It’s been a big media day for Rex Ryan and the Jets. Right off the bat this morning, Rex was joined by my partner Eric Allen and our multimedia crew in his office at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center for something that I’m not sure has ever been done by an NFL head coach before. Rex participated in a half-hour-long live chat with fans of the Green & White.
Ryan got questions from all over the globe about topics all around his team and swatted each one out of the park as always. Answering from his desk behind a wood carving that reads BELIEVE, sent to him by a friend, he talked about a range of topics.
In response to Andy from Kentucky, Ryan said Mark Sanchez has really taken the leadership reins of the Jets even while he’s been rehabbing from his knee ‘scope.
"This is Mark’s offense," the coach said. "He’s studying it like a coach would. He’s here every day. And the rehab with his knee is almost a blessing. He’s in the building constantly — he’s the first guy in and the last guy to leave. He gets with Santonio Holmes and tries to catch him up, Braylon Edwards. The commitment he’s shown has really been impressive to his teammates."
On a few other topics, Rex had these responses.
To Andrew about Vernon Gholston gaining weight to become a DE: "I know he’s talked about gaining some weight and I can understand it. It’s a different world in there. You’re going to get two guys on you and things. We want him to still bring to the table what he has and that’s athleticism, speed, and Vernon’s as strong as almost anybody we have on our team. So he doesn’t need to gain at least bad weight, for sure. He may get eight or 10 pounds adding some strength and bulk and if it doesn’t take away from what he has, that’s fine."
To Dennis on the release of G Alan Faneca: "Alan certainly was a great player, a premier player in this league for a long time and he still is. I think the Jets really benefited from having Alan here for two years. … Sometimes in this league you’ve got to take away in a certain area to add somewhere else on your team. That’s the only reason we let Alan Faneca go."
To Peter on the Jets starring in HBO’s "Hard Knocks" this training camp: The biggest thing is right now all of our assistant coaches are lifting, running, doing that kind of stuff. That’s the biggest way I see it affecting our team. It’s not going to affect us one iota. We are who we are. I think the whole country will see the great people on our team, the great players and a lot of interesting characters I get the privilege of being around every day."
Rex also talked about how Jason Taylor will be used at outside LB with Calvin Pace and Bryan Thomas, the battle to become the starting tailback between Shonn Greene and LaDainian Tomlinson, NT Kris Jenkins’ weight loss and rehab, the 2010 rookie class headed by CB Kyle Wilson and OL Vlad Ducasse, his latest take on Nick Folk and the Jets’ kicking game, and lots of other topics.
In fact, there wasn’t enough time to answer all the questions that came in to us from Jets Nation. But Rex was up against the clock — from the live chat he had a meeting with GM Mike Tannenbaum, then he had to jet over to the New Meadowlands Stadium to join owner Woody Johnson, Giants ownership and others at an 11 a.m. news conference the day after the New York/New Jersey area and the new gem of a stadium received the approval of the NFL owners to host the 2014 Super Bowl.
If you want to see Rex’s live chat alongside EA, it’s now archived and available for replay on our home page and from our multimedia page.
What About Those 2014 Super Bowl Tickets?
Several Jets fans who are also PSL holders have asked the same question of us this morning regarding how the tickets for that Super Bowl will be distributed once 2014 gets here. Rob Sullivan, the Jets’ vice president of consumer sales and service, replies:
"The Super Bowl is run by the NFL and the league makes all decisions regarding ticket allocation. We will receive a limited number of tickets for distribution and will conduct a random drawing to award season ticket holders the opportunity to purchase tickets to the game. All season ticket holders for the 2013 season will be eligible for this drawing. The drawing will be conducted in January 2014."
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