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Rex’s Wednesday: Live Chat, Stadium Stop

Posted by Randy Lange on May 26, 2010 – 12:11 pm

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."


Live Chat with Coach Rex Ryan

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17 Responses to “Rex’s Wednesday: Live Chat, Stadium Stop”

  1. By Ira on May 26, 2010 | Reply

    Randy, This was a lot of fun today.Rex and EA did a great job and it was very interesting to read everybodies questions and to listen to Rex’s answers. Hope if Rex can find time this could be done again down the road.

  2. By Jets Fan Since '64 Tom on May 26, 2010 | Reply

    I don’t know, Ira, I don’t want to mimic scandal-seeking Cimini, but what I heard was mostly pretty softball questions. I can think of a lot more incisive stuff to ask Rex and considering the kind of football resume and mind he has, that’s what I was expecting, something in a lot more depth about the team, the game, and the players that we have. I recognize that Rex is also about being entertaining and he certainly was that as usual, but almost everything he and Eric said has been said before.

  3. By KevinFan4Life on May 26, 2010 | Reply

    Being a long time Jet fan since ’65 and once was a season ticket holder, I never seen a Coach so outgoing, brash, very self-confident and motivator as Rex is. In Jet history I can only think of one (NOY Rex’s dad) but Walt Michaels.

    Super Bowl tickets…if you have a drawing for fans with season tickets, it should go first to the LONGEST season ticket holder first. They suffered the most during many years of heartbreak and deserve the right to have first crack.
    It won’t be many anyway…

  4. By 37 year fan on May 26, 2010 | Reply

    Yes ….. Believe. I think between Shon Greene , and John Conner we have the makings of a Powerfull , and unstoppable running game . Behind The Best O Line in Football. And David Harris , And Bart Scott coming back healthy . And Bryan Thomas , Ellis , And Big Jenk Throwing people like rag dolls. We are looking good ….Real Good.

  5. By 37 year fan on May 26, 2010 | Reply

    Randy , Every year pre-season comes and some of the games are not Broadcast. I have the football package on satellite dish . Can ‘t they cover the pre -season in it’s entirety ? What’s the deal ? Don’t you think it should be a part of the package ?

  6. By Scott on May 26, 2010 | Reply

    Will mandatory camp be open to the public in 2-3 weeks? It was great last year and wanted to bring my kids like last year.

  7. By Randy Lange on May 26, 2010 | Reply

    Scott, there will be an open practice or two at the June 14-16 minicamp but I’m still waiting for the official schedule to come down. Keep checking back with us.

  8. By Jets Fan Since '64 Tom on May 26, 2010 | Reply

    The piece in the News today with Schotty talking about the effort to make Sanchez as savvy on protections as he is on pass routes is a little more the kind of thing I had in mind for this interview with Rex. He’s certainly up to the task of discussing such things. But I’m grateful he didn’t make fun of McKnight again. I’m all for a coach with a sense of humor but I never thought Casey Stengel’s stand-up act at the expense of his own team (the Mets, of course, not the Yanks) was all that funny.

  9. By Ira on May 27, 2010 | Reply

    Tom, That was a good interview with Schotty. And you can see why i wanted Schotty back in the worse way. Selfishly for another couple of years before he takes an HC job. He doesn’t get the credit he deserves. He really helped Brees get his career on track and was a big part of developing Brees into the QB he is today. Sure Cavanaugh is the QB coach but Schotty is the man thats going teach and help Sanchez grow as a QB. The interview in the Daily News tells you just a part of what goes into it.

  10. By Mike Jet Vet on May 27, 2010 | Reply

    Finally maybe hopefully we’ll get updates on players and how they are progressing I’ve been asking for weeks. go back last year when every1 was calling for schotty’s head I repeatedly said he wasn’t at fault in games M-S or Clemens implemented his game plan with less then 3 turnovers or D break downs we went 8-0 10 -1 if you count the playoffs.. in 7 losses we had 3or more turnovers or last min drives reason D failures certainly can’t blame schotty for that hope he stays a long time

  11. By Jets Fan Since '64 Tom on May 27, 2010 | Reply

    I’ll go easy on Schotty today, Ira, but he’d be downright negligent if he didn’t teach MS that stuff. Let’s talk again when he stops with the high-risk/low-reward WR screens and learns that when you have 4 downs and 6 yards to go to score a TD and win the game, you run the ball. I see the NFL admits today — today, not before the vote — that they’ll postpone the 2014 SB if the weather is bad enough, obviously a huge first. “The naked truth is still taboo, whenever it is seen” — Bob Dylan.

  12. By Jets Fan Since '64 Tom on May 27, 2010 | Reply

    P.S. The NFL’s official excuse for postponing the SB in the event of a snowstorm is that such weather would make it impossible to ensure the proper security. But armed with that excuse, they can call rainy or slushy conditions too much to handle and play it later. And so the Goodell era-policy of lying to and deceiving fans, like with the ridiculous idea of 2 exhib games and 18 regular ones, continues. I would’ve been all for a NY/NJ SB if they’d said up front they were open to postponements.

  13. By angelo on May 27, 2010 | Reply

    I just have to say that the NY Jets have transformed so much since the time of Neil O’Donnell or Vinny. I am really happy to see my football team heading in a positive direction. They have a great coach and have a great football team. I am really excited for this upcoming year. Congratulaions NY Jets on all of your success so far.

  14. By Max Strauss on May 27, 2010 | Reply

    So happy my question was answered. Thanks.
    IT was great to submit earlier, love watching the last part with the question


  15. By Randy Lange on May 27, 2010 | Reply

    Max, thanks for participating.

  16. By Mike Jet Vet on May 27, 2010 | Reply

    Good point Tom so let me say ..(Option to postpone) I choked on my coffee when I heard reminds me why I vigorously insisted they’ll not chose NY/NJ as the site for a SB anytime soon .Proof Goodell is protecting other interests not fans actual game itself and all that go’s with tradition.. Point being SB has been held in subzero weather and many times below their average of 39 degrees without a hitch,,READY HERE IT COMES.. before the days of multi $million halftime shows CONT>

  17. By Mike Jet Vet on May 27, 2010 | Reply

    CONT. let me close by saying option to postpone an insult to our intelligence disgrace and disrespect to all fans not just NY/NJ Fans to even suggest a SB postponement incase of inclement weather.( AGAIN GREED) being the NFL or their elected officials forgot I will remind them about games like the ICE BOWL and the players who suffered for a 10th OF WHAT PLAYERS GET TODAY( BTY ) what do you tell fans spending big $$ make serious plans to come across country and see a SB ….$500 a night extra

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