|Report: Rex Ryan to become coach of Bills||01.11.15 at 9:33 am ET|
Rex Ryan is staying in the AFC East.
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, the former Jets coach has been offered and accepted the head coaching job with the Bills, after being fired from the Jets following the season.
Ryan coached the Jets for six years, and led them to two AFC championship games. He was 46-50.
‘ Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 11, 2015
|Adam Schefter on MFB: ‘I think [Patriots] win this matchup handily’||01.09.15 at 1:05 pm ET|
ESPN’s Adam Schefter made his weekly appearance on Middays with MFB on Friday to talk about pressing issues in the NFL as well as his take on the Patriots’ upcoming game against the Ravens. To hear the interview, go to the MFB audio on demand page.
Unlike many people who have expressed their concerns with Saturday’s matchup, Schefter feels strongly that the Patriots have more than a decent chance to advance to the AFC championship game, even stressing how he thought New England would win “handily.”
“Everybody is talking about how this is the matchup that New England didn’t want, this is a nightmare play,” he said. “They get to play the team that has beaten them two of the last three, I mean, I could just hear this playing in the organization, you know the message that’s been delivered all week long. ‘Oh, nobody’s giving us a chance ’cause it’s Baltimore, this is a team that we should fear, this is the team that could beat us.’ I think it’s just the opposite.
“I think this sets up great for New England,” Schefter continued. “This is the kind of matchup that they win handily. I don’t know whether that means by 10, 20, 30, I have no idea, whatever it is … I think they win this matchup handily.”
Schefter also pointed out that the Ravens team on everyone’s mind from years past is not the same Ravens team playing in Foxboro on Saturday afternoon and that this Patriots team is different from the ones that lost the last two of three playoff games against Baltimore.
“The ones that lost, they didn’t have [Darrelle] Revis and [Brandon] Browner, they didn’t have [Rob] Gronkowski when they lost those two games,” he said. “Last year, Week 16, Baltimore needed to win a home game in Baltimore to get to the playoffs. New England deactivated Nate Solder to rest him, Rob Gronkowski was on IR, and New England, with nothing to play for, went into Baltimore and won 41-7. Forty-one to 7. So I think that New England is just feeding off this idea that this is a nightmare matchup for the Patriots. We’ll see if it is.”
|Adam Schefter on MFB: Patriots offense ‘needs to be at a higher level’||01.02.15 at 1:29 pm ET|
ESPN’s Adam Schefter made his weekly appearance on Middays with MFB on Friday to discuss the Patriots’ postseason chances and other NFL news. To hear the interview, go to the MFB audio on demand page.
Schefter said the Patriots should fear no opponent as long as they play “their brand of football,” but he did express some concern with how the team ended the season, struggling offensively in the last couple of games.
“There’s always something to be working on, and I think that that’s perfect for Bill Belichick or any head coach, because it gives any coach a reason to rail on his team a little bit,” Schefter told MFB guest hosts Danny Picard, DJ Bean and Mike Giardi. “But they know, once you get to this point of the season, you’ve got to ratchet it up. The offense has slacked off some and they need to get it better and they’re working on that and we’ll see how it works out, but no question the offense needs to be at a higher level, the way it was about midway through the season as opposed to how it was when it started the season or how it was when it ended the season.”
“I think the one thing that works against him is the fact that there are a lot of good candidates, and he’s going to be on a playoff team and is there going to be a team out there that’s willing to wait for him? I don’t know that that’s going to be the case,” Schefter said. “But I don’t think he’s concerned. I think he loves being there, you’re in a great organization. If you get one of these head coaching jobs this year, great. And if you don’t, guess what? There were teams last year who were after him, there are teams this year who are after him, and if he doesn’t get one this year there’ll be teams next year who are after him.
“So in a perfect world you’d get a chance to get one of these jobs. But he’s in a bit of a tricky situation, because you’ve got the playoffs going on, there are some good candidates out there, are all these teams going to be willing to wait? A lot of things still have to be decided. But we do know Falcons today, 49ers tomorrow, and we’ll see how that goes.”
|Could Patriots see Rex Ryan on opposing sideline this postseason?||12.30.14 at 12:55 am ET|
The Jets made it official on Monday, firing Rex Ryan as head coach. In five seasons, Ryan’s defenses made life difficult for Tom Brady and the Patriots offense at least twice a year — while his teams were almost always offensively challenged, Ryan’s defenses always managed to provide a stern test for New England.
But could Ryan show up on an opposing sideline to face the Patriots sooner rather than later? Specifically, this postseason? It’s not out of the realm of possibility. After all, New England football fans can recall the case of Josh McDaniels, who was allowed to leave the Rams at the end of the 2011 regular-season following the firing of head coach Steve Spagnuolo. McDaniels joined the Patriots that postseason, and was part of the coaching staff — as an offensive assistant — for the playoff game against his old team, the Broncos before taking over as the offensive coordinator the following season when Bill O’Brien left for Penn State.
With that in mind, there’s nothing to prevent Ryan joining another postseason team in the next week or so, and potentially bringing the secrets of his defensive success against the Patriots with him. Granted, it’s considered a long-shot for a few reasons, not the least of which is the fact that Ryan apparently wants a head coaching gig, and the idea of a short-term stopover with another franchise on the way to a full-time job probably isn’t all that palatable for him. (Not to mention the idea of another team letting him into their building for a month or two, only to see him stroll out the door with any sort of inside info he might attain along the way.)
But the idea of Rex and another playoff opponent conspiring to take down the Patriots next month is certainly food for thought. And while there are 11 other possibilities still out there, Ryan with the Broncos would likely be the most intriguing scenario, for a few reasons.
Denver is thought to have all the requisite pieces in place on the defensive side of the ball to allow him to play the sort of aggressive, attacking style he loves. With the exception of last year’s AFC title game, Denver defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio has looked pretty much clueless when it comes to going up against Brady and the Patriots. And while Del Rio and Ryan share some of the same basic defensive ideas from their time together in Baltimore, Ryan’s secrets to slowing Brady and the Patriots would represent a sizable improvement in that regard for the Broncos. (Against this backdrop, there’s also the possibility of Del Rio interviewing — or even taking — one of the available head coaching jobs, which would certainly add some potential intrigue to the mix.)
|NFL Black Monday roundup: Jim Harbaugh reportedly heading to University of Michigan||12.29.14 at 11:26 am ET|
It’s officially Black Monday in the NFL with a number of coaches and general managers already being let go — less than 24 hours after the regular-season ended.
— It all began Sunday night when Jim Harbaugh and the 49ers mutually parted ways. Harbaugh had one year remaining on his five-year, $25 million contract. He ends his tenure in San Fransisco with a 49-22-1 record, including a Super Bowl appearance in the 2012 season.
In a move that has been talked about for weeks now, it seems almost a certainty that Harbaugh will be the next coach at the University of Michigan. ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting the school plans to announce the hire on Tuesday.
Ryan lasted six seasons in New York, going 50-52 (including the postseason). The Jets rallied around him Sunday in their win in South Florida against the Dolphins.
“After extensive thought and reflection about the current state of our football team, this morning I informed Rex Ryan and John Idzik that they will not be returning for the 2015 season,” owner Woody Johnson said in a statement. “Both Rex and John made significant contributions to the team, and they have my appreciation and gratitude for their efforts and commitment. Over the years, Rex brought the Jets a bold confidence and a couple of great postseason runs, which all of us will remember.”
|Report: Rex Ryan has cleaned out his office in anticipation of firing||12.27.14 at 12:14 pm ET|
In his first move as “consultant” to Jets owner Woody Johnson, Charley Casserly has already started contacting possible replacements for GM John Idzik and coach Rex Ryan, according to a report from NJ.com. In addition, Ryan has already cleaned out his offices at One Jets Drive in anticipation of being fired on Monday.
The Jets, who are 3-12 heading into Sunday’s regular-season finale against the Dolphins in Miami, appear poised to make sweeping changes, starting with the hiring of Casserly. It’s not clear as to what sort of responsibilities Casserly will have, but he has apparently received the blessing of Johnson to make major changes. That includes bringing in a new coach and GM. In addition, it’s believed Casserly won’t be the only “consultant” hired by Johnson and the Jets: numerous reports say Casserly has reached out to former Packers GM Ron Wolf to assist with making whatever changes the Jets have coming.
Viewed through a Patriots’ prism, the decision to bring Casserly on board in New York means there could mean the renewal of a Casserly-Bill Belichick feud. Casserly is one of Belichick’s more underrated sparring partners, as the Patriots coach has taken a couple of shots at Casserly over the years for a variety of incidents. The most notable came in 2010 when Casserly — then working for CBS as an analyst — revealed that quarterback Tom Brady was suffering from three broken ribs. That prompted an agitated Belichick to return fire.
“Who’s been wrong more than Charley Casserly since he left the Redskins? His percentage is like a meteorologist,’ Belichick said. ‘He has no relationship to this team. I’d say less than zero. Based on what? He’s never at a practice, never at a game.”
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|Tom Brady on D&C: Jets ‘certainly played their best’ Sunday||12.22.14 at 7:40 am ET|
Coming off an ugly 17-16 victory over the Jets that clinched a first-round playoff bye, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Monday morning and talked about why the Pats have so much trouble vs. their division rivals. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.
Brady was 23-of-35 for 182 yards with one touchdown, one interception and four sacks in Sunday’s game as the Patriots struggled to turn away the 3-12 Jets. Afterward, New York coach Rex Ryan said his teams give Brady and the Patriots “the biggest challenge.”
“I think the last four games we’ve played against them we haven’t played very well, and they’ve all kind of come down to the last possession,” Brady said. “It’s frustrating to be in those situations where we’re just not playing to the way we’re capable. But it’s hard to win in the NFL and it’s hard to win on the road against a good division rival.
“It was a great win for our team. I thought our defense really made some huge plays. We made a couple plays there in the second half to help us win. I would loved to have played a lot better in the first half and put a lot of pressure on those guys. But they did a good job kind of keeping us off balance and ended up making it a pretty tough game.”
Asked what the Jets do to give the Patriots trouble, Brady pointed to a number of factors.
“They’ve got a good team,” he said. “They’ve got a good defensive front. They put pressure on the quarterback. They’ve got good guys in the middle of the defense that get things coordinated. They’ve got a good scheme and they keep you off balance. They give you a lot of looks, and we know them really well. They’ve been in a lot of close games with us, so they have a lot of confidence they can play us well. And certainly after the first half, us being down 10-7, they feel like they’re in the game and they’ve got a great chance to win.
“I know their record was what it was, but they certainly played their best yesterday. When you watch them play the Bills and get beat by 38 points, I don’t really think we played the same team. Like I said, we kind of sputtered early and gave them a lot of confidence, and that’s never a great thing to do. But like I said, I’m glad we made some pretty key plays there in the fourth quarter.”