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Rex Likes Jets’ 99 Percent Offseason Showing

Posted by Randy Lange on June 7, 2012 – 3:55 pm

Updated, 4:10 p.m. ET

Rex Ryan knows it’s only June, but the head coach still likes the state of his team as it heads toward next week’s mandatory veteran minicamp and then on into July before the start of training camp.

“I’ve talked about this team coming together, how hungry this team is,” Ryan told reporters today after the final OTA practice of the offseason at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. “Here’s an example of that. Of the possible 2,211 workouts or so for all the individual players for the entire offseason program, we had 2,178 in attendance at those voluntary workouts. That’s 99 percent, I hope.”

Actually, it is 98.508 percent, which rounded off is 99.

Rex might have been unsure about the math, but he didn’t waver on his feelings about how the Jets would stack up against the NFL’s 31 other teams, even though there are no official numbers on offseason workout percentage.

“I would challenge any other team to have these numbers,” he said. “I don’t believe that happened anywhere else in the league.”

“Again, these are voluntary things. I’m proud of us. To say that this is going to be a close football team, I think these are the strides you make that way.”

Of the few players who did miss some voluntary sessions, all have checked in. Safety LaRon Landry, who has doing a lot of rehab and working out away from the facility, “was in attendance for a few of them, yes, he was,” and Landry is expected in for the minicamp.

WR Santonio Holmes also was back at camp after being a part of an NFL Players tour of military bases in Germany and his work was limited.

As for the two players coming off of surgeries/rehabs, Ryan said of G Matt Slauson (shoulder) and LB Bryan Thomas (Achilles), “I expect them to be able to do some things. … I know for a fact those two will be limited.”

And second-round WR Stephen Hill was limited at practice due to his first pro injury, a right hamstring injury that he suffered during Tuesday’s OTA practice. That day he left the field walking with a slight hitch in his step, and he said today that he doesn’t think it’s any more than a tweak.

“It’s nowhere near a tear,” he said in answer to one question, and in regard to getting an MRI, he said, “It’s nothing that serious. … The plan is to be ready for next week’s minicamp but not to rush it.”

In general, this is the time of year where there’s no rush but you have to hurry up. Before anyone knows it, late July will be here and the migration to central New York will begin again for the first time in two years. The signposts to this point, Ryan said, shows “the Jets are headed back in a good direction.

“When we get up to Cortland, these are all things that will bring this team closer. Now, will it get us more wins on the field? We’ll see when the season kicks off.”

Bart’s Back in Body, Spirit

There is no denying that at this time on the calendar, LB Bart Scott is looking like the El Barto who showed up along with Ryan back in 2009. One play in particular today showed his quickness. Mark Sanchez was chased up in the pocket, and as he neared the line of scrimmage, he shoveled a pass to Shonn Greene past the line. Scott swatted it down for an incompletion.

Scott’s trimmed his weight — “He’s looking cut up,” praised fellow chiseled LB Aaron Maybin — and picked up his pace. And he’s full-throated again.

“It’s hard to have a bad practice when Bart’s on the field. He’s just energized like that, and he stays that way,” Ryan said. “I don’t know if this isn’t the best Bart Scott we’ve had since we brought him here. He’s in super shape, he’s smart, he’s really leading. I think that was what we needed. Last year, for whatever reason … maybe our plan for Bart wasn’t what it should’ve been.”

New Meaning to Flying to the Ball

The offense showed some of its new coaching a few times today on, interestingly, a pair of Sanchez interceptions in 7-on-7 work. His first came on an overthrow of Dustin Keller that Kyle Wilson snapped up, the other on a deflection off Keller’s hands and into those of a diving Eric Smith. Both times the DBs returned the ball. And both times the entire offense flew to the ball to stop the runback.

And by “entire,” we mean everybody — not only the seven offensive players on the play but all the backups and even some coaches behind them, watching the play and waiting their turn to step in and run some plays of their own. Eleven hats to the ball? Forget about that. It was a jailbreak of more like 40 hats to the ball.

Of course, this is coordinator Tony Sparano’s way of reinforcing something he wants to see from his offense.

“It’s just to make it second nature for us when the ball is intercepted, to chase it down,” tackle Wayne Hunter said. “Offensive guys sometimes get into the mindset of depending on the other guys on the field to make the tackle. I think it was the second week of OTAs that Tony made it known he wanted us to do this.

“It looks weird, but it works, I guess. We’ll see.”

It couldn’t hurt. While Sparano’s Dolphins from 2008-11 gave up eight return touchdowns off of offensive turnovers, tied for 10th in the NFL in that span, the Jets yielded 19, tied for last in the league with St. Louis, and the seven TDs by opposing defenses last year equaled the Rams’ seven in ’08 for the most in the NFL in one season in the last four years.


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30 Responses to “Rex Likes Jets’ 99 Percent Offseason Showing”

  1. By ron alexander on Jun 7, 2012 | Reply

    Great to see the team responding so well to Rex and the staff. Hopefully we keep the injuries to a minimum everyone continues to get along. i get the sence Jet fans for the most part(except Joe) are very excited about the coming season and to hear the attendance has been so good. Last years lock-out really hurt us and we had a lot of young guys who were not able to play up to their potential as a result. Cant wait to hear what my boy “Joe” has to say about this.

  2. By danny on Jun 7, 2012 | Reply

    Cmonn Ron u know what Joe will say. ” You guys are clueless this team no matter how good they look rite now don’t have a Elite QB and with a OC who was fired in Miami the Jets can’t hang with the Pats, Steelers and Giants. Defense means nothing in todays NFL only Elite QB’s and the Jets don’t have one so stop living in fantasy land ppl. Hahaha Now Ron is that Joe or what ???? LOL Us fans shouldn’t be excited we mite as well not watch a game according to Joe the 2012 season is over for the Jets LOL

  3. By joe on Jun 7, 2012 | Reply

    lETS review history REX ALSO LIKED the JETS to win the SUPER BOWL LAST YEAR (how did that work out.WE could beat a winning team all year much less than win the Sb )Nothing REX says any crediability any more .The idle bragging boasting of championships THAT NEVER COME PUT ASIDE just a few years ago REX CLAIMED SANCHEZ WAS THE RIGHT GUY FOR THE JOB (traded up to get him )This year REX chased Payton all over creation and when he could get him traded for TEBOW .Actions speak lounder than words

  4. By joe on Jun 7, 2012 | Reply

    Ron you can dream all you want UNTILL this team gets a PRO BOWL level QB in here we got NO SHOT AT A SB

  5. By scjoe on Jun 7, 2012 | Reply

    Hey Ron, Joe is just a little frustrated. Being a Jet fan for 40-50 years will do that to you. You have to be disciplined. LOL But I agree, most fans are optimistic about the upcoming season. My biggest concern is still at RT. It is hard for me to understand why the FO is dragging their feet addressing that spot. I would also like to see a vet WR (BE?) to start opposite Holmes. “IF” the rookie class steps up I think a ten win season is not out of the question. I also think if Sanchez does not step it up big time, that position is going to be pure drama. As we all know, Jet fans are not very patient.

  6. By uncle joe on Jun 8, 2012 | Reply

    Can we PLEASE take the cap hit on the chin and get rid of Santonio Holmes. See if he would restructure so it’s easier to let him walk and join another team and give the money to Revis.

  7. By uncle joe on Jun 8, 2012 | Reply

    Or wait,,, maybe the rest of the team will become closer by all collectively hating this guy.

  8. By IRA on Jun 8, 2012 | Reply

    They seem to be hungry and want to get back on track after a step backwards last year. Good to read all this stuff but the OTA coverage of the Jets by the media was a bit much. Great to read as a fan but really OTA’s are for putting in systems and getting the new players up to speed and know what to expect so when camp starts they can go full speed from day one. OTA’s are nothing more than that.
    All this Holmes stuff from yesterday i am not concerned with. Sure he got frustrated because he tweaked a hammy probably or wasn’t ready to go. And yes he should’ve never thrown his helmet. But how about a great catch he made i believe over Revis? Sparano will keep him in line like he did with Marshall.
    GO JETS!!!!

  9. By kw65fan on Jun 8, 2012 | Reply

    The FO is absolutely crazy. Why in the world is a back-up QB doing interviews. what are they trying to do open up a can of worms even more. Never did see Babe Parilli, Matt Ryan or whats his name from last two years doing a weekly press conference. Come on FO…this is crazy…need to sell more tickets Woody…just causing a stir …and some of the questions are crazy, just trying to cause some problems. sure your going to get the typical garbage answers..”Everythong is good”…”Working hard together”…”we go to the movies together”…PLEASE…Oh yea..Burnell. Bad enough MS throws out plenty of cliches to fill a dictionary. enough already.

  10. By IRA on Jun 8, 2012 | Reply

    I think Greene could have a breakout year with Sparano getting them back to being a run heavy team. Last year when he carried the ball 19 times or more in a game they went 5-1 and he avg 4.4 yds per carry. So its no mystery what the Jets need to do. Question is can he stay healthy and do that for 16 games?

  11. By Dan H on Jun 8, 2012 | Reply

    Hello

    I don’t understand why you’re giving space to a Tim Tebow news conference. He is a backup QB and this is devisive for the fans and players. The Jets media dept didn’t give K Clemons or Brunnel or any backup since I’ve been a fan since 68. This is the most conflicted I’ve been as a Jets fan. While I will also be a Jets fan I am starting to wish for a switch in leadership in all areas of the team. I am astonished at the poor judgemt coming out of the Jets re Tebow. The Jets continue to feed the flames of discontent and it will only result in a disaster of a season and the firing of Rex. Stop feeding into the circus. Just let Tebowt be a team mate and give the fans and Jets a break.

  12. By GaryC on Jun 8, 2012 | Reply

    Ira, you still giving holmes the benefit of the doubt,this guy will always be a cancer,steelers knew what they were doing, that is why they win. OH,CAPTAIN,MY CAPTAIN,.

  13. By IRA on Jun 8, 2012 | Reply

    uncle joe, Lets get real Holmes in no way would restructure. All i can say is lets all just wait and see how the summer and first month goes before some of you start jumping off of bridges. I think this team could win 9-10 games if they get the right breaks any team needs during a long season. I am not in any way suggesting the jets will win the SB this year. all you have to look at is the NYG from last year and they were done and cooked for the year if Cro and Wilson tackle Cruz. 99 yds later they win the SB.

  14. By scjoe on Jun 8, 2012 | Reply

    I tend to agree with Uncle Joe. Take the cap hit, cut your losses, admit your mistakes, send a message, sign BE, and learn from it. This guy is truly a head case that I for one have had enough of. Next up? You got it DR.

  15. By scjoe on Jun 8, 2012 | Reply

    Ira, lets be honest. Shonn Greene is a complementary back at best. A ground and pound, or a “run heavy team” as you described it needs something close to an elite back. It requires a prototypical TE, and a very good O line (that includes the RT) Look close, how many of those elements do the Jets have? I’m afraid it is going to fall on MS/Tim Tebow to get it done.

  16. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Jun 8, 2012 | Reply

    scjoe, just for the record, I’m neither optimistic nor pessimistic about the season, which is to say I think it will be a classic rebuilding yr. We’ll find out who the QB is, including whether this team has any plans for Mc. We’ll find out if Greene and McKnight is really a starting RB combo. And yes, we’ll find out how quickly guys like Hill and Kerley will become major players, though of course that depends on how the ball is thrown to them. Most of all we’ll find out if Rex has anything left as HC, if Mr T knows how to grab anything but headlines, and if Woody cares as much about the Jets as he does about who’s president. And lay off joe, everybody, his style isn’t mine but he has an honesty most of you would do well to even approach.

  17. By GaryC on Jun 8, 2012 | Reply

    isn’t it ironic how holmes praises the troops on what they have to put up with,then he decides to take the rest of the day off because he is not feeling it. poor boy,the steelers got a super bowl winning catch from him, then said let’s cut our losses,it will never get any better with him.if he is not happy with a super bowl team think of the aggravation once we start losing.JETS BETTER GET OFF TO A VERY QUICK START.

  18. By scjoe on Jun 8, 2012 | Reply

    64, in the business of the NFL, with the draft, free agency, retirement and injury, every year is a rebuilding year for every team. That said, some teams are managed better then others and therefore the rebuilding process is not as critical. Where do the Jets fall using that analogy? I have my opinion, and I know yours is not that much different. Aside from that, I just do not see a dominant offense. There seems to be no real focus on neither the passing game or the run game. Both are just average at best. That will make going deep tough. I believe the strength will be on the defensive side, Whether or not it is strong enough to carry the O remains to be seen.

  19. By joe on Jun 8, 2012 | Reply

    Danny HELLO this is a 500 TEAM WITH NO QB THAT HASNT BEAT A WINNNING TEAM SINCE 2010 .Danny you act like iam in the MINORITY- the last time i checked EVERY FOOTBALL EXPERT ON THE PLANET IS SAYING A 500 SEASON WOULD BE LUCKY FOR US CONSIDERING ALL THE GLARING NEEDS odds WISE THERES 26 TEAMS PICKED TO WIN THE SB BEFORE US.Danny reading your posts you act like this organization has a success rate that would rival GREEN BAY AND PITTSBURGH

  20. By joe on Jun 8, 2012 | Reply

    Tebow is here because of ALL THE MONEY TEBOW MANIA IS GOING TO GENERATE IN THE MEDIA CAPITAL OF THE WORLD Guys the NFL IS A BUSINESS (THIS AINT SOME HS OR D-2 D3 COLLEGE PROGRAM )The owner is NOT WORRYIED ABOUT UPSETTING TEAM CHEMESTRY BECAUSE ITS NOT LIKE HES TEARING APART THE 78 STEELERS .With or without TEBOW THE JETS are a 500 team. WITH HIM THOUGH THERE TENS OF MILLIONS MORE IN WOODYS BANK ACCOUNT Unlike DANNY in REAL TERMS THE OWNER himself KNOWS this team aint going anywhere with SANCHEZ =hes OBVIOUSLY NOT WORRYIED ABOUT SANCHEZ PSYCHIE BECAUSE TEBOW IS HERE.Another point to generate MAXIMUM MAD AVE DOLLARS TEBOW MUST PLAY MORE THAN A FEW SNAPS HERE AND THERE .BOYS WATCH THE 3 RING CIRCUS ABOUT TO UNFOLD

  21. By joe on Jun 8, 2012 | Reply

    ps TOM just looking over the SKED we BETTER WIN week 1 against Buff.We lose and have to play PITTS (their home open NAT TV )IT COULD get real ugly in SEPT .Considering PITTS HISTORY i think they could have something for any team TEBOWS ON

  22. By Jake98660 on Jun 9, 2012 | Reply

    signing Braylon Edwards is the best play (besides signing a legit Right Tackle) the Jets could make. He already has a relationshiip with Sanchez, and the little under 2 seasons he as with the Green and White he looked good in most games. At least he didn’t have to be thrown out of his own huddle, like our other wide-out.

  23. By Jake98660 on Jun 9, 2012 | Reply

    anyone know what is going on with Robert Turner? if he is coming back and is healthy, that could be very helpful to the O-line.

  24. By Randy Lange on Jun 9, 2012 | Reply

    Jake, Robert Turner signed with the St. Louis Rams.

  25. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Jun 9, 2012 | Reply

    But scjoe, you’re unusually realistic, at least for a Jet fan, when you say every yr’s a rebuilding yr. A lot of the people on this site don’t want to admit ANY yr is a rebuilding yr, as shown by the way they bought into Rex’s ridiculous notion that we had to be a SB champ the minute Sanchez took the field. Anyway, dominant offense don’t usually start with less-than-dominant QBs or with HCs who don’t bother to learn their own offense, so start there if you’re looking for ways to improve this team.

  26. By ron alexander on Jun 9, 2012 | Reply

    jETFAN 64 TOM, i AGREE ABOUT JOE. He is honest with his opinions. I dont agree with a lot of what he says but he is certianly honest.I personally prefer to go into the new season with an open mind and a more positive attitude. Hey, if M.S,doesn’t get it done this year I will join Joe in buying him a ticket back to Callie! I still believe Tannenbaum is the guy people should be frustrated with because he has traded away so many draft picks and also drafted so many players who have not gotten the job done! It still amazes at the lousey team we put on the field last season. No safty’s, no R.T, very poor dept at a lot of posisitions? Hopefully this years additions make him look a little better?

  27. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Jun 9, 2012 | Reply

    I agree with you about joe, ron, but I REALLY agree with you about Mr T!

  28. By joe on Jun 10, 2012 | Reply

    Ron as THE GREAT Parcells said you are what your record says you are. The record also says ABOUT 90 PLUS % OF EVERY SB WINNING TEAM HAD A PRO BOWL LEVEL QB (You MIGHT not agree with what iam posting BUT THE RECORD SAYS OTHERWISE)Today ALL THE RULES CHANGES FAVOR THE PASSING GAME IN TYPICAL SAME OLD JET FASHION BECAUSE OF OUR QBS INABILITY TO THROW WE MUST TRY TO EST THE RUN Ron its going to be a long year.

  29. By joe on Jun 10, 2012 | Reply

    Ps as far as MIKE T i agree with you 100% as ALL THE FAILED DRAFT CHOICES AND BAD PLAYER PERSONAL DECISIONS have come back to haunt us .As i posted in another thread THOSE WHO THINK the addition of SPARANO as an OC will enable us to compete with sb caliber teams ARE living in a Fantasyland Players ability wins SB. No coach at this level really knows any more football than another coach

  30. By Arte Olde School Section 327 on Jun 11, 2012 | Reply

    Yikes! Haven’t shared for a while but I must say I’m getting very psyched for the season. I am praying for an offensive turnaround along the lines of the Knicks when Woodsen took over. A change of pace as well as anything other than Shotty will be a vast improvement. I am 100% sure we will see a totally different team out on the field in 2012. That said it’s scary how rose-colored overly optimistic this particular die-hard can be. The above article states we have the highest OTA attendance in the league and that we are practicing the offense to tackle the opposition after an interception or turnover! Yikes! All I can say at this point of the early season is that our Defense is going to be tops this year! Very excited!! GO JETS!

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