|Darrelle Revis to Jets fans watching him in Super Bowl: ‘Not really my fault … I didn’t make the call’||01.27.15 at 6:47 pm ET|
PHOENIX — This is a tough time to be a Jets fan.
The quarterback situation is a mess. They have a new coach. And they’re about to watch arguably the best defensive player in their history playing for the hated Patriots in the Super Bowl.
On Tuesday, at media day at US Airways Center, Darrelle Revis was asked it must be like for a Jets fan to watch him play on game’s biggest stage after making a name for himself for his first six seasons in New York.
“It’s not really my fault,” Revis said. “I didn’t make the call. Management made the call at that time and they felt it was best to get rid of me. So that’s the situation. That’s how I look at it.”
Ironically, Revis is in the Super Bowl with a New York-type controversy swirling in Deflategate. That gave Revis another reason to recall what he went through in the Big Apple, and to a lesser degree in Tampa Bay, with the reported mutiny against Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano.
“Things come up and I’ve been around a little bit,” said the Jets’ 2007 first-round pick. “I’ve been on teams where situations come up and you have to deal with them accordingly. Whatever the situation is, the league office is dealing with it, too, and you just have to really see what they do about it. Let them handle it.”
After tearing his ACL against the Dolphins in September 2012, Revis went through an extensive rehab program that was documented in “Hard Knocks” on HBO. The following April, the Jets traded him to Tampa Bay and he signed one of the biggest contracts in the NFL. Revis’ six-year deal was worth $96 million, making him the highest-paid defensive back in NFL history. Read the rest of this entry »
|Report: Tampering charges filed against Jets over Darrelle Revis envy||01.18.15 at 1:01 pm ET|
FOXBORO — Public fawning over Darrelle Revis may cost the Jets.
According to a Sunday report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter, tampering charges against Jets have been filed for comments team owner Woody Johnson made last month about Patriots shutdown Darrelle Revis.
At a press conference to explain the dismissal of head coach Rex Ryan and John Idzik, Johnson didn’t hide his adoration for the Patriots corner, “I’d love for Darrelle to come back.”
What’s the problem with that? Revis is actually under contract with Patriots for 2015, as he has an option for 2015 valued at $20 million. The Patriots are likely to decline that option, which would make him an unrestricted free agent. But then and only then, would the Jets legally be allowed to speak to and about him.
The NFL’s tampering policy reads, “Any public or private statement of interest, qualified or unqualified, in another club’s player to that player’s agent or representative, or to a member of the news media, is a violation of the Anti-Tampering Policy.”
Schefter, citing an NFL official, says the league is looking into the matter. The league is trying to determine whether there was a violation and if there was, how severe of a fine should be levied against Johnson and the Jets.
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‘ Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 18, 2015
|Report: Jets hiring former Cardinals DC Todd Bowles as coach||01.13.15 at 10:28 pm ET|
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, the Jets are hiring Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles as their new coach. Bowles was the Eagles defensive coordinator in 2012 and then in Arizona for the last two seasons. It is Bowles’ first head coaching job. He spent one season with the Jets, as their defensive backs coach in 2000.
Bowles led the Arizona defense, which allowed 18.7 points a game this past season — the fifth fewest in the NFL.
The #Jets are hiring Todd Bowles, source said.
‘ Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 14, 2015
|Mike Petraglia, Chris Price talk Woody Johnson, Josh McDaniels, Tom Brady and Patriots at the playoff bye||12.30.14 at 7:12 pm ET|
FOXBORO — WEEI.com’s Mike Petraglia and Chris Price talk Patriots bye week issues, including Bill Belichick on Woody Johnson, Josh McDaniels and the Atlanta Falcons head coaching vacancy, Tom Brady‘s $24 million contract restructuring and what the Patriots need to accomplish during the playoff bye week.
|Bill Belichick not very happy with his offense Sunday: ‘We had mistakes everywhere’||12.22.14 at 1:35 pm ET|
The film confirmed for Bill Belichick what he thought during Sunday’s game against the Jets. The offense wasn’t very good.
But Belichick didn’t single out any particular area, like the offensive line. The Patriots head coach, instead, chose to put everyone in the same boat.
Asked for his assessment of the offensive line’s struggles, he said the problems were more a result of execution than communication, though both played a factor with the absence of starting left guard Dan Connolly to a neck issue. The first example of the execution and communication problems came on the very first drive, when left tackle Nate Solder and Connolly’s first half replacement Josh Kline appeared to miscommunicate on inside and outside responsibilities. The breakdown allowed Calvin Pace to rush outside and David Harris to rush inside, with both getting to Tom Brady.
“I think we had a lot of communication – or I’d say execution issues on offense,” Belichick said in a Monday conference call. “We just didn’t execute very well, I’d say, in any part of the game. All the players were involved, all the coaches were involved. We just didn’t execute very well. We had mistakes everywhere, multiple mistakes everywhere. You could point to any spot and find some because they were everywhere.
“We just have to try to correct them today and move on. But I don’t think there was any one single thing that I would point to. I think it was an accumulation of a lot of lack of execution plays. That being said, there were a lot of times good things that happened on the play, but one part of the play that was poorly executed and I thought we didn’t have much to show for it. But we didn’t execute the passing game very well. We didn’t execute the running game very well, blocking, passing, catching. It was just [that] none of it really was very good.”
Adding to the complexity, the Patriots rotated their line frequently with tackle-eligible formations. In the second half, the Patriots moved Ryan Wendell from right guard over to left guard and moved Marcus Cannon to right guard. Belichick saw some improvement with those changes, as the Patriots put together a fourth quarter go-ahead drive and killed the final five minutes of the game with an effective run game.
“There were times when we were OK, there were times when we weren’t,” Belichick added. “You could put any player’s name into that question offensively and the answer would be the same. We need all of our players to play better. We need our good players to play better. We need to do a better job of coaching. We need to do a lot of things better. Fifty yards of offense in the first half, that’s not going to win many games. We were lucky to even be in the game.”
In a repeat of the Oct. 16 game at Gillette, the Jets were dominating the stats. The Patriots had just 52 total yards on 25 plays while the Jets had 176 yards on 35 plays. Still, the Jets led just 10-7 at the break.
|Josh McDaniels takes hit for his quarterback getting hit: ‘We can definitely do better than that’||at 11:41 am ET|
Back in Foxboro a day after their 17-16 escape against the Jets, offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels stepped up and shouldered a big load of responsibility for the rough day Tom Brady and the Patriots offense had getting on track.
Brady completed 23-of-35 passes for just 182 yards and was sacked four times, all in the first half. He was hit and hurried several times in the second half as the Patriots did just enough to walk out of MetLife Stadium with their 12th win.
“I don’t think we had our best day in total on offense,” McDaniels said in a Monday conference call. “I don’t think anybody played or executed or coached particularly well, starting with me. I think there were definitely some things we did well at times and then certainly the Jets gave us some issues.
“They have a good defense, a good front and a good scheme and they’re well-coached and they deserve credit for creating some issues for us. And at the same time, we feel we can coach and play better. That onus is on us. We’ve got to do better and hopefully we can do that going forward.”
“I don’t think they did anything we haven’t seen before, and certainly didn’t do it for that many snaps. Overall, they played better than we did. Our guys fought and battled and made some plays in some critical situations to help us win the game but we can definitely do better than that.”
As for the 11 hits on Brady, McDaniels said the film showed breakdowns all over.
“Like I’ve said before, there’s a lot of things that go into good pass protection,” McDaniels said. “There was more than one issue [Sunday] in terms of protecting the quarterback. We had issues in the front, we had issues at tight end, we had issues at running back. So, the issues aren’t just in one spot. I think the solution is definitely an execution thing.
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|‘Air Vince’ Wilfork shows he’s got the ups to join Patriots FG block party||12.21.14 at 7:18 pm ET|
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Nothing like a 6-foot-2, 325-pound nose tackle making like Michael Jordan to save a game with a blocked field goal.
Vince Wilfork became the fourth Patriots player this year to block a field goal, and the second one to save a potential game-winning kick by the Jets’ Nick Folk.
“Blocking a field goal by Air Vince, we’ve got to do those things,” Devin McCourty said.
On Sept. 14, Chandler Jones got the block party going with a block of Vikings kick toward the end of the first half. He returned it for a touchdown. On Oct. 16 at Gillette Stadium, Chris Jones preserved a 27-25 win with a last-second bat down. Against the Dolphins, it was Jamie Collins doing the honors on the game’s first drive, leading to a Kyle Arrington scoop and score.
Sunday, it was Wilfork’s turn. With 5:21 left, Wilfork moved over to his right, jumped up and got his right hand up high enough to block Folk’s 52-yard attempt.
“I just filled a soft A-gap, making sure that I was legal, not covering up the center and at the same time, being able to get vertical in that lane,” Wilfork said. “I felt that I had a good shot of getting some penetration, so it worked out well. That is just one of the plays that (we had) opportunities on. I had a good opportunity to make a play and I did for the team. It was nothing special that I did. I just penetrated a little bit and got my hands up and got a piece of it. I’m glad it helped my team win a ball game. That is what it is all about, the wins, and we walk away with another one.”