NFL Network’s major offseason production, “The Top 100: Players of 2012,” is coming to a close tonight, and for those of the Green & White persuasion, we’re told a Jets player will be named in one of the network’s final two one-hour shows.
We weren’t told that player’s identity, but you would have had to spend the past four years on an island to not have a good guess who the Jets’ representative will be either on tonight’s unveiling of players 10 through 6 airing at 8 p.m. ET or of players 5 through 1 set to hit the air at 9 p.m. ET.
Then following those final two shows, NFL Network will air a “Reactions Presented by Buffalo Wild Wings” show at 10 p.m., in which host Lindsay Rhodes, NFL players and network analysts will discuss the latest group of players to be unveiled. And fans have the opportunity to join in the debate and voice their own opinions and reactions on Facebook and Twitter and to vote on their own Top 100 on NFL.com/top100.
Tags: NFL Network, The Top 100
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The New York Jets will kick off their veteran minicamp on Tuesday at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center, and you’ll be able to hear from some of the participants immediately after practice.
Join us for “Jets Minicamp Live” on newyorkjets.com, hosted by Eric Allen, at 1:20 p.m. Tuesday as we talk about Day 1 with a few players and maybe a coach or two.
If you have a question or comment on the Jets’ camp, please write us now on Facebook.com/Jets, on twitter @nyjets or right here with a comment to the Radar on newyorkjets.com. We will get to a bunch of live questions during our stream as well, so fan participation is encouraged. Check out “Jets Minicamp Live” Tuesday afternoon or catch the archived show here on the site.
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In three seasons as Jets defensive coordinator, Mike Pettine’s unit has finished first, third and fifth in total yardage allowed. He is already at work on his 2012 defense with OTAs under way and he’ll stop by our Jets studios at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 29, to give us a progress report.
“Deconstructing the Defense” will be simultaneously broadcast live on newyorkjets.com and on Facebook. Eric Allen will host the program and fans can send in their questions for Coach Pettine via twitter.com/nyjets, Facebook.com/Jets and here on the Radar. The show’s archive will also be made available shortly after the live broadcast.
The Green & White have made a number of alterations to their defense, drafting the likes of DE Quinton Coples, LB Demario Davis and safeties Josh Bush and Antonio Allen in April. Perhaps the biggest changes have taken place at safety where veterans LaRon Landry and Yeremiah Bell were added in free agency and both are expected to make immediate contributions. Nose tackle Sione Pouha also inked an extension and veteran OLB Bryan Thomas — the longest-tenured Jet — continues to work his way back from last year’s Achilles injury.
Eager to rebound from a .500 record, head coach Rex Ryan has indicated he’ll take a more hands-on approach on defense.
Tags: Defense, Eric Allen, LaRon Landry, Mike Pettine, Quinton Coples, Yeremiah Bell
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The NFL is about to kick off Day 2 of the draft, and we invite you to join us live for a live chat at 7 p.m. ET.
Eric Allen will host the video portion of the chat in Round 2 and newyorkjets.com editor-in-chief Randy Lange is scheduled to make an appearance as well. Then we’ll continue with a text-based chat in Round 3 as we continue to provide round-the-clock coverage of the Green & White.
We’ll take questions and comments early, so fire away.
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Please join us on newyorkjets.com for a special live chat at noon ET today. Editor-in-chief Randy Lange and Eric Allen, the team’s director of Internet programming, will be available to talk free agency and the draft. We are accumulating questions right now here on the Radar, at twitter/nyjets and at Facebook.com/Jets.
In exactly two weeks, the NFL’s new league year will begin and the free agency signing period will commence at 4 p.m. ET. And teams have spent the past week in Indianapolis, studying the college prospects at combine. There is a lot to talk about as the Jets’ offseason nears kickoff, so ask your questions, send your comments and then join us on newyorkjets.com at noon.
Update to “cn” and others: The live chat ran from noon-12:45 p.m. ET. We’re planning another live chat sometime in the next few weeks, before the March 13 start to the free agency signing period. — Randy Lange
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Updated, 12:15 p.m. ET
The Jets have just announced that Tony Sparano has been named their offensive coordinator. Sparano replaces Brian Schottenheimer, who announced Tuesday that he would not return as the Jets’ offensive coordinator for the 2012 season.
Sparano became the eighth head coach in Miami Dolphins history on Jan. 16, 2008. In his first season he led the Dolphins to an equaling of the greatest turnaround in NFL history as Miami “moved the hyphen” from 1-15 to 11-5 and captured the team’s first AFC East title since 2000. Sparano had spent the previous five seasons (2003-07) on the Dallas staff, during which time the Cowboys made three playoff appearances. He tutored the Cowboys’ offensive line the last three years there and also held the title of assistant head coach the final two seasons. He coached the team’s tight ends his first two seasons in Dallas.
Prior to joining the Cowboys, Sparano had NFL stops in Cleveland (1999-2000), Washington (2001) and Jacksonville (2002). His career head-coaching record, after leaving the Dolphins after 13 games this season, is 29-33.
Sparano, 50, born in West Haven, Conn., was a four-year letterman as a center at the University of New Haven, where he earned his degree in criminal law. He began his coaching career at his alma mater in 1984 before moving on to Boston University as offensive coordinator in 1989. He returned to New Haven as the school’s head coach in 1994 and manned that spot for the next five years.
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Mark Sanchez is up for one of the NFL’s weekly awards this week, along with one of the quarterbacks he and the Jets lost to this season ad one of the QBs he and the Jets defeated.
Sanchez orchestrated the 12-play, 82-yard drive that concluded with the QB’s rollout TD strike to WR Santonio Holmes in the end zone with 1:01 to play, giving the Jets the 28-24 lead they didn’t lose in their home victory over the Bills.
On the march, Sanchez completed six of eight passes for 61 yards, with four of the completions going for first downs and two — 12 yards to Patrick Turner to the Bills 35, then 18 yards to Plaxico Burress with his leaping one-hand grab to the Bills 18 — converting third downs.
The award is the Never Say Never Moment of the Week and fans can click here to vote for their favorite “moment” from now through Friday at noon ET.
Sanchez’s competitors for this award are Tim Tebow, who rallied the Broncos past the Chargers in overtime on Sunday, and Tony Romo, who guided the Cowboys to Dan Bailey’s game-winning field goal over the Dolphins as time expired on Thanksgiving Day.
Tags: Buffalo Bills, Mark Sanchez, Never Say Never Moment of the Week, Santonio Holmes, Tim Tebow, Tony Romo
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We want to thank everyone in Jets Nation who participated in two different conversations with three big-name Jets this afternoon, two days before the Jets take the Ralph Wilson Stadium field to do battle with their AFC East-rival Bills.
LB Calvin Pace took part in our live chat with the fans immediately following Friday’s practice at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. The Q&A was broadcast simultaneously on newyorkjets.com and Facebook and has been archived for you to click here and view for yourself.
And here’s a shoutout to the 5,500 who were on the line for our exclusive call to MetLife Stadium season ticket holders featuring TE Dustin Keller and CB Darrelle Revis. The fellas were happy to participate and it was a good sendoff heading into Sunday’s pivotal matchup. If you want to take a listen, here’s what they had to say during their half-hour call.
Tags: Calvin Pace, Darrelle Revis, Dustin Keller, Live Chat, season ticket holders
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Who will be the Jets’ newest Pro Bowl participant in January? Linebacker David Harris? Tight end Dustin Keller? Kickoff returner Joe McKnight?
It would be neat to turn some of the Green & White’s top stars into NFL All-Stars this season, to have them add their names to the list of Pro Bowl players that includes current Jets Darrelle Revis, D’Brickashaw Ferguson and Nick Mangold. And Jets fans can help bring this about by casting their ballots for their favorite Jets on newyorkjets.com/probowl
It’s that time of year for the NFL and all its teams to get out the vote for the 2011 season’s Pro Bowl, which will be held at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii, on Sunday, Jan. 29. Fans, players and coaches each supply a third of the vote that establishes the players who make the initial AFC and NFC rosters.
And the Jets have become one of the league’s top teams at landing players on the AFC roster and sending them to the annual Pro Bowl. From 2008-10 they’ve filled 15 berths on the conference Pro Bowl team.
Three current Jets have sampled the poi and sipped the mango-ritas in Honolulu (and in South Florida in early 2010), and all are off to great starts in ’11.
After seven games, Revis (three-time Pro Bowler) has a team-high four interceptions, one returned for a 100-yard touchdown — the longest home INT-return TD in franchise history — against Miami, and blankets opponents’ No. 1 wideouts on “Revis Island.” Center Nick Mangold (also a three-time Pro Bowler) continues to prevail in the pivot, calling the Jets’ O-line signals and handling the big dogs in the middle of opposing defensive fronts to keep the offense moving. D’Brickashaw Ferguson (two Pro Bowls) has become one of the top left tackles in the game, protecting his quarterback’s blind side from the best pass-rushers in the game.
Will they qualify to return to Hawaii at the end of this season? And who among the Jets will join them?
“Hitman” Harris rules the roost in the middle of the Green & White defense, posting great tackle numbers and supplying timely blitz pressure on enemy QBs.
Keller, who last year became the first TE to lead the Jets in receptions since Mickey Shuler in 1985, is at it again, topping this year’s offense with 25 catches and 372 receiving yards as one of Mark Sanchez’s favorite targets.
McKnight erupted on the scene with the longest play in franchise history, his 108-yard kickoff-return touchdown at Baltimore, and leads all NFL kickoff returners with a mind-numbing 40.0-yard average on each runback.
And in the coming weeks, other Jets are sure to catch the eye of fans and voters in the New York area and across the nation. CB Antonio Cromartie supplies the athletic coverage against other teams’ wideouts on the side of the field opposite Revis. Head coach Rex Ryan has said LB Calvin Pace is having his best season since Ryan arrived as the Jets’ football boss in 2009.
On offense, Sanchez continues with his growth curve, posting the best regular-season completion percentage and passer rating of his three-year career. WRs Santonio Holmes and Plaxico Burress have the skills to erupt at any time for weeks at a time. Shonn Greene ran with his most authority yet in the comeback win over the Chargers. And Ryan has always felt that the indestructible Brandon Moore “is the best right guard in the game.”
Not to forget the specialists, Nick Folk has yet to miss a field goal or placekick, and he and his coverage team have combined to lead the league with 14 inside-the-20 kickoffs. And Eric Smith not only is a regular starting safety for the first time in his career and the Jets’ leading tackler on defense, but he is still a monster in all phases of the Jets’ special teams.
Fans can vote for any of the above Jets, all of them, or any Jets not mentioned on the NFL’s official Pro Bowl fan ballot on their PCs or via their iPads or mobile devices. Once on the ballot, fans can elect to fill out the entire ballot or just vote for one or a few of the players of their choice.
Voting will conclude on Monday, Dec. 19, following the conclusion of the Monday Night Football game between the Steelers and 49ers. The Pro Bowl teams will be announced Tuesday, Dec. 27, at 7 p.m. ET on the special “NFL Total Access 2012 Pro Bowl Selection Show” on NFL Network.
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The New York Jets deny a report this morning that wide receivers Plaxico Burress, Santonio Holmes and Derrick Mason have gone to Head Coach Rex Ryan individually in the past few weeks to question offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer’s system.
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