Tag:Rex Ryan
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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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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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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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 .

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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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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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Posted on: December 21, 2010 6:51 pm
Edited on: December 21, 2010 6:52 pm

Does Rex Ryan have too much sole?

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

I’m going to touch on this story only briefly, because in reality, there’s nothing illegal about a dude loving a woman’s foot and, honestly, because it’s making me a bit nauseous.

But Deadspin.com has videos and a whole heap of possible evidence that Michelle Ryan, wife of Jets coach Rex Ryan, has made several fetish-type videos where her feet have a starring role.

There’s one video where a male is filming a woman that looks like Michelle Ryan with her feet hanging out a car window, and the masculine voice keeps telling her that she has beautiful feet and keeps asking if he can touch them. Some commentators believe the voice sounds like Rex Ryan’s, though I’m not entirely sure of that.

I won’t post the videos here, because though they are SFW, it feels a little too much like I’m watching low-grade amateur porn. Also, this is not the NFFL (National Foot Fetish League) Facts & Rumors blog (though I wonder what kind of page views that blog would get).

Plus, I’m just not sure this whole thing passes the smell test (Ha, get it?).

Can we just forget this whole thing?

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Posted on: December 20, 2010 5:15 pm

Sanchez, despite MRI, should be ready for Sunday

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Although Jets QB Mark Sanchez underwent a precautionary MRI today, coach Rex Ryan said that it won’t affect his starting status for next Sunday’s game vs. the Bears.

According to the Newark Star Ledger, Sanchez hurt his arm on the second offensive drive of Sunday’s game in Pittsburgh, but he still managed to complete 19 of 29 passes for 170 yards and a rushing touchdown in New York’s victory.

"Any time it's your quarterback, you're going to make sure he’s OK," said Ryan, who also mentioned that Sanchez might be limited at practice this week. "The MRI showed it was a positive thing for us. He’ll be ready to play on Sunday. Will it limit him? I don’t know."

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