Browns QB Brian Hoyer will get $8-12m per year in open market

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(Cleveland’s Brian Hoyer, Update from The NFL Today)


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Jets are Geno Smith’s team; for better or worse


The New York Jets lackluster play is more frustrating than normal because this team has shown that they have talent. Behind all of the penalties, turnovers, and play calls that will make your head spin is a team that has managed to keep every game close. This is a team that was actually beating up on the Green Bay Packers 21-3 at one point.

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NY Jets should effectively rush Aaron Rodgers

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This NY Jets defense contains arguably Rex Ryan’s best pass rush since he came to New York in 2009.

Through the years, he’s been able to call defensive gems against the likes of Peyton Manning and Tom Brady. He did so against Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers back in 2010, but the offense faltered and the Jets were shutout 9-0. Rodgers went just 15 of 34 for 74 yards and 0 touchdowns in that one.

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NY Jets just cannot lose to Raiders rookie QB Derek Carr

New York Jets v Tennessee Titans

If there’s one category Rex Ryan is dominant in, it’s his ability to make rookie quarterbacks look like they don’t belong on the field. With a 7-3 record against rookie quarterbacks, Jets fans should look forward to seeing Derek Carr step out onto the MetLife Stadium turf with the Oakland Raiders. Some NFL pundits wonder whether Derek Carr should even be on the field this weekend.

Say what you will about Matt Schaub and his 2013 pick-six plague over the course of 10 games, but he has been slinging the ball on NFL defenses since 2004. The Jets secondary that will run out onto the field this Sunday would’ve been one of the worst secondaries that Schaub has seen throughout his 128 career starts. With Dee Milliner all but ruled out for Sunday, Ryan goes from Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie to Kyle Wilson and Antonio Allen.

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New York Jets 2012 Fantasy Football Preview

The New York Jets are a perfect example of how the offseason’s main story lines can have little impact on the fantasy relevance of a team. If you haven’t heard, the Jets acquired Tim Tebow from the Denver Broncos, kicking off a entirely over-dramatic quarterback controversy which most likely doesn’t exist.

In this preview, I’ll assume that Mark Sanchez is the starter with Tebow coming in for special packages which in essence will make both Sanchez and Tebow relatively undraftable in most fantasy leagues.

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New York Jets vs. San Diego Chargers: Brutally Honest Game Preview

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Man do I hate the New York Jets. I truly hate them so much that in past articles I’ve said the Jets are more evil than Al Qaeda. And this was before they shocked my beloved New England Patriots in the most kick-to-the-groiniest AFC Divisional playoff game in NFL history. I still have visions of that asinine drive-to-nowhere that consumed about 10 minutes in the late third quarter as the Pats were down two scores.

Brady, Belichick WTF on that one?

But as much as I hate the Jets, they are good for business. They make headlines, (Rex Ryan foot fetish, Jenn Sterger receiving dong pics, Ines Sainz sexual harassment, Braylon Edwards DUI, Bart Scott shooting his mouth off, Ryan constantly shooting his mouth off) and in 2010 they turned into the NFL’s version of an out of control frat house.

Or the NFL’s answer to Jersey Shore (Sanchez is the situation, Ryan is J Woww, see the whole analogy here). But I need the Jets and Ryan for good copy, and the beat goes on this fall.

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Indianapolis Colts-New York Jets Primer


It sure has been a long week, but Wild Card Weekend is finally upon us.

After days of anticipating and listening to New York Jets coach Rex Ryan elaborate on his personal vendettas, the AFC playoffs get underway Saturday at 8 p.m. as the No. 3-seeded Indianapolis Colts (10-6) play host to Ryan’s No. 6-seeded Jets (11-5) at Lucas Oil Stadium in a rematch of last year’s AFC Championship game.

The Colts beat the Jets 30-17 last January to advance to Super Bowl XLIV, and the outspoken Jets coach let it be known earlier this week that he wants revenge, not only for last year’s loss but also for his history of suffering defeats at the hands of Colts quarterback Peyton Manning. Manning is 5-1 against Ryan’s defenses, dating back to when the New York head man served as defensive coordinator of the Baltimore Ravens. The one victory came in Week 16 of 2009 when Indianapolis chose to pull its starters in the third quarter rather than continue to chase an undefeated season. Therefore, one might say Manning is perfect against Ryan’s defenses in meaningful games.

That certainly explains why Ryan wants this win Saturday. But will the Jets be able to pull off the road upset, or will the Colts continue their mastery of Ryan’s teams? A few key areas of interest clear the picture a bit.

The quarterbacks

Not much explanation is needed on the Colts’ side. Manning, one of the most prolific passers in NFL history, is coming off a regular season in which he completed a league-record 450 passes for a career-high 4,700 yards. He is 9-9 all-time in the playoffs but has beaten Ryan’s defenses both times he’s faced such units in the postseason (2006 AFC Divisional contest against the Baltimore Ravens and last year’s AFC title game). Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez played extremely well in the first half when the two teams last met in Indianapolis, but he couldn’t keep up with Manning and the Colts’ offense once they rallied. Sanchez has thrown for 3,291 yards and 17 touchdowns this season, but on the whole, he hasn’t shown much improvement from his rookie campaign. Whether he can throw with Manning will go a long way to determine New York’s chances.

Other key matchups

  • The Jets’ offensive line vs. the Colts’ defensive front seven. It’s become quite clear what the Jets like to do on offense: run the ball. However, New York’s rushing attack has seemed to regress down the stretch. One can point to running back LaDainian Tomlinson’s wearing down midseason, but fellow rusher Shonn Greene also has struggled to gain yards on the ground. Indy’s run defense, on the other hand, has improved dramatically in the last month of play, holding Jacksonville, Oakland and Tennessee, all teams with heralded running games, to less than 100 yards rushing. If the Colts’ defensive unit can contain the Jets’ ground attack and force Sanchez to make plays with his arm, the key matchup becomes New York’s tackles against Indy’s speedy pass-rushers, Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis. Stopping the run will be the first order of business for the Colts on defense.
  • Colts receiver Pierre Garcon vs. Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie. I’ve been hearing a lot of commentary on how the Jets were “one corner away” from avoiding the onslaught that Manning and the Colts’ offense executed in the second half of last year’s AFC Championship game. Well, they’ve got another one in Cromartie, who has a favorable history against Manning. He intercepted the Colts quarterback three times in a regular-season contest in 2007 and then once in a rematch in the playoffs following that season. Garcon has big-play ability but tends to drop passes when covered tightly. While New York’s No. 1 corner, Darrelle Revis, figures to spell Indy’s Reggie Wayne, keep an eye on the Garcon-Cromartie battle on the other side. It could go a long way in determining Manning’s — or Cromartie’s — ability to break the game wide open.
  • Colts’ Jacob Tamme and Blair White vs. Jets’ linebackers. Manning did much of his damage in last year’s meeting in the middle of the field with tight end Dallas Clark and receiver Austin Collie. Both are lost for the season, and Tamme and White, respectively, take their positions. Both have done well in general, but can they be as effective against a strong group of Jets linebackers? Watch Tamme in particular. Manning has developed a trust in the third-year tight end as his play is quite similar to that of Clark. Tamme has quietly ranked among the league-leading tight ends in receptions.

Rex Ryan Foot Fetish? New York Jets Providing Media Fodder Again


As you no doubt already know the New York Jets recently suspended strength and conditioning coach Sal Alosi indefinitely after he blatantly tripped a Dolphins player during a punt return. The NFL isn’t even through investigating that situation when lightning of negative PR struck the Jets again.

Or maybe it’s not extremely negative PR…depending on uhm, whatever “floats your boat.”

According to, the Jets Head Coach has a severe foot fetish.

In a conference call with Chicago reporters leading up to Sunday’s big game with the Bears, Ryan didn’t deny a report that shows a number of videos of a woman who looks very much like his wife showing off her feet while a cameraman — who sounds like Ryan — talks to the woman.

Either way, it’s yet another off-the-field distraction for the 2010 New York Jets who are about as unlovable as Al Qaeda, the Taliban and Mujahideen combined. Here are the top reasons why, and none involve foot fetishes.

By Paul M. Banks

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