Archive for January, 2014

Mangold and Cro get Pro Bowl call

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

HONOLULU, HI – The Jets, who’s roster was shut out in Pro Bowl voting this season suddenly have two players on their way to Honolulu. Center Nick Mangold who was voted a first alternate will replace Seahawks center Max Unger who can’t play because his team is in the Superbowl.

After initially being shut out, the Jets now have two players headed for Hawaii. ( Photo)

Cornerback Cromartie, a second alternate, who self admittedly is coming off possibly the worse season of his career, was added to the roster due to Patriots CB Aqib Talib getting injured during the AFC Championship this past Sunday against Denver.

This will be the fifth Pro Bowl appearance for Mangold and the third for Cromartie. The Pro Bowl takes place this Sunday at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu and is being broadcast by NBC.

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Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

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Jets retain most assistant coaches

Monday, January 20th, 2014

FLORHAM PARK, NJ – Following the contract extension of Head Coach Rex Ryan, the Jets announced that they have re-signed most of their assistants who’s contracts were up following this past season. Defensive Coordinator Dennis Thurman, RB’s Coach Anthony Lynn, DL Coach Karl Dunbar, WR’s Coach Sanjay Lai and OL Coach Mike Devlin all have all re-signed.

Jets continue continuity by retaining most of their assistant Coaches.

Quality Control Assistant Bobby April III was promoted to LB’s coach and will replace Brian VanGorder who left to become Notre Dame’s defensive coordinator. The only vacancy left is filling the Special Teams Coordinator position which was vacated by Ben Kotwica who left for the same position in Washington. There have been rumors that the Jets may try to lure former Special Teams Coordinator Mike Westhoff back out of retirement but Westhoff has publicly stated he is happy with his new life as a TV personality for SNY.

Here is the Jets current coaching staff:

Head Coach-Rex Ryan

Offensive Coordinator — Marty Mornhinweg

Defensive Coordinator — Dennis Thurman

Assistant Head Coach/Running Backs — Anthony Lynn

Assistant Special Teams — Louie Aguiar

Linebackers — Bobby April III

Offensive Line — Mike Devlin

Defensive Line — Karl Dunbar

Head Strength & Conditioning — Justus Galac

Tight Ends — Steve Hagen

Assistant Offensive Line — Ron Heller

Wide Receivers — Sanjay Lal

Quarterbacks — David Lee

Defensive Backs — Tim McDonald

Assistant Strength & Conditioning — Pierre Ngo

Assistant Strength & Conditioning — Paul Ricci

Assistant Defensive Backs — Brian Smith

Assistant Defensive Line/Linebackers — Jeff Weeks

Jets Announce Season Ticket Holder Contest To Select The Biggest Little Fan

Friday, January 17th, 2014

One Winner Will Attend the Super Bowl as a Guest of Woody Johnson on February 2

FLORHAM PARK, NJ – The team has announced that it is holding a contest to give one young Jets fan the opportunity to watch the Super Bowl as a guest of Woody Johnson in his suite at MetLife Stadium on February 2*. The invitation will be extended to the child, between the ages of 6 and 13, who submits an essay of 100 to 150 words that answers this question: Why are you the biggest Jets fan?

Johnson will choose the winning essay. All entries must be submitted by next Tuesday, Jan. 21, at noon ET.

“Throughout the year I attempt to spend as much time as I can with season ticket holders, getting to know them and sharing our enthusiasm for the Jets,” Johnson said. “It is always interesting to talk to young fans and find out how they became so passionate about our team.”

All entrants must be 6 to 13 years of age to enter the contest and must have a parent (or guardian) who is a Jets season ticket holder. To enter and for complete rules, click here. The winner will be notified on Tuesday, Jan. 28 and will have the opportunity to attend the Super Bowl with one parent (or guardian).

With Super Bowl XLVIII rapidly approaching, Woody Johnson, one of the people in the forefront of bringing the big game to this region and co-chairman of the NY/NJ Host Committee, is going to welcome the world — and one special kid — to MetLife Stadium.

*NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. MANY WILL ENTER, ONE WILL WIN. Child entrants must have parent or legal guardian’s permission to enter. Ends 11:59:59 am ET on 1/21/14. Open to legal residents of the 48 contiguous U.S. who are between the ages of 6 and 13 and whose parent is a Jets 2013 season ticket holder, 18+ and also a legal resident of the 48 contiguous U.S. as of entry date. Void where prohibited. Click here for Official Rules and complete details.

Jets sign Rex to multi-year extension

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that the Jets have signed Head Coach Rex Ryan to a multi-year contract extension.

Rex Ryan is all smiles today after agreeing to a multi-year contract extension with the Jets.

Contract details were not disclosed. Ryan was entering the final year of his contract next season.  The Coach’s job security has been questioned by Fans and the media all season after three consecutive non-playoff years. Owner Woody Johnson announced Ryan’s job was not in jeopardy after the team’s final game, a win against Miami. There have been rumors since then that an extension was in the works.

UPDATE: Various sources are reporting that Ryan’s contract is through 2016 although essentially, based on incentive clauses the deal is only guaranteed through 2015.

A statement released by the team said Ryan was pleased with the extension.

“I want to thank Woody, John, our players, our coaches and our fans for all of their support, said Ryan. I’m no different than any of our fans. I’m an ordinary guy that’s been given an unbelievable opportunity. I’ve said all along – I’m glad to be a Jet. I’m happy to be a Jet. That’s never changed. I know what we all want and we’re striving to get there. But it’s not about me. We’re already into our off-season planning. There are a lot of areas where we can improve and we can’t wait to get this thing rolling.”

A statement from Jets GM John Idzik said the same.

“Rex and I have worked well since I got here and have the same vision for this football team. As I have stated before, he is a phenomenal teacher and motivator. We are fortunate to have him as our head coach. The front office, coaches, players, this entire organization – we’re all in this together. We are all governed by the same motives and that is to build a perennial winner here with the Jets.”

RB Goodson arraigned, pleads not guilty on weapons, drug charges

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

Jets RB Mike Goodson, who was arrested in May of last year for marijuana and weapons  possession after police found him and a friend stopped in the middle of a New Jersey highway with drugs and a loaded 45 caliber pistol with hollow point bullets, pled not guilty to all charges.

Jets RB Mike Goodson's future is very cloudy due to pending criminal charges. ( Photo)

Goodson was offered a plea deal to cop to 2nd degree possession of a weapon and serve one year in prison but he rejected the plea. He’s due back in court next month.

Goodson was signed last off-season as a compliment to Jets RB’s Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell but only played 2 games for Gang Green after he had to serve a 4 game suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. When he returned in week 5 he only lasted 2 games after tearing an ACL in his knee.

Goodson’s future with the Jets and the NFL seems pretty dim at this point. The Jets did not provide any statements regarding Goodson following these developments.