Buzz: Jets players refute ‘word on the street’ report from Jay Glazer

NFL: Cleveland Browns at New York JetsLeading up to Sunday’s win over the Browns, Fox’s Jay Glazer reported that the team’s head coach told his players Saturday night that the “word on the street” is he was going to be fired.

After speaking with a number of players after the game, Metro New York’s Kristian Dyer couldn’t find a player to confirm Glazer’s report.

It wasn’t about their head coach, say the players in the locker room who heard — and felt — their head coach’s words Saturday night.

Fox Sports reporter Jay Glazer reported prior to the Jets’ 24-13 win over the Browns on Sunday that head coach Rex Ryan told his team on Saturday night that the “word on the street” is he was going to be fired.

Perhaps it was a shrewd word choice, but it has led to rampant speculation Ryan is on his way out after five seasons with the Jets.

But the Jets players in that meeting Saturday say there was nothing of the sort.

“It wasn’t that way. [That’s] farthest from the truth,” one player told Metro on the condition of anonymity. “It wasn’t like that, not at all. He didn’t make it about him. And I didn’t hear him say once that there was a ‘word on the street’ about him going. Not at all.”

Tight end Kellen Winslow, when told of the report, said “we don’t know anything about that.”

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

Be sure to read the full article on the Metro site.

It’s hard to figure out exactly what is happening here.  Jay Glazer and Rex Ryan are known to be friends, so if Glazer wanted the information from the coach directly he could get it and then just attribute it to “the street.” But using a phrase like “word on the street” almost implies that it comes from an agent like Jimmy Sexton … but again Glazer’s ties to Ryan are strong.  Could this just be Glazer spouting off after Gary Meyers’ article on the New York coaches that appeared in the Daily News over the weekend?  It’s possible.

No one seems to know for sure what Rex’s status is for the Jets next year, but our hope is that he is allowed to return to the Jets as the team’s head coach.  With Geno Smith potentially coming around and a lot of cap room and draft picks the Jets are going to be able to make almost exclusively upgrades in their acquisitions to this football team.  If Rex’s tenure is tenuous, then it is fair to ask the next question.  Who is going to be better for this team and these players?

It’s good that players don’t see that as the way the situation played out, so the hope here is that Glazer’s report was either puffery or just plain erroneous … 

44 comments
John Speak
John Speak

I can't believe we are talking about Rex NOT coming back. Yes, he could have developed a more balanced team, with a stronger offense. That process started with hiring Morningwig, a real OC, and next year the REAL GM with continue the evolution.

What other coach could get a team with so little talent to 7-8, with a -101 point differential? By the way only three teams are worse that that.

I've been a Jet fan since the late 70's, and this is the first coach after 5 years that I've wanted back, and for at least the next 5 years.

It will be very hard to be a fan next year under ANY new head coach!

lrjets
lrjets

Rex Ryan, not  Ex Ryan.


REXTEND!

tal8
tal8

Keep Rex! Going with a new coach right now will only take us backwards.

J. Smooth
J. Smooth

When they first reported it, I thought "Why in the world would a coach tell his players, as a motivational tactic, that he believed he was going to be fired, with two weeks to go?" Garbage. I never used to believe the whole "NY Media is the Devil" stereotype until the last couple of years, where I've seen absolute crap being thrown at the Jets, skewing everything they say, and showing some of the least professionalism I've ever seen.

disgruntle
disgruntle

Bring in Bill Cowher or Coach Gruden 

djf1
djf1

Bob I hate inane media speculation.

Neil Herschkowitz
Neil Herschkowitz

There are no clear he stays he goes scenarios. Its complex, there are many shades of grey to see through.

I would say that Rex has on the surface of things earned a contract extension. That his greatest accomplishment was changing the culture identity of a team that had none.

That his gregarious persona and likeable beer buddy ways fit well to our fan base.

Rex has evolved over the years, but there seems to be a common thread of incompetence attached to his methods of being a head coach.

Gone is the bombastic ring master of a circus that has left town. What remains a problem are infrastructure issues which plague consistency. An inability to separate himself enough from his need to be liked from his need to instill structure, discipline, and consistency.

That, and his lack of proper involvement on the offensive side if the ball.

I am myself divided on if his return is the best possible path to a greater success. Without knowing who his replacement would be, and starting all over again at this point does not seem a prudent choice.

We rode Rex this far, why not go out and get him some talent and roll the dice for another year with his coaching staff remaining on and a commitment to develop Geno.

GhostofBrowningNagle
GhostofBrowningNagle

add 1 year to rex's deal (so he's not an official lame duck), use our cap room and billion draft picks to at least try and give him an offense, and then see what happens in 2014


Geoff Dean
Geoff Dean

sorry im a bit in my cups .... Coughlin?

Geoff Dean
Geoff Dean

cohwer, gruden or johnson (my personal favourite) or rex. no up and comers. no future "stars".

DarrolRayFanClub
DarrolRayFanClub

The disconnect I have is that the owner sat down a year ago and said that Ryan was getting a fresh start, then after his best player was traded away, he improved the team and gets fired? Doesn't add up.

MoSacks MoSnacks
MoSacks MoSnacks

There's another potential side to this too. Perhaps Rex "leaked" this to Glazer to motivate his team from the outside. Perhaps he felt that he needed to see if the players would fight harder when he's on the line, rather than the past few weeks when their season was on the line. Tells a lot about a team's character, as well as his effectiveness as a coach. If the team performs better when his job is on the line rather than when their season is, then perhaps he hasn't done as good a job coaching them as we'd all like to think. Just my 2 cents

juunit
juunit

Word on the street is Rob Riggle ate Jay Glazer's hair.

kevino
kevino

I'd like to see Rex come back. None of the candidates mentioned in the media are upgrades, imo. Rex has shown that if you put a good team around him, he gets results. I can only imagine what he could accomplish if he was ever provided a top 10 offense.

davem
davem

I'd tend to believe this story was made up but Glazer is Rex's bud and that fake punt on the first series seemed like a huge "F*** the World!" gesture.

realjetfan
realjetfan

Random comment, but how do you "Get Cutler" supporters feel now? This guy is a joke. Give Geno Cutler's supporting cast and see what he can do...


By the way, I'm disregarding this article because the media is a joke and I'm not even going to bother considering the crap they spew now.

davem
davem

This is one of a few things IMO...

1.) Rex wants to know where he stands with the team, and is using Glazers hand to force Idzik's hand. (Don't think this is case but could be)

2.) Sexton is trying to force the Jets FO hand (before the game Rex thinks he can win) for clarification on Rex's status, while also beginning to market Rex for other jobs.

buddyryan
buddyryan

In Rex we trust...the Jets are close to getting back to the 2009, 2010 Jets. They have a ton of picks, plenty of cap room and by keeping Rex, DT and Marty continuity heading into 2014.

Come on Idzik...give Rex an extension after the Jets squish the fish...

jmactheman
jmactheman

At the game, fans were chanting WE WANT REX as the game was closing out. (By the way, we had better.)

Also of note, Rex went around the stadium after the game and shook hands with any fan in the 100 level who he could reach.

Brendan
Brendan

@bob Ugh, HOW CAN THEY FIRE THIS GUY, Bob-o!


That sure seemed like a locker room that's still very much invested in the outcome of these games. 

Brendan
Brendan

@disgruntle Bill Cowher: the guy who took over a decade to win a Super Bowl. 

lrjets
lrjets

@disgruntle 


Cowher or  Gruden?

Both have been so far removed from the game, it's changed plenty since their day.  They make millions withoujt the stress.

Never saw the love a team has like the Jets have for Rex.

Metsjets76
Metsjets76

Well said honest unbiased opinion of Rex. At this point I wouldn't be mad either way I think I'm 60/40 to bring back Rex. To me it seems Rex is at his best when he can motivate his players for a big game, but it's hard to motivate all the time for every game. I think better talent helps a lot in this department , because let's be honest he hasn't had a ton to work with.

Zartan
Zartan

@Neil Herschkowitz This is very fair. If Rex is let go, the next coach has to be a sure fire hit.

There are two coaches i'd take over Rex and we are not getting them, stick with Rex and get some more offensive talent

a57se
a57se

@Geoff Dean 

You are WAY too far into your cups if you think Bill Cowher, Jon Gruden or Jimmy Johnson are going to give up their current gigs to coach the NY Jets under John Idzik!

Metsjets76
Metsjets76

I don't believe this theory. Rex would have to little to gain and to much to lose if his players found he was toying with there emotions for his own gain

fast_eddie
fast_eddie

Your thoughts are exactly the same as mine. I felt the very same thing as soon as I heard the storyline...

a57se
a57se

@juunit 

Word on my street is John Idzik is gonna get fired and Bent is gonna take his place

C.B.Cooper
C.B.Cooper

As the head coach he needs to provide the top ten offense.

a57se
a57se

@davem 

That fake punt looked more like bad execution to me!

Geoff Dean
Geoff Dean

@realjetfan with cutler, your going to have peaks and valleys, but he will get you at least 9 wins.

DrJonathanReefer
DrJonathanReefer

Idzik was on the sidelines too. Love to hear the fans getting Rex's back.

Zartan
Zartan

@a57se They all are on par with Rex, not better. That's making a change for change sake. Cowher may be a joke without Dick.Gruden mind games will wear on they players(see Manghini). Jimmy johnson, at least he may find some talent(i'd hope).

lrjets
lrjets

@Geoff Dean @realjetfan 


No matter the history of success of the Jets, or lack of....Cutler just doesn't seem to fit in personality-wise.   He is not Jet timber.

A pouter and a whiner, not a Jet!

realjetfan
realjetfan

@a57se@Rob Galgano@Geoff Dean@realjetfan  

I don't mind some of the other QBs some Jets fans want (Ben, Rivers and Cousins). But I very much prefer to develop Geno over any of those three QBs and stay as far away from Cutler as possible.


Also, drafting a QB in the first four rounds of this year's draft like some Jets fans are begging the FO to do and ignoring our other needs is irrational. Unless you're one of the four elite quarterbacks, you need a decent supporting cast to succeed.

realjetfan
realjetfan

@a57se@Rob Galgano@Geoff Dean@realjetfanThe Bears run defense that game was probably the worst I've ever seen. It amazes me how they can stuff the box knowing 100% the Eagles are going to run the ball to milk the clock, and STILL get burned 7-touchdown yards before touching the running back--regardless of it was McCoy or Brown.


Take away his top three offensive supporting cast (the other two are Denver and Atlanta) and give him Geno's offensive supporting cast and you'll see how "much" better he really is than Geno. I am certain a 16-game healthy (yeah, health is a major issue with Cutler) Cutler will have around maybe 15-23 touchdowns and AT LEAST 20 turnovers (INT and fumbles combined). Having two of the top ten wide receivers, an improved offensive line, a capable tight end and a top five running back can do wonders for a lot of QBs capable of making it in the NFL.

a57se
a57se

@Rob Galgano@Geoff Dean@realjetfan 

Yeah, that was ALL on Cutler!!!

ZOMG!!!!

I mean that Chicago Bears defense was amazing!!! Without them the game would have really gotten out of hand!