EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Jets head coach Rex Ryan and general manager Mike Tannenbaum were at MetLife Stadium on Saturday supporting owner Woody Johnson’s foundation Alliance for Lupus Research.
The coach and general manager caught up with members of the New York media prior to the start of the event, where sponsored teams represent those fighting Lupus on a 15K walk around the home of the Jets. Here’s a wrap-up of what went down.
Thoughts on Jets turning down HBO’s ‘Hard Knocks’ for the 2012 season:
Rex Ryan — Whatever, you know? I didn’t even know this is news to me. It doesn’t matter to me. We’re getting our team ready to play in the 2012 season. We’ll have a lot of fans come up to Cortland, which will be great, but we’re just excited about getting this season going.
Mike Tannenbaum — That’s something that the league decides. The experience we had with Hard Knocks was great. They were all real pros — the people from HBO and NFL Films. It was a great experience for us. For us, it was a great experience and then on the field we had a great season. So I can only speak from personal experience, but it proved to be productive.
For us, we try to get professional guys that love football at the end of the day. Like Rex says, we want guys who are gym rats. When you play professional football in New York, you’re going to get a lot of media attention. That’s just the day and age we live in. And that speaks to the popularity of our sport. We want guys who are focused on what we do because the attention comes regardless if Hard Knocks comes to Jets camp.
Thoughts on Revis’ comments about Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots:
RR — It just speaks to how fierce this rivalry is. I know one thing: we’re going to do whatever we can to beat them and vice versa. They’re an excellent football team. They won our division for the last three years. If we want to win our division we know we have to go through them. We’ll be excited for that opportunity. We’re not intimidated by anyone in this league, including them.
Thoughts on Quinton Coples and the rest of 2012 rookie class signing:
MT — I would never comment specifically where we are, but I don’t foresee any problems with that. Barring any drastic events, I wouldn’t expect any hold up from any our rookies this year.
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