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Percy Harvin Set To Join Rex Ryan in Buffalo

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

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 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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Jets Introduce Todd Bowles

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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Bills Welcome Rex Ryan to Buffalo

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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Jets Fire Head Coach Rex Ryan, GM John Idzik

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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Report: Rex Ryan Preparing To Be Fired

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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QB Geno Smith Thinks Jets Could Benefit from Coaching Change

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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ESPN: Jets Prepared To Hire Charley Casserly as Consultant

ESPN: Jets Prepared To Hire Charley Casserly as Consultant

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(FLORHAM PARK, N.J.) -- In the eyes of some, the 2014 New York Jets season is coming to a merciful end next week.

Black Monday, however, may be a merciless day at One Jets Drive, as owner Woody Johnson may clean house of the football operations department -- notably Head Coach Rex Ryan and General Manager John Idzik.

 According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Jets will hire Charley Casserly to be a, "consultant in the event [Woody Johnson] decides to make major changes."

"I know one thing for sure: Woody is going to do what he thinks is going to help this organization win. Whether it's Charley Casserly or whoever, that's what he'll do," Ryan said when asked about the potential hiring of Casserly.

Casserly, 66, was formerly the general manager of the Washington Redskins.  He oversaw the drafting of notable players including Brian Mitchell, Stephen Davis, Champ Bailey, Mark Schlereth, and Frank Wycheck.

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Jets Name Geno Smith Starter for Monday’s Game Against Dolphins

Jets Name Geno Smith Starter for Monday’s Game Against Dolphins

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- After losing his starting spot to Michael Vick Week 9, Geno Smith has gotten his old job back.

The New York Jets announced Wednesday that Smith will be the starting quarterback during their game Monday night against the Miami Dolphins.

"As an organization, all of our decisions are organizational driven," Jets head coach Rex Ryan said during a conference call Wednesday. "We just want to get Geno another opportunity to show what he can do. Obviously we like the way he finished last season. We've had some bumps in the road this year. We sat him down for a few weeks and we'll see how he responds."

Smith relieved Vick during the Jets' 38-3 loss to the Buffalo Bills Monday. Vick had completed 7 of 19 passes with an interception before giving way to Smith. Smith played solid completing 10 of 12 passes for 89 yards.

The 24-year-old Smith, who the Jets selected with the 39th overall pick in the 2013 Draft, has played in 25 games during his career with Gang Green. During that time he has completed 56.4 percent of his passes throwing for 4,505 yards, 19 touchdowns and 31 interceptions. Smith has also ran for 509 yards and seven touchdowns.

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Rex Ryan Fined for On-Field Cursing

Rex Ryan Fined for On-Field Cursing

Nick Laham/Getty Images(FLORHAM PARK, N.J.) -- New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan was fined $100,000 Friday by the NFL after cameras caught him yelling profanity after their matchup with the Steelers.

Despite the hefty fine, Ryan made fun of the situation.

“Yeah, I think I was saying thank you,” Ryan joked early in the week. “Emotions run high in games, and sometimes I think its best (that) what happens on the field stays on the field. That’s where it stems from. It’s a very emotional game. Obviously, I have to do a good job of controlling my emotions and things like that. Things happen and I am sorry if I offended anybody.”

 According to ESPN's Chris Mortensen the severity of the fine is based around this being Ryan's third such infraction.

In 2011, Ryan was fined $75,000 for cursing at a fan after the fan yelled "Bill Belichick is a better coach than you."

In 2010 he was fined $50,000 for flipping the bird to a fan at an MMA event.

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Jets Stun Steelers with 20-13 Victory

Jets Stun Steelers with 20-13 Victory

Nick Lahem/Getty Images(EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ) -- With fans flying protest signs over the team practice facility early in the week and a white-hot Pittsburgh Steelers team coming into the Meadowlands, no one expected much from the Jets Sunday.

Gang Green surprised everyone when they defeated Pittsburgh 20-13 and took the ball away from the Steelers four times. The Jets had had only three takeaways prior to that on the season.

Michael Vick was efficient, completing 10 of 18 passes for 132 yards and two touchdown passes.  Most noteworthy was that Vick became the first quarterback in NFL history to rush for 6,000 yards in his career.

The Jets defense befuddled Ben Roethlisberger for almost the entire game.  Roethlisberger entered the game having thrown for six touchdowns in two consecutive games. He didn't find the end zone until there was 1:16 left in the fourth quarter, when he escaped pressure, extended the play and connected with Martavis Bryant for an 80-yard touchdown.

The big star of the game was Jets safety Jaiquawn Jarrett, who intercepted Roethlisberger twice, recovered a fumble and recorded a sack of Big Ben.

With the win the Jets break an eight-game losing streak and avoid setting a franchise record for most consecutive losses.

 

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Idzik Shoulders Blame for Jets Season

Idzik Shoulders Blame for Jets Season

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(FLORHAM PARK, NJ) -- In a season that has left fans irate, Jets General Manager John Idzik addressed the media and accepted the blame for a New York team off to a 1-7 start.

In his mid-season press conference, Idzik took accountability for the dissapointing start.

"It starts with me," Idzik stated. "My performance as General Manager, everything falls under me."

Idzik's hand picked quarterback Geno Smith has dramatically regressed in his second season.  In the worst start ever by a Jets quarterback, Smith completed two of eight passes for five yards and had three interceptions.

When asked who would start at quarterback this week against the Kansas City Chiefs, Idzik deflected the responsibility to head coach Rex Ryan, simply stating it was "an organizational decision... everyone has a card in that game" and that Ryan would answer that question.

In a later press conference Ryan announced that he would go ahead with Mike Vick.

In spite of the terrible performances, Idzik maintained support for Smith.

"He is still a New York Jet," Idzik said when asked if Geno would see the field again this season. "We are still trying to develop Geno Smith."

The Jets general manager remained adamant that this is a long-term plan.  It remains to be seen if anyone will be left when the season is over to execute it.

 

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Jets Commit Six Turnovers, Turn To Vick

Jets Commit Six Turnovers, Turn To Vick

Nick Lahem/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- With a three-and-out and three interceptions to open the game the Geno Smith era in New York may soon be over.

As the clock ticked under five minutes to go in the first quarter the Jets handed the reigns to Mike Vick.  That would still not be enough as New York lost to the Bills 43-23 and committed six turnovers on the day.

"I made the move to go to Mike and I think we responded," Rex Ryan said. "There was a lot of good things we did with Mike in there."

With Vick under center New York pulled close as Nick Folk hit a 55-yard field goal to narrow the gap to 24-17.

Turnovers continued to haunt the Jets throughout the day. Vick commited three turnovers of his own that killed any momentum New York had built.

"We have to take care of the football better," Ryan stated.

Buffalo stormed away in the second half though as Kyle Orton tossed a pair of touchdowns to Scott Chandler and rookie wideout Sammy Watkins.  Orton finished the day completing 10 of 17 passes with four touchdowns - the first time in his career he had done so.

When asked who would start next week for the Jets when they travel to Kansas City, Ryan deferred only saying, "we'll look at that later."

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Jets Hope to Snap Losing Streak in New England

Jets Hope to Snap Losing Streak in New England

Nick Lahem/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The New York Jets are hoping to avoid a sixth consecutive loss on Thursday night when they take on the New England Patriots.

The Patriots are looking for their sixth consecutive regular season home victory over the Jets.

There has been much criticism over head coach Rex Ryan going with second year starter Geno Smith instead of veteran Michael Vick, but Ryan has faith he'll turn it around.

"I think Geno is the best way to go right now," Ryan said. "That's why I'm comfortable saying he will be our starter."

Ryan said this week that the team doesn't need any extra motivation and believes in his team.

"It's going to be there. Both teams don't like each other," Ryan said.  "There's respect for each other, but I don't think you really like each other. We know we have to be at our very best."

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Geno Smith Blames Media for Poor Play

Geno Smith Blames Media for Poor Play

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(NEW YORK) --  Expectations have not been met this far for the New York Jets and their fans. After a surprising 8-8 season in 2013, hopes were high entering 2014.

This season the team is 1-5, currently on a five game losing streak. As the team prepares to face their division rival New England Patriots, Geno Smith spoke with the New England media via conference call. 

When asked about his roller coaster play, Smith did not shoulder all of the blame but pointed the finger at the media.

"For me, it hasn’t been," Smith said, according to a transcript of the call. "I think, obviously, with everything that goes on with the media, a lot of things are, I would say, miscommunicated, and then it just gets misprinted and then misunderstood.

"I don’t have any quarrels with anything. The main thing is that we just have to find a way to get a win. The hardest part about it all is losing. With the effort, the time that we put in, the preparation that we put in throughout the week, coming up with game plans -- we always have a really good game plan going in -- and then obviously we haven’t executed as well as we’d like. Those things are tougher than I guess what can be said and what is portrayed out there in the media." 

Smith can point fingers, but the stats do not lie: In six games this season, Smith has six touchdowns, seven interceptions and completed 57% of his passes.

 

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Derek Carr, Raiders, Ready for Jets on Sunday

Derek Carr, Raiders, Ready for Jets on Sunday

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(OAKLAND, Calif.) -- Oakland Raiders rookie quarterback Derek Carr will get his first start on Sunday against the Jets on the road.

Carr was named the starter earlier this week over veteran quarterback Matt Schaub and is ready for everything that Jets head coach Rex Ryan has to throw at him.

"He’s got a great blitz package. He’s got, obviously, a lot of different looks that he’ll show. Me being a rookie, he’s probably going to want to show them all. I go in and expect, as much as I can, I expect everything. Then if something doesn’t happen, then I’ll be surprised," Carr said Tuesday.

"That’s how I have to prepare. I have to prepare for everything, even maybe for something he hasn’t shown but could show," he continued. "Obviously I reach out to anybody who can help me. I called my brother because he’s played them seven times. I called him and said, ‘Hey, let’s talk Jets. You were there, you’ve seen them.’ So we talked. I picked his brain, took notes and that was it. Now I went about my business for the rest of the week, picked [Matt] Schaub’s brain, picked the coaches’ brain, so I expect a lot."

The Raiders have a brand new roster full of veterans to go along with Carr. Still, Ryan isn't concerned about it.

"We’re just going to show up and do what we do. Again, we played the Raiders last year, we’ve seen their tape, they’ve seen us and everything else. That part of it is, it’s not like, oh, all of a sudden you’re going to run the wishbone, which by the way, we’re going to run this game. That part of it, ‘oh, we’re holding them back,’ I don’t believe that, everybody, you just play, and that’s really what you do," Ryan said on Wednesday.

The Raiders have lost 12 straight games on the East coast, but Ryan doesn't think geographic location has anything to do with it.

"I think at one point it’s overblown, because I think when you look at last year the teams that had the most success were west coast teams coming to the east coast. Now, obviously with the Raiders having bad numbers, they haven’t had the success of it, but I think it’s football is football, regardless of where you play it,” Ryan said of their poor record.

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Jets Have Faith in Geno Smith

Jets Have Faith in Geno Smith

Nick Lahem/Getty Images(CORTLAND, N.Y.) -- New York Jets veteran quarterback Michael Vick believes second-year quarterback Geno Smith will be "10 times" better than he was last year.

The Jets signed Vick to be the backup to the young Smith in the offseason and he's taken it in stride.

"He's going to be great," Vick said Tuesday after practice. "He's going to be 10 times better than where he was last year, and I'm looking forward to it."

"You see guys around the league, around his age, having success and doing good things for their ball club, and I think he wants to fall right into that echelon," Vick continued.

Smith will start the preseason opener on Thursday night against the Indianapolis Colts.

"I want to see some production," head coach Rex Ryan said of Smith. "I think we'll see it. I know [Smith] will have the command. Let's have the production, too.".

Ryan, who is relying on the success of the team for another contract, believes that having Vick as a backup is a good thing for Smith.

"When you have a Mike Vick come in here, you'd better be at the top of your game," Ryan said.

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Jets Draft QB Tajh Boyd

Jets Draft QB Tajh BoydKevin C. Cox/Getty Images(FLORHAM PARK, N.J.) -- The New York Jets selected former Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd with the 213th overall pick on Saturday. Jets head coach Rex Ryan's son, Seth, is a freshman wide receiver on Clemson and gave the Jets and...

Jets’ WR Eric Decker Looking Forward to 2014 Season

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Jets Part Ways with Santonio Holmes

Jets Part Ways with Santonio HolmesJeff Zelevansky/Getty Images(NEW YORK) --  The New York Jets released wide receiver Santonio Holmes on Monday, ending his four-year tenure with the team. The former Super Bowl MVP with the Pittsburgh Steelers was traded to the Jets in 2010.  ...
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