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NY Jets owner Woody Johnson should fire Rex Ryan in addition to…

NY Jets owner Woody Johnson should fire Rex Ryan in addition to GM Mike Tannenbaum

That huge sigh of relief you heard on Monday morning was emanating from Florham Park and it came from Rex Ryan. On Black Monday around the NFL, Ryan was not singing the same blues as seven of his other coaching brethren from around the league.
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  • Rob Ninkovich appears to have avoided serious injury

    Rob Ninkovich appears to have avoided serious injury

    profootballtalk.com Dec 31, 2012
    The Patriots had a pretty successful day against the Dolphins on Sunday, shutting out the visitors from Florida 28-0 and getting tight end Rob Gronkowski some game action before the playoffs. The only black mark on the day was a hip injury suffered by d…
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  • QBR: AFC East struggles

    QBR: AFC East struggles

    ESPN.com Dec 31, 2012
    In non-Black Monday news, it was not a banner week for AFC East quarterbacks in the regular-season finale. Other than New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, the quarterbacks struggled. Brady lead the AFC East once again with a 65.0 Total Quarterbac…
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  • Report: Josh McDaniels tells teams he won’t interview

    Report: Josh McDaniels tells teams he won’t interview

    profootballtalk.com Dec 31, 2012
    Earlier on Monday, we shared a quote from Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels in which he said that he was going to keep his focus on the job he has “right now” in regard to queries about interest in head coaching vacancies. The phrasing was
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  • Revis Focuses on Return, One He Hopes Is With the Jets

    Revis Focuses on Return, One He Hopes Is With the Jets

    nytimes.com Dec 31, 2012
    Darrelle Revis, out since Week 3 with a torn anterior cruciate ligament, said he would like to stay with the Jets for the long term.
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  • Russ Brandon’s solo meeting with Ralph Wilson not viewed as goo…

    Russ Brandon’s solo meeting with Ralph Wilson not viewed as good news for Buddy Nix

    profootballtalk.com Dec 31, 2012
    The Bills already have fired their head coach, even though their G.M. said he was safe. Now, their G.M. may be in danger, grave or otherwise. Tim Graham of the Buffalo News reports that team CEO Russ Brandon has traveled to Detroit to meet with owner Ra…
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  • Patriots’ Ryan Wendell led the NFL in playing time

    Patriots’ Ryan Wendell led the NFL in playing time

    profootballtalk.com Dec 31, 2012
    If you’re an NFL fan, you probably know who led the league in rushing yards (Adrian Peterson), receiving yards (Calvin Johnson) and sacks (J.J. Watt). But do you know who led the league in playing time? Probably not. And until this season, it was imposs
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  • Reggie Bush: 'Hopefully I'll be back'

    Reggie Bush: 'Hopefully I'll be back'

    ESPN.com Dec 31, 2012
    Running back Reggie Bush isn't sure if he’s played his last game with Miami Dolphins (7-9). His two-year contract with Miami ended with Sunday’s regular-season finale against the New England Patriots. Bush, who led Miami in rushing with 986 yards, is
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  • Jets hold nose, ask Giants for help

    Jets hold nose, ask Giants for help

    profootballtalk.com Dec 31, 2012
    Perhaps Jets owner Woody Johnson is finally interested in stealing something besides the back pages from the Giants. According to Kimberly Jones of the NFL Network, the Jets have asked permission to talk to Giants college scouting director Marc Ross for…
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  • Jets already have two GM targets

    Jets already have two GM targets

    ESPN.com Dec 31, 2012
    The first two names have surfaced in the New York Jets' general manager search. ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Jets are seeking permission to talk to San Francisco 49ers player personnel director Tom Gamble. The Jaguars also want to interview Gamble, …
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  • Jets' Tony Sparano still standing

    Jets' Tony Sparano still standing

    ESPN.com Dec 31, 2012
    "Black Monday" has claimed plenty of head coaches, assistants and general managers around the NFL. But we have yet to hear word on New York Jets offensive coordinator Tony Sparano. What's the holdup? Sparano reportedly will be one-and-done aft…
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  • Jets and Jags ask to interview Tom Gamble

    Jets and Jags ask to interview Tom Gamble

    profootballtalk.com Dec 31, 2012
    At the moment, Tom Gamble works for one of the league’s more stable franchises. The 49ers director of player personnel apparently will have a chance to fix two that don’t share that designation. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that both the Jets and Ja
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  • Gailey's entire staff also fired in Buffalo

    Gailey's entire staff also fired in Buffalo

    The rebuilding Buffalo Bills will not promote their new head coach from within. Former head coach Chan Gailey announced in his final news conference Monday that the Bills also fired his entire coaching staff. That means defensive coordinator Dave Wannst…
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  • Chandler to have surgery next week

    Chandler to have surgery next week

    buffalobills.com Dec 31, 2012
    Bills TE Scott Chandler tore his ACL in the Week 16 loss to the Dolphins and was placed on injured reserve just days later. With the swelling now subsided Chandler has been scheduled for surgery. Chandler will have surgery to repair his torn ACL next we…
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  • Mark Sanchez: “I know we’re destined for great stuff here”

    Mark Sanchez: “I know we’re destined for great stuff here”

    profootballtalk.com Dec 31, 2012
    A miserable season hasn’t dampened Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez’s confidence. Sanchez told reporters today that after talking to head coach Rex Ryan, he’s as confident as ever that they’re going to build a great team together. “I had a good tal
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  • Bills, Bears, Chargers, Chiefs, Browns, Eagles all fire head co…

    Bills, Bears, Chargers, Chiefs, Browns, Eagles all fire head coaches

    profootballtalk.com Dec 31, 2012
    I noted in my Monday morning column today that it’s the worst day of the NFL year: Black Monday, when coaches and executives lose their job. This Black Monday is even crueler than most. Before noon, six NFL teams had fired their head coaches: The Bills
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  • Trindon Holliday Is 16-0

    Trindon Holliday Is 16-0

    deadspin.com Dec 31, 2012
    The NFL's shortest player is also its winningest. Return specialist Trindon Holliday just completed a perfect regular season, 5-0 with Houston, 11-0 with Denver, and he joins an exclusive club featuring the rosters of the 1972 Dolphins and the 2007 Patr…
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  • BDC 12/31: Bills vs. Jets Recap

    BDC 12/31: Bills vs. Jets Recap

    buffalobills.com Dec 31, 2012
    DAILY REPORT —The Buffalo Bills ended their 2012 campaign with a 28-9 win over the New York Jets at Ralph Wilson Stadium. WR Stevie Johnson further etched his name into the Bills’ record books by grabbing six passes for 111 yards on the day to become
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  • Report: Jeff Ireland safe in Miami

    Report: Jeff Ireland safe in Miami

    There hasn’t been too much speculation about big changes to the Dolphins organization this offseason and it sounds like there’s no smoke on that front because there’s no fire. Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reported Monday that owner Stephen R
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  • Jets postpone Rex presser, trigger collective “Hmmmmmm”

    Jets postpone Rex presser, trigger collective “Hmmmmmm”

    profootballtalk.com Dec 31, 2012
    If you take it at face value, the fact Rex Ryan isn’t talking today might mean nothing. But with the Jets, seldom does anything mean nothing. Ryan, who the owner has already said he would retain after the firing of general manager Mike Tannenbaum, had b
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  • NFL Network Not Even Bothering To Spell "Jets" Correc…

    NFL Network Not Even Bothering To Spell "Jets" Correctly Anymore

    deadspin.com Dec 31, 2012
    When you go 6-10 without once starting a competent quarterback, when your season is derailed by locker room backbiting and anonymous shit-talk, when your second-string QB generates the biggest awareness-to-playing-time ratio in football's history, then …
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  • Jets' potential GM candidates

    Jets' potential GM candidates

    ESPN.com Dec 31, 2012
    Now that Mike Tannenbaum is out as the Jets' general manager, ESPNNewYork.com's Rich Cimini takes a look at some names that likely are on the team's radar. Jerry Angelo, former Bears GM -- A well-respected football man who built the Bears' 2006 Super Bo…
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  • My thoughts on Wild-Card Weekend

    My thoughts on Wild-Card Weekend

    CNNSI.com Dec 31, 2012
    Uneventful Week 17? Nope. There were still playoff spots to be won, and history to be chased. And that was just one man. Peter King breaks down the wrap of the regular season.
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  • Jets correct to fire Tannenabum, keep Ryan

    Jets correct to fire Tannenabum, keep Ryan

    ESPN.com Dec 31, 2012
    The New York Jets are far from done. But their two initial moves were both correct. New York fired embattled general manager Mike Tannenbaum and retained head coach Rex Ryan on Monday. This pair suffered back-to-back non-winning seasons in New York (6-1…
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  • Monday morning one-liners

    Monday morning one-liners

    profootballtalk.com Dec 31, 2012
    Bills RB C.J. Spiller squeezed in one more big play before the end of the season. Dolphins RB Reggie Bush wound up 14 yards shy of 1,000 for the season. The Patriots’ offensive line put together a stronger game than in recent weeks. Said Jets CB Antonio
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  • Seven-step drop: Dolphins' future

    Seven-step drop: Dolphins' future

    ESPN.com Dec 31, 2012
    The 2012 regular season is in the books. Here are seven notes and observations from Week 17: The finale was ugly, but fans should not be down on the Miami Dolphins. Miami didn't show up in a 28-0 loss to the New England Patriots. But this is a team that…
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  • Tebow’s year with the Jets ends with a whimper

    Tebow’s year with the Jets ends with a whimper

    profootballtalk.com Dec 31, 2012
    A year ago, Tim Tebow was a playoff-winning quarterback. Sunday, he was again reduced to a fan with a good seat, as his little-used year with the Jets ended in familiar fashion. He took one snap in Sunday’s finale, handed off to Joe McKnight, and then b
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  • Jets Will Pick at No. 9; Changes Are Ahead

    Jets Will Pick at No. 9; Changes Are Ahead

    The Jets will make many changes in the off-season, but the biggest question will probably be answered later Monday: whether Rex Ryan will return as coach.
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  • Video - Most Attractive Head Coaching Position 02:16

    Most Attractive Head Coaching Position

    Dec 31
    Tim Hasselbeck and Merril Hoge discuss which open head-coaching position is the most attractive and the least.
  • Video - Historic Day Of Moves In The NFL 03:43

    Historic Day Of Moves In The NFL

    Dec 31
    Adam Schefter discusses the number of head coaches and general managers who have been fired.
  • Video - Countdown Daily Hot Topics: Week 17 02:51

    Countdown Daily Hot Topics: Week 17

    Dec 31
    Antonio Pierce answers your facebook questions
  • Video - Gailey out as Bills head coach 03:00

    Gailey out as Bills head coach

    Dec 31
    Charley Casserly and Willie McGinest discuss the future of the Buffalo Bills after the firing Monday of head coach Chan Gailey.

Sports Columnists

  • Don Banks: Rollercoaster ride had run its course for Bears' Smith; more Sn…

    Dec 31
    Musings, observations and the occasional insight as we take in the furiously fast firing fest that was Black Monday in the NFL...
  • Peter King: Show-stopping Peterson highlights better-than-expected Week 17

    Dec 31
    What a regular season. What a year. What a Sunday.
  • John Clayton's mailbag: Chuck the tuck rule

    Dec 31
    The tuck rule came up three times in the final week of the regular season. It's time to get rid of it.