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Ryan on ’12 Sked: The Good, the Bad, the Balance

Posted by Randy Lange on April 17, 2012 – 8:03 pm

Rex Ryan felt strongly both ways when he spoke about the Jets’ just revealed 2012 schedule on a conference call with beat reporters this evening.

On the one hand, the Jets coach said it was a good thing to get the dates and times of their 16 opponents just a day after the veterans first reported to the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center to begin their voluntary strength and conditioning period.

“Yesterday I was really excited to finally have the team in our building, have a chance to talk to them,” Ryan said. “But I’m even more excited now. When that schedule comes out, now you start to visualize who you’re playing and it’s even more exciting. Now you realize the 2012 season is upon us.”

But Ryan was not seeing less challenging games on an easy schedule. They all looked tough.

Having the season opener at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, Sept. 9, at 1 p.m. vs. the Buffalo Bills, 6-10 a year ago?

“Opening up at home is a good thing, but playing Buffalo, they’re a tough team,” Ryan said. “They’re much improved. They’ve got that big pass rusher [Mario Williams] coming in.”

Three consecutive home games from Games 4-6? Not bad, except …

“San Francisco [Sept. 30] and Houston [Oct. 8] back to back, they’re two of the more physical teams in the league,” Rex said. “That’s definitely a tough stretch.”

And a favorable second half with an opponents’ schedule strength of .453? That would be fine, too, but for the little matter of three of their last four games being on the road, at Jacksonville (Dec. 9), at Tennessee (Dec. 17) and at Buffalo in the regular-season finale (Dec. 30).

“Yeah, you see that little clump of games right there — whooo, that’s a tough December,” he said. “But you’re coming into some decent weather, Jacksonville and Tennessee, and I kind of like having San Diego come to our place in December.”

One other eye-catcher is anywhere New England appears on the schedule. The Jets will play the Patriots at Gillette Stadium on Oct. 21, and then the teams will get back together on Thanksgiving night at MetLife on Nov. 22.

“Oh, man. That one’s going to be a beauty, there’s no doubt,” Rex said with a laugh about the Turkey Night affair with the defending AFC East champ and the conference’s Super Bowl representative. “It’s a late-night one and our fans will be ready to roll. I know New England’s obviously a tremendous team, so it’s going to be a great challenge for us.

“The last time we played on Thanksgiving, we had success,” Ryan added about the 2010 holiday night game at their new stadium, the 26-10 victory over the Bengals. “That’s good. Hopefully history will repeat itself … and I hope my wife’s got the green-bean casserole ready for after the game.”

Summing it all up, Ryan came to a standard coaching observation: “I think it’s a real balanced schedule. It looks good. We’ll see what happens.”


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44 Responses to “Ryan on ’12 Sked: The Good, the Bad, the Balance”

  1. By scjoe on Apr 17, 2012 | Reply

    The schedule really surprised me, mostly for the amount of 1:00pm games. Of course that can change at flex time “IF” the Jets are in the running.I was also surprised to see them opening at home for the 2nd year in a row.

  2. By Tom Spicer on Apr 17, 2012 | Reply

    This is what ahd about the Jets as far as being one of the biggest off season LOSERS. New York Jets: If not for the Dolphins and the fact that the Jets still get some respect after back-to-back AFC championship game appearances during the ’09 and ’10 seasons, this team might be a complete laughingstock. After the addition of Tebow, the Jets were dubbed the “No Ring Circus” by one newspaper. The team hasn’t done enough to help quarterback Mark Sanchez this offseason. Rather, it has created more distractions for a quarterback who needs to focus on his job. The only additions of note are two guys (wide receiver Chaz Schilens and safety LaRon Landry) who have struggled to stay healthy.

  3. By wayne on Apr 17, 2012 | Reply

    They will find out right off the bat how well they’ve fortified the OL and how goes the pass defense…….I think it’s looking like a pass rusher with the first pick….From what I hear the guard position is deep. They don’t grow rushers on tree. If they have a shot at one, they have to take him………………….None a that strength of schedule goop means much….Don’t know what these teams are going to do or be till game time……….. How bout re signing McKenzie for the RT position?

  4. By Tom Spicer on Apr 17, 2012 | Reply

    My next mock draft round 1 Mike Floyd WR Notre Dame round 2 Cordy Glenn Guard/Tackle Georgia I love this pick if Slauson is not ready Glenn starts at Guard if Slauson is ready you have your new Right Tackle. Round 3 LeMicheal James RB Oregon the lightning to Greenes thunder. Round 4 we trade a 6th & a 7th round pick for a 4th round pick to take Brandon Taylor Saftey LSU. Round 5 Shea McCellin OLB Boise State (pass rusher Garcy C’s guy) Round 6 Vontaze Burfict ILB this guy had a bad combine & his stock is dropping like a rock some say he might not get drafted. But this guy hits like a ton of bricks & taking a shot on him with 1 of our 3 6th round picks I think would be a good move. 6th round Anthony Miller Cal TE 7th round Lance Mitchell

  5. By Tom Spicer on Apr 17, 2012 | Reply

    Oregon State 7th round DE Trevor Guyton Cal at Cal he played in a 3-4 he had 5 & 7 sacks in the last 2 years. Let me know what you think?

  6. By Carmine F on Apr 18, 2012 | Reply

    I love this schedule. Glad we the San Francisco at home for a 1pm game. Advantage Jets. Three straight home games are good. If we stay focused and avoid injuries we will make the playoff. Let the haters add their comments now. GO JETS!!

  7. By Carmine F on Apr 18, 2012 | Reply

    Sorry for the poor grammer. Ive been up for about 28 hours straight helping my wife get through labor to bring my first child into this world. And yes he is a Jets fan already.

  8. By Broncos LAX on Apr 18, 2012 | Reply

    Sanchez will be the QB all year this wildcat idea will quickly be scrapped! I think if the coaching staff even thought of installing Tebow as the permanent starter then the Jets Lockerroom would mutiny…

  9. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Apr 18, 2012 | Reply

    Exactly the kind of nonsense we DIDN’T need, but get used to it, from the NFL site: “The one consensus reached on “Total Access”? Sanchez will face heat if Tebow prospers in his role as a Wildcat quarterback. “Tebow is going to be playing in an offense that’s completely different than what every team is going to be preparing for,” Kurt Warner said. “(Other teams) are going to be preparing for Mark Sanchez and what they’re going to do for 40 snaps. Tebow comes in for 15 and has a little bit of success. And then Mark doesn’t have success – it’s a perfect scenario to say, “Well, he is having success for 15 plays. Let’s play him for 20 or 25.” This only makes sense if the idea is to dump either MS or TT after the season and make 1 the starter.

  10. By IRA on Apr 18, 2012 | Reply

    Overall i think the schedule is good. Agree early test in those first 5 games and the 3 game stretch starting in Sea and finishing with the Pats @ home is tough. Otherwise its a good schedule. Would love to make the Pats eat turkey on Thurs Night Football.
    GO JETS!!!!

  11. By wayne on Apr 18, 2012 | Reply

    Rex Ryan using coach speak…..My gosh!, what’s this world coming to?

  12. By uncle joe on Apr 18, 2012 | Reply

    Carmine F, good point with San Fran coming to us for a 1 O’Clock game. Spicer, Shea McCellin will be LONG GONE bye the 5th round, I’ve seen him mocked to NE in the 1st round or Green Bay.

  13. By uncle joe on Apr 18, 2012 | Reply

    If I’m Tannenbaum I would trade back for ANYTHING,3rd even a 4th! Too many red flags and question marks on these top Picks.End of the round has some projected nice low risk players. I love that Ronell Lewis, can play OLB or inside ,hits like a Mack Truck,a little under sized but plays with a MEAN streak plus the back of his Jersey says R.Lewis,,,,,Just Saying!

  14. By IRA on Apr 18, 2012 | Reply

    Wayne,
    Mckenzie is not a bad plan just think Carey has more left in the tank and is healthier. We should know real soon about the RT spot.

  15. By uncle joe on Apr 18, 2012 | Reply

    Well,got my wish,alot of One O’Clock games, Mid Season Bye and although we have 4 late games one of them is Thanksgiving which I am off from work the following day,NICE,

  16. By uncle joe on Apr 18, 2012 | Reply

    Also love 3-4 End Derrick Wolfe and 3-4 Pash Rushing OLB Bruce Irving in the later rounds. Gotta Grab Trumaine Johnson CB/S in second round if he is there and Brandon Boykin,CB/KR,,,remember that name people!

  17. By GaryC on Apr 18, 2012 | Reply

    Tom Spicer, you have a better chance of the jets resigning Gholston than McClellin lasting to the fifth round,watch the draft,the packers will end up drafting Perry or McClellin to team them up with Clay Matthews,of course if the jets don’t draft either one.

  18. By wayne on Apr 18, 2012 | Reply

    If Tebow had problems picking up offense he was in for 2yrs, how is he expected to come in and effectively master all these responsibilities he’s to have?

  19. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Apr 18, 2012 | Reply

    Congratulations on the birth of your child, Carmine, but your problem isn’t your grammar, it’s your grip on reality. We go 1-4 the first 5 games, which is not just possible but likely, and the whole season will be nothing more than an experiment. But at least that would mean the end of Mr T, Rex, and possibly both Sanchez and Tebow if neither of them evolves into an above-average QB. And the idea that home field adv will help us beat SF is the best laugh of the day, they have all this stuff (low-turnover QB, great RB, great new WRs, consistently great D) that we can only dream about. That’s not hate, it’s honesty. Spice, I like this draft except for the pick of Floyd, he doesn’t sound great to me. And what if we can’t trade up for a #4?

  20. By Karan on Apr 18, 2012 | Reply

    I’m so sick of these analysts debating about when Tebow will start. Wish they would just keep their mouths shut. Can someone please have some faith in Sanchez?? Seriously, please go out and prove everyone wrong Mark.

  21. By Karan on Apr 18, 2012 | Reply

    The Broncos have a lot of Prime Time games, always fun to watch Peyton perform in those. I’m happy with our schedule, only have 2 sunday night games and 2 monday night ones. Glad to see a lot of CBS 1 pm games. I’m not a big fan of NFL on FOX but looks like we have 2 of those the cards and niners. I hope we thrash the patsies on Thanksgiving.

  22. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Apr 18, 2012 | Reply

    Here’s a poll from James Walker’s column on ESPN, no doubt voted on by folks who go on the Internet to do more than just robotically say, “Go Jets!: “SportsNation: What kind of season will Mark Sanchez have in 2012? 35% Poor: Tim Tebow get ready/38% Average: On par with other seasons/23% Great: Career year upcoming/4% Awesome: Sanchez makes the Pro Bowl. (Total votes: 1,326).” Some of you might remember that I’ve said for more than 6 months that MS has a 25% chance of ever being great, 50% to stay where he is, 25% to get worse. As you can see, that’s exactly how folks see it in this poll, so there’s reality and there’s mere cheerleading. I’ll cheer at the games but it’s who they put on the roster that’ll determine what happens on the field.

  23. By robertpapalia on Apr 18, 2012 | Reply

    I don`t think the schedule is such a big deal. Putting this team together playing this schedule is a big deal. They still need to upgrade the offensive line. Especially at right tackle. They still don`t have a wide receiver that can stretch the field.And they still need a pass rushing linebacker. To say nothing about safety. If the Jets don`t fill these holes especially at safety and right tackle, this could be a very long season indeed. We will see what happens next week.

  24. By walt on Apr 18, 2012 | Reply

    I just watched some video of the new york jets 2010 defence and all I can say is if Eric Smith is the worst jets player on defence they are in great shape.He looked awsome always around the ball making plays and an excellent tackler.

  25. By scjoe on Apr 18, 2012 | Reply

    64, It is a given that if Tebow has success, no matter what his roll is, Sanchez better get his game up to NFL standards or he will be taking that new 25Mil dollar contract to the bench with him. Maybe that is the actual basis of this “plan” because I have a hard time believing it is just to run the wildcat 10-12 plays a game, they could have done that with Kerley, he looked more accurate in throwing the ball then either of the two QBs did last season, plus they would still have their 4th and 6th rd picks.

  26. By kleckofan on Apr 18, 2012 | Reply

    wayne- you’re right, the most important thing in the article is what Rex didn’t say…something totally off-the-wall and press worthy! Yahoo, I’ll take small victories where I can get em! There really are no “easy games” in this league, that’s not a cliche it’s a fact, and especially w our team. I may take my son to the Seahwaks game out here, would hate to drive the four hours to see a debacle… we’ll see how it goes. Of course, with Tebow now tix will be through the roof! It’s week 10 so maybe the (No Ring) circus will be over.

  27. By scjoe on Apr 18, 2012 | Reply

    Spicer, I like your first mock much better. A WR in the 1st round? Please say it aint so! Glenn will be long gone by #15 in the 2nd round. I do like James at 3 but he probably will not be there either. As for Burfict? I would bet the farm NE picks him up before rd 6. I still like Decastro or Poe at 1, Miller or McClellin at 2, Zebrie Sanders or Iloka at 3.

  28. By scjoe on Apr 18, 2012 | Reply

    Of all of the absurdities that have been floating around re: Tebows roll, perhaps the most absurd has to be the “two offense system” I would love to be a little fly and watch over weekly practice, especially under the new CBA, to see how they manage to get all Sanchez reps with the 1s in “his” offense and then all Tebows reps with the 1s in “his” offense” The only possible way that can happen is to cut both in half. How do you think that will work out?

  29. By boni on Apr 18, 2012 | Reply

    I’ve never seen such negative fans. To Bronco Lax, please stop spreading the hate.

  30. By roger muller on Apr 18, 2012 | Reply

    The jets need to get a super running back to complement shonn greene. Joe Mcknight is not the answer. Also i can’t understand why Tim Tebow is getting so much publicity. Joe Namath did’nt get that much adoration and he was 3 times better than Tebow. The Jets need a couple of good pass rushers, and pass defenders. My prediction is that Mark Sanchez will make a comeback if only because now he’s under the gun.

  31. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Apr 18, 2012 | Reply

    walt, you’ve caught a bit of the illness that Arte has, judging Smith by tape from 2010. Even after we lost 3 straight to PHI, the Giants, and MIA last yr, Arte was telling me how great we were gonna be this yr because “we beat New England in the playoffs!” (I had to gently remind him that was the previous yr, with a very different team.) Good one on Tebow and all these alleged roles, wayne, the guy couldn’t handle a pro O at QB but now he’s gonna play four positions and ST like champ? What some Jet fans won’t swallow in their headlong rush into unreality. scjoe, Sanchez shoulda just been given the full yr to improve not have had to do it with Tebow, a popular phenomenon who can’t play QB, on the bench behind him.

  32. By kw65fan on Apr 18, 2012 | Reply

    Check out the article by Casserly on NFL.com…ex-GM extradinaire….on S Barron. Seeing now Cowboys might take at 10. Excellent article in his comparisons and wht he looked for. This guy is sure hit at Safety and if he is sitting there at 16…jets better grab him. Everything we need in especially having to cover the TE’s.where he is fast…quick and good coverage. His further comparisons goes back for the last few drafts against other safeties that were picked and he grades out above all of them. I know we need a rusher…but this guy we cannot pass up.

  33. By Allan O'Dane on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    KW65fan, I wrote about Barron a few posts back. This kid hits like Troy P. and covers ground like Ed Reed. If he is there at #16 we MUST grab him… with a guys Revis-Cro-Landry and add Barron…it could be one of the best secondaries in the the NFL

  34. By GaryC on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    Look with the jets I won’t even go past the third round because we might not have any picks after that with trader tanny around but people who have followed my posts know I am high on Perry,McClellin, Jeffrey, Sanders,Brockers,Trumaine Johnson,so any combinations within the first three rounds I will be happy with,players who help at positions the jets need.Hope Jet management is reading this post.

  35. By GaryC on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    football people are like boxers, they talk a good game until they have to prove it.Let’s see how all the prognosticators do when the draft rolls around and these players go everywhere but where they said.

  36. By kleckofan on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    kw65- I saw Casserly on NFL Network singing Barron’s praises; Casserly has been around the block and knows more than me-I don’t love Barron. Aother show I watched compared the ND safety (Harrison Smith) to Barron and they thought the two were close in talent. Also on NFL Network today, panel incl Casserly/Mayock etc said they like the BC kid (Kuechly) over Ingram and all thought McClellin out of Boise would now go in R1 in the 20’s, compared him to Aldon Smith, and even Karl Mechlenberg (for those of us old enough to know who that is), intriguing. Of the talking heads on TV I give a lot of credit to Mayock, Lombardi (even tho he’s a Belichick lover) and Casserly.

  37. By joe on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    The ONLY BRIGHT SIDE (in this soon to be TRAIN WRECK OF A SEASON ALMOST UPON US )will be saying goodbye to MIKE T AND REX .IN TRUE SAME OLD JET FASHION THIS TEAM HAS GOT MORE PROBLEMS THAN A MATH BOOK.Draft WHAT DRAFT we got TEBOW splitting time with SANCHEZ THAT SAYS IT ALL

  38. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    I’d like to think you’re wrong, joe, but I suspect you’re right. Nothing that this team has done in the off-season makes any sense…unless you’re an owner who’s not looking to spend any more real money on this edition of the team.

  39. By joe on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    TOM we were a ROMO fumble from a losing record last year (WE DIDNT BEAT A WINNING TEAM ALL YEAR )and that was BEFORE the TEBOW CIRCUS. Personal wise (AS YOU SAID )WE HAVE DONE NOTHING TO IMPROVE- 500 AGAIN would be a miracle.The very first time SANCHEZ does something stupid with the football everyone and their grandmother will be calling for TEBOW (WHOSE WORSE ).SAME OLD JETS

  40. By scjoe on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    Joe, good point about the Romo fumble in game #1 Many here point to “a few plays here and there” and we win ten games. Those same people tend never to talk about the Romo play and others similar that would have turned a win into a loss. In the end, everything equals out and you are what your record says you are.

  41. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    That’s right, joe, and Tebow’s no way ready to lead this team for 8 or 10 games of a season under a new HC, a new OC, and a roster of players unfamiliar to him. So I think there’s a very strong chance he’ll flounder, occasionally pulling off a big play, more often looking comically inept, and the Jets will win very few games. If we go 2-3 in the first 5 and it starts to get worse, Tebow will probably start, players will take sides, and the Jets will resemble the ’62 Mets more than almost any time in their entire history. But maybe this is the “creative destruction” that Woody needs to see play out in order to either sell the team or get serious about building a winner. Like I say, fire Mr T. Rex, and others, keep about 20 guys, start over.

  42. By joe on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    GREAT POINTS GUYS.The NFL is a copycat league.Bill Bellichck flat out owned TEBOW LAST YEAR (he exposed all of his MANY FLAWS )inturn EVERY D CORD IN THE LEAGUE will follow the PATS GAME PLAN

  43. By joe on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    Guys i have a friend of mine who owns a STEERLER BAR of all things.Hes like how can you possibly root for such a futile organization run by incompetant people .Its just a different culture as PITT FANS EXPECT A SB WIN EVERY YEAR.lAST YEAR THEY WERE 12-4 and to their fans and organization they might as well have been the STL RAMS. WINNING THE DIV OR EVEN THE AFC CHAMPIONSHIP IS also considered a failure if they dont win the SB.CANT IMAGINE HAVING 6 LOMBARDIS

  44. By joe on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    LOL I CANT EVEN RECALL the last DIVISION TITLE around here as it propably goes back to PARCELLS .

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