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Posted 12 Oct 2014Studs
Everyone but them 3
Posted 12 Oct 2014Rex Ryan and the New York Jets face Peyton Manning and Tom Brady in a five-day stretch and could be staring at a 1-6 record this time next week.
Ryan knows he's on the hot seat and must turn it around -- or else he'll be looking for a new job.
However, Rex will have at least until the end of the season before there is any chance he'll need to freshen up his resume.
On NFL GameDay Morning, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported, according to several sources in and around the situation, that it's highly unlikely a midseason firing of Ryan will take place.
Rapoport added that the same goes for general manager John Idzik, who is also coming under fire in New York for his offseason moves (or lack thereof). Idzik made the call to not spend $20 million in cap space this past offseason because he believed there wasn't a wise investment to be made -- and the Jets owner didn't hold him back.
"What I am told is owner Woody Johnson will assess this situation in its entirety after the season," Rapoport said. "So what will this hinge on? I'm told there is no litmus test as far as saying, 'Rex needs to make the playoffs and then he'll be able to keep his job,' even though his contract actually triggers with a playoff appearance. Because there is an acknowledgement in the organization that there's just not as much talent as they thought there would be -- certainly not as much talent as they had last year."
Ryan denied this week that the Jets lack talent. However, the team's play on the field says otherwise.
Rapoport also noted that one reason the Jets didn't fire Ryan last year was out of fear of watching him move on and win elsewhere. That same fear still exists.
There is zero doubt Ryan will get another NFL job if he's fired. As one of the best defensive minds in football, he'll be the hottest name available the nanosecond the Jets decide to cut ties.
Posted 23 Aug 2014Michael Vick can't win.
He entered the offseason determined to land a starting job, only to be told by the New York Jets that their quarterback competition was rigged in Geno Smith's favor.
Vick came to grips with his role over the summer, fading into the background while offering unwavering support for Smith as the face of the Jets' offense.
Smith has always been viewed as general manager John Idzik's guy whereas some members of the coaching staff had visions of Vick running the offense.
In fact, some Jets coaches have "privately expressed disappointment that Vick didn't show up more hell-bent on winning the starting job," according to TheMMQB.com's Jenny Vrentas. At the very least, they wanted Vick to make the decision tough for coach Rex Ryan, adds Vrentas.
That's interesting logic.
The coaching staff set Vick up for failure. Now they're holding it against him that he's accepting of his role as Smith's mentor and caddy.
"The last five years I spent in Philly, I had some great years and played in some great games and went through a lot," Vick explained. "Now it's an opportunity for me to refresh myself and take a step back away from the game."
Make no mistake, Vick wants to start. But he also understands that's not going to happen unless Smith falls flat on his face.
"I'm kind of relishing the moment that I'm in right now," Vick added. "I am not required to have to do a lot. Preserving my body right now is very important to me, and making sure I can make a strong push late in my career in case I am needed."
Vick has adopted the ideal attitude for a veteran backup, ready to shed the visor and clipboard at a moment's notice. If the Jets coaches wanted a more cutthroat Vick, they should should have opened the competition.
UPDATE: After the Jets' loss to the Giants on Friday night, Vick refuted TheMMQB.com report, saying "That is not true at all. ... So whoever wrote that story, it was on the side of being very fictitious and you have to come up with better stories than that."
Posted 22 Aug 2014After the third preseason game in 2013, New York Jets coach Rex Ryan was left with one injured veteran quarterback, and one slumping rookie quarterback. This year is a lot simpler.
Ryan announced Friday that Geno Smith would be the team's Week 1 starter, making official what had long become obvious. Smith was solid Friday in a loss to the New York Giants, playing mistake-free football. Michael Vick also played well in limited action, but he never truly had a chance in the competition.
"(Geno) has done everything that we have asked," Ryan said. "And again this is no slight to Mike Vick. Because believe me like I said, I wanted to come out of this knowing that we have two really good quarterbacks and we think we can win games
"That is not true. That is not true at all. Me and my coaches have great conversations. We have open dialogue and that was far from the case. So whoever wrote that story, it was on the side of being very fictitious and you have to come up with with. And in my heart I feel that we have two that we can win with."
Jets coaches have reportedly been disappointed by Vick accepting his fate as a backup, a notion that clearly upset Vick.
better stories than that," Vick said.
The Vick quotes are a small bump in a refreshingly quiet Jets preseason. Smith didn't do anything to lose the starting job, and Vick didn't particularly do anything to make the Jets re-think their faith in their second-year starter. Now it's just up to Geno to prove a lot of people wrong.
Posted 10 Aug 2014The New York Jets' cornerback concerns have resurfaced after a pair of injuries sustained in Sunday's practice.
Dee Milliner had to be helped off the field after clutching his ankle in obvious pain.
NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reported that the Jets believe Milliner suffered a high-ankle sprain and will be out a few weeks, per source informed of the player's situation.
The Jets weren't so fortunate with Dexter McDougle.
After the third-round rookie was forced from practice with "sharp pain" in his knee, the team confirmed that he suffered a torn ACL.
Veteran Dimitri Patterson missed practice with calf and ankle issues, which means three of the team's top four cornerbacks are injured.
Milliner was having an excellent camp, per ESPN.com's Rich Cimini. Teammates have been predicting a breakout season for the 2013 first-round draft pick.
Ryan has to be hoping that Milliner's injury isn't serious, as the Jets defense relies on strong press-man corners to operate on all cylinders.
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