Training Camp 2009: Quote the Raven, Nevermore
Jets head coach Rex Ryan offered some harsh words for his former employer Monday, providing an intriguing storyline to this week’s preseason match-up in Baltimore.
In this morning’s news conference, Ryan expressed that he is still upset about being passed over for the head coaching job with the Ravens and would like nothing more than to stick it to Baltimore and show them what they missed out on.
Of course, I feel extra about this game, I’m not going to deny that,” said Ryan. “I’ll tell you what, let’s play in the playoffs. That would be a great scenario. I care dearly for that organization, but not half as much as I do for this one. This is my team.”
I throw it our there because I’m just being real. Of course, I always think it’s BS. I always thought I was the right guy for the job. … Hey, I want (the Ravens) to know my guys are playing like Jets. We’re to be taken seriously. Our guys are going to play hard.”
A day after the Jets named quarterback Mark Sanchez the starter for next Monday’s preseason game in Baltimore, the rookie struggled through practice with the second-team offense.
Sanchez completed only four of 12 passes, and was intercepted once by S James Ihedigbo. Sanchez’s rough performance included a string of eight straight incompletions and a pair of sacks. Throughout practice, Sanchez appeared hesitant and his throws were uncharacteristically inaccurate.
Sanchez did however, complete a 40+ yard bomb downfield to WR David Clowney, similar to their highlight play from Friday night’s game.
Fourth-year pro Kellen Clemens, who has been mediocre throughout training camp, was equally unimpressive today. He completed just four of 12 attempts and was intercepted by S Kerry “Kobe” Rhodes.
The Jets defense received a huge lift Monday, both literally and figuratively, as DT Kris Jenkins returned to practice. The Pro-Bowler had missed the past two weeks of practice and the preseason opener with a nagging ankle injury.
Jenkins did some individual work on the side during the morning practice then joined his teammates in light drills.
Ryan made it clear that team is taking the safe approach with Jenkins. “He looked good,” said Ryan. “But let’s not blow these two weeks here. We’re not going to rush him into a team drill or anything like that.”
CAMP CORTLAND TIDBITS
Ellis Officially Suspended
The NFL announced today that DE Shaun Ellis has been suspended without pay for the Jets regular-season opener and fined an additional $100,000 for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.
The long-anticipated suspension stems from a November incident in which Ellis was pulled over by New Jersey police, a few miles from the team’s practice facility. He was arrested and charged with speeding, driving without insurance, and possession of marijuana.
A regretful Ellis expressed that he is ready to put the incident behind him and move on.
“In my opinion, the league made a call and there’s nothing I can do about it,” said Ellis. “I just have to learn from this mistake and just move on. Just put it behind me and get ready for week two.”
I just wish I would have been able to have dealt with it last year. This year is just going into things fresh with that behind me. But, it didn’t happen that way. I just have to go through it and deal with it, be ready for week two. Yes, I’m going to miss being out there, but I have confidence in the New York Jets that they will get the job done.”
Along with Ellis, the Jets will also be without linebacker Calvin Pace. Pace was suspended back in July for the team’s first four games for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs.
The Jets signed P Ken Parrish, who had a tryout with the team Sunday morning, and rookie LB Joshua Mauga. Parrish, a former police officer, was recently released by the Eagles. Mauga, a four-year starter at Nevada, went undrafted in April’s draft. To make room, the team said goodbye to TE J’Nathan Bullock and P T.J. Conley. WR Huey Whittaker, who was waived last Wednesday, was re-signed.
Conley struggled mightily in Monday’s opener, as he averaged just 38.5 yards on two punts.
LG Alan Faneca underwent surgery to repair the broken finger on his left hand and will definitely miss this Monday’s game in Baltimore. Ryan hinted yesterday that Faneca could miss the remainder of the preseason, but is confident that the Pro-Bowler will be ready for the regular season opener.
C Nick Mangold (knee), RT Damien Woody (head), and CB Darrelle Revis (hamstring) all sat out today’s practice.