TJB Friday Chat – 2pm ET

Join us at 2:00pm ET for our weekly TJB chat.

In order to access the room, you must now sign up for a chatzy account at – click where it says log in/sign up in the top right hand corner. Obviously if you registered already, you can log into your existing account. You will then be able to access the room at the usual address – where this week’s password is mattfinish.

Apologies for this extra requirement, but it will allow us to moderate the chat more effectively and prevent any abuse or vulgarity. The action gets underway at 2:00pm ET.

SNY Exclusive: Buster Skrine

New Jets cornerback Buster Skrine talks to SNY’s Jeane Coakley about the team’s new defense and the progress made so far during OTAs…


Rex Ryan says Bills are the the only team in New York

Ex-Jets, and current Bills, head coach Rex Ryan took a shot at his former team by pronouncing Buffalo as the only team from New York (May 29).

Ryan is scheduled to play in the Boomer and Cartoon charity softball game next Wednesday at Yankee Stadium that will benefit the Silver Shield Foundation, the NYC PBA Widows’ and Children’s Fund, and the families of fallen NYPD officers Brian Moore, Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu.

When asked what kind of reception he expected from the New York City crowd Ryan couldn’t resist a jab targeted at his former team.

“Yeah, I doubt they’ll still give me (a standing ovation) there. But it’ll be good. You know, hey, we’re the only team in New York anyway. So I thought I’d help out that other city down there.”

Ryan coached the Jets from 2009-14 where he compiled a record of 50-52 that included two trips to the AFC Championship game.



Daily Links: All aboard!

  • Rex “learned lessons” with the Jets []
  • Watch: McDougle discusses return from injury [Jets Insider]
  • Garrard: Geno worries too much about “outside noise” [NJAM]
  • Vick: Last season was a “wake up call” [CBS Sports]
  • Jets have two of the league’s scariest position groups []
  • Demario Davis is “lifting it” [Jets Official Site]
  • Panthers fans jump aboard the Stephen Hill hype train [BNBR]


Idzik lands full-time job with Jaguars

Former Jets GM John Idzik has landed a full-time job with the Jacksonville Jaguars as a special assistant to the general manager (May 28, 3:40 p.m.)

“John Idzik will be wearing many hats for us,” Jaguars GM Dave Caldwell said in a statement. “I have been impressed with how he has assimilated himself into our culture the last three months. He has a vast knowledge of the salary cap and has a history of negotiating contracts and that is an area we feel we could use an additional resource.”

Idzik, who was fired the day after last season along with Rex Ryan, had been consulting for the Jaguars since February.

NFL: Miami Dolphins at New York Jets

Jets release Matt Simms

The Jets have released QB Matt Simms, the team announced (May 28, 3:45 p.m.)

Simms, who served as a backup for the Jets in both 2013 and 2014, was again expected to compete for a backup job.

For his career, Simms has appeared in four games while completing 19 of 39 passes for 195 yards, one touchdown and one interception.

Earlier this month, Matt’s brother Chris Simms, claimed that Matt was not getting a legitimate shot at an NFL job because of his last name (May 12).

With Simms having been released, the quarterbacks remaining on the roster are Geno Smith, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Bryce Petty, and Jake Heaps.


Marshall has been living with Smith to build chemistry

In an effort to build chemistry as the new season approaches, Brandon Marshall has been living with Geno Smith in New Jersey for the last month (May 28, 3:28 a.m.)

Marshall and Smith have been working out together since March, and Marshall has been impressed by Smith’s maturity.

“I was just blown away by his maturity and how much he knows,” Marshall said. “This kid is really smart. The sky is the limit for him.”

Brian Bassett,

It’s a common move for players who might be on short-term assignments or who are in new cities to go and live with teammates or even sublet from players they are friends with who might have moved on to other locations.

In Marshall and Geno’s case, I’m sure it is not about a cost-saver, but about the chemistry factor as mentioned. The more the two know each other and work with each other, the more Geno might benefit on the field. 


Marshall ready for new chapter with Jets

Brandon Marshall insists he didn’t need a fresh start, a departure from a suddenly decaying situation with the Chicago Bears.

He’s in New York now, and looking to prove himself again – on a Jets team that’s young, hungry and highly proficient in trash talking on the practice field.

“Every single day, it’s awesome,” the wide receiver said after practice Wednesday. “I mean, it’s so competitive, and it’s tough to create that in the offseason.”

Social media certainly makes it easier these days, as Marshall and cornerback Antonio Cromartie took to Twitter and Instagram to challenge each other in practice last week. For the record, Marshall started it, saying he was going to make it a long day for Cromartie and Darrelle Revis.

Well, not so much.

“I don’t think he’s getting the best of any of us right now,” Cromartie said with a big smile. “It’s all fun and games.”

Read more on…

Brian Bassett,

 The situation in New York could be an interesting test case for a quick turnaround, with a solid core already in place.

Although there is a new GM and a new head coach running the team, with all the veteran players and additions the team has made this offseason, it’s hard to think that they can’t be as competitive as Marshall thinks.

Defense has been a talented group for years, and additions in the secondary now make them lethal. The offense is vastly upgraded with the addition of Marshall and could boost whoever winds up playing QB this fall.


GEICO SportsNite: Live from Jets OTAs

Jeane Coakley, Todd Bowles, Geno Smith, Brandon Marshall and Willie Colon weigh in on the progress at Jets OTAs and talk team goals.