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Rex Welcomes Namath to ‘Watch Our Guys Prepare’

Posted by Randy Lange on September 26, 2011 – 6:45 pm

The Jets are licking their wounds today following their 34-24 loss to the Raiders on Sunday, and perhaps one wound came from an unexpected source. Head coach Rex Ryan differed with Jets icon Joe Namath, who on ESPN’s Michael Kay Show this afternoon had some questions about the Jets’ preparation under Ryan.

“I’d welcome Joe to come out here and watch our guys prepare,” Ryan said at today’s early evening news conference at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. “He’d see a team that prepares as well as any team I’ve been around. I disagree with him.”

ESPN’s Website quotes Namath as telling Kay, “It starts at the top. Coach Rex Ryan I think has been doing a great job getting the team to two championship games. But if there’s one thing about the athlete, if you keep telling him how good he is, he’s going to start believing it, to the point that he may not be preparing not quite the way he should. He may be losing some respect for the other team.”

“I’m not going to change who I am because Joe Namath said something,” Ryan said when asked about the comments. “So Namath can come in here. If he can still throw, maybe we’ll have him as a backup quarterback. But he doesn’t know our team. He’s on the outside, even though he’s a jet, and once you’re a Jet you’re always a Jet. But he’s not in these meetings. He’d be shocked at the preparation.”

But Ryan said this week’s preparation will be key after he said he made some specific remarks to the team right after coming off the O.co Coliseum field Sunday.

“I think immediately after a game, it’s more just raw emotions so you’re not in a teaching mode then — at least I’m not,” he said. “The next day you’re back to let’s correct this, so you’re back to being a teacher. These guys are professionals. No use yelling at ‘em again after you’ve already had at ‘em once. It’s not just about them, it’s about me. As the week goes on, let’s get this thing going. How are we going to get this thing fixed?

“Like I’ve said, it’s a long season. We’re certainly not starting off with a bang, but I have confidence we’ll get it fixed.”

At the same time the Jets’ medical and training staffs will continue to fix a few of the Jets injuries. One player who won’t be coming back this season is TE Jeff Cumberland, who suffered a torn Achilles’ tendon early in the second quarter.

CB Antonio Cromartie came down with bruised ribs and a bruised lung, but Ryan said of that injury, “I think he’s more day-to-day. We’ll see how he progresses, how he is Wednesday. It’s painful right now, hard for him to take a real deep breath, but some of these young guys, they recover quick.”

C Nick Mangold, who sat out the Raiders with a high ankle sprain from the Jacksonville game, could be closer to a return for the Ravens, Ryan said. “He’s probably day-to-day as well,” the coach said. “I don’t think he’ll practice Wednesday, but he seems to be progressing, so hopefully we’ll have him back.”

And QB Mark Sanchez suffered a “minor break” of his nose, which is not expected to limit him in his preparations for Baltimore on Sunday night.


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76 Responses to “Rex Welcomes Namath to ‘Watch Our Guys Prepare’”

  1. By Danny on Sep 26, 2011 | Reply

    I hope Cro is out this week. Between him on D and Shotty with the O my stomach is sick. I had enough of both of them

  2. By Jet Fan Tom Since '64 on Sep 26, 2011 | Reply

    I’ll tell Rex one thing Joe would say — stop worrying about carrying so many TE’s and pick up some help on the O line so that the QB doesn’t keep getting slammed every game and so there’s some holes for the RBs to run through!!

  3. By GaryC on Sep 26, 2011 | Reply

    I knew we should of signed Zach Miller or drafted Rudolph.I guess this means Harsock is coming back.Oh well, we just got older which should make rex happy.

  4. By Karan on Sep 26, 2011 | Reply

    It is so unfortunate that we lost TE Jeff Cumberland, he was a really good player especially in the 2 tight end set as a receiver. But that’s the game of football, we all hate injuries but it just happens darn it. Mulligan is a good blocker but not receiver, Cumberland had those skills so we definitely need to sign a receiving tight end who will complement Keller. Heap would have been good but he chose to go to the cardinals.

  5. By Karan on Sep 26, 2011 | Reply

    I’m sick of Schotty too Danny, he’s definitely got to go.

  6. By Tom Spicer on Sep 26, 2011 | Reply

    For anyone who wants to watch the game again NFL network will be replaying the game Tuesday night at 930 pm eastern

  7. By Tom Spicer on Sep 26, 2011 | Reply

    On the injury front TE Cumberland has a torn ACL & is out for the year. Cromartie hurt his lung & might not play this week & Mark has a broken nose. And the hits just keep on coming.

  8. By Tom Spicer on Sep 26, 2011 | Reply

    I heard on the NFL network that thru 3 games the Jets have the worst run D in entire AFC. On the radio Rex said he will have a bigger D line rotation to keep his guys fresh. Rex has been playing Wilkerson all game, Bringing Dixon on passing downs for Pouha & Rapolti for Devito to give him breaks. I think going forward Ellis & maybe even Tavesu will be active & Rex will have at least a 6 man rotation.

  9. By TONY GARCIA on Sep 26, 2011 | Reply

    jets will be okay said many times this maybe a step back year.jet fan since 1969.
    offense has played well,no running game yet. its 1 game and a long season.

  10. By Jack on Sep 26, 2011 | Reply

    Its time to put RB, Joe McKnight in there let see what he can do. They had him there as a kick returner he had a nice return too I want to see of him as the kick retuner and as the running back, Get Wayne hunter out of there see what OL Viadmir Ducasse can do he need playing time why your at it let mix up OL Schauderaff too at RT and put Matt Slauson at RT.

  11. By Jack on Sep 26, 2011 | Reply

    Put Schauderaff at RT or LG, and put Matt Slauson at RG.

  12. By Karan on Sep 26, 2011 | Reply

    There are no good receiving tight ends out there.

  13. By Jet Fan Tom Since '64 on Sep 26, 2011 | Reply

    Have you heard that we’re interested in Hartsock, GaryC? I can’t remember if he got cut in the last round by whoever picked him up this yr. I’m not worried about replacing Cumberland with another receiving TE, though, not until we show that we can get Holmes, Plax, and Mason into each and every game and score pts doing it. This is getting ridiculous, when I watch the Jets O I often get the feeling that there’s this kind of invisible wall about fifteen yds past the line of scrimmage past which a ball thrown by a Jet QB will not be allowed to travel.

  14. By dougmc on Sep 26, 2011 | Reply

    Defense gave this one away not Schotty or Sanchez or the running game. Cro is an excellant corner and is in everybodys hip pocket. Simultanious possesion, please. 4 pass interference calls. stop. 2 of those interference calls were nothing and the other 2 were very ticky-tac.No excuses but those refs were horrible.What was Bart Scott doing on that end around, terrible. Cumberland was going to be very good this year, that really hurt. Yes we do need to address the RG and/or RT spot. Win these next two and all is forgiven. Let’s Go…

  15. By Westcoast GangGreen on Sep 26, 2011 | Reply

    Jet Nation…Just got home from the Black Hole in Oakland. What a frustrating loss to see in person. Shotty has no clue of a game plan, the distribution of the ball is so inconsistant “util the team is trailing and 2 min offense kicks in’. It looks like he coaching against himself and thinking to much. And, our offensive line that has been the back bone of the O is now a weak link. The QB is not going to last the season if its not addressed with some help, he’s getting slammed to heck back there…

  16. By tommy ohio on Sep 27, 2011 | Reply

    lol maybe Namath should go watch… somebody needs to get Mark on the right path …..I personaly dont wanna wait 5 or 6 years for the coaches light bulb moment , when they figure out, yeah he never realy got it did he …..thats why play calling is so bad I think ….hes just not good enough to do what you need to do

  17. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Sep 27, 2011 | Reply

    GaryC, Jets are last in the AFC and 31st in the NFL in rushing D, unless Ellis is some kind of complete disaster I don’t understand not giving him at least some time on the field. Turner’s going on IR so we now have bigger problems on the O line, but at least there’s a roster spot open. While we need help at DL and LB, I gotta think that spot should go to an OL guy, especially if Mangold’s not back this week. Which one of you guys was it who said that our failure to draft a lot of players in recent yrs is coming back to haunt us? I think it’s pretty hard to argue with that statement at the moment. But I look forward to Kerley and McKnight handling all the returns Sunday night whether Cro’s playing or not.

  18. By Julio on Sep 27, 2011 | Reply

    This weekend’s loss was pathetic. It was inexcusable. In my 20+ years of being a Jet fan, I have never been as embarrassed as I was on Sunday. It made me realize that all this stuff Rex been saying that I’ve bought into that we are the best is all a bunch of lies. Joe Namath hit this dead on. I’m not saying that Rex and the players don’t prepare but come on guys let’s face reality: If we can’t get pumped up to go 3-0 against an inferior Raiders team, we aren’t going to win the Superbowl. We have to play intense every down, every game. Then we wonder why come January if we even make the playoffs why we have to play 3 road games to get to the Superbowl. It’s these type of games against Oakland that you think back upon.

  19. By Jimmer on Sep 27, 2011 | Reply

    If Cro didn’t have an injury I’d be suprised. He is so up and down. Amazing we never saw an injury happen. His pride is what was injured. The return did him in. He was gonna go overboard to make a play on D, he would have blew a big one. Rex did the right thing pulling him. Sure, he could have made a huge play, but he was looking for the huge play so much, it would hurt us. It was like a QB throwing 4INTS saying they got it now. Rex had to pull him. He would have gambled to no end to make up for the early part of the game.

  20. By Jimmer on Sep 27, 2011 | Reply

    We do not have the muscle on the OL we used to have, and it shows. We are now a passing team. We just don’t have the QB/OL to be a pass happy team. Since we can’t run the ball, we have no choice. We rely on the super-short pass like Pennington was still here. He was great on the run, but Sanchez has a better arm. Can we stop thinking like Chad is the QB, and realize we have someone better? The no=huddle worked for Buffalo for years, and nobody could shut it down till Kelly retired. We need to force what works for us, not force what others can’t defend.

  21. By punchie on Sep 27, 2011 | Reply

    Suit up Joe we need an accurate deep ball and a mean jump pass

  22. By IRA on Sep 27, 2011 | Reply

    Gary,
    Josh Baker will probably be signed to the 53 for now. He had a nice camp. We will see what happens.
    Lets hope they have a big bounce back game vs the Ravens. The Jets have never won a game at M and T Stadium so they are due.

  23. By hawkfist on Sep 27, 2011 | Reply

    Oh really Rex? Look, as fans we like the style of football to smash on defense and pound ir on the ground. But here is a reality check for you “REX” your RT is gonna get Sanchez killed. If I’m a defensive coach I’m lining up on Hunter. He is flat footed, slow and more confused than a duck born from a chicken egg. You still have no pass rush and depth at OL is horrible with that wasted 2nd round pick of Ducasse who is worse than Hunter. There is a great problem of depth on the team on both defense and offense. There is no speed at WR and sooner or later you’re going to have to throw it deep, and there is no one on this team that can go deep. That’s why the running game isn’t working, the receivers don’t scare anyone.

  24. By Jody S on Sep 27, 2011 | Reply

    I think Joe Namath should worry about his own ego. He’ll always be a Jet but he’s not a factor at all regarding this team. I have a bit of advice for Joe Namath, stop wearing your sweater/coat or whatever that is tied around your neck. It’s not attractive and right now, neither are you. If you’re a true Jet you stick behind your team.

  25. By kw65Fan on Sep 27, 2011 | Reply

    I just love these other sights like Fox sports and their headlines…”Rex rips into N.Y. Legend”…”outsider Namath Ignorant”…such a joke. Nothing like twisting things around..just love these moron Media…No Offense Eric and Randy…you guys just tell it like it is with NO Twist. Rather read your stories than clowns like Cimini or Serby. Wasn’t it way back when Richard Todd was going to rip Serbys head off. Rex, invite Joe in for a week or two of what goes on now….not like it was way back when for Joe. Joe watched his game films on his Llama rug with a blonde in one hand and a glass of Johnny Walker Red in the other…and still broke down every defensive back weakness…

  26. By Jet feeling BLUE on Sep 27, 2011 | Reply

    Is it me, or does Sanchez look scared when he snaps the ball? He holds the ball too long, pats it beofre throwing, and seems to stare right at his receivers. Also, when you go to the game, you get to see the whole field. What you see is wide receivers that are open and Sanchez either doesn’t see it, or waits too long to throw it. Then he throws the INT or it’s too high or behind the reciever. After 3 yrs, he should be more like Matt Ryan or at least as good as Cam Newton. He still plays like a rookie.

  27. By GaryC on Sep 27, 2011 | Reply

    Joe must remember when he said that when Weeb showed them film of the colts during super bowl that he and the team knew they would win the game,that the film gave them the confidence to win,so who is calling the kettle black,also Joe threw quite a few bonehead intercepts in his day also,so his knock on sanchez might be a bit unwarranted.

  28. By Alex.G on Sep 27, 2011 | Reply

    Well everyone / Team needs a wake up call from time to time this was an early one , hopefully they can move past it and show some Mettle this Sunday vs the Ravens 1 good win get them back in the winning mood….. LETS GO JETS…

  29. By Alex.G on Sep 27, 2011 | Reply

    I also wanted to say I am a little disappointed in Joe Willy, as an old school guy / player he should know better and keep the dirt in house. Many stood by him after the Suzy Kolber interview.

  30. By frank on Sep 27, 2011 | Reply

    its obvious the refs target cro. i thought the fouls were ridiculous but unfortunately he created his reputation and gets the benefit of nothing. bottom line we still dont rush the passer and u cant cover forever

  31. By GaryC on Sep 27, 2011 | Reply

    Ira, heard Baker will be signed to roster,probably until something better comes along.Jet fan tom,believe the jets are following the nations security rules when it comes to passing down the field, it is called the no fly zone.Jack, you are heeding my advice about Slauson at right tackle and if Mangold is okay it is time for Schladeraff to get some time at guard,I mean he was praised by rex that they were looking at him during draft and we will give packers future considerations,meaning another pick.Jet Fan Tom,yeah it is about time for Ellis,but for the people who thought drafting wilkerson and Ellis was going to improve the pass rush that was pie in the sky thinking.

  32. By Karan on Sep 27, 2011 | Reply

    I have a question, can a player be reactivated once placed on the IR? Looks like Rob Turner is going to be placed on IR, there are now two excellent backups in Cumberland and Turner lost for the season. :(

  33. By Randy Lange on Sep 27, 2011 | Reply

    Karan, when a player goes on injured reserve, he’s gone for the season.

  34. By Karan on Sep 27, 2011 | Reply

    Yes, I noticed that too Jet feeling BLUE, there are wideouts open deep down the field. I have a feeling Schottenheimer has put something in Sanchez’s mind which makes him scared to throw the ball down the field at times. He’s afraid of interceptions, but some are bound to happen no matter what. Holmes is right, they need to throw to the wideouts more, we are blessed to have excellent receivers in Holmes, Burress and even Mason, it’s time to take advantage of them. Although I will say I love the fact that Keller is being used more, people are finally seeing his potential. It also stinks that Cumberland is lost of the season, it would have been nice to continue to 2 or 3 tight end set with him, hopefully we sign someone, maybe Dan Gronkowski?

  35. By IRA on Sep 27, 2011 | Reply

    You know it wasn’t pretty for the last 35 min of that game for sure. I just can’t believe everyone here is ready to jump ship. My goodness imagine if they lose this week fans will be talking about lets get ready for the draft. Everybody needs to calm down and see how they react the next two weeks and see were they are at at the bye. Remember 4-3 at the bye and they will be in good shape for a run.
    GO JETS!!!!

  36. By Tom Spicer on Sep 27, 2011 | Reply

    Jet feeling BlUE, These are my thoughts you dont throw for 335 yards vs the Cowboys & you dont throw for 369 yards on the road at the Raiders when you are scared. You also dont throw for 369 yards & 335 yards in two games if you are staring down your WR’S you can do that in high school & in college but not in the NFL. Mark has thrown for at least 2 TD’S in all 3 games. You dont do that staring down your WR’S. Also it is easy to say he is missing open WR’S sitting in your comfortable seat. But it is a whole new world when 4 to 7 300 lb men are trying to take your head off running at you full speed. Thats just how I feel but hey what do I know.

  37. By Tom Spicer on Sep 27, 2011 | Reply

    Turner on the IR & Cumberland out for the year. They need to take both of those spots & sign 2 O lineman.

  38. By Tom Spicer on Sep 27, 2011 | Reply

    I was just thinking Mark having a broken nose makes his 369 yard & 3 TD day that much more of a big time game.

  39. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Sep 27, 2011 | Reply

    4-3 at the bye and the Jets will be in fair if not poor shape for the playoffs, Ira, but what we’re constantly told is that we’re winning the Super Bowl this yr. You can’t blame people for getting a little alarmed when the results are so decidedly less Super Bowl-worthy. Funny about the no-fly zone, GaryC, and that’s interesting about the WRs, Jet feeling blue, even on some replays you can see that.

  40. By GaryC on Sep 27, 2011 | Reply

    Ira, you are right about looking to the draft, their is only one problem how many picks do we have to replace some of these old parts that will rust by the end of the season.

  41. By THUNDER LIPS on Sep 27, 2011 | Reply

    i try to be optimistic but let’s be true to ourselves … if they don’t shape up it can be a long season. Joe WIlly should shut his mouth and so should Rex. too much talk not enough hustle. this is football not reality tv.

  42. By JetStorm on Sep 27, 2011 | Reply

    It seems on our offence the overwhelming philosophy is for down and distance. If you have a second and one situation, and you go for the one, then you are not playing to win. That’s a coaches dream. You can call any play in the book. Time to get with it. We need some aggressive play calling. Sometimes your offence has to punch there defense in the nose and take control of a game…..

  43. By no one listens to Blinka on Sep 27, 2011 | Reply

    ’64
    You should not have expectations because we were “told”

    This team won a few games it should not have last year, lucky to wun the Dallas game this year. This does not surprise me. This tem has a lack of talent. Too few choices from trades. And the picks we had some of them are non factors. Gholston, Ducase.
    Guys, come on. We have one outstanding player. two to three real good playres. That is it.

    Lets not forget who Rex had playing for him when he was in Baltimore.

    I know no one cares what I think, but am I wrong?

    #54

  44. By Frank on Sep 27, 2011 | Reply

    Spicer…again with the stats its redundant already. Sanchez does stare down receivers. He does not look for the deep ball… he constantly misses wide open recievers. He can not read defenses properly he does not throw timing passes something every elite QB in the league does. He is not a pocket passer he is at his best running around and in a “rush offense” and he is extremely inconsistant. Back to yesterday Fitzpatrick is 9 td’s and 3 int’s MS is 6 td’s and 4 int’s huge difference and he has thrown 4 td passes a few times while MS has never done so. He beat the Raiders and is 3-0 with a bunch of undrafted or late round RB’s and WR’s. MS numbers were better thru the first 3 games last year than this year and we played 3 weak secondaries.

  45. By Frank on Sep 27, 2011 | Reply

    Spicer as for your comments about the draft and Gohlston for the uptenth time I wanted to trade up for Long or Ryan and suggested drafting Rogers Cromartie something Ira chastized me for with the 6th pick and Arizona took him at 9. Absent those moves Gohlston was the pick at 6 so what???? I also suggested going after Jared Allen when he was a FA I also suggested getting Cutler who has played significantly better than MS during the last 2 plus years with a garbage OL and getting sacked three times as much and Hester as his primary receiver???? I also suggested drafting Clay Matthews and Laurenitus before we traded up for MS. AND Sanchez is the reason we did not win a championship the last 2 years. LOOK IT UP!

  46. By Karan on Sep 27, 2011 | Reply

    For the two open roster spots replacing Turner and Cumberland, sign a TE and an OL, simple as that. I was thinking Shaun O’Hara and perhaps Dan Gronkowski

  47. By Mark@Jets Realty on Sep 27, 2011 | Reply

    Laughing when I heard Greg Buttle say Jets pass rush is not that bad & they finished in the top 1/2 of NFL last year in sacks. He forgot to mention our sack leader was Drew Coleman a DB. I ragged on Kyle Wilson last year but he looks like a different ball player this year. Not only is he covering better, he is a real sure tackler. Get him on the field more! Ira is correct that TE Josh Baker should be signed. He looked good in camp.
    Are we the worse team in the world in not downing punts inside the 10?
    Joe Willie is right on about Rex! But he should quit with his criticism on how MS receives the snap. It is not that big of a deal. Rumblings from Foxboro are that Pats are having some off the field issues BB is not happy about. Stay tuned!

  48. By harry-o on Sep 27, 2011 | Reply

    the packers won the whole thing last year with virtually half of their season starting roster. the other players just have to step up. Cro just had a bad game, he’s good and we all know it, if he’s not hurt. The OL needs help badly. If they’re not run blocking well at least do a better job pass blocking for MS, 40-50 att/gm seems to be the norm now. Defense will return on Sunday , the jets don’t play McFadden every week.

  49. By Pranit on Sep 27, 2011 | Reply

    curious, does anyone know the details of the cromartie contract? I have been meaning to ask…I think its 32 Mill over 4 years..but what is the guranteed money etc? Randy? thanks.

  50. By Row on Sep 27, 2011 | Reply

    I know this sounds terrible, but aside from Revis, Cro, LT and maybe Holmes, it seems no one is coming to play. You can’t throw our best KR away because he was trying to make a play. There is a reason they practice the scoop drill. No safety play at all once again. I saw Atogwe light some people up yesterday. While we didn’t score 10 million points, Im worried more about the defense than the O. Wilson actually played well other than his refusal to hit Mcfadden. Let’s see how #6 does vs a real pass defense.. Go Jets

  51. By IRA on Sep 27, 2011 | Reply

    Tom, How about when the Bills blew out the Pats back in the early 2000’s 30-0 and then the Pats went on to win the SB? And what about 1998 when the Jets started out 2-3 and finished 12-4 and should’ve gone to the SB if they didn’t have a meltdown in the 2nd half of the AFC Title Game ? Best approach take it week by week and see were we are at come Dec.

  52. By Jon Patrizio on Sep 27, 2011 | Reply

    I want to say, that between the O-line giving no help in the run game or to Sanchez, Cro getting beat all day long, and Shotty’s play calling..it’s going to be another long season, finishing 10-6 and crossing fingers, hoping to make the play-offs. I’m not going to blame Shonn Greene here..anyone who knows, he always comes on late in the season..he’s a November-January Guy. Even L.T. can’t get going in the run game, it’s hard to run when there isn’t any push up front. In an unrelated matter: Freeman McNeil is being inducted into the Ring of honor. Everyone assumes Revis will as well. When it’s all said and done, who was the better #24 for the NYJ?

  53. By Kevin Kennedy on Sep 27, 2011 | Reply

    I do not comment on a lot of things, BUT as I recall Namath was out more than he was in, and they had some horrible losses when he was a Jet.
    I also am a little annoyed at the lack of roughing the passer calls that Sanchez has been the victim of since he entered the league, starting with the Indy game 2 years ago. There were at least 3 non calls that should have been made.
    Perhaps this team is a little short in the depth category, but if we are panicking at game 3 it is better than we have been in the last 10 years!!!!!

  54. By Trent Huss on Sep 27, 2011 | Reply

    Hey to all Jet fans. I’ve read a lot about how embarrasing this loss was and I agree. I just dont feel the passion anymore. We dont make headlines we sit quietly like the Pats only without Brady. This week however, is a new week. Time to shake off the rust and move foreward. If I could talk to Rex I’d tell him it’s time to breakout the jokes, attitude, and the wigs. Football is a game, and a fun one at that. I’m a Jet win our lose, and damn proud of it. Time to gear up, go out and have some fun. Ravens won’t know what hit em if the real New York Jets come to town. One sentance says it all; Go Play Like A Jet!!!

  55. By russ on Sep 27, 2011 | Reply

    Brady has time to scan the field and pick his target, Sanchez gets one look and must sccramble,…36 yt old running back makes 25 yr old look foolish…Defense has no star, no body double teams our line…Thank god it’s Sept and football don’t start until Nov1…

  56. By Trent Huss on Sep 27, 2011 | Reply

    Hey Julio did you not see last years 45-3 loss to the Pats? Sorry I was a lot more embarassed of that and look where that ended, not exactly where we wanted but not where the Patriots wanted either. Is anyone else a little sad about the Bills beating the Pats. I liked it better when only we could do that:)

  57. By Trent Huss on Sep 27, 2011 | Reply

    Frank, to be fair the defense lost us both of our last two championships, by loseing a lead(1st) and allowing a drive to continue(2nd). Now I agree that a better Offense would help me sleep at night, but they are a team and everyone can make plays.

  58. By Howie D on Sep 27, 2011 | Reply

    Randy: Is there a way to get at least one fan’s question answered at Rex’s pressers? These softball questions he’s getting from the media indicates a lack of objectivity. Maybe the media thinks access will be denied if they ask tough questions. A couple months ago Eric Allen referred to Shotty as an “Offensive Mastermind” in his intro then proceeded with meaningless questions. Fans spend a lot of money supporting this team. Some get on planes for away games. My question for Rex is: “Given Shotty’s mediocre 5-year record and the offense’s continued inconsistency, why shouldn’t Shotty be relieved of his duties?” Asking a quoted question from a fan takes the onus off the media and offers some form of satisfaction to fans. Thanks.

  59. By Eric, DC on Sep 27, 2011 | Reply

    Jets are not as good as Rex thinks they are!! Cro would be getting beat even more if he wasn’t holding as much as he is!! And Mark is not getting better. He has some nice throws but still seems to throw interceptions at the worst possible times?? what is being done to correct this?? Offensive line needs help or Mark situation will fix itself. He will be out. believe it! Come on Man!!!!!!!!

  60. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Sep 27, 2011 | Reply

    What an honor to be addressed directly by the great Blinka! He whose jersey I would buy if I had any spare $! Yes, Blinka, I agree with your hardcore assessment of our personnel. I’d maybe put the number above 2 or 3 but there’s no doubt that many of our players have been talked up well beyond their actual capabilities, both by Rex and the NY press. And that is why I’m constantly on firing Schotty and letting McElroy or someone else compete for real with Sanchez for the QB job next yr if things don’t change dramatically. I can only imagine what Holmes, Plax, Mason, and Keller could do on a team with a decent OC and a QB who learns faster than MS has done over these 3 yrs.

  61. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Sep 27, 2011 | Reply

    Howie D, I will sign any petition in support of having that question asked of Rex! It’s almost 2 yrs overdue, of course, but still…

  62. By Tom Spicer on Sep 27, 2011 | Reply

    Frank, Mark has a rushing TD so he has 7 TDS & 4 picks while Fitzpatrick has 9 TDS & 3 picks not much of a difference. Also the one bad team we played Mark sat the 4th quarter cause it was a blow out or he would have better numbers.

  63. By Frank on Sep 27, 2011 | Reply

    Trent when you have a team that is number one in the NFL in defense and rushing offense not only do you go to the superbowl you should win it. We had the worst rated starting QB in the league that year and was in the bottom 5 or 6 last year. 17 td passes with Edwards, Holmes, Keller and LT coming out of the backfield???? and one of the best O lines in the league? are you kidding me? That is atrocious.

  64. By GaryC on Sep 27, 2011 | Reply

    to Howie D. I also agree,these press conferences have more softball questions than an Obama conference,Rex might not be so affable if given some thought provoking questions,ask a question like, Rex, are you afraid the jets have blown another draft choice.

  65. By Charliejet on Sep 27, 2011 | Reply

    Tom Spicer thanks for the reminder about game being on tonight at 9:30 – I could not get the game on Sunday.

  66. By Tom Spicer on Sep 27, 2011 | Reply

    Frank, I remember nothing about Matthews or Laurenitus. Did you or did you not name McFadden McFumble & say he would be a bust? Did I or did I not say he would be the man yes or no?

  67. By Tom Spicer on Sep 27, 2011 | Reply

    Frank, So what you are saying is a guy with a broken nose throws for 369 yards & 3 TDS while he has no running game & no O line who is sacked 4 times & is under pressure constantly to the point where the entire New York media is like the O line stinks & the QB staring down his WRS. SORRY THAT IS NOT POSSIBLE!

  68. By Tom Spicer on Sep 27, 2011 | Reply

    Frank, Mark is the reason we did not win the Super Bowl the last two years. That comment is 100% WRONG. Vs the Colts we were up by 11 points with 2 minutes left in the first half & the D gave it away on there way to giving up 30 points in the game THAT Is the reason we lost. Mark was 17 for 30, completed 57% of his passes, had a 93 rating, had 257 yards & had 2 TDS. in the Pitt game Mark was 20 for 33

  69. By Tom Spicer on Sep 27, 2011 | Reply

    in the Pitt game Mark was 20 for 33, completed 61% of his passes, had a 102 rating, had 233 yards, 2 TDS & zero picks. We rushed for 52 yards NO RUNNING GAME! The D gave up 180 rushing yards & we were in a 24 to 0 hole that we could not get out of. The D getting the ball ran down there throat was the reason we lost that game PERIOD END OF STORY!

  70. By Howie D on Sep 27, 2011 | Reply

    Jet Fan Since 64 Tom, GaryC: Thanks for your response. We’ve suffered enough. We’re very close, within reach of the crown and these guys can’t see it. One immediate change at OC will go a long way in getting us to the top.

  71. By tommy ohio on Sep 27, 2011 | Reply

    ira in 98 we had Vinny ….right ?……Mark aint Vinny

  72. By Tom Spicer on Sep 28, 2011 | Reply

    Frank, Mark had 3,300 yards, 20 total TDS & only 13 picks in 15 games. Holmes his best guy was out 4 of those 15 games. Not bad for a 2nd year QB.

  73. By Mike V on Sep 28, 2011 | Reply

    Joe, and the rest of the ’68 Jets, have a right to say what they think about this Jet team – or any Jet team. They earned it. They, and we, have been waiting for a Jet team to do what they did… WIN A CHAMPIONSHIP!!!… for 42 years. 42 YEARS! Rex is a great coach but the shadow he is under is Joe, Weeb, Buddy, and the rest of the Super Bowl III Champions. If he wants to be the co-ruler of the Jet Nation he must win a Super Bowl. Joe knows football… remember “the guarantee”? Rex needs to invite him to hang out for a week or two and take him seriously (unlike “Hard Knocks” where they kind of laughed at Joe) and let him see the preparations for himself. This may be the best Jets team ever… but they need to prove it. Viva Rex!!!

  74. By Eileen on Sep 28, 2011 | Reply

    Everyone get off Cro’s back. Last week he was named the AFC Player of the Week. He did get 4 penalties but I feel at least 2 of them were bogus. He is a great return guy and had a hiccup, it happens. If the D played better on the run, that hiccup might not have hurt us in the end. Also I think that Rex should have went for the FG and then on-side kick. But whats done is done. Our attention needs to be on the Ravens and I believe the D will bounce back!! GO JETS!

  75. By PurpleFlash on Sep 30, 2011 | Reply

    Good Grief! all you guys claiming that we (the Jets) lost the last two AFC championships because of the Offense and Mark Sanchez must not have been watching the same games I did. In the first one against the Colts, the defense lost it in the 2nd half with Manning picking the secondary apart. And the second one, the defense let the Steelers push them around running all over the field in the first half. And remembering the 2nd half of the Steelers game, Sanchez guided i real comeback that just fell short running out of time (the missed opportunity on the two yard line the only real problem with the offense .Sanchez has brought this team back for several 4th quarter wins in his short career. He ain’t the problem.

  76. By PurpleFlash on Sep 30, 2011 | Reply

    Wow one bad game and the whole Jet world is falling apart! Give it a rest guys.

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