The Jets were supposed to have media availability on Thursday to wrap up their disastrous 2012 season. But they canceled that press conference, and it became a big deal -- and now the NFL is looking into it. Oh, and no one knows where Rex Ryan is, even though the Jets are currently searching for a new general manager to replace the fired Mike Tannenbaum.
Actually, thanks to a Deadspin reader's parents, we do know where Rex is: the Bahamas. We already knew that Ryan, per Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, was on a "mini-vacation." The picture of Ryan in the Bahamas would appear to confirm that news as well.
And the Jets have since cleared things up, announcing they'll have a season-ending press conference on Tuesday.
One problem: That doesn't adhere to the NFL's rules, which require teams to have a season-ending press conference "during the week following the end of its season."
"Every team is required to 1) open its locker room for player interviews the day after the season ends and 2) hold a news conference during the week following the end of its season with its head coach, and/or owner, and/or club president, and/or general manager," the NFL media policy reads. "The purpose is to respond to fan interest in the conclusion of the team's season."
NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told Mehta that the league will indeed look into the Jets decision not to hold such a press conference.
All of this is silly and ridiculous and perfectly J-E-T-S. But it should be a little concerning, too, considering the team is reportedly beginning to look around and interview potential GM candidates ... with Rex Ryan, the head coach of the team, out of the country.
Maybe Ryan will be back by Friday, when the interviews reportedly will commence. Maybe he won't, and he won't be part of the interview process.
Lord knows a mini-vacation and some sun and some boat drinks are good for the mind and good for the body, especially after a rough year. But if Rex isn't taking part in the process of hiring a new GM, it's just weird, right?
Sure, it's someone who will technically be his boss, and therefore not someone who necessarily needs to be approved by Ryan. But you'd think he would want to be around during the process, regardless.
We now return you to your regularly scheduled programming "As the Jets Turn."
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