|Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Jets owner Woody Johnson insists, ‘I’m very happy with Rex [Ryan]‘||09.05.13 at 8:11 am ET|
THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Red Sox at Yankees, 7:05 p.m. (NESN, MLB Network); WEEI-FM)
MLB: White Sox at Orioles, 7:05 p.m. (MLB Network)
NFL: Ravens at Broncos, 8:30 p.m. (NBC)
College football: Florida Atlantic at East Carolina, 7:30 p.m. (FS1)
Tennis: U.S. Open, noon (ESPN2), 8 p.m. (ESPN)
AROUND THE WEB:
• Jets coach Rex Ryan has been getting roasted in the New York media the past month, but at least he has the support of the team’s owner — sort of.
Woody Johnson defended Ryan’s decision to fly to South Carolina on Saturday — NFL cutdown day — to see his son suit up as a walk-on wide receiver for Clemson, and he insisted he’s supportive of his coach.
“I’m very happy with Rex,” Johnson said, via the New York Daily News. “I think Rex is a great coach. He’s a good head coach. He’s a great teacher. I have a lot of confidence in Rex.”
However, Johnson would not address Ryan’s future. The coach is signed through next season, and Johnson would not address questions about if Ryan is coaching for his job this year, as has been widely reported.
“You guys are speculating,” Johnson said. “I’m not speculating. We don’t talk about any of that. We’re all in. The team is put together. There is no speculation.”
Ryan, for his part, said the lack of a long-term commitment is not an issue for him.
“Absolutely not,” he said. “You guys know me. I’ve never been the focus and shouldn’t be ever. My thing is I’m just happy. I get to coach this year. Obviously, I had a bad year last year. But I can’t wait for the thing that is right in front of us. It starts on Sunday, and I am so looking forward to this season. It’s never been about me. Not one time.”
Both Ryan and Johnson — as well as general manager John Idzik — appear to be on the same page when it comes to the quarterback situation. Rookie Geno Smith is starting Sunday’s opener against the Buccaneers, but injured veteran Mark Sanchez eventually will get another shot to win the starting job.
“That competition’s not finished,” Johnson said, via the New York Post. “The competition’s ongoing. Our competition team-wise is ongoing, too.”
Said Ryan: “Any long-term plan, any of this, any of that, we’re not thinking about it. We’re thinking about Tampa Bay only, and that’s it.”
• Veteran NBA forward Lamar Odom has checked into a rehab center for drug and alcohol abuse, according to a report at People.com.
“He realized he needs help,” a source told the website.
Odom, 33, was arrested for DUI last Friday, days after he reportedly left his home following an argument with his wife, reality TV star Khloe Kardashian, and dropped out of sight.
Odom is a free agent after playing a reserve role last season for the Clippers. The NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year with the Lakers in 2011, Odom has seen his career plummet since then, bouncing from the Lakers to the Mavericks to the Clippers.
• Koni Dole, a high school senior at Worden Huntley Project School in Montana, suffered a devastating injury during a football game last year and eventually had his right leg amputated below the knee. One day after the surgery, he was back in the weight room. A couple of months later, Dole joined the wrestling team. In the spring he ran track, using a “cheetah blade” prosthetic similar to the one made famous by Olympian Oscar Pistorious.
This past weekend Dole made his return to the football field, taking the handoff on his team’s first play from scrimmage and rushing for 10 yards. He also scored his team’s first touchdown — one of two for him on the day — and recorded a sack as a defensive lineman in a 45-0 victory over Joliet High.
“[It was an] untouchable feeling to be back out there with my team with all I’ve been through in the last nine, 10 months,” Dole stold the Billings Gazette. “It’s been a long road.”
Dole has an offer to be a preferred walk-on at Montana State next year.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Sept. 5, 1918, the Major League Baseball season ended early due to World War I, and the Red Sox began the World Series — which they would win for their last title until 2004 — against which National League team?
|Report: Jets have ‘good’ offer for Darrelle Revis||03.12.13 at 8:38 am ET|
According to a report from ProFootballTalk.com, the Jets have received an offer for cornerback Darrelle Revis, with a source telling the website that the offer is a “good” one in terms of compensation for the Jets and a new contract offer to Revis.
Jets owner Woody Johnson, speaking at an NFL event related to player safety and concussion studies, would not answer questions about Revis, saying he would hold off on discussing that situation until next week.
|Jets owner Woody Johnson claims Tim Tebow was ‘forced’ on him||01.21.13 at 12:22 pm ET|
Jets owner Woody Johnson, previously reported to be the driving force behind the team’s acquisition of Tim Tebow, claimed this month that the quarterback was “forced” on him, according to one of the candidates for the team’s since-filled general manager vacancy.
An ESPN story reveals that Johnson and team president Neil Glat interviewed former Broncos general manager Ted Sundquist two weeks ago, and during that meeting Johnson said he only “jumped on board” after being convinced of Tebow’s value by his football staff.
“They realized it was divisive and hard on the locker room and they wanted an exit strategy,” Sundquist said.
Johnson fired GM Mike Tannenbaum one day after the regular season ended and hired former Seahawks executive John Idzik last week to replace him. Idzik will be introduced at a press conference Thursday.
|Monday’s Morning Mashup: Jets reportedly struggling to find GM||01.14.13 at 7:41 am ET|
MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Bobcats at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI-FM)
NBA: Hawks at Bulls, 9 p.m. (NBATV)
College basketball: Louisville at UConn, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Norfolk State at Howard, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Jackson State at Prairie View A&M, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Baylor at Kansas, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
AROUND THE WEB:
♦ The Jets apparently are having real trouble finding someone to take on the challenge of replacing Mike Tannenbaum as general manager.
“They can’t give the position away,” reported Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer. “They are now calling back candidates that turned them down, saying please reconsider.”
Glazer noted that the team’s salary cap issues, unbalanced roster, quarterback controversy and media circus have turned off prospective GMs. Add to that the fact that owner Woody Johnson has told candidates they must be able to work with blustery coach Rex Ryan.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, three individuals will have second interviews this week: former Bears GM Jerry Angelo, Steelers director of football and business administration Omar Khan and Jets assistant GM Scott Cohen.
♦ Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony explained his slow start Sunday by noting that he has been on a very restrictive diet for the last two weeks. Anthony said he has not had any meats or carbs for 15 days, a diet that he has tried before.
“I usually do it sometimes just to get some clarity in my life and just spiritual reasons,” Anthony said after scoring 27 points in Sunday’s 100-87 victory over the visiting Hornets. “I’m done now. I can’t do it no more. I surrender.”
Anthony missed seven of his first eight shots and scored just two points in the opening quarter before netting 18 in the second quarter. He helped New York end a three-game losing streak.
“I’m kind of going through something right now with my own self, bring to find some energy and things like that. But we’ll be fine,” Anthony said. “We bounced back pretty well, I bounced back pretty well, stuck with it and won the game.”
♦ The father of Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o is not happy with how his hometown newspaper, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, presented the Irish’s 42-14 loss to Alabama in the national championship game, and he announced a boycott of the paper.
The Star-Advertiser used a photo of Teo on his back on the ground reaching in vain for Alabama running back Eddie Lacy with the headline: BOWLED OVER.
Brian Te’o posted a photo of the paper with this comment on the Manti Te’o official fan club Facebook page:
Our family has been very gracious to the Star Advertiser by providing interviews and photos of our son in the recent weeks. On our way home from Miami we were “privileged” to see how the Star Advertiser returns that favor by posting a photo of our son “presumably” being “bowled over” by the Alabama RB (Eddie Lacy). So, from this point forward, Star Advertiser you have been officially black listed. I will no longer agree to any more interviews, sharing of photos, or anything else, and I will encourage all who have a subscription to your newspaper to not renew. Be more responsible in the future…if you can.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Jan. 14, 2007, the Patriots traveled to San Diego and knocked off the Chargers, 24-21, to advance to the AFC championship game. Which receiver — signed as a free agent from the Chargers in the previous offseason — had a huge game for the Patriots, catching a 4-yard touchdown pass with 4:36 remaining and hauling in a 49-yard pass that set up the game-winning 31-yard field goal by Stephen Gostkowski with 1:10 left?
|Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Saints LB Jonathan Vilma gets in dig at Jets while criticizing anonymous teammate||01.03.13 at 7:51 am ET|
THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
College football: Fiesta Bowl, Oregon vs. Kansas State, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI-AM)
College basketball: Northeastern at George Mason, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: Michigan at Northwestern, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Colorado at Arizona, 8 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Penn State at Wisconsin, 8:30 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Stanford at USC, 10 p.m. (ESPNU)
AROUND THE WEB:
♦ An anonymous Saints player blasted first-year defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo in a New Orleans Times-Picayune story than ran Wednesday, and that did not sit well with Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma.
“I’m bothered you reported it,” Vilma told the paper. “We’re not the Jets, who run to the media for everything.”
Under Spagnuolo, the Saints defense was ranked last in the NFL in total defense and allowed the most yards ever in one season (7,042). The unnamed player criticized Spagnuolo for his performance and his personality.
“He does have that good-guy persona, but he is a control freak and treats people like crap,” the player said. “[Spagnuolo has] no patience and zero personality. [He] has a way of pissing players and our defensive coaches off with how he says and does things. [I] think it’s even harder after having [former defensive coordinator] Gregg [Williams], who guys enjoyed.”
Meanwhile, Williams, who left his position with the Saints for the same job with the Rams a year ago but was suspended indefinitely for his role in the Saints’ bounty scandal, will not return to St. Louis, according to a report from Fox Sports. Williams’ son, Blake, who was the Rams’ linebackers coach this past season, also reportedly will not be retained.
♦ The Jets get criticized for talking to the media too much, and now they might get fined for not talking enough. With Rex Ryan reportedly vacationing in the Bahamas while owner Woody Johnson searches for a new general manager, the team has yet to hold a season-ending press conference. The Jets scheduled a conference for Tuesday, but the league mandates it must be held within a week after the final game.
Ryan received a public vote of confidence from Johnson in a team statement on Monday, but there’s a great deal of uncertainty regarding the rest of the coaching and front office staff.
“Everyone is in limbo,” a source told ESPN.
♦ Adrian Peterson, who rushed for the second-most yards in a single NFL season (2.097), wants to contribute to the Vikings in another way. The running back acknowledged Wednesday that he’s been pushing for a chance to help on special teams.
“For the past two years, I’ve been trying to get in on field goal block,” Peterson said. “Come in off the edge, you know? It’s just going to take one block for them to really be like, ‘OK, you know what? Let’s take the chance and let you go out there and get it done. Kickoff return, I wouldn’t mind getting back there. I’m in it to win.”
Peterson, who returned 16 kickoffs as a rookie in 2007 (averaging 25.8 yards), isn’t likely to have his request approved by coach Leslie Frazier, especially after Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski broke his forearm while blocking for an extra point earlier this season.
“He always asks,” special teams coach Mike Priefer said. “He’s a football player. Gunner, field goal block, returner. The guy is awesome. I always say yes, and then I ask the head coach and he says no. I know what the answer is going to be. I don’t even have to ask.”
Countered Peterson: “I believe in having your best players on the field, especially in critical times. You never know what can happen.”
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Jan. 3, 1998, the Patriots lost to the Steelers in the divisional round of the playoffs, 7-6. Which Patriots receiver set a team playoff record (since broken) with nine receptions for 104 yards?
|Jets owner Woody Johnson: ‘We’re not happy with 3-6′||11.16.12 at 11:17 am ET|
Jets owner Woody Johnson is not happy with his team’s performance this season.
The Jets are just 3-6 and are coming off a dreary 28-7 loss against the Seahawks last Sunday.
“The record says what’s going on,” Johnson said Thursday. “We’re a 3-6 team. Are we happy? Are they happy? Are the players happy? I know the fans aren’t happy. The answer is no. We’re not happy. We’re not happy with 3-6.”
There has been speculation that Johnson was the key behind the offseason acquisition of Tim Tebow in an effort to get more interest in his team. Johnson said coach Rex Ryan, general manager Mike Tannenbaum, and offensive coordinator Tony Sparano made the decision to bring Tebow to the Jets.
“This, I really want to clear up,” Johnson said. “[The media has] been accusing me of this phony story of me being more concerned with [personal seat licenses] or cash or something else. Listen, my job 1, 2 and 3 is to win games. That’s why I got into football to begin with — to win games. … That’s what my passion is. That’s what I want to do. That’s why I’m spending all this time in this organization. It’s not to sell PSLs or to sell hot dogs.”
Johnson would not speak about any decisions regarding the future of Ryan or Tannenbaum, saying he does not address staffing decisions during the season.
“I didn’t sign up for a 3-6 season,” he said. “We haven’t had one of these in a while. I’m not happy about it, yet I am optimistic that some of these things can be corrected.”
The Jets will try to correct it Sunday when they take on the 3-5-1 Rams in St. Louis.
|Jets reportedly will pay back wages lost during lockout||07.25.11 at 1:47 pm ET|
Jets owner Woody Johnson assembled the entire organization Monday morning, and a source familiar with the meeting told ESPNNewYork.com’s Rich Cimino that the team said it would repay all wages lost during the lockout before the employees returned to their desks.
Cimini wrote that the Jets slashed all employee salaries — including coach Rex Ryan‘s and GM Mike Tannenbaum‘s — by 25 percent when the lockout started in early March.
Ryan gave a “fiery” pep talk to the rest of the Jets organization, and Tannenbaum also spoke.
Upon returning to his desk, one employee reported the lost wages had already been direct deposited.
|Jets owner: Randy Moss ‘has the God-given talent to be a superstar, and he has been a superstar’||05.29.11 at 6:53 pm ET|
Jets owner Woody Johnson is the latest New Yorker to indicate that the team is interested in former Patriots wide receiver Randy Moss, according to NFL.com.
“There’s no question that Randy Moss has the capability, has the God-given talent to be a superstar, and he has been a superstar, particularly with the Patriots,” Johnson said. “That’s about all I can say about him, other than I admire his skill and what he’s accomplished during those years.”
Last month, Jets coach Rex Ryan praised Moss, especially his abilities as a “vertical receiver.”
|Friday’s Morning Mashup: Jets owner Woody Johnson backs Rex Ryan||12.24.10 at 7:54 am ET|
WHAT’S HAPPENING LOCALLY FRIDAY:
No games scheduled
NBA: Pacers at Celtics, 2:30 p.m. (ABC; WEEI)
No games scheduled
AROUND THE WEB:
♦ Jets owner Woody Johnson threw his support behind coach Rex Ryan in the wake of the foot-fetish video that was made public this week, insisting his “respect has not diminished one iota.” Said Johnson: “We’re going to make mistakes. We’re not perfect. But once we’ve made a mistake, I think we’re pretty good at trying to make remedies and trying to cure and trying to correct what we’re doing. … We’re going to work on trying to make ourselves an organization that doesn’t have, preferably, any incidents.”
Johnson also called Patriots owner Robert Kraft and Dolphins owner Stephen Ross to apologize for comments by his special teams coach following the incident on the sideline two weeks ago.
“You wish some of these things hadn’t happened,” Johnson said. “But I’m very proud of the organization. I think the organization responded very responsibly in every case. The culture that I’m looking for is starting to develop.”
♦ Five Ohio State football players, including quarterback Terrell Pryor, were punished for selling personal awards, but their suspensions won’t begin until next season, leaving them eligible for the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 4 against Arkansas. At ESPNcom, Pat Forde speaks for most columnists when he writes that the ruling “defies common sense.” In The News-Herald of Northern Ohio, John Kampf writes that Pryor is leaving a legacy, but it’s not a good one.
♦ Jeff Goodman of FoxSports.com was at Wednesday night’s Central Florida-UMass basketball game, and he writes about the gutsy effort of UCF’s Marcus Jordan, son of Michael, who overcame an injury to help his team improve to 11-0.
♦ Colts receiver Austin Collie, placed on IR after repeated issues with concussions, should consider retirement, writes Bob Kravitz in The Indianapolis Star.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Dec. 24, 2004, the Red Sox re-signed catcher Jason Varitek and named him captain. Who was the last player to serve as team captain before Varitek?
|Friday’s Morning Mashup: Jets staffers join in on pushup punishment||11.12.10 at 7:33 am ET|
WHAT’S HAPPENING LOCALLY FRIDAY:
No games scheduled
NHL: Senators at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NBA: Celtics at Grizzlies, 8 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI)
NFL: Patriots at Steelers, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)
AROUND THE WEB:
♦ In an effort to show their solidarity with the team, staffers of the Jets went outside together and did 30 pushups — 10 for each penalty committed by the team at Thursday’s practice. Even fitness-oriented owner Woody Johnson joined in. “In this age of Rex [Ryan], this is so indicative of how people are willing to run through a wall for him,” explained Jets executive vice president of business operations Matt Higgins. The executive said fans now want to get on board as well, so a system is being developed to alert followers as to how many pushups to do each day.
♦ At the National Football Post, Jack Bechta explains why voting for the Pro Bowl is so flawed, and he uses Wes Welker as an example.
♦ Former NBA star Allen Iverson arrived in Turkey this week and is being treated adoringly. In The Washington Post, Michael Wilbon looks at Iverson’s situation and wonders how good a fit it will be.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Nov. 12, 1942, which Bruin became the youngest player in NHL history at the age of 16 years, 11 months?
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