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Rex Ryan officially will be back as Jets head coach

Rex Ryan weight lossNew York Jets owner Woody Johnson announced on Sunday what the team should have announced a long time ago: Rex Ryan will be back as the team’s head coach in 2014.

“We’re going to keep Rex Ryan and he’s going to be our coach next year,” Johnson said via Manish Mehta.

The Jets eliminated the Miami Dolphins from the playoffs with a 20-7 road win in Week 17. They somehow finished 8-8 on the season. When you look at the team they have and the lack of talent, it’s nothing short of stunning that they won eight games.

Ryan deserves serious consideration for coach of the year with the job he did. He definitely deserved to be back next season.

Rex Ryan reportedly told his players he heard he is getting fired

Rex RyanThere could be a head coaching vacancy for the New York Jets this offseason.

According to FOX NFL reporter Jay Glazer, Rex Ryan told his players in a team meeting Saturday night that “word on street is that he’s getting fired.” Glazer says Ryan asked his players to fight with him for the last two games of the season.

The Jets did just that and beat the Cleveland Browns 24-13 Sunday to improve to 7-8 on the season. They have the opportunity to finish .500 when they visit the Miami Dolphins in Week 17.

News that Ryan believes he is getting fired comes as no surprise. Many thought he would be fired after going 6-10 last season, but he avoided the ax. Perhaps reaching the AFC Championship Game in each of his first two seasons as head coach bought Ryan an extra year.

I actually think Rex has done a fantastic job this season. The Jets are devoid of talent offensively and have gotten poor quarterback play, yet they’ve still won seven games. A lot of that is due to Ryan’s good preparation with the defense.

Think about how many games the Jets have won in Ryan’s five seasons as head coach (they’re 41-38) and then think about who he’s had playing quarterback those seasons. Now tell me he hasn’t done a really good job with that team. They need a new QB, not a new coach.

Bill Belichick takes an uncharacteristic jab at the Jets

Bill-Belichick-hoodieBill Belichick is not much of a trash talker. Players and coaches around the NFL love to take shots at the New England Patriots, but Belichick rarely ever responds and demands that his players hold their tongues as well. On Wednesday morning, the five-time Super Bowl champion threw the first punch.

While speaking to reporters about his team’s next opponent, Belichick was asked if he still feels a connection to the Cleveland Browns organization, where he spent five seasons as a head coach from 1991-1995. He voluntarily gave everyone a quote worth printing, which is a very rare occurrence.

“I was there for five years,” Belichick said, via Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald. “It was five important years in my life, for myself, my family and all that. Obviously, we’ve all moved on, and I have a job to do here and that’s where my loyalty is, is to Robert (Kraft), the Patriots organization and this football team. So it’s no different than how I feel, honestly, about the Colts, or the Lions or the Broncos. I feel differently about the Jets. We won’t put them in that category.”

For what it’s worth, the Jets’ hatred for Belichick runs much deeper than his hatred for them. The 61-year-old was set to become the next head coach of the Jets in 2000 before changing his mind at the last second and heading to New England. I’d be shocked if Rex Ryan resists the opportunity to respond to Belichick later this week.

Kyle Williams, Eric Wood take shot at Jets for going to Dave & Busters before game

Dave-&-BustersThe New York Jets spent some quality time together at a local Dave & Busters on Saturday night before their game against the Buffalo Bills. Teams usually get together for a couple meetings and focus on resting up the night before game day, but the Jets decided to do things a bit differently. They then proceeded to be laughed out of Ralph Wilson Stadium with a 37-14 loss.

Did the Bills use the Jets’ trip to Dave & Busters as motivation? They certainly felt disrespected by it. Cornerback Eric Wood, who seemed offended, claimed there was “not much” talk about it before the game.

“It’s almost so in-your-face, it didn’t need to be said,” Wood told reporters, via the NFL Network’s Kimberly Jones.

Defensive tackle Kyle Williams was a bit more forward.

“I think we’ll stay off of Dave & Busters,” Williams said. “It didn’t work out very well for the other team that had a party there.”

The Jets entered Sunday’s game with a record of 5-4. Before their bye, they defeated a very good New Orleans Saints team. Prior to that, they were blown out in a 49-9 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. I can’t imagine Rex Ryan felt that his team was going to go on the road and beat Buffalo with ease. Perhaps he believed his team had done enough preparing with the extra week off. He was wrong.

Given the way Geno Smith played, I doubt skipping Dave & Busters would have yielded a different result.

Helmet smack to Pro Football Talk

Ed Reed signs with New York Jets

Less than 48 hours after he was released by the Houston Texans, veteran safety Ed Reed has signed a contract with the New York Jets. The Jets announced the move via their Twitter account on Thursday morning.

Ed-Reed-TexansSpeculation began building on Wednesday that Reed could sign with a team in the AFC East, with the Jets and New England Patriots considered to be the two likely landing spots. Bill Belichick and Tom Brady have long been admirers of Reed and have publicly praised the 35-year-old’s ball skills on multiple occasions, but signing with New York gives Reed a chance to reunite with Rex Ryan.

Ryan was the Baltimore Ravens’ defensive coordinator before he became the head coach of the Jets. He coached Reed during the former Miami star’s prime, when he was obviously a much different player than he is now. Still, the Jets are in need of secondary help and lack a true free safety. Ryan still uses a similar defensive scheme to the one he used in Baltimore, so the transition should be seamless.

 

Jets hit Drew Brees too hard, get roughing the passer penalty (GIF)

josh-bush-drew-breesIt’s calls like these that lead people to say the NFL has gone too soft … or that they are totally biased towards star quarterbacks.

The New York Jets were called for a highly questionable roughing the passer penalty in the fourth quarter of their game against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday. They were up 26-17 and New Orleans had a 3rd-and-6 at the Saints 40. Drew Brees went back to pass decided to try dumping the ball off to Jimmy Graham as he was under pressure. Safety Josh Bush just drilled Brees as the quarterback was throwing the ball, but he got called for a roughing the passer penalty.

That looked like a clean hit to me. I really would like to hear what about that play was too rough. Are you not allowed to hit the quarterback too hard or something?

GIF via @BuzzFeedSports

Antonio Cromartie’s wife Terricka Cason rips New York Jets defense on Twitter during loss

Antonio-Cromartie-Terricka-CasonThe New York Jets lost by 40 points to the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday. Rex Ryan’s team lost by a larger margin than the Jacksonville Jaguars, which has been a tough feat to accomplish this season. Everything that could go wrong for the Jets did in a game that they probably wish could have ended in the third quarter. And Antonio Cromartie’s wife Terricka Cason was not happy about it.

Cason was extremely outspoken on Twitter during the game. Andy Dalton somehow threw for a career-high five touchdown passes against a New York defense that has looked solid in recent weeks. Mrs. Cromartie summed their performance up nicely.

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Hey, if the shoe fits. Terricka seems pretty knowledgeable about football based on some of her tweets, but she began getting bashed by followers after criticizing the Jets’ defense. She responded to some of her critics while scolding the team some more.

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