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Posted 10 Apr 2014http://www.metro.us/...-ryan-hot-seat/
QuoteBy Kristian DyerPublished: April 10, 2014
Source: Jets head coach Rex Ryan not ‘on any hot seat’
If Rex Ryan wants to return to the Jets for what would be a seventh season in 2015, conventional wisdom is the head coach will have to make the playoffs this year.
But Metro New York has learned it isn’t “postseason or bust” for Ryan this year if he wants to extend his stay in New York.
Speaking on the condition of anonymity, a team source with knowledge of the situation said Ryan “isn’t on any hot seat” this season, despite the fact his Jets haven’t had a winning record the past three seasons let alone made the playoffs.
Ryan defied most outlooks last year with an 8-8 record as his Jets played meaningful football into December. In the 2013 preseason, he was a betting favorite to be the first head coach fired. Now he’s back for a sixth year.
General manager John Idzik and owner Woody Johnson announced to much fanfare in the locker room following the final game that Ryan would be back in 2014.
“Rex isn’t on any hot seat and there is no playoff mandate even though he thinks and management thinks we can make the playoffs. That’s the goal every year,” the source told Metro. “But it isn’t postseason or bust for him. There are a lot of factors that go into it.”
Ryan led the Jets twice to within a game of the Super Bowl in his first two years as a head coach. But he’s fallen on hard times since then with a cumulative 22-26 record in the last three seasons.
With Idzik in his second year, the two could be linked for the long haul.
“He’s very much in the second year of a rebuilding project,” the source said. “There’s an understanding about that, so it isn’t as simple as, ‘Make the playoffs or you get fired, Rex.’ It isn’t that simple. There’s a good working relationship with John, they get along very well and Rex is clearly on John’s page. To say that he’s on thin ice or there’s a playoff mandate simply isn’t true. Far more goes into the decision than that. He won’t be judged solely on the basis of if he led the team to the playoffs or not.”
Follow Jets beat writer Kristian Dyer on Twitter @KristianRDyer.
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Posted 24 Mar 2014http://nypost.com/20...tter-from-jets/
QuoteMark Sanchez deserved better from Jets
By Mark Cannizzaro
March 22, 2014 | 2:56pm
ST. LOUIS — In the end, after a five-year marriage that became rocky, the Jets’ treatment of Mark Sanchez was deplorable.
Breathe deeply, Sanchez haters. You know who you are, because you are everywhere. Based on the inflammatory Twitter reactions I received for voicing this same sentiment Friday about the poor timing of Sanchez’s release, I’m well aware that statement doesn’t sit well with you. I’m well aware the Jets made Sanchez a multi-millionaire, made him a star, a regular Page Six item for all the high-profile women he dated. That they drafted him perhaps higher (No. 5 overall) than he should have been with so little starting experience coming out of USC in 2009. That they gave him a ridiculous kiss-and-make-up contract extension in 2012 (with more than $20 million guaranteed) after their flirtation with Peyton Manning became public. I get all that. Hold off on the sad-story violin music for the fallen star who is financially set for life. What I do not understand is why, when the Jets knew all along — for months — they were going to move on from Sanchez going forward, they felt the need to bleed this thing out until Friday night, two weeks into free agency and with most teams already having addressed their quarterback vacancies.
By doing this, the Jets dramatically reduced Sanchez’s options for places to sign. Was that necessary?
You want to make the argument the Jets held onto Sanchez as insurance in case they were unable to sign Michael Vick? The Jets never had any intention of keeping Sanchez. They knew their fan base would revolt if Sanchez ever were under center again.
You want to make the argument it was the Jets’ prerogative to wait as long as they wanted — right up until his $2 million roster bonus deadline arrived on Tuesday — before releasing him? Of course it was, but does that make it right?
I get that the NFL, like every other professional sport, is a ruthless business and teams must look out for themselves first. But the way teams treat their players goes a long way toward helping them recruit top players.
A week ago, free-agent cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie chose to sign with the Giants over the Jets after visiting both teams. Maybe it only was about the money for Rodgers-Cromartie, with the Giants offering a sweeter deal. But maybe it was a choice of one organization over the other, too.
Jets general manager John Idzik, for whom the jury remains very much out, has not proven himself to be a very good recruiter. See his failure to add a free agent cornerback to his depleted secondary despite a plentiful market and gads of salary cap space.
The Jets, using the age-old, lame-old public relations ploy when the objective is to attract the least attention possible, announced the Sanchez release on their Twitter account at 6:22 p.m. Friday night with the sports world otherwise immersed in NCAA Tournament basketball.
At 6:26 p.m., the Jets’ Twitter account sent out a canned Rex Ryan quote, reading: “I’d like to thank Mark for everything he’s done for this team and me personally.’’
At 6:32, they sent out a picture of Vick signing his one-year, $5 million contract to replace Sanchez.
For all the negatives that seem to override anything good he did as a Jet, Sanchez was a good employee.
Not Sanchez’s fault, yet it is affixed to his legacy as permanently as that tattoo on Ryan’s right arm of his wife wearing a Sanchez jersey as a nightie.
When Sanchez was put into that preseason game against the Giants in the fourth quarter last August — behind a backup offensive line, after he already had won the starting job — and got his right shoulder mangled, how often did you hear Sanchez complain about that publicly?
Never. The injury ended Sanchez’s season and, effectively, his career with the Jets. Yet Sanchez, to this day, never has taken a shot at the Jets for their amateur-hour handling of that situation.
As it turned out, amateur hour extended from that 2013 preseason game right up until 6:22 p.m. Friday night.
Posted 22 Mar 2014http://theconcourse....s-co-1547135982
QuoteGuy Drops A "Deez Nuts" During Interview On People's Court
Filed to: DEEZ NUTS
Meet the man who just lived the lifelong dream of anyone who ever attended a public middle school. We've all fantasized about pulling off a classic "Deez Nuts" joke on TV, but this guy actually went out and did it.
Our hero gets points for degree of difficulty—he really worked hard to get the interviewer to walk into the "What's D?" setup—but we have to mark him down for not going full-throttle at the end there. If you've already come that far, sir, you might as well draw out the "nuuuuuts" like you're supposed to.
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Posted 24 Feb 2014http://espn.go.com/b..._medium=twitter
QuoteJets trainers assist ailing woman on plane
February, 24, 2014
By Rich Cimini | ESPNNewYork.com
Two athletic trainers from the New York Jets, on their way to the NFL scouting combine last week in Indianapolis, helped rescue an elderly woman in severe distress on an airplane at Newark Airport.
It happened on a Newark-to-Indianapolis flight last Monday. The door had just closed on the plane when a passenger alerted other passengers that an elderly woman sitting next to her needed immediate medical help.
As it turned out, there was a doctor on the plane. He identified himself as an ICU/cardiologist. Jets trainers Josh Koch and Dave Zuffelato also were on board. The three of them worked together to remove the woman from the plane to the jetway.
Once on the jetway, Kock and Zuffelato, along with the doctor, administered CPR for approximately five minutes until paramedics arrived. A short time later, the trainers got back on the plane and made their way to Indianapolis, where they would spend the next several days examining college prospects for the NFL draft. The item was first reported by David Chao, a former NFL doctor who writes a medical column for National Football Post.
“We’re conditioned to help people," Zuffelato said. "When the situation arose, the doctor, Josh and I did our best to help."
This marked the second time this offseason the Jets have made news on an airplane. A month ago, quarterback Geno Smith was involved in an altercation with a flight attendant that resulted in him leaving the plane before takeoff. The airline issue a public apology to Smith, but it came after a lot of unflattering publicity.
This time, the Jets' staffers played the role of heroes.
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