have experienced some distractions over the past few days. Although, regardless of the odd nature of the reported foot fetish vids involving head coach Rex Ryan, that's really nothing new for this team.

However, the possibility that Sanchez could be in any way seriously injured is a bit terrifying. Mark Brunell's available as a backup, of course, but given that Ryan didn't bench Sanchez amid a pretty bad slump, it's clear he'd rather stick with his youngster.

Mehta also notes he's been told Sanchez could play the rest of the season and the playoffs "without incident" despite the injury, but an ideal scenario would involve the Jets giving him as much rest as possible.

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Category: NFL
Posted on: December 22, 2010 7:17 pm

Ryan, Jets on foot vids: 'It's a personal matter'

Posted by Will Brinson

Anyone who's ever seen Rex Ryan handle a room full of reporters usually comes away laughing because he's almost always jovial in front of a microphone. Not so on Wednesday, when Ryan was asked the inevitable questions about the foot fetish videos that popped up on Deadspin Tuesday.

"Obviously, I knew this question is coming," he said. "This is a personal matter, and I'm not going to discuss it."

Ryan repeated the line when asked whether he could confirm that it was indeed he and his wife in the videos. (Note that no one has actually confirmed this; there is just a whole lot of circumstantial evidence that has many a person believing it's the Ryans on film.)

"Again, this is a personal matter, and I hope you can respect the fact I wish not to discuss it," Ryan replied.

Darrelle Revis was a little more forthcoming about the possibility that Ryan may or may not have been in the videos, telling reporters that Ryan said he was "embarrassed."

"He basically came in there and said, 'You guys might know about the situation; some of you guys might not know,'" Revis said via Jenny Vrentas of the New Jersey Star-Ledger. "'You'll find out later on today. Right now, I feel embarrassed, but it's something personal with me. We need to focus on Chicago.'"

The Jets have Ryan's back on this, issuing a statement from GM Mike Tannenbaum that read, "This is a personal matter, and he has our full support." The NFL isn't commenting one way or another on it either, also calling it "a personal matter."

Of course, there's nothing wrong with the videos. They're just "different." Or maybe not, it's not my thing, but it's not sexual harassment and it's just -- if it is actually Ryan and his wife anyway -- two people who clearly love each other doing whatever floats their boat.

That being said, for those people who want the world to develop a modicum of privacy over this for someone as profoundly public as Ryan's been since he took over the Jets, well, your expectations greatly exceed reality.

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