May 11, 2013 |
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Rex Ryan is going back to his roots. The New York Jets coach said Saturday that he will control the play-calling on defense, as he did during his first two seasons with the team. Ryan, a defensive coordinator in Baltimore before being hired as a head coach in New York, left most of those duties to Mike Pettine the last two years. "I just think for me, and really the football team, in our situation, we're better-served if I'm on the defensive side and making sure we've got the rules set...
May 11, 2013 |
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — George Sauer had a huge day in the biggest game in New York Jets history, and then surprisingly walked away from football a few years later. Sauer, a wide receiver on the Jets' only Super Bowl championship team, has died. He was 69. The team and Moreland Funeral Home in Westerville, Ohio, confirmed Saturday that he died Tuesday after a long struggle with Alzheimer's disease. Sauer played a key role in the Jets' 16-7 win over the...
May 10, 2013 |
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Geno Smith was surrounded by a throng of reporters, a crowded scene usually more appropriate for a No. 1 draft pick than a second-rounder. But Smith, of course, isn't your ordinary No. 39 selection. And, the New York Jets are certainly used to their quarterbacks — and backup quarterbacks, for that matter — getting this type of attention. "I just come out," Smith said Friday, "and be my natural self. " Who that is, exactly, has been open to...
December 29, 2012 |
When a press conference starts with "you're not going to believe this one," as the one New York Jets coach Rex Ryan led Thursday did, that's never a good sign. Ryan told a stunned group of reporters that he would again be switching quarterbacks, going back to Mark Sanchez after it was announced third-stringer Greg McElroy was being evaluated for a possible concussion. The announcement caps a string of disappointments for Tim Tebow, the pop culture phenom who reportedly held the backup...
July 31, 2012 |
August is what it isn't, and it isn't really anything. It is summer rotting, but not rotten. It is autumn as rumor, not rite. August has textures, like damp denim, but not colors, though if it had a color, it would be a roasted orange, the hue of dried apricots. August is for avoiding thought. August is for thinking about August. August is for reading essays assaying the meaning of August's meaningless. August is for digressions. August itself is a digression. You can hear it at the shore, where it's impossible to get...
December 25, 2011 |
NFL Coach of the Year? That's easy — Jim Harbaugh turned a 6-10 team into a division winner with Alex Smith at quarterback. Note I: You cannot be Coach of the Year if Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady or Drew Brees is your quarterback; that's too easy. Note II: You cannot be Coach of the Year if Tim Tebow is your quarterback; there's no accounting for miracles in a meritocracy. Ah, but Reverse Coach of the Year — also known colloquially as the Norv Turner Award — that's tougher to determine.