Tag:Woody Johnson
Posted on: November 11, 2010 10:59 am
 

Hot Routes 11.11.10: Booing Braylon

Posted by Will Brinson



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  • Braylon Edwards is correct that he will be booed when the Jets play in Cleveland this weekend. He is incorrect in thinking that he doesn't deserve his reputation for dropping the ball. After all, that's not like a rep for running hard or anything -- dropping the football is an easily quantifiable statistic, even if Derek Anderson is the guy throwing you the ball. Either you hold onto it or you don't. What makes his pre-Browns game behavior so bizarre is that by any account, Edwards should be humbled and thrilled that he got a chance to go somewhere else and pick up DUIs play football. And instead, he's just trying to hate on a city that deserves nothing more than pity when it comes to sports these days.
  • Rex Ryan has instituted a new "pushups for penalties" rule in Jets practice -- and said penalty includes owner Woody Johnson and GM Mike Tannenbaum, who were forced to do pushups every time the Jets committed a penalty too. We need video of this ASAP. 
  • Brian Cushing is going to maybe move back to strongside linebacker after spending some time in the middle. Not that it really matters for Houston, since people have stopped bothering trying to run against them and now just have opposing quarterbacks throw the ball as high and as far as they can on every single play. Or at least that's what it feels like.
Posted on: October 28, 2010 9:40 am
 

Hot Routes 10.28.10: Why not try Kabletown?



Posted by Josh Katzowitz

- Jets owner Woody Johnson is trying to solve the Cablevision/Fox conundrum so New York's fans can, you know, actually watch the game. Yeah, good luck with that, Woody. By the way, the title of this post is in homage to 30 Rock. Kabletown doesn't actually exist. Or does it?

- George Atallah, the NFL Players Association’s assistant director of external affairs, plays off the Cablevision/Fox fight and says it’s similar to where the NFL owners and NFLPA labor dispute is headed.

- Tremendous news for a guy down on his luck. Seahawks RB Stafon Johnson – who had the whole crushed larynx thing last year and the terrible leg injury/reconstructive surgery in the preseason – is possibly only a few weeks away from beginning to run.

- Carl Johnson, the league’s vice president of officiating, told the NFL Network on Wednesday that the officials blew the Minnesota TE Visanthe Shiancoe touchdown catch/reversal from last Sunday. Yet, Vikings coach Brad Childress’ $35,000 fine will stand. No reversal on that.

- Eagles defensive coordinator Sean McDermott might be in some trouble. With his job. Not with the law or anything.

- Armando Salguero thinks Sean Smith should be starting at CB instead of Jason Allen. He might get his wish this week.

- Cardinals QB Max Hall thinks he can be so much better than he played last week when he went (gasp) 4 for 16 for 36 yards and a pick. Arizona hopes so. Sounds like Hall is going to start this week, despite suffering a concussion last Sunday.

- Here’s how Cowboys WR Miles Austin is trying to correct his “drops” problem. By focusing more. That's a pretty good idea.

- Tampa Bay’s Cody Grimm will face off this week against his father, Russ Grimm. Well, Russ Grimm won’t be playing. He’s a coach now for the Cardinals. Hopefully, though, Cody can score a free dinner off his old man.

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Posted on: October 16, 2010 11:16 pm
 

Hot Routes 10.16.10: Late night edition



Posted by Josh Katzowitz

- The owners are getting more optimistic that a new labor deal can be reached before the end of the year. Those are the sentiments of New England’s Robert Kraft and the New York Jets’ Woody Johnson. Wondering why the shift toward positive thinking? Maybe it’s because the owners have learned they could lose as much as a billion dollars if they go ahead with a lockout. Strange how that works, eh?

- Seahawks coach Pete Carroll hasn’t named his starting RB. There’s a pretty good chance, though, it will be Marshawn Lynch.

- Coming off the charge by Denver’s Kyle Orton and coach Josh McDaniels that the Titans play dirty, the Jaguars were asked their thoughts about the issue. Jacksonville S Gerald Alexander said no. "They're one of those teams that play to and through the whistle," Alexander told the Florida Times Union. "So guys can take that as being dirty or being a cheap-shot artist or something like that. They play hard. Some teams may not be able to match that intensity, hence they say they play dirty." He kind of took a shot at Denver there, didn’t he?

Miami coach Tony Sparano doesn't care what you think about QB C. Henne (Getty). - You’ve got to love a coach who will placate his fan base. The Dolphins fans really have to be loving Miami coach Tony Sparano. Oh, wait a minute. He kind of disparaged them, when he said this regarding whether fans think Chad Pennington should be starting at QB instead of Chad Henne, “This is no disrespect to any fans out there," Sparano said, as recorded by the Palm Beach Post, "but I could care less what they think about the quarterback situation." Nope, that doesn’t sound disrespectful at all.

- Rex Ryan said he’s a fan of the New York Giants. As of press time, Ryan was still employed as the head coach of the New York Jets.

- New York fans who want to watch the Giants play on TV – Rex Ryan, for instance – might not get the chance. That’s because the spat between Cablevision and FOX is ongoing. Three million Cablevision subscribers in the NYC area could be affected.

- Drew Brees takes to the airwaves and filmed an anti-bullying public service announcement. See it here at Pro Football Talk.

- Vikings C John Sullivan has had a rough year so far. He’s been injured, but he’s trying to stay positive.

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Posted on: September 17, 2010 6:14 pm
 

NFL reaches conclusion on Ines Sainz

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

While the NFL won’t punish the Jets for their alleged harassment of female TV reporter Ines Sainz (we’ve been talking about it ad nauseum) , commissioner Roger Goodell announced this evening the league will implement a training program for all teams on proper conduct in the workplace.

It’ll also implement “an expanded set of best practices for media relations,” and all of these programs and practices are meant to work with the league’s current media policy.

Oh, and Jets owner Woody Johnson is the one who will be underwriting the program. So, I guess, in a way, New York is kind of being punished.

The program will be given to rookies beginning next season (assuming, of course, there actually is a season), and it will be given to the teams as a whole this year. The policy will have input from the Association for Women in Sports Media.

More from the release:

In reviewing the incident of Saturday, September 11 involving TV Azteca reporter Ines Sainz during the Jets’ practice and open locker-room time for the media, the NFL interviewed 17 individuals that were present, including Ms. Sainz. Commissioner Goodell determined that while there was unprofessional conduct, Woody Johnson and his staff acted promptly to correct the situation, including a personal apology to Ms. Sainz and arranging a professional education session for the Jets on workplace conduct.

“I believe this is the most constructive approach,” Commissioner Goodell said. “There is no debate about the longstanding equal access rule of our media policy. The issue for us, like all organizations, is proper conduct in the workplace, whether it is dealing with the media, co-workers, fans, or others. It is our responsibility to provide a professional setting for members of the news media and other business associates that work with our teams and the league. We appreciate Woody Johnson stepping up promptly to properly manage the situation at his team and agreeing to underwrite this new initiative for all clubs.”

In a letter to Mr. Johnson, Commissioner Goodell said, “The conduct of the Jets clearly should have been better last Saturday, but your prompt action in calling Ines Sainz and Mike Tannenbaum’s subsequent discussions with Joanne Gerstner of AWSM have made clear the club’s commitment – and your personal commitment – to ensure a respectful and professional environment for all members of the media.”


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Posted on: September 15, 2010 10:21 am
 

Sanchez disagrees with Namath armchair QB action

Posted by Will Brinson

Joe Namath spent much of Monday night on Twitter, berating the Jets for their inability to score points in what was the ugliest game in an ugly Week 1. Namath's tweeting was accurate, but not typically the type of thing you'd want out of a former player and Jets legend, especially when the team was struggling so bad.

Mark Sanchez, speaking to the New York Post 's Bart Hubbuch , politely disagrees and thinks that Namath -- and anyone else freaking out about the Jets -- needs to simmadownnow .

"The sun came up, we knew it would, and there's nothing wrong with going 15-1," he said. "I'm confident in our scheme. Nothing changes [because of Monday night]. It's way too early to hit the panic button."

I really can't emphasize "politely" enough -- Sanchez in no way took shots at Namath, and wasn't even really defensive in his quotes. In fact, it was kind of disappointing after hearing that there was a "war of words" or some such going on.

"Joe likes to sling it because that's kind of the offense they had back then," Sanchez said. "But we have a great running game, and we would never want to abandon that."

As mentioned, Sanchez had nothing bad to say about the former Jet quarterback -- I'd be willing to bet, though, that you end up seeing Broadway Joe tame his in-game tweets down a notch (or at least make them more constructive) after someone more willing to speak, ahem, freely -- think: Rex Ryan or Woody Johnson -- politely asks him to tone it down a notch.

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Posted on: August 25, 2010 10:52 am
Edited on: August 25, 2010 1:40 pm
 

New Revis info emerges (UPDATED)

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Bob Pompeani of KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh has reported on his Twitter account that the Jets and CB Darrelle Revis are close to agreeing on a new deal that would be worth 10 years and $165 million (with $65 million guaranteed).

The reason a TV reporter from Pittsburgh has jumped into the fray – joining a newspaper columnist from Dallas, Tim Cowlishaw, who said last weekend that a deal could be done today – is because Revis is originally from Pennsylvania and played his college ball at Pitt.

Of course, this comes on the heels of a NY Daily News report this morning that there were no indications that a meeting between Revis and the Jets took place Tuesday night. Also, Jay Glazer from Fox Sports disputed the signing on his Twitter account this morning.

The Jets, for their part, aren’t saying anything, neither confirming nor denying the reports that seem to pop up every hour from every region of the country. If you want to read Andy’s Revis post from last night to give you all the key background info, it’s right here in all its glory.

We’ll keep you updated here, and we’ll also keep an eye on tonight’s Hard Knocks to see if any new information emerges (which I doubt will happen, but you never know).

Anybody else ready for this saga to be over, one way or another?

UPDATE (1:33 p.m.): Steve Wyche of NFL.com spoke to Jets owner Woody Johnson today, and Johnson said there were no new developments in the Revis saga. Johnson told Wyche that things remain "status quo" at this point.

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Posted on: August 10, 2010 3:33 pm
Edited on: August 10, 2010 6:26 pm
 

Sounds like the Jets are moving on without Revis

D. Revis might not be ready for the start, New York owner Woody Johnson said (AP). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Lauren Shehadi and I talked about it today on the CBSSports.com Around the League video segment , and it’s still a little crazy to think about. Would the New York Jets actually allow CB Darrelle Revis to miss the beginning of the season? Would they not give the NFL’s best CB a raise on his $1 million salary?

It makes very little sense to me - unless, Revis really thinks he should be the highest-paid CB in the game and should make more than $15 million for this season – but owner Woody Johnson has come out and said he doesn’t think Revis will be ready to play by the start of the season.

Today, coach Rex Ryan said people shouldn’t feel sorry for the Jets and that they have everybody they need on defense. Here’s how he comes to that conclusion. Newly-acquired CB Antonio Cromartie can fill in on Revis’ side of the defense, and Ryan seems excited about the abilities of first-round draft pick Kyle Wilson. Still, Ryan knows the team needs Revis if the Jets are going to have a chance at a Super Bowl title.

“I’ve been running defenses a long time in this league,” Ryan told reporters, including the NY Daily News . “I’ve had to overcome a lot of great players not being in there…. We’ll find a way to get it done. I can’t do much, but I know one thing, we can call a defense. We’ll take what we have - we have a great collection of individual talent - but these guys play great as a team… That’s what we’ll do.”

As for Ryan picking up a phone and speaking with Revis, don’t expect that to happen either.

“I don’t know what I’d tell him,” Ryan said. “I don’t know if he’d take my call. He hires people to negotiate. We have guys that obviously do that for us. We could say hello to each other, I guess.”

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Posted on: August 9, 2010 4:23 pm
Edited on: August 9, 2010 6:24 pm
 

Revis' agents met with GM Tannenbaum, sans HBO

Posted by Will Brinson

Some interesting developments in the Darrelle Revis holdout situation have emerged over the past few hours.

First, though, it's important to remember that August 10th at midnight is the deadline for Revis to report to camp and still receive an accrued year towards free agent eligibility -- that's Tuesday (aka tomorrow ). But while that deadline is pressing, if the sides can reach a long-term deal, it's meaningless.

Anyway, Revis' agents and Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum met at a diner recently to talk turkey. (And, presumably, contract too.) Revis had no knowledge, but HBO certainly did, because they actually asked to film the meeting, which is beyond awesome.

“We met with Mike this past Friday in Roscoe, NY at the Roscoe Diner,” Revis’ agent Jonathan Feinsod told The Daily News . “HBO wanted to be there, but we declined. At that meeting, we presented Mike with a proposal to show Mr. Johnson. We are waiting for a response.”

But would you expect Tannenbaum or Feinsod to let HBO sit with them? Hell no. Not to mention it defeats the purpose of conducting your business in a place that sounds as shadily fantastic as Roscoe's Diner.

Apparently, things went as well as can be expected: SNY's Chris Carlin is reporting that he spoke to "someone close to Revis" and that the DB doesn't plan on showing up tomorrow without a new contract.

That shouldn't be too surprising. And neither should the Jets waiting on their response. Given the importance of the midnight deadline on Tuesday for negotiating purposes, 12:01 AM Wednesday is the earliest anyone should plan on expecting a response from their camp.

UPDATE: Reports are saying the Jets have rejected Revis's offer. GM Mike Tannenbaum said "fundamentally, there wasn't a change." No progress still.

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