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Tuesday
May052015

Rex Ryan Meets with La'el Collins, Dolphins Also in Pursuit

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(NEW ORLEANS) -- LSU offensive lineman La'el Collins went undrafted this year thanks to personal drama -- his pregnant ex-girlfriend was found murdered. But now that he has finished speaking with Baton Rouge Police officials, he is one of the hottest free agents on the market.

Collins, who was considered a consensus first-round pick, was not considered a suspect, but teams were wary of selecting him until he spoke with the police Monday. 

All 32 teams reportedly have expressed interest in signing Collins, but Buffalo Bills head coach Rex Ryan met with Collins for dinner Monday, according to ESPN.

The Bills did not have a first round selection in the draft after trading it to the Browns last season to move up and select wide receiver Sammy Watkins.

Collins is also scheduled to meet with the Miami Dolphins later this week.

 

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Saturday
Apr182015

Rex Ryan Critical of Jets Tight End Amaro Again

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(NEW YORK) -- Buffalo Bills head coach Rex Ryan is taking aim at his former team, in particular second year tight end Jace Amaro.

 This is the second time Ryan has had harsh words towards Amaro in an interview with Kim Jones on WFAN in New York.

 The kid's got some talent," Ryan told WFAN on Saturday. "I'm just going to leave it at that. I just know one thing: He totally misspoke, and talk about accountable—he's going to be accountable when he go to play him. He's going to be accountable for his comments.

"It's not the truth. That kid's a little... he's going to get... we'll see what happens."

The comment that initially caught the attention of Ryan's ire was:

"He's not really playing around with everyone being late," Amaro said of new Jets head coach Todd Bowles. "We had an issue with that last year. Guys just weren't accountable last year as much as they could be. I think that's the biggest thing. [Bowles is] making sure everyone's gonna be 100 percent in or he's not going to be on the team."

Amaro was not the only member of the Jets to intimate similar comments. During last season linebacker Demario Davis at one point remarked, "I don't see a lot of guys putting a lot of effort into film study." Rookie safety Calvin Pryor missed several meetings and was benched at several points during the season.

Amaro's comments were in reference to quarterback Geno Smith arriving late to the team hotel before a road game in San Diego last season.  Smith started the game the next day.


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Saturday
Mar142015

Percy Harvin Set to Join Rex Ryan in Buffalo

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(BUFFALO, N.Y.) -- After half a season with Rex Ryan as a member of the New York Jets, Percy Harvin will be shuffling off to Buffalo.

Harvin has reportedly agreed to a one-year contract with the Bills, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. The deal is for about $6 million, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. 

Last season in a split-season with the Seahawks and Jets, Harvin caught 51 passes for 483 yards and one touchdown.  He also ran 33 times for 202 yards and one touchdown.

Harvin, 26, was a first-round selection of the Minnesota Vikings in the 2009 NFL draft. He has found it hard maintaining long-term tenure with a team since being traded from Minnesota to Seattle in 2013.

After spending much of 2013 rehabbing a hip injury with Seattle, Harvin was traded to the Jets in 2014 just eight games into the season.


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Saturday
Mar072015

Jets Re-Up MLB David Harris To Three-Year Deal

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(FLORHAM PARK, N.J.) -- The New York Jets are bringing back David Harris to lead their defense for a few more seasons.  

The 31-year-old linebacker known as "Hitman," signed a three-year contract worth $21.5 million, $15 million of it guaranteed in the first two seasons.   

"After hearing the plans and vision of Coach Bowles and Mike Maccagnan, there was no doubt I wanted to return, help win a Super Bowl with the Green & White, and retire a Jet," Harris said. 

The Buffalo Bills, now led by former Jets head coach Rex Ryan, and the Miami Dolphins who added former Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum to their front office, were expected to aggressively pursue Harris once free agency began.

Harris was selected by the Jets in the second round out of Michigan in 2006. He has played in all but five games since 2007.  


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Wednesday
Jan212015

Jets Introduce Todd Bowles

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Todd Bowles era in New York has begun.

Bowles was introduced on Wednesday by the Jets, and he understands that in the end it comes down to winning.

"We're going to be a tough team, intelligent team, do things the right way," Bowles said.  "Going forward we're going to everything we can to use all our resources, we're going to try and build a championship team here and that's my only job."

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.

"I'm just going to be myself," Bowles said when asked of how he'll handle the New York media.  "I'll deal with the media as they talk to me I'll talk to them."

"I'm open, honest, upfront," Bowles continued.  "I grew up here, I understand the media."

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).

Bowles understands that there will have to be a culture change in the locker room coming off the Rex Ryan era.

"We have to get to some of the players and we got to teach them our culture," Bowles said.  "Not that the other culture was bad, but it didn't win.  Our culture is going to try and instill different things in them from a winning organization."

Bowles said he'd also evaluate all the players on the staff, including quarterback Geno Smith, once all the coaches are in place.


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Wednesday
Jan142015

Bills Welcome Rex Ryan to Buffalo

dehooks/iStock/Thinkstock(ORCHARD PARK, N.Y.) -- The Buffalo Bills introduced Rex Ryan as their new head coach on Wednesday. He's replacing Doug Marrone, who opted out of his contract on New Year’s Eve.

“We are going to be tough,” Ryan said at a news conference. “We are going to be loyal to our fans as they are to us. We are going to earn that loyalty and that trust. One thing you are going to see come September, this team will be ready, period."

Ryan signed a five-year deal with an average salary of $5.5 million per year on Monday. He spent the last six seasons roaming the sidelines of the New York Jets. During his tenure, he compiled a record of 46-50, leading Gang Green to two appearances in the AFC Championship Game.

The Jets fired Ryan and general manager John Idzik on Dec. 29 after they finished the 2014 campaign with a 4-12 record.  It was fourth straight year New York has failed to make the postseason.

Ryan will take over a Bills defense that led the NFL with 54 sacks this past season.


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Monday
Jan122015

Buffalo Bills Hire Rex Ryan as Head Coach

Football Texture/iStockphoto(BUFFALO, N.Y.) -- The Buffalo Bills hired Rex Ryan as their new head coach, the team announced on Monday. Ryan will replace Doug Marrone, who opted out of his contract on New Year’s Eve.

Ryan inked a five-year deal with an average salary of $5.5 million per year. He spent the previous six seasons coaching the New York Jets, where he compiled a record of 46-50, leading them to two appearances in the AFC Championship Game.

“Following an extensive search, we are pleased today to announce that Rex Ryan is our new head coach,” Bills owner Terry Pegula said in a statement. “Rex brings  wealth of experience and enthusiasm to the position that we feel will be a tremendous benefit to our players and the entire Bills organization.”

The Jets fired Ryan and general manager John Idzik on Dec. 29 after they finished the 2014 campaign with a 4-12 record. It was the fourth straight year New York has failed to make the postseason.

Ryan will take over a Bills defense that led the NFL with 54 sacks this past season.


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Sunday
Jan112015

Report: Bills Set to Hire Rex Ryan as Head Coach

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(BUFFALO, N.Y.) -- The Buffalo Bills are finalizing a deal to hire Rex Ryan as their new head coach, according to ESPN. Ryan will replace Doug Marrone, who opted out of his contract on New Year’s Eve.

Ryan spent the previous six seasons coaching the New York Jets, where he compiled a record of 46-50, leading them to two appearances in the AFC Championship.

The Jets fired Ryan and general manager John Idzik on Dec. 29 after they finished the 2014 campaign with a 4-12 record. It was the fourth straight year New York has failed to make the post-season.

Ryan will take over a Bills defense that led the NFL with 54 sacks this past season.


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Monday
Dec292014

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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Sunday
Dec282014

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 NJ.com, 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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