Tag:Rex Ryan
Posted on: July 30, 2010 2:43 pm
Edited on: July 30, 2010 3:08 pm

Jets announce extensions for Ryan, Tannenbaum

The New York Jets announced Friday on the team's official blog that both coach Rex Ryan and GM Mike Tannenbaum have signed contract extensions.

The news means that both Ryan and Tannenbaum will be with the team through 2014.

Extending Ryan makes some sense -- after all, he's beloved by a city that is notoriously harsh towards athletes and coaches (see: Coughlin, Tom and his status just a few years removed from winning a freaking Super Bowl).

Additionally, his defensive schemes made the Jets one of the most formidable squads in the NFL last year (although, in fairness, plenty of the personnel on those squads weren't drafted/signed by Ryan; though Tannenbaum was there during the Eric Mangini era).

But, as Clark Judge noted today , extending a coach after a 9-7 season, especially when several stars are still seeking the security of longer deals (namely Darrelle Revis), could absolutely be considered an odd use of a team's financial attention.

There's a case to be made that Tannenbaum's extension is a little more questionable, but by linking the deals, the Jets can make sure that if the tag-team of Ryan and his GM is a good one, they're locked in for at least the foreseeable future.

It's also worth noting that the two men appear to have created a team that's prepared to contend for a Super Bowl, and done so in quick fashion. They'd clearly be foolish not to take the money, even if it might come with some heightened expectations.

-- Will Brinson

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Posted on: July 30, 2010 10:39 am
Edited on: July 30, 2010 4:36 pm

Revis 'leaning heavily' towards holding out?

Darrelle Revis has about 48 hours before he's due to report for Jets' training camp.

However, reports continue to flow out of New York that Revis might not be there, if his contract situation isn't resolved by then. Mark Cannizzaro of the  New York Post reports that Revis is "leaning heavily" towards holdout unless the Jets give him more money this year (or a long-term deal).
According to more than one person close to him, Revis has not yet made a final decision about whether to hold out, but he's leaning heavily in that direction if the Jets continue to ignore his issue.

"I wouldn't do that," one confidant of Revis' told The Post yesterday, warning the Jets not to call his bluff.
Additionally, the confidant added "That's not going to happen" when asked if Revis would play this year under his current contract.

It's an interesting situation for sure, and one point made by a Revis "friend" is a rather salient: "Leon [Washington's] situation is very much on Darrelle's mind." That's to say that Revis remembers Washington shattering his leg -- before getting a big contract extension -- and seeing his value drop to that of a fifth-rounder.

It's a legitimate concern, too; Revis wouldn't be hurting for money if he suffered a career-ending injury tomorrow, but his talents are such that he should, based on the compensation given to professional football players, be paid enough to take care of his kids' kids. A million bucks (what Revis is slated to make in 2010) is a nice chunk of change, but it won't do that.

The logical solution seems to be something similar to Chris Johnson's "new deal" -- give Revis more money up front for 2010, get him into camp and then worry about the future later down the line once the NFL sorts out its looming labor dispute.

UPDATE: Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports that the Jets have re-started contract talks with Revis. The two parties recently spoke for the first time in over a month.

UPDATE II: Jason La Canfora says a quick-fixing three-year, $30 million deal would be enough to satisfy Revis for now.

-- Will Brinson

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Posted on: July 22, 2010 11:31 am
Edited on: July 22, 2010 11:42 am

Darrelle Revis' goal is to retire as a Jet

Darrelle Revis participated in a chat on NFLPlayers.com yesterday -- anticipation for said chat was fairly high considering Revis' current contract status with the Jets.

However, the Pro Bowl cornerback answered just 11 questions (which you can re-read here ), most of which resulted in pretty tame answers, especially since the word "holdout" wasn't mentioned once.

One reader did ask how Revis focuses on being "the best at his position" with the "distraction" of his contract situation:
Revis Island: My contract situation is different from me being the best. I believe that I'm the best. The only thing that I can control is how hard I work in the offseason. I'm a laid-back guy. I try and stay positive and make sure things in my life go that way. And Revis was also asked if his "goal" is "to retire as a Jet":
Revis Island: Haha, that's always been my goal. When they drafted me, I told them this is one of the biggest things they did, and I won't let them down. From the business side, they make the choices. They know my heart is with the Jets and the New York/New Jersey area. I'm here as long as I can be. If they give me the ability to have a choice, I'll stay here as a Jet. Both those things sound nice and aren't inflammatory in the least, but they do contain the underlying idea that Revis has no problem distinguishing "business" and "loyalty" (or whatever other word you want to use). Which is to say, if the Jets don't reward him with a new deal, there's a good chance he's going to hold out of training camp.

That's great news for HBO (who'll be filming 'Hard Knocks' and shouldn't be short on drama), but not so fantastic news for the Jets, who certainly want their top cornerback in camp on time.

Also worth noting from the chat: Peyton Manning qualifies as the toughest quarterback to prepare for and play against ("he'll tear you apart"), and Revis expects Mark Sanchez, who has apparently "matured a lot," to "have a big year."

Oh yeah, and Revis likes to play FIFA (and tweet about whipping his manager/bff ) more than Madden. So there's that.

-- Will Brinson

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Posted on: July 21, 2010 11:50 am
Edited on: July 21, 2010 12:00 pm

Kris Jenkins calls ex-teammates 'women'

Kris Jenkins ' appeared in a video interview with Rich Eisen on NFL Network's "Total Access" on Tuesday, and he had words for, well, everyone. His teammates, Jets fans, his ex-teammates and his dietitian, who apparently bakes cookies for a living.

Keeping in mind that it's entirely possible Rex Ryan sent a team-wide mandate to have his players publicly run their mouths as much as possible leading up to their appearance on HBO's "Hard Knocks," let's parse through it, shall we?

Jenkins, on teammates Darrelle Revis , Nick Mangold and David Harris , all of whom want their contracts reworked in some shape or form:

“Suck it up,” Jenkins quipped. “That’s what you all have been doing so far.”

On that, Jenkins backtracked a little (he was laughing while he said it, I  suppose), by saying what a prankster he was. Although I bet he was at least being a little serous.

He was not joking at all, apparently, when he threw out some words for some former teammates of his, presumably some combination of Kerry Rhodes , Alan Faneca and Thomas Jones :

We’re not here to play games. It’s one thing when you’re on camera and you’re being funny about things. We have great guys who have come in to step up and fill the void of some of these big losses that we have had this [offseason]. Then, in some other cases, we have had some real men come in and step in for the women that we lost. So, we’re going to be OK. Don’t worry about it.”

It's a real shame that the Cardinals (where Rhodes and Faneca landed) aren't playing the Jets this year. Because I'd be willing to be that things would be somewhat heated leading up that little melee.

Jenkins was much, um, nicer to Jets fans, telling them that the team was really gonna try to win! And if they failed that the fans could go get their torches and pitchforks and whatnot:

“If we win, then you get all of your dreams come true,” Jenkins offered. “If we lose, then you all get do what you’ve been doing for a long time, which is talk about us until you basically run us out of the city. So, you’re going to get what you want either way. But we’re going for a Super Bowl, so sit back, enjoy the ride. We’re planning on doing it big. That’s how we’re doing this.

But the best part of the interview had to have been when Jenkins talked about how he's lost 25 pounds in the Jets' weight-losing contest ... because of an all cookie diet

Which means cookies for breakfast and lunch apparently. Do you know a) how awesome that is and b) just how horribly out of shape you have to be in order to eat ONLY COOKIES AND STILL LOSE WEIGHT?

So, yeah, it's a pretty amazing interview and I  suggest watching it -- just like the rest of everything that's happened this offseason, it's just another indicator that "Hard Knocks" will be must-watch television.

-- Will Brinson

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Posted on: June 30, 2010 10:09 am

Another blow for Brunell

First, the bankruptcy. Now, a vote of no-confidence. It has not been a good week for free agent QB Mark Brunell.

As we detailed in this post , Brunell was forced to file Chapter 11 bankruptcy this week in Florida, mostly due to real estate deals that turned sour. Now, even though he’s the favorite to sign with the Jets as a backup, a majority of players the New York Daily News interviewed prefer Kellen Clemens to take the spot behind starter Mark Sanchez.

"Brunell? Isn't he like 50 years old?" one player asked Manish Mehta.

Actually, Brunell is approaching 40 and, if he was to be signed, he would be playing for his fifth team in 16 seasons.

The biggest reason these anonymous players would rather have Clemens back-up Sanchez than Brunell is because they feel Brunell has "very little to offer on the field at this stage of his career.”

Even without the players’ support, Brunell seems set to join the team. Jets coach Rex Ryan has raved about him and has said that he would be a good mentor to the team's younger players.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: June 29, 2010 10:19 am

Rex Ryan is already writing a book

Generally, a rule of thumb is, you win a Super Bowl and four or five of the team’s key contributors write a book. Often times, the head coach is one of those authors.
Well, Jets head coach Rex Ryan is starting his book already. It is scheduled to be released spring of 2011. Ryan is teaming up with sportswriter Don Yaeger on a non-traditional autobiography about leadership.

Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News has this:

Yaeger, who has written books on Walter Payton, Warrick Dunn and Warren Moon, will spend the next several weeks with Ryan to capture the essence of the Jets' brash, tell-it-like-it-is leader. The former Sports Illustrated editor will spend some time with Ryan at training camp in August before finishing the manuscript in December. The autobiography will be published by Doubleday Books and released in late spring 2011.

"If somebody would have pitched him on a strict autobiography, that probably wouldn't have worked," Yaeger said. "We stressed his leadership and bringing fun into the game. For many years, the NFL has been known as the No Fun League. So, Rex Ryan certainly breaks that mold. I think that had a lot to do with why he found the idea intriguing."

--Andy Benoit

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Posted on: June 16, 2010 3:16 pm

Ryan, Revis: friends again

Jets coach Rex Ryan and his unhappy star CB Darrelle Revis have made up with each other. Now, they're back to being friends.

But what about training camp? Will Revis, who so badly wants a new contract, be there? Well, that’s another story.

The NY Daily News’ Manish Mehta has the breakdown of Tuesday’s hour-long meeting between Ryan and Revis, who will make $1 million this season but as one of the league’s top-two corners probably deserves more money.

“It was a great conversation,” Revis said after today’s final minicamp practice. “We just wanted to see eye to eye and get on the same page. We got a little off the page. I skipped a couple chapters in the book. We talked and got back on the same page to understand each other in this whole situation.”

And about training camp: Revis said if he’s there, he’ll be 100 percent committed to being there. If he’s not, than he guesses he won’t. Right now, he's not sure if he'll be in attendance.

Either way, it makes sense that New York eventually will grant Revis’ request. There aren’t many talents like him out there.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: June 15, 2010 7:15 pm

The latest with Revis, Mangold

Last weekend, Jets CB Darrelle Revis traveled to Cincinnati to participate in former Bengals DT John Thornton’s Bowling for Autism event, and afterward, he talked with a couple of my buddies. He told them basically the same thing he declared today: basically, he wants to be a Jet forever .

He also said today he wants to meet with Jets coach Rex Ryan.

“We’re going to try to see eye to eye and make sure this thing doesn’t get out of hand,” Revis told reporters after Tuesday’s practice. “I don’t want this to go negative. But negotiations do get crazy sometimes. We’re trying to stop it before it gets to that point.”

Meanwhile, C Nick Mangold, another of New York’s “Core Four” who wants a contract extension, isn’t pleased with the negotiations. Before this week, he said he was 50-50 about whether to show for mini-camp but ultimately decided it would be unprofessional not to fulfill his obligations.

“It’s deeply disappointing that we are where we are,” Mangold told reporters. “I’ve tried to do the right things on and off the field, and I feel it’s the Jets’ turn. Not having that security of an extension is bothersome."

As Bart Hubbach of the NY Post points out, the Jets really could upset Mangold – and protect their own interests – by not giving him a contract extension this year and then placing the franchise tag on him next season, meaning he still wouldn’t get the security of a long-term deal.

Neither Revis nor Mangold said they had thought about demanding a trade.

--Josh Katzowitz

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