Tag:Rex Ryan
Posted on: August 18, 2010 7:51 pm
 

Gotta love the Ryan-Dungy spat

Posted by Andy Benoit

Rex Ryan had a response for Tony Dungy’s criticism of his F-bombs on Hard Knocks: "I think he unfairly judged me," Ryan said Wednesday after practice. "And that was disappointing to me."

For those of you who don’t know, the clean-mouthed Dungy said in a radio interview with Dan Patrick that the league should have a word with the potty-mouthed Ryan.

"I don't know that (Goodell) will or not, but I would hope that he does because I just don't think the league needs that," Dungy said. "I don't think our young people need to hear that that's the way it needs to be done  to be successful. Because it doesn't need to be that way."

Wednesday, Ryan got to engage in one of America’s favorite pastimes: telling a respected man of morals, “Don’t judge me”. (Too bad he didn’t say “Don’t f****** judge me.”)

"I'm always gonna be myself and I'm a good person,” Ryan said. “Just because you cuss doesn't make you a bad person, and just because you don't doesn't make you a good person.”

Ryan left Dungy a voicemail and invited him to come to Jets training camp. Many Jet players have come to the defense of their head coach.

Also coming to Ryan’s defense was his father, Buddy. (Ryan’s mother, you may have heard, seems to be taking Dungy’s side.) Buddy referred to Dungy as “What’s His Name” and said on Philadelphia’s 97.5 The Fanatic, "The commissioner can do anything he wants to and I think he'll take the appropriate action. I think it's being blown way out of perspective."

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Posted on: August 17, 2010 12:14 am
 

NYJ and NYG answer some of our questions

(US Presswire) Posted by Josh Katzowitz

I know it’s the middle of training camp. I know it was a preseason exhibition that means absolutely nothing. But man, the Jets looked good. Man, the Jets looked like they could contend for a Super Bowl.

Ugh, I hate myself for writing something like that based on one measly preseason game in which the team I’m touting lost by 15 points. But the first-team offense, for the most part, looked very good – except when the Jets got to the red zone – and the defense, like last year, looked pretty nasty. They looked like a team that still could be playing in February.

If ….

If, that is, they get back Darrelle Revis. Because without Revis, New York might not be the Super Bowl team coach Rex Ryan thinks they can be. A virtual unknown WR named Victor Cruz made that pretty clear tonight during the Giants 31-16 win against the Jets.

Earlier today, we had three questions for each team entering tonight’s game. Let’s look at the answers (which are in bold.)

Jets

1) How will Kyle Wilson look? Without Darrelle Revis around, Wilson is sure to get looks with the first team. How he performs could affect the team’s negotiations with Revis. If Wilson looks completely competent, the Jets can afford (perhaps) to take their time with Revis. If he looks overmatched, maybe they’ll give Revis’ agent a quick phone call post-game. It wasn’t Wilson that looked overmatched. It was the rest of the secondary, minus Antonio Cromartie. We’ll get to him later, but Victor Cruz beat three different Jets CBs for touchdowns (Dwight Lowery, Drew Coleman and Marquice Cole). More than perhaps anybody else associated with these teams, Revis might have gained the most tonight. Except maybe for Cruz.

2) Can Mark Sanchez handle a more high-profile passing attack? Last year, Sanchez could allow his running game and his team’s defense to help him win games. This season, the Jets likely will allow him to test his arm a little more. We might get a few chances to see that tonight. Aside from the tipped INT on his first pass of the game – a throw into double coverage Sanchez shouldn’t have made – he was very impressive, completing 13 of 17 passes for 119 yards and a TD.

3) Does LaDainian Tomlinson still have it?
This obviously won’t be answered tonight. But if Hard Knocks is any indication – and that’s debatable – Tomlinson still has speed and the ability to make the big play (even while catching it out of the backfield). I imagine he’ll get some playing time tonight to see how he performs in a game-like atmosphere. Tomlinson played the entire first half and showed some bursts of speed that were exactly what the Jets wanted to see. Shonn Greene is still the starter – no question about that after blowing away the Giants defense – but Tomlinson looks like he has some fuel left in the tank. The 16-yard TD that was called back because of a hold was pretty exciting for Jets fans to behold.

V. Cruz had quite a night, catching three TD passes for the NYG (AP). Giants

1) Will the Giants defense be better than last year? It’d be tough to have been worse. As Clark Judge so astutely points out in his Giants camp report , the squad allowed 427 points last season, the most since 1966. To say that’s embarrassing is an understatement. Let’s see how new defensive coordinator Perry Fewell’s men perform. Not all that impressively actually. Sanchez pretty much accomplished whatever he wanted, and Greene gashed them for mid-sized gains. Plus, the personnel confusion on Sanchez’s TD pass to Brad Smith was embarrassing.

2) How will the Giants’ new additions on defense help? New York get safety Kenny Phillips back and the Giants have added LB Keith Bulluck, first-round pick DE Jason Pierre-Paul and safeties Antrel Rolle and Deon Grant. How will they all mesh? The Giants have added some veterans, but does that mean all of these players still have the ability to dominate on defense? Phillips and Bulluck didn’t play. Rolle and Grant were pretty good early. Pierre-Paul was, at times, dominated by Jets OT Damien Woody, but he managed to elude Woody with his speed late in the second quarter and sack Sanchez. Less than a minute later, though, Pierre-Paul was whistled for offsides.

3) How much will the Giants miss Domenik Hixon on returns? Last year, he averaged 15.1 yards on punt returns and performed relatively well on kickoffs. But he tore his ACL early in training camp, and it sounds like RB Danny Ware will handle kickoffs and CB Aaron Ross will take punts. Yet, Ware only has returned two kicks in his career, and Ross hasn’t done it at all (though he seemed pretty decent at it his final two years at Texas) The loss of Hixon could be a pretty big deal. Let’s talk about special teams as a whole here. P Matt Dodge was fairly horrendous, line-driving his punts and having another one blocked. Three of Andre Brown’s kick returns didn’t extend past the 22-yard line. Ross did nothing of note while fielding two punts.

-A few other observations: Eli Manning said the mix-up between him and Brandon Jacobs was the quarterback’s fault. In case you missed it, the two collided on what was supposed to be a handoff, Jets LB Calvin Pace then blind-sided Manning and popped off his helmet and Manning’s forehead smacked into Jim Leonhard’s helmet, opening a three-inch gash on his forehead that needed 12 stitches to close. Said Manning in quotes distributed by the team: “I feel fine. I feel normal. Sometimes you make a mistake and get hit in the head."

-Cruz was a joy to watch. He made a one-handed catch on a 64-yard TD pass, and he was the most remarkable subplot of the evening. He’s battling with Sinorice Moss for the sixth WR spot. Moss didn’t play because of a groin injury. Moss, in the next three games, should make sure he finds a way to get on the field.

-The Giants first-team offense recorded five yards in the first quarter. Don’t forget that.

-Kellen Clemens replaced Sanchez to start the second half. Wait a minute, I thought Mark Brunell was the backup QB.

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Posted on: August 16, 2010 7:25 pm
Edited on: August 16, 2010 8:35 pm
 

What to watch for in NYG-NYJ game

NYG defensive coordinator Perry Fewell will begin to show his wares tonight against the NYJ (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Only one game on the preseason docket tonight, but it should be an interesting one. New York Jets vs. New York Giants in the new stadium the two squads share. HBO’s Hard Knocks cameras will be there. So will Rex Ryan and his never-ending string of F-bombs. So will the Giants, who have claimed they have no idea what Hard Knocks is.

I’m sure the fans in attendance will be on their best behavior, and since they’ll want to study up on tonight’s most important storylines while eschewing any type of alcoholic beverage that could impinge on their abilities to break down the game, here are three pressing questions for each team.

Jets

1) How will Kyle Wilson look? Without Darrelle Revis around, Wilson is sure to get looks with the first team. How he performs could affect the team’s negotiations with Revis. If Wilson looks completely competent, the Jets can afford (perhaps) to take their time with Revis. If he looks overmatched, maybe they’ll give Revis’ agent a quick phone call post-game.

2) Can Mark Sanchez handle a more high-profile passing attack?
Last year, Sanchez could allow his running game and his team’s defense to help him win games. This season, the Jets likely will allow him to test his arm a little more. We might get a few chances to see that tonight.

3) Does LaDainian Tomlinson still have it?
This obviously won’t be answered tonight. But if Hard Knocks is any indication – and that’s debatable – Tomlinson still has speed and the ability to make the big play (even while catching it out of the backfield). I imagine he’ll get some playing time tonight to see how he performs in a game-like atmosphere.

Giants

1) Will the Giants defense be better than last year? It’d be tough to have been worse. As Clark Judge so astutely points out in his Giants camp report , the squad allowed 427 points last season, the most since 1966. To say that’s embarrassing is an understatement. Let’s see how new defensive coordinator Perry Fewell’s men perform.

2) How will the Giants’ new additions on defense help? New York get safety Kenny Phillips back and the Giants have added LB Keith Bulluck, first-round pick DE Jason Pierre-Paul and safeties Antrel Rolle and Deon Grant. How will they all mesh? The Giants have added some veterans, but does that mean all of these players still have the ability to dominate on defense?

3) How much will the Giants miss Domenik Hixon on returns? Last year, he averaged 15.1 yards on punt returns and performed relatively well on kickoffs. But he tore his ACL early in training camp, and it sounds like RB Danny Ware will handle kickoffs and CB Aaron Ross will take punts. Yet, Ware only has returned two kicks in his career, and Ross hasn’t done it at all (though he seemed pretty decent at it his final two years at Texas) The loss of Hixon could be a pretty big deal.

And if you didn’t think this preseason game was huge enough, consider the following: this will be the first contest where officials will experiment with starting and stopping the game clock themselves from the field.

From USA Today :

Four officials will wear a smartphone-sized pack by which they can control the pace of the game clock with the press of a button. The officials will work in concert with the game clock operator in the booth, and the system will activate whenever the first official hits the button.

The goal is to be more accurate and reduce lag time between when a play ends or when the ball is set and when the game clock officially starts.


If all goes well, the league could consider adding the system in 2011.


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Posted on: August 16, 2010 4:00 pm
Edited on: August 16, 2010 4:29 pm
 

Dungy on Rex Ryan: Disappoined with profanity

Tony Dungy, the former Indianapolis Colts' coach, is well known for being fairly, um, conservative. (That's not any sort of indictment, just an attempt at using the proper adjectives.)

It stands to reason then, that he wouldn't be a huge fan of Rex Ryan's F-bomb-laden tirades during HBO's "Hard Knocks." Guess what: he's not! Dungy appeared on The Dan Patrick Show and, via Michael David Smith at Pro Football Talk , had the following to say about Rex's profanity.

"I'm disappointed with all the profanity," Dungy said. "I think Rex can make his points without all that."

Dungy has a point -- Rex doesn't require ALL the profanity to get the point across, but that's his personality. If he swears like a sailor and that works for him and no one is too offended and his bosses don't mind, that's his prerogative. However, Dungy also said he wouldn't be interested in hiring Rex.

"I would not. I personally don't want my players to be around that. I don't want to be around that. . . . It's hard for me to be around that, and if I were in charge, no, I wouldn't hire someone like that. Now, I've been around 'F' bombs, so it's not like it's new. I just don't think that has to be part of your every-minute, everyday vocabulary to get your point across."

Again, that's someone's individual prerogative -- if Dungy doesn't want to hire someone because he finds their vocabulary to be too crude, that's his own thing. (In Ryan's case, it probably warrants mentioning that he would lose out on a pretty talented defensive coach.) Of course, Dungy may have taken things a little too far when he suggested that Roger Goodell should intervene with Ryan's mouth on HBO.

"I would hope that he does," Dungy said. "I don't know that he will or not but I hope that he does because I just don't think the league needs that. I don't think our young people need to hear that that's what's done to be successful. Because it doesn't have to be that way."

Perhaps Goodell COULD say something to Ryan, but intervening in a public manner would seem a little odd in this situation, even if Rex's mouth doesn't portray a positive image for the NFL as a whole.

A certain question of censorship on the field might arise then, no? If Ryan can't swear while being filmed on an HBO television show that depicts the realities of how he acts within the confines of camp, should the NFL start censoring all of the NFL Films material produced?

Should Goodell start fining people if swear words are accidentally picked up by microphones on the sidelines of football games? And should he begin to demand that people with often controversial political beliefs (like Dungy himself) make sure to keep those 100 percent hidden from the limelight?

It's a fine line to walk, for certain, and not a public battle that Goodell would likely want to fight.

Additionally, Dungy could have simply tuned into/recorded the daytime version of "Hard Knocks" -- an HBO spokesman told CBSSports.com that a swear-word-free version of the program (which we accidentally DVR'd and watched, to our own dismay) is produced to run during the daytime. Then he wouldn't have had to worry about being offended by Ryan's language.


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Posted on: August 13, 2010 11:00 am
 

Jets' DBs doing pre-practice rain dance for Revis

Posted by Will Brinson

There's no question that the Jets defense will miss (or does miss, as it were) Darrelle Revis. Even with Rex Ryan's schemes helping to mask certain flaws, no one wants Antonio Cromartie playing the role of No. 1 cornerback on a team that already won the 2010 Super Bowl*.

Which may explain why the members of the secondary are doing a rain dance (for lack of a better phrase) around Revis' jersey on the practice field.

"We just have to keep his memory alive while he's not here," safety Jim Leonhard said of the dance. "The DBs always dance before games. We wanted to let him know that we're still thinking about him and he's still one of us."

Cromartie didn't even think the dance was enough from his end, either, running over to the right side of the field right before the snap as a tribute to the missing DB.

"That's his side," Cromartie said of why he vacated the left side. "I went over to the right side for that one play. That was my tribute."

Clearly, they like him. And miss him -- although it's unlikely that any sort of dance, short of one that can produce $15.2 million a year, will bring Revis back. His relationship with his teammates isn't the issue -- it's the relationship with the team that's the problem.

*only in Rex Ryan's mind

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Posted on: August 12, 2010 12:00 am
 

Hard Knocks, episode 1 review

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

I talked about this in my preview , but I didn’t love last year’s version of Hard Knocks, featuring the Bengals. So, I was interested tonight to see if I could resume my love affair with the show if I wasn’t intimately involved with covering the team. And the end result: Yeah, it was pretty good. Had to set up some storylines, but there were some laughs and some good in-practice footage. I’ll keep watching.

-The first voice we hear is coach Rex Ryan, and he’s already very salty. While talking to his team before he releases the players for the summer, he says, “We’re right where we want to be, no question about it. Enjoy this time. Get away from it. No matter what you’re doing, it’s better than my (bleeping) vacation. I’m cruising the Baltic’s with my in-laws and (bleep).” Great, great stuff already from Rex.

-I probably shoulld have counted his F-bombs, but I never did. If I had to guess? Maybe 30.

-It’s not often you get to see players training in the offseason. Dragging a tire behind you as you run hills doesn’t look fun.

-Like usual: a great intro. I love watching the mundane stuff you see every day but would never stop to focus on. Stuff like the FieldTurf spraying when a guy runs his sneaker along it in slow motion. I remember one day before practice last year when a Hard Knocks camera crew spent 30 minutes filming a worker painting one of the lines on the field before Bengals practice in Georgetown, Ky. Of course, the next week on TV, it looked like the most interesting thing in the world. Sure enough, just after I wrote that, the crew filmed somebody spray-painting a line in Cortland.

-Somehow I expected Rex Ryan to look thinner. But yeah, he looks better than before. Just not as much as I thought after his surgery.

-I was wondering how much they would focus on Darrelle Revis. I was wondering if they’d have filmed him. The answers: a pretty fair amount and no.

-Rex knows how to draw laughs from his squad. “Revis isn’t in this building right now. Does it matter that Revis isn’t here? Goddamn, he’s pretty (bleeping) good.” Big laugh.

-Ah, a Laveranues Coles sighting. This is his second Hard Knocks in a row. He must be loving it. That’s a joke, of course. Coles does not like dealing media. And when I say does not like, I mean he hates it. I interviewed him just once last year – which was more than just about anybody else - and he got pissed at me and abruptly ended it after a couple questions.

-How about Buddy Ryan in a tie on the sidelines in that archived film? I think Rex should bring back that look.

-Yep, we’ve got our long-shots to make the squad. Brashton Satele, a rookie LB, and Aaron Kia, a rookie OL from Hawaii. OL coach Bill Callahan is talking about out how Kia played in a spread offense in college and how he doesn’t know much the techniques around the NFL. Not surprisingly, he’s getting coached up quite a bit. Rex Ryan then calls him awful. Ugh. Satele, meanwhile, is impressing some people. Then, he sprains his ankle – which drastically decreases his chances of making the team.

-Lots of people being fined. Apparently, it costs you $5 if you’re caught running shirtless. Even Rex isn’t immune. He’s fined $1 per snacking offense.

-How about the hair-pulling by GM Mark Tannenbaum when dealing with the Revis stuff> I thought he was going to pull it out of his head.

-It’s a half-hour into the show before we’re introduced to Mark Sanchez. And he’s telling LB Bart Scott to shut up.

-Good lord, Joe Namath looks like my grandfather getting out of the front seat of that SUV. High belt line and a bit stooped. He does make a good point about how people shouldn’t fumble.

-I love the skills competition between Rex and Tannenbaum.

-Could there be a better name for a bone-crushing fullback than John Conner, who’s obviously nicknamed the Terminator? He should make the team just on his name alone.

-Well, they didn’t paint the Revis picture in very positive terms after the diner meeting, did they?

-We have our first casualties. Rookie LB Kevin Basped and his bad knees are let go, and Kia is laid off as well. Poor dudes. They don’t even make the second episode. Kia is told, though, that he could play in the UFL. So, he’s got that going for him. But man, he looks pretty pissed. Kia hands in his playbook, slams the door in the cameraman’s face and the episode ends.

-Once again, solid work from HBO. Looking forward to next week

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Posted on: August 11, 2010 5:12 pm
 

Ryan really wants Revis back at practice

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Rex Ryan sounds serious about solving this mess between his New York Jets club and CB Darrelle Revis. He said today he would cancel practice and get the entire team together with Revis and his representation to hammer out a solution to the contract dispute and end his hold-out.

Seriously, Rex? Oh yeah. He said he was absolutely serious.

"This is what I would like to have happen -- for everybody to put their cards on the table," Ryan told reporters, including the NY Daily News . "Have Darrelle come here with anybody he wanted. We’ll have (owner Woody) Johnson here. In fact, this is the way I would handle it: We’ll call off practice. We’ll have our whole team there and meet. That way there’s no he said-she said. Just get the thing done. And let’s work it that way.

"Let’s do this. I’m inviting them to come in - Darrelle to come in with everybody else. Anybody he wants. We’ll have the whole team there, including the owner. The entire organization. … And then that’s maybe how we’ll get a solution. Everybody wants a solution. Well, let’s figure a way to do it. Maybe this is a way."

OK, I’ve covered a few fun coaches/managers on the beat in the past – my favorites were Brian Kelly and Dusty Baker, just for the way they could fill up a notebook with fantastic anecdotes – but man, how great would it be to have to talk to Ryan every day?

Word out of Jets camp has been that New York’s defense could withstand the loss of Revis – in fact, Ryan said that very thing the other day – with Antonio Cromartie and rookie Kyle Wilson in the secondary. But obviously, they need Revis to compete for a Super Bowl. And they know they need Revis to compete for a Super Bowl.

Manish Mehta caught up with Neil Schwartz, Revis’ agent, after Ryan’s proclamation. Said Schwartz: "If the Jets want to have a meeting, the Jets know how to reach us."

I said Tuesday on CBS’s Around the League video that I don’t believe Revis will miss a regular-season game for the Jets. After Ryan’s idea today, I’m not changing my mind.

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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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