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

Posted on: January 28, 2012 11:56 am
Edited on: January 29, 2012 12:31 pm
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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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Since: Aug 19, 2011
Posted on: January 31, 2012 2:21 pm
 

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

won't speak on Peyton
Odd. Rex speaks on everything else?



bigbangtheory17
Since: Jan 27, 2012
Posted on: January 29, 2012 6:02 pm
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bigbangtheory17
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Posted on: January 29, 2012 6:01 pm
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Since: Nov 29, 2006
Posted on: January 29, 2012 4:49 pm
 

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

Simple. The problem begins and ends with Ryan. The Jets players don't respect a coach that sniffs toes and licks feet.



Since: Mar 1, 2007
Posted on: January 29, 2012 4:16 pm
 

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

To get a pulse on his team, maybe Rex should have a couple salads.  Thin down those fat fingers and maybe  he would be able to take a pulse.



Since: Mar 1, 2007
Posted on: January 29, 2012 4:13 pm
 

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

To get a pulse on his team, maybe Rex should have a couple salads.  Thin down those fat fingers and maybe  he would be able to take a pulse.



Since: Mar 1, 2007
Posted on: January 29, 2012 4:12 pm
 

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

To get a pulse on his team, maybe Rex should have a couple salads.  Thin down those fat fingers and maybe  he would be able to take a pulse.



Since: Mar 1, 2007
Posted on: January 29, 2012 4:10 pm
 

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

To get a pulse on his team,  maybe Rex should have a couple salads.   Thin down those fat fingers and maybe he would be able to take a pulse.



Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: January 29, 2012 3:03 pm
 

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

thanks fatty for getting the giants on this run...next time keep your fat mouth shut....giants own ny and always will...you still play in Giants Stadium...fat, loud and stupid is now way to go through life...



Since: Nov 27, 2010
Posted on: January 29, 2012 1:56 pm
 

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

bigbangtheory17,


Sorry.  If anyone's made a fool of himself, you just did.  First off, yes, you can always "restructure the contracts" of just about everyone on the Jets team and make them even more back-end-loaded than they already are, and you might free up enough cap space to just barely fit an expensive Peyton Manning in this year (but only if you back-end-load HIS contract as well), but then you'll already be twenty million over the cap NEXT year.  It simply can't be done any more.  Restructuring other people's contracts so that the cap hit hits later than sooner, even if they agree to do so, just can't be done past a certain point due to the cap implications in future years.

As for the alleged cap savings if you cut Holmes, you're just dead wrong.  Tannenbaum was hailed as a genius (by the Daily News' Manish Mehta among many other New York homers) when he signed Holmes to a 50 mill for 5 year contract and Holmes' cap hit for last year was a "mere" $3.25 million.  But all Tannenbaum did was back-end-load the cap hits on THAT contract.  Holmes' cap hit will rise from $3.25 million to $9.25 million next year.  But, if he gets cut, all that accelerated "dead money" cap space of $20 million (!!!) hits next year.  The Jets would have to cut many of its players (the few that could be cut without THEIR incurring a dead money cap hit) and replace them with rookie undrafted free agents if that ever happened.  Therefore, if there's a third certainty in life beyond death and taxes, it's that Santonio Holmes will be on the roster next year.

Because the Jets have no choice but to keep Holmes, some major rear end kissing has been going on.  "Santonio's our best offensive player."  Blah blah blah.  "We WILL work things out in the lockeroom".  Blah blah blah.  The Jets have no choice but to do so.

Sachez is one of the few who could be cut and there WOULD be a cap savings, the cap hit going from about $14 mill to $5 mill as I recall.  But that $9 mill is still not enough to sign Manning without the afore-mentioned restructuring of many other players' contracts with the resulting cap disaster in future years.

Because of Holmes and many others like him, the Jets don't have any cap space for all practical purposes.  They're perhaps the worst managed team in football when it comes to the salary cap.     &
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