|Ed Reed: Patriots, Dolphins showed interest before I signed with Jets||11.14.13 at 7:56 pm ET|
Shortly after he signed with the Jets Thursday, veteran safety Ed Reed acknowledged he heard from the Patriots and Dolphins during his brief stint as a free agent.
“I don’t think either one of them wanted me in their conference,” Reed told reporters.
Reed, who was released by the Texans on Tuesday, passed through waivers without being claimed on Wednesday and hit the open market that evening. In a 24-hour span, Reed said he heard from both New England and Miami, but decided on the Jets in part because of his familiarity with coach Rex Ryan. Ryan was the defensive coordinator in Baltimore during a portion of Reed’s time with the Ravens (2005-2008).
Ryan said Thursday there was no sentimental feeling when it came to the possibility of reuniting with the 35-year-old Reed.
“This had nothing to do with sentiment. We believe it will be a great signing for us and he’s going to help this football team,” Ryan said.
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|WEEI NFL Power Rankings, Week 11: Patriots climb into top 5||11.12.13 at 11:28 am ET|
The Seahawks continue to soar high above the rest in the WEEI NFL Power Rankings. As fellow NFC teams suffer injuries and decline, Seattle seems to be getting stronger, and its big offseason acquisition, Percy Harvin, is set to debut in Seahawk green. The Broncos stand pat at No. 2 as they survived a health scare to their franchise QB. The Chiefs are proud owners of a perfect record and jump the their highest spot all year at No. 3. They sat back and enjoyed their bye week as the Colts (6) and Niners (8) suffered losses and fell in the rankings.
The difference a year makes continues to be the story across the league. Playoff teams in 2012 like the Texans (28), Vikings (27), Redskins (26) and Falcons (25) continue to plummet in 2013. It seems highly unlikely any of those teams will make a return to the postseason. On the other hand, the Chiefs, Panthers (7) and Jets (11) all have exceeded expectations and are in the thick of the playoff race after being completely out of it at this time last year.
Week 11 will deliver one of the most anticipated matchups of the year as the league’s best offense clashes against one of the league’s best defenses in an AFC West battle. The Broncos and Chiefs will duke it out to maintain their position in the NFL’s elite. It should be an exciting week of football.
1. (1) Seahawks (8-1) — Last year Seattle owned a 3-5 record on the road; this year the Seahawks boast a 5-1 record away from CenturyLink Field. As Harvin nears a return to the field following hip surgery, the Seahawks’ lead in the NFC continues to grow.
2. (2) Broncos (8-1) — Peyton Manning re-aggravated an ankle injury, but that won’t sideline him when the Broncos take on the first-place Chiefs. Denver needs to be extra cautious with Manning. It may be even worth considering shutting him down for a week or two. Their chance for a Super Bowl title could be on the line.
3. (5) Chiefs (9-0) — The time finally has arrived for the Chiefs to prove to the rest of the league they are as good as their record indicates. It’s quite simple why Kansas City is at the top of the standings. The defense has been ferocious. The Chiefs have forced a league-high 23 turnovers.
4. (6) Patriots (7-2) — The Patriots are an astonishing 87-24 coming off their bye week since 2001. They’re 26-4 over the last three years alone. There’s no reason to believe Bill Belichick and Tom Brady won’t lead the Patriots to another impressive post-bye week performance when they take on the Panthers on Monday night.
|WEEI NFL Power Rankings, Week 10: Patriots leap to No. 6 heading into bye week||11.05.13 at 10:02 am ET|
A bizarre week in the NFL has concluded, and it’s time to digest exactly we saw. The Broncos and Texans witnessed their coaches have serious health issues. Meanwhile, the Dolphins are making national headlines for the wrong reasons. The spotlight will be on all three of these teams to see how they react to some very unfortunate circumstances.
The Seahawks’ control of the top spot remains intact after a dramatic comeback victory over the winless Buccaneers. In fact, the entire top five stays the same. The Chiefs are undefeated but still stuck at No. 5 as they’ve benefited from an extremely easy schedule the first half of the season.
The Patriots, Bears and Jets all creep higher after impressive wins in Week 9. The Ravens (19) and Falcons (23) are two playoff teams from 2012 that continue to slide.
Who knows what’s in store for football fans in Week 10?
1. (1) Seahawks (8-1) — They’re the best in the league right now because they find a way to win week after week. Super Bowl-caliber teams win the close games, and the Seahawks do just that.
2. (2) Broncos (7-1) — We saw the Colts use the illness of their coach to inspire them last season. It will be interesting to see how John Fox‘s absence following heart surgery affects this talented Broncos team.
4. (4) 49ers (6-2) — Mario Manningham, Eric Wright and Aldon Smith all are set to return as the Niners come out of their bye week locked in a dogfight with the Seahawks in the NFC West.
6. (9) Patriots (7-2) — Many questions surround the Patriots as they limp into their bye week. They have lost many key players on defense. Will they be able to overcome with their leaders missing?
|Rex Ryan on Bill Belichick and ‘Push-gate’: ‘He’s got to make up his mind’||10.23.13 at 3:28 pm ET|
FOXBORO — The most controversial call of the season just won’t go away. And now it’s given new life to one of the more intense coaching rivalries in the NFL.
On Tuesday, Bill Belichick accused the Jets of the same “push” play on one of New England’s field goal attempts that the Patriots were called for, resulting in a second chance for the Jets and ending in a 42-yard game-winning field goal.
Only, on Stephen Gostkowski‘s 44-yard attempt no penalty was called.
On Wednesday, Jets coach Rex Ryan said of Belichick’s claim, “that’s not true.”
But Ryan went on to give a jab at Belichick. Ryan alluded to the fact that immediately after the game Belichick said that he wasn’t aware of a violation of the “second level” aspect of the “push” rule. He later was quoted as saying he wasn’t aware of the rule and that it was his mistake and misinterpretation of the new rule.
“He’s got to make up his mind,” Ryan said. “Was he aware of it? Was is second level?”
Sunday’s game ended in controversy, as the Patriots were called for breaking the NFL’s new “pushing rule” while Jets kicker Nick Folk attempted a 56-yard field goal to win the game in overtime. Folk missed that kick but Chris Jones was called for pushing Will Svitek into the Jets offensive line. A 15-yard unsportsmanlike call was made giving the Jets a new series of downs.
Four plays later, Folk took advantage and connected on a 42-yard attempt, giving New York the 30-27 win.
Following the game, various reports surfaced that Jets coach Rex Ryan had tipped off the officials that the Patriots have used this push technique.
Belichick was asked if it bothers him that there’s a report that the Jets tipped the officials off about the push play.
“Well, I mean, since they were using the play themselves I don’t even know about all that,” Belichick said Tuesday. “But basically, we’re just moving on here.”
It would appear Belichick was referencing Stephen Gostkowski‘s 44-yard field goal with 16 seconds remaining that sent the game to overtime.
Replays of Gostkowski’s kick show Jets outside linebacker Quinton Coples lined up to the left of teammate Muhammad Wilkerson, looped behind Wilkerson, and his right arm then pressed up against Wilkerson’s back as he then pushed Wilkerson, who then fell over snapper Danny Aiken and guard Logan Mankins.
A major shakeup is the result of a thrilling and somewhat shocking Week 7. The Broncos relinquished the No. 1 spot, with the Seahawks retaking the crown. Storming all the way up to No. 2 are the Colts. Behind Andrew Luck, Indy knocked off what looked to be an unbeatable Broncos team that falls to No. 3.
The Saints (6), Bengals (7) and Packers (8) all dropped a few spots despite winning or being on a bye. The spectacular Indy win along with the Chiefs (5) improving to 7-0 is the reason why. This goes to show how close the top teams are. Parity is king in the NFL.
Coming off an exciting overtime victory over the Patriots (9), the Jets make a dramatic leap five spots to No. 14. Meanwhile, the Bears (15) continue to plunge, having lost three of their last four and Jay Cutler for an extended period of time.
Three teams have claimed the top spot in the WEEI NFL Power Rankings through seven weeks. Can the undefeated Chiefs be the fourth? Week 8 awaits …
1. (2) Seahawks (6-1) — Percy Harvin‘s imminent return should instill fear throughout the NFC. If the Seahawks get home-field advantage in the playoffs, it will take a perfect game to knock them off.
2. (9) Colts (5-2) — Forget the six fourth-quarter comebacks and nine game-winning drives, Luck’s signature game was this past Sunday when he outdueled future Hall of Famer Peyton Manning. The Colts have another special QB in Indianapolis.
3. (1) Broncos (6-1) — Turnovers at the running back position is a reason for concern in Denver. This team doesn’t have many weaknesses, but running back is one of them.
4. (4) 49ers (5-2) — That’s four straight for the red-hot Niners. The run game has been a major factor for the offense. Frank Gore spoke out about his lack of carries following a Week 3 loss to the Colts and has seen his workload increase dramatically ever since.
5. (7) Chiefs (7-0) — The Chiefs have the makeup of a Super Bowl contender. They win close games, don’t turn the ball over and have a ferocious defense. It’s not the Seahawks but the Chiefs who are allowing the fewest points per game in the league (11.6).
|Rex Ryan tells Jets players to rest up at home in order be ready for Patriots||10.17.13 at 9:36 am ET|
In case there was any question how much Sunday’s game against the Patriots means to Jets coach Rex Ryan, one of his players made it clear Wednesday.
“I saw it in his eyes in the team meeting,” said Josh Cribbs, the former Browns kick returner who signed with New York on Tuesday. “It’s equivalent to a Cleveland-Pittsburgh game. They really get up for it. The fans get up for it and I see how important it is for the Jets to win. This is a division game. We play them twice and I can tell he really wants this game.”
Cribbs said Ryan gave the team orders to rest up at home, avoiding household chores in order to have all their energy at game time Sunday.
“He was like, ‘Rest your legs, you go home, don’t do nothing for your wife,’ ” Cribbs said, via the New York Post. “Say, ‘Baby, next week. I’m going to take out the trash next week. I’ll take the kids to practice next week because I got to rest for this game.’ I’m going to tell him to put it on paper so when I give it to my wife I’m like, ‘Hey, Rex said that I don’t have to take out the trash.’ He might get a call from my wife.”
The Jets have lost five straight to the Patriots, spanning three seasons, so Ryan shouldn’t have much problem convincing his players to be ready as they look to end the streak.
“It’s frustrating a lot,” third-year defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson said. “The last two eyars, I’ve been playing these guys around my birthday [Oct. 22] and I keep having a bad birthday. Tom Brady keeps making it bad for me.”
|Rex Ryan: ‘I haven’t and I never will’ kiss Bill Belichick’s rings||10.16.13 at 11:06 pm ET|
Rex Ryan made headlines the day late in Jan. 2009 he was hired to take over the Jets. He boldly proclaimed he didn’t come to the AFC East to “kiss” Bill Belichick‘s Super Bowl rings.
Well, since New York’s stunning playoff win in Jan. 2011, it’s been Belichick who has had the upper hand over Ryan, winning the last five encounters, including a 13-10 decision on Thursday night in Week 2.
Still, Ryan said Wednesday, he’s still not about to bow before Belichick.
“No, I haven’t. Maybe you have, but I haven’t, and I never will,” Ryan said when asked if he’s felt like he’s kissed the rings of late. “I came here to beat him and to win, and to win our own championship rings and all that type of stuff. Again, hey, the facts are we’ve lost five in a row to them and things like that. We’ll see if it’s six in a row.”
Since taking over the Jets in 2009, Ryan is 3-7, including the current five-game skid. Ryan started off with a win in 2009, holding Tom Brady without a touchdown in a 16-9 Jets win in September that year. In the next eight games, Brady averaged 30 points against the Jets, scoring at least 21 points in each game. That streak and the losing skid nearly ended on Sept. 12.
How has Ryan’s approach towards Brady evolved over the years?
“Well, apparently I do a terrible job of it because we’ve lost five in a row, so I don’t know,” Ryan deadpanned. “Maybe we’ll just have somebody else look at it.
“The guy was – him and Peyton Manning, I’ve said it before from day one, are the best two I’ve ever gone against. They were when I came in the league many years ago as a defensive coordinator, and they’ve remained that way. Certainly we throw everything at them and see what happens, but we’re not just going to stand and play one or two coverages and let them pick us apart like he does a lot of people.
“You can’t just sit back and take it from him, that’s for sure.”
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