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NY Jets head coach Rex Ryan has lost his bravado and looks more…

NY Jets head coach Rex Ryan has lost his bravado and looks more like Eric Mangini than himself

nydailynews.com Updated Oct 3, 2012
Rex Ryan's words lacked the zip, the conviction, the comedy act of the last three years. The bluster was gone, the fire missing from his eyes. Who stole the old Rex and brought back Eric Mangini?
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  • Break It Down: Kaepernick outshines Tebow

    Break It Down: Kaepernick outshines Tebow

    CNNSI.com Oct 3, 2012
    Tim Tebow might be the most talked about backup in the NFL, but he was outshined by a different second-stringer last week. Chris Burke examines why the Jets QB has yet to take off.
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  • Rex Ryan: I like Plaxico, but we want younger guys with more sp…

    Rex Ryan: I like Plaxico, but we want younger guys with more speed

    profootballtalk.com Oct 3, 2012
    After the Jets confirmed that veteran receiver Santonio Holmes is done for the season, coach Rex Ryan got the inevitable question about whether his replacement could be Plaxico Burress. But Ryan said the Jets are going in a different direction. Although…
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  • Report:  Woody Johnson eventually will push for Tebow

    Report: Woody Johnson eventually will push for Tebow

    profootballtalk.com Oct 3, 2012
    The Jets have dominated the news in recent days, and not for good reasons. It will continue, and not for good reasons. Eventually, it will result in the news that Tim Tebow is the quarterback. Rich Cimini of ESPNNewYork.com recently reported that two pe…
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  • Bush practices with hip injury, not knee injury

    Bush practices with hip injury, not knee injury

    profootballtalk.com Oct 3, 2012
    The good news for Dolphins running back Reggie Bush is that his knee injury has healed to the point where it doesn’t show up on the injury report. The bad news for Dolphins running back Reggie Bush is that he now has a hip injury. Bush was limited in pr
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  • Gronkowski not practicing for Patriots, Mankins, Hightower limi…

    Gronkowski not practicing for Patriots, Mankins, Hightower limited

    profootballtalk.com Oct 3, 2012
    The Patriots have a lengthy injury list as they prepare for Sunday’s game against the Broncos. The most significant injury to keep an eye on is the hip injury that has been hampering Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, who sat out practice today. The Pat
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  • Kyle Williams fined $15,000 for low hit on Tom Brady

    Kyle Williams fined $15,000 for low hit on Tom Brady

    Bills defensive tackle Kyle Williams expected to get a fine for a hit on Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in Sunday’s game. That doesn’t mean he was happy to find the letter informing him of the fine in his locker on Wednesday. Williams drew a flag for
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  • Aaron Berry: Rex Ryan told me he believes in second chances

    Aaron Berry: Rex Ryan told me he believes in second chances

    profootballtalk.com Oct 3, 2012
    New Jets cornerback Aaron Berry said after he signed this week that he knows he’s working on his last chance in the NFL after the Lions dumped him this summer for getting arrested twice. But Berry says that if there’s a coach willing to give second ch
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  • Can Bills survive next five games?

    Can Bills survive next five games?

    ESPN.com Oct 3, 2012
    The Buffalo Bills are 2-2 after four games. But they are now entering their toughest stretch of the season. Buffalo has a murderers' row of opponents coming up. It starts Sunday with a road game against the physical and rugged San Francisco 49ers. Here …
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  • Wes Welker And Deion Branch Were The "Bitches" Who Ca…

    Wes Welker And Deion Branch Were The "Bitches" Who Caught Tom Brady's Ire Last Sunday

    deadspin.com Oct 3, 2012
    Tom Brady was involved in one of the best GIFs of Week 4 when he was caught on camera saying "Fuck you, bitches" after running for a four-yard touchdown. But no one was able to discern who the "bitches" were. The Buffalo Bills? The f…
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  • Running Doc explains ‘Lisfranc’ foot injury suffered by New Yor…

    Running Doc explains ‘Lisfranc’ foot injury suffered by New York Jets receiver Santonio Holmes  

    Dear Running Doc: The New York Jets announced Wednesday that Santonio Holmes, their best wide receiver, suffered a Lisfranc injury to his foot, yet X-rays were negative. They said he would be out for the season. What is this injury? Paul F., Garden City…
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  • Rex Ryan: Jets tired, not quitting

    Rex Ryan: Jets tired, not quitting

    New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan (sort of) went to bat for his team's poor performance in last weekend's 34-0 loss to the San Francisco 49ers. According to Ryan, New York's defense was tired, not quitting. "I think we wore down a little bit at the…
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  • Patriots not doubting Manning's arm

    Patriots not doubting Manning's arm

    ESPN.com Oct 3, 2012
    Is Peyton Manning over the hill? Is Manning’s arm strength not what it used to be? The New England Patriots aren't buying it. New England is hosting Manning and the Denver Broncos this weekend in a battle of high-profile, .500 teams. The Patriots are pr
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  • Patrick Willis garners NFC defensive player of the week honor

    Patrick Willis garners NFC defensive player of the week honor

    profootballtalk.com Oct 3, 2012
    The San Francisco 49ers dominated the lifeless, reeling New York Jets by a score of 34-0 in Week Four, and for his efforts in the game, Niners linebacker Patrick Willis earned NFC defensive player of the week honors. Willis racked up ten tackles against…
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  • Jets Sign A Receiver Who Called Them "Overhyped" Last Season

    Jets Sign A Receiver Who Called Them "Overhyped" Last Season

    To make up for the loss of Santonio Holmes, the Jets added receiver Jason Hill today, per Brian Costello of the New York Post. This is the same Jason Hill who called the Jets "overhyped" last season. More »
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  • Tarvaris Jackson expected to remain No. 3 all season

    Tarvaris Jackson expected to remain No. 3 all season

    profootballtalk.com Oct 3, 2012
    When the Bills traded for quarterback Tarvaris Jackson this offseason, the assumption was that they felt a needed an upgrade over Tyler Thigpen and Vince Young at backup quarterback. That assumption might have been correct, but it doesn’t look like Jack
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  • Jets sink further into abyss

    Jets sink further into abyss

    ESPN.com Oct 3, 2012
    I have a new nickname for the New York Jets after all that's happened the past two weeks. Call them the "Bad News Jets." Whether it's on the field or off, New York continues to stumble over itself and sink further into the abyss. The latest ba…
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  • Aaron Maybin calls his 2012 start “average,” which could be an…

    Aaron Maybin calls his 2012 start “average,” which could be an overstatement

    profootballtalk.com Oct 3, 2012
    One of the great stories of the 2011 season has become an afterthought in 2012. Linebacker Aaron Maybin, a first-rounder whom the Bills dumped after only two seasons, became a key contributor in 2011 with the Jets.  But the anti-Gholston, who had six sa…
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  • Dolphins sign vet WR Gaffney, cut Naanee

    Dolphins sign vet WR Gaffney, cut Naanee

    ESPN.com Oct 3, 2012
    The Miami Dolphins on Tuesday signed receiver Jabar Gaffney, who was cut by the Patriots in training camp before the season.
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  • The Shutdown Corner Interview: Wes Welker on snap counts, Tom B…

    The Shutdown Corner Interview: Wes Welker on snap counts, Tom Brady, and why the NFL wears pink

    yahoo.com Oct 3, 2012
    There are times when controversies aren't all they're cracked up to be. Consider the case of New England Patriots receiver Wes Welker, who was allegedly being forced out of his team's offense early in the 2012 season. Fast-forward a few weeks, and you h…
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  • Browns have injury problems at receiver, too

    Browns have injury problems at receiver, too

    profootballtalk.com Oct 3, 2012
    With the Jets losing receiver Santonio Holmes for the season, some have suggested that they should try to swing a trade with the team that helped bring Mark Sanchez to town three years ago. The Browns, whose top-five pick in 2009 resulted in the Jets la…
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  • Mike Pouncey apologizes to Dolphins fans

    Mike Pouncey apologizes to Dolphins fans

    profootballtalk.com Oct 3, 2012
    Two straight overtime losses aren’t a particularly good way of generating goodwill with your fan base, something Dolphins center Mike Pouncey seems to realize. Pouncey took the unusual step of issuing a public apology to Dolphins fans this week after lo
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  • Bobby Carpenter returning to New England

    Bobby Carpenter returning to New England

    profootballtalk.com Oct 3, 2012
    Bobby Carpenter, a free agent linebacker who was released by the Patriots just before the start of the regular season, is heading back to New England. Tom Curran of CSNNE.com reports that the Patriots will re-sign Carpenter. The Patriots’ decision to si
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  • Wednesday morning one-liners

    Wednesday morning one-liners

    profootballtalk.com Oct 3, 2012
    Said Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski of his dropped pass and fumble early in Sunday’s game against the Bills, “I can’t be having that. It hurts the team a lot, I need to be protecting the ball better. No doubt about that. It’s awesome that Tom came bac
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  • Week 4 Film Review: Bumbling Bills

    Week 4 Film Review: Bumbling Bills

    nytimes.com Oct 3, 2012
    Buffalo had a sound game plan against the Patriots but was done in by its errors.
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  • Absurdly premature 2012 playoff picture: Week 4

    Absurdly premature 2012 playoff picture: Week 4

    yahoo.com Oct 3, 2012
    Top AFC seeds: Houston Texans, Baltimore Ravens Other AFC division champs: Denver Broncos, New England Patriots AFC wild cards: Pittsburgh Steelers, San Diego Chargers Top NFC seeds: Atlanta Falcons, San Francisco 49ers Other NFC division champs: Philad…
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  • Video - NFL32OT: Jets Season In Jeopardy 03:03

    NFL32OT: Jets Season In Jeopardy

    Oct 3
    Episode 199: Suzy Kolber and Chris Mortensen discuss the injuries plaguing the Jets. Mark Schlereth breaks down Tony Romo and the Cowboys' offensive woes. The NFL32 crew discuss J.J. Watt and the Texans defense.
  • Video - 'Sound FX': Jets fall 34-0 03:48

    'Sound FX': Jets fall 34-0

    Oct 3
    The New York Jets suffered a big blow Sunday, losing wide receiver Santonio Holmes for the season and falling at home to the San Francisco 49ers. Listen to Jets head coach Rex Ryan during the team's loss.
  • Video - NFL Live OT: Broncos-Patriots Preview 02:26

    NFL Live OT: Broncos-Patriots Preview

    Oct 3
    Tedy Bruschi, Jerry Rice, and Mark Schlereth look forward to Sunday's matchup between the Broncos and Patriots.
  • Video - Blogger Blitz: Holmes Out For Season 00:52

    Blogger Blitz: Holmes Out For Season

    Oct 3
    AFC East blogger James Walker talks about the loss of Santonio Holmes and the impact it will have on the Jets

Sports Columnists

  • Young defensive backs have made their marks

    Oct 3
    At the 2012 draft, wide receivers were the rage, but it's been the rookie DBs who have made a difference, writes John Clayton