It has become increasingly obvious that the New York Jets have become one of the primary targets for members of the media that are searching for a story/headline. When in doubt throw something together, attach the Jets name to it, and you should be good to go. Here are some of the latest Jets related headlines.
Jets considering JaMarcus Russell? Early Tuesday morning there were several published reports stating that the New York Jets had “exploratory, informal discussions” about free agent quarterback JaMarcus Russell. Yes, the same JaMarcus Russell that is arguably one of the biggest busts in NFL draft history. Thankfully the team shot down this story and denied interest in the former Raiders quarterback.
Going forward I expect more of these types of stories as any quarterback that has some type of ability and a reasonable price tag is going to be automatically linked to the New York Jets.
Rob Ryan to join his brother Rex? On Tuesday the St. Louis Rams announced that the team would not be hiring Rob Ryan as their defensive coordinator. The story is that head coach Jeff Fisher did not believe that Rob’s defensive system would be a good fit in St. Louis. Immediately following this announcement by the Rams there was instant speculation that Rob would be brought in by his twin brother Rex to coach the linebackers.
I have a hard time believing that this will happen as Rob is looking for a coordinator/assistant head coach type of position.
Tannenbaum takes blame for Tebow: As expected former Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum hit the media circuit on Tuesday. Tannenbaum did his best to cover all of the topics from the Sanchez contract, to the trade for Tim Tebow, to the handling of Darrelle Revis. To Tannenbaum’s credit he took the high road on most of the controversial team related issues and took responsibility for his obvious mistakes.
On the trade for Tebow: “Once we met on it and talked about it, ultimately that was my decision to trade for Tim.” Did anyone really believe that Mike T. was going to blame Woody or Rex for the Tebow trade? Of course not as the former Jets general manager does not want to burn bridges or create more ridiculous headlines.
On the Sanchez contract extension: “In 2011 season he had scored 32 TDs, 26 throwing and six rushing. Like any contract we do, we thought it would be a win-win. Get cost certainty from a standpoint of we know what he’s going to cost and he gets the benefit of some security. Based on how we played this year, that’s a decision as of now that doesn’t look very good.” Quick analysis: The Jets took a calculated risk and it blew up in their face.