- Kristian Dyer at Shutdown Corner12 hrs ago
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. – In the face of criticism that his addition to the New York Jets secondary has been anything but the savior the team needed, future Hall of Fame safety Ed Reed took exception with the New York media on Friday and questioned its understanding of football.
During his only availability of the week, Reed spent the first half of his comments lashing out at the media for a lack of understanding of the game and for what he saw as unfair criticism of his play. The 37-year old has at times shown his age and a lack of mobility on the field, which played a role in his ouster from Houston. Now with the Jets, his play has been marked by missed tackles and bad mistakes.
So Reed bristled when the first question directed to him on Friday was about his play.
“This is football man. We in this locker room have been playing football for a long time. Nobody is perfect out here on the football field. You guys job is to critique, be critics,” Reed said. “That's what you do. That's why you ask the controversial questions, try to make it controversial and then trash people in the media. I could care less about that. Missed tackles happen. Nobody is perfect."Sun, Dec 2210:00 AM PSTCleveland at NY JetsPreview Game
- Kristian Dyer at Shutdown Corner1 day ago
The numbers for Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon this season have been sensational. The league's leader with 1,467 receiving yards, Gordon has scored a touchdown in five straight games. He is arguably the best receiver in the NFL over the last half of the season.
It has been an amazing 2013 for a player who started the season on suspension.
A positive drug test cost him the first two games of this year with a league-mandated suspension. Another positive test and he would be suspended for a full year. There were rumors during the season that the Browns were trying to trade Gordon.
Gordon explained that the positive test that cost him a two-game suspension was for codeine in some cough medicine he took during the offseason. That explanation drew some rolled eyes from fans and certainly the media.
But he is answering every question on the field. There are no more eyes rolling when his name is brought up.
“Definitely from the point I got back, I definitely decided to try to make as big of an impact as I could for the team, for the offense and being the biggest playmaker possible for this team," Gordon said.
- Kristian Dyer at Shutdown Corner4 days ago
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. – Rex Ryan said he hasn't thought about his future with the New York Jets, even after Sunday's loss to the Carolina Panthers likely doomed his team to a third straight year without a postseason berth.
But now that you mention it, yes, he thinks he is the right man to coach the Jets next year.
It is not terribly surprising that Ryan said on Monday he hadn't thought about if he will return to the Jets next season - that is the standard answer from head coaches on the hot seat. After the start of his head coaching career in New York was marked with consecutive trips to the AFC championship game in 2009 and 2010, Ryan's Jets haven't made the playoffs since and they hold a 20-26 record since the start of the 2011 season.
His time in New York could be up by season's end, although he thinks he deserves at least another year.
“I know I'm a good football coach. I believe in this team, I believe in this organization,” Ryan said. “I'm determined to bring a winner to this team, there's no question about it. I know and I believe I'm the right guy for it.”
- Kristian Dyer at Shutdown Corner9 days ago
As a player, Terry Bradshaw played in plenty of bad-weather games as quarterback of the Pittsburgh Steelers. But he never played in a cold or snowy Super Bowl, and doesn't think anyone else should either.
The Hall of Fame quarterback sounded off on Wednesday about this season's Super Bowl being held at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. It will be the first Super Bowl held outdoors in a cold-weather city.
Bradshaw did not like it and he expressed this on the “Joe & Evan Show” on WFAN in New York (viaCBS New York's website):
“Thank you commissioner, thank you Super Bowl committee for putting us in New York,” Bradshaw said. “And we all know why we’re in New York, it’s because they were paid for that stupid stadium in New Jersey … By the way, not a gorgeous stadium either.”
Bradshaw does have a point about the cold and sterile MetLife Stadium one of the worst stadiums built in any sport in recent memory. Then he started to swing away at the possibility of snow and cold-weather having an effect on the game.Sun, Dec 221:25 PM PSTPittsburgh at Green BayPreview Game
- Kristian Dyer at Shutdown Corner12 days ago
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – For a brief moment on Sunday morning in the parking lot outside MetLife Stadium, it looked as if several dozen Oakland Raiders fans were in the process of "Tebowing." It turns out they were being knighted.
Yes, you read that right.
The Raiders may have lost on Sunday to the New York Jets 37-27, but one thing that the faithful of the "Silver & Black" do well is represent. Raiders faithful travel in large numbers and the tailgate scene prior to the Jets game showed the wild costumes and outlandishness of the Oakland fans. Masks, painted faces and spikes coming out of weird places were the norm.
One especially rabid fan flew from England to New York City on Friday afternoon to catch the game and then will leave on a trans-Atlantic flight on Monday morning. His name is Keith Smith, and the rather gentile Londoner transforms himself into the "Crusader Raider" on Sundays. He has a passion for the NFL that was spawned in the late 1970s and has grown since.Sun, Dec 221:25 PM PSTOakland at San DiegoPreview Game
- Kristian Dyer at Shutdown Corner13 days ago
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. – Among the many accolades associated with D'Brickashaw Ferguson, fashion adviser was likely not on the top of the list for most NFL fans.
As a man who is more than football, the New York Jets left tackle brings some special veteran advice to the team's young players, and it has nothing to do with protecting the blindside of rookie quarterback Geno Smith or the pass rush tendencies of a certain outside linebacker.
On Sunday, Ferguson will make his 125th consecutive start, representing every game played in his eight-year NFL career. But the well-spoken Ferguson is more than just a three-time Pro Bowl selection and one of the best offensive linemen in the league.
He also knows the hassles of being a large man who at times needs to look good.
- Kristian Dyer at Shutdown Corner15 days ago
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. – The media has taken plenty of shots at New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan over the years but for a moment, it seemed literally like someone was taking a shot at him during a press conference.
Towards the end of Ryan's time at the podium, during which he defended quarterback Geno Smith and cornerback Dee Milliner, both high-profile rookies, Ryan began to answer a question about his team starting five players from this past April's NFL Draft. He started by saying that “I understand that we lost a lot of players or whatever,” but he couldn't finish as a hanging speaker used to amplify the microphone in the press conference room suddenly began to crackle. The loud noise sounded like machine gun fire for a brief moment (the video comes from SportsNet New York/SNY).
Ryan jokingly then ducked for cover and several members of the media in the front row also ducked down, uncertain what the sharp noise was or what exactly was happening.
From a ducked position, Ryan grinned then spoke about the machine-gun noises.
“We're on a three-game losing streak, so I understand,” Ryan said with a laugh.
Rex Ryan on Jets’ sideline penalty: ‘I saw that called one other time in all the years I’ve coached’Kristian Dyer at Shutdown Corner25 days ago
It was one of the more bizarre penalties that New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan has ever seen during his coaching career and even 24 hours later, he was still perplexed by the call.
With 7:56 left in the third quarter of a difficult and frustrating 19-3 loss at the suddenly solid Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, the Jets got called for a penalty you don't see often, and Ryan couldn't believe it.
It happened on a Ryan Quigley punt – one of eight he had as Jets offense struggled mightily. Returner Jacoby Jones deftly sidestepped a full body tackle attempt by Jets cornerback Ellis Lankster and headed across the field towards the far sideline where he eventually stepped out after a 37-yard punt return. But along the way, a flag was flung for unsportsmanlike conduct on the Jets bench because a member of the team's staff was inside the sideline's six-foot perimeter.
That area is supposed to be kept clear during a play to allow the officiating crew access up and down the field. Instead, one of the officials had to run around the Jets staff member, which led to the flag. An incredulous Ryan couldn't believe the call when it is announced.
- Kristian Dyer at Shutdown Corner25 days ago
The New York Jets were reminded of a memorable play from their past on Sunday, and that isn't necessarily a good thing.
With 7:56 left in the third quarter of a difficult and frustrating 19-3 loss at the suddenly solid Baltimore Ravens, the Jets got called for a penalty eerily similar to one they committed three years earlier, even if it lacked the malicious intent of what became known as “Tripgate.”
The most current version happened on a Ryan Quigley punt – one of eight he had on a day in which the Jets offense struggled mightily. Ravens returner Jacoby Jones deftly sidestepped a full body tackle attempt by Jets cornerback Ellis Lankster and headed across the field towards the far sideline, where he eventually stepped out of bounds after a 37-yard return. But along the way, a flag was flung for unsportsmanlike conduct on the Jets bench because a member of the team's staff was inside the sideline's six-foot perimeter.
- Kristian Dyer at Shutdown Corner28 days ago
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. – On the one-year anniversary of the "Butt fumble," New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez did something else with his head that was equally as puzzling. And just as cringe-worthy.
On Friday a photo emerged of Sanchez wearing cornrows, his payment for a lost bet (nobody has divulged what bet Sanchez lost yet), in a look that can be described as hideous.
— Dennis Waszak Jr. (@DWAZ73) November 22, 2013
On the plus side for Sanchez, hair care is now a breeze as he continues to recover from a season-ending shoulder injury suffered in the third game of preseason.
And there’s also the fact that he won’t need the headband he had been wearing either. Again, the little blessings of life.
The timing of the new hairstyle was interesting for Sanchez.