Schwartz on Sports: Rex's Rant
By Peter Schwartz
You can’t blame Jets head coach Rex Ryan for getting a little frustrated with the Darrelle Revis situation. Not only is his Pro Bowl cornerback a holdout, but he has to deal with questions about it everyday.
In the aftermath of Tuesday’s back and forth he said she said finger pointing shenanigans between the agents for Revis and the Jets, Ryan reached a boiling point Wednesday when asked about.
He was not happy about Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum and owner Woody Johnson being called blatant liars by Revis’ agents on Tuesday and said that was a “blatant joke” to him.
He didn’t stop there. He provided his plan to solve the whole Revis contract mess. Instead of me telling you about it, just listen to Rex’s rant….
While having the whole team involved is a little far-fetched, Ryan is correct when saying that Revis and Johnson should be involved in the talks. Revis is a football player and needs to be on the field with a fair deal. Johnson is a businessman and while he wants to field a championship team, the bottom line is the bottom line.
The X factor here is that Revis’ agents, Neil Schwartz and Jon Feinsod have a bad history with GM Mike Tannenbaum dating back to the Pete Kendall and Chris Baker situations.
How does this play out? I’m sticking to my guns that a deal gets done during the final week of the pre-season. For that to happen, both sides will have to give a little. Right now, it doesn’t look like that is happening anytime soon. Stay tuned!
Let’s get back to football.
I caught up with Jets LB Calvin Pace after practice. We talked about a number of issues and here’s the interview….
Center Nick Mangold took a blow to his head during practice Wednesday when he locked up with DT Sione Pouha. Ryan said that Mangold got hit in the temple and didn’t return as a precaution. He should be ok.
Some highlights from practice…
*David Clowney had a bad drop and struggled to catch another ball. He is in big trouble in terms of making the team.
*Kellen Clemens threw a 50 yard touchdown pass to Marcus Henry.
*A comical moment as Mark Brunell had a pass batted right back to him forcing him to become a receiver.
*Kevin O’Connell fired a 40 yard touchdown pass to UConn’s Larry Taylor who made a diving catch.
*Near the end of practice, Nick Folk made four out of five field goals, connecting from as far as 47 yards out but he missed a 44 yarder.
*A deep Mark Sanchez pass to Santonio Holmes fell incomplete but Holmes felt that Antonio Cromartie was guilty of pass interference. Holmes pleaded his case to the official who said “No Way”. It looked like Cromartie made contact without looking back for the ball.
*During special teams drills, coach Mike Westhoff could be heard yelling something interesting at a player. “You can bump a little. It’s not live, but it’s not *&^%$# dead either!”
I’ll have more later in the week on the Jets pre-season opener against the Giants. That will be Monday night and will be the first football game in the New Meadowlands Stadium.
Also, stay tuned for more Revis news. I have a hunch there will be more news soon!
Earlier via AP –
CORTLAND, N.Y. (AP) Jets coach Rex Ryan says he has a plan he believes will settle the holdout situation with All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis.
Ryan says Wednesday that he would cancel practice, get the entire team together and have everyone in the organization meet with Revis and his agents, and whoever else the star player would want there. He says he’s “absolutely serious.”
Ryan also says it is a “blatant joke” when asked to comment on Revis’ agents saying Tuesday it was “a blatant lie” that they “rebuffed” owner Woody Johnson’s request to attend a meeting between the sides last Friday.
Revis has missed 11 days, including Wednesday, since the team reported for training camp at SUNY Cortland. He wants to become the league’s highest-paid cornerback.
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