Tag:Rex Ryan
Posted on: January 2, 2012 9:32 am
Edited on: January 2, 2012 9:45 am
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Report: Pettine has drawn interest in Miami

Mike Pettine has drawn interest from Miami (US Presswire).

By Josh Katzowitz

According to the New York Daily News, Jets defensive coordinator Mike Pettine has drawn interest for the Dolphins head coaching job.

Unlike offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer and coach Rex Ryan, Pettine’s reputation has remained intact this season, as the Jets ranked 20th in points allowed but only fifth in yards allowed.

Pettine took over the defensive play-calling duties from Ryan this season, but the major blame for the Jets 8-8 season goes to the offense. Therefore, Pettine still is considered an up-and-coming assistant and could have a decent (but not great) chance at landing the Miami gig.

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Posted on: January 1, 2012 6:23 pm
 

Jets captain Holmes benched in fourth quarter

S. Holmes was benched in the fourth quarter (US Presswire).

By Josh Katzowitz

During a season in which the captaincy of Jets receiver Santonio Holmes has repeatedly been questioned -- and for good reason -- the last game of New York’s season ended early for Holmes. During the Jets 19-17 loss, Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer benched Holmes in the fourth quarter, according to the Newark Star Ledger

“I looked out there, and I was wondering why he wasn’t out there myself," coach Rex Ryan said. "I didn’t bench Santonio. You’ll have to ask him."

Holmes said it was the “coach’s call,” and according to his teammates, he argued with teammates in the huddle and pouted on the sidelines during the game. He also didn’t catch a single pass in the Jets loss (he was targeted just once).

After signing a five-year, $45 million free agent contract before the season, Holmes has been an embarrassment as a team captain. Although Ryan has defended him in the past, Holmes has been hit with celebration penalties, has complained publicly about the offensive line and has participated in a supposed mutiny against Schottenheimer.

Asked after the game if he wanted to return to New York next year, Holmes said simply, “Thank you guys” and ended his news conference.

"Let me just say that there were guys in the huddle that were unhappy with Tone’s demeanor," running back LaDainian Tomlinson told reporters. “And when you have a group of guys who are fighting their butts off, and one guy who -- for whatever reason, his demeanor isn’t with ‘em -- you’ll have guys try to say something to him, just pretty much tell him how they feel. That’s what you got today.

"I’ll tell you what, it’s tough for guys to follow a captain that kind of behaves in that manner. When you’re a captain, guys are looking at you, you’ve got to lead by example. You’ve got to play your tail off until the last play. And when that don’t happen, you have guys looking at you in a way that captains shouldn’t be looked at. You should always put yourself out there as a leader. "

And apparently, today wasn’t the first time Holmes' effort has been questioned.

“He quit," one player told the paper. "It's happened for the past two to three weeks. It's happened all season."


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Posted on: January 1, 2012 4:25 pm
Edited on: January 1, 2012 4:53 pm
 

Jets lose; what now for Schottenheimer, Sanchez?

Schottenheimer

By Josh Katzowitz

The Jets were in disarray before their game Sunday vs. the Dolphins. They still had a slim chance of making the playoffs, but aside from that uncertainty, there’s been plenty of talk the past few weeks about whether Mark Sanchez was the quarterback of the future and whether Brian Schottenheimer should continue on as offensive coordinator.

Although Rex Ryan asked you to light a candle before Sunday’s game, that obviously didn’t work.

The Dolphins knocked off the Jets 19-17 Sunday, and Sanchez -- and the Jets offense -- was awful. Sanchez went 21 of 32 for 207 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions, including one to Marvin Mitchell in the red zone with less than 3 minutes to play as New York was driving for the lead.





While LaDainian Tomlinson and Shonn Greene combined for 111 rushing yards, and rookie receiver Jeremy Kerley made some nice plays -- including a 41-yard pass -- Sanchez killed the Jets chances. And might get his offensive coordinator fired.

And if Rex Ryan keeps tying his fate to Sanchez, you have to wonder how much longer he’ll keep his job. Or if he’s smart enough to even have it.


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Posted on: January 1, 2012 11:11 am
Edited on: January 1, 2012 11:44 am
 

Rex Ryan asks that you 'light a candle' for Jets

New York's playoff hopes are somewhere between slim and none. (US PRESSWIRE)

By Ryan Wilson

The Jets are in a bad way and it's all their doing. The tenacious Rex Ryan defense that had been a hallmark of this Jets team the previous two seasons has been inconsistent in 2011, as has the running game. And those two shortcomings have only exacerbated the quarterback situation. Specifically, the annual conversation about Mark Sanchez's abilities to lead the Jets, and how soon until the organization should throw up their hands and move on.

For now, New York is ninth in the AFC behind the Titans and Raiders, and they need a confluence of remarkable luck to sneak into the No. 6 and final wild-card spot, currently held by the Bengals.

Ryan understands as much which is why he asks that we "light a candle" for the Jets' playoff chances. Football Outsiders puts those chances at 9.5 percent.

So exactly what has to happen?

The Jets can clinch a wild card spot with:
1) NYJ win + CIN loss + TEN loss or tie + OAK loss or tie
2) NYJ win + CIN loss + TEN loss or tie + DEN loss or tie

There is good new, though: whatever happens, Rex says that Sanchez is "his guy" going forward. Of course, that's what Ryan has to say at this point in the proceedings. After the season, everything could change. After all, in that same interview, Ryan said that Brian Schotteheimer had his full support. On Sunday, however, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that Norv Turner, who's set to be fired by the Broncos any day now, is expected to be one of the Jets' top targets to coordinate the offense in 2012. Another possible target: Josh McDaniels, currently the Rams' offensive coordinator, who will likely be out of work when St. Louis moves on from head coach Steve Spagnuolo.

Schottenheimer, incidentally, could be in line for a head coaching gig, even though he's had his issues as New York's OC.


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Posted on: December 29, 2011 11:42 pm
 

Sunday might mark LT's last NFL game

Tomlinson

By Josh Katzowitz

While Dolphins defensive end Jason Taylor and Rams cornerback Al Harris say they are retiring for sure, Jets running back LaDainian Tomlinson isn’t certain about his next move. He’d like to stay in New York (as would Brian Schottenheimer!) and play for at least another season, but if he doesn’t get an offer from a team he likes, he says he’ll retire.

“I’m going to wait and see what happens,” Tomlinson said, via the NY Daily News. “I would love to keep playing, but if the situation is not right, then I won’t. This possibly could be my last game.”

That doesn’t mean he HAS to play with Rex Ryan’s squad next season. But to suit up for a team like the Rams or Jaguars, um, no thanks.

“I played this game a long time,” he said. “I don’t want to go to someone that’s going to lose every week. That’s not going to be fun.

“If it is my last game, I’ve enjoyed 11 years of playing football. Playing a kids’ game. Two great organizations. Obviously being here the last couple of years, I’ve really enjoyed my time here… The fans have been great. My teammates have been great. The coaching staff. There’s nothing I can complain about.”

The Jets running game, the vaunted “Ground and Pound,” has been relatively weak this season, ranking 22nd in the league in rushing yards. Tomlinson, following a surprisingly good season last year after the Chargers determined he was out of gas, hasn’t been as effective this season. He’s suffered from knee problems, and he’s only carried the ball 64 times for 224 yards and a score (he’s also caught 38 passes for 426 yards and two more touchdowns).

At this point, it doesn’t seem likely the Jets would bring him back for another season, which means Tomlinson, just like Taylor and Harris, very well might be seeing his last action this Sunday.



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Posted on: December 29, 2011 8:41 pm
Edited on: December 29, 2011 9:49 pm
 

Is it time for Brian Schottenheimer to go?

SchottenheimerBy Josh Katzowitz

While the Jets supposedly are questioning whether Mark Sanchez is actually their quarterback of the future (a query that likely doesn’t bode well for Sanchez), observers and fans also have been pointing at the team’s offensive coordinator as somebody who needs to go.

That would be Brian Schottenheimer, whose offense ranks 27th in yards gained and, strangely, ninth in points scored. It’s strange because, in Schottenheimer’s five-year tenure as the team’s offensive coordinator, the points scored is tied for the Jets best performance under him but the yards gained ranks as the worst.

Either way, Schottenheimer has heard the whisperings, and he tries to ignore the rumblings that Rex Ryan should ax him.

Writes Rapid Reporter Lisa Zimmerman, “When asked how he can take all of the criticism in stride so well, OC Brian Schottenheimer cited growing up in the NFL and being the son of a coach as being a big advantage in being able to avoid worrying too much about what might happen down the road. He recalled his father, Marty, being fired after a 14-2 season.”

While Schottenheimer took the blame for the team’s offensive woes, he also said he doesn’t think Sunday’s game vs. the Dolphins will make or break his tenure. After all, we were talking about this topic 11 months ago and Schottenheimer seemingly didn’t have a problem returning this year.

"I think however we play this weekend, we’ll go back and we’ll look at it, and we’ll give a full evaluation of how we play," Schottenheimer said, via the Newark Star Ledger. "I am not worried about that at all. I want to play well, we need to play well, because there is certainly a chance for us to still make the playoffs. ... But again, I don’t worry about that."

One positive working in Schottenheimer’s favor, perhaps? The fact the team extended his contract two months ago until the end of 2013. But hey, if the team lets him go, there’s not much Schottenheimer can do about it at this point.

"I've been fired before," he said. "If you get in this profession, you're going to get fired. And the guys that sit there and worry about it are the guys that generally end up getting fired, because they are sitting there worried about it."




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Posted on: December 26, 2011 6:46 pm
 

Ryan: Sanchez is 'my guy,' no interest in Manning

Schottenheimer and Sanchez are under fire but Manning wouldn't be an offseason consideration for New York. (Getty Images)

By Ryan Wilson

First there was the ProFootballTalk report that the Jets, realizing what the rest of us already knew for some time, had finally come to the conclusion that Mark Sanchez might not be a franchise quarterback. There were also reports, courtesy of CBSSports.com's Mike Freeman, that while Sanchez may not have lived up to expectations, it's more likely that Brian Schottenheimer, the man responsible for calling 59 passing plays against the Giants Saturday, might be in more immediate danger of losing his job.

Well, good news, Mark. Jets head coach Rex Ryan said Monday that you're his guy.

“There’s no way that we’re looking to replace Mark Sanchez,” Ryan said on ESPN radio, according to the New York Daily News' Manish Mehta. “There’s no doubt… If they were both out there and you were starting a draft, I would take…. Would you take Peyton Manning? Yeah, I’d take Peyton Manning over anybody. I’m not saying that….. I’m not telling that lie. Of course, I would take him. But right now, when you’re looking at our football team and our franchise, obviously we feel great about our quarterback situation. Is he going to get better, he absolutely is. Is he perfect? Not by any stretch of the imagination right now. …. But we think he has the ability to be special."

Ryan concedes that Manning, when healthy, is the NFL's best quarterback ("I even put him over Tom Brady"), but that doesn't mean the Jets would be interested in him should he and the Colts part ways this offseason.

"Do I think it’s even a consideration for us?" Ryan asked rhetorically. "No, I don’t.” He also called the PFT report "not true," and reiterated that Sanchez "is my guy."

Ryan, perhaps still caught up in the holiday season, was in a giving mood Monday; he also threw his support behind his much-maligned offensive coordinator.

"I have a huge amount of confidence in both guys," he said. "There’s no doubt. I’ve stated it over and over my feelings about Mark Sanchez. I’ve said it before. No quarterback’s going to look great when that’s all you do… you fall behind. It wasn’t Mark’s best day by any stretch of the imagination, but we know he’s done it. And he’s been doing it. We have great confidence in him and I have great confidence in him. As far as Brian Schottenheimer is concerned,  shoot, we’ll just keep working side-by-side, shoulder-to-shoulder and we’re trying to find a way to beat Miami. I have confidence in him. I have confidence in all our coaches. We have to find a way to get it done.”

Schottenheimer has drawn plenty criticism for his pass-heavy game plans this season, and he's frustrated Jets fans pretty much since joining the staff in 2006. Still, he's rumored to be a head coaching candidate for any number of opportunities this offseason.

For now, though, Ryan likes his chances with Sanchez and Schottenheimer. And if the Jets want to make the playoffs for the third consecutive season, they'll need a lot of help. First things first: New York has to beat the Dolphins in Week 17, and then hope for a Bengals loss to the Ravens, Titans loss or tie to the Texans, and an Oakland loss or tie to the Chargers. Or: a Jets win, Bengals loss, Titans loss or tie, and a Broncos loss or tie.

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Posted on: December 25, 2011 8:00 pm
Edited on: December 26, 2011 10:15 am
 

Report: Jets are questioning Sanchez's future

Sanchez, RyanBy Josh Katzowitz

For the first time in his career, Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez likely won’t be playing in an AFC title game after the Giants severely damaged their city rivals' postseason chances Saturday. Now, there’s a report that the Jets are questioning whether Sanchez is actually the team’s quarterback of the future.

That’s the word from Pro Football Talk, which reports that the Jets are internally asking themselves whether Sanchez is the right answer for them.

Almost from the moment Sanchez entered the league as a No. 5 overall pick in the 2009 draft, he’s been the subject of criticism from media and fans, and though he’s been impressive during the past two postseasons -- especially in road games -- his regular-season performances have been spotty.

This year, he’s completing 56.2 percent of his passes for 3,267 yards, 24 touchdowns and 15 interceptions, and each season, most of his numbers have improved slightly. But unlike, say, Matthew Stafford -- who, to be fair, was the No. 1 pick in the 2009 draft -- it’s hard to imagine any observer placing the third-year player in the top-10 among league quarterbacks.

Now, to be clear, Sanchez hasn’t had much of a running game this year -- it ranks 22nd in the league -- and offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer has been the source of criticism for a sluggish offense that hasn’t done much of anything this season.

But as CBSSports.com’s Andy Benoit wrote last week, Sanchez is “as jittery in the pocket and as unreliable in his progressions as he was his rookie year, (and) the Jets’ passing attack is full of simplified one-read plays.”

Coach Rex Ryan has been resolute saying Sanchez is his guy, and it’d be a bit of a surprise for the Jets not to give Sanchez another year to see if he can figure out how to crack the top-10. But the fact there are rumors out there that he’s not the guy is not a good sign.

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