Tag:New York Jets
Posted on: February 7, 2012 11:17 am
 

Kenrick Ellis' assault trial moved to May

EllisBy Josh Katzowitz

As we noted in July, Jets defensive end Kenrick Ellis faces possible deportation if he’s found guilty of felonious assault for an incident that occurred when he was playing college ball at Hampton.

Originally, he was supposed to stand trial in July. Then, his case got moved to November and then to Tuesday, and now, as the New York Daily News reports, his case has been delayed once again.

This time, he’ll stand trial beginning May 22 for an incident that occurred in April 2010. Supposedly, Ellis was trying to defend a female friend at the time.

The potentially big problem for Ellis -- who played only five games this season (and started two) and recorded seven tackles -- is that if he’s convicted of a felony, he could be deported. He was born in Jamaica, and though he’s lived in the U.S. since he was 11, he holds only “permanent resident” status. If he were to plead guilty (or be convicted) of a misdemeanor charge, he likely could stay in the country.

As the Daily News notes, it’s unclear why Ellis’ attorney requested another continuance.

There’s little doubt, though, that Ellis’ legal problems have affected his pro career. As one GM who didn’t draft Ellis because of character concerns told ESPN New York in July, "That was big for us. It’s a pain in the tail, the whole legal issue."

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Posted on: February 1, 2012 10:00 am
 

Jacobs: Burress wanted to play for Giants

BurressBy Josh Katzowitz

INDIANAPOLIS – It’s no secret the Jets team ended its 2011 season in turmoil with Santonio Holmes playing the role of anti-captain, linebacker Bart Scott flipping off reporters and seemingly everybody criticizing Mark Sanchez. And while coach Rex Ryan is intent on fixing his team’s problems, the Jets couldn’t escape the bright lights of Tuesday’s Super Bowl Media Day proceedings.

Though Plaxico Burress, surprisingly, was one of the least-controversial members of the Jets squad this season, Giants running back Brandon Jacobs said Tuesday that Burress didn’t even want to play for the Jets in 2011. In fact, Jacobs said, Burress wanted to return to his old team, the Giants.

"Oh, no question, I know he did,” Jacobs said in quotes recorded by ESPN New York. “I know he wanted to come to the Giants. We just didn't think it was going to be able to be done financially. But he may be (back) next year, who knows?"

After Burress was released from prison, he signed a one-year, $3 million deal with the Jets, and he actually performed better than expected, catching 45 passes for 612 yards and eight touchdowns in his first action since 2008.

Burress actually visited with the Giants before he signed with the Jets, but they only offered him a guaranteed $1 million. The Jets’ $3 million was fully guaranteed.

But Jacobs also said Burress didn’t want to return to Ryan’s squad next year, because of all the well-documented turmoil that occurred there this season.

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"I don't see him back with the Jets next year at all," said Jacobs, who spoke with Burress on the phone recently. "I don't know what he's thinking, but I don't see that. They've got a lot of things going on over there, and I don't know if he wants to be part of that."

Jacobs also added this:

"How many receiving yards did he have last year? How many catches did he have? He's a starting wide receiver -- (45) catches. We got three guys, four guys on our team that have that. He's a much better wide receiver than (45) catches, I tell you that."

But before we start celebrating Burress’ eventual return to the Giants, let’s not forget what he told Men’s Journal before the season began about coach Tom Coughlin.

"After my situation happened, I turned on the TV, and the first words out his mouth was 'sad and disappointing,'" Burress said. "I'm like, forget support -- how about some concern? I did just have a bullet in my leg. And then I sat in his office, and he pushed back his chair and goes, 'I'm glad you didn’t kill anybody!' Man, we're paid too much to be treated like kids. He doesn't realize that we’re grown men and actually have kids of our own."

So, a reunion with Coughlin might be somewhat awkward, eh?

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Posted on: January 29, 2012 1:30 pm
 

Curtis Martin thinks Jets should pursue Peyton

"I’m not saying anything against Sanchez," Martin said. ... "If Manning was available, I would go after him" (US PRESSWIRE)

By Ryan Wilson

Everyone, it seems, has an opinion on Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez. One camp supports the guy and wants him back in New York (head coach Rex Ryan's current stance); the other camp prefers anybody but Sanchez, although if they had their choice, Peyton Manning would be at the top of the list.

Manning, of course, is still a member of the Colts and recovering from neck surgery that kept him out for the 2011 season. But his time left in Indianapolis may be down to days or weeks.


Ryan spoke recently about both quarterbacks: “I can’t talk about Peyton Manning. He’s on some other team right now. But Mark Sanchez is the future of the Jets. He’s a great quarterback and again, I can’t wait to get it going."

Which is pretty much what Ryan has to say. And no matter how many times he repeats himself, there will be those people who think there are better options out there. Take former Jets running back Curtis Martin. He's all for Manning relocating to New York should he become available.

“That’s a great opportunity,” said the Hall of Fame finalist Saturday in an interview with ESPNNewYork.com's Rich Cimini. “I’m not saying anything against Mark Sanchez, but Peyton Manning … I have a lot of respect for the guy. I played against him for a number of years. I wouldn’t care who was on my team -- if Peyton Manning was available, I would go after him.”

Martin qualified by saying that he'd pass on Manning if Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady or Drew Brees, but that's it.

“I’m very bullish on taking that chance,” Martin said. “I don’t care if he’s 38, 36, whatever, I would be interested in taking that chance. At 35, 36, I’m definitely interested. You’re literally talking about one of the best quarterbacks to ever play the game. Him having a year off, the type of competitor Peyton Manning is, I think he’s going to come back and surprise everyone and be even stronger -- if he can come back.”

And that very well may be, it's just that it's not clear where Manning will be playing.

Cimini writes that Jets owner Woody Johnson, during a recent interview, didn't rule out the possibility of pursing Manning. Cimini added: "There are growing indications that the Jets, despite public support for Sanchez, are monitoring the situation and will explore it if he’s released."

Seems reasonable despite Ryan publicly supporting Sanchez several times this offseason. It was Ryan, after all, who announced that he expected offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer to return to the Jets if he didn't land a head-coaching gig. Neither happened, and the former was less surprising than the latter.

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Posted on: January 28, 2012 4:31 pm
Edited on: January 28, 2012 4:42 pm
 

Pick-Six Podcast: Mangold on NYJ, Peyton, Sanchez

Mangold talks about Sanchez, Peyton, the Jets and the Pro Bowl. (Getty Images)

By Will Brinson & Ryan Wilson

In the latest edition of the Pick-Six Podcast, Jets center Nick Mangold joins the show to talk about Mark Sanchez, people ripping on Mark Sanchez, the Jets locker room problems, Peyton Manning possibly joining the Jets, what he thinks of this Super Bowl matchup, his work with Proctor & Gamble/Play 60 at the Pro Bowl in Hawaii and much more.

We also break down Greg Schiano going to Rutgers, wrap up the coaching carousel, and talk some more about where Peyton Manning will end up, because, really, what else is going on?

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Posted on: January 28, 2012 11:56 am
Edited on: January 29, 2012 12:31 pm
 

Rex Ryan: Fixing Jets now, won't speak on Peyton

Ryan is going all in on Sanchez and vows to fix New York's locker room. (US PRESSWIRE)

By Ryan Wilson

The New York Jets, fresh off a disappointing 8-8 season, continue to make news in an offseason that started with an admission from head coach Rex Ryan that he didn't have a pulse on his team, which was clearly evident in Week 17 when team captain Santonio Holmes went renegade on his quarterback before getting benched.

In the nearly four weeks since Ryan's end-of-year press conference, third-string quarterback Greg McElroy went on radio and referred to the Jets locker room as "not a fun place," anonymous teammates called Mark Sanchez "lazy," former teammate Kris Jenkins also took some shots at Sanchez (that led to Ryan, center Nick Mangold and owner Woody Johnson all coming to Sanchez's defense), running back LaDainian Tomlinson suggested that the wide receivers are responsible for "Sanchez is lazy" remarks to the media, and cornerback Darrelle Revis called the team issues "real deep" before noting that Ryan had no idea how bad things really were.


Ryan spoke publicly about all the problems confronting an organization he guaranteed would win the Super Bowl heading into the season.

“Our locker room wasn’t as close as it’s been in the past, obviously, but one thing we know is we’re going to fix it,” Ryan said in an interview with ESPN (via ProFootballTalk.com). “We might have been knocked down this year but we’re not knocked out. We’re going to be swinging, and there’s no doubt about it. But I can’t wait. It’s about moving forward, put that stuff behind us. But there’s things we’re going to learn from. This past season, 8-8 clearly is not good enough. We did have some issues where, obviously, I never did a good enough job of recognizing it and fixing it, but we’re fixing it right now. There’s no doubt about that.”

One of those issues, obviously, concerns the Jets' current quarterback. While Ryan supports Sanchez, he has to improve. We can blame some of his struggles on offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer and Holmes or Plaxico Burress, but the former is gone to St. Louis and the latter were brought in by Ryan and general manager Mike Tannenbaum. At some point, the organization has to either see progress from their franchise quarterback or move on without him. Some of Sanchez's critics have said that they'd like to see Peyton Manning in New York next year.

“I can’t talk about Peyton Manning," Ryan said. "He’s on some other team right now. But Mark Sanchez is the future of the Jets. He’s a great quarterback and again, I can’t wait to get it going. You look at it: 4-2 in the postseason, 28-20 in the regular season over the three years that Mark and I have been together and we’re going to be together a long time.”

Credit to Ryan for standing up for his players but if the 2012 season looks anything like 2011, both he and Sanchez could be looking for work.

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Posted on: January 27, 2012 3:26 pm
Edited on: January 27, 2012 5:10 pm
 

Revis: Jets issues 'real deep,' Ryan didn't know

Revis said the Jets problems run "real deep." (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

Were the Jets not already known as the Jets, their problems over the last few months might seem surprising. But what do you expect when the inmates are running the asylum?

And that's exactly what's been going on in New York. Just ask cornerback Darrelle Revis, who said from the Pro Bowl in Honolulu that the Jets problems are "real deep" and that Rex Ryan wasn't really aware of how bad things got.


"When we come in there in OTAs, just have a player meeting," Revis told the NFL Network in Hawaii, via Rich Cimini of ESPN New York. "The leaders need to step up, talk to everybody in the building and say, 'Hey, man, this is our goal this year. This is what we need to accomplish.' Let's not get into the bickering or the frustrations, because it brings a team down."

It's particularly shocking to hear that Ryan wasn't aware of just how bad things got. After all, Santonio Holmes took things public not once, but twice, during the season.

"Basically, he didn't know a lot of things that were going on behind the scenes," Revis said. "It was just so much stuff. I'm really not going to get into it because some of the stuff is real deep, but he didn't know a lot of the things. He wanted people to say things to him. But obviously it didn't come out. It came out on the field."

Look, the Jets under Ryan are a prime example of a team that gelled perfectly for two seasons with a potentially dangerous formula. Said formula became combustable during the 2011 season and, along with some deterioration of talent at various positions as well as regression to the mean, resulted in the Jets missing the playoffs.

Everyone knows that winning cures most problems. So the Jets could be fine. On the other hand, losing manages to exacerbate those same problems. Which means if Ryan doesn't clean up the locker room in 2012, this same scenario could play out again.

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Posted on: January 26, 2012 3:57 pm
 

Namath feels 'awful' about relationship with NYJ

NamathBy Josh Katzowitz

When Joe Namath logs onto Twitter during a Jets game, it’s usually not a pretty sight. Namath, the most-famous player in Jets history, has had a knack for, let’s saying, bitching about how the team is playing or how the coaches are performing.

It’s not the most attractive side of Namath when he comes out firing on coach Rex Ryan or questioning the team’s game plan on Twitter or during his radio appearances. Perhaps, he’s begun to realize how obnoxious he looks while doing so.

“I feel awful about it. I feel awful about my relationship with the Jets right now in the sense -- I’m talking about the ownership, general manager and head coach,” Namath said, via the Newark Star Ledger. “I don’t want them upset with Joe, but damn it, I have to say what I see, what I think, what I feel.”

One reason Namath gives for his behavior is because of the unique attitude displayed by Ryan,  though that’s strange considering Namath’s boastful nature when he played in the American Football League.

“With the current Jets situation the last few years, I just tried to explain how I felt about things, and when we talk about our head coach, the Jets head coach, he’s unique,” Namath said. “I’ve never seen that style in all the years I’ve been around football.”

Namath is the subject of a new HBO documentary, entitled “Namath,” which documents his life from becoming an AFL star out of the University of Alabama to his embarrassing flirtation on national TV with reporter Suzy Kolber. But most of all he wants to see the Jets succeed again.

“I want a winner here,” Namath said.

Here’s hoping he’s not so vocal about if it doesn’t happen right away.

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Posted on: January 21, 2012 12:56 pm
Edited on: January 21, 2012 1:37 pm
 

Report: Schottenheimer hired as Rams OC

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By Josh Katzowitz

As we wrote a few days ago, the Rams had made an offer to Brian Schottenheimer to be their offensive coordinator under new coach Jeff Fisher, and today, Schottenheimer reportedly accepted the job, according to the St. Louis Post Dispatch.

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It’s a fresh start for Schottenheimer, who parted ways with the Jets following an acrimonious season in charge of New York’s offense, and he gets to work with Fisher, who is building quite an assistant staff along with defensive coordinator Gregg Williams.

Schottenheimer had interviewed for the University of Alabama offensive coordinator gig but didn’t get it. He also had been connected as a candidate for the Falcons coordinator position, but that job went to Dirk Koetter.

As Will Brinson wrote earlier this week, “But it's unlikely that Rams fans will be too thrilled: the Jets never finished better than 17th in passing offense and only once finished in the top 10 in total offense for a season under Schottenheimer.”

Of course, Schottenheimer had to try to tutor Mark Sanchez in New York, and questions are still out on whether Sanchez can be a legitimate starting quarterback in this league. Rams quarterback Sam Bradford will be a big-step up in talent for Schottenheimer. Plus, he’s got Steven Jackson as running back, and if St. Louis can find some receivers, the Rams offense could be a talented one.

Much of it, though, will depend on what Schottenheimer can accomplish now that he has the job.

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