Tag:New York Jets
Posted on: January 11, 2012 9:27 am
Edited on: January 12, 2012 5:57 am

Jets players rip 'lazy' Mark Sanchez, want Peyton

Jets teammates rip into Sanchez anonymously on Wednesday. (Getty Images)
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By Will Brinson

As you've likely realized by now, Brian Schottenheimer is out as the offensive coordinator of the Jets and reports are that Tony Sparano's on his way in. So the team's in upheaval right now. It won't help matters that some Jets players anonymously and publicly ripped quarterback Mark Sanchez on Wednesday morning.

Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News has the story, and it's a doozy, with Jets players referring to Sanchez as "lazy," a "baby" and someone that can't win in New York.

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“We have to bring in another quarterback that will make him work at practice,” one player told Mehta. "He’s lazy and content because he knows he’s not going to be benched."

Mehta also writes that the "consensus among players" he spoke to is that the Jets need a change at quarterback, or at least a capable veteran to push Sanchez into better performances.

And the top choice for that veteran position seems to be ... Peyton Manning!

“We already have his coach — Tom Moore," one player, who Mehta calls well-respected, said. "Plus, he’s a field general and will get everyone lined up. He will get his playmakers the ball. We can win a Super Bowl with Peyton."

The issue with Peyton is that it's not as simple as "grabbing him and dumping Sanchez." First, Manning has to get cut/released/put on the trading block by the Colts. Then he has to want to come to the Jets.

Whatever, it could happen, but let's not put the cart before the horse, especially when it requires Manning wanting to play in the same locker room that just firmly shoved its current quarterback (and erstwhile leader) under the bus, calling him a "baby" in the process.

"They don’t want to be truthful with him," one player said about the way the team handled Sanchez. "They treat him like a baby instead of a man. He goes in a hole when someone tells him the truth."

See, looks like a really fun place to play. Come on down Peyton. But really, anonymously shredding the starting quarterback for a team -- besides being, ironically, lazy in its own right -- doesn't usually mean that there only needs to be one change.

UPDATED (7:33 p.m. ET): One of Sanchez's teammates has come to the rescue. That would be center Nick Mangold who tweeted today that Sanchez's accuser should "man up" and put his name with his criticism.

"That's just wrong," said Mangold, when asked today by ESPN about the comment that Sanchez was lazy. "I've never seen anybody work as hard as Mark has. I support him fully and I think the locker room does as well."

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Posted on: January 10, 2012 11:32 pm
Edited on: January 11, 2012 1:03 am

Brian Schottenheimer 'will not return' to Jets

Brian Schottenheimer has 'decided not to return' to the Jets. (Getty Images)
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By Will Brinson

Brian Schottenheimer's been a scapegoat and a half for Jets fans over the past year, owing largely to failures by the team's offense. Many expected him gone after the 2011 season, but Rex Ryan and Mike Tannenbaum were adamant that he wouldn't be fired.

But there were plenty of rumblings that he was on his way out of New York anyway, so it makes total sense that the Jets announced on Tuesday night that he's "decided not to return."

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"After much thought and consideration, I have decided not to return to the New York Jets in 2012," said Schottenheimer in a statement issued by the team. "I am very proud of what we have accomplished in the six years I have been here. I am grateful for the relationships that I have with our players and coaches and appreciate the hard work and dedication that went into our success.

"My family and I would like to thank Rex Ryan and the entire Jets organization and wish them continued success. I look forward to the exciting opportunities that lie ahead."

So, um, yeah. This is a bit weird since he's not "fired" per se, but he's also not exactly leaving for a promotion, which is precisely what Rex intimated at his press conference. If Schotty ends up taking a gig with his dad in Tampa Bay, which is a reasonable possibility, then it's (maybe) a different story.

Otherwise it has a disingenuous feel of a "you've got to go but we're not going to fire you since we said we wouldn't" type of thing. Or he's just looking for a "fresh start." You know, whatever.

"Brian and I talked and I understand his decision to look for a fresh start," Rex Ryan said in the team's statement. "I’d like to thank him for all of his contributions these past three seasons. He’s been right there with me, shoulder to shoulder, and played a key role in our success, helping us to reach two AFC Championship games. As I’ve said before, coaching is in his bloodlines, he has a tremendous work ethic and I consider myself fortunate to have worked with him.

"He has acquired a lot of experience at a young age and has a bright future in front of him. I know that he will be a successful head coach one day - probably sooner than later."

Bill Callahan's gone as well, so it means that the Jets are on the market for an offensive coordinator now. There were rumors that Todd Haley and Tony Sparano were shopping themselves as a package deal, but that just seems too odd to work.

Haley seems like a logical fit, and we wouldn't count out former Jaguars offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter, but Chris Mortensen of ESPN reports that ex-Dolphins coach Tony Sparano is "first in line" for the offensive coordinator position and could be announced as early as Wednesday.

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Posted on: January 9, 2012 10:09 pm

TripGate instigator, Alosi, gets new job


By Josh Katzowitz

You might recall the tiny uproar created last year when former Jets strength and conditioning coach Sal Alosi stuck out his leg and tripped Dolphins gunner Nolan Carroll on the sideline during a Miami punt.

He was suspended immediately, fined $25,000 by the Jets (who were fined $100,000 by the league), and Alosi resigned after the 2010 season was complete.

Now, he’s got another job, as UCLA announced that new coach Jim Mora Jr., has hired Alosi as the school’s strength and conditioning coach.

"These coaches are all important elements to us moving our program forward," Mora, who also hired a new receivers coach, said in a statement. "We welcome them, as coaches and teachers on and off the field, to the UCLA football family."

First rule that Alosi the teacher should impart to his new charges. No tripping!!!  We hear that gets people in trouble.

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Posted on: January 8, 2012 11:35 am

Schottenheimer, Jets might part ways regardless

Brian Schottenheimer has been in New York since 2006. He may not be back. (Getty Images)

By Ryan Wilson

On Monday, a day after the Jets' season imploded in South Beach, head coach Rex Ryan and general manager Mike Tannenbaum, still shocked from how the season ended 24 hours earlier, held a press conference to talk about the future of the team.

Among the revelations: wide receiver and team captain Santonio Holmes needs an attitude adjustment, quarterback Mark Sanchez will be the 2012 starter, and offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, the ire of many a Jets fan, would be welcomed back with open arms should he not land a head-coaching gig.

On Saturday, we wrote that while Schottenheimer's head-coaching fate remains undecided, the Jets are making contingency plans to fill his job. Two names mentioned as possible replacements: Tony Sparano and Dirk Koetter (although they weren't selling themselves as a two-for-one special). A day later, ESPN New York's Rich Cimini writes that he would be "stunned" if Schottenheimer returns to New York, adding "I could see him making a lateral move before returning."

Schottenheimer has been the Jets offensive coordinator since 2006 and appears to have the full support of his head coach and general manager. So what happened? Well, it's not uncommon for public comments to differ from personal beliefs. It happens all the time (see John Elway's recent remarks that Tim Tebow will be the Broncos' starter in 2012 … and then see how that changes in the coming weeks and months). Plus, sometimes relationships run their course. In fact, you could argue that Schottenheimer has overstayed his welcome in New York.

More details from Cimini:

"League insiders tell me the Jets are trying to save as much as possible on Schottenheimer's remaining contract -- two years, $3.2 million. (They'd have to eat it if they fire him.) That enormous, two-year extension he received last offseason, I'm told, was a reason why they couldn't get OL coach Bill Callahan to re-up before the end of the season. Apparently, the rising tide doesn't lift all boats, as far as the Jets are concerned."

Is Schottenheimer the primary reason for the Jets' 8-8 finish? No, of course not. Holmes' selfishness, Sanchez's inconsistency, and a defense that struggled at times in 2011 all played a part in a disappointing season.

That said, it's probably time for a change. The Jets need to find out if Sanchez can be their franchise guy. That'll be one of the primary duties of whoever the next coordinator might be. So when the Jets say they're making preparations just in case Schottenheimer doesn't return, they're telling the truth. It's just that, despite what Ryan and Tannenbaum said six days ago, it may not be Schottenheimer's decision.

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Posted on: January 7, 2012 8:49 pm
Edited on: January 7, 2012 9:20 pm

Jets eye candidates should Schottenheimer leave

Gang Green begins the offensive coordinator search in case Brian Schottenheimer doesn't return. (US PRESSWIRE/Getty Images)

By Ryan Wilson

When Jets head coach Rex Ryan and general manager Mike Tannenbaum held their somber end-of-season press conference last Monday, they indicated, among other things, that Mark Sanchez would remain the starting quarterback in 2012, and Brian Schottenheimer, should he not get a head-coaching gig, would return as the offensive coordinator.

Schottenheimer arrived in New York in 2006 and he's been a favorite punching bag of Jets fans since. Still, he's annually mentioned as an rising star in the coaching ranks and destined to be a head coach. He was rumored to be in the running to replace Nick Saban in Miami following the 2006 season but later removed his name for consideration.

Perhaps ready to move on, Schottenheimer interviewed for the Jaguars job Friday. Jacksonville fired Jack Del Rio in November, the franchise was sold to Shahid Khan in December, and are desperately seeking an offensive identity.

While Schottenheimer's head-coaching fate remains undecided, the Jets are making contingency plans to fill his job. The potential replacements, according to the New York Post?  Recently fired Dolphins head coach Tony Sparano and the man behind the Jags' 31st-ranked offense, Dirk Koetter.

We hear those two names, think about the barrage of criticism fans directed at Schottenheimer on a weekly basis and "Be careful what you ask for" immediately comes to mind. Schottey deserved the scrutiny, but if you were wondering how things could get worse, that answer might lie with Sparano or Koetter.

That's not completely fair; Sparano arrived in Miami in 2008 with Bill Parcells' blessing and immediately led the Dolphins to 11 wins and the postseason a year after they went 1-15. And Koetter, who came to Jacksonville in 2007 from Arizona State, was responsible for the Jags' third-ranked offense his first season. But they've slipped in the subsequent seasons (2008, 11th; 2009, 17th; 2010, 14th; 2011, 31st).

ESPN reported earlier that Sparano and former Chiefs coach Todd Haley have discussed "joining forces" as a packaged deal. Sparano would handle the running game and Haley would handle the passing game. No word on possible destintions although Fantasy Island immediately comes to mind. (Really, who has two coordinators on the same side of the ball? Then again, maybe "Joining Forces" is the name of their comedy troupe or lounge act. Or both.)

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Posted on: January 6, 2012 8:49 pm

LT: "I am contemplating retirement'

Is the end coming for an all-time great? (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

LaDainian Tomlinson, without question, is a slam-dunk Hall of Famer. And it's possible we might have seen the end of his career, as the running back said on Friday that he's "contemplating retirement."

"I am contemplating retirement," Tomlinson told the Scott and BR Show on XX1090 AM in San Diego Friday. "That's what I told my coaches and told my agent and everybody. That's exactly what it is. This is the first time in my playing career that I've actually, honestly thought about this may be it for me. That's kind of where I am right now."

It's crazy to think that Tomlinson won't be playing in the NFL next year, but it also seemed crazy to think of Tomlinson in a jersey that didn't feature a lightning bolt on it, and the past two years he's spent with the Jets.

And it's also worth noting that Tomlinson admitted the question from the hosts was a "good question" -- he doesn't honestly know if he'll retire. And Tomlinson could end up playing again in 2012. He just wants to find that ring and is tired of suiting up without it being a legitimate possibility.

"I just think after 11 years of ... getting close and not getting it done," Tomlinson said. "It's getting tough for me to start over on that journey again."

When pressed about the issue, Tomlinson admitted that it was a "new team" he'd be looking for and probably not the Jets, though he wouldn't rule out a return to New York.

"That's hard to say, I can't say either way, honestly," Tomlinson said when asked if he wanted to go back to the Jets. "I think anything is open you guys. I'm not going to say 'no.' And I'm not going to say 'yes' either."

Tomlinson is fifth all-time in the NFL in rushing yards and he's third all-time when it comes to touchdowns scored with 162, behind only Jerry Rice and Emmitt Smith. The majority of those came when LT was a member of the Chargers and the running back said he wouldn't be entirely opposed to a return stint with San Diego.

"Yeah, I absolutely would consider it," Tomlinson said when asked about being a role player with San Diego.

Now that would be a story -- Tomlinson returning for one final run in San Diego. I'm not entirely sure it would ever happen, if only because of the burnt bridges left in the wake of Tomlinson's departure from San Diego.

But if it did happen (and, again, it's unlikely), it would be a pretty big story. Almost as big as seeing one of the greatest running backs in NFL history walk away from the game. Which is also a possibility.

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Posted on: January 5, 2012 5:56 pm

Former Jet Kris Jenkins calls out Mark Sanchez

Jenkins isn't impressed with Sanchez's leadership skills. (US PRESSWIRE/AP)

By Ryan Wilson

Former Jets defensive lineman Kris Jenkins has transitioned nicely from the playing field to the analyst's chair. He's made occasional appearances on CBS's The NFL Today, and he had a thoughtful piece in the New York Times in November documenting his life in professional football.

On Thursday, Jenkins spared us the nuance when he took to Mike Lupica's radio show to talk about the unintentional comedy stylings of the New York Jets and Mark Sanchez (transcript via PFT.com).

“The No. 1 quarterback should have said that a long time ago,” Jenkins said, referring to backup Greg McElroy's recent public comments about the sorry state of the Jets locker room. “It would have been all part of the process of him growing a pair and standing up and being a man. But the thing is, he lost his because he got caught up in the wash that is New York, the spotlight, taking pictures in the magazines and doing all that stuff. That’s just what everybody has seen with Mark Sanchez, they got tired of it.”

Aaron Rodgers agrees with the part about fancy clothes and magazine shoots. "I mean look at this -- that's embarrassing," Rodgers said in September of Sanchez's designer wife beater and skinny jeans ensemble. "Page 94 of the GQ thing here, that's terrible."

Also embarrassing and terrible? Sanchez's 2011 season, his third in the NFL, though it wasn't completely his fault. The lack of a running game coupled with an inconsistent defense and the worst team captain in organized sports conspired to wreck the Jets' season and any progress Sanchez might've made.

Jenkins played with Sanchez for parts of the 2009 and 2010 season and admitted that he was impressed by the former USC quarterback's potential. But like intentions and the road to hell, the NFL scrap heap is littered with players with tons of potential who don't do much with it. Right now, that's Sanchez.

“Mark wants to be a leader but there’s a difference between wanting it and taking it,” Jenkins said. “He’s always trying to be a crowd pleaser. He’s always trying to be nice. He wants to be a leader but he won’t take it.”

According to head coach Rex Ryan and general manager Mike Tannenbaum, Sanchez is the Jets' starter heading into 2012. Maybe it's a case of blind loyalty offsetting what seems to be obvious to most folks: despite Sanchez's draft status, he's not a franchise quarterback. And it's not clear he ever will be, especially if Santonio Holmes is on the roster next season.

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Posted on: January 5, 2012 11:59 am
Edited on: January 5, 2012 4:30 pm

Jets fine Scott $10,000 for bird incident

ScottBy Josh Katzowitz

While the NFL is investigating the “Bart Scott just flipped everybody the bird (!)” incident in the Jets locker room from earlier this week, the franchise has already punished the New York linebacker by announcing that the team has fined him $10,000.

Here's the team statement on the matter: "Bart Scott was fined $10,000 by the team for his obscene gesture to a member of the media. Bart's actions were inappropriate and unacceptable."

That might not be the only money taken from Scott’s bank account.

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said the league is investigating the incident, which occurred during a contentious post-season locker room session* in which a few players refused to talk to reporters.

*Scott was simply more visual about his lack of desire to participate in interviews.

Rex Ryan said the incident would “definitely be addressed,” and now it appears that it has. Unless the Jets also decide against bringing back Scott next season, and considering how much his play fell off this year, that’s a real possibility.

UPDATED (1:25 p.m. ET): According to the NY Daily News, the NFL will NOT discipline Scott, calling it a club matter.

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