Tag:Rex Ryan
Posted on: December 6, 2010 2:53 pm
Edited on: December 6, 2010 2:54 pm

Jets suspicious of Patriots spy tactics?

Posted by Andy Benoit

There have long been widespread rumors about the New England Patriots using clandestine measures to gather intelligence about opponents.

Obviously, there’s Spygate. There are whispers that the Patriots videotaped the Rams walkthrough prior to Super Bowl XXXVI. There has been talk of players being wired during games to better pick up opponents’ audibles. Peter King says Tom Moore and Peyton Manning conduct meetings in the halls at Gillette Stadium because they suspect the locker room might be bugged.

So it comes as no surprise that on Monday FOX Sports’ Jay Glazer tweeted, “Jets players told me Rex (Ryan) asked team to bring playbooks to (meeting) last night fearing them being left in rooms for possible subterfuge.”

It’s likely that the Jets are just having fun fanning the flames of New England’s dubious reputation (anything to bait the fans and media into talking about it). Consider the bait taken.

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Posted on: December 3, 2010 2:49 pm
Edited on: December 3, 2010 4:31 pm

Leonhard out for season (UPDATED)

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

When the Jets face the Patriots on Monday Night Football, New York will be without an important piece of its defensive puzzle. Jets coach Rex Ryan told reporters today S Jim Leonhard suffered a severe shin injury during practice.

As ESPN New York writes, Leonhard and WR Patrick Turner collided with each other during a team drill today, possibly fracturing Leonhard’s shin. Aside from playing safety, Leonhard is the one to call the signals for the Jets defense, and he’s the No. 1 punt returner.

Said Ryan: "Do I still think we'll win the game? Absolutely.”

UDPATE (4:30 p.m.): According to the NY Daily News, Leonhard's injury will end his season.

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Posted on: November 30, 2010 2:02 pm
Edited on: November 30, 2010 2:03 pm

Ryan on Belichick: 'I came here to kick his ass'

Posted by Will Brinson

There's not much needed to hype up this coming week's game between the Jets and the Patriots -- they're arguably the two best teams in the NFL right now, and the Monday night tilt is a just reward for viewers forced to suffer through last night's stinkbomb between Arizona and San Francisco.

But, just in case you weren't excited, about a potent quotable from Rex Ryan to get your motor running? Like, for instance, one about kicking Bill Belichick's "ass"? Is that something you might be interested in?

"I just told the truth," Ryan said via the Boston Globe. "I came here to win. As much as I respect and admire Bill Belichick, I came here to kick his ass, and that's the truth. That's just the way it is."

In fairness, Ryan also called Belichick "the best coach in football" and "the one to beat," so it's not like he was challenging him to a steel cage death match or anything.

Even Belichick called the comments "understandable."

"There’s no love lost between these teams," Belichick said. "That’s what we’re here for. Is that a news story? Is that something you didn’t know? Patriots and Jets want to win the game? I’m not surprised that they expect to win the game, they’re confident, so are we."

And therein lies the difference between Ryan and Belichick. They basically said the exact same thing -- "We want to beat our rival and we want to beat them badly." -- only one made it really, really fun to use in a quoted headline, and the other sounded like every single other person in the NFL not named Derek Anderson.

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Posted on: November 18, 2010 11:33 am

Hot Routes 11.18.10 bye bye to bye weeks

Hot Routes

Posted by Andy Benoit

All 32 teams will be in action each week from here on out, which just means more potential Hot Routes to sift through.

There is a great deal of anticipation for the Andre Johnson-Darrelle Revis matchup this Sunday.

FINALLY! A movement in Denver for the Broncos to make their alternate third orange jerseys their official home jersey. The Falcons and Titans have both done this in recent years (Falcons’ red jerseys used to be an alternate to their black; Titans sky blue jerseys used to be an alternate to navy blue).

A record number of players have landed on IR so far this season.

The season-ending injury to Cardinals right tackle Brandon Keith has given veteran Jeremy Bridges a chance to start again.

Ron Artest hopes to try out for the NFL after his basketball career is over. Just what we need: another basketball player turned tight end (we’ll assume he’d play tight end) whom announcers can remind us goes after red zone catches by boxing out the same way as if he’s going after a rebound.

T.O. spoke with Buffalo reporters Wednesday and greeted them with an interesting cheer.

Brian Urlacher is four tackles away from passing Mike Singletary as the Bearsall-time leading tackler.

Talk about a fair yet unfair headline. From the Detroit Free Press: “Jason Hanson is the losingest NFL player ever”. That’s Hanson’s reward for longevity.

At a University of Maryland function Wednesday night, Dan Snyder called the loss to the Eagles “embarrassing”.

Jeff Fisher regrets losing LeGarrette Blount.

Rex Ryan wants more from his defense.

Pretty much every NFL-related story from Giants beat writers this week has been tied to Michael Vick.

Todd Haley won’t even discuss his own injuries with the media.

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Posted on: November 16, 2010 4:45 pm
Edited on: November 16, 2010 4:55 pm

Top Ten With a Twist: Potential head coaches

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

With Wade Phillips getting the pink slip last week and with much discussion about the job security of Minnesota’s Brad Childress, it’s become obvious that it’s that time of the year when fans debate the merits of firing the coach of their favorite teams. That obviously equals bad times for coaches like Marvin Lewis, John Fox, Gary Kubiak, Norv Turner, Josh McDaniels and Mike Singletary.

Since Phillips is gone and Childress might as well be gone, let’s dive into the intriguing possibilities of who will be available – some long-time assistants who hunger for their first shot at a head coaching job, some former head coaches who wouldn’t mind getting back into the business and maybe a college coach or two who want to test himself at the pro level.

Many of the following likely will get interviews after the season when the current coaches who can’t work themselves off the hot seat clean out their offices. Until then, let’s speculate on who might be available.

10. Dick LeBeau: I know, I know. He’s probably not going anywhere, and his three-season stint as the Bengals coach wasn’t so good (12-33). But LeBeau has been such an innovator on defense, I’d like to see the Steelers defensive coordinator get another shot at running a team. It’s not going to happen, because he’s 73 years old, but there would be a ton of smiling faces around the league if he got another chance.

9. Rob Ryan: We need – I mean, we NEED – another Ryan brother as a head coach in the NFL. Aside from being the most entertaining coach out there today – publically, at least – Rex Ryan has done a wonderful job turning the Jets into Super Bowl contenders. Now, Rob Ryan, the Browns defensive coordinator, needs to get his chance. With the marked improvement in Cleveland, does Ryan deserve the shot? Probably not at this point. But how awesome would it be if somebody gave him a job?

8. Mike Zimmer:
He arguably performed his best coaching job of his career last year when, despite the death of his wife and of Bengals WR Chris Henry, the defensive coordinator led Cincinnati’s defense to the No. 4 ranking in the NFL. For as long as the Bengals have tried to improve their defense, Zimmer finally was the one to make it happen. Cincinnati’s defense ranks 15th this season, but his players respect him and his coaching style. At some point, you’d think a team will take a chance on him.

7. Jon Gruden/Bill Cowher: Yes, they’ve both got lucrative analyst deals with ESPN and CBS, respectively, and both seem to do a pretty nice job (although Gruden spends a little too much time being a little too positive on his Monday Night Football gig). It’s hard to tell if Cowher is serious about getting back into coaching, but it wouldn’t be hard to believe Gruden wanting to jump at the chance (those are the whispers you hear, at least). He just seems hard-wired for the long hours, and it wouldn’t be surprising at all if he were to return. For Cowher, it’d probably have to be the perfect job. And I’m not sure that kind of job will appear in the offseason.

6. Marty Mornhinweg: The 5-27 mark he recorded while coaching the Lions is pretty difficult to swallow. But one of the biggest achievements this season made by Mornhinweg – the Eagles offensive coordinator – has been the transformation of QB Michael Vick from a playmaker with brilliant talents to a complete quarterback that’s nearly unstoppable with his legs and his arm. The Eagles rank second in points scored and third in yards per game, and much of that is a credit to Mornhinweg.

5. Cam Cameron: It’s a testament to Cameron that the Ravens, previously known as a strong defense that couldn’t score points, are now known as a high-powered offense that has a more difficult time stopping opponents. Cameron has weapons (QB Joe Flacco, RB Ray Rice, a plethora of receivers), and he knows how to use them. It might not happen for a few more years, but Cameron deserves another chance (if a prospective owner can overlook the 1-15 season he had while running the Dolphins).

4. Perry Fewell: He had a taste of head coaching last season after the Bills fired Dick Jauron and made Fewell the interim. He led Buffalo to a 3-4 record – looking back on it, it was almost miraculous – but he and the rest of the coaching staff were fired anyway. Now, he’s the Giants defensive coordinator , and not surprisingly, they’re the No. 1 defense in the NFL in yards allowed.

3. John Fox:
He doesn’t have much longer in his current role, as the head coach in Carolina, and despite the team’s putridicity (?) this season, he remains a well-respected figure in the league. Why, you ask? Well, he led the Panthers to Super Bowl XXXVIII, two seasons after a George Seifert-led Panthers squad went 1-15. Overall, he’s 72-65 as the coach in Carolina, and you can be sure Fox will have a job somewhere in the NFL. And quite possibly as a head coach.

2. Jim Harbaugh: If the Stanford head coach still wants an NFL job, he will have an excellent shot to get one. The brother of Ravens head coach John Harbaugh, Jim – a 14-year NFL QB who made the Pro Bowl in 1995 – has done wonders in Palo Alto. The previous two coaches before Harbaugh went a combined 16-40, and in the past two seasons, the Cardinal has gone a combined 17-6. He already interviewed for the Jets job that Rex Ryan eventually won two years ago, and it seems like it’s only a matter of time before he beats out somebody else for a head coaching position.

1. Leslie Frazier: How long will it take before Frazier – perhaps the most respected assistant coach in the league - finally lands the head coaching position he so obviously wants? Well, considering his office is just down the hallway from Childress’, it would make sense for Minnesota to hire its current defensive coordinator when it fires Childress. For a defense that hadn’t been good in more than a decade before Frazier took over, he’s transformed the unit and made himself indispensible. No doubt about it, he should be a head coach.

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Posted on: November 15, 2010 1:56 pm
Edited on: November 15, 2010 2:00 pm

NFL Week 10 Podcast Review

Posted by Will Brinson

Week 10 is in the books and, well, hopefully everyone is sufficiently confused as to what's going on in the NFL at this point. So Josh and I hopped on the old podcast machine to try and make some sense of what's going on.

For instance, has Jason Garrett already saved his job? Are the Giants and Steelers in trouble because of offensive line injuries? Why isn't anyone talking about the Falcons as the top team in the league? Should the Bills be celebrating at this point? Did Eric Mangini make a mistake by not playing for a tie? Do you ever want to see Tom Brady angry again? 

All those questions answered (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: November 15, 2010 9:58 am

Rex gets best of Rob - again

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

TV cameras didn’t show Jets coach Rex Ryan reunite with his brother, Browns defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, after New York's overtime victory vs. Cleveland was complete, but they – along with their father, Buddy Ryan – spent some time together in the tunnel afterward.

"Clearly, [the game] wasn't just personal for me, it was personal for a lot of guys," Rex Ryan told reporters, via the NY Post. "But like I told the guys, at 1 o'clock, (the Browns) are nameless, faceless objects and that's what you have to treat it as. Whether it's your twin brother, your friend or whomever, you've got a job to do."

For the record, Rex is now 3-0 when going against Rob’s team. Of course, that’s what an older brother is supposed to do – beat up on his little brother (even if Rex is only older by 5 minutes).

Still, Rex talked up his younger brother’s squad after the Jets narrowly escaped with the win.

"I don't know who else they have to beat to show they're legitimate, but that team right there is a tough team," Ryan said. "They're awfully good. They're smart and they get after it."

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Posted on: November 14, 2010 10:07 am
Edited on: November 14, 2010 10:10 am

Hot Routes 11.14.10: Too severe a penalty?

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

- Mike Klis of the Denver Post writes the Broncos penalty on LB D.J. Williams was too severe. Klis talks to a psychologist who suggests Williams might have a sickness – as in an addiction to alcohol perhaps. Maybe so, but that doesn’t excuse Williams allegedly driving drunk and putting everybody on the road at risk.

- It doesn’t appear that Seahawks T Russell Okung will play today because of a left ankle injury. Combine that with the high ankle sprain he suffered before the season began, and you’ve got a first-round pick who’s basically played six quarters this season. That’s probably less than coach Pete Carroll would like.

- You know how Eagles coach Andy Reid is 12-0 in games immediately following a bye week? Well, Saints coach Sean Payton hopes some of that magic can rub off on him.

- Rookie Jets CB Kyle Williams will take over much of the nickel cornerback snaps that had been reserved for Drew Coleman. Considering Wilson was on the bench for much of last week – and the past few games in general – he must have impressed somebody quite a bit.

- Yikes! Browns coach Eric Mangini makes a fat joke regarding Rex Ryan. Ryan kids that he’s been wobbled by the insult. Everybody feels good about themselves, because both Ryan and Mangini are skinnier than they once were.

- It’s been a whirlwind week for CB Jason Allen. First, he lost his starting job to Sean Smith in Miami and then the Dolphins released him. Now, he’s with the Texans, and considering how bad Houston’s pass defense has been, he could get playing time immediately.

- If you have Giants C Shaun O’Hara on your fantasy team – ahem, a fantasy team in which you play individual offensive linemen – it might be wise to bench him for the next few weeks. Because he ain’t playing any time soon.

- What a genius idea. Serving subpoenas by deception and taking advantage of a region’s love for the Steelers.

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