The New York Jets held their long-awaited post-season press conference on Tuesday and it featured head coach Rex Ryan and team owner Woody Johnson.
The theme of the press conference for Ryan was focusing on finding an offensive coordinator that could mimic the attacking philosophy his defenses have become known for.
"I don't think I've done a good job of implementing who I am throughout this team," Ryan said. "I want a physical, aggressive, attack-style of football team. Offense, defense and all that . . . I don't think I've done a good enough job of getting that through to the entire football team. Certainly I think it's gotten through to defense and special teams. I don't think it necessarily got through offensively. That's what I want."
Ryan also revealed that defensive coordinator Mike Pettine would not be returning to the team. A new coordinator has already been hired, but the "ink's not dry," Ryan said.
One other interesting tidbit that both Ryan and Johnson confirmed is that Mark Sanchez's contract will not guarantee him the starting job andthere will be a wide open competition next year.
Wednesday's practice participation/injury report for Sunday's Patriots-Falcons game:
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
DID NOT PARTICIPATE
CB Stephon Gilmore (concussion/ankle)
LB Harvey Langi (back)
LB Elandon Roberts (ankle)
CB Eric Rowe (groin)
RB Rex Burkhead (ribs)
WR Chris Hogan (ribs)
G Shaq Mason (shoulder)
DID NOT PARTICIPATE
K Matt Bryant (back)
OLB Vic Beasley Jr. (hamstring)
LB Jermaine Grace (hamstring)
LB Deion Jones (quadricep)
DE Takk McKinley (shoulder)
LB Duke Riley (knee)
WR Mohamed Sanu (hamstring)
DL Courtney Upshaw (ankle/knee)
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while still in disbelief at what happened to Gordon Hayward last night.
*Interesting piece on the connection between gambling and the NHL in Las Vegas where they’ve just kicked their new expansion franchise, the Vegas Golden Knights.
*Would you like a Providence Bruins game-worn jersey and give to a great cause at the same time? Here are the Pink the Rink Bruins jerseys up for auction on eBay with the money earmarked for cancer research and treatment.
*Some interesting stuff from FOH (Friend of Haggs) Elliotte Friedman in his 30 Thoughts about the start that Malcolm Subban is off to with the Vegas Golden Knights and whether that’s in any way a reflection on the way goalies are being developed with the Bruins.
*So, the Ottawa Senators clearly didn’t miss Erik Karlsson given the start that they got off to, but there’s no doubt hockey fans did as he makes his return from offseason surgery.
*Nikita Kucherov just keeps on improving for the Tampa Bay Lightning after a Hart Trophy-level season last year.
*For something completely different: I don’t understand why there’s anything controversial about somebody saying In ‘N Out Burger is overrated. While it’s a perfectly fine West Coast fast food chain, it is absolutely overrated at this point. The fries are average at best, and the burgers are merely okay compared to all of the other burger joints out there.