December 2008 - New York Jets Wiretap
Jets Receive Permission To Interview Rex Ryan
The New York Jets have asked for and are expected to receive permission to interview Ravens' defensive coordinator Rex Ryan for their head coaching job. Ryan has been with the Ravens for nine years. The Jets have not contacted Mike Shanahan yet. They've had preliminary talks with Marty Schottenheimer but did not schedule an interview.
Cowher Didn't Want Favre As His QB
Bill Cowher has clearly stated that he is not interested in becoming the head coach of the Jets and sources close to Cowher said he did not want to have Brett. Favre as his quarterback. He also wanted to bring in people he was familiar with to handle personnel. A source familiar with Cowher's thinking said before last night's decision came down that he would have had to receive assurances from the Jets that Favre no longer was in the picture before agreeing to take control. "There's no way he's taking Brett Favre as his quarterback," said one person close to Cowher.
Jets Haven't Ruled Out Shanahan
The Jets haven't completely ruled out Mike Shanahan, but they're not likely to pursue him, an NFL source said.
Browns To Interview Mangini
The Browns will interview fired New York Jets' coach Eric Mangini soon, possibly Tuesday or Wednesday, a league source said. Mangini, who began his NFL career with the Browns in 1994 as a ballboy and public relations assistant, was fired by the Jets Monday after they went 9-7. The Browns fired head coach Romeo Crennel on Monday.
Favre Has Torn Biceps Tendon
Brett Favre has been told by doctors that pain in his right shoulder is from a torn biceps tendon and some calcification in the area, but the New York Jets quarterback would need nothing more than arthroscopic surgery to repair the injury, sources said. The sources Tuesday also said the 39-year-old Favre might be able to avoid an arthroscopic procedure altogether if he decides to play a 19th NFL season.
Tannenbaum's Presence Will Keep Cowher Away From Jets
Bill Cowher is not going to interview for the head coaching position of the New York Jets, according to multiple sources. Cowher, according to a source, has been contacted by the Jets. Although he is interested in the Jets job, he told the team he would not be a candidate because he would like to bring in his own personnel director. Jets owner Woody Johnson plans to keep Mike Tannenbaum as his general manager after firing Eric Mangini as head coach Monday. With Tannenbaum as the general manager, Cowher is willing to pass on the Jets opportunity, stay in broadcasting for another year and wait to return to coaching in 2010.
Mangini's Firing Catches Players Off Guard
A number of Jets' players were caught off guard when news broke that coach Eric Mangini had been fired. "Had this been two years ago I would say probably guys would have been relieved more than anything," tight end Chris Baker said. "I think this year he kind of won the guys over in the locker room by changing some of the things we had done in the past. When a lot of these guys came in we were like, 'Oh you don't know what you're in for.' But he changed enough where we enjoyed coming over to the building and working together and things like that." Some even blamed themselves for Mangini's departure. "I feel that we let him down, and we could have done a better job of making plays," wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery said. "It's tough. Eric is a great guy. ... It's just tough to see him go."
Reports: Mangini Out As Jets' Coach
Various reports out of New York claim that Eric Mangini is out as the head coach of the Jets. The Jets lost four of their last five games to finish 9-7 and miss the postseason. Mangini, 37, was 23-26 in three seasons with the Jets.
Jets' Mangini: I'll Be Back
Even after the Jets' monumental collapse in the second half of the season, coach Eric Mangini believes that he'll return to the team next season. "Yeah, I do," Mangini said when asked if he thought he'd be back. "Like I said, we don't discuss that. We have never discussed it throughout the course of the season, but that's my anticipation." However, New York's management was vague on Mangini's status. "We're gonna look at that," owner Woody Johnson said. "I'm gonna get my guys together after this, and we'll go through everything."
Favre Needs MRI, Says It Will Affect Future
Brett Favre will have an MRI exam Monday on his ailing right shoulder that will help him decide on his NFL future. Favre said he's been feeling discomfort in his right arm "for quite a while" and struggled down the stretch with nine interceptions and only two touchdowns in his last five games. "It hurts in the back [of the shoulder], hurts down in the biceps and, occasionally, in my neck," Favre said. "Other than that, it's fine."
Jets' Mangini On Critics: 'It's Part Of What We Do'
Jets' coach Eric Mangini has heard all the criticism he has received for the team's struggles down the stretch but realizes that it's just part of the game.
Ex-Dolphin Feely Would Love To Kick Miami Out Of First Place
Veteran kicker Jay Feely, who was cut by the Dolphins in training camp, would love to help knock the team out of first place.
Jets Have No Comment On Mangini's Status
Jets' owner Woody Johnson has declined multiple interview requests to discuss the future of head coach Eric Mangini, opting to wait until after the season.
Favre Hints That Sunday Could Be His Final Game
The Jets admitted for the first time on Wednesday that they want Brett Favre back in 2009, but the quarterback is questioning his health and has hinted that injuries could force retirement.
Favre Talking About Health Of Shoulder
Brett Favre is unsure whether he will be a member of the New York Jets in 2009.
Jets' Ellis Fined $10K For Throwing Snow At Fans
Jets defensive end Shaun Ellis has been fined $10,000 by the NFL for throwing snow at fans following the team's loss to the Seahawks on Sunday.
Pennington: My Wife And I Circled Week 17 Midseason
The Dolphins and Jets will meet on Sunday with the AFC Division on the line and the game will have special meaning for Chad Pennington, who was traded to Miami shortly before the season began.
Mangini: This Isn't The BCS, No Votes For Style Points
Jets' head coach Eric Mangini refused to criticize his team for its uneven performance against the Bills.
Favre: Coles' Vocal Nature Is What Makes Him Special
Brett Favre said he did not take offense to Laveranues Coles?s comments last week to Bay Area reporters about his role in the offense.
Mangini Huddles With Favre, Coles After Remark
Jets coach Eric Mangini has spoken to Laveranues Coles and Brett Favre about a remark the receiver made to the San Francisco media last week.
Coles Isn't A Huge Fan Of Favre
Jets wide receiver Laveranues Coles sounded almost bitter recently when discussing the affect Brett Favre has had on the team's offense since his arrival.
Jets' Ellis Will Play Despite Drug Charge
Jets' defensive end Shaun Ellis will play this Sunday against the 49ers despite being charged with possession of marijuana last weekend.
Favre: I've Got To Fall Apart Someday
Brett Favre is having a very good season at 39-years-old, but he knows he won't be able to play forever.
Packers Benefiting From Jets' Success
The Packers are benefiting from the regular season success of the Jets this season because of what they will receive in the Brett Favre trade.