It turns out the Jets don’t need Rex Ryan around for a dose of swagger. They’re doing just fine on their own.
As far as some of the Jets see it, the underinflated footballs saga is just the Patriots being the Patriots.
The Jets have a lot of problems, but their defensive line isn’t one of them. So it should come as no surprise that new head coach Todd Bowles is likely going to bring in someone fluent with the trenches as the team’s new defensive coordinator.
Richardson, who has quickly become one of the best defensive tackles in the NFL, had eight sacks, 84 total tackles and 9.5 tackles for loss/no gain during the 2014 season.
Lost in the turmoil of another lost season, the Jets do have some positives to build off of going forward. The defensive line remains stellar and Sheldon Richardson has quickly emerged as one of the best ends in the NFL.
Sheldon Richardson, the Jets defensive lineman who has been critical of law enforcement in the past, spoke Sunday in support of slain officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu.
“You name it, I’ll put myself up there. I’m not scared to say it. You don’t get to this point not being confident. If somebody calls me cocky, oh well, they’ll get over it.”
As the team prepares for a new direction, the New York Jets have a nucleus for the future.
When Sheldon Richardson was asked how he keeps playing at such a high level while his team is struggling, the 2013 Defensive Rookie of the Year delivered, as usual.
On Thursday, Amar’e Stoudemire made it clear where he stands on the Eric Garner case, asking that police rethink how they operate.
Sheldon Richardson felt helpless as he watched the scenes near his hometown unfold on TV and social media.
The Jets looked like they were the team that missed a few practice days because of a snow storm. “We didn’t block, we didn’t tackle, we didn’t do anything,” head coach Rex Ryan said.
The so-called foregone conclusion that was Rex Ryan losing his job at season’s end isn’t so foregone anymore.
So as the New York Jets (1-7) travel to Kansas City (4-3) on Sunday afternoon, they have one thing in mind. They have to stop Charles.
With five straight losses and a short week coming up, the Jets are spiraling out of control. Next up: the archrival Patriots in Foxboro.