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New York Jets Hire Chan Gailey to Run Offense

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(FLORHAM PARK, N.J.) -- The New York Jets are overhauling their team. Tuesday, the Jets have officially hired Chan Gailey as offensive coordinator.

Gailey, 63, most recently served as head coach of the Buffalo Bills from 2010 through 2012.  The offensive-minded coach formerly led the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and Dallas Cowboys.  He was also the offensive coordinator of the Kansas City Chiefs and Pittsburgh Steelers. 

"He understands football and is a very good communicator and teacher with players," said former Steelers head coach Bill Cowher to "He understands the strengths of players and puts players in positions where they will succeed."

Gailey joins newly hired head coach Todd Bowles as the Jets try to rebound from a 4-12 season.  Bowles took the head position after serving as the Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator for the past two seasons.

"Chan has been a head coach as well and the other thing I think he gives Todd is a voice of reason." Cowher said. "A guy that Todd can go to about the numerous amount of elements of being a head coach that are going to be new to Todd."

Former players have great respect for Gailey, both as a coach and a professional. Bills running back C.J. Spiller, an impending free agent, told the New York Daily News he believed it would be a "perfect match" to re-join Gailey and that "he’s going to treat you like you’re a grown man. He’s going to give you respect."

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Report: Patriots File Tampering Charges Against Jets

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(NEW YORK) -- The New England Patriots have filed tampering charges against the New York Jets over comments made by team owner Woody Johnson during an end-of-season press conference.

The NFL office is looking into whether Johnson committed a violation for comments he made regarding cornerback Darrelle Revis.

During a December 29th press conference, when Johnson announced the firing of Rex Ryan and John Idzik, a reporter responding to Johnson's acknowledgement that the team should have spent more money last season asked, "how much of it was your decision [to not re-sign Revis], when he made it clear he wanted to come back?"

"Darrelle is a great player and if I thought I could have gotten him for that, I probably would have taken him," Johnson responded. "It was our best judgment to do what we did, but I'd love for Darrelle to come back."

Johnson realizing he made a mistake in his comments issued a statement the next day saying he, "misspoke" and called Patriots owner Robert Kraft to "emphasize those points."

If found in violation of the league's anti-tampering rules, Johnson could face a fine or the team could forfeit a draft pick.

Revis is due $20 million next year as a contract option with the Patriots.  If they decline the option, he will become a free agent. 

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Jets New GM Fires Top Two College Scouts

New York Jets(FLORHAM PARK, N.J.) -- The New York Jets are undergoing an overhaul.

New general manager Mike MacCagnan has informed senior director of college scouting, Terry Bradway and director of college scouting Jeff Bauer that they are being dismissed from their duties.

"Today, I informed Terry and Jeff that the organization will be moving forward without them," Maccagnan said. "They have made valuable contributions to the New York Jets for more than a decade and we wish them both success in the future."

Bradway has been with the Jets for the past 14 seasons. From 2001-2005 Bradway served the Jets as their general manager before taking a scouting role with the team when he was replaced by Mike Tannenbaum.

MacCagnan intends to reform the front office.  According to ESPN New York, the team intends to hire former Jaguars GM Gene Smith as the "right-hand" man to the Jets general manager.

According to the New York Daily News, the team also intends to release Rod Graves from an executive role.  Graves was brought in by the recently fired John Idzik. 

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Jets Tap MacCagnan as General Manager

New York Jets(FLORHAM PARK, N.J.) -- The New York Jets have found a "football guy" to lead their team. Gang Green tapped Mike Maccagnan, former Houston Texans director of college scouting, to be their new general manager, the team announced Tuesday.

Owner Woody Johnson relied on the help of former NFL executives Charley Casserly and Ron Wolf to aid in his search for new leadership of the franchise.  

“I want to thank Charley Casserly and Ron Wolf for their contributions during this search. Their experience, guidance and expertise have been invaluable. We are proud to welcome Mike to the organization and I am confident that he will help us build a winning team,” Johnson said.

While general manager of the Redskins, Casserly discovered MacCagnan and gave him his first chance in the NFL with Washington in 1999. When Casserly moved on as general manager of the Houston Texans in 2000, he brought MacCagnan along as a pro scout. 

MacCagnan replaces former general manager John Idzik, who was fired along with head coach Rex Ryan on December 29.

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Report: Jets Will Name Todd Bowles Head Coach

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(FLORHAM PARK, N.J.) -- The Jets have found their replacement for Rex Ryan: Todd Bowles. 

ESPN's Josina Anderson was informed by Bowles via text message that he will take the head coaching position with New York. ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the deal is for four years.

Bowles comes over from the Arizona Cardinals where he served as defensive coordinator for the past two seasons. Previously, he served in the same position with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2012 and was the assistant head coach of the Miami Dolphins from 2008-2011. Bowles was also the interim head coach of the Dolphins for the final three games of the 2011 season.

This season, the Cardinals finished 11-5, carried largely by their defense, especially after starting quarterback Carson Palmer was injured in week 10.  Arizona finished 5th in points allowed (18.7 ppg).

Bowles, 51, is New Jersey native who grew up in Elizabeth and attended Temple University. He played 8 seasons in the NFL: seven with the Washington Redskins (1986-1990, 1992-93) and one with the San Francisco 49ers (1991).

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RB Chris Johnson Arrested for Carrying Unconcealed Handgun

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(ORLANDO, Fl. ) -- New York Jets running back Chris Johnson was arrested Friday after a police officer discovered a handgun in his car.

The officer pulled Johnson's car over after he passed through a traffic stop.  Upon approaching the car, the handgun was discovered between the seats.

Johnson was charged with the open carry of a firearm -- a second degree misdemeanor. According to, Johnson does have a license to carry the gun in the state of Florida.

In 2014, Johnson rushed for 663 yards on 155 carries and one touchdown.

If the Jets were to cut Johnson this offseason, they could save $3.75 million.


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Jets Fire Head Coach Rex Ryan, GM John Idzik

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(FLORHAM PARK, N.J.) -- The Rex Ryan era is over in New York. The team informed Ryan that he will not be brought back as their head coach in 2015, along with general manager John Idzik.

"Both Rex and John made significant contributions to the team, and they have my appreciation and gratitude for their efforts and commitment. Over the years, Rex brought the Jets a bold confidence and a couple of great postseason runs, which all of us will remember," team owner Woody Johnson said in a statement.

Ryan took over the team prior to the 2009 season and experienced immediate success. He made the AFC Championship Game in his first two seasons with Mark Sanchez starting at quarterback.

The Jets and Ryan struggled to keep up in the AFC. The team never won more than eight games in a single season after 2010.

Overall, Ryan went 46-50 as the team's head coach in the regular season, but 4-2 in the postseason.

Idzik came under fire for his poor drafting and personnel decisions since being hired in 2013.

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Jets Beat Dolphins, 37-24, Rex Ryan Awaits Future

Nick Lahem/Getty Images(MIAMI GARDENS, Fla.) -- The New York Jets won their final game for head coach Rex Ryan on Sunday with his job status in question.

Jets quarterback Geno Smith led the Jets to a 37-24 victory with three touchdown passes.  He threw for 358 yards.

New York scored 13 points in the fourth quarter and held Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill to one touchdown and 259 yards.

Ryan has cleared out his office at the practice facility and also told friends that he'll be fired, reports

"I think we all expect what's going to happen is going to happen," Ryan said after the win. "I'm not afraid of what lies ahead, I can tell you that."

Ryan spent the past six seasons with the Jets and led them to back-to-back AFC title games during his tenure, but the last few seasons have been anything but pretty.

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Report: Rex Ryan Preparing To Be Fired

Nick Lahem/Getty Images(FLORHAM PARK, N.J.) -- Rex Ryan is cleaning out his office after the reported hiring of Charley Casserly as a consultant to the New York Jets.

According to, Ryan is preparing to be fired on Monday after the Jets play their season finale against the Miami Dolphins. 

Additionally it is being reported that Casserly has begun contacting prospective head coaching candidates as well as several General Manager candidates to replace John Idzik.

Ryan is 45-50 in his six seasons with the Jets and also has four playoff victories in his tenure.  

The fault of the Ryan/ Idzik marriage can be placed squarely on owner Woody Johnson.  After firing General Manager Mike Tannenbaum, Johnson insisted that the next GM inherit Ryan. Johnson hired a search firm and chose Idzik to be the man in charge.  After two seasons in which Idzik continually failed to find impact players, the Jets appear to be starting back at square one; a familiar spot under Johnson's ownership.

Since purchasing the team Johnson will have cycled through four head coaches and three general managers.


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QB Geno Smith Thinks Jets Could Benefit from Coaching Change

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Rex Ryan's tenure as the head coach of the New York Jets could be in its final week, and quarterback Geno Smith doesn't necessarily think that would be the worst thing for the franchise.

"To reset and re-adjust is a tough thing to do, but we're professionals and we have to do it," Smith said. "A change could be good for us all, so if it happens -- when it happens -- then we'll see."

In 13 games this season, Smith has thrown for 2,167 yards with 10 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.

Ryan made the AFC Championship game his first two seasons with the team, but the Jets have gone 25-38 since. At 3-12, the Jets will miss the postseason for the third-straight season.

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